TBR Thursday 183…

Episode 183

Another amazing drop in the TBR this week – down 2 to 222! I’ve finally got the thing under control! So long as no strangely-clad gentlemen pop round to visit, that is…

Here are a few more that should make me merry…

Vintage Crime

Courtesy of the British Library. My efforts to catch up on my little backlog of vintage crime novels continues with this one, which is apparently quite famous among football fans. Of whom I am not one…

The Blurb says: The 1939 Arsenal side is firing on all cylinders and celebrating a string of victories. They appear unstoppable, but the Trojans – a side of amateurs who are on a winning streak of their own – may be about to silence the Gunners. Moments into the second half the whistle blows, but not for a goal or penalty. One of the Trojans has collapsed on the pitch. By the end of the day, he is dead.

Gribble’s unique mystery, featuring the actual Arsenal squad of 1939, sends Inspector Anthony Slade into the world of professional football to investigate a case of deadly foul play on and off the pitch.

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Courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group via NetGalley. I loved Harper’s first book, The Dry, and was a little disappointed in her second, Force of Nature. So I have my fingers crossed that this one is a return to her excellent top form…

The Blurb says: Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes three hours’ drive apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet.

Something had been on Cam’s mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

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Classic Adventure

Courtesy of Oxford World’s Classics. Another one from my Classics Club list. I loved reading a few of Burroughs’ Barsoom Chronicles a few years back, so I’m hoping he entertains me just as much with this one.

The Blurb says: A central figure in American popular culture, Tarzan first came swinging through the jungle in the pages of a pulp-fiction magazine in 1912, and subsequently appeared in the novel that went on to spawn numerous film, full-length cartoon, and theatrical adaptations.

The infant Tarzan, lost on the coast of West Africa, is adopted by an ape-mother and grows up to become a model of physical strength and natural prowess, and eventually leader of his tribe. When he encounters a group of white Europeans, and rescues Jane Porter from a marauding ape, he finds love, and must choose between the values of civilization and the jungle.

Jason Haslam’s engaging introduction situates the novel not only in the pulp fiction industry, but also against the backdrop of adventure stories, European exploration in Africa, and the debates over nature versus civilization.

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More Vintage Crime

Courtesy of Collins Crime Club. I hadn’t realised this one has a Christmas theme till I popped into Goodreads to copy the blurb – must try to fit it in before Santa gets here!

The Blurb says: The delight of Christmas shoppers at the unveiling of a London department store’s famous window display turns to horror when one of the mannequins is discovered to be a dead body…

Mander’s Department Store in London’s West End is so famous for its elaborate window displays that on Monday mornings crowds gather to watch the window blinds being raised on a new weekly display. On this particular Monday, just a few weeks before Christmas, the onlookers quickly realise that one of the figures is in fact a human corpse, placed among the wax mannequins. Then a second body is discovered, and this striking tableau begins a baffling and complex case for Inspector Devenish of Scotland Yard.

Vernon Loder’s first book The Mystery at Stowe had endeared him in 1928 as ‘one of the most promising recruits to the ranks of detective story writers’. Inspired by the glamour of the legendary Selfridges store on London’s Oxford Street, The Shop Window Murders followed, an entertaining and richly plotted example of the Golden Age deductive puzzle novel, one of his best mysteries for bafflement and ingenuity.

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

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

34 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 183…

  1. I saw the Arsenal classic crime one in the bookshop and was tempted to get it. For my son, supposedly, since he is an Arsenal fan. I remember reading Tarzan of the Apes when I was quite young – and being rather profoundly bored. Maybe I was too young!


    • My brother, who prefers football to crime fiction, recognised the title immediately. Mind you, he’s a little bit older than your son! Oh, dear – I was hoping Tarzan might be the same kind of romp as the Barsoom books…


  2. Those vintage crime novels do look enticing, FictionFan! I’m so pleased that the BL and other groups like that are bringing those great old stories back. I know I’ll never get to a quarter of them *sigh*, but it’s good to know they’re available to new audiences.

    Oh, and about your TBR reduction… I hope you take great pride! Just check those feline search results to be sure you’re not being conspired against… 😉


  3. I’m not a football fan either so this will probably be a pass. I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Lost Man. I’ve just finished reading it for the blog tour in February.


  4. Like you, I am also not a fan of football. Or soccer, or hockey, or any sports really. Unless sitting in my chair eating as much chocolate as possible while Smokey tries to knock my book out of my hands is considered a sport…


  5. Surely if the Arsenal squad is the actual team members from 1939, they can all be rules out as suspects for a start! My son follows Spurs (Tottenham Hotspurs) which is Arsenal’s local rival team, so he would probably say they were all criminals at least.

    Tarzan was another of my childhood faves and I read many of the series but I had a slight preference for Barsoom.

    Interested to hear what Harper’s 3rd book does for you since I am selling her books regularly at the shop.


    • Haha – it would be fun if he’d made one of the real players the murderer! My brother recognised the title immediately so it must be quite famous among football fans (of a certain age… 😉 )

      Ah, good to hear about Tarzan! I’m hoping it’ll be as much of a romp as Barsoom, although obviously I’m glad Tarzan is slightly better dressed than John Carter…

      Her first book was great, and although her second didn’t work so well for me, I’m still looking forward to this one…


  6. I think the last one sounds interesting, particularly at this time of year! Might be nice to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa (with marshmallows) and snuggle down for a pleasant mystery.


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