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Stacking The Shelves (April 25)

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!

Oh dear, I feel that I ought to stand up and say ‘My name is Cleopatra and I am a bookaholic’ because for some reason I seem to have been on a NetGalley binge and all those lovely publishers out there enable me by approving my requests! Well here goes:

I have a copy of The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum, an author I first ‘met’ last year by reading The Murder of Harriet Krohn, a quietly brilliant book. This is the eleventh in the Inspector Sejer series so I hope that it works as a stand-alone and isn’t so good that I feel I have to purchase the previous ten!

The Drowned Boy

He’d just learnt to walk,’ she said. ‘He was sitting playing on his blanket, then all of a sudden he was gone.’
A 16-month-old boy is found drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother’s story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth. NetGalley

The Drowned Boy will be published on 4 June 2015

I also have a copy of In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, a book that is due to be published on 30 July 2015.

In a Dark Dark Wood


Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room….

… and I have a copy of If She Did It by Jessica Treadway which was published on 10 March 2015

If She Did It


What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime?
When Dawn introduces her family to her new boyfriend, Rud, they hide their unsettled feelings because they’re glad that Dawn, always an awkward child, seems to have finally blossomed.
Then Dawn’s parents are savagely beaten in their own bed, and though Hanna survives, Rud stands trial for Joe’s murder. Claiming her boyfriend’s innocence, Dawn initially estranges herself from everyone she knows, but when Rud wins an appeal, Dawn returns home saying she wants to support her mother.
Hanna knows that if she could only remember the details of that traumatic night, she could ensure her husband’s murderer remains in jail. But Hanna hadn’t realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter… NetGalley

I lay the blame for requesting this next book firmly at Lady Fancifull’s door as she wrote such a brilliant review of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald and mentioned two other favourite books of mine; 84 Charing Cross Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, that I simply couldn’t resist requesting a copy for myself!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


Warning: once you let books into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.
But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop. NetGalley

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is due to be published on 18 June 2015

Finally Mel Sherratt contacted me to see if I wanted a copy of Only The Brave, well there was only one answer to that question! This is the third in the Allie Shenton series and I certainly can’t stop now.

Only The Brave


When one of the notorious Johnson brothers is murdered and a bag of money goes missing, a deadly game of cat and mouse is set in motion.
DS Allie Shenton and her team are called in to catch the killer, but the suspects are double-crossing each other and Allie has little time to untangle the web of lies.
As she delves deeper into the case, things take a personal turn when Allie realises she is being stalked by the very same person who attacked her sister seventeen years ago and left her for dead.
Set over forty-eight tension-filled hours, Only the Brave is the latest gut-churning police procedural from acclaimed author Mel Sherratt. NetGalley

Only The Brave is due to be published 26 May 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

46 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (April 25)

  1. I’ve requested the Karin Fossum too – but I warn you, entering her world is a dangerous game and you may find yourself requesting or needing or ordering her previous books too…


    1. I was being quite restrained and then… it al went wrong! I’m all for blaming everyone else for my lack of willpower particularly when we get in from work and the sarcastic comment ‘oh no Cleo it looks like another book you haven’t asked for’ is issued whilst picking up the parcels!!


  2. Honestly, I almost always love the sound of every single book you mention. The only issue is that many of them are not available to me yet or perhaps ever. But I search to see. Thanks for bringing a whole new world of books to my doorstep. I’m having fun with it!


    1. It’s so frustrating when you see a book you’d like the look of and it isn’t available in your region – I’m touched by your comments and grateful that you keep coming and checking out my finds 🙂


      1. I have been told that it’s worthwhile applying for books not in your region, on the off-chance it’s someone a bit “dolly”, as we’d say, doing the approving! It’s worked for me; in one case I was even auto-approved by the publishers (and they’re not an awful one, in fact I’d probably ask for about half their books!) Laughed at what you said about your work colleagues! My daughter is definitely becoming more intrigued by blogging at the thought of getting book parcels – although I wish I’d never mentioned there were such things as “beauty blogs”. I can see her with her pals demonstrating hairdos – it’s like Girl’s World for the 21st century! She’s a wee snob with her make-up too – it’s all Benefit, Mac, Bare Minerals. Revlon was the best I could do at 20! (Prob due to all the books I was buying!)


    1. Hello – long time no see in blogland although I do see you on Goodreads! Funnily enough I thought of you when I read Lady Fancifull’s review because you introduced me to 84 Charing Cross Road – this one does look like a great read!


  3. Oh, Cleo, these look fabulous! So excited that Fossum’s newest is due out soon. I think you’ll like the Inspector Sejer series. Of course, I admit I’m quite biased, but still, I think it’s great. And …Broken Wheel also looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.


  4. If She Did it seems to cover a topical theme. I was reading about a real life case the other day where the parents blamed the boyfriend for girl’s violence towards them. Sounds quite a bit like the book.
    I’ve read a couple of the Inspector Sejer books and liked them, btw.


  5. These all sound so good…and as I was reading the blurb on If She Did, I thought…hmm, this sounds sooo familiar. Then I realized that I read it, under the title Lacy Eye. It was a good one. Hope you love it.


  6. Nice haul, Cleo! I’m especially curious about the Karin Fossum title, I own many of her books, but I haven’t read them yet. Of course, I had to buy them when they were on sale, and because she’s a Norwegian author… so I have her books in Norwegian. I need to get on with that.
    I hope you’ll enjoy all your new books. Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.


  7. In a dark dark wood sounds like a nice creepy story-I might have to further investigate that one. Actually I shouldn’t check out any more potential reads until I clear my ereader a bit! Thanks for visiting my STS!


  8. Some great looking choices there. ‘If She Did It’ is already on my wishlist. I’ve been trying to keep away from Netgalley but having had my eye on ‘In a Dark Dark Wood’ for a while and seeing from your list that its now available, I’ve had to request.


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