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New On My Shelf This Week

If I hadn’t received the ‘heads-up’ that this book was available as a free Amazon download for a limited period, I might never have discovered this new to me author and series. I am hoping that the books can be read as stand alones and that there is not such a strong back-story, that I really should have gone back and started reading the series from the beginning.

In fact, only today, I took advantage of entering a Goodreads Giveaway Competition, to try and get my hands on a copy of ‘Murder At The Wake’, the seventh and latest book in the series, so fingers crossed for that 🙂


When a man is found strangled by a climbing rope beneath the Lake District’s notorious Sharp Edge, it is assumed he is the victim of a tragic accident.

But Detective Inspector Skelgill suspects otherwise, and his fears are borne out when a second corpse is discovered close to Striding Edge. Soon it appears that a ritualistic serial killer stalks Cumbria’s fells.

As the body count increases, Skelgill comes under intense pressure to determine the connection between the seemingly randomly selected targets – the only hope of ending the reign of terror and unmasking the murderer.

Clicking on the book’s cover image will link you directly with it’s Amazon listing.


Pseudo Image Of Author Bruce BeckhamBruce Beckham is an award-winning copywriter and author. A resident of Great Britain, he has travelled and worked in over 60 countries. He is published in both fiction and non-fiction, and a member of the Society of Authors.

He enjoys a variety of genres, and his works to date include crime fiction, adult fiction, and the acclaimed suspense novel, The Dune.

Under the pen-name Lee Thatcher, he is also author of the children’s novel, ‘The Adventures of Pearl and Dean’, aimed at 8-11-year-olds.

He is the originator of  ‘Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates‘, which to date has 8 titles making up the series.

The inspiration for my characters comes mainly from people whom I have met and got to know something of! This way I have a good idea how they will act in most circumstances. Between the real person and the page they might switch shape, size, age, gender etc – but at the heart of each is a little spark of personality I can rely on for consistency. I try to give characters names that are distinctive and perhaps that reflect their nature or profession (to help the reader identify them more easily). A simple example of this is DS Leyton in the ‘DI Skelgill’ series – he is a ‘Cockney’ and Leyton is a district of East London.

Check out Bruce’s Amazon page

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 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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  • Good luck with the GR giveaway! I’ve found some interesting authors on Amazon when their books are offered free of charge. Have a great week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I have been very lucky with GR Giveaways so far, my total has passed 20 now. I don’t know whether that number officially rates as good, but I’m pleased to have done so well!

      I too, have found that many authors who offer ‘freebie’ copies of their book(s) on Amazon, turn out to be some of the best reads and interesting writers to follow, and who might never have appeared on my radar otherwise.

      This author is one who is keeping a very low personal profile, despite having clocked up 10 good books. In some ways I wish that these ‘anonymous’ authors would have a slightly more visible presence, but I suppose that Bruce Beckham has good reasons for not doing so.

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The general concensus amongst reviewers of the “Detective Inspector Skelgill” stories, is that this is a traditional ‘whodunit’ series, with an ever increasingly maverick protagonist at its core.

      This series is set in the north of England, where the pace of life is slower and more deliberate and the people are tough and made of hardy stuff.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, you know I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You can’t beat a good old fashioned detective story when you can’t decide what to read next!

      I also particularly like the matching cover art which accompanies the series, some great branding for both author and the character of ‘Skelgill’


      Thanks for visiting, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

  • I like the sound of this one very much as I’m quite into books about climbing. And The Lake District is one of my favourite settings. Good luck with the Giveaway.

    • Hi Cath,

      We have only visited The Lake District a couple of times and whilst the area is indeed a beautiful, yet sometimes unforgiving backdrop, well suited to a dark thriller or murder mystery story, I’m not altogether certain that the northern character is one of my most favourite. I am however, hoping that Detective Inspector Skelgill, will change my mind!

      Climbing on the other hand, holds no interest for me other than as an ideal murder location or motive. I have only tried rock climbing once, way back in my school days during an outward bound trip and it was a complete disaster which I never wish to repeat. Freezing with fear and having to be rescued from just a few feet off the ground in front of my class mates, was not a pleasant experience!

      I can see this being a series which might also appeal to you, so thanks for taking the time to read the post 🙂

  • It’s always great finding Kindle bargains and I use to be far more vigilant about watching out for them.

    I hope you enjoy this one and I hope you win the GR giveaway, too! (you always seem so lucky there!)

    • HI Kelly,

      Sorry to have taken so long in replying to your comment, only we haven’t been able to hold dad’s funeral yet (it will be 1 month to the day when it finally happens on Tuesday 14th), so you can imagine all the backwards and forwards trying to arrange things.

      I have stopped visiting NetGalley or checking out the Amazon ‘freebies’, unless requested to do so by an author or publisher seeking a review (would you believe I have now had 2 such requests this week so far?), so that I can avoid temptation, as my TBR pile is of ridiculous proportions now!

      I still can’t resist checking out the Goodreads Giveaways each day though, although I am very selective about the books I enter to win, so don’t fill out the application very often at all these days. There is still something about winning an actual book and hearing the thud as it lands on the doormat, that I really don’t want to give up and yes, I do seem to be quite lucky with my wins, or at least I would like to think so, although I am sure that there are many other GR members winning far more than me!

      I hope that all is well with you and I will stop by as often as I can 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I have quite eclectic reading tastes, however my most favourite genres have always been a good psychological thriller, or an interesting detective story, so I was more than pleased to come across what sounds like a good new series to get my teeth into and an interesting new author to follow!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always value any comments 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I am total rubbish at reading a series in order, so I really envy those of you who manage to do it. I am much better suited to reading a stand alone story, or a series book which works okay as a stand alone. All of which seems slightly off kilter with my OCD tendencies about everything else, which would surely make me an ideal candidate for ‘series’ reading?

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

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