Hello October (Fictionophile updates and Sept. book haul)

October 1st and back home again!

To celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary, my husband and I went on our first ever cruise!  We flew from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia (4,444 km= 2,761 miles) where we boarded the Holland America Westerdam cruise ship. Then we sailed to ALASKA!

September was a very busy month for us.  Besides preparing for our trip, we redecorated the kitchen and bathroom at our little summer cottage.  Painting walls, replacing floors, etc.  The upshot of which is I got very little reading done.  The good news is I also didn’t add many new titles to my already packed TBR.

During the month of September I added only THREE titles to my TBR.

I downloaded 3 titles from NetGalley in September:


She Lies in Wait” by Gytha Lodge

This is the first title in a series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens


On a hot July night in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along.

Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson, found at long last. And that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway only the six of them knew about.

It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…

I received this book from Random House via NetGalley


In the Silence” by M.R. MacKenzie


Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

I received this book from Bloodhound Books via NetGalley.

A Bad, Bad Thing” by Elena Forbes


A highly effective police officer, albeit one who keeps her past carefully hidden, Eve West is suspended from duty after a police operation goes catastrophically wrong. Receiving help from an unexpected quarter – a criminal she put away many years before – Eve feels she has no choice but to agree to his request to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice in return. But why is a hardened criminal like John Duran so keen to help a fellow-inmate convicted of the murder of a stable-girl? And why has he chosen Eve to look into the case?

Teaming up with crusading journalist Dan Cooper, Eve begins to uncover disturbing flaws in the original investigation. But as her past is dragged to the surface, she comes to realize she has been plunged into a case more complex and sinister than she ever imagined…

I received this book from Severn House via NetGalley

So…. that’s it!   Three more review commitments!

I didn’t purchase any titles in September.  That HAS to be a first!

I’m delighted to report that there are now 2.927 people following this blog!

My Goodreads Challenge is doing okay

My NetGalley feedback ratio is still short of the coveted 80% (it seems I get just as many new titles from NetGalley as I review in a month – I’m just treading water…)

My Edelweiss feedback ratio is dismal…

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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30 Responses to Hello October (Fictionophile updates and Sept. book haul)

  1. Sarah says:

    Ooooo Alaska is the only cruise that has ever really tempted me!! I hope you had a lovely time and got lots of beautiful pictures!! And here’s to another 41 years of marriage! 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful anniversary! And Alaska is on my bucket list. Cruises are so much fun. Perhaps I should take a month (or three!) off as well to make a dent in my pile. Or at least not make it any worse. With those renovations, you’ll surely enjoy your summer cottage even more!

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  3. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    What a wonderful adventure for you both! (I’m referring, of course, to the renos AND the cruise haha) And it sounds like you’ve picked up some perfect chilling and thrilling titles for the season 😉

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  4. carhicks says:

    What a wonderful trip. My husband and I went on an Alaskan Cruise for our 25th anniversary. So glad you enjoyed it. A very busy month indeed. Now that you are back, I assume you are back at your house, not the cottage? Enjoy the fall weather.


  5. emmareadstoomuch says:

    a busy september indeed!! hope your october is excellent 🙂


  6. Dorothy Gracie says:

    Welcome back Lynne and Happy Belated 41st Anniversary! I bet your Alaskan cruise was amazing!!! Looking forward to reading some more of your reviews once you get back into your blogging groove. That second book in your list looks very intriguing to me! Can’t wait to read your review 😊


  7. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    Congrats Lynne on your Anniversary and what a wonderful way to celebrate it! I’ve always been afraid that I would become sea sick so I hope you fared well! Also big congrats on your blog growth! <3.


    • Thanks so much Holly. We had a marvelous time. Smooth seas and mostly clear weather (unusual for that part of the world – we only had two days of rain). Saw the majesty that is Alaska and also took a train excursion to the Yukon.


  8. Zoe says:

    Happy Anniversary, Lynne! I hope you had a lovely cruise! xx


  9. Sounds like you had an amazing month. How was Alaska? I had always wanted to go there.


  10. Sounds like a nice vacation. Welcome back.


  11. Wow Alaska!!!! Incredible I would think Lynne.. lucky lady 🙂


  12. Congratulations on that milestone anniversary- it does sound like September has been an incredibly busy month for you!


    • Thanks Cleo ♥ Our trip was spectacular and we were kept very busy with great entertainment, spectacular scenery, shore excursions, fine dining, etc. I only read one book since we left and that was on the plane…

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