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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

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, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for November 2013, is Crystal @ ‘I Totally Paused!’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Crystal or Bob, after all, we all like to receive them!

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!

Another couple of irresistible offerings from the NetGalley catalogue this week.

I was thoroughly intrigued by the synopsis for this first choice and I would love to hear from anyone who has read and reviewed the book, as the subject matter is clearly very topical and controversial and it would be good to get a cross section of views, before I get to read the book for myself … Please leave a link directly to your review in the comments box. Also, the author is a very illusive character, who seems to have no website and a very little used Twitter page, which gives nothing away, except for the meagre few lines I have featured below … even more interesting!


In a fast-paced, suspenseful debut novel for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, detective Darla Cavannah goes Deep South in pursuit of a merciless killer.

Outside the local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge waving his protest sign is a familiar sight. But that changes early one morning when someone shoots the beloved Reverend Jimmy dead. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah.
When police detective Darla moved from Philadelphia to Jackson with her husband—hometown football hero Hugh “the Glue” Cavannah—she never imagined the culture shock that awaited. Then after Hugh dies in a car crash, Darla enters a self-imposed exile in her Mississippi home, taking a leave of absence from the sheriff’s department. Now she’s called back to duty—or coerced, more like it, with Shelby slathering on his good-ole-boy charm nice and thick, like on a helping of barbecue.
Reluctantly partnered with a mulish Elvis impersonator, Darla keeps a cool head even as the community demands an arrest. The court of public opinion has already convicted the clinic’s doctor, Stephen Nicoletti, but Darla is just as sure he’s not guilty—even as she fights her growing attraction to him. From the genteel suburbs to a raunchy strip club, Darla follows a trail of dirty money and nasty secrets—until the day of judgment comes, and she faces down an ungodly assassin.


Image Of Author Gary GusickGary Gusick is a retired advertising executive with over thirty years experience as a copywriter and creative director.

He is a multiple winner of virtually every national and international award for creative excellence in advertising.

‘The Last Clinic’ is his first novel.

‘The Alzheimer’s Patient Who Couldn’t Forget’, Gary’s second novel, another murder mystery, is currently available on Amazon/Kindle.

Gary is married and lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaryGusick


Next up, is …

I probably should have back-tracked a little and started this series fom the beginning, when we are first introduced to Joe Bernardi. However, after reading the career history of the book’s author Peter Fischer, I really wanted to check out just where his writing talents had taken him, since the days of ‘Columbo’ and ‘Murder She Wrote’, shows I can remember watching only too well, here on UK television, as a teenager growing up.


Joe finds himself in Quebec but it’s no vacation. Alfred Hitchcock is shooting a suspenseful thriller called “I Confess” and Montgomery Clift is playing a priest accused of murder. A marriage made in heaven? Hardly. They have been at loggerheads since Day One and to make matters worse their feud is spilling out into the newspapers. When vivacious Jeanne D’Arcy, the director of the Quebec Film Commission volunteers to help calm the troubled waters, Joe thinks his troubles are over but that was before Jean got into a violent spat with a former lover and suddenly found herself under arrest on a charge of first degree murder. Guilty or not guilty? Half the clues say she did it, the other half say she is being brilliantly framed. But by who? Fingers point to the crooked Gonsalvo brothers who have ties to the Buffalo mafia family and when Joe gets too close to the truth, someone tries to shut him up… permanently. With the Archbishop threatening to shut down the production in the wake of the scandal, Joe finds himself torn between two loyalties.


Image Of Author Peter S. FischerPeter S. Fischer is a prolific writer producer with over 25 years of experience in network television. Among his many credits is “Murder, She Wrote” which he co-created with the well-known television team of Richard Levinson and William Link. He was also involved for many years with “Columbo” starring Peter Falk, first as story editor and later as a producer. His writing credits include, among many others, “Marcus Welby,MD”, “Kojak”, “Baretta”, “Mac Millan and Wife”, and “Ellery Queen”. The latter was his first producing credit. I am sure that many of you will remember at least a couple of these popular shows and to check out Peter’s many other credits, click here

In 2009, Peter came out of retirement to write two political thrillers, followed in 2011 by the first of ‘The Hollywood Murder Mysteries’ … ‘Pray For Us Sinners’ is book number 7 in the series, so as you can see, his writing now is as prolific as it ever was.

Visit Peter at ‘The Grove Point Press’

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link


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  • I know how tempting NetGalley can be! The Last Clinic sounds intriguing, Elvis impersonator and all. Pray for Us Sinners sounds good as well, I remember Columbo and Murder She Wrote too. Enjoy the books!

    • Hi Naida,

      I did think long and hard about both of these books, however I really am keen to discover just what author Peter Fischer has been up to, since his heady days of success with ‘Murder She Wrote’ and the many other TV dramas I remember so well from my youth. In fact ‘Murder …’, is still showing as re-runs on one of the cable channels, here in the UK and it was only a month or so ago that I watched one of the episodes!

      I’m not quite so sure about the Elvis impersonating detective, but this is the first book in a series and I wanted to get ahead of the game and actually get to read the first book, rather than find myself playing catch-up later, as usual.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to hear from you and have a great week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I too, enjoy Harlan Coben books, which was another reason why I wanted to get in on this series right from the start.

      I also like the way in which Gary has Darla moving from Philadelphia, to his own home town of Jackson, Mississippi, where all the action takes place.

      I wonder if Gary was working on the theory of, if you aren’t writing about what you know, then at least write it somewhere you know!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Gautami,

      Both of my mysteries this week, sound like they may be a little ‘tongue-in-cheek’ reading, however something which is a slightly lighter read never goes amiss now and again.

      I was always such a fan of the seventies and eighties detective series, so even though they may be considered a little passe these days, a bit of nostalgia is sure to come to the surface in ‘Pray For Us Sinners’, unless Peter has had a drastic change of writing style, although I do so hope not!

      Thanks for visiting and for your comments, I always value and appreciate them.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Both of these titles seem to be written with the same, ‘lighter’, slightly ‘tongue-in-cheek’ style, which I haven’t read in some long while now, although I used to be a great follower of Harlan Coben, who writes with a similar slant to his stories.

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

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Reading the synopsis of ‘Pray For Us Sinners’ could be like reading the trailer for an episode of any number of the seventies and eighties detective series, with which the author Peter Fischer is synonymous. I suspect that this is going to be something of a trip down memory lane … and there is nothing wrong with that!

      As we are up to book 7 in the series, I should be able to discover Joe as a fully formed and well fleshed out character, who has grown and developed nicely into his role, although I am just hoping that each book is its own complete story, so that it doesn’t matter where you enter the conversation.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Two very similarly written books and storylines, although I am hoping that each author has introduced main protagonists, who will bring enough unique qualities to the books, so as to make them individual and different.

      I am really looking forward to my ‘mysteryfest’

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      I am now deliberately only targeting the books I really want to read from NetGalley, as it is all too easy to download just about every ‘freebie’ on offer for the sake of it, leaving you to wonder later just why you bothered with half of them!

      Both of these books caught my eye in amongst several others which I had almost discarded, so I am in for a couple of consecutive mystery feasts very soon!

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and leave your comment, I always appreciate it.

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