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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

I am trying to be good and reduce the number of books I am tempted into adding to my various reading lists. To this  end, I have consciously been extra strict with myself when the likes of NetGalley keep tempting me with their promotional emails and fantastic giveaways. Well! good intentions are a start, aren’t they? ….. and I did only request a couple of books last time, neither of which I could resist the sound of!!

See what you think…

Oh! and as a coincidental aside, both of my authors this time, also work in the media industry, one in television production, the other in film editing …


DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . .


Image Of Author M.J. ArlidgeM. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specialising in high end drama production. In the last five years he has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV, including Torn, The Little House and most recently Undeniable, broadcast in spring 2014. Currently writing for Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks.

Pop Goes The Weasel, is Arlidge’s second thriller to feature Detective Inspector Helen Grace, with the debut book Eeny Meeny, having already sold to publishers around the world.


Twenty-five years ago in the woods near the Hoh River in Seattle, three boys were kidnapped. One did not come home.

A quarter of a decade later, a family of four is found brutally murdered, the words thirteen days scratched near their lifeless bodies.

Homicide Detective Alice Madison ran away from home as a child, one breath away from committing an unforgivable act; as an adult, she found her peace chasing the very worst humanity has to offer. Madison believes these murders are linked. And she has thirteen days to prove it.

To stop a psychopath, Madison must go back into the woods and confront the unsolved mystery of the Hoh River Boys. She must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies and, in the silent forest, time is running out to save another life


Image Of Author V.M. GaimbancoV.M. Gaimbanco, was born in Italy and came to London after her Italian A-levels because she wanted to live in an English speaking country. After a degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths (which she describes as ‘an amazing time in an amazing place’), she worked for a classical music retailer and as a bookseller in her local bookshop, amongst other things.

Her first love was movies and as soon as she walked into a cutting room she knew she was home. She started in films as an editor’s apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has been involved in many UK and US pictures, from small independent projects to large studio productions.

She now lives in the U.K. but has set THE GIFT OF DARKNESS in Seattle because she has fallen in love with the city and, to be honest, it was her way of being there when in fact she was in South West London. Seattle and the wilderness around it have shaped and defined the story in every way, so she still lives in South West London, but spends most of her days in Seattle.

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!


I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week

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  • While both sound interesting, I think the first might appeal to me a bit more. I like the notion of a “reverse” Jack the Ripper.

    I know what you mean about trying to limit acquisitions! One year I made a point of not allowing myself any new additions unless they were part of a current series that I read “real time”. I don’t think I got more than a handful of books that year! Now I try to just put them on my wishlist and think on them awhile. 🙂 You’d never know that from how often I join in here, though! One of my books this week has been on my wishlist for quite some time and the other is from an author I’ve read for years.

    Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality by Richard H. Schmidt
    Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis

    • Hi Kelly,

      I hope that you are having a good weekend.

      After torrential rain and deadly thunder and lightning storms, all through the night on Friday and all day Saturday, today has been absolutely glorious, down here in the South of the UK …. Why are no two days ever the same?

      I can’t really choose between my two books this week, although the idea of a fresh heart being returned to the victims families, is quite disturbing! On the other hand, I already have my own theory about what has happened in ‘The Gift Of Darkness’, so I need to know if I am correct!

      Your own books this week, are probably not going to make it to my own wishlist, although I can appreciate the beauty of the cover art of ‘Glorious Companions’ and I am oddly intrigued by the premise of ‘Enemies At Home’. So whilst I may not go insearch of the book to buy for myself, I might well be tempted if it were offered for review!

      Thanks for taking part in the meme with your featured books.

    • Hi Naida,

      ‘Pop Goes The Weasel’ is turning into the early favourite this week, but I really can’t choose between them, as in some ways ‘The Gift Of Darkness’ is even more creepy and disturbing!

      I was interested that both authors entered the world of crime writing from other branches of the media and arts, and I see this more and more as a growing trend, just recently.

      There is a great article on the BBC this morning, about the morality of crime writers who mix recognisable fact with fiction, in their books. It made for interesting reading!


      Thanks for taking time out to comment and I hope that you have a good week. I shall be stopping by a little later to check out your own posts, but for now, the working day is calling!

  • NetGalley is difficult to resist for me as well but I try to stay strong. This week I purchased a few sale books and will read them eventually. I hope you enjoy your new books, Yvonne, and have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      I have so many physical books that I have purchased for ‘rainy day’ reading over the years, that we have multiple bookcases in just about every room to accommodate them!

      Hubbie buying me a Kindle, just right for all those ‘freebie’ downloads, was the worst mistake he ever made … He stands no chance of me ever emptying those shelves now!!!

      Have a good reading week and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Sam,

      There is certainly nothing light and Summery about these two books … Definitely for reading curled up indoors with the light on!!!

      I hope that Winter isn’t being too unkind to you … Summer here in the South of the UK, is very hot, very stormy and very humid!! …. I would definitely rather have your Winter right now!

    • Hi Kathy,

      That was my first thought when I saw this book on NetGalley and I was even more surprised when I discovered that there are at least three other books with the same title! although I suppose there are only so many titles to go around and there is bound to be some duplication!

      My in-laws lived in Southampton when hubbie was young, so I know the area quite well (not the red light district, I hasten to add). Name and place recognition always somehow adds to the enjoyment of a good story, I think.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

  • As another blogger who is led into temptation by these things I know just what you mean about feeling the need to cut back on the number of books you add to your list. That said I’d also have been tempted by these two and especially The Gift Of Darkness.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have already been on to the ‘Giveaways’ page at Goodreads and picked out three books to bid for, just from today’s additions …. Willpower just isn’t my thing!!

      NetGalley seem to have cut back on the emails I have been sent, so to have found these two books, is something of a bonus! As I said to Kelly, I already have my own theory about the possible outcome of ‘Gift Of Darkness’, so I can’t wait to see if I am right! Also, this is the debut novel for author V.M. Gaimbanco, so I am not joining midway through a series, which is good.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your visit and have a good week.

  • Both scary reads. There are a lot of scary books this week on the blogs I have visited, and it isn’t even Halloween. 🙂

    ENJOY them both, Yvonne. I just finished another great book this past week. It isn’t scary, but I think you will like it. It is THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION by Darcie Chan. LOVED it.

    Have a great reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You must be visiting different blogs to myself, as I haven’t come across many thrillers this week, although there have been plenty of other great titles for me to list!!

      I have very eclectic reading tastes, so most genres will appeal to me, which is obviously something of a dilemma when it comes to my ‘Want To Read’ list.

      Recommending another great sounding title hasn’t really helped the situation much … but I appreciate it and wouldn’t have missed this one for the world, as I am a big fan of Maeve Binchy, to whom the author is likened.

      I can’t really tell from the Goodreads blurb, but is ‘The Mill River Redemption’ a stand alone story, or do I need to read ‘The Mill River Recluse’ first?

      Thanks for the great comment and have a good week.

    • Hi Harvee,

      Murder Mystery / Thriller Suspense, are probably my preferred genres, although I can generally be tempted by just about anything that sounds good!

      ‘Jack The Ripper In Reverse’, was always going to be the line which grabbed me!

      Thanks for the visit and have a good week.

    • Thanks very much Mary Ann, these are both sure to be winning books for me!

      I shall be across shortly, to check out your own mailbox finds for this week, so have a good one and ‘Happy Reading’.

    • Hi Holly,

      Theses are both new to me authors, although for V.M. Gaimbanco, ‘The Gift Of Darkness’ is a debut novel and for M.J. Arlidge, ‘Pop Goes The Weasel’, is only the second outing for his prime character, so both are relative ‘newbies’ to the genre.

      Reviews for both books are generally good, although a little mixed, so I shall be reading with an open mind!

      Thanks for taking time to stop by, it is good to hear from you.

  • My good intentions go out the window when it comes to NetGalley … both those books sound great, I love an intense thriller and … guess where I’m heading? I have no will power lol
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

    • Hi Sheree,

      What’s willpower! I only commented that I would like to have some ….

      Having a handy ‘Want To Read’ button on Goodreads is almost as bad. It is just so simple to reach across into the next open window and make that vital click!!

      Still, there may come a time when buying books is no longer an option for me, so having a vast back up library is going to come into its own then!

      If you do decide to go for these two excellent sounding thrillers, I do hope that you enjoy them.


    • Hi Vicki,

      There have been some great books mentioned in the posts this week, the trouble is, I want to read them all!!

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