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Stacking The Shelves (January 16)

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.

Well I didn’t expect to do another one of these posts quite so soon as it sort of shows that I’m still acquiring too many books.

First up is Dead Before Morning by Geraldine Evans a book I wouldn’t have picked up if it hadn’t been for Margot’s excellent ‘Spotlight’ of this one on her magnificent blog, in fact even after this temptation I was merely adding it to the wishlist, but it was free…

Dead Before Morning


DI Joseph Rafferty had three problems: His boss, his family and a murder. He knows which one he’d choose, if he had a choice. He’d take the murder of the ‘Faceless Lady’, any time, over the other two, even though he loves his family. Well, some of the time, anyway. Only he’s not given a choice. He must find her killer, while keeping his family’s current legal entanglements downwind of his boss. Otherwise, he risks failure, exposure and career crash. Amazon

I was delighted and thrilled to be approved for a copy of The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh; both her previous books Falling and Hidden were huge hits with me last year and this sounds just as good!

The Missing Hours

A woman disappears
One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.
A woman returns
Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.
What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?
‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’ NetGalley

The Missing Hours is going to be published on 21 April 2016

Finally, I have a copy by my new favourite publishers Twenty7; Without Trace by Simon Booker.

Simon Booker


For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart Danny Kilcannon – convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter.
When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa.
But then Lissa goes missing.
With her own child now at risk, Morgan must re-think all she knows about her old flame – ‘the one that got away’. As the media storm around the mysterious disappearance intensifies and shocking revelations emerge, she is forced to confront the ultimate question: who can we trust…?
Introducing Morgan Vine, Without Trace is Simon Booker’s debut thriller. Amazon

Without Trace will be published in eBook format on 28 January 2016 and in paperback on 16 June 2016

PicMonkey Collage TBR

Since my last count I have read 3 books, and gained 3 so I’m standing still at 174 books!
85 physical books
75 e-books
14 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?


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

25 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (January 16)

  1. Ooh, I’m now adding The Missing Hours to my TBR!! I’ve loved both of Emma’s previous novels and can’t wait to read this one. I am trying to not keep adding to my TBR this first half of this year but it’s not going well so far…


    1. I have been much more selective with ARCs but even so I’m still not moving the TBR in the right direction being higher than the day when I counted all the books determined to reduce the number – I’m trying especially hard this week!

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  2. I really want to read The Missing Hours as I’ve read both of Emma’s previous books and enjoyed them, especially ‘Hidden’ but I’m trying to hold out from requesting on Netgalley and waiting until its published. Without Trace sounds good, on the wishlist!


  3. Thank you so much for the kind mention, Cleo 🙂 – And I do hope you’ll enjoy Dead Before Morning. The rest of what you’ve found this week look great, too. And isn’t nice to get hold of a book by an author whose work you really love?

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  4. I think THE MISSING HOURS looks very good. I have her other two books here, on my shelves, unread. Will try to make a point to read them in upcoming weeks. My ‘no buy’ quest is going pretty well. I’ve only acquired one, which has yet to come. It’s Peter May’s first China thriller and I was not able to find it in any of our library systems. Enjoy your new books!!


    1. As you can see I’m still acquiring books so although I feel like I’ve been really restrained the pile still isn’t moving in the right direction. I am so pleased to have a copy of The Missing Hours though as I loved both her previous two novels.


  5. I loooove your idea of the TBR watch. Things have gotten quite out of hand at home recently with three piles of TBR books on top of my writing desk, waiting to be read…


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