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New On My Shelf This Week

This time I am sharing a trio of new books which I shall be featuring in further posts over the coming weeks.

The first couple are pre-approved titles provided by Aria Fiction and shared by NetGalley for download. I shall be hosting Blog Tour spots for both of these during March.

The third title was gifted to me directly by author Rachel Amphlett, together with complimentary downloads of all four previous episodes in the ‘Detective Kay Hunter’ series. Rachel has also agreed to make a return visit with a second great guest post, which I also hope to feature during the book’s launch month of March.


Cover Image Of 'The Candle Factory Girl' By Tania Crosse1930’s London – A backstreet saga full of hopes, dreams and the fight for survival. Perfect for the fans of Rosie Clarke and Lindsey Hutchinson.

Work at Price’s Candle Factory in Battersea is tedious for intelligent, seventeen-year-old Hillie Hardwick, but she knows she is lucky to have a job at all.

Her home life is no better, as she constantly battles with her exacted and bullying father in order to protect her mother and five younger siblings from his tyranny of abuse.

Her only solace is her loving relationship with the chaotic Parker family and her best friend, Gert Parker.

When matters violently escalate for Hillie, smitten Jack-the-Lad Jimmy Baxter seems her only salvation.

But could this be the biggest mistake of her life, and should she be looking for protection nearer home?

A story that crackles with unease where courage and friendship are the only hope.


Cover Image Of 'Taken' By Monty MarsdenA gripping thriller full of twists you won’t see coming … The next serial killer read from the author of ‘Missing’ and ‘Hunted’. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons and Jeffrey Deaver.

It’s been two years since mass murderer, Giacomo Riondino, disappeared after killing Greta Alfieri…Dr Claps, devastated and guilt-ridden by Greta’s death has been on a man-hunt for Riondino ever since.

Meanwhile, an American girl disappears on the 382nd step of the Cerro trail in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

No one saw her disappear. Who took her? And how?

When the US authorities contact Claps, he is certain that it must be Riordino. But, unlike Riondino’s other victims, the girl has disappeared into thin air…

Will Claps solve the puzzle, or will he lose his mind in the process, blinded by his own obsession

‘CALL TO ARMS’ (Detective Kay Hunter #5) by RACHEL AMPHLETT

Cover Image Of The Book 'Call To Arms' By Rachel AmphlettA page-turning murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and Harlen Coben.

Loyalty has a price.

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation.

DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

Call to Arms is a gripping murder mystery, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

Clicking on any of the book’s titles, will link you directly with their relevant Goodreads pages, where you can find ‘up close and personal’, links and information from their respective authors.


Picture of an English red post boxis 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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    • Hi Cheryl,

      I quite enjoy a dose of historical fiction from time to time, especially when the author has carried out good thorough research and the storyline is as authentic as possible. Social history is always a good “catch all” for me.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Hey! One out of three isn’t bad 🙂

      I am taking part in the upcoming Blog Tour for ‘The Candle Factory Girl’, on Sunday 11th March, so if you want to know a little more about the author and the inspiration behind the story, then why not stop by.

      I won’t be giving too much away if I reveal that Price’s Candles were still a household name, even when I was a child, although these days they are no longer manufactured in the UK and their original site has beeen redeveloped.

      Happy reading and enjoy your week 🙂

    • I have an excellent Guest Post from Tania, which explains completely why I am so interested in reading ‘The Candle Factory Girl’, as the ‘social mores’ of the time sound as though they are so fully explored.

      My addiction to a good thriller / murder means that I can’t pass up any opportunity to acquire a new and different book, for either my real or virtual bookshelf. There are just so many great new authors entering the marketplace that I can’t keep up with them all, although I have read Rachel’s first book in the ‘Kay Hunter’ series, ‘Scared To Death’ and that was really good.

      Plenty more shares to come over the next few weeks, I can assure you of that 🙂

    • Hi Kay,

      Author Rachel Amphlett has shot high into the ratings with her Detective Kay Hunter series, although they do work okay as stand alone stories, so you won’t necessarily need to go right back to the beginning.

      Rachel will be stopping by with a Guest Post on March 14th, so if you want to know “How A Detective Changed My Life”, then stop by and check it out.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it and have a good week 🙂

    • If I was lucky enough to be in the position of all three of these books being near the top of my TBR mountain, I would find it very difficult in chosing between them, as to which to read first!!

      Thanks for visiting this week, it is lovely to hear from you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      A few months ago, I did feature one of the previous two novels in this series, although having checked them all out, it does seem that they work okay as stand alone stories.

      There was a little concern over the translation from Italian, of the first book in the series, but any difficulties seem to have ironed themselves out, as ratings and reviews have been good to high.

      I am taking part in the upcoming Blog Tour for ‘Taken’ on 24th March, so if you want to share a short extract from the book, then why not stop by!

      Thanks for commenting and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne, Glad to see you survived the Beast from the East.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on these books. Taken in particular appeals to me even if I am put off slightly by what to me seems like a title that, no pun intended, has been done to death.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Yes! the snow certainly came down very unexpectedly thick and fast to those of us in the temperate south who were totally unprepared for it – not like you hardy northerners! Luckily it was very powdery snow, which although deep, shovelled up relatively easily, meaning we only remained housebound for one day on Friday. I hope that you will get to see the back of winter very soon and that you are coping with getting around okay.

      Author Monty Marsden certainly isn’t a man to waste words with his book titles is he? The series goes straight to the point, so that you know what you are getting just by reading the title sequence – ‘Missing’ ‘Hunted’ ‘Taken’.

      A few people have been a little critical of the translation from to Italian to English, but on the whole ratings and reviews have been fairly positive.

      I have 2 out of the 3 titles in my TBR pile, so now all I have to decide is whether I am going to purchase the missing segment so that I can read the series in order.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

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