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Friday Finds (December 6)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Number one find this week is the winner of Fiction Fan’s Crime/Thriller award since I’ve either read or have on my TBR every one of the honourable mentions!
Laidlaw by William McIlvanney this is the first part of a trilogy and at £1.37 on kindle it has beamed its way onto my collection.



An extraordinary debut by a Scottish mystery writer, this cult classic of crime fiction presents Detective Jack Laidlaw, a policeman as complex and self-critical as you’ll ever meet. Laidlaw follows the trail of murder investigation deep into the underbelly of Glasgow, a world he knows the way Phillip Marlowe knew Los Angeles. Goodreads

and as that doesn’t actually tell you anything I suggest you read Fiction Fan’s Review
Laidlaw Amazon UK

Next up is Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes

Nearest Thing to Crazy


Dan and a group of his friends enjoy Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their glamorous new neighbour and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the centre of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in this quiet backwater. As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Dan’s wife begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom out why …

Nearest Thing to Crazy Amazon UK

A fine sounding psychological thriller…

My lovely friend lent me The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell

The Truth About Melody Browne

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way. Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past…Amazon

The Truth About Melody Brown Amazon UK
I love Lisa Jewell’s books, she really has the art of how to tell a story so this should be a good read.

For a lovely tomboy I have selected a book I haven’t read The Cursed Sword by Rosalind Kerven

The Cursed Sword


The first in a new series of seven books featuring a wonderfully villainous character, Grim Gruesome – a mysterious, shape-shifting, child-hating trickster, the terror of the North Lands. Bjarni needs a sword so he can join a pirate ship and win some treasure, but he can’t afford one. Then Astrid’s mysterious long-lost uncle appears out of the blue and offers to lend him one; but the strange runes carved on it are a dangerous curse. When he uses it, he and Astrid plunge into a terrifying adventure. Includes vikings. Goodreads

The Cursed Sword Amazon UK

What have you found this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

14 thoughts on “Friday Finds (December 6)

  1. Damn! I’m in love with the synopses for The Truth About Melody Browne and The Cursed Sword! Definitely adding those to my to read shelf! And I’m going to take a better look at Laidlaw and Nearest Thing to Crazy 😀


  2. Not fair! I only gave you one and then you intrigue me with two! Both the Jewell and the Forbes sound great, but I’ll exercise my iron will (!) and wait till I see your reviews…

    Thanks for the link! 🙂


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