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Friday Finds (October 3)

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

I’m not even going to try to explain the additions to my TBR this week….

First up from NetGalley I’m thrilled to have a copy of A Twist of the Knife a collection of short stories by Peter James

A Twist of the Knife


With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins . . .
From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a couple heading for a disaster-filled vacation . . .
In multi-million-copy bestselling author Peter James’ collection of short stories we first come to meet Brighton’s finest detective, Roy Grace, and read the tale that went on to inspire James’ hugely successful novel, Dead Simple. James exposes the Achilles heel of each of his characters, and makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and one another. Each tale carries a twist that will haunt readers for days after they turn the final page . . .
Combining every twisted tale from the ebook bestsellers Short Shockers One and Short Shockers Two, with a never-seen-before collection of new material, A Twist of the Knife shows Peter James as the undisputed grand master of storytellers with this sometimes funny, often haunting, but always shocking collection. Amazon

I am also lucky enough to have a copy of The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber

The Cold Cold Sea


‘They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose from her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and dialled 999.’
When three-year-old Olivia disappears, her parents are overwhelmed with grief. Weeks go by and Olivia’s mother refuses to leave the cottage, staring out at the turbulent sea and praying it didn’t claim her precious daughter’s life.
Not far away, another mother watches proudly as her daughter starts school. Jennifer has loved Hailey for five years, but the child is suddenly moody and difficult, and there’s a niggling worry of doubt that Jennifer cannot shake off. As she struggles to maintain control there are gaps in her story that even she can’t explain.
Time is running out for Maggie at the cottage, and also for Jennifer and Hailey. No-one can underestimate a mother’s love for her child, and no-one can predict the lengths one will go to, to protect her family. NetGalley

From Amazon Vine I have a copy of Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottaline

Keep Quiet


After picking up his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, from the cinema one evening, Jake Buckman decides to let him practice driving home along a seemingly quiet street. It is a decision that will alter the lives of their family for ever, as Ryan hits a jogger, who does not survive.
What follows is not a clear-cut hit and run, but a split-second decision by a father who will do anything to protect his son. But just how much can a parent sacrifice to protect their own child? And how will Ryan cope with the consequences of his actions? Amazon

Finally, through the post I got a copy of The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel which I just couldn’t resist after the enjoying The Dark Meadow.
The Murder Farm


A whole family has been murdered with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the farmer, an overbearing patriarch, his put-upon devoutly religious wife, and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter, Marianne. Also murdered was the Danners’ new maidservant, Marie, who was regarded as slightly simple. Despite the brutal nature of the killings and the small village where it has taken place, the police have no leads. Officially the crime is unsolved. And then a former resident returns home… The Murder Farm is an unconventional detective story. The author interweaves testament from the villagers, an oblique view of the murderer, occasional third-person narrative pieces and passages of pious devotion. The narrator leaves the village unaware of the truth, only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion. Amazon

Please share your finds in the comments below.


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

21 thoughts on “Friday Finds (October 3)

  1. As always when I visit your site, Cleo, I must mutter to myself: ‘I’ll be strong and not fall into temptation…’ Very tempted by the Schenkel, as I like German writers!
    I’ve only acquired books for the children this week, so that doesn’t count, right? Heidi (since we are living close to the location) and Caroline Lawrence’s Roman Mysteries, which are an excellent digestible way of learning about Ancient Rome.


    1. Haha – I loved The Dark Meadow so I had to find another of Schenkel’s books. I read Heidi to my daughter when she was younger as it was a childhood favourite of mine and fell slightly out of love with it as I never realised as a child how overtly religious it was. Interesting lesson on how your perception of a book can alter when reading as an adult. My daughter enjoyed Heidi’s love of her Grandfather and the goats though.


  2. I agree with Marina Sofia – why do I visit your site when I am so easily tempted to buy the books you tell us about! Why? hehe Great batch there – I might have to go and buy some presents (early ones for me for Xmas) 🙂


    1. Thank you 🙂 I only have these books because I visit other blogs and find books to covet. I’m not supposed to be having more than 5 a month and yet most weeks I have that many, probably why my new bookshelf is now full up!


  3. Cleo – Oh, you’ve got some good ‘uns there, I think. The Huber appeals to me right away, and it’ll be interesting to see what Peter James does with short stories (I’m accustomed to his novels). Looking forward to your reviews as ever.


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