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New On My Shelf

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I have three lovely new books to be added to my shelf this week and joy of joys! one of them is a beautiful hardcover edition which I can see, touch and feel 🙂

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 up is that lovely ‘real’ book, a surprise win from Tina and the team at TripFiction – I do love a good win and along with the beautiful surprise gift she included, I couldn’t have been more pleased!


Cover image of the book 'Mr Wilder & Me' by author Jonathan CoeIn the heady summer of 1977, a naïve young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia.

When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it’s time to let go?

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A copy of this book was gifted to me for review purposes, by the author, via Book Funnel

PROVE IT: MURDER IN THE MIX (Likable Daisy – Book #1)


Cover image of the book 'Prove It: Murder In The Mix' by author Hannah KurzWhen a tragic mixer mishap results in the closing of a beloved bakery, new mom and upstairs neighbor Stephanie Wu is sure of two things:

One, she misses their cappuccinos.

And two, it was no accident.

But time is running out for the sleep-deprived sleuth. Can she solve the murder and figure out pumping before her maternity leave is up?

With a baby at her breast and a killer at her back, life and living above ‘The Likable Daisy’ will never be the same again.

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This e-book has no specific review date or Blog Tour, however I have scheduled it for February 2021. It came courtesy of the lovely team at Aria Fiction, with fulfilment by Netgalley


Cover image of the book 'Into the Woods' by author Mark DavidIf you go into the woods, you’re in for a dark surprise.

Thirty years ago, three girls followed a stranger into the woods. Only two returned. The surviving pair have never been able to remember what happened or what the fate of the third girl was.

Local rumours talk of hippies and drugs and mystic rituals, but no one has learned the truth.

This story is just what Rowan Blake needs. He’s in debt, his journalistic career is in tatters – as well as his damaged body – and he’s retreated to the Lake District to write.

Yet even Rowan isn’t prepared for the evil he is about to unearth, for the secrets that have been buried in that wood for far too long…

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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 Martha,

      I have recently quite come around to the idea of fictionalised, non-fiction being acceptable, if that makes sense!

      I have also read several cozy mysteries of late, so I am really ringing the changes! I just loved the cover art for ‘Prove It’

      I guess my favourite ‘go to’ genre will always be a good gutsy thriller, so I am really looking forward to ‘Into The Woods’ and I couldn’t resist downloading it!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good week 🙂

  • The cover of Murder in the Mix has me heading to Goodreads to read more about it! I hope you enjoy your new books and have a good week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      The author of ‘Murder In The Mix’ contacted me direct, as she is looking for review sites, so I’m sure she would be glad of any support you can offer, and it does sound like a fun read 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

  • Well, I have to say they all sound really good but the one that attracts me the most is Mr Wilder and Me, despite the other two being crime stories and thus my favourite genre. Honestly, there’s no explaining me sometimes. LOL

    • Hi Cath,

      Sometimes a book can just take my fancy, without me ever knowing why, but that’s the beauty of books, reading and recommendations from some lovely fellow readers. Books and genres I might have walked past in the book shop, suddenly come to my notice and I find myself giving them more than a second glance!

      I don’t think I shall ever replace crime / thriller stories as my ‘go to’ genre though, I am always drawn to the cover art like a magnet!

      Let’s face it – we both just love books and if push came to shove I would probably even pick up a science fiction or fantasy book 🙂

  • All three of these sound great! I think it’s the timeframe of the first that draws me in there. The other two just sound like good mysteries… maybe fun, too, since I’m guessing the middle book is more of a cozy. I’m definitely looking forward to future features!

    • Hi Kelly,

      We got married in 1979, so I have to agree that for me too, this is a timeframe which works well in my memory banks. I have also been quite drawn lately to fictionalised stories based on true events. Third of course, ‘Mr Wilder & Me’ was a win for me, which is always good and cheered me up no end.

      ‘Murder In The Mix’ wins hands down today for cover art which grabs the attention, although I’m not sure if it is the blood red background, or the spectre of that very large chef’s knife, which caught my eye first!

      I have so many read/ reviews scheduled that I am finding it difficult to get additional feature posts together for all of my books, but I shall do my best 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Three totally different genres this time and all scheduled in for reviews, so I am in for an interesting reading mix during the next few weeks!

      I know I shouldn’t have a personal favourite, however a good crime / thriller is always going to attract my attention before anything else!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have some great books to keep you company 🙂

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