Sunday, 15 September 2013

My Book Haul / Showcase Sunday

This is Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday where I share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!

I'm back!! I had a fabulous time in Canada - Toronto is such a fun city! 
Unfortunately in the two weeks I was far too busy having fun to do much reading... I finished The Kingmaker's Daughter by Phillippa Gregory and then rushed straight into The White Princess also by Philippa Gregory - love the historical detail in both books! Finally I finished Gluten For Punishment by Nancy J. Parra - an enjoyable cosy mystery...not exactly the holiday reading list I set out before I went away but to be honest I'm not fussed! :-)


While I was away a few competition wins came through in the post...

Talking To The Dead - Harry Bingham
Publisher: Orion
It's DC Fiona Griffiths' first murder case - and she's in at the deep end. A woman and her six-year-old daughter killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor. 
DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there's another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry - and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.
Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her inexorably back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found.

This was a win from the wonderful Vicki at Books, Biscuits and Tea as part of her crime month. It looks very creepy...

River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) - Suzanne Johnson
Publisher: Headline
 Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator. 
Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

I won this over at the Shadow Realm and I was looking forward to the second book in this series!

A Novel Way To Die - Ali Brandon
Publisher: Berkley Crime
As the owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla is settling nicely into her new life, even reaching an uneasy truce with Hamlet. Unfortunately, when she needs to hire a new clerk, the finicky feline decides to lend a paw to the hiring process. He chases away applicants who don’t meet his approval, finally settling on an unlikely candidate: Robert, a book-loving Goth kid who has a secret only Hamlet knows. And Hamlet can’t seem to stay out of trouble. One of the bookstore’s regular customers, a man who is renovating a local brownstone, claims he’s seen Hamlet prowling the neighborhood. When the man’s business partner is found dead, Darla discovers that Hamlet may have been the only witness to what could be murder. With the crafty cat’s help, she wonders if they just might be able to pounce on a killer...

This was from the lovely Qwillery as part of the ParaCozyMystery month.


While in Toronto I did manage to find my way into a couple of bookstores and pick up a few presents for myself...
Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
Red Rain - R.L. Stine
Tempest Reborn (Jane True #6) - Nicole Peeler
Dead Iron - Devon Monk
The Blood Gospel - James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrel
The Wild Ways - Tanya Huff
Omens - Kelley Armstrong

This post would be far too long if I put the synopsis of each book up!

So what did you pick up this week...?


  1. Lol, gotta buy something when you go to bookstores ;)

  2. I really want to read Suzanne's Johnson's books. Omen is fantastic...can't wait for more in this series.

  3. I love this river road cover, sooooo beautiful! And I want want want Omens! So curious about it! Happy reading!

  4. Glad you enjoyed your time up north. It's been a while since I've been to Toronto, but from what I recall, there's enough to keep a person busy and happy for a good long time! Next time you come to Canda, come to the Maritimes and I'll show you around my city! :D (Not that there's a lot to see here, unless you like Loyalist history...)

  5. I wanna visit Canada as well, looks gorgeous.
    And nice haul, so many goodies!
    Happy reading!

  6. Awesome haul of books. I hope you love your new books. Come visit me as well.

    Books of Love

  7. Great haul! The only one I have heard of is Omen which I really want to try. Hope you enjoy your new books :)

  8. Ahh I've always wanted to go to Canada, it looks like an awesome place! Haven't heard of any of these books but I hope you enjoy your haul!

    Here's my SS :)

    Laura @ What's Hot?

  9. Yay, it has arrived! Hope you enjoy Harry's book :)
    And... welcome back!

  10. I absolutely loved Toronto too when I went there two years ago, I wish I could go back there again soon. I couldn't help myself but go into book stores, I hope you enjoy all your pretties!

  11. Oh great haul and I'm glad you had fun in Canada!! Wish I was there. ;)

  12. Wow, some nice new books here. :) Have a great week!

  13. Long is FIIIIIINE~ I haven't heard of most of these though, except R. L. Stein and Phillipa Gregory, obv.