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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 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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    • Hi Alita,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people and your visits and comments will always be welcome here.

      I have tried not to buy any more books for myself and rely solely on review copies, as my TBR mountain is in imminent, threat of collapse! However, these two looked just too good to leave on the shelf of the charity shop …. so!!

      Guess I need to start reading more quickly then!

    • Hi Audra,

      In the past, I would seldom have picked up and bought a book, from anyone other than an author whose work I was already familiar with.

      Blogging has changed all that in just a few short months. To my surprise, many of my review requests come not from publishers, but from the authors direct and many of them new authors to the marketplace, with debut novels.

      I have made some fantastic discoveries, of both books and authors and have also started to read from genres which would ordinarily not have aroused my interest.

      Adam Creed is a new name to me, however crime and thriller fiction are among my most favourite genres and the premise for a book set in the tunnels under London’s streets, is certainly an intriguing one.

      Thanks for hosting and for taking the time to reply to the participants, it is much appreciated.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      ‘Pain Of Death’ definitely has all the ingredients for a great thriller story. However, whilst the thought of locating some of the action in the tunnels beneath the streets of London, is intriguing, I suffer a little from claustrophobia, so I shall not be dwelling too much on these pages!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • These all sound good, happy reading Yvonne 🙂 I read Ruth Rendell ages ago and I enjoyed her work.
    Hanna Parry stopped by my blog for a guest post not too long ago and she’s a sweet lady.

    • Hi Naida,

      Yes, Hannah Parry is a great character and such a nice person, isn’t she? It was great to have an author stop by, who was prepared and able to write a completely unsolicited and interesting guest post, without having to resort to the usual question and answer format interview.

      The review copy of ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’, when it arrived, was beautifully dedicated, which was also a kind thought, so I am looking forward to reading this one.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are well and have a good week.

    • Hi Diane,

      Ruth Rendell is one of my all time favourite authors. Her stand alone novels are always a good staple diet and I love the dry and droll personality of her character ‘Wexford’. He may not be a man of action or intense reactions, but he always gets his man!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      You can’t beat a good suspense book, although I am intrigued by the synopsis for ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ and am looking forward to reading that one.

      Your comments are always appreciated and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Some people may find the character of Wexford a liittle pedestrian and droll, however to me he embodies the stoical and genuine image of a policeman doing his job thoroughly and conscientiously … and he always gets his man eventually!

      This particular story has been televised, although it was some time ago now, so should it ever be re-run, I am sure that I could bear to watch it again!

      Ruth Rendell has to be one of my all time favourite authors.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate and value your comments.

    • Hi Pat,

      I will thanks!

      I really do have an eclectic taste in my reading genres, so I like to mix things up a little.

      A book has to be really dire before I wil give up on it!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Ruth Rendell is the only author known to me and I could never pass by one of her books that I haven’t read, especially if it is going as cheaply as this one was!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good week

    • Hi Tracy,

      Ruth Rendell’s, ‘Inspector Wexford’, has to be one of my all time favourites, in both the books (of which there will soon be 24 in the series) and the television adaptations, which I can watch over and over and never tire of.

      Ruth has also penned some excellent stand alone novels, both under her own name and her pseudonym of Barbara Vine, so I can thoroughly recommend her to you … 83 years of age and still writing prolifically … can’t be bad!!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always good to chat with you.

    • Hi Holly,

      ‘Pain Of Death’ certainly has quite a strong storyline, so I am expecting and hoping for a highly charged suspense thriller to get my teeth into.

      Mystery /suspense/ thrillers are one of my favourite genres, although to be honest, there isn’t very much that I won’t read, with the strict exception of science fiction, which I neither enjoy nor understand. There are a few other genres, which are on the fringes of my preferred reading, however I will give most books a fair chance and offer authors and publishers a fair review which reflects the writing and storyline of a book, rather than whether it was a story which suited my own personal tastes.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always valued.

    • Thanks Mary Anne and the same to you, I shall be stopping by shortly to see what goodies you had in your mailbox this week.

    • Hi Vicki,

      ‘Pain Of Death’ seems to be the popular choice this week, so I hope that my faith in trying a new to me author is going to pay dividends!

      Adam Creed’s website is fantastic and the synopses for the previous two D.I. Staffe investigations are spine chilling, so this might be a great new series for me to follow. I may just have to hold on to ‘Pain Of Death’ until I have sourced the first and second books and actually read them in sequence!!

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment, I always appreciate hearing from you.

Written by Yvonne