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Stacking the Shelves (October 11)

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.

As I’m off to Bath a city chosen for a short-break, the location chosen in no small way because I’ve been longing to visit Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights ever since some other lucky blogger featured this shop. Fortunately my friend also likes books!


With this in mind, because I will possibly purchase a book or two during this visit I have just a couple of finds for you this week.

The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood, is written by the writer of the TV series, Death In Paradise. The first in this series, A Meditation on Murder, was very well-received by this reader.

The Killing of Polly Carter


When famous supermodel Polly Carter is found dead at the bottom of a cliff all signs point to suicide, but as the evidence continues to mount DI Richard Poole declares it to be a murder. Now, with a houseful of suspects Richard has to narrow the field and discover who the murderer is before it’s too late. At the same time his mother is arriving from England and throwing his whole perfectly ordered life into turmoil. Not only does she want to be involved in island life, but all signs are beginning to point to not all being right in Richard’s own family…something he cannot help but attempt to fix. NetGalley

The Killing of Polly Carter will be published on 3 December 2015.

I also have a copy of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, a book that has me intrigued although it is quite different to my usual reading choices, this will be published in February 2016.

My Name is Lucy Barton

An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, one of America’s finest writers shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter. NetGalley

I also picked up a copy of Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight having been so impressed with the author’s second novel Where They Found Her.

Reconstructing Amelia


Single mother and lawyer Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive prep school. When Kate eventually arrives at Grace Hall an hour later, she is greeted by the news that no mother ever wants to hear. A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn’t know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Who are the friends she kept, what are the secrets she hid? And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia’s private world – and into the mind of a troubled young girl. Then Kate receives an anonymous text: AMELIA DIDN’T JUMP. Is someone toying with her or has she been right all along? To find the truth about her daughter, Kate must now face a darker reality than she could ever have imagined. Amazon

What have you found to read this week?


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

12 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (October 11)

  1. I hope you have a lovely time, Cleo. You’ve got some interesting-sounding reads here. The Thoroughgood looks like an interesting whodunit, and the other two have what sounds like an interesting theme of learning things we never knew about someone. I hope you’ll enjoy them.


  2. That book shop looks beautiful.

    I’ve also got an ARC of Lucy Barton. Can’t wait to get into it. Did you read Olive Kitteridge? I just loved that book…


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