TBR Thursday 245…

Episode 245

The TBR seems to be stuck permanently on 208 – every time I finish a book another one appears as if by magic!

book falls magically from shelf and bops girl on head

Here are a few more that should fall off the shelf soon…

Crime

Deadheads by Reginald Hill

Continuing with my slow re-read of my favourite crime series of all time, Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe. This is the seventh in the series…

The Blurb says: Patrick Aldermann inherits the splendid Rosemount House and gardens on the death of his aunt, and there he is able to indulge his horticultural passions without restraint.

When his boss, Dick Elgood, suggests that Aldermann is a murderer, then retracts the accusation, Peter Pascoe’s detecting instincts are aroused. How did an underachieving accountant make his way to the top of the company so quickly? And why do so many of his colleagues keep dropping dead?

Meanwhile, when not fielding politically incorrect insults from Superintendent Dalziel, Police Cadet Singh—Mid-Yorkshire’s first Asian copper—has dug up some very interesting information about Aldermann’s beautiful wife, Daphne, who’s now firm friends with one Ellie Pascoe…

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Fiction

The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark

The next two are from my 20 Books of Summer. I can’t believe it’s two years since I added this to my TBR. I had every intention of reading lots of Spark’s books but at the speed I’m going I’ll need extra immortality pills. Maybe this one will inspire me to push some of the others up the priority list…

The Blurb says: The Abbess of Crewe is Muriel Spark’s razor sharp, wickedly humorous and surreal satire of a real life political scandal – reimagined within the claustrophobic walls of a convent. A steely, Machiavellian nun, secret surveillance, corruption, cloak-and-dagger plotting, rivalries and a rigged election all send the wonderful cast of characters into disarray as a chain of events unfold that become weirder and weirder.

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Vintage Crime

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville

I’ve only read one other book by Alan Melville, Quick Curtain, and I was distinctly unimpressed. I decided not to read this one which I’d acquired at the same time. However, since then I’ve seen a few positive reviews of this one that have made me wonder if I was too hasty to write him off completely. We’ll see if this one can redeem him in my eyes…

The Blurb says: Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding but the party is warm and hospitable – except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company.

After a weekend of adventure – with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest – secrets come to light and Jim unravels a mystery from his past.

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Fiction on Audio

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier read by John Castle

Book cover and link to Audible UKDespite always enjoying du Maurier, I’ve read surprisingly little of her work. Must admit this one sounds a bit like – *shudders* – a romance, but for once I’m hoping it’s maybe suffering from a touch of misleading blurb syndrome, and it does promise a pirate and some swashbuckling…

The Blurb says: Seething with disdain for the superfluous society in which she resides, Lady Dona St Columb abandons her husband and takes her two children away from the Court of Charles II, seeking a new life in the Cornish countryside.

Dona’s thirst for authentic human interaction and adventure is satiated upon arrival as she meets the enigmatic and entrancing French pirate, Jean Benout Aubery. Previously a wealthy landowner, Aubery reveals that much like Dona, he too left his old life behind in search of greater things. Described by Daphne du Maurier as the only romantic story she ever wrote, Frenchman’s Creek is an escapist tale of a woman’s search for swashbuckling adventure despite the responsibilities which tie her down and threaten to contain her.

Women’s freedom, a recurring theme in du Maurier’s work, is prevalent in Frenchman’s Creek and the story is said to have been written at a time when Daphne was eager to escape from the threat of war in 1941. A true tale of escapism, this audiobook delivers a powerful message about motherhood, romance and duty, and is continually propelled forward by the author’s incredible skill and imagination.

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

45 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 245…

  1. I know what you mean about the TBR pile , FictionFan. I swear it’s a conspiracy of some sort. You have some excellent books there. It’s hard to go wrong with Dalziel and Pascoe. And du Maurier’s work is deliciously creepy. She builds tension very well, I think.

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    • I think the du Maurier might have to be put back on the list for the future – I’m not getting on with the audiobook narrator at all, so may have to go for the paper version sometime. But I’m looking forward to Dalziel and Pascoe – at least I know I’ll love it! 😀

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    • Unfortunately I’m not enjoying the narrator of the du Maurier audiobook so it may have to go back on the list until I acquire a paper copy. But the others do look entertaining!

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  2. I loved Frenchman’s Creek – it is kind of a romance, but I really don’t like those either and it was still one of my favourite books last year. The romance never won me over, but there was so much else in it to like that I didn’t care!

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  3. While I won’t say I wouldn’t read a couple of those were they to fall off the shelf into my lap (not on my head, please!), but I’m not overly tempted by any of them. That’s a good thing. (for my TBR, at least)

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  4. i’ve just finished Deadheads – I really liked it and think it’s the best of his earlier books. I enjoyed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but that is the only book by Muriel Spark that I’ve read. I am tempted by The Abbess of Crew – not so sure about Weekend at Thrackley though. As for Frenchman’s Creek I loved it as a teenager, but I started it again a few years ago and my tastes have changed since then and I didn’t get very far – good luck!

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    • I’m looking forward to Deadheads – it’s years since I read it! The Abbess of Crewe sounds good, though it would have to brilliant to beat The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Unfortunately I’m really not liking the narrator’s style in the audiobook of Frenchman’s Creek, so it may have to go back on the waiting list till I acquire a paper copy…

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    • Hmm, I’m afraid Weekend at Thrackley hasn’t turned me into a fan. I enjoyed it more than Quick Curtain, but that’s not really saying much! I think I’ll just have to skip him in future… 😦

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  5. Frenchman’s Creek isn’t one of my favourite du Maurier novels, and it does have a stronger romantic element than some of her others, but I did still enjoy it. Her books always have such a wonderful atmosphere and sense of place.

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    • Unfortunately I’m really not enjoying the narrator’s style, so I think Frenchman’s Creek will have to go back on the waiting list till I acquire a paper copy. But I’ll probably choose one of her other books first…

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  6. Ouch!! My head actually started to hurt after watching your GIF a dozen times… Maybe your TBR is like one of these candy vending machines: As soon as one piece is bought / removed, the next one appears as by magic…

    I haven’t read much du Maurier either, but for instance in Rebecca, where I didn’t enjoy the romance, nor the characters, the exquisite writing had me captured from page 1. So I wouldn’t be too worried about Frenchman’s Creek.

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    • Haha, I know! Poor girl – I hope they made a foam version of the book for that scene! It’s psychological – every time I finish a book I feel an irresistible impulse to celebrate by buying another… 😉

      Unfortunately I’m really not enjoying the style of the narrator of Frenchman’s Creek, so I think it will have to go back on the waiting list till I get hold of a paper copy. But since no one seems to think it’s one of her best, I’ll probably choose one of her other books first…

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    • The Dalziel and Pascoe books are great, especially once he gets into his stride, so I hope you enjoy them! I’m looking forward to The Abbess of Crewe – the blurb sounds like it should be fun… 🙂

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    • Sadly I didn’t really enjoy Weekend at Thrackley – I think Melville’s style just doesn’t work for me. I’ve seen plenty of reviews from other people who’ve enjoyed him though, so it must be a subjective response…

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  7. I feel obliged to warn you that Frenchman’s Creek is more swashbuckling romance than Gothic creepiness. But it is fun. Just need to get past that all that romantic tosh… 😬

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  8. I hope the Du Maurier is intriguing, and the blurb is all wrong. I actually love a misleading blurb because it always seems like a fun surprise once you realize how wrong the marketing is! After loving Rebecca, Du Maurier has quickly become a favourite ‘classic’ author of mine, so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for your review (no pressure!) haha

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  9. I’m afraid Frenchman’s Creek is not my favorite Du Morier either, I didn’t especially care for Dona or her romance, but I think you would still find enough in it to make it worth reading. From the others on your list, I would be most likely to read Spark, as I keep meaning to return to her work.

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    • Sadly I’m not enjoying the narrator of Frenchman’s Creek’s style at all, so I think it’s going to go back on the waiting list for now – maybe I’ll read the paper copy sometime, but I think, given everyone’s opinions, I’ll go for one of her other books instead. I’ve only read a couple of Spark’s books – liked one and loved the other, so I have high hopes for this one!

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