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New On My Shelf This Week

Two more complimentary downloads, via NetGalley, from Aria Fiction, to share with you all this week. ‘Dead And Gone’ and ‘A Last Goodbye’, are a psychological thriller and historical fiction respectively and Blog Tour spots have been confirmed for May 18th and May 28th respectively.

Finding any biographical information or social media connections for either of the featured authors, has been something of a challenge. Hopefully the Blog Tour Packs will be a little more forthcoming and offer me more information to share.

DEAD AND GONE(DI Annie Parker #1)

Cover Image Of The Book 'Dead And Gone' By Author D.L. MichaelsPaula Smith could have had it all. Hugely successful in her fashion business, she lives the kind of life she could never have imagined. Her world should have been an idyllic one if it weren’t for her husband Danny who is resentful of her success and increasingly prone to alcoholic rages. Paula knows she should leave him but she if she did, he would pick up the phone to the police and her life would come crashing down around her.

Sarah has found the kind of happiness with Martin she never thought possible. He is everything she could have wished for in a man. Caring, sensitive and loving, yet he has a secret that could threaten everything they share. But he is not the only one with a secret…

DI Annie Parker, mother, grandmother and widow, has plenty of baggage of her own, but she’s still determined to be the best police officer she can be. When she and her sergeant Nisha Patel hear about a 20-year-old murder that nobody knew about, nothing will stop them from tracking down the killer, even if it brings them up against one of the most dangerous crime families in the country.


Generic Image Of An Open BookD.L. Michaels is a former award-winning TV executive, who married in Tuscany, has one teenage son and lives on an old converted farm in the Peak District.

Favourite writers include Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell and Nicci French.




Cover Image Of The Book 'A Last Goodbye' By Author Dee YatesIn a remote hill farm in beautiful Scotland, Ellen and her father Duncan are enjoying a peaceful life away from the belching mills and hustle and bustle of the growing towns. In time they’re joined by rugged farmhand Tom, come to lend some muscle to Ellen’s ageing father, who has begun to find sheep farming hard to manage alone.

Almost inevitably romance grows between Ellen and the new arrival but once married however, Ellen discovers that Tom has a brutish side to his character. As war in Europe spreads, she begins to dream of him leaving for the trenches as a way for her to escape.

Even with Tom fighting abroad however, the family can not hide from the realities of war as a group of POWs are brought to their valley to build a reservoir. And amongst the men, sworn enemies and shunned by all the locals, Ellen finds a gentler heart that she finds difficult to resist…


Generic Image Of An Open BookBorn and brought up in the south of England, the eldest girl of nine children, Dee moved north to Yorkshire to study medicine. She remained there, working in well woman medicine and general practice whilst bringing up her three daughters.

She retired slightly early at the end of 2003, in order to start writing, and wrote two books in the next three years. In 2007 she moved further north, to the beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland. Here she fills her time with her three grandsons, helping in the local museum, the church and the school library, walking, gardening and reading. She writes historical fiction, poetry and more recently non-fiction.

Occasionally she gets to compare notes with her youngest sister Sarah Flint who writes crime with blood-curdling descriptions which make Dee want to hide behind the settee.


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’

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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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    • Doesn’t it just?

      I just hope that this is the start of a lengthy and very successful new series!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

    • Next to a good murder / mystery, or suspense / psychological thriller, you can’t beat a good dose of historical fiction for me. Any other genre will be read strictly as the mood takes!

      Both of these are new to me authors, so I am hoping to find out more about the writer behind the story, when the Blog Tour train goes on the road!

      Great to have you take the time to comment and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this particular premise is one which actually played out up and down the country, wherever POWs were camped.

      The same scenario probably played out in much the same way, the world over. Human feelings and emotions will always fight for survival, no matter what the barriers and obstacles, and regardless of the nature of the conflict!

      Thanks for visiting today and enjoy your reading this week 🙂

  • These are both from genres I enjoy, so I look forward to hearing more about them in your blog tour posts.

    I got a new book over the weekend that I discovered thanks to you. Stay tuned! 🙂

    • Aria Fiction really are a great publisher. They have managed to attract a team of excellent authors, both established and new to the marketplace.

      I have automatic NetGalley pre-approval for their new titles, although I am quite selective about the books I choose to download, as I can’t see the point in playing an active role in a Blog Tour, for a book I don’t really want to read!

      Downloading a book, doesn’t give an automatic right to a Blog Tour spot, but so far I have been very lucky.

      I am intrigued about which book you have decided to share, as we do have quite a few titles we like, in common? I am working my way over to your blog now, in the hope that you might be ready to share your secret 🙂

      • I’m afraid you’ll have to be patient, as I haven’t yet read it and I’m at least a month behind in reviewing those I have! I do plan to put it near the top of the TBR pile, though. It’s one of your more recent features. 😀

    • Thanks Serena, I am certainly not hard up for choice, but I would like to read them all first!

      Thanks for helping to keep MM alive, I would be lost without my regular fix 🙂

    • Two completely different genres I know, but both my favourites, depending on my mood!

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting MM in April.

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • I’m not really sure what genre the book I am reading right now represents!

      It is a bit of a thriller, mixed with some black magic and voodoo and it is quite good, even if the narrative is a little confused sometimes, switching between the first and third person, mid sentence.

      At least you know where you are with a good crime thriller, so ‘Dead And Gone’ is working its way up my TBR list.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to have you comment 🙂

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