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New On My Shelf This Week

This week’s new arrival on the scene, was a completely unexpected, but very welcome surprise from Janet Asprey at Bloomsbury Publishing. Still nothing can beat the look, smell and feel, of a brand new printed publication – Thanks Janet 🙂

I see that a few of you have already shared this one and I hope to catch some reviews in due course, to read what you thought about it.


A fatal explosion in the past. A series of brutal murders in the present. In the blazing Gibraltar sun, is justice being served for betrayals long hidden?

Gibraltar, 1940. A bomb explodes, killing two British soldiers patrolling the dockyards. A Spaniard is executed for the crime, yet protests his innocence to the very last.

Present day, and Spike Sanguinetti finds himself defending the violent and alcoholic Christopher Massetti in a harassment case brought against him by the wealthy and respected Dr. Eloise Capurro. Yet the case isn’t as cut-and-dried as it first seems and Massetti walks free. Only days later, Dr. Capurro leaps to her death from a blazing house fire before Sanguinetti’s very eyes. Sanguinetti spots someone else watching, someone hiding in the shadows. Massetti.

Spike starts asking questions that nobody seems to want answered. Soon, it’s not just the truth that’s at stake: it is everything and everyone that Spike holds precious.

As the Gibraltarian sun beats down relentlessly, crimes of the past and present collide, relationships are tested and long-buried secrets exposed. Who can Spike trust? And where do his own loyalties lie?


Image Of Author Thomas MogfordAfter reading Modern and Medieval Languages at Oxford University, Thomas went on to work as a journalist for ‘Time Out’ and a translator for the European Parliament and UEFA Champions League. Whilst training to be a lawyer, he looked into practising abroad. Instead, he decided to write a series of thrillers set in Gibraltar and the wider Mediterranean.

The preceding four novels in the ‘Spike Sanguinetti’ series, Shadow of the Rock, Sign of the Cross, Hollow Mountain and Sleeping Dogs have all been published by Bloomsbury and to critical acclaim.

Thomas was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award for best new crime writer of 2013.

He is married and lives with his family in London.

To those who dismiss crime fiction as beneath literary, Thomas replies that there’s plenty of crime fiction that can rival classic fiction, and that the distinction is fairly futile anyway. “As long as the characterisation is strong, and the writing is fresh and truthful instead of lazy or clichéd, it doesn’t matter what genre your book falls into: good writing is good writing.” Crime fiction is highly versatile, he adds: “Most books contain a crime somewhere in the plot. From ‘Jane Eyre’ to ‘Oliver Twist’, find me a classic that doesn’t!”

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

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

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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