TBR Thursday 140…

Episode 140…

The bad news is that the TBR hasn’t gone down this week. The good news is it hasn’t gone up either! Staying stable on 219 – or to be more detailed – three out, three in.

Last week every book I listed was over 90 years old, so in the spirit of balance, here are some of the new releases that I will be reading soonish…


Courtesy of the publisher, Saraband. Having thoroughly enjoyed His Bloody Project, I was delighted to be offered Burnet’s new one. It sounds very different. However I note it says it’s a follow-up to an earlier book… hmm! Hopefully it will work even though I haven’t read that one…

The Blurb says: The methodical but troubled Chief Inspector Georges Gorski visits the wife of a lawyer killed in a road accident, the accident on the A35. The case is unremarkable, the visit routine.

Mme Barthelme—alluring and apparently unmoved by the news—has a single question: where was her husband on the night of the accident? The answer might change nothing, but it could change everything. And Gorski sets a course for what can only be a painful truth. But the dead man’s reticent son is also looking for answers. And his search will have far more devastating consequences.

The Accident on the A35 is the spellbinding follow-up to Graeme Macrae Burnet’s debut noir novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.

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NB A Verboballistic Invention – talking of His Bloody Project, the editor of the book, Craig Hillsley, popped into the comments section of my review to say “For those discussing the authenticity (or not) of Roddy’s voice, you might find it interesting to look up the real life case of Pierre Rivière.” I did, and it’s an intriguing story… here’s a link.

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Historical Fiction

Courtesy of NetGalley. Having enjoyed Cornwell’s Viking sword-and-sandals novel, The Last Kingdom, I’m intrigued at what seems to be something of a departure for him…

The Blurb says: Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.

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Courtesy of the publisher, Saraband, who kindly popped a couple of extras in along with the new Burnet. It sounds dark

The Blurb says: Life and death played out over 48 hours. A father intent on being with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric hospital, knowing he has just one chance for the two of them to start a new life together. Sweet William is a breathtakingly dark thriller that spans forty-eight hours in the life of a desperate father and a three-year-old child in peril. Brilliant and terrifying, this is a debut novel that will stay with its readers long after they finish turning the pages.

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Vintage Crime

Courtesy of the publisher, The British Library. The latest in their collection of anthologies of short stories, as always edited by the wonderful Martin Edwards. This one has a twist though – these are all translated… sounds fab!

The Blurb says: Today, translated crime fiction is in vogue – but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality. Often these did not appear in English and they have been known only by a small number of experts. This is the first ever collection of classic crime in translation from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century. Many of these stories are exceptionally rare, and several have been translated for the first time to appear in this volume. Martin Edwards has selected gems of classic crime from Denmark to Japan and many points in between. Fascinating stories give an insight into the cosmopolitan cultures (and crime-writing traditions) of diverse places including Mexico, France, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.

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NB All blurbs taken from Goodreads or Amazon UK.

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So…what do you think? Do any of these tempt you?

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51 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 140…

  1. Foreign Bodies sounds intriguing. A world tour of whodunnits. And how funny that people should question the “authenticity” of a book with a basis in real life (if I understand you correctly)! Open mouth, insert foot. 😊

    • It does, doesn’t it? It’ll be interestign to see if they’re very different in style to British ones. Haha – well, Roddy in His Bloody Project is fictional and the debate was as to whether someone who would have spoken Gaelic could possibly have written so well in English, given that he had very little education… 😀

  2. Well, FictionFan, I’m delighted to hear that you TBR hasn’t gone up. You should be proud of yourself! Foreign Bodies does sound terrific, and with Martin Edwards editing, you know you’re likely to get some quality reads.

    • It’s excellent news, isn’t it? A turning point, I’m sure… 😉 I knew Foreign Bodies would take your fancy – sounds like fun! It’ll be interesting to see if they’re very different in style to British ones of the same period…

  3. Sweet William sounds intense. The story-line and the fact the events take place in 48 hours make the think it will be a fast-paced thriller. Definitely tempting.

    • It does, doesn’t it – very dark! That’s one of the intriguing things about getting unsolicited books – it sometimes tempts me to read outside my normal comfort zone, and I often end up enjoying them anyway… 😀

    • I really enjoyed His Bloody Project and was tempted a couple of months ago to get his previous book which I now realise os the first in this series (if it’s to be a series). But I’m hoping this one will works on its own even without reading that first one… fingers crossed! It sounds good…

  4. I’m reading Fools and Mortals – nearly finished it – and enjoying it very much. I still haven’t read any of his other books, but if this one is anything to go by, I’m in for some treats. 🙂

    I’m trying not to add any more books to my TBRs too – so have only scan read the other blurbs!!!! (they sound good though).

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it – I saw your First Para post and it whetted my appetite even more. I read The Last Kingdom a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it – much better written than a lot of these sword-and-sandal epics. But the premise of Fools and Mortals appeals even more. I do hope he doesn’t become a favourite, though – his back catalogue is HUGE!!! 😉

  5. A more current selection, deaf FF, but an exceedingly dark one. The ghost of Halloween lingers around your tbr pile methinks. Me also thinks that each of those books sounds intriguing and enticing. There must be faeries, witches and demons around still – conspiring to make me want to read crime novels!

    • Eh? What’s that you say? Speak up, young woman – into my ear trumpet, please!! 😉 Haha – many more of these mammoth audiobook listens through headphones and I will be deaf! Yes, this is a dark bunch, especially the Sweet William book, I think – but the long, dark nights are always enhanced by some gore and a few corpses, don’t you think? I like the sound of all of them… 😈

  6. Fools and Mortals grabs my attention here, but I just can’t add anything to my TBR until I first finish a few and move them off the list! (Look at me, exercising my willpower, ha!!)

  7. The Accident on A35 sounds really good, as does Foreign Bodies. Fools and Mortals sounds great too
    And how fascinating that the editor of His Bloody Project commented on your review!

    • I think they all sound great this week and that doesn’t always happen – sometimes by the time I get to them I’m scratching my head wondering why they appealed in the first place!
      I know! It always takes me by surprise when an author, editor, translator etc reads one of my reviews – especially when it’s a bestseller that will have had thousands of reviews! Fortunately he seemed quite pleased… 😀

    • Doesn’t it? Darker than I’d usually pick, but that’s why I like getting the occasional unsolicited book – forces me out of my comfort zone…
      Foreign Bodies will almost certainly be fun – I’ve enjoyed all of these british Library anthologies so far. 🙂

  8. Will definitely be getting eyeballs into Cornwell’s latest – love his stuff, especially the Sharpe series. Still in lust with the British Crime series although I have only bought the hors d’oeuvre volume Classic Crime in 100 Books so far. (That will have to be a quest for 2018)

    • I’ve only read The Last Kingdom, and fairly recently, but enjoyed it a lot. I’m kinda worried about him becoming a favourite though given how prolific he’s been – my poor TBR! Oh, I do hope you get into the vintage crime stuff – I’m having so much fun with them! It’ll be next year when I really get into the 100 properly too – got to clear my outstanding review books first… *attempts to look confident*

  9. Oh boy, Sweet William sounds like a difficult read, i have trouble with those books now that I’m a mum. In regards to your first choice, it shouldn’t be a problem that it’s a sequel, I jump right into series all the time, and I’ve never had any issues. If you don’t understand what’s going on halfway through the book, that’s a sign of bad writing and editing 🙂

    • It sounds dark, doesn’t it? Darker than I’d normally go for but that’s why I like the occasional unsolicited book – it shoves me out of my comfort zone. Ha! I do the mid-series thing too, and I’m hoping that if this one didn’t work as a standalone, they’d have mentioned that when they sent me this one… looking forward to it anyway! 😀

  10. Oh, I didn’t realise that Scotsman also writes books set in France. Must check out… And of course I am planning to read Foreign Bodies at some point. Must see what those Continentals are up to!

    • I’m intrigued by how different it sounds to His Bloody Project – I have high hopes for it! I love the idea of Foreign Bodies – good to get the continental-eye view of the continent for a change, rather than the snooty Brit one!

  11. I’ve read several books in series with Shakespeare (or one of his relatives or entourage) solving crimes – I suppose he is a natural for the role as he was actually skilled at codes & cryptic puzzles & lived in a time of spies & intrigue. I shall have to try the Cornwell version – once the library reserve list for it shrinks away 🙂 – I feel it may be grittier than some of the other versions I’ve come across.

    • You’re right – a perfect time for intrigue and he seemed to be right in the middle of a lot of it. I’ve read a few too over the years, and I’m hoping this one will be a good addition – Cornwell can certainly write! I’m intrigued to see how his style works for this type of book. Thanks for popping in and commenting! 🙂

    • F&M sounds good, doesn’t it? Finders crossed! Oh, I’m sure I’ll be back under 200 any time now… probably back under 100, in fact! I’m off to my meeting with Optimists Anonymous now…

    • The Cornwell sounds intriguing and I’m keen to see how his style converts from the sword-and-sandal epic. Yes, I feel I’m going to have to find a use for ‘verboballistic’ in a future review somehow… 😉

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