Stacking the Shelves #48

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.

For Stacking the Shelves, I take the opportunity to share what books I’ve bought, won or received for review. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads and find out more information.

I’m a little late in getting this post up but I’ve been sick with the flu since late last week and it’s taking it’s time to go away! You  may have also noticed my blog has been a little quiet over the past couple of weeks and that’s because I’ve been reading far more than I’ve been reviewing lately. I have at least half a dozen reviews to write and post which I hope to get to in the next week or so, plus there’s another half a dozen books I’ve read that I probably won’t get around to reviewing.

For review: Two books I’ve greatly anticipated this month have finally arrived! Darkening Skies (romantic suspense) by Bronwyn Parry  and The Golden Dice (historical fiction) by Elisabeth Storrs. Both books are written by Aussie writers and I can’t wait to get started on them.

darkening

Award-winning investigative reporter Jennifer Barrett never planned to return to Dungirri, the dying town she’d escaped at seventeen. But the shock resignation and startling revelations of local Federal MP Mark Strelitz have reopened the police investigation into the long-ago accident that killed her cousin, and Jenn is determined to find the truth, even if it proves that the close friend of her youth has become just another politician with a convenient case of amnesia.

For eighteen years, the hole in Mark Strelitz’s memory has concealed the truth: that he was the driver of the car in which Paula Barrett died. The investigation was corrupt, another man framed and sent to prison, and now Mark needs to set things right, whatever the personal cost.

But as Jenn and Mark ask questions about the old crime, new crimes occur; the murder of witnesses, the destruction of evidence. Despite the risks, neither of them can give up their search for answers but the further they delve into the district’s seedy past, the more questions they find – and the more danger. Someone wants the past to remain buried, and those investigating it to be stopped – permanently.

dice

During a ten year siege between two age-old enemies, three women follow very different paths to survive:

Caecilia, a young Roman woman, forsakes her city by marrying the Etruscan Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people and the hatred of the Romans who consider her a traitoress…

Semni, a reckless Etruscan girl, becomes a servant in the House of Mastarna, embroiling herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia’s children and her own chance for romance…

Pinna, a tomb whore, uses blackmail to escape her grim life and gain the attention of Rome’s greatest general, choosing between her love for him and her loyalty to another…

Historical Fiction at its best, this second volume in the Tales of Rome series explores the lives of women in war while giving a glimpse into the sexuality, religion, and politics of Roman and Etruscan cultures, two great civilizations of ancient history.

The Wedding Shroud, the first book in the series, was judged runner-up in the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards in general fiction.

So, that’s it for me. What books have you added to your shelves this week?

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