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New On My Shelf

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Showcasing the latest new additions to my virtual reading shelf, which has now become a TBR mountain in its own right!

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A complimentary copy of this book, for review, arrived thanks to the lovely Noelle, representing Bookouture, via the excellent team at NetGalley. My review is scheduled for December 9th 2020, as part of the Blog Tour.


Cover image of the book 'Mystery At The Old Mill' by author Clare ChaseEveryone in Saxford St Peter is desperate to know more about Harry Tennant, the newcomer who owns the Old Mill. He usually keeps himself to himself, but he’s finally invited the villagers round for drinks, and Eve Mallow isn’t the only one looking forward to having some questions answered.

But two days before the party, a terrible fire sweeps through the mill, and Harry is found dead. When Eve passes the burned remains of his beautiful house, she can’t resist the call to investigate. Especially when it turns out quiet, charming Harry was living a double life as the famous advice writer Pippa Longford. Eve has to wonder what revelations were contained in the letters he received… and whether one of them was worth killing for.

Accompanied by her reliable dachshund sidekick Gus, Eve starts digging. She soon realises Harry was at the centre of a web of lives – and lies. There’s an uncle desperate to inherit, two women who thought they were his one and only, not to mention everyone who shared their darkest secrets with him. Was one of those strangers much closer to home than Harry knew? 

And can Eve untangle the truth before she finds herself face to face with a killer?

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This psychological thriller came my way thanks to the generosity of the author, who offered free downloads through Amazon, for a short period of time.


Cover image of the book 'Missing Dead Or Alive' by author Peter MartinA young boy disappears on his way to school for no apparent reason. His distraught family search everywhere and the police are unable to trace him. Is their son alive or is he dead? They will never rest until they find out the truth. but at what price?

When Tim, Maria and Bob’s fourteen-year-old son goes missing, they are baffled and distraught.

He seemed happy with them and was doing so well at school. But as the police delve into his past, it appears he wasn’t quite the model pupil they thought.

As time passes, they become frantic with worry. Although they fear he is dead, they refuse to give up on him and their search becomes an obsession. It takes over their lives and the stress involved causes them to split up.

When out of the blue they find out the truth, and get the biggest shock of their lives. And discover if he is dead or alive.

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Another lovely story from the Bookouture / Netgalley teams with my review scheduled, as part of the Blog Tour, for January 15th 2021


Cover image of the book 'The Flight Of Swallows. by author Lily GrahamHamburg, 1938. Fifteen-year-old twins Jurgen and Asta stroll home from school, unaware their world is about to implode.

A family friend stops them in the road, weeping. Their Jewish parents have been dragged into the streets by German soldiers and if the twins return to their house, they will be taken too.

Heartbroken at the loss of their parents, the twins know they have no choice but to flee. They must make the perilous journey across Germany and into Denmark to reach their only surviving relative, their aunt Trine, a woman they barely know.

After days hidden under blankets in a truck with other refugees, they reach the dark, snow-covered forest that divides Germany and Denmark. With safety almost in sight, the twins grow careless, unaware that they are being followed. And when they are found by the enemy, brother and sister end up facing a terrible dilemma.

They swore they would always protect each other, but what happens when that promise is tested?

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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 Elizabeth,

      I have read quite a few cozy mysteries just lately, mostly for Blog Tour Reviews with publisher Bookouture.

      This one is book #4 in a series though, so I am just hoping it works okay as a stand alone story.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are good with you.

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Gilion,

      ‘Mystery At The Old Mill’ has been described as:

      “A completely charming page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands”

      So for me, that definitely counts as classic mystery and I have been reliably informed by the author herself, that all the books do work fine as stand alone stories, so I haven’t got to worry about playing catch-up with the series!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some great books lined up for this week 🙂

  • At first glance, I would try any of these and I’m not sure which appeals to me the most. Interesting covers on all three, but I keep looking at that windmill thinking how it would make a lovely, if not difficult, jigsaw puzzle. (all that blue!)

    • Hi Kelly,

      These are three stories I am looking forward to reviewing, although I am reading ‘Mystery At The Old Mill’ first, as that is the closest review date, in November.

      As you say, that particular book would make a stunning jigsaw for someone who enjoys working that kind of image, as would the third cover from ‘The Flight Of Swallows’. I’m not sure which colour sky would be the most difficult on the eye to work!

      I am so far managing to only download and accept for review, the books I know I can fit into my schedule, although I have passed over so many great stories, I’m not sure how long I can hang out!

      Great to have your comments, I always appreciate them 🙂

    • It’s funny that every time I feature three or more books in a single post, there is always one which comes out on top and is more popular than the others.

      You might be right, I wonder if it is all down to whichever has the most arresting cover art? I never really thought I was influenced by just a book’s cover alone, but I guess that is the power of unconscious thought!

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

  • Wow – three good sounding books. A dachshund sidekick got my interest in the first mystery which sounds like it has good twists. Missing sounds like good suspense and The Flight sounds like engaging history drama.
    I hope you enjoy ALL of your books.

    • Hi Martha,

      Yes indeed! Three completely diverse books, which suits my eclectic reading taste just fine – and the best thing of all, is that they have all been scheduled into my review regime, so not languishing on a TBR pile somewhere!

      I have just started reading ‘Mystery At The Old Mill’, ready for a December Blog Tour Review and Gus, Eve’s canine ‘sounding board’ and silent sleuthing partner, is very much part of the action. He is a pampered pooch, but not overly so and even for me, not really an animal lover, he is quite appealing as a companion!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

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