Hello December (Fictionophile updates & November’s #bookhaul)

During the month of November I added NINE titles to my TBR
3 purchases + 6 review commitments

I received 3 titles from NetGalley in November

River Bodies” by Karen Katchur

Blurb: A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.
The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface – memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden. Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who’s watched over her for years. For the first time, she wonders if he’s more predator than protector.
In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca’s life – or end it.

I was pre-approved for this title from Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley

For the Missing” by Lina Bengtsdotter

The award-winning, global bestselling Swedish crime debut about a missing girl, and the detective who must return home and confront her darkest secrets in order to find her.

I was approved for this title from Orion Publishing via NetGalley

The Widows” by Jess Montgomery

Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

I received this title from St. Martins/Minotaur to facilitate a TLC Book Tour on January 24th

I received 2 titles from Edelweiss in November

The Suspect” by Fiona Barton

Blurb: When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth–and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.
As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…

I was pre-approved for this title from Berkley Books via Edelweiss

The Birds that Stay” by Ann Lambert

Blurb: In a small village in the Laurentians north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled and frozen outside her home. Roméo Leduc, the enigmatic Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years, and reluctantly answers the call on the case. Roméo suspects a local biker gang is involved in what appears to be a robbery gone awry—or was the old woman a victim of a violent hate crime?

Marie Russell, a 58-year old writer and divorced mother of two, lives next door to the victim. Marie becomes an inadvertent detective when her mother, suffering from dementia, offers a startling clue that links the woman’s murder to a terrible incident that happened on Marie’s suburban Montreal street in the 1970’s. Together, Marie and Roméo discover that the murder goes even further back, to another crime during the darkest days in Hungary at the end of WWII. As they combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a cast of characters from the Quebec of yesterday and today; where no one and nothing is really as it seems.

I was pre-approved for this title from Second Story Press via Edelweiss

I received one title directly from the publisher, Head of Zeus

Forget my Name” by J.S. Monroe

Blurb: How do you know who to trust…
…when you don’t even know who you are?
You are outside your front door.
There are strangers in your house.
Then you realise. You can’t remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.
Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.
One of them is lying.

So… that’s it!  SIX more review commitments!

And, last but not least, I purchased 3 Kindle titles from Amazon.ca

Love you Gone” by Rona Halsall

published by Bookouture and only $1.99 in Kindle format.

His First Lie” by Mark Hill

previously published under the title:
“The Two-O’Clock Boy”.

Published by Sphere and only $1.99 in Kindle format.

Wildfell” by London Clarke

published by Carfax Abbey Publishing and only $1.30 in Kindle format

I’m delighted to report that there are now 3.016 people following this blog! A huge milestone reached in November and I’m very grateful to everyone.

My Goodreads Challenge is on track

♥♥♥ Wishing everyone a joyous December ♥♥♥


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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26 Responses to Hello December (Fictionophile updates & November’s #bookhaul)

  1. carhicks says:

    All your new books look so good. I have the Fiona Barton book but did not realize it was a recurring character, I have not read any others. Happy December Lynne.


  2. Sarah says:

    Ooo I read The Widow and The Child last year, so I’m excited about reading The Suspect. I really like the repeating character, Kate, so we’ll see what she gets into this time!!

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  3. bibliobeth says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you make of His First Lie! I really enjoyed it. 😊


  4. dandelionsinspired says:

    All of great looking reads on that list that I am now adding to mine! 🙂


  5. Brilliant news on the number of followers but I’m not surprised your varied and friendly blog is a pleasure to read.
    I am also delighted to have a copy of The Suspect because I really enjoyed the earlier books by this author.


  6. Ooh!!! Lots of good ones!!! Should be a fun month 💕

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  7. Congrats on almost hitting your goal! This has been one of my worst reading years, but I am looking forward to next year when I know I`ll smash it!

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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  8. I’ll be interested in your review of Love You Gone–that was SOOO not what I expected!

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  9. Beth Tabler says:

    Congrats on almost hitting that goal! Fabulous!

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  10. Lana Cole says:

    Congrats on almost hitting your goal! That’s a lot of reading! 👍🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Look forward to hearing what you think of The Suspect – I read The Widow just last month and enjoyed it very much.

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