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New On My Shelf This Week

This week’s new addition to my shelves follows a direct review request by the lovely Yasemin Turan, from independent publishing house “Head of Zeus

I am also pleased to say that the book’s author, Sarah Flint, has agreed to stop by with a guest post on April 14th 2017, as part of a very hectic blog tour – so watch this space 🙂


He keeps each floating in Formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery. He sits alone admiring his trophies weekly; each and everyone of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay.

But who or what links the victims?

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her patch. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point.

Something has to give… and all the while he’s watching, waiting… and counting.

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


Colour Image Of Author Sarah FlintWith a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers.

She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

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If you have a passion, feed it. Sometimes the passion will wane and you won’t have time for it. Sometimes it will flourish and you won’t have enough hours in the day to harvest it. If it takes twenty years, so be it. Whatever happens though, if writing is something you love, don’t give up. If ‘it’ happens you will be the happiest person on earth. If ‘it’ doesn’t, it will still be a great legacy, if only on your own bookshelf at home.

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.
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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    • Hi Mary,

      I have quite eclectic reading tastes, so I could easily switch between this style of crime thriller to a romantic historical storyline, without batting an eyelid.

      A good murder/mystery or psychological thriller, will always have top slot through choice though.

      It wouldn’t do if we all enjoyed the same books though and I have picked up some excellent recommendations from your posts, over the years, so please don’t stop sharing 🙂

    • Hi Jo,

      I don’t know whether it is more gruesome that he rips his victim’s hearts out and replaces them with symbols, or that he sits watching the number of fingers in his jar grow larger? It must seem as though his accusers are pointing the finger of blame at him all the time!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments

    • Hi Cleo,

      Like you so rightly point out, it is always good when an author writes about a subject they know quite well from personal experience. I should imagine that it makes the entire writing process flow so much more freely and easily and it certainly generally makes for a more authentic reading experience – speaking purely for myself of course!

      Mind you, I do hope that Sarah hasn’t come across too many murderers quite like this one and that her stomach is as hard as that of DC Stafford. I would like to think that this fictional case is in no way a reflection of any such incident Sarah has worked on personally!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I always used to stay up to watch the late night horror films on the television and I also used to enjoy a good medical drama or autopsy, but I find that these days those kinds of programmes tend to turn my stomach.

      I’m okay with books though and grisly and gruesome don’t worry me at all with the written word. There’s nothing better than a good crime thriller!

      ‘Happy Reading’ and thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      If you think that ‘The Trophy Taker’ sounds scary, you should check out Sarah’s first book in the ‘Charlie Stafford’ series, ‘Mummy’s Favourite’. There may not be so many murders, but the premise has me much more worried and anxious … It’s next on my list!!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

  • Ooo… this looks like a good, creepy one! Like you, I much prefer something like this in the written form rather than on the TV or movie screen. For one thing, I like using my own imagination based on descriptive words.

    I can remember a few body parts floating in formaldehyde around my house when I was growing up, but that’a story for another time. And nothing nearly as sinister as this! 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m not sure that we should ever be left in the same room together – I’m not that keen on formaldehyde and I’m worried about which body parts you have in mind – you seem to know just a bit too much about it all !! 🙂

      These days I tend to find the film and television murder scenes and autopsy re-creations, just a bit too graphic and stomach churning. My constitution has obviously become a bit more delicate with age!

      Reading about similarly gruesome events just doesn’t seem to have the same affect or impact. The fingers he keeps in formaldehyde, but I wonder what he does with the rest of the body and the discarded hearts?

      I hope that you are enjoying your current read and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and I will always value your visits and comments 🙂

      The publisher is arranging the guest post, which they would ideally like to be published on April 14th, so not too long to wait! I must admit that given the horrific nature of the storyline, I can’t wait to see what angle Sarah decides to take with her post.

      I doubt that I shall be in a position to have published my review of ‘The Trophy Taker’ by then, but I hope to be able to report good progress through a thoroughly entertaining and intriguing storyline.

      Have a great week and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

  • This sounds like a very intense thriller; maybe graphic? I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be interested in your thoughts.
    Happy (?) or maybe Safe Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      Sarah is a new to me author and not having yet read the first book in the ‘DC Stafford’ series, I know nothing about her style or intensity of writing. I am however, definitely ‘happy’ to have been given the opportunity to read ‘The Trophy Taker’. I love a good crime thriller!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you also received some great new books this week 🙂

    • I couldn’t agree more, Serena.
      I can’t wait to start reading, not too long before it reaches the top of mount TBR!
      Thanks for stopping by and for keeping MM going strong 🙂

    • I definitely shall enjoy this intriguing and slightly macabre storyline, I’m sure!

      I hope that you have found some great new books to enjoy ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

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