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Friday Find (March 6)

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).

Well I’m doing relatively well in resisting the lure of NetGalley, this week just one entry for a book that was published in January 2015 by Quercus, Can Anybody Help Me? by Sinéad Crowley.

Can Anyone Help me


It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin.
Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.
When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?
But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously? NetGalley

I also received a lovely email from Daniel Pemberey about his collection of books about Henk van der Pol who is a cop in Amsterdam, The Harbour Master and have received a signed copy from him so I can read the first three books in one collection. Like lots of other bloggers and reviewers I get lots of review requests most of which I decline on the principle that the author hasn’t looked at my reviews whereas the email from Daniel was personal, he referenced some authors I’d praised and was polite!

The Harbour Master


Maverick cop Henk van der Pol is thinking about retirement when he finds a woman’s body in Amsterdam Harbour. His detective instincts take over, even though it’s not his case. But his bigger challenge is deciding who his friends are – not to mention a vicious street pimp who is threatening Henk’s own family…
Part two sees Henk rove further afield, to Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels – investigating a maze-like set of cases involving diamonds, fine art, drugs and high-class prostitution. What connects the cases, and what risks must Henk run to uncover the criminals? Impeding him is his rival and boss Joost, who has an equal but quite separate interest in the investigation’s outcome…
In the finale, a powerful Dutch politician is hijacked, bearing parallels with the 1983 kidnapping of Freddy Heineken. Henk, who worked on the Heineken case at the start of his career, is now operating outside of the official investigation. He becomes imprisoned himself, and, with rival cop Joost emerging as the winner, Henk must navigate dark currents at the highest level of Dutch society. Goodreads

And then… well I went to the charity shop looking for a chair and came away no chair but two books. In my defence these are adding to my collections.

First up is Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie featuring my favourite detective Hercule Poirot

Elephants Can Remember

Hercule Poirot is determined to solve an old husband and wife double murder that is still an open verdict! Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies — a husband and wife — shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that ‘old sin can leave long shadows’. Goodreads

…and lastly Almost The Truth by Margaret Yorke

Almost The Truth


Bicklebury is a small village of some three hundred inhabitants, a church and a pub, but no shop, no school, and certainly no crime – until two ex-cons decide it is the ideal location to pull a robbery. Derek Jarvis and his daughter Hannah are home when the two armed men break in, and Derek, fearing for their safety, urges Hannah not to resist. The tactic backfires as one of the men brutally attacks her, leaving her broken and revolted. Derek’s marriage and his daughter are never the same again.
As his family falls apart, he finds his wife and daughter blame him for what happened, refusing to forgive him even after the men are caught. And so Derek Jarvis, a mild-mannered accountant, conceives a plan to avenge his family. But Derek has never truly looked at himself or anticipated the terrifying twist his quest for revenge may take, as it leads him down the darkest back alleys of the psyche, strips away his controls and confronts his soul with a shocking choice . . . Amazon

Have you found anything new to read this week?


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

13 thoughts on “Friday Find (March 6)

  1. I’ve got a copy of Can Anybody Help Me? to review; I’ve heard it’s good. I used to read Margaret York’s a lot – those distinctive covers with “Yorke” in big letters ring a bell from a good few years back – not seen one for ages…And an Amsterdam cop sounds fascinating; my best friend lives in Rotterdam, and especially after reading The Miniaturist I’m more determined than ever to get over to Holland sometime!


    1. Margaret Yorke was recommended to me by a colleague and I read one last year, bought three more now, just need the time to read them! Amsterdam is lovely, you really must try to take a trip, so I couldn’t resist a book set there.


  2. Cleo – You do have some great reads there! I’ll be very keen to know what you thought of The Harbour Master and the Yorke (I’ve always thought her books very absorbing psychological mysteries). And of course, I’m happy to see an Agatha Christie in your list 🙂


    1. I’m very intrigued by The Harbour Master, the three books seem quite short and I love Amsterdam! The Margaret Yorke I read last year was really good and I now have three more to read… just need some time to read them now!


  3. We’re both onto an elephant theme this week! I thought I’d at least heard all the Agatha Christie titles, but I’m unfamiliar with “Elephants Can Remember.” I’ll have to check it out.


  4. Oooh, Can Anyone Help Me grabbed me right off the bat because it could happen to any one in this day and age. I lived in Amsterdam so the Harbour Master got my attention bc of its setting. What lovely additions to be my to-read list!


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