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What’s New On My Shelf 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 February 2013 is: Audra over at ‘Unabridged Chic’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Audra, 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!


Raised in 1820’s India, twelve-year-old Isabella Rockwell can ride and shoot as well as any of the soldiers in her father’s regiment. These skills, however, are of no use to her when she finds herself on the frozen streets of London, orphaned and alone.

Tormented by guilt over the deaths of those who loved her, she vows never to be responsible for anyone again.  She decides to return to India if she can scrape together enough money. But Isabella cannot shake the creeping feeling that something is not right; that something threatens not only her new best friend, but the throne of England itself.

Having survived this far on her wits alone, will Isabella escape back home to India?  Or will she stay with Alix, a girl whose fate seems to be tied up with Isabella’s own? A fate which will have consequences far beyond those Isabella could ever have imagined.

As this is an author invitation to read and review, a print copy of  the book, was sent to me free of charge, by its author, who also provided an excellent guest post to help introduce herself to everyone.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


A by-pass is planned in Kingsmarkham – that will destroy its peace and the natural habitat forever. Dora Wexford joins the protest movement, but Wexford must be more circumspect. Trouble is expected.

Even before the protesters can make their presence felt, the badly decomposed body of a young woman is discovered. While Burden believes he knows the identity of the murderer, Wexford is not convinced.

Before this homicide inquiry can proceed much further a number of people disappear – including Dora Wexford. The Chief Inspector is both puzzled and bereft. Having also just become a grandfather, he cannot come to terms with the most powerful, familial passions until the case is resolved.

This was a purchase, made by myself, from a charity shop. Ruth Rendell is an author who is always near the top of my reading pile and I carry a list of all her books which I have read. It is always exciting to discover a new find!


Beneath London’s streets .. D.I. Staffe is called out to the tunnels beneath the City of London after the discovery of a woman, barely alive. How long has she been there and who left her to die?

An abandoned baby .. A baby is found in a car park near the police station. Staffe links the child to the woman from the tunnel and his investigation leads him to a well-connected gangster and an organisation determined to give the unborn a voice.

A missing woman .. When a pregnant woman goes missing in Liverpool, Staffe suspects it’s only a matter of time before another tragedy strikes. Can he save the mother and unborn child before it’s too late?

This was another charity shop buy, although as this is a new author to me, my selection was based purely on this short synopsis.

What great mailbox finds did you all have this week? I am waiting to stop by and take a peek!

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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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Written by Yvonne