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Friday Finds (August 1)

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!

Well here we are August already and my TBR is still growing exponentially to the rate that I read.

I’ll start, as always, with the approvals I’ve gained from NetGalley and first up is a book I chose following a brilliantly tempting review on FictionFan’s Book Reviews: Traitor’s Storm by MJ Trow, the sixth book it the Kit Marlowe series.  Her comments about the humour in this book caught my attention:

‘There’s lots of humour in the book and although the body count is pretty high there’s nothing gruesome about it – the violence all takes place off-stage’

Traitor's Storm


Christopher Marlowe faces the might of the Spanish Armada in the sixth of this intriguing historical mystery series
May, 1588. With Elizabeth I’s court rocked by stories of an imminent invasion and one of his key undercover agents missing, Sir Francis Walsingham despatches Kit Marlowe to the Isle of Wight off the south coast: the first line of defence against the approaching Spanish Armada.
Lodging at Carisbrooke Castle with the Isle of Wight’s Governor, Sir George Carey, Marlowe finds the Islanders a strange and suspicious lot, with their own peculiar customs and dialect. But is there reason to doubt their loyalty to the Crown? And is the Island really haunted, as some believe? Of one thing Marlowe is certain: it’s no ghost behind the series of violent and inexplicable deaths which plague the region. But will he have time to uncover the truth and expose the killer before the might of the Armada descends? Amazon

Next up I have a copy of Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery which I decided was a book for me after reading an enticing review on Mad about the Books. I am a huge lover of looking back into the social history of recent times so the following quote struck a chord:

‘Sandra’s tale serves to remind us that the 1960s were not a swinging time for everyone and that plenty of ‘Victorian values’ still held sway.’

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon


It was the day when everything stopped…
At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.
Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.
Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day? NetGalley

I bought a copy of Shame by Karin Alvtegen after coming across a review on Ms. Wordopolis Reads which caught my attention, especially the following sentence:

‘she goes deep into the minds of these damaged women and conveys the depths and changes in their feelings very closely’.



Two women trapped by a past that won’t let go . . . At first sight, Monika and Maj-Britt are as different as two people can possibly be. They have nothing in common but the determination to obliterate their memories and be left alone. But when a tragic accident brings them face to face, the emotional voids at the centre of their lives threatens to engulf them and they are forced to confront the secrets and the sadness they had hoped to bury. A suspenseful psychological thriller, Shame reveals the ordinary days of the odd and the lonely as they twist into self-destruction and holds out a glimmering hope of redemption and acceptance. Amazon

I was delighted to receive a copy of The Girl On The Train by debut author Paula Hawkins which is due to be released in January 2015 from the publishers Hatchette, this sounds like just my kind of read!

The Girl On The Train


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself—a lifestyle she recently lost. She looks forward to observing this household every morning, even makes up names and narratives for its residents. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden, and soon after, the woman who lived there disappears.
Unable to keep this information to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and in the process is drawn into the lives of the couple she thought of as Jason and Jess but whose names—she has learned from the news—are really Megan and Scott Hipwell.
But the police accuse Rachel of being unreliable, and it’s true that her memories can’t always be trusted. Plus there are the stories that her ex-husband’s new wife has been spreading about her. By the time Megan’s body is found, Rachel is in over her head, intricately entangled in the details of the investigation, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she put others in danger? Has she done more harm than good? Goodreads

Please share your finds with me.


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

20 thoughts on “Friday Finds (August 1)

  1. Cleo – Quarter After Two… is such an interesting title, and the premise sounds intriguing. I’ll be interested to know what you think of that one. And I like Karin Alvtegen’s work quite a lot. I think she does psychological suspense quite well. Enjoy your finds!


  2. Oh, I hope you enjoy Traitor’s Storm – and thanks for the link! 😀

    But, oh dear, both Quarter Past Two and The Girl on the Train sound very appealing…don’t rush with the reviews!


  3. Well, this is why I love FF so much! I just added Shame to my list of books to read. My mother is from Norway so I’m always looking for Scandinavian books to read and suggest to her. 😀 This sounds like something I’d love. Thanks for posting this!


  4. This week I purchased Liane Moriarty’s latest, Little Lies, as it was in hardback in my local WH Smith but a very reasonable half price, making it £7.49. I do have her first two in my TBR pile but I picked this up and could not put it down, so it looks as though The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot will be waiting longer. I also bought The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.


  5. Whoops, sorry forgot some. Got Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt, again at half price – I’ve a couple to read to get up to speed in his series’ but couldn’t resist the latest from probably the most consistent writer out there, who’s one of my favourites. The post brought me an ARC of a Japanese crime/revenge thriller called Confessions by Kanae Minato, with the strapline,”Her pupils murdered her daughter. She will have her revenge”. I’ve never read any Japanese translations before, so I’ll let you all know how it goes. Finally, NetGalley had some real goodies I received this week – firstly, one of my all-time favourite writers, Ruth Rendell, and The Girl Next Door. I don’t read the Wexfords any more, but her standalones and particularly her Barbara Vines are unsurpassable. Like Cleo, I went for the Quarter Past Two…by Linda Newbery. Also Touched by Joanne Briscoe, which seems to be a bit of a ghost story (and who doesn’t love the odd one of ’em?); Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards, a stalker-type tale – it follows his debut The Magpies which I picked up on Amazon for pennies for my Kindle and enjoyed;a true crime called Murder In Mississippi by John Safran; and two non-crime numbers – All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner, as it had a premise I could relate to, and she’s one of the superior “chick-lit” authors; and Their Lips Talk Of Mischief by Alan Warner who grew up nearby and went to the local high school. His best known book is Morvern Callar, which become a Lynne Ramsay film starring Samantha Morton. Nothing from the charity shop trawl this week, though I did see a Mason Cross, who I’ve read good reviews of, so I may go back for that, if I’m lucky enough it may still be there. Disclaimer, if the other half reads this: this was an exceptionally busy week, and I’m taking some to the charity shop this week. Oh, and finally I got a Kindle Daily Deal called Play Dead by Anne Frasier (I think) which is set in New Orleans, a city which is perfect for crime fiction and which I fell in love with after reading John Berendt’s Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, which is a truly great true crime/travelogue and so much more.


    1. Wow so many books, you make me look positively restrained. I have the Ruth Rendell and Mark Edwards too. I actually haven’t read any Michael Connelly so I will look out of one to try out. I have an other half that says ‘not another book?’ on a regular basis… they just don’t understand do they?


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