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Stacking The Shelves (March 21)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

This Week I was offered a copy of The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and The Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell by the publishers, Head of Zeus, and having read the synopsis simply had to say a big ‘Yes Please!’

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse


The extraordinary story of the Druce-Portland affair, one of the most notorious, tangled and bizarre legal cases of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.
In 1897 an elderly widow, Anna Maria Druce, made a strange request of the London Ecclesiastical Court: it was for the exhumation of the grave of her late father-in-law, T.C. Druce.
Behind her application lay a sensational claim: that Druce had been none other than the eccentric and massively wealthy 5th Duke of Portland, and that the – now dead – Duke had faked the death of his alter ego. When opened, Anna Maria contended, Druce’s coffin would be found to be empty. And her children, therefore, were heirs to the Portland millions.
The extraordinary legal case that followed would last for ten years. Its eventual outcome revealed a dark underbelly of lies lurking beneath the genteel facade of late Victorian England. Goodreads

From NetGalley I have a copy of The Lie by C.L. Taylor which caught my eye on social media because it looks like my kind of read.

The Lie


Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.
Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.
Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves . . . NetGalley

The Faerie Tree by one of my twitter buddies Jane Cable

The Faerie Tree


I tried to remember the first time I’d been here and to see the tree through Izzie’s eyes. The oak stood on a rise just above the path; not too tall or wide but graceful and straight, its trunk covered in what I can only describe as offerings – pieces of ribbon, daisy chains, a shell necklace, a tiny doll or two and even an old cuckoo clock.
“Why do people do this?” Izzie asked.
I winked at her. “To say thank you to the fairies.”
In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.
In the winter of 2006, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right? NetGalley

Lastly I have another book from a crime series; Time of Death featuring Tom Thorne by Mark Billingham which is due to be published in June 2015.

Time of Death


The astonishing thirteenth Tom Thorne novel is a story of kidnapping, the tabloid press, and a frightening case of mistaken identity.
Tom Thorne is on holiday with his girlfriend DS Helen Weeks, when two girls are abducted in Helen’s home town. When a body is discovered and a man is arrested, Helen recognizes the suspect’s wife as an old school-friend and returns home for the first time in twenty-five years to lend her support. As his partner faces up to a past she has tried desperately to forget and a media storm engulfs the town, Thorne becomes convinced that, despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the police have got the wrong man. There is still an extremely clever and killer on the loose and a missing girl who Thorne believes might still be alive. NetGalley

So my reads are predictably full of secrets and lies and dodgy memories with a few dead bodies thrown in for good measure, what have you found to read this week?


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

25 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (March 21)

  1. The Eatwell title is an odd one isn’t it. As if they put the third part in as an afterthought when they didnt feel the first two elements would be enough to grab your attention


    1. I must admit I was really drawn to the synopsis but when I got the book I thought that’s a very long title and the author has three names, I do hope it will fit on the title part of my blog. 😉


  2. You’ve certainly got a nice variety of reads, Cleo! I’m already really interested in the Eatwell, and I’ll be very keen to know what you thought of it once you’ve read it.


    1. After enjoying my recent reads of the Magnificent Spilsbury, Out of the Silence and The Murder Farm, it was although this book was written to fit in with my current meandering through historical crime based on true events. I’m very intrigued to see how the author approaches the details of this ten year trial.

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  3. Some great books there, by the sound of it! The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and The Missing Corpse has got to be the longest title I’ve heard of for a while. I hope you enjoy them 🙂


  4. Enjoy the books, but please don’t tempt me. I’ve fallen BADLY off my TBR Double Dare challenge and have bought/acquired loads of new books this week: 4 real books (2 in German, longlisted for the IFFP prize, one for Rebecca’s book club in April and Max Blecher’s Scarred Hearts because… well, just because he’s Romanian, although in that case I should have got hold of it in the original).Plus 6 e-books, none of which are for professional reviewing purposes, just for my reading delight.


    1. Back on the wagon, Marina, the end is in sight…I have The Lie and the Mark Billingham to review (although the first one caught my eye, as I love all the Victorian aristocrats and their dodgy business and court cases; I’m a sucker for it!) I was discussing the Mark Billingham cover with Tracy at northern crime and we thought it v American – it is indeed the US cover; the UK one is much more what we’re used too! I think I missed the last one, The Bones Beneath, which is an irritation – should I try and catch up, or just dive in? With my TBR, it’ll be dive in. So this replaces Friday Finds? Good stuff, I’ll take part, if I may!


      1. I had to go and check the cover of Time of Death and totally agree the UK cover is much more in keeping with the previous ones in the series. Yes I’ve changed memes and Saturday works much better for me to display my new books – please do join in as I love seeing which ones you’ve picked up just in case I’ve missed something good. I’m really very excited about the one with the very long title 😉


  5. I have the Billingham too – it’s been years since I last read one of his, and I can’t really remember why I stopped, since I think I enjoyed them. I’ve been swithering over The Dead Duke, but I’ve got such a backlog of factual books at the moment that I think I’ll wait and see what you think of it… 🙂


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