TBR Thursday 29…

The People’s Choice 3…The Result!


Excitingly, the voting has resulted in a tie for first place! Both sound great (well, they all did) and the TBR has taken a bit of a dip this week to 96 – so rather than using my casting vote I’m adding both to the TBR.

Here they are then…

The Winners…


the dead witnessThe Blurb – Gathering the finest adventures among private and police detectives from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-including a wide range of overlooked gems-Michael Sims showcases the writers who ever since have inspired the field of detective fiction. From luminaries Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Bret Harte, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle to the forgotten author who helped inspire Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue to a surprising range of talented female authors and detectives, The Dead Witness offers mystery surprises from every direction.



the last refugeThe Blurb – When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties with his previous life. He desperately wants to make a new start, and is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community. But still, the terrifying, debilitating nightmares just won’t stop. Then the solitude is shattered by an almost unheard of crime on the islands: murder. A specialist team of detectives arrives from Denmark to help the local police, who seem completely ill-equipped for an investigation of this scale. But as tensions rise, and the community closes rank to protect its own, John has to watch his back. But far more disquieting than that, John’s nightmares have taken an even more disturbing turn, and he can’t be certain about the one thing he needs to know above all else. Whether he is the killer…



NB All blurbs are taken from Goodreads or Amazon.

Thanks to all who voted, and to Past Offences and Novel Heights for the reviews that brought these books to my attention.

Now all I have to do is find time to read them…


Meantime, the tennis reaches the semis…


maria sharapova

C’mon Maria!


34 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 29…

  1. Well she wouldn’t/couldn’t if Rafa was playing (see a previous post or several!

    PS Am sulking that neither of MY voted ones won. Have changed my mind about demoncracy. Unenlightened despotism is the way to go, providing I’m the despot

  2. I really admire the bloggers who have a point to their writing. I realize how few books I read! But at least I do! So many of these sound good, interesting, and enjoyable. Really like coming here and staying in touch with what’s out there in fiction! 🙂

  3. Well, I think that 96 is still way too much. Do you have a list somewhere? I think you should cut around 90 books. That’ll make it fair. And just. And upright.

    Shouldn’t you be pulling for Andy or Rafa?

    • I think you’re right! Now – what should I cut? Hmm..let’s see…Robin Hood…God of Mars…Innocents Abroad…Connecticut Yankee…

      Oh, as Scarlett O’Hara would say ‘I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow IS another day!”

  4. I’m currently reading The Dead Witness and eating the VERY LAST of my Christmas chocolates (boo-hoo) and am enjoying them both. I didn’t see any of the tennis today – Starter Packs, After School Club and the Social Responsibility Committee got in the way. Who’s in charge of my diary/ – and why do I never remember the tennis until I’ve agreed to do things? (Suggestions on a postcard, please). 🙂

  5. I’m delighted my choice won the People’s Choice (The Dead Witness) and I’m looking forward to your review. That way I can see if it is as good as it sounds. Even better that it came joint first with another one that I liked the look of 😉

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