International publishing – Book availability woes (again)

In May of 2020, I did a similar post but this issue continues to plague me.

As a book blogger, I spend a LOT of time reading other people’s blogs and reviews, and perusing the internet for fodder for my own blog.

Admit it. This is a virtual world where boundaries can be crossed without fear of catching Covid-19, so it is the only safe way to ‘travel’ right now.

The majority of blogs that I follow (and the ones I seem to enjoy the most) are those blogs that are based in the United Kingdom. This does not surprise me at all. The United Kingdom is my favourite setting for the books I choose to read. It is also where most of the publishing action is when it comes to my favourite genres of mystery/crime/thriller novels. On a personal note, my Mum was born in Lincolnshire, so the pull is strong. I’m an ardent anglophile.

One would think, that as I do ALL of my reading on my Kindle, that I could read just about any book out there. These are electronic files. Files that are easy to share and even easier to transport through space – instantly. But alas… this is NOT the case.When it comes to Kindle book availability, there is a GREAT DIVIDE between what is available to me in Nova Scotia, Canada versus what is available in the United Kingdom.

Although I’ve been able to procure some of my favourite UK reads via NetGalley and Edelweiss, there are still many that I would love to read and just can’t buy!

I thought I’d share with you some of the titles that are not available to purchase on Amazon.ca in any formatThese are SIX books that I want to buy that are not available in ANY format!


The Marsh House” by Zoë Somerville

December, 1962
Desperate to salvage something from a disastrous year, Malorie rents a remote house on the Norfolk coast for Christmas. But once there, the strained silence between her and her daughter, Franny, feels louder than ever. Digging for decorations in the attic, she comes across the notebooks of the teenaged Rosemary, who lived in the house years before. Though she knows she needs to focus on the present, Malorie finds herself inexorably drawn into the past…

July, 1930
Rosemary lives in the Marsh House with her austere father, surrounded by unspoken truths and rumours. So when the glamorous Lafferty family move to the village, she succumbs easily to their charm. Dazzled by the beautiful Hilda and her dashing brother, Franklin, Rosemary fails to see the danger that lurks beneath their bright façades…

As Malorie reads on, the boundaries between past and present begin to blur, in this haunting novel about family, obligation and deeply buried secrets.


Safe At Homeby Lauren North

I read this author’s “One Step Behind” via NetGalley and I’m eager to read more of her work.

Anna James is an anxious mother. So when she has to leave eleven-year-old Harrie home alone one evening, she can’t stop thinking about everything that could go wrong for her daughter. But it’ll only be for twenty minutes and nothing bad ever happens in the sleepy village of Barton St Martin.

Then Anna gets stuck on the road and twenty minutes becomes several hours. When she finally makes it home, Anna knows something isn’t right; that something happened while she was gone. The back door is open. There’s a bruise on Harrie’s neck, and she won’t explain how she got it.

The next morning, the village is sparking with gossip. A local businessman has disappeared. Anna is convinced the two events are connected, and that Harrie is in danger. But how can she keep her daughter safe, if she doesn’t know what she needs protecting from?


The Image Of Her” by Sonia Velton

(I read this author’s “Blackberry & Wild Rose” and want to read more of her work)

STELLA and CONNIE are strangers, brought together by two traumatic events – cruel twists of fate that happen thousands of miles apart.

Stella lives with her mother, a smothering narcissist. When she succumbs to dementia, the pressures on Stella’s world intensify, culminating in tragedy. As Stella recovers from a near fatal accident, she feels compelled to share her trauma but she finds talking difficult. In her head she confides in Connie because there’s no human being in the world that she feels closer to.

Connie is an expat living in Dubai with her partner, Mark, and their two children. On the face of it she wants for nothing and yet … something about life in this glittering city does not sit well with her. Used to working full time in a career she loves back in England, she struggles to find meaning in the expat life of play-dates and pedicures.

Two women set on a collision course. When they finally link up, it will not be in a way that you, or I, or anyone would ever have expected.


The Dark Room” by Sam Blake

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery…

Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing.

New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30-year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner.

As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined – and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth…


The Other You” by J.S. Monroe

(recommended to me four times)

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.
At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she’s with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.
Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.
Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate’s damaged mind?


A Window Breaks” by C.M. Ewan

(another blogger recommendation)

If your family was targeted in the middle of the night, what would you do?
You are asleep. A noise wakes you.
You stir, unsure why, and turn to your wife.
Then you hear it.
Glass. Crunching underfoot.
Your worst fears are about to be realized.
Someone is inside your home.
Your choices are limited.
You can run. Or stay and fight.
What would you do?


Here are NINE more titles that are available in paper format, but NOT available in Kindle format As I ONLY read the Kindle format, this makes them unattainable for me. Yes, there is a button you can click AND, though I’ve clicked this button many, many, times for many, many, titles, I have never seen any results.


The Trawlerman” by William Shaw

(the newest novel in a series that I follow avidly)

A DOUBLE MURDER
The naked corpses of Aylmer and Mary Younis are discovered in their home. The only clues are a note written in blood and an eerie report of two spectral figures departing the crime scene. Officer Jill Ferriter is charged with investigating the murders while her colleague Alex Cupidi is on leave, recovering from post-traumatic stress.

AN ELABORATE SCAM
The dead couple had made investments in a green reforestry scheme in Guatemala, resulting in the loss of all their savings. What is more disturbing is that Cupidi and Ferriter’s disgraced former colleague and friend Bill South is also on the list of investors and the Younis’s were not the only losers.

AN UNLIKELY KILLER
Despite being in counselling and receiving official warnings to stay away from police work Cupidi finds herself dragged into the case and begins to trawl among the secrets and lies that are held in the fishing community of Folkestone. Desperate to exonerate South she finds herself murderously compromised when personal relationships cloud her judgement.


The Deception Of Harriet Fleet” by Helen Scarlett

1871. An age of discovery and progress. But for the Wainwright family, residents of the gloomy Teesbank Hall in County Durham the secrets of the past continue to overshadow their lives.

Harriet would not have taken the job of governess in such a remote place unless she wanted to hide from something or someone. Her charge is Eleanor, the daughter of the house, a fiercely bright eighteen-year-old, tortured by demons and feared by relations and staff alike. But it soon becomes apparent that Harriet is not there to teach Eleanor, but rather to monitor her erratic and dangerous behaviour – to spy on her.

Worn down by Eleanor’s unpredictable hostility, Harriet soon finds herself embroiled in Eleanor’s obsession – the Wainwright’s dark, tragic history. As family secrets are unearthed, Harriet’s own begin to haunt her and she becomes convinced that ghosts from the past are determined to reveal her shameful story.

For Harriet, like Eleanor, is plagued by deception and untruths.


The Girl at the Window” by Rowan Coleman

(another title that comes highly recommended)

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…
Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.
While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…


Three Hours” by Rosamund Lupton

(a novel that has been highly recommended to me by at least seven different bloggers)

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.
It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.
It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.
It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.
In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.


The Secrets of Primrose Square” by Claudia Carroll

(another title which comes highly recommended)

There are so many stories hidden behind closed doors . . .
It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .
In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.
A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever.
And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up . . .
Welcome to Primrose Square.


The Carer” by Deborah Moggach

James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?

Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane – changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.


The House Beneath the Cliffs” by Sharon Gosling

A remote yet beautiful village. A tiny kitchen lunch club. The perfect place to start again.

Anna moves to Crovie, a tiny fishing village on the Moray Firth, for a fresh start. But when she arrives, she realises her new home is really no more than a shed, and the village itself sits beneath a cliff right on the edge of the sea, in constant danger of storms and landslides. Has she made a terrible mistake?

Yet as she begins to learn about the Scottish coast and its people, something she thought she’d lost reawakens in her. She rediscovers her love of cooking, and turns her kitchen into a pop-up lunch club. But not all the locals are delighted about her arrival, and some are keen to see her plans fail.

Will Anna really be able to put down roots in this remote and wild village? Or will her fragile new beginning start to crumble with the cliffs . . . ?

Beautiful, moving and utterly absorbing, The House Beneath the Cliffs is a novel of friendship and food, storms and secrets, and the beauty of second chances.


I Know Who Did It” by Steve Mosby

Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman who bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she’s endured in the ‘afterlife’.

Detective David Groves is a man with an unshakeable belief in the law, determined to bring his son’s killers to justice. But Groves’ search will mean facing someone with an altogether more ruthless approach to right and wrong.

Former Detective John Mercer is slowly recovering from the case that nearly destroyed his life, but a connection to Charlie Matheson brings the realisation that he still has demons left to face.

And at the centre of it all, are two brothers with a macabre secret. They’ve been waiting. They’ve been planning. They’ve been killing. And for Mark Nelson, David Groves and John Mercer, they’re about to unleash hell on earth.


Ash Mountain” by Helen Fitzgerald

Fran hates Ash Mountain, and she thought she’d escaped. But her father is ill, and needs care. Her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city, anyway.

She returns to her hometown to nurse her dying father, her distant teenage daughter in tow for the weekends. There, in the sleepy town of Ash Mountain, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem, she falls in love for the first time, and her demanding dad tests her patience, all in the unbearable heat of an Australian summer.

As old friendships and rivalries are renewed, and new ones forged, Fran’s tumultuous home life is the least of her worries, when old crimes rear their heads and a devastating bushfire ravages the town and all of its inhabitants…

Simultaneously a warm, darkly funny portrait of small-town life – and a woman and a land in crisis – and a shocking and truly distressing account of a catastrophic event that changes things forever, Ash Mountain is a heart-breaking slice of domestic noir, and a disturbing disaster thriller that you will never forget…


Have YOU ever encountered a situation where you want to buy a book that is UNAVAILABLE for you to purchase?  Was it a book that IS available in other countries, but not yours?  I’d be interested in hearing about your experience in the comments.

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34 Responses to International publishing – Book availability woes (again)

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Oooft, doll – I *feel* you! Down here in Australia, we often miss out on a lot of what comes out of the U.S. and the U.K. because we’re seen as a smaller, irrelevant market. It’s SO frustrating! (And don’t even get me started on YouTube videos that “aren’t available in your region”… HMPH!) Unfortunately, I don’t have any hot tips for resolving it – occasionally I’ve been able to connect with an overseas reader who’s willing to send me a copy of something I want, but that won’t work for Kindle (I’m assuming). I guess we just cross our fingers that someday, somehow, these books will make their way to us!

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  2. If it makes you feel any better, I’m from Pakistan; literally nothing is available here! I had things delivered to a friends house in the states so that my kindle could have that location set up.

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  3. nsfordwriter says:

    Sorry to hear that 😦 It’s a real shame. I have just checked the Canadian Amazon and my book is available on there, which I’m relieved about. I’m guessing that a lot of authors don’t know their books aren’t available in certain countries as it’s left up to the publisher and/or agent to arrange.

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  4. Carol says:

    I’m sorry you’re having these availability issues Lynne.

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  5. mementominnie says:

    I think The Carer deserves much more attention than it seems to attract.I found the twist..and the outcome..quite tragic.Considering the back stories this novel should have been twice as long.

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  6. So many good reading suggestions. I am pretty sure that it has to do with publishing rights in various countries. Sometimes I order physical books from England if the book seems special to me, even though I mostly read on the Kindle.

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    • Thanks Joyce. I really should probably do that but my old eyes prefer the Kindle for reading. Also… my bookshelves are already groaning under the weight of a lifetime’s accumulation of books. LOL

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  7. I tried very hard to find something called The Dead Queen’s Club which was a modern/high-school set retelling of Henry VIII and his queens but it just wasn’t available where I am

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  8. NatterBlog says:

    Oooh I do like the choice of books you would like to read. I’ve had A Window Breaks on my Kindle for about 2 years now and still haven’t managed to get around to reading it. Such a shame we can’t share books with you that you’d like to read. The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North has an absolutely jaw dropping ending, hope you can find a copy of that somewhere as I thought it so good. Sometimes though they have a different title in a different country and might even be published by a different publisher but you probably already know that.

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  9. Plenty, though it has lessened in recent years. You would think, given that UK and Canada, along with us in Australia, are Commonwealth countries, there would be reciprocal rights. I know that I have had trouble accessing Canadian titles quite often though

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    • Yes, one would assume that since we are mostly English speaking and hail from the same Commonwealth of countries, it would be easier to attain those titles, but alas, that is not the case. I cannot figure out why some publishers seem to share their output worldwide, while others stick to just their own country.

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  10. Carla says:

    This is an extremely frustrating issue for sure, Lynne. You would think Canada was a third world country for Pete’s sake. I know I have told you before that I have an account on both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com, but I can only download kindle books off Amazon.com. That means I don’t get my Prime selection each month, but I can deal with that. I hope this is something publishers pay attention to.

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  11. yvonnembee says:

    I always assumed that kindle would be easier as well! Such a shame that you can’t get the same books over there as we get here. Would you have to set up an Amazon UK account to bypass this? Interesting reading the differences xx

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  12. So frustrating for you Lynne, and such a shame as there are some fab books on your list. Hope they become available for you soon!

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  13. Kelly says:

    I’m sorry you’re still having so many issues, Lynne! For Ash Mountain you should be able to buy it via the Orenda Books shop, if not try contacting Cole (cole@orendabooks.co.uk), he should be able to help you out.

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