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Stacking the Shelves (October 24)

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 am starting with a bit of history – Dead Centre by Joan Lock with a fictional murder in Trafalgar Square in 1887.

Dead Centre


1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
Trafalgar Square. London.
Unrest has been building for days, the unemployed gathering daily to protest and nightly to sleep.
The police are exhausted by extra duty; blamed for failing to do more to prevent the disorder, they grow increasingly bitter about the protesters’ accusations of brutality.
When a prominent member of one of the new socialist organisations is found dead at the foot of Nelson’s Column, it only adds more fuel to the protesters’ fire.
DI Best and Constable Roberts must juggle competing priorities as they search for the killer and attempt to manage the Trafalgar Square situation.
To make matters worse, Best catches a glimpse of Stark, a man guilty of murder in Whitechapel — the only witness to the crime is Florence Bagnall, Roberts’s fiancé.
As tensions rise and time begins to run out, Best realises that something terrible is about to happen…and that he may be powerless to stop it. NetGalley

I also have a copy of The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth which magically appeared on my reading shelf because I clicked on the invitation – not a book I would usually have chosen but I’m going to give it a go.

The Things We Keep


Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them. NetGalley

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan came courtesy of Bloomsbury, this book will be published on 12 January 2016.

Beside Myself


Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back. Forced into her new identity, Helen develops a host of behavioural problems, delinquency and chronic instability. With their lives diverging sharply, one twin headed for stardom and the other locked in a spiral of addiction and mental illness, how will the deception ever be uncovered? Exploring questions of identity, selfhood, and how other people’s expectations affect human behaviour, this novel is as gripping as it is psychologically complex. Goodreads

And finally Midas PR sent me a book that I’m really looking forward to reading; The Hidden Legacy by G.J. Minett which is being published in eBook format on 5 November 2015.

The Hidden Legacy


1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.
2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .
Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she’s invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman’s will, she’s far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.
But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There’s just one problem – Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash.
Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .
Graham Minett’s debut novel, The Hidden Legacy, is a powerful and suspenseful tale exploring a mysterious and sinister past. Amazon

Today is the day of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Book Sale here in Jersey, so it is likely that there may, just possibly, be more books added to my shelf before the day is done.

What have you found to read this week? Do share!


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

25 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (October 24)

  1. I know Ann Morgan back from the days when she was reading the world and I’m looking forward to this book very much indeed – although the cover seems to be different from the one I have!
    I had a lovely surprise present in the form of a book: a very late birthday present from a niece, a French translation of the Peruvian author Diego Trelles Paz signed by the author himself (she met him at a book fair). So impressed – the first family member who knows what I like and gets it for me!


  2. These do sound interesting, Cleo! The Lock and the MInnett sound particularly enticing! You always share such intriguing-sounding books with terrific past/present connections.


  3. Beside Myself sounds really gripping and creepy! Have you read The Ice Twins? If you are interested in a mystery about mistaken identity, twins and murder, you might enjoy it.


  4. These last two sound good. I’m finally meandering through the start of Bill Byson’s England memoir. I also started the India Black series which is awesome so far.


  5. The first and last ones both appeal this week, especially Dead Centre, but I think I’m probably safe from the two in the middle… I shall wait to hear what you think of them all first though…


  6. Those look fun . . . but then your selections generally do.

    Today is the day of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Book Sale here in Jersey, so it is likely that there may, just possibly, be more books added to my shelf before the day is done.

    We had a major local library sale about ten days ago which, regrettably, had this same effect here.


      1. I was astonished by how restrained you were. I too was hellish restrained at the big library fundraiser sale here in New Jersey, but still came away with 13 books to your 10 in Old Jersey.


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