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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Thank you so much to the folks at Netgalley for flagging this week’s great new addition to my list and for providing the Kindle download link. Thanks also, to the book’s publisher Legend Press for making advance copies available.


When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important events, its annual city fair.

Probation officer Cate Austin has moved for a fresh start, along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realizes just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie, Cate decides to investigate matters for herself.

She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the center of a child trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie’s whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much closer to home.


Image Of Author Ruth DugdallRuth Dugdall was born in 1971, in Suffolk, UK. She holds a BA honours degree in English Literature from Warwick University and an MA in Social Work from the University of East Anglia.

She qualified as a probation officer in 1996 and has worked in prison with offenders guilty of serious crimes, including stalking, rape and murder, which has undoubtedly influenced and informed her crime writing.

Ruth has now resigned her career, to concentrate on and dedicate herself to, her writing. ‘Nowhere Girl’ is Ruth’s first novel to be set in her newly adopted home country, Luxembourg.


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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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    • Hi Lucy,

      I have enjoyed a recent run of great psychological thrillers and this one sounds no exception.

      I only hope that the final line of the synopsis, hasn’t given just a little too much away, which would be a shame.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

  • Who knew Luxembourg has a dark heart? lol I’ve only been there once but I thought it was lovely. I’ve never read a book set there (that I can remember anyway) so I’m intrigued. I hope you love it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Luxembourg is somewhere I have never visited, although hubbie has had business meetings there a few times and says how beautiful it is despite the very public and ostentatious display of wealth.

      Child trafficking should be a thing of the past in the civilized world, however here in the UK, we hear almost daily, that this is not the case. Even more nauseating is the abundant evidence that such heinous crime is not solely confined to the domain of the low-life criminal, but is indeed prevalent much further up the food chain!

      Steeling myself for this one, but looking forward to it at one and the same time!

      I appreciate your visits and comments and hope that you have a good week 🙂

  • Hmm, not sure about this one. Sounds goods in that I do enjoy a good psychological thriller and yet I’m wondering (perhaps un-necessarily that this might prove too dark for me in the same way I find Nordic noir too dark.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have to come clean and admit that I have never read any books by the Nordic group of authors. I have bought a few and given them to my dad to read, however he gave them all back almost immediately, saying that they were just not his thing, as they were too dark and heavy reading. I still have them sat on my shelves, so maybe one day I shall get around to trying one of them!

      I’m not so sure that ‘Nowhere Girl’ is going to be quite that dark, although not having even looked at the book yet, I have nothing to base that assumption on. I am hoping for a good psychological thriller.

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you 🙂

  • This seems to be a popular topic in both film and print these days. I’m not sure this is one that appeals to me, but I’ll certainly keep it in mind and look forward to your full review.

    • Hi Kelly,

      It sounds awful to say that something as horrendous as child trafficking is a popular topic in the media, however it could be argued that to keep forcing the issue out into the open, is going to help raise awareness among the general public and encourage them to report any suspicious goings on in their neighbourhoods.

      I think that trafficking has been an issue throughout the world for many decades, it is simply the case that it is much more openly discussed these days. I am hoping that Ruth doesn’t go into too many details in her narrative, however given her previous career as a probation officer, she is probably going to be quite comfortable discussing an issue with which she is only too familiar.

      Thanks for taking part in the discussion about the book and I hope that you enjoy your week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth

      I think many of my fellow commenters are struggling with their thoughts about reading this one, not because of the missing person aspect of the storyline, but that child trafficking may play a part in the premise.

      I have read quite a few hard-hitting storylines in the past, so I think that I am quite well prepared for what might happen!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that all is well with you and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I must admit that I am a lot more selective about what I request from NetGalley these days, in much the same way that I am choosy about the Goodreads Giveaways that I enter to win.

      It was getting to the stage where I was a little like a child in a sweetie shop, when in reality, I was never seriously ever going to find enough time to read all those books, let alone review them!

      I keep wavering about stopping the blog completely and going back to the days when I read solely for pleasure … Then, great books like this one comes along and I am lost all over again.

      Hope that you are well and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      You can’t beat a good psychological thriller and one which is written by an author who has served their time in one of the professions that would help with producing an authentic storyline, is definitely an added bonus!

      Thanks for stopping by and for continuing to co-host MM, it is much appreciated 🙂

  • ‘Nowhere Girl’ sounds like a good one and I like that cover. The authors background working in the prison adds to the intensity of the books plot I’m sure. Enjoy it!

    • Hi Naida,

      I don’t think that cover alone would have had me plucking this one from the bookshop shelves, although I have to admit that it does fit with the dark and brooding nature of the storyline quite well, doesn’t it?

      I always enjoy it when an author’s personal circumstances and authentic journey through life, influences their writing. That’s when the lines between fiction and reality become a little blurred and I know that not only am I in for some realistic action and dialogue, but that I am also probably going to learn something along the way 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate you taking part in the discussion 🙂

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