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Friday Finds (July 25)

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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!

Happy Friday! So this week I have a few more finds that have made their way into my house. NetGalley have provided me with some wonderful books starting for The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell which I really wanted to read as this contains crimes from the past and the present.

The Girl Next Door

When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past.
‘For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn’t stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita’s narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man’s brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.’
Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place.
Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved on or disappeared.
Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a grisly secret, buried a lifetime ago, and a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a possible case of murder.
In all her novels, Ruth Rendell digs deep beneath the surface to investigate the secrets of the human psyche. The interconnecting tunnels of Loughton in THE GIRL NEXT DOOR lead to no single destination. But the relationships formed there, the incidents that occurred, exert a profound influence – not only on the survivors but in unearthing the true nature of the mysterious past. NetGalley

Next I got a copy of Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach, I have loved so many of this author’s previous books and this sounds like a real winner.

Heartbreak Hotel


When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.
In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.
Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.
But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought…NetGalley

… and another book that was on my wishlist, A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore, another of my must read authors.

A Week in Paris


1961: Born on the day that WW2 broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty. Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. He died, she was told, in an air raid, and their house destroyed along with all their possessions. Why then, on a visit to Paris on tour with her orchestra, does a strange series of events suggest that she spent the war there instead? There is only one clue to follow, an address on the luggage label of an old canvas satchel. But will the truth hurt or heal?
1937: Eugene Knox, a young American doctor, catches sight of 19-year-old Kitty Travers on the day she arrives in Paris, and cannot get her out of his mind. She has come to study the piano at the famed Conservatoire, and lodges at a convent near Notre Dame. Eugene and Kitty will fall in love, marry and have a daughter, but France’s humiliating defeat by Germany is not far behind, and the little family must suffer life under Nazi occupation. Some Parisians keep their heads down and survive, others collaborate with the enemy while others resist. The different actions of Eugene, Kitty and their friends will have devastating consequences that echo down the generations. NetGalley

Lastly, yes only 4 from NetGalley this week, is Broadchurch by Erin Kelly. Now I didn’t watch the TV series and so I wasn’t planning on reading this book until I realised that it is written by one of my favourite authors, which you’ll know all about if you have read my rave reviews of The Burning Air and The Ties That Bind. Fortunately I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book having listened to others discussing the show.



It’s a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.
When Danny’s body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny’s death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.
As the town’s secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it’s impossible to know who to trust…NetGalley

Lastly after reading about Drawn from Memory by E.H. Shepard on Heavenali’s blog I simply had to own a copy – so I do! This autobiography of the man who illustrated my favourite childhood book, Winnie The Pooh is full of illustrations of his childhood in London towards the end of the nineteenth century. Heavenali’s description of this magical book, and later its sequel Drawn from Life is well worth a read, in fact I can confidently predict it won’t be long before you see the sequel featured here!

Drawn From Memory


An evocative childhood memoir by the much-loved illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. In this autobiography, E.H. Shepard describes a classic Victorian childhood. Shepard grew up in the 1880s in Saint John’s Wood with his brother and sister. He was surrounded by domestic servants and maiden aunts, in a an age when horse-drawn buses and hansom cabs crowded the streets. Recalling this time with charm and humour, Shepard illustrates these scenes in his own distinctive style. Goodreads

So go on tempt me; what have you found this week?


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

29 thoughts on “Friday Finds (July 25)

  1. Netgalley is an awful temptation, isn’t it? Mind you, I’ve just started two of the books I requested on it and thought: ‘Nah, not for me, I was seduced by the blurb.’ All of the above books sound tempting, but I will stand fast and firm… I’ve given myself an ultimatum of ‘No more new books after August 1st.’ Until I read all of my existing ones.
    Having said that, I did receive Maurizio Giovanni’s The Crocodile for review, which looks very Italian noirish (I love that kind of stuff) and I downloaded 2 new books for my tablet. ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You’ by Courtney Maum, which so many reviewers have recommended (although, disconcertingly, so has Carla Bruni-Sarkozy…) about an artist, an affair, a failing marriage. And crime novel ‘Misplaced Loyalty’ by M.K. Turner, whom I ‘met’ via Twitter and an interview on someone’s blog – so you see, social media does work to sell books!


    1. I find NG irresistible, especially when they have books that I wanted to read anyway! Now you have me tempted by I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You despite, not because of, the endorsement by Carla Bruni-Lundi.. Social media works very well for book selling it is great having ‘real people’s’ views on books. As I’ve visited more book blogs, I know the other readers out there who have similar tastes to me.


      1. I’ve just read it and will be posting a review of it within a day or two. Interesting take on American/French differences but I have reservations otherwise…


  2. I have been acquiring books too. Some Susan Glaspell will be arriving from eBay and abebooks any minute, I received two review books yesterday and this morning have found out I won a copy of The Lemon grove on twitter. It seems books are flying at me from all directions.


  3. Cleo – You’ve got some great reads there. I think just about nobody links past and present, psychological and physical tension the way Rendell does. I’ll be keen to read what you think of that book.


    1. I have been disappointed with a couple of Ruth Rendell’s books and not read a few of the latest ones but I was really pleased to get a copy of this one because as you say it does play to her strengths. Also my Uncle used to have a house in Loughton which I visited as a child and I do love novels set in places I know.


    1. Thank you for leaving your link. Ruth Rendell was the author that first got me hooked onto the crime genre and I still enjoy reading her early work. This one has all the ingredients I love so I’m hoping it will be a great read.


  4. Yes, NG have a lot to answer for! Nice bunch – I’ll be interested in your view of Broadchurch. I swithered over it but have put it on the maybe pile at the moment. Like you, I didn’t watch it.


      1. Hmm…that’s why I’ll find your review useful, though. Not having watched it either means a comparison-style review will be useless to me. I’d like to know how it works as a book. I remember when I read The Killing, having not watched it, my view was radically different from people who were fans of the series…


  5. Heartbreak Hotel seems cute! I like the cover. I have a copy of Broadchurch too, though I did watch the show. It’s very much like the show so far just with added details…it’s cool!



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