Stacking the Shelves (10)

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, eBooks, and audiobooks.

Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong (1950)

Bunny’s parents shouldn’t have brought her to New York City, but her father has an important speech to make, and her mother couldn’t bear to be away from their darling nine-year-old daughter. And when her mommy and daddy leave for the speech, Bunny will stay in the hotel with a babysitter, sound asleep and perfectly safe. What could possibly go wrong?
The sitter is Nell, a plain young woman from Indiana. She puts Bunny to bed and amuses herself in the other room, making prank calls and trying on Bunny’s mother’s jewelry. So far, all is well. But Nell’s dull expression conceals madness, and something is broken inside her mind . . .


This book sounds like an 80’s slasher film, and I am glad I picked it up on sale from Amazon. I probably won’t review it until closer to Halloween for maximum scares.

The Crook’s Shadow by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1930)

A fine August morning in Fowey on the Cornish Riviera, a noble yacht appears round the western point of the estuary, and enters the broad river. The Rajah of Puht is arriving. In the early afternoon, as the palatial yacht lies at anchor, Lady Constance Bolliver and sundry other distinguished guests will arrive by train, to be rowed across to her. On board is half-a-million pounds in diamonds. This tranquil scene has been preceded by a cat-and-mouse pursuit by Detective Inspective Edward Strood – one of Scotland Yards finest – of a master criminal, a person unknown, intent on grand larceny of the exquisite stones.


Minnesota is still so cold, so I am hankering for a ride on the French Riviera. I know a killer’s involved, but I need the summer vibes. I also picked this up on sale via Amazon,

The State Vs. Elinor Norton by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1934)

The state has accused beautiful young Elinor Norton of murder, and she refuses to mount a defense. Guilt is written all over her elegant features, but her childhood best friend refuses to believe it when Elinor confesses to the crime.
Forced into a dull marriage against her will, Elinor is just beginning to adjust to life with Lloyd when she meets the man who will tear her world apart. Blair Leighton is her husband’s best friend and was his companion in the war, and he has a charm that makes Elinor quiver from the inside out. At first, her husband is oblivious to this illicit attraction, but when the two men go into business together, the tension threatens to rip the triangle apart. Soon, Elinor is forced to make a chilling decision. One of these men must die—but which? 


I can’t tell if this is going to be terrible or great. Most of the Mary Roberts Rinehart works I have read are mystery horror blends so I am curious to see how she tackles a legal mystery. I also picked this up via Amazon on sale.

Did you get any new books this week? What do you think of my finds this week? Would you read any of them?


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