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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 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 … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

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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My first book this week is a review request, from a new author, featuring her debut novel in the genre of African Literary Fiction …

‘MYSTERIOUS DEPTHS’ by MIMIZZ EFEMENA AGWAROTA

Ancient curses. Angry gods. Corrupt tribal chiefs. Romance. War.
 
When Mamuke undertakes an errand for her pregnant sister, little does she know that her journey would catapult her into a dark world full of secrecy, suspense, and adventure. As she embarks on a pilgrimage of self-discovery with far-reaching consequences, loyalties are tested to the limit.
 
Born in mysterious circumstances with no memory of her parents, Mamuke is taken on an arduous journey to her past with nail-biting events building up to the moment of truth between her and the prince she crosses paths with on her journey to the unknown. Lured into the arms of Prince Uwami, her courage and loyalty are tested, but will she rise to these challenges, even if they become a matter of life and death?
 
Mysterious Depths is a walk back in time to a period when Africa was ruled by men whose powers were as great as the ability of the priests who did their bidding with the gods. A time when curses could make or break one’s destiny, where fates were decided by lethal rituals and life was littered with bad omens. An intriguing tale based on deep-rooted cultural mysteries, entrenched in a bygone era describing the tug of war between love and power in an ancient African setting.

I do try not to feature too many of the ‘freebie’ downloads via NetGalley or Amazon, however both the authors of my next two books took the trouble to link up with me on Twitter and contact me direct about their respective offers and the possibility of a review, so they definitely deserve a mention for my money.

‘MURDER IN THE LIBRARY’ by STEVE DEMAREE

Three-hundred-three pound Lt. Dekker becomes visibly upset when he learns that his longtime friend and partner on the Hilldale Police Force plans to follow his doctor’s advice and lose weght. St. Murdock, already eleven pounds lighter than his friend, plans to eat less and follow a newly discovered exercise regimen that has his friend worried about him. Meanwhile, Dekker and Murdock investigate the death of their mentor, who was found murdered in the locked library in his home.Surveillance cameras show that no one other than the deceased entered the library. The deceased left a clue for the police, only they cannot figure out what the clue means.

‘AS THE CROW FLIES’ by DAMIEN BOYD

Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.

As the body count rises, Dixon is forced to break every rule in the book and put his own life on the line to bring the killer out into the open.

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

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Yvonne

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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22 comments
  • I love any book that takes place in a library so Murder in the Library sounds good to me. I’m intrigued by the fact that the author included a weight loss battle – I have a feeling a lot of people will be able to relate to that.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Any book that’s ‘book related’ gets my vote, so I’m with you there.

      ‘Murder In The Library’ is book three in the ‘Dekker Cozy Mystery Series’ and when I checked out the synposis for the first introductory story and read the challenges which the author put these two grossly overweight detectives through, I could see exactly why weight loss issues might be such a moot point.

      I definitely need to lose more than a few pounds, however weighing in at a little over 21 stones, I DON’T! … Now I see it written down like that, I feel positively slim!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Diane,

      Now if it were a bookshop … that would definitely be a dangerous place …. especially if I had my purse with me!!

      I am intrigued to know how the murder took place in a locked room, when only the victim was seen entering … “curiouser and curiouser”

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Thanks Serena,

      I am intrigued by ‘Mysterious Depths’ and its focus on cultural mysteries and occult like religious practices. The next book on my reading schedule has a very similar focus, so it will be interesting to compare the two stories and writing styles.

      Have a great week and thanks for hosting MM

  • I can see this will be a dangerous post for me to check out each week! 😉

    Murder in the Library sound very interesting…and different. As I normally like to read series books in order, I need to look up the first two books as well.

    • Hi Kelly,

      All of the memes in which I participate, can lead to vast amounts of new material for my ever exploding TBR pile, which is why I generally tend to select just one book from each blogger I visit, for my own shelves. Sometimes this is quite a difficult task and it still amounts to pretty much the same outcome … I have far too many books on wishlists of one kind or another, than I shall ever have time to read in a few lifetimes!

      The Dekker series currently comprises 6 stories, each with a fun and distinctive title. I never seem to become involved with a series of books, until quite a way down the line, so as long as each story can be read equally as well as a stand alone, then I am good to go! As I am unable to find a web page for Stever DeMaree, here is a good link to the Dekker series to date …

      http://www.fictfact.com/series/28934/dekker-cozy-mysteries

      Have a great week and thanks for the visit and comment, I appreciate both.

    • Ah Tracy!

      We all need a vice of some description and where’s the harm to anyone else?

      My life would be empty without books. I know that these days, most of my review work is based on Kindle downloads, however I do still need my fix of physical books on the shelf, to touch and smell and often just to sit and look at!

      It’s such a pity that I shall never have the opportunity to actually read them all and these lovely memes mean that I only keep adding to the problem …. Such is life!!

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Steve Demaree has obviously given much thought to the titles for this series of books, as they all have similarly catchy and memorable titles, as if the picture of two vastly overweight detectives struggling through an investigation, isn’t enough to catch the readers’ attention and cause them to remember the series!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that your week is going well so far.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Any good murder / mystery comes high up there on my list and I shall be interested to discover just what this library looks like.

      Thanks for the visit and taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Mary,

      I wonder if ‘Murder In The Library’ is being chosen by everyone, simply on the basis that it has something to do with books, or if the synopsis is just a little more intriguing than that?

      Thanks for adding to the tally of murder / mystery fans this week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      When I read the title for this book, it immediately sounded familar. I thought at first, that there was already another book out there with the same name, which I had previously read.

      It was bugging me so much that I did a little research and discovered that I had, many years ago, read ‘The Body In The Library’ by Agatha Christie.

      I wonder if, in her own way, the inimitable ‘Miss Marple’, was up to the speed of Steve Demarees characters, ‘Dekker and Murdoch’ I do hope so and it is yet another reason to look forward to reading this book.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it and hope that your mum is continuing to make steady progress.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I watched a television drama, many years ago, where this exact scenario was played out. I can remember the gist of the way it was done, but I won’t spoil it by telling you, just in case Steve uses this, or any derivation, as the basis for Dekker and Murdock solving ‘The Murder In The Library!

      Thanks for stopping by and for helping to host this great meme and keep it going for all us avid followers.

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