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Stacking the Shelves (July 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!

Not many additions but as some of them go back a couple of weeks I thought I’d update you all on those I have acquired.

First up from good old NetGalley is No One Needs to Know by Kevin O’Brien

No One Needs to Know


In July 1970, actress Elaina Styles was slain in her rented Seattle mansion along with her husband and their son’s nanny. When the baby’s remains were found buried in a shallow grave close to a hippie commune, police moved in—only to find all its members already dead in a grisly mass suicide.
Now, decades later, a film about the murders is shooting at the mansion. On-set caterer Laurie Trotter ignores gossip that the production is cursed. But then people start dying…
As Laurie digs deep into what happened all those years ago, the truth emerges more twisted than any whispered rumor, as a legacy of brutal vengeance reaches its terrifying climax… NetGalley

No One Needs to Know is due to be published by Kensington Books on 7 August 2015

I am also delighted to have a copy of The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan, an author whose previous books featuring Paula McGuire have been a big hit with me. The latest in the series will be published by Headline on 19 November 2015.

The Silent Dead


Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5’7″.
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression – murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.
The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.
Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.
The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it’s clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock – both personally and professionally.
With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don’t they? NetGalley

I also have a copy courtesy of the author,Jack Jordan of Anything For Her . I rarely accept books for review via the author but Jack sent me a lovely, and personalised email which showed that he’d visited this blog and noted the types of books I like to read – his seems to fit the bill!

Anything for Her


Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.
Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you. Amazon

Lastly I have a copy of The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir which comes highly recommended by a number of blogger friends following my recent post on Women’s Lives
The Closet of Savage Memories


Lillis takes a summer job working at a lodge in a small lochside village in the Scottish Highlands. Leaving home is a way to escape her sorrow and despair following the death of her boyfriend and a testy relationship with her mother, Verity.
In Scotland she encounters love and excitement but when a series of unexpected events turn her new found life on its head, she is forced to make a life-changing decision, one that will stay with her for her whole life.
The Closet of Savage Mementos is drawn directly from the author’s own experiences and explores heartbreak, loss, motherhood and adoption in a gripping narrative and the same expressive, emotive and exciting prose we have come to expect of Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Goodreads

Any of these take your fancy or perhaps you’ve already read them?
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

32 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (July 18)

  1. Oh, I really like the sound of No One Needs to Know, Cleo! That past/present connection, and the story behind it all, sound fascinating! I really look forward to your review of it when you’ve read it.


  2. Only one duplicate this week – Claire McGowan – although I do fancy the Kevin O’Brien and the Jack Jordan. But I was brought up in a small lochside village in Scotland so that’s too…familiar. Does that make sense? And a bit too much about feelings, I think, for my cynical mind! Looking forward to your reviews though, as ever! Have you noticed, everyone’s reading different books at the moment?? Or is it just me thinks that?!


    1. I have enjoyed all Claire McGowan’s books – it’s odd isn’t it how some places that you know well can appeal while in other ways it is discovering something you already know. Maybe because more people read books they already own in the summer rather than the arcs where we all get the same picks? Variety is great as it gives me links to books I may not have considered although I do love seeing what someone else thinks about a book I’ve read…


      1. Oh me too! I read more reviews of books I’ve already read than ones I haven’t, which is a bit…ludicrous. I guess for me it’s almost checking – did they like it too? Yes, thank God! And your first comment about places you know well is very true. I think it can depend on your mood too – do you feel like going back there? I’m enjoying reading about exotic or different locations a lot at the moment. I also didn’t think they put the “big hitters” out in Summer – they save them for October and the Christmas market. Having said that, Lee Child or Karin Slaughter or Val McDermid will sell anytime. And remember there’s a Rebus coming out in October – what do you think the chances of getting an ARC of that are? Not too good, I imagine! Last one was a smidge disappointing, but that’s another story. Denise Mina has a new one out too in the Autumn (I’d better finish her last one!)


  3. I want to read the Kevin O’Brien book. He’s an author that has been recommended to me, but I haven’t tried one of his books yet. This one looks very promising. And I’m trying to remember if I’ve read a Claire McGowan book yet. I know that I had her first on my list at one point. I’ll have to look. I know I haven’t read more than one, if that. Will be watching for The Silent Dead, which seems to come out here in November. I just went and looked and I have the first 2 books in the series on my Kindle. Must prioritize them.


    1. I’ve a Claire McGowan here *has to go and look, signifying it has not the most memorable title…* The Dead Ground. Don’t think there’s others lurking in the Kindle but could not swear on oath. I’ll take the Fifth. My Kindle is scarily packed.


    2. Haha I do that so often – books on kindle are the hardest to keep track of and many a time I’ve gone to buy one I already own!! I really enjoy this series, love the protagonist which always helps….


      1. Oh I must read it then! Yes, at least Amazon tell you you already bought the book. It’s the ones I’ve bought in a sale I’m never sure of, at 99p….”what the hell, it’s cheaper than a cuppa” ones. I have WAY too many of them….I really need to sort out some kind of folder system, but tbh I wouldn’t have a clue how to start!


  4. I’d not heard of Nuala Ní Chonchúir but just the unusual nature of her name sent me off to find out who she is. I see she has a new novel coming out this month, written under the name of Nuala O’Connor. It’s called Miss Emily.


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