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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Up this week – Goodreads Giveaway competition win number twelve – Thanks to everyone involved, the storyline sounds great, I can’t wait to read more 🙂


The hardest crimes to acknowledge are your own

Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman who looks scarily like her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in to investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she’s been through.

Every year Detective David Groves receives a birthday card for his son … even though he buried him years ago. His son’s murder took everything from him, apart from his belief in the law, despite the killers never being found. This year, though, the card bears a different message:

I know who did it.

Uncovering the facts will lead them all on a dark journey, where they must face their own wrongs, as well as those done to those they love. It will take them to a place where justice is a game, and punishments are severe. Nelson and Groves know the answers lie with the kind of people you want to turn and run from. But if they’re to get to the truth, first they’ll have to go through hell …


Image Of Author Steve MosbySteve was born in 1976 in Horsforth, Leeds, UK and a place he still considers to be one of the greatest influences on his stories.

He went to University there and then spent a few years temping around, doing the usual menial and unfulfilling jobs for small amounts of money.

He is now the proud author of nine novels – The Third Person, The Cutting Crew, The 50/50 Killer, Cry for Help, Still Bleeding, Black Flowers, Dark Room, The Nightmare Place and I Know Who Did It.

Steve’s always pleased to get feedback, be it positive or negative,  on his writing, the site, or anything else.

I’ve always liked this Nietzsche quote: “You must still have chaos in yourself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” There’s a lot to love about that, I think. Not least, personally, as it gives me hope that whatever sprawling, chaotic, nonsensical draft I’m working on might eventually turn out good. In writing as in life.

I always want to be as original as I can be. It’s a bit of a cliché to say, but the idea is to write a ‘novel’, and I don’t see any point in just rehashing stuff that’s gone before, no matter what the commercial benefits. My gut feeling is that patterns are bad – and I mean that as much for readers as for writers. The problem with publishing, if there is one, is the search for patterns, and the pigeonholing that goes along with it. I do understand it – it’s a natural consequence of the commodification of anything – but it’s something I constantly feel the need to negotiate with myself, at least, if not subvert as much as possible.

You can catch up with all Steve’s news on his website

You can follow Steve on Twitter

You can add Steve on Facebook

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 Lorraine,

      I do love a good thriller and this one has all the ingredients of an intriguing and interesting story.

      Is David receiving cards from someone who actually knows who murdered his son, or are they really from the killers themselves?

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      At first glance, the cover of this book doesn’t look particularly arresting – However, as you so rightly say, this one is all about the title and boy does that have an impact!

      I am already wondering if the two cases are connected in some way, or if they are merely two separate stories running in parallel!

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

    • Hi Jo,

      The incident with Detective David Groves’s son sounds disturbing enough, but add to that Charlie, who seemingly has come back from the dead and this one sounds like non-stop action! I wonder what this horrific story is that Charlie has to tell and can she really be believed … alternatively, is she just an imposter who bears an uncanny resemblance to Charlie? … So many questions!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, it is great to chat with you 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      If I enjoy this story and style of writing, Steve has written enough great thrillers to keep me occupied for some time to come.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your visit 🙂

    • Thanks Pat,

      I love nothing better than curling up with a good thriller, so this one sounds as though it will fit the bill nicely.

      I hope that you too, had some great new additions to your TBR pile.

      Have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I’m not sure whether I want these two cases to be intertwined, or to run as individual and parallel stories.

      The format of the book runs true to form, in that we have two more Detectives who have troubled and slightly dysfunctional lives, so it will be interesting to see exactly how Steve manages to construct a unique storyline around them.

      Thanks for stopping by this week, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Like all good fiction cops, Detectives Nelson and Groves, seem to have personal issues which they are struggling to juggle along with their jobs.

      I’m not sure that if I were Detective Groves, I would still have such an unshakeable faith in the legal system, although if I were receiving cards for someone who had been deceased for some time, it would be very spooky and I would much rather be on the inside so to speak, rather than fighting blind!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, your comments are always very welcome 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Generally, although I love my Goodreads wins and my visits to NetGalley, it is even better when an author or publisher contacts me direct with a promotion / review request, as that’s when I tend to become acquainted with new books and authors, which are a little off the radar of the popularity stakes.

      ‘I Know Who Did It’, was in fact a Goodreads win which has introduced me to a brand new-to-me author, who already has eight or so titles under his belt, all of which I can’t wait to read!

      Thanks for the lovely comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I too, liked the Nietzsche quote and as usual, became completely distracted when writing the post, taking time out to read up about the life and work of this genius, yet very troubled man. Is it any wonder that I am always so far behind with all my reviews and posts and end up meeting publishing deadlines by the seat of my pants!

      Thanks for at least making my research worthwhile by commenting on the quote 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      I certainly hope so. I do enjoy a good fast-paced thriller!

      Thanks for stopping by and for helping to host MM. I always enjoy participating 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I’m not sure which of the two scenarios featured in the premise, has me the most intrigued!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

  • Yet another win?! This one sounds really good and I can understand why you entered the drawing for it.

    One new book for me, but I’ll make you wait until I review it for my book club in March to find out what it is. 😉

    I had to leave town for an intense two day road trip, so I didn’t get much reading time in – but I did manage to finish the first volume of The Lion Trees last night. If I don’t collapse from exhaustion, I’ll begin volume two tonight. I can’t wait to continue the story!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I can’t believe how lucky I am with the Goodreads Giveaways – if only that could reflect just a little with the lottery wins!

      That’s not to say of course, that I am not still grateful to those authors who freely make their books available through NetGalley, or who send me complimentary downloads as part of a promotional / review request. It’s just that sometimes you can’t beat the look, smell and feel of a ‘real’ book in your hands 🙂

      I do hope that your trip was for pleasure not anything more challenging and that you have managed to get a couple of quality days relaxation to recover. I find it so difficult these days to get in even the shortest amount of reading time and I can’t believe that you have already finished the first volume of ‘The Lion Trees’!

      Thanks for taking the time out to stop by. As always, I really appreciate your comments and views 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      It certainly sounds as though Steve is a regular visitor to Harrogate and he was chair of the event in 2014, so that’s how you might have remembered him.

      He is definitely going to be there this year, as he is on one of the panels, with some of his fellow Yorkshire authors …


      I hope that you get to try one of his books very soon 🙂

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