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New On My Shelf

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I have these lovely new books to be added to my shelf this week.

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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Thanks to the lovely Noelle, representing publisher Bookouture, for saving me space on this ‘must’ of a Blog Tour

THE BURNING GIRLS (Detective Ellie Reeves #3)


Cover image of the book 'The Burning Girls' by author Rita HerronThe girl was beautiful, even in death. Her skin was translucent beneath the sliver of moonlight peeking through the bare branches of the surrounding pines, and her chestnut hair had tumbled around her pale shoulders. Around her, smoke twisted in the air, curling into the inky sky.

The remote town of Crooked Creek has barely recovered from its most recent tragedy when wildfires tear through the mountains. Detective Ellie Reeves is grappling with her own heartbreak––she has just discovered she was adopted and that her childhood was a lie.

Under the scorching summer sun, Ellie is called to a river where a body has been found. She spots a lone woman’s shoe caught in a nearby tangle of vines, and a pearl necklace scattered by the water’s edge. The remains are surrounded by a circle of stones, which Ellie is certain means something. Was the victim––whoever she was––caught in the fire or is something more sinister at play?

The Fourth of July usually means festivals and fireworks, but when another body turns up the town is left in tatters. A young girl with dark hair lies dead, surrounded by stones, smoke drifting in the air. Thanks to an engraved silver necklace, Ellie identifies the body as eighteen-year-old Katie Lee Curtis, and the diary she finds hidden under the teenager’s mattress could get her close to the killer.

With two victims in less than twenty-four hours, it’s clear Ellie’s up against a serial killer, and she vows that no more innocent girls will be sacrificed. For her, every day is a battle to come to terms with her past, but when this case becomes personal, will she win?

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Thanks for the opportunity to take part in this Blog Tour go to Vicky, representing publisher Aria Fiction and the Netgalley team who facilitated the download

AMBER (Working Girls #4)


Cover image of the book 'Amber (Working Girls #4) by author Heather BurnsideNOBODY TO CALL

With a mother unfit for purpose and a brother who despises her, working girl Amber can rely on no one but herself – until the meanest pimp in Manchester, Kevin Pike, offers her his protection. Unfortunately, this attracts the fury of Cora, a prostitute no one wants to get on the wrong side of…


When Cora is found strangled to death, the late-night city streets feel increasingly exposed with a killer on the loose. And as Amber grows closer to Kevin, she realises his security comes at a price she might not be willing to pay…


Amber is frozen in fear, knowing one wrong move will risk her life. But then she discovers a horrifying secret that forces her to choose: stay or run?

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This book was one of those bluebird ‘Read Now’ opportunities, facilitated by NetGalley, provided by the publisher HQ Stories

WHERE RAVENS ROOST (Kjeld Nygaard #1)


Cover image of the book 'Where Ravens Roost' by author Karin NordinThe raven cawed at him, craning its neck unnaturally. As it dug its hooked beak into the mess of dried grass and twigs that made up its nest, a shiny glimmer reflected off a low-hanging bulb. Kjeld edged closer to get a better look. It was a human tooth. With a silver filling.

Detective Kjeld Nygaard wants nothing more than to forget his family and Varsund, the small mining town he once called home, even exist. But while on suspension after his last case went disastrously wrong, his estranged father Stenar leaves a message on Kjeld’s phone claiming he’s seen a murder.

But with no evidence and Stenar suffering from Alzheimer’s, the local police think he must have imagined it. Kjeld can’t stop himself from investigating what actually happened, and soon discovers a body. But when the police start to suspect Stenar, it’s a race against time to discover the truth before it’s lost forever.

But will uncovering the truth expose family secrets that are best left buried?

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Mailbox Monday’ is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Veronica,

      I do enjoy a good murder / thriller story, whichever end of the scale it is at.

      The first two are part of organised Blog Tour Reviews, but not until later in the year, so ‘Where Ravens Roost’ has been scheduled in first!

      It is great to have you stop by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes! All three sound good to me. I have been quite lucky with my Blog Tour review requests recently, I haven’t needed to think twice about any of them. I read and got completely caught up in the last Rita Herron book and ‘Ellie Reeves’ is another of those fictional detectives I am already invested in, she’s one of the best!

      Thanks for visiting today and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • Another set of quite dark books. I think Amber is the one I wouldn’t read at all, it seems too dark and I would most likely get very annoyed by the story. I hope you like all of them. 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      I don’t read a lot of ‘Nordic Noir’, so I shall be keen to see how I get on with ‘Where Ravens Roost’, I just liked the premise, it sounds really eerie and intriguing.

      ‘Amber’, is the fourth in the series of “working girls” books. Despite them being a series, they do work well as stand alone stories, although they are very intense, but far from annoying, they are very emotional and poignant. When the review is published it will contain a short piece by the author, which will explain a bit more.

      I read the last book by Rita Herron and thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with Detective Ellie Reeves, so I am looking forward to seeing her in action again.

      All in all, a good set of new books for my schedule!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • You’re getting back to your preferred genre here, Yvonne. I’ve got a fair number of this type already waiting in my TBR (and even more on my wishlist), so I’m not overly tempted. I think the last book appeals to me the most. I particularly like the title and the cover.

    • I spent two hours yesterday trying to rationalise my ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads, deleted what I though was loads and still ended up with over 1,000 titles left, so I need to be more ruthless, as some of those books have been sat there since the year dot!

      I am trying to only accept books which I know I can schedule for read/review, but that’s not helping my huge TBR backlog ‘Ho Hum!’

      But still I keep taking new books on, especially when they are as good as these three, although I have read little in the way of ‘Nordic Noir’, so I too am looking forward to ‘Where Ravens Roost’. This is a debut novel, so I shall be interested to see what it’s like.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Oh Yes! Kay,

      I do enjoy a story with a bit of mystery and intrigue and whilst ‘Amber’ is not your traditional thriller, the previous books in the series have all had that unexpected ‘sting in the tail’ that I never saw coming!

      I hope that you have some good reading for the new week and that you are staying safe and well 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Likewise, I always look at your book selections and think how good they are! Let’s face it, we are both just book greedy 🙂

      I didn’t catch the first book in this Rita Herron series, however book #2 worked great as a stand alone. It was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I’ll leave a link to my review just in case you want to check it out…


      The Blog Tour Review for this current book #3, isn’t until June and it hasn’t gone up on NetGalley yet, so keep your eyes peeled!

      All is well here, although we are in our third lockdown, so getting a little weary now!

      Stay Safe and Happy Reading 🙂 x

    • Hi Martha,

      You can’t beat a good detective story, although I am pretty certain that the style and intensity of the writing and storylines is going to be completely different between the two.

      ‘Amber’ is going to be every bit as gritty and intriguing, I’m sure. It is definitely not going to make ‘pretty’ reading anyway!

      Thanks for stopping by and for always being such a great host at MM 🙂

  • Of the three Where Ravens Roost is the one that takes my fancy. Set in Sweden? Or Norway perhaps? It’s the first in the series too which is always useful.

    • Hi Cath,

      Do you know I never even noticed that it doesn’t actually say where the story is set, in the premise. Well spotted! I checked out a couple of previous reviews and I am almost convinced it is Sweden, although new author Karin Nordin was raised in America and now lives in The Netherlands. The only other thing it says is that she loves Scandinavian writing, so once again either Sweden or Norway, she has travelled extensively in both countries! – I’ll let you know when I get to it!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and I hope that all is well with you both 🙂

      • Where Ravens Roost is now on my Kindle… 99p, bargain. I’ve also added The Interpreter From Java to my Goodreads ‘want to read ‘ shelf. I’ll answer your comment on my blog later, Yvonne.
        We’re doing fine thanks.

        • I do love a good bargain!

          ‘The Interpreter From Java’ was quite intense and definitely took no prisoners in its candid writing style, but I found it riveting reading!

          No worries about replying if you are busy, I don’t leave comments expecting people to have to reply. I have a genuine interest in what you have written and it is good to keep in touch! 🙂

          • I meant to say of course, that I’d pre-ordered WRR as it’s not out until the 17th. Feb. I don’t know where my head is sometimes…

            I always hope for a reply to a comment but don’t mind how long people take. It’s part of my ‘policy’ to always reply if people leave a comment on my blog, even though it might take me a day or two. I know some people never answer their comments and that’s up to them, but personally I feel if people take the time to say something, I should at least acknowedge that effort. Just my opinion of course. 🙂 It is *very* good to keep in touch and I really appreciate that you always reply to your comments, Yvonne.

            • I think that ‘Covid Brain’ should be an officially recognised phenomenon now!! 🙂

              I too, make a point of replying to all my comments, as you say, old fashioned or not, it’s all a matter of pride and politeness.

              I do try to do the same on Goodreads, however I think that either they, or Amazon, must have introduced a new feed to the site, as it is featuring new books in my friend’s feeds on a daily basis and the comments and likes have gone through the roof – I just can’t keep up. Yesterday it was blasting out reviews I wrote back in 2014 and my poor inbox couldn’t keep up. I was nearly in tears by the time I eventually went to bed!

              Stay safe 🙂 x

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