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Friday Finds (February 13)

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).

I have had some really exciting book post this week from Ruth Dugdall whose I first came across by reading her book The Woman Before Me. I loved it and read The Sacrificial Man which was published soon afterwards back in 2011 and to my absolute delight the author used a quote from my review when releasing the paperback version in 2012. Well she has finally written another book, and has kindly sent me a proof copy of Humber Boy B I’m just a little bit excited if you can’t tell!

Humber Boy B


A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity. Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play? Goodreads

I also received a review copy of The Distance by Helen Giltrow, signed with a lovely postcard from the author inside which I’m also looking forward to reading despite the fact that I rarely read straight ‘thrillers’

The Distance


A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.
They don’t call her Karla anymore. She’s Charlotte Alton: she doesn’t trade in secrets, she doesn’t erase dark pasts, and she doesn’t break hit-men into prison.
Except that is exactly what she’s been asked to do.
The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn’t officially there.
It’s a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up.
So why can’t she say no? Goodreads

From NetGalley I have been approved for a copy of The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson which I had to request after reading an excellent review on Crimepieces blog, another excellent source of books to add to the TBR.
The Kind Worth Killing


‘Hello there.’
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, The Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night. NetGalley

And last I have a copy of Silent Scream by Angela Marsons Which has had some fantastic mentions on Twitter before the publication date of 20 February 2015.

Silent Scream

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late? NetGalley

So what have you found to read this week? Please share your finds in the comments box below.


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

30 thoughts on “Friday Finds (February 13)

  1. I love your list – as you can imagine (oddly, . I’ve not got e-mails telling me about your new posts – strange, I used to!) Anyway, you’re a lady after my own book heart this week – as I’m sure you can imagine!


    1. Yes, likewise! Every time you have a book that I don’t already have my eye on it looks like one I’d enjoy. I don’t know why you’re not getting the emails I don’t think I’ve changed anything this side.


      1. It’s doubtless been me, fiddling with the look of Crimeworm. I notice on the list of “Blogs I follow”, yours isn’t mentioned, nor is FictionFan, Sarah at Crimepieces, or Lady Fancifull – not even sure if RebeccaBradleyCrime is there – and your blogs are the ones I’ve been following longest! There may well be others missing too; I must have a proper look and see if I can figure it out, because you obv want to send traffic to blogs with similar tastes, and run by v nice people (not that any bloggers aren’t nice!) I do actually have three out of four of these – just not Humber Boy B, but I saw a review and interview about it this week, and it looks really original and exciting! A stellar week, deffo!

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  2. These all look great, Cleo! I’m especially interested in the Swanson, and I’ll be keen to see what you think of it when you get to it.


  3. Since your first book mentions a child premeditating murder, it reminds me of this Wisconsin case about two girls planning to murder their friend by trying to stab her to death in the woods. They were inspired by some meme called Slender Man. The second book sounds like the female character has unique talents.
    I’m afraid my finds have been either historical or contemporary romances that have been added to my TBR. I did finish the seventh installment of the Women’s Murder Club. I liked it a lot.


    1. There is nothing wrong with a bit of romance although I do prefer it if they have a historical bent despite being on a full on crime fiction list this week. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your latest episode of Woman’s Murder Club, sounds like an interesting society?


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