Stacking the Shelves: 12 September 2015


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. This means you can include ‘˜real’ and ‘˜virtual’ books (ie physical and ebooks) you’ve bought, books you’ve borrowed from friends or the library, review books, and gifts.

Even though I have plenty of TBR books I couldn’t resist adding a few books this week:

First on Kindle is The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves. This was first published this week and is the seventh and latest book in the Vera Stanhope series.  Set in a lonely valley in Northumberland, Patrick, a young ecologist is found dead in a ditch and a second body is found in the attic of the house that Patrick was looking after whilst the owners were away. I have started to read this already!


I’ve also downloaded In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward. This is her debut book, published in June this year. Sarah Ward writes a blog reviewing crime fiction – Crimepieces, which I regularly read. She has also reviewed for Eurocrime and Crimesquad and is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. In Bitter Chill is set in Derbyshire, where in 1978 two girls, Rachel and Sophie had gone missing. Rachel returned and when Sophie’s mother commits suicide thirty years later, she is determined to find out what had happened and the case is reopened.

Lastly, I received  a copy of The Monocled Mutineer by John Fairly and William Allison for review courtesy of the Souvenir Press Ltd. With a new introduction by John Fairly this is the 2nd revised edition of the original book first published in 1979. I remember watching the 1986 BBC dramatisation of this with Paul McGann playing the role of Percy Toplis, the leader of an army mutiny in 1917 in Étaples in northern France ‘“ a story that has remained one of the best-kept secrets of the First World War. Although Toplis was named as the ringleader of the Mutiny, there are still a host of unanswered questions about him and his role, if any.

What books have you added to your shelves this week?

9 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves: 12 September 2015”

  1. I want to read Ann Cleeves’ books. I have the first Vera book and also some of the other series. Have you watched the Vera TV adaptation? I started it and then got distracted with other things.


    1. Kay, I think I’ve watched nearly all the Vera programmes. I’ve also read and watched all of her Shetland books – the TV adaptations are not always true to the books. I prefer the books.


  2. Great haul this week. I hope you enjoy your books 🙂
    I’m liking the cover of In Bitter Chill and the description sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out.


  3. Is that Billinge Lump? by Tottie Limejuice (ex-pat in France), The Dog Stars by Peter Heller and Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope are new to me this week.


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