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Stacking the Shelves (April 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.

Well my TBR is now truly out of control… From NetGalley I have the following irresistible books:

From Twenty7 books who publish debut authors I have Little Bones by Sam Blake which will be published in eBook format on 17 May 2016.

Little Bones


Attending what seems to be a routine break-in, troubled Detective Garda Cathy Connolly makes a grisly discovery: an old wedding dress – and, concealed in its hem, a baby’s bones.
And then the dress’s original owner, Lavinia Grant, is found dead in a Dublin suburb.
Searching for answers, Cathy is drawn deep into a complex web of secrets and lies spun by three generations of women.
Meanwhile, a fugitive killer has already left two dead in execution style killings across the Atlantic – and now he’s in Dublin with old scores to settle. Will the team track him down before he kills again?
Struggling with her own secrets, Cathy doesn’t know dangerous – and personal – this case is about to become… NetGalley

I was also lucky enough to get a copy of Angela Marsons fourth book in the Detective Kim Stone series, Play Dead, the first three had me hooked in 2015.

Play Dead


The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.
Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.
Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?
As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …? NetGalley

Play Dead
will be published on 20 May 2016 by Bookouture.

Lastly I have a copy of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena which will be published by Random House UK on 14 July 2016.

The Couple Next Door


You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.
Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.
Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.
Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race upstairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.
What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I’m posting this a day later than normal and there was a reason, that being that today was one of the Island’s book sales for the blind ,and so in the name of charity I have a few more books to show you. I would like to say as mitigation I put back a few and I resisted picking up many more!

Book Sale April 2016


I have a copy of The Sixth Heaven to go with The Shrimp and the Anemone which I already have sitting on the TBR following my love-in with The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley last year.

I always pick up an Agatha Christie book at these sales, it is a challenge that involves finding the best copy that I haven’t bought in previous excursions, this year’s pick is one I don’t remember (at the moment) Murder is Easy.

I’m a huge Barbara Vine fan and my copies  mainly have the classic orange spine by penguin, but I don’t (didn’t) own a copy of The House of Stairs; I did read this one but seem to remember I didn’t particularly rate it but want to check just in case it was a case of reading it at the wrong time.

So after the very recent success of Harriet Said as a reading experience I picked up the only two Beryl Bainbridge books I could find, both in immaculate condition; An Awfully Big Adventure and Winter Garden

I love Carol Shields’ writing and her book The Stone Diaries rates among one of my favourite reads so I just had to pick up Dressing Up for the Carnival, a book of short stories.

And I’m ashamed to say but I haven’t actually read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne so this is my opportunity to correct that.

It was a lovely morning, I always go with a close friend and so we had lots of chit-chat about books and other (less) important stuff, visited a garden centre and rounded the morning off with a lovely cup of coffee at a gentile tea shop neither of us had visited before – see even on a tiny island we can find new and exciting things to do!

So what has all this done to the TBR?

PicMonkey Collage TBR

Since my last count I have read 7 books, and gained, 10 so the total has shot up to 180 books!
96 physical books
67 e-books
17 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week? Please don’t tempt me too much!


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

24 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (April 24)

  1. I thought you were copying me, posting a day late! Sounds like you had a lovely day at the sale. I love getting hold of old Agatha Christies and other “Golden Age” authors, as well as old Ross McDonalds and suchlike. As for your new books, I also have the first two, courtesy of NetGalley! Great minds, as ever! Haven’t come across The Couple Next Door; looks good though. And The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is heartbreakingly wonderful!


  2. Don’t be ashamed– I haven’t read The Boy in Striped Pajamas either! My high school English teacher tried to force my class through the audio version, but it really wasn’t my cup of tea.

    I recently bought “The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare; an author who I’m pretty sure you’re probably aware of. It’s a collaboration between Cassandra and two other authors, who wrote a few stories about Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet 😦


  3. Oh, you got some fine books, Cleo! And, after all, it was in aid of a good cause. Your other additions look intriguing too. I’ve heard good things about The Couple Next Door, so I’ll be especially keen to know what you think of that one.


  4. Who can resist, especially when it’s in the name of charity! 😉

    I haven’t read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas either, and feel like I really should have by now. One day…


  5. Fab StS post! I have The Couple Next Door on my review TBR and am really looking forward to reading it too. It looks like you got some great books in the sale yesterday. An Awfully Big Adventure is a great read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is brilliant, I still think about it now and I read it when it first came out.

    Here’s my StS:


    1. Thank you! It was a bumper crop so now I need to be really, really good! I’m so looking forward to An Awfully Big Adventure which a couple of people recommended and of course I know I’m going to love The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – I don’t know how this one didn’t get read when it first came out!

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    1. There were a few Ruth Rendell books at the sale, many I’ve read but a few I hadn’t but I was trying to be restrained – I’m interested to see if a second go at this one will have a different result.


  6. I’m trying so hard to stop picking books up, either from NetGalley, shops of accepting ARCs. I’m failing badly. Since being Stateside I’ve requested a NetGalley book and bought three books in shops as well as downloading one from Amazon. The perfect opportunity while away, to not add and I still do…


    1. I keep trying to ban myself from looking on NetGalley but then I hear of a title and take a look and end up requesting a few – now I need to rein it in and get a grip of the TBR! I make these bold statements knowing they’re doomed to failure – I hope all is going well in the States, I’ve been thinking of you!

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