Bookshelf Roundup 04/23/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I summarize what I’ve finished reading in the last week and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.

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Received for Review

With thanks to Minotaur for:

  •  The Girl by the Bridge by Arnaldur Indriðason, a mystery following Detective Konrád as he investigates a case of a missing young woman who was a known drug smuggler. This one was new to me, but I’m definitely familiar with the name of the author who is an Icelandic crime fiction legend.
  • The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse, book three in The Burning Chambers high seas adventurer series. Another surprise arrival, but it’s making me wish I had read the first two books because the premise of a “Ghost Ship” that hunts pirates sounds amazing.
  • The Magistrate by Brian Klingborg, book three in the Inspector Lu FeiMysteries is anothe new one to me, following the eponymous detective on his adventures policing a sleepy small town in northern China.

With thanks to Tordotcom for:

With thanks to Entangled: Teen for:

  • The Stolen Throne by Abigail Owens, book two of the Dominions series which I’m not too familiar with, but I do wish I’ve read the first book because the reviews I’m seeing are really good! I also just can’t get over that gorgeous cover.

With thanks to Union Square & Co for:

  • A Shadow Crown by Melissa Blair, book two of The Halfling Saga. We’re really swimming in the sequels today! This was another surprise arrival, from another series I really wish I had started when I had the chance.

With thanks to Datura for:

  • Spider by Azma Dar, a domestic suspense novel following an actress who must discover the truth about her husband’s suspicious car crash death. Datura is Angry Robot’s new crime fiction imprint, and it looks like they’re starting out strong!

With thanks to Berkley for:

  • Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison, a very exciting and one of my most anticipate releases this year! A cynical twentysomething must return to her family farm where she grew up and confront the dark secrets of her past.

With thanks to Orbit Books for:

  • Gods of the Wyrdwood by RJ Barker, the opening volume of a new fantasy series from the author who brought us The Wounded Kingdom trilogy, one is of my favorites of all time. Really looking forward to reading this one.

Just one book in the digital/audiobook haul today. I just had to request Lying in the Deep by Diana Urban, described as a mystery of jealousy, love, and betrayal set aboard a cruise ship. I couldn’t resist the premise, and that cover has caught my eye so many times because…just look at it! With thanks to Listening Library.


Recent Reads & Upcoming Reviews

Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read!

11 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 04/23/23: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. It wasn’t that many years ago I was introduced to Icelandic crime fiction and I’ve been hoping to get back to that at some point. I’ve never read anything by Arnaldur Indriðason, but I’ve seen the name around and I’ve collected some ebooks of theirs.


  2. Once again, so many great books! And I added Damsel to my audible wishlist as your review really made me want to read that one!


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