TBR Thursday 166…

Episode 166…

OK, this is deeply awful, so I’m just going to take a deep breath and get it over with…
the TBR is up TEN to 230. But it isn’t my fault!! Even the postman admits I’m being harassed by unfeeling book pushers!! I’m beginning to know how Homer feels…

Here are a few more that should rise to the surface soon…

Fiction

Courtesy of Allison & Busby. Having loved both of Suzanne Rindell’s earlier books, The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch, I can’t wait to get into this one… (Update: I’ve already started it, and so far it’s fab…)

The Blurb says: Louis Thorn and Haruto ‘Harry’ Yamada – the Eagle and the Crane – are the star attractions of a daredevil aerial stunt team that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family’s belief that the Yamadas – Japanese immigrants – stole land from the Thorn family. This tension is inflamed when Louis and Harry both drawn to the same woman, Ava. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor there are changes and harsh realities to face. And when one of the stunt planes crashes with two charred bodies inside, the ensuing investigation struggles when the details don’t add up and no one seems willing to tell the truth.

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Historical Crime, I think

Courtesy of Amazon Vine. I was intrigued by all the positive reviews for Anna Mazzola’s first book, The Unseeing, but as usual never managed to get around to reading it. So when I was offered this one, I thought I better snap it up…

The Blurb says: Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the word-of-mouth folk tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters tell her that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl has disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the spirits of the unforgiven dead. Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but then she is reminded of her own mother, a Skye woman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. It seems there is a link to be explored, and Audrey may uncover just what her family have been hiding from her all these years.

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Vintage Crime

Courtesy of Collins Crime Club. This popped unexpectedly through my letterbox a week or two ago, which suggests sometimes publishers are psychic! I hadn’t spotted that it was being re-published, but it’s a book I’ve seen mentioned again and again as being a major influence on other early crime writers, so I really wanted to read it. Love the cover too!

The Blurb says: Breaking down her door in response to the sounds of a violent attack and a gunshot, Mademoiselle Stangerson’s rescuers are appalled to find her dying on the floor, clubbed down by a large mutton bone. But in a room with a barred window and locked door, how could her assailant have entered and escaped undetected? While bewildered police officials from the Sûreté begin an exhaustive investigation, so too does a young newspaperman, Joseph Rouletabille, who will encounter more impossibilities before this case can be closed.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, best remembered today as the author of The Phantom of the Opera, has been deservedly praised for more than a century as a defining book in the ‘impossible crime’ genre, as readable now as when it first appeared in French in 1907.

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Historical Fiction

One for my Five Times Five challenge. from the pen of the wonderful Robert Harris. I’ve seen so much praise for his Cicero trilogy, of which this is the first book, that my expectations are stratospheric. Oh dear… (Update: I’ve already started it and so far it’s fab…)

The Blurb says: When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.

The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium – supreme power in the state.

This is the starting-point of Robert Harris’s most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiro’s voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man – clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable – fought to reach the top.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads, Amazon UK or NetGalley.

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

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42 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 166…

  1. What?! Up ten?! Those horrible, cruel people who keep sending you books! I say there needs to be something done about this immediately. How dare they do this to you, FictionFan? You do have some good ‘uns coming up soon, though. I’ve been wanting to read some Rindell. And I keep hearing good things about the Mazzola, too. Those two catch my eye. But then, so does any mystery in which the weapon is a large mutton bone. How could you possibly have resisted that?

    • I know!! One of them even sent me TWO in one parcel! There ought to be a law against it!! My postman on the other hand has biceps like Rafa’s from carrying all the packages… 😉 The Rindell is great so far – she’s turned into one of my favourite writers. The Mazzola will be new-to-me, so I’m intrigued, especially since I’ve seen mixed reviews for it so far. Hahaha – that mutton bone has me intrigued, I must admit…

  2. Oh my word! Did I read that tiny print correctly? Ten was it? My my! Do we need to toss you a rope and tow you to shore?

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room tempts me. Gotta love that pulpy cover.

  3. OK, all of these tempt me. And I’m laughing hysterically about the increase in your TBR! It happens to all of us, right? But…we soldier on. Someone has to do it – have those ‘giant’ TBR’s.

    • Haha – but I was doing so well! It had even gone down just a tiny bit. And then it all went horribly wrong… 😉 They do all look good though, don’t they? And so do all the other ones…

  4. 10 books in 1 week! That’s more than 1 book a day. I’m going to take a few minutes to gloat before I look to see how many books I added to my TBR this week. Have fun with all that reading.

    • Hahaha – that’s right, rub it in! It got to the stage where the postman and I were laughing each day when he knocked the door… But they do all look good… 😀

  5. Eagle & Crane and The Story Keeper both sound fantastic. I can definitely relate to that GIF as well; I always feel like I’m drowning in all the books I want to read. Hope you enjoy all these!

    • Eagle & Crane is great so far – I love her writing. The Story Keeper sounds intriguing, but I’ve seen mixed reviews for it so far, so my fingers are crossed. Hahaha – I had to start a new TBR pile this week. The existing one was becoming dangerously high… 😉

  6. Up 10? Never mind, just blame the tennis (missed opportunity for a Rafa photo there). You’ll enjoy the Laroux and the Harris. I still have a copy of The Yellow Room in one of these old French austerity copies – it’s falling apart now, but you have (of course) provoked a reread.

    • My postman is beginning to develop biceps like Rafa from carrying all the books! I’ve seen The Yellow Room mentioned several times in introductions to other books and suchlike, so am looking forward to reading it. Hope your copy lasts for one more read…

  7. Ooh, The Story Keeper sounds excellent! And I read and loved The Mystery of the Yellow Room a while ago (when I discovered public domain ebooks!), though I haven’t revisited it yet.

    • Oh, that’s good to hear about The Yellow Book. I’ve seen it mentioned as influential several times, but influential doesn’t always necessarily mean good! Those public domain things are a menace to TBRs too, aren’t they? We can’t escape the book-flood!

  8. Ha ha! My list went up 10 last week, I think, so I understand! But then I went through and purged at least ten, so it all balanced out… Clearly this is not your fault, it is the fault of those busybody publishers, trying to tempt you with their wares. I think some chocolate is in order as you recover from your admission.

    • Hurrah! It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone! I’ve been purging so dramatically recently I think I’ve kinda run out of purgeables! But I’m sure if I just read intensely for a few weeks everything will be fine… 😱🍫🍰🍷🍷🍷

  9. It must be despair at the end of all that tennis and Rafa’s defeat… That’s the only thing that could possibly account for such an increase, when we all know how disciplined and ruthless you are with your TBR list!

    • I know – everybody knows I’m the Queen of Willpower so how can this be happening to me??? My poor postman is developing biceps the size of Rafa’s carrying all the books to my door…

    • I think we should all start hitting people with mutton bones, don’t you? It would be so much fun! Hahaha – I must make it smaller next time – everyone’s eyesight is too good… 😉

  10. I’ve just finished The Story Keeper and enjoyed it, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it. The three Cicero novels are some of my favourites by Robert Harris – I’m glad you’re off to a good start with Imperium!

    • Oh, that’s good to know about The Story Keeper since I’ve been seeing rather mixed reviews of it so far. Should be starting it tomorrow. I’ve been looking forward to the Cicero books for ages, and am loving this one so far. 😀

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