Added week ending 27 August 2016


At last a restrained week on the acquisitions front (until I see what everyone else has been acquiring of course)

Missing Presumed

Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner. Review copy courtesy of NetGalley. Published 1st Sept.

At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been reported missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, and her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family, but for Manon herself.


Kindle Purchases

Taking Pity

Taking Pity by David Mark. One of my favourite authors, not least because his books are set in Hull. All his back catalogue currently 99p for Kindle and this was the only one I’d somehow missed.

They have taken DS Aector McAvoy’s family.

They have taken DCI Colin Ray’s foundation.

They have taken DS Trish Pharaoh’s fight.

Now the ruthless criminal network that has tightened its stranglehold on Hull intends to take everything that remains from those who dare to stand in its way.

Taking Pity is a police procedural thriller that pulls no punches. It is the story of three officers who can take no more, and a merciless nemesis that takes no chances, no prisoners and no pity.




The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis. Thanks to Lorraine at Book Review Cafe and Arrow publishers for this paperback.   

When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.

The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia – has the mostto fear?


Charity shop purchases

Girl Who Fell from the Sky

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer


Kindle Freebies

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Finding Home by Lauren Westwood

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis


    • Hull doesn’t always help itself, but it’ll be interesting to see whether The City of Culture status in 2017 can alter some perceptions. While I left in 1980 my mum still lives there so I have a past and present perspective.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Very restrained, Jill. Let’s see what I can tempt you with.

    The Jeweller’s Wife by Judith Lennox (Netgalley)
    Deception by Roald Dahl (£1.99)
    Arrowood by Laura McHugh (Netgalley)
    Cousins by Salley Vickers (Netgalley)
    The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (99p)
    Valentina by S. E. Lynes (99p)
    The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon (99p)
    Untouchable by Sibel Hodge (99p)
    Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint (freebie)
    The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke (99p)
    Surviving The Evacuation, Book 1: London by Frank Tayell (freebie)
    A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage (£2.49)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nice try twinnie, I’ve requested Cousins on NetGalley and that’s all 😱
      I do have several on the list already otherwise it might have been more. Visited the charity shop today and bought 1. Picked up a near pristine copy of Career of Evil by Galbraith/Rowling for 20p! Before you ask the inevitable – no I haven’t 😊


      • Ha ha. Well I managed to tempt you with one at least. I have read the first Galbraith book – liked it well enough but don’t think I will read more. Your charity shop has some real bargains!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Well I spoke too soon, just bought Last Days of Summer. My charity shop is great, and single handedly responsible for most of the fiction on my bookshelves at 20p each or 3 for 50p (and that includes hardbacks). I’ll be scuppered when we move!


Leave a Reply to Nicola Smith Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.