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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? We’re hurtling towards Halloween and the end of October. Tonight we revert to Greenwich Mean Time for the Winter months. That means an extra hour in bed tomorrow and lighter mornings but I hate the way that it gets dark so early in the evenings

Saturday means it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My STS posts are generally my library books. I’m a great supporter of libraries, mainly because I could never afford to buy all the books that I want to read, and visit mine every week whenever possible. I love the fact that I can look at the online catalogue and request books to borrow. This is great for books that are recommended to me by different bookbloggers.

However this week, I haven’t been to the library. There aren’t any books for me to collect and I currently have 4 library books that I haven’t even started so I don’t feel any lack of reading material at the moment. As I haven’t got any new library books, this week’s post is the books that I have recently added to my Net Galley shelf.

I keep trying not to add books as I’m trying to keep the numbers down so that I can review them all before their publication dates. It’s so difficult though. Especially when I see reviews on blogs of ARCs and then I go and see if it’s available here in the UK. It is! Ooops, that’s another book added to my shelf😲

These are the ARCs that I have been approved for in the past couple of weeks.

A Marriage of Fortune by Anne O’Brien
The Paston Diaries are a famous resource for historians about the Wars of the Roses and this historical novel is the story of three Paston women during that time. I love this period of history and am really looking forward to reading this one.

The Devil’s Way by Robert Bryndza
This is the latest novel by one of my favourite crime writers. This is the new instalment in Kate Marshall’s life. She meets an elderly woman, Jean, in hospital and hears about how her son went missing on Dartmoor years ago. As she begins to investigate this, she finds that Jean is not all that she seems and that a murder is also connected to her.

The Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
This is the sequel to the brilliant Daughter of the Moon Goddess which I read a few months ago. A couple of reviews say that this latest book is even better than the first one so definitely one to look forward to.

The Marriage Act by John Marrs
This is a thriller set in Britain in the near future where the government have decided that marriage should be almost compulsory and those who choose to remain single are punished.
I love books that explore ways that society might change and this one sounds fascinating. Apparently there is a Netflix series, The One, which is set in the same world which I might also explore.

A Restless Truth by Freya Marske
This is the follow up book to the brilliant A Marvellous Light and focuses on Maud, who featured in the first book but wasn’t a major character. This book has magic, an ocean voyage and a parrot so certainly sounds entertaining.

Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
Any book that has ‘Bookshop’ in the title is always worth looking at. This is the story of a second hand bookshop and how it survives during lockdown by recommending books and posting them out to people. It has some great reviews and sounds like a really heart-warming read.

That’s what I’ve added to my online shelves over the past couple of weeks and I am so looking forward to reading all of them.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?

This is post 29 for Blogtober 2022

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It’s Saturday again and time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

The Opera House in Buxton

This week though, we’re in the gorgeous town of Buxton in the Peak District as we’re performing The Desert Song at the opera house. That means that I haven’t been to the library this week so this week’s post is about the books that I have recently added to my Net Galley shelf.

I have definitely slowed down requesting books from Net Galley as it put me under too much pressure to read books to a deadline. I currently only have 17 books on my shelf but my review rating is up to 90% which I’m really pleased about. These are the books that I have recently been approved for.


The Dazzle of the Light

Ruby Mills is ruthlessly ambitious, strikingly beautiful – and one of the Forty Thieves’ most talented members.

Harriet Littlemore writes the women’s section in a local newspaper. She’s from a ‘good’ London family and engaged to an up-and-coming Member of Parliament – but she wants a successful career of her own.

After witnessing Ruby fleeing the scene of a robbery, Harriet develops a fascination with the elusive young thief that extends beyond journalistic interest. As their personal aspirations bring them into closer contact than society’s rules usually allow, Ruby and Harriet’s stories become increasingly intertwined.

Their magnetic dynamic, fraught with envy and desire, tells a compulsive, cinematic story about class, morality and the cost of being an independent woman in 1920s London.

The Cruise
A glamorous ship

During a New Year’s Eve party on a large, luxurious cruise ship in the Caribbean, the ship’s dancer, Lola, goes missing.

Everyone on board has something to hide

Two weeks later, the ship is o ut of service, laid up far from land with no more than a skeleton crew on board. And then more people start disappearing…

No one is safe
Why are the crew being harmed? Who is responsible? And who will be next?

Mum calls me Maame. It has many meanings in Twi, but in my case, it means woman.

Meet Maddie.

To her mostly-absent mum, she’s Maame, the woman of the family. To her dad, she’s his carer – even if he hardly recognises her. To her friends, she’s the one who still lives at home, who never puts herself first.

It’s time to become the woman she wants to be.

The kind who wears a bright yellow suit, says yes to after-work drinks and flirts with a thirty-something banker. Who doesn’t have to google all her life choices. Who demands a seat at the table.

But to put ourselves together, sometimes we have to fall apart…

Snowed in for Christmas
She’s snowed in with the family. The only problem? They’re not her family.

A family gathering
This Christmas the Miller siblings have one goal – to avoid their family’s well-meaning questions. Ross, Alice and Clemmie have secrets that they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention.

An uninvited guest
Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone, and the prospect of losing her job – unless she can win a major piece of business from Ross Miller. She’ll deliver her proposal to his family home in the Scottish Highlands and then leave. After all, she wouldn’t want to intrude on the Miller’s perfect family Christmas.

A Christmas to remember
When Lucy appears on the Miller’s snow-covered doorstep, she is mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend. But by the time the confusion is cleared up, a storm has hit and Lucy is stuck. As everyone settles in for a snowed-in Christmas, tensions bubble to the surface and suddenly Lucy finds herself facing a big family fallout with a family that isn’t hers…

The Mystery of Four
Tess Morgan has finally made her dream of restoring beautiful Kilfenora House and Gardens into a reality.

But during rehearsals for the play that forms the opening weekend’s flagship event, her dream turns into a nightmare when a devastating accident looks set to ruin her carefully laid plans.

There are rumours that Kilfenora House is cursed, but this feels personal, and becomes increasingly terrifying when more than one body is discovered. Could someone be closing in on Tess herself?

Clarissa Westmacott, ex star of stage and screen, certainly believes so, particularly when she learns that purple-flowered aconite has been picked from the Poison Garden. And Clarissa will stop at nothing to protect the friend she has come to see as a daughter.

Needless Alley
Birmingham, 1933.

Private enquiry agent William Garrett, a man damaged by a dark childhood spent on Birmingham’s canals, specialises in facilitating divorces for the city’s male elite. With the help of his best friend -charming, out-of-work actor Ronnie Edgerton – William sets up honey traps. But photographing unsuspecting women in flagrante plagues his conscience and William heaves up his guts with remorse after every job.

However, William’s life changes when he accidentally meets the beautiful Clara Morton and falls in love. Little does he know she is the wife of a client – a leading fascist with a dangerous obsession. And what should have been another straightforward job turns into something far more deadly

Driving Home for Christmas
Driving home marks the start of the holidays for Kate and Ed, who have made this journey every Christmas of their ten-year long relationship. Normally the seasonal hits blare from the car stereo, and they are guaranteed to be wearing ridiculous jumpers in anticipation, but this year a frosty silence fills the car…

A massive argument leads to the immediate collapse of their relationship. But the show must go on, so they decide to brave their families together one last time.

With three Christmases to celebrate, an old flame waiting under the mistletoe and a shed load of expectation around their future together, this most wonderful time of year is anything but. There will be turkey, tiffs and tantrums galore, but it’s sure to be a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Stay Buried
Detective Inspector Matt Lockyer has been side-lined to working cold cases, following a bad decision he made in a recent investigation in order to support a friend. Lockyer isn’t too bothered though, as it gives him the chance to review some of the cases that keep him up at night and to look into his own brother’s senseless killing which still remains unsolved.

On a quiet afternoon Lockyer receives a phone call from prisoner Hedy Lambert – a woman he put inside for murder fourteen years ago. She informs him that the man she was originally accused of killing has turned up alive and well. She begs him to reopen her case.

All those years ago, Lockyer had been the one to pin down Hedy’s motive, but deep down he’d never wanted to believe she was guilty. The thought that he might have sent an innocent woman down for life doesn’t sit well with him and he agrees to reopen the investigation. But has it become too personal and is he being manipulated? Perhaps there are some cases that should just stay buried.

So that’s my recent ARC approvals. They’re mainly mystery books with a couple of Christmas ones to read in the Autumn. There’s a definite lack of fantasy so I might need to go and search out a couple of new fantasy authors to read.

That’s what I’ve added to my shelves this week. What’s been added to your bookshelves?

All pictures and details taken from Net Galley site.