ARCs I received from Netgalley

So, I recently discovered the beauty that is Netgalley. A place where bloggers/reviewers can request ARCs of books in exchange for a review on their blog, Goodreads, Amazon or YouTube channel. I have seen a lot of people talk about Netgalley and I thought it was going to be a super tricky process but it was in fact incredibly easy.

Below are a list of 9 books that I have been approved to read for my blog. I thought I would give you an insight into some of the reviews that will be coming in the next couple of months.

I think this is hilarious as I recently posted my Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year post and now Netgalley has come along and messed up my TBR!

All information comes from Netgalley and the respective publishers. Might be subject to change. I am letting you know about these books purely because I am excited to see them, there is no affiliation with publishers or Netgalley itself.

  • Title: A Spell of Murder
  • Author: Kennedy Kerr
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Date published: 03.10.19
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Fantasy
  • Series: A Lost Maidens Loch Mystery #1

Synopsis: Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories. When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death. If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?

  • Title: A House of Ghosts
  • Author: W.C. Ryan
  • Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
  • Date published: 04.10.19
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Horror/Historical Fiction
  • Series: Standalone

Synopsis: Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one…

  • Title: The Allingham Minibus
  • Author: Margery Allingham
  • Publisher: Agora Books
  • Date published: 10.10.19
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Series: Short Story Collection

Synopsis: In this collection of eighteen short stories, Queen of Crime Margery Allingham dabbles in the occult, the mysterious, and the murderous. Always the perceptive observer, Allingham fills these stories with astute characterisations, brilliant humour, and her classic wit.
This is a re-publication of the original collection which came out in 1973.

  • Title: Mooncakes
  • Author: Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker
  • Publisher: Lion Forge
  • Date Published: 15.10.19
  • Genre: Fantasy/LGBTQ+ Romance
  • Series: Standalone

Synopsis: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

  • Title: Requiem Infernal
  • Author: Peter Fehervari
  • Publisher: Black Library
  • Date published: 15.10.19
  • Genre: Sci-fi/Horror
  • Series: Dark Coil #1

Synopsis: The Adepta Sororitas of the Last Candle have stood vigil over their sanctuary world for centuries, striving to decipher their founder’s tormented visions. Outsiders are unwelcome, yet still they come. Decimated by an encounter with a lethal xenos entity, the survivors of an elite Astra Militarum company have journeyed to the Candleworld in search of healing, escorted by a woman who is no stranger there – Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades, who turned her back on the order decades ago. As the seekers near the sect’s bastion, malign forces begin to stir among the planet’s storm-wracked spires, but the most insidious shadows lie in their own souls.

  • Title: Doing Time
  • Author: Jodi Taylor
  • Publisher: Headline
  • Date published: 17.10.19
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Series: Time Police #1

Synopsis: A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity – and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history. And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs. Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future – their own. This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew – arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything.

  • Title: The Body on the Train
  • Author: Frances Brody
  • Publisher: Little Brown Book Group, UK
  • Date Published: 17.10.19
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Historical Fiction
  • Series: Kate Shackleton Mysteries #11

Synopsis: 1929, London. In the darkness before dawn, a London railway porter discovers a man’s body as he unloads a special goods train from Yorkshire, all means of identification stripped away. Hitting a dead end, Scotland Yard call on indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton, hoping her local Yorkshire knowledge and undoubted skills at winkling out information will produce the results they need.
1929, Yorkshire. Fears of unrest in the Yorkshire coalfields mean that Kate must conduct her investigation with the utmost secrecy. But when she discovers that another murder occurred around the same time as the mysterious body on the train, she is convinced there must be a connection. Using her sharp instincts and persuasive charm, she begins to uncover a web of intrigue that edges her closer to the truth. But with attempts being made on her life, Kate needs all the strength and resourcefulness she can muster, before she becomes the next victim . . .

  • Title: Death Beside the Seaside
  • Author: T.E. Kinsey
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing UK
  • Date published: 22.10.19
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Historical Fiction
  • Series: Lady Hardcastle Mystery #6

Synopsis: July 1910. Lady Hardcastle and her tireless sidekick Flo have finally embarked on a long-overdue seaside break. But just as they’re wavering between ice creams and donkey rides, their fellow guests start to go missing—and the duo find themselves with a hysterical hotel manager and a case to solve. The first to disappear is Dr Goddard, a scientist doing something terribly top-secret for the government. Gone too are his strongbox and its mysterious contents. By the time Lady Hardcastle has questioned the horde of international guests, her number-one suspect has been dispatched in grisly circumstances—and then the others start vanishing too. As the case begins to look like a matter of national security, Lady Hardcastle takes advice from her brother in the secret service. But could there be an even more personal connection at play? To solve the case, Lady Hardcastle may face a shocking discovery of her own.

  • Title: The House of Night and Chain
  • Author: David Annandale
  • Publisher: Black Library
  • Date Published: 29.10.19
  • Genre: Horror/Sci-fi
  • Series: Standalone

Synopsis: In a bleak corner of the city of Valgaast, the House of Malveil awaits. A place of darkness, its halls throb with a sinister history. Its rooms are filled with malice. Its walls echo with pain. Now it stirs eagerly with the approach of an old heir. Colonel Maeson Strock of the Astra Militarum has returned home to his ancestral mansion. He is a man broken, both by the horrors of war and by personal loss, and has come home to take up the mantle of Planetary Governor. He hopes he can purge his home world of political corruption and reforge connections with his estranged children. He hopes he can rebuild his life. Malveil will feast on these dreams. Strock believes he has seen the worst of the galaxy’s horrors. Malveil will show him how wrong he is.

  • Title: The Murder at the Dolphin Hotel
  • Author: Helena Dixon
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Date Published: 11.12.19
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Historical Fiction
  • Series: A Miss Underhay Mystery #1

Synopsis: A room with a view… to murder June 1933. Independent young Kitty Underhay has been left in charge of her family’s hotel, The Dolphin, on the tranquil English coast. She’s expecting her days at the bustling resort to be filled with comfortable chatter with chambermaids as they polish the mahogany desks and glittering candelabras of the elegant foyer. Everything must be perfect for the arrival of a glamourous jazz singer from Chicago and a masked ball that will be the cultural highlight of the season. But when several rooms are broken into and searched, including Kitty’s own, she quickly realises that something out of the ordinary is afoot at the hotel. Soon rumours are flying in the cozy town that someone is on the hunt for a stolen ruby. A ruby that Kitty’s mother may well have possessed when she herself went missing during the Great War. And when the break-ins are followed by a series of attacks and murders, including of the town’s former mayoress, it seems the perpetrator will stop at nothing to find it. Aided by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, the Dolphin’s new security officer, Kitty is determined to decipher this mystery and preserve not only the reputation of her hotel, but also the lives of her guests. Is there a cold-blooded killer under her own roof? And what connects the missing jewel to the mystery from Kitty’s own past?

  • Title: Return to White Catcliff
  • Author: Inna Val Helm
  • Publisher: BooksGoSocial
  • Date Published: 14.01.20
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Synopsis: It tells the story of thirtysomething Nick Taylor and his black Lab, BD, who stumble upon a convenience store robbery in a suburb of present-day Chicago and are left for dead. They awaken to find themselves in the tranquil village of White Catcliff, where inhabitants faced certain death immediately prior to arrival. The antagonist is VEIL (Volunteer Eleemosynary Institute and League), which presents as a humanitarian organization, but its true agenda is steeped in pillage and plunder. Nick’s mission is to stop its proliferation. This means he must not only leave his new home, but of greater consequence, he must travel alone, leaving his best friend behind.

One thought on “ARCs I received from Netgalley

  1. “Knowledge is power!” indianye,thank you for bringing knowledge in my life. Books, people and experiences have the power to change us!


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