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Stacking The Shelves (April 18)

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 have a copy of The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish from Lovereading for review purposes.

The Sudden Departrure of the Frasers


Welcome to Lime Park Road. A picture-perfect street with a secret at its heart.
When Joe and Christy Davenport step behind the Oxford Blue painted door of their ‘for ever’ home, they believe their dreams have come true.
Yet the boxes aren’t even unpacked before a series of events leads Christy to become obsessed with the previous occupant, the glamorous, enigmatic Amber Fraser, whose departure from Lime Park Road is shrouded in mystery.
What happened to her? And why are Joe and Christy’s attempts at friendship with neighbours met with an unnerving silence?
As Christy unravels the shocking truth about the Frasers and the place she now calls home, she discovers that behind the closed doors of even the most desirable postcodes, terrible secrets lurk. Goodreads

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers is due to be published on 21 May 2015

I treated myself to a copy of a book I’ve had my eye of for some time, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid



The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.
Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.
In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day. Goodreads

And lastly NetGalley or rather the publishers, Random House UK, came good and approved me for a copy of Little Black Lies by one of my favourite authors, Sharon Bolton.

Little Black Lies


What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?
Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.
Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.
How long before revenge becomes irresistible?
With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds? NetGalley

Little Black Lies is due to be published on 2 July 2015

Any of these take your fancy? What have you found to read this week? Please do share in the comments below


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

33 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (April 18)

  1. I really like the sound of The Sudden Departure of The Cavendishes. Sounds intriguing. Sharon Bolton’s books I either seem to really like or don’t like at all so will be interesting to read your review of this one.


    1. I’m intrigued about the Louise Candlish book too which I’m hoping is a book you can lose yourself in. I’m a huge fan of Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint series but some of her standalones have been a bit too spooky for my tastes…


  2. I was dithering over whether to request Little Black Lies (but have far, far too many on my shelves) – it does look interesting. The Forensics one looks like a classic in the making – would be a fab reference for all of us crime writers!


    1. I couldn’t resist the latest Sharon Bolton and have to admit to a small cheer when I finally got the notification through that I’d been approved. I had been resisting the Forensics book for a while but my willpower unexpectedly failed and it looks so good next to the other non-fiction crime books on the shelf 🙂


  3. Oh, Cleo, you’ve got some good choices here! I like the sound of all three of them, actually. Bolton is of course a very talented author, and the McDermid looks great too. Can’t wait to see what you think of …Sudden Departure…, too; intriguing premise.


  4. Surprise Surprise! Guess who’s got all three?! I was intrigued by The Sudden Departure..and got it on NG, got Forensics on Edelweiss, and a proof of Little Black Lies! I did want a hard copy of Forensics – as I always do with non-fic – but couldn’t resist it on Edelweiss. Don’t read when you’re about to eat etc…Great list Cleo, fabulous taste, but I would say that, as mine’s so similar! Enjoy, especially now the sun’s appeared! x


  5. Ooh that Forensics book looks really good! I know I’m totally cliche, but I love crime shows and ended up reading a whole bunch of forensic books from my library to go with it. XD I find it all really interesting!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


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