TBR Thursday 219…

Episode 219

No reduction in the TBR this week… but no increase either! Remaining stable on 213…

Here are a few more I’ll be butting up against soon…

English Classic

The Go-Between by LP Hartley

For my Classics Club list. During the last Classics Club spin, three of us – Rose, Sandra and myself – all put this book on our list at the same number thinking it would be fun to review it at the same time. The number didn’t come up but we decided to do a review-along anyway, all posting our reviews on 15th January if we can. Anyone else is welcome to join in, either with the reviewing or just the reading! It’s a long overdue re-read for me of a book I thought was brilliant first time around… and second… and….

Even if you haven’t read the book, I bet you recognise the first line…

The Blurb says: ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’

When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. The haunting story of a young boy’s awakening into the secrets of the adult world, The Go-Between is also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society.

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Vintage Crime

The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly

A seasonal mystery, courtesy of the British Library. I’ve never heard of Mary Kelly, but apparently she was well regarded in her time. Another gorgeous cover, and it sounds like fun…

The Blurb says: London. 22nd December. Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale and Sergeant Beddoes have been called to a gloomy flat off Islington High Street. An elderly woman lies dead on the bed, and her trunk has been looted. The woman is Princess Olga Karukhin – an emigrant of Civil War Russia – and her trunk is missing its glittering treasure…

Out in the dizzying neon and festive chaos of the capital a colourful cast of suspects abound: the downtrodden grandson, a plutocratic jeweller, Bolsheviks with unfinished business? Beddoes and Nightingale have their work cut out in this tightly-paced, quirky and highly enjoyable jewel of the mystery genre.

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New Crime

The Cabin by Jørn Lier Horst

Courtesy of Penguin UK – Michael Joseph via NetGalley. This is the second in Horst’s Cold Case Quartet and for once I’ve actually read the first! And I enjoyed it – William Wisting is the kind of detective I like – dedicated, hard-working, with a stable family life and a life outside work. And the cover looks delightfully seasonal…

The Blurb says: It’s been fifteen years since Simon Meier walked out of his house, never to be seen again. And just one day since politician Bernard Clausen was found dead at his cabin on the Norwegian coast.

When Chief Inspector William Wisting is asked to investigate he soon discovers he may have found the key to solving Meier’s disappearance. But doing so means he must work with an old adversary to piece together what really happened all those years ago.

It’s a puzzle that leads them into a dark underworld on the trail of Clausen’s interests and vices. A shady place from which they may never emerge – especially when he finds it leads closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

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Fiction

Something to Answer For by PH Newby

This was the book that won the first ever Booker Prize in 1969. That’s not why I’m reading it though – I was recommended it to fill one of the tricky compulsory places on my Around the World challenge, the Suez Canal. The colonial aspects always appeal to me, so fingers crossed!

The Blurb says: It is 1956 and Townrow is in Port Said – of these two facts he’s reasonably certain. He has been summoned by the widow of his deceased friend, Elie Khoury. She is convinced that Elie was murdered, but nobody seems to agree with her. What about Leah Strauss, the mistress? And the invading British paratroops? Only an Englishman, surely, would take for granted that the British have behaved themselves. In this disorientating world Townrow must assess the rules by which he has been living his life – to wonder whether he, too, may have something to answer for. . .

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

38 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 219…

    • Christmas and Bolsheviks – an irresistible combination! I hadn’t heard of Newby either, but it does look interesting and my brother, who recommended it to me, enjoyed it (though that’s never a guarantee that I will… 😉 )

  1. Well, I give you credit for not increasing the TBR this time, FictionFan. That’s an exercise in self-discipline! You know, I’ve wanted to read The Go-Between for some time now, and just…haven’t. So I’ll be really interested in what you think of that one. And The Cabin sounds good, too. I like the Wisting series, but just haven’t gotten quite that far yet. I think you have some good reading awaiting you.

    • I’ve been so self-disciplined recently I fear I may explode soon – wear a hard hat! 😉 The Go-Between was one of those books that I became besotted with in my youth so I’m hoping it lives up to my memories, but I’m pretty confident it will. I’d forgotten there were Wisting books before this quartet began – ha! And I was so proud of being up-to-date with a series too… 😀

    • I can’t wait to get into it but I have to finish East of Eden first which may take a while! Hope all’s well and it’s just busyness that’s keeping you from blogging… 🙂

      • Trying to balance busyness and health, a bit of tightrope for me these days. But all’s well so far 🤞 😊 East of Eden is another one I’m keen to read but have repeatedly put off. Next year it WILL happen!

        • Well, health is more important than busyness, so take good care of yourself! 🙂 Hmm… my suggestion would be to keep putting East of Eden off. Sometimes it beats me why books get a reputation for being great… 😉

  2. Is that us on to festive reading already? Where has this year gone? I’m quite tempted by the Christmas Egg, and I haven’t read the Go-between. I look forward to seeing what you all make of it, and if it is still one of your favorites after a re-read.

    • Ha, I know – I can’t believe it either! I’ll have to be doing the annual book awards soon! The Christmas Egg sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m 99% confident I’ll still think The Go-Between is brilliant – aren’t you tempted to read it before 15th Jan? Go on… 😉

  3. Something to Answer For is a very odd book. One of those where you’re not entirely sure you know what’s going on. Is was one of the early ones I read in my Booker Prize project.

  4. Once again, you had me struggling to move past your gif at the beginning. That goat with the horse is too cute!

    I think I’m most drawn to The Christmas Egg.

  5. Christmas Egg!!! About that time isn’t it? I have a few Christmas mysteries on my shelf that i’m excited to read, but the dilemma is: do I read them now, so I have my review ready in time for the lead-up to Christmas, or do I wait until actual Christmas to read it (which is my preference) but then my review comes after Dec. 25 which seems annoying for the blog readers…

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