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Friday Finds (March 28)

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!

First up this week is a book that I am picking which I will probably save for my holiday The Peacock Emporium by the inspired Jojo Moyes. Bibliobeth has written a fantastic review of this book which I highly recommend you read if you fancy this one.

The Peacock Emporium


Athene Forster embraced the Sixties like few others. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was spoiled, beautiful, and out of control. And within two years of her marriage, the rumours had begun again.
Thirty-five years on, Suzanna Peacock finds refuge from her mother’s shameful legacy in her shop, the Peacock Emporium. Within its magical walls she discovers not just friendship, and an escape from her troubled marriage, but the first real passion of her life.
But the spectre of her mother still haunts Suzanna, setting in place a series of dramatic events. Only by confronting the past will she finally be able to face the future . . .

Next is a multi-layered crime novel that I found on Rebecca Bradley’s blog, Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Someone to Watch Over Me

Berglind hurried to her son and pulled him forcefully from the window. She held him close and tried at the same time to wipe the windowpane. But the haze couldn’t be wiped away. It was on the outside of the glass. Psi looked up at her. ‘Magga’s outside. She can’t get in. She wants to look after me.’ He pointed at the window and frowned. ‘She’s a little bit angry.’ A young man with Down’s Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn’t do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit? Amazon

I purchased (for free) a copy of Ghost in the Machine by Ed James after seeing a great review of the author’s latest book Bottle Neck on the blog There’s Been a Murder
Ghost in the Machine


Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders has only been three months in CID as a full DC. He is assigned a Missing Persons case which has stretched his uniform colleagues. Caroline Adamson – a young, recently divorced mother from Edinburgh – has disappeared whilst on a date. The more Cullen digs into her disappearance, the more he unravels her private life. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce from Rob Thomson? As Cullen’s own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates, Caroline’s body turns up and he finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine. Goodreads

From NetGalley I have received a copy of The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam, I had to request this for the title alone! This debut novel is billed as a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House


It’s 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run away to the beautiful but run-down Castaway House in the seaside town of Helmstone. But when she uncovers a scandal locked away in the walls of the old house, she soon comes to realise that neither her own troubled past nor that of the house will stay buried for long. . .
In 1924 fresh-faced Robert Carver comes to Castaway House to spend a languid summer in the company of his much wealthier cousin, Alec Bray. But the Brays are a damaged family, with damaging secrets. And little does Robert know that his world is about to change for ever.
As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the further she is drawn into the mysterious history of the house, and their stories, old and new, entwine. NetGalley

This is due to be published on 28 August 2014 by Penguin Books (UK)

What have you found to read this week?


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

13 thoughts on “Friday Finds (March 28)

  1. Yesterday Emma Kavanagh released her debut novel Falling and it sounds fabulous. I need to read it!

    A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.

    Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.

    Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

    Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.

    Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

    ‘Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head. ‘


  2. All of these sound like books I’d read. I really want to add The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion to my to-read pile. And Paula Daly’s new book, Just What Kind of Mother are you?


  3. I wish I could have a Friday without any finds (which I nearly always end up buying). This morning I saw Louise Millar’s The Playdate was on offer on Amazon and grabbed it, as it’s about every mother’s worst nightmare: leaving your child in the care of a friend and then it all goes horribly wrong…
    Then I heard that Quintin Jardine had updated an reissued his first ever Oz Blackstone mystery Dangerous Pursuits.And it’s free on Amazon UK. I’ve read some of his Bob Skinner series, but never the Oz Blackstone ones, and the blurb sounds intriguing: ‘When private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone takes on the job of finding an insurance company’s missing half million, he’s hoping for a healthy finder’s fee, not a life-changing experience. But when he finds the corpse of the would-be embezzler with a knife in his back and no sign of the missing money, what had seemed like a routine job begins to look distinctly dodgy. Until the captivating Primavera ‘Prim’ Phillips arrives on the scene, wondering why she’s been greeted not by her sister Dawn, but Dawn’s dead boyfriend and a rather nervous-looking private eye. For Oz, things are looking up. This is the kind of girl who’s definitely worth pursuing. Especially if she knows where to get her hands on half a million pounds …’
    Finally, at my local library, in the children’s section, I found the rather intriguing story of Tobie Lolness by French writer Timothée de Fombelle, about a boy just 1.5 mm tall, living in an oak tree and who has to save his civilisation. It has been translated into English, but I’ll be reading it in French in an attempt to improve my vocabulary (together with my older son – it’s just his cup of tea).


    1. Wow you have some great finds there. I’ve read The Playdate and shared with friends who all enjoyed it… I do like the sound of the story about Tobie Lolness although my French is definitely up to reading in the original language. Happy Reading especially sharing this one with your son…


  4. Loved Someone to Watch Over Me and I think you will too. The last two both sound interesting – but I’ll wait for your reviews before deciding whether I’m tempted… 🙂


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