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Stacking the Shelves (September 19)

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 few additions to the good old TBR starting with by The Widow by Fiona Barton which is due to be published on 14 January 2016. My copy was sent to me by the lovely Ben Willis of Transworld. I received the first chapter of this psychological thriller at Crime in the Courts back in June and was delighted to receive a proof copy as I desperately wanted to read the rest of the story!

The Widow

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.
Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows. Goodreads

From NetGalley I am thrilled to have a copy of Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths which is the second outing for DI Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto after their strong debut in The Zig Zag Girl

Smoke and Mirrors


Brighton, winter 1951.
Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max’s headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ­­of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it’s not long before the press nickname them ‘Hansel and Gretel’.
DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie’s unfinished – and rather disturbing – last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?
Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection? NetGalley

Lastly is a purchase of The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty, an author who hasn’t let me down yet.

The Hypnotist's Love Story


Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.
Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.
Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has. Goodreads

So there are my finds – What have you found to read this week?


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

20 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (September 19)

  1. Nice to see your reading plans again, Cleo. I have yet to read Liane Moriarty, although I think she’s exactly the kind of author I would enjoy.
    I’ve been reading quite a bit of Martha Grimes lately for a feature article I’m writing, have just started ‘Stasi Child’, about a crime in the GDR (which is riveting to anyone who has had some experience of the Communist regime) and my next read is probably Fall of the Man in Wilmslow. However, I’m so far behind on reviews, it’s almost embarassing to be embarking on anything fresh to read!


    1. Oh I like the sound of your article on Martha Grimes! My reading pace has slowed shockingly so I’m ok on the review front but I certainly shouldn’t be acquiring new books at the moment but… Liane Moriarty is great 😉


  2. As always, these all sound great. I’m especially taken with The Widow so I’ll be looking out for your review 🙂

    I just had a thought, I’m doing my annual Horror October this year, and it would be awesome to get you involved…how would you feel about doing a little piece about your love of murder and mayhem? No pressure! I know how hectic things usually are. Email me if you’re interested lipsyylostnfound[at]gmail[dot]com 🙂


  3. What a fascinating perspective, Cleo! The wife of the killer! Little wonder you were drawn in by it. And I so admire Elly Griffiths for branching out and writing some standalones. I’ll be keen to know what you thought of that one. It all looks terrific.


  4. Lovely books. I recently got The Zig Zag Girl and hope to read it soon. I love Elly Griffiths and am excited about a new series by her. And here is already book #2. The Widow looks very interesting. And I’ve been very pleased with the Liane Moriarty books I’ve read in the past. I think I have this one perhaps – need to check. Sounds good though.


    1. I really enjoyed the different feel to The Zig Zag Girl which was so different to, the Ruth Galloway series, but equally well written. Yes, I love Liane Moriarty and all her books are so different so I’m working my way slowly through her back catalogue.


  5. Voracious by Cara Nicolette was part of my library haul last week. Which after reading will only increase future library hauls from plenty additions to my reserve list… It’s all about food!!!
    All the Light We Cannot See…
    Anthony Doers. Usually Im not a fan of male authors fiction but this is written so well…. In spite of wwII as a drop back ( it’s always heartbreaking for the shear waste of mankind to me)… I loved it and the large print is very helpful for reading in a single very long all day and nite read… No headaches.
    Sue Grafton’s Kinsey and Me
    Insightful if you enjoy the series. Sometimes it makes you wonder how we all managed to survive our childhood. The childhood you might have thought sucked… Well there’s always someone that had it worse.
    Currently reading Geoff Dyer Another Great Day At Sea…. And enjoying.


  6. I’ve just picked out a book I heard about from The Sunday Times, relieved as a Christmas present and then promptly forgot about. It’s the Silence of the Seas by an Icelandic crime fiction writer called Yuri Sigurdardotti. Ever come across her?


  7. All three sound good this week. I’m looking forward to the Elly Griffiths – loved the first one. And The Widow sounds intriguing – I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it…


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