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New On My Shelf

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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First this time, I have to thank Helen, representing Helen Richardson PR, who is organising the Blog Tour for this lovely book

THE PAINTING by ALISON BOOTH

Cover image of the book 'The Painting' by Alison BoothA traumatised young woman confronts her family’s past in an engrossing quest for a stolen painting

Sydney in early 1989, not long before the breakup of the Soviet Union. Anika, a traumatised young immigrant from Hungary, inherits a portrait of an auburn-haired woman. Could it be of value, and if so, how did something so precious end up in her family’s possession? Anika takes it to a leading gallery where the curators identify it as being the work of the renowned French Impressionist artist Rocheteau. Shortly afterwards, however, the painting is stolen.

Soon Anika receives a shock about its origin that links her ever closer to the two men she met the day she had the painting assessed, the curator Daniel and the enigmatic Jonno. As these men insinuate their way into her life, her suspicions about their motives – grow ever more pressing. 

Only by returning to Budapest can Anika finally track down the truth and confront the ghosts of her grandmother’s past.

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For this book, I have to thank Noelle, representing publisher Bookouture, also the NetGalley team for the download. I look forward to my spot on the Blog Tour.

LOST ANGELS – (Nikki Hunt #3)

by STACY GREEN

Cover image of the book 'Lost Angels' by author Stacy GreenOn her hands and knees, Nikki moved to the other side of the body. She couldn’t stop her fingers from trembling as she brushed the dark hair off the victim’s face. She couldn’t look away. “I know her…”

When Special Agent Nikki Hunt is called to the Boundary Waters near Stillwater, Minnesota, it’s not just the cold that shocks her to her core: the body of a young woman has been found frozen beside a remote lake. Nikki is devastated to see the victim is her childhood friend Annmarie, and she recognizes the velvet ribbon tied in her hair as the hallmark of a serial killer who she has been hunting for years.

Desperate for justice, Nikki throws herself into the case. But she is shaken by what she finds at Annmarie’s home: a dead-bolt on her front door and a map in the spare room, with the locations of murdered women circled in thick, red marker. Did Annmarie know she was next? Then Nikki finds out that the killer has left a clue in Annmarie’s bedroom: a photo of Nikki’s mother that no one has ever seen. Has the murderer at large been in Nikki’s life since she was a child?

Nikki soon realizes that the key to unlocking this case is in her own family, but digging up the past could put her own daughter in danger. She has spent her whole life protecting the ones she loves, but to find this killer Nikki might have to risk everything…

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Finally this time, I managed to grab another of those gold-dust, ‘read now’ opportunities from publisher Two Roads Books, via NetGalley

MADAME BUROVA by RUTH HOGAN

Cover image of the book 'Madame Burova' by Ruth HoganMadame Burova – Tarot Reader, Palmist and Clairvoyant is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront after fifty years.

Imelda Burova has spent a lifetime keeping other people’s secrets and her silence has come at a price. She has seen the lovers and the liars, the angels and the devils, the dreamers and the fools. Her cards had unmasked them all and her cards never lied. But Madame Burova is weary of other people’s lives and other people’s secrets, she needs rest and a little piece of life for herself. Before that, however, she has to fulfill a promise made a long time ago. She holds two brown envelopes in her hand, and she has to deliver them.

In London, it is time for another woman to make a fresh start. Billie has lost her university job, her marriage, and her place in the world when she discovers something that leaves her very identity in question. Determined to find answers, she must follow a trail which might just lead right to Madame Burova’s door.

In a story spanning over fifty years, Ruth Hogan conjures a magical world of 1970s holiday camps and seaside entertainers, eccentrics, heroes and villains, the lost and the found. Young people, with their lives before them, make choices which echo down the years. And a wall of death rider is part of a love story which will last through time.

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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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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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26 comments
  • Nikki is such a brave woman and a true friend that I would love to meet in life. I love Lost Angels story…gotta get it for my Kindel.
    Have a wonderful week ahead, Yvonne!

    • Hi Angie,

      I didn’t get to read the very first book in the ‘Nikki Hunt’ series, but I read book #2 which was amazing, so I am now completely invested in the series and looking forward to my Blog Tour Review spot for ‘Lost Angels’, although that isn’t until September can you believe!! Mind you, I’m sure that time will fly by and we will be there before I know it!

      I hope that your week is good too, take care 🙂

  • The painting sounds fascinating. I think I read about the book somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I am looking forward to reading the review for that one.
    Lost Angles has a gorgeous cover. I hope you’ll enjoy all of them. xx

    • Hi Anca,

      I had no hesitation in accepting a review request for ‘The Painting’, as I was so intrigued by the premise. I also haven’t read too much by Australian authors and as so many of my Goodreads friends come from ‘down under’, I would really like to diversify and branch out to be a little more eclectic with my reading. You might have to wait a while for my review however, as the Blog Tour isn’t planned until July!

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

    • Hi Mary,

      It seems as though agent ‘Nikki Hunt’ specialises in cases which involve children, as when I joined her in her previous case, ‘One Perfect Grave’, that was an equally harrowing premise. Author Stacy Green certainly has a style which keeps me glued to the pages and managing to finish her books in double quick time!

      Thanks for visiting today and I hope that you are well 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      All three books are so totally different, I really can’t choose between them. As ‘The Painting’ is written by an Australian author and I really am trying to diversify my reading a little, I think that might be a good one, especially as I am also going to be travelling to Budapest for part of my journey!

      Great to have you stop by and I hope that this week is good for you 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      They are all so different, aren’t they? I am looking forward to all of them to be honest.

      I did think twice about ‘Madame Burova’, but I was so intrigued that I just had to go for it. I was also struck by the unique cover art if I am totally honest, although I do try to never judge a book by its cover too much!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you enjoyed your weekend 🙂

  • I love stories that involve stolen or lost art, or art with a mysterious history, so The Painting sounds really good to me. Have a great week and happy reading!

    • Hi Kay,

      I have read one or two stories in the past with stolen art as their premise, so I was really pleased to have been contacted by the publicist about ‘The Painting’. I have a PDF copy of this one, so I aim to get it read as soon as possible, just to avoid me losing it from my PC! – Yes! I really have managed to do this in the past 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by, it is great to hear from you and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Yes! I was really pleased with the great mix of genres this time and you are the first person to mention ‘Madame Burova’. As this was a Netgalley ‘read now’ offer. this one was entirely my choice and I did have a good think about it first. The cover really caught my eye and I like the idea of a mystery trip down memory lane to the 1970s!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an okay week! 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I do enjoy a good mix of reading genres, but I have to admit that I will always veer more towards a good murder mystery / police procedural, if I am left to my own devices! This author is one of my new favourites, as the character of Nikki Hunt is really believable and well defined, and the storylines don’t pull any punches!

      I hope that you too, have some great new books to keep you going this week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      ‘The Painting’ is definitely going to offer a different take on a storyline, plus I like that the action is going to take place in two such diverse places as Australia and Hungary. I can’t wait to get started on it!

      Things are okay here, thanks for asking and I hope that they are with you too! 🙂

  • All of your books look amazing but I think its ‘Madam Burova’ that caught my eye the most, I’m definitely adding that to my TBR pile. I also go through phases of being super-organized with my reads and then months where they just dangerously pile up around me xD I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

    • Hi Juli,

      ‘Madame Burova’ was really too tempting to pass over! I am not really ‘into’ Tarot reading and Clairvoyants, however there is enough detail in this premise to convince me that there is going to be a good bit of mystery and suspense going on here too! Also the 1970s beach holidays remembered, are right up my street too, as that was my teenage era!

      Even though I am trying to manage my scheduling along with forcing myself not to look at the daily offers on books, my pile is still beginning to build up more quickly than I can actually read and that’s without my existing TBR mountain, which hasn’t gone away! Still, there are worse problems to have 🙂

      Have a good week and enjoy your reading 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne! I want to start tagging along if you request your Netgalley books! How do you do it?? Always these really, really great reads. The Painting and Madam Boruva sounds brilliant!

    Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about these.

    Elza Reads

    • Hi Mareli,

      I have to admit that the NetGalley ‘Read Now’ offers which come up every now and then, I very rarely manage to grab, as they are snapped up really quickly. It is only because I am home here in lockdown that I can get to the email link in time!

      I am also auto approved with a couple of publishers, as I take part in quite a few Blog Tours for them and they always gift a copy of the book in exchange for sharing an extract or similar.

      To be honest, my NetGalley rating is not all that good, as you really need to have posted reviews for in excess of 80% of the books you have downloaded, and my average is far below that! I am hanging on by the skin of my teeth and reading as fast as I can, whilst I have the time.

      There are other bloggers much more suitable for you to emulate, believe me!

      ‘The Painting’ I have just begun reading and I am enjoying it so far.
      ‘Madame Burova’ is a little outside my usual reading genres, but it just caught my eye as something a little different.

      Thanks for all saying such kind things when you visit, I really appreciate your support and I hope that you enjoy your break from work 🙂

    • Hi Heather,

      Having read the previous book in the series, I can pretty much guarantee that if you enjoy a good murder / mystery, then the characters and writing style will pull you in as much as the lovely cover art! 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to support this post, I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  • I love Stacy Green books. I’ve been looking for her latest on NetGalley everyday. So far it’s not there. How did you get it. You are so lucky. I believe I will get an ARC but it’s so hard to wait. lol This series is my favorite of hers.

    • Hi Linda,

      I joined up for the “Books On Tour” in September!

      That was a week or so ago, but if you contact Noelle, she may still have spaces left!

      I hadn’t read any of Stacy’s books until I signed for the “Books On Tour” of ‘One Perfect Grave’, on the off-chance it would work okay as a stand alone as I had missed the first episode.

      Now I too am hooked on her writing and I love the character of Nikki Hunt.

      Good Luck with getting your hands on a copy 🙂

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