TBR Thursday 249 – The People’s Choice…

Episode 249

(A reminder of the People’s Choice plan. Once a month or so, I shall list the four oldest books on the TBR, then the next four, and so on, and each time you will select the one you think I should read, either because you’ve read and enjoyed it, or because you think the blurb looks good. And I will read the one you pick within three months! If I begin to fall behind, I’ll have a gap till I catch up again. In the event of a tie, I’ll have the casting vote.)

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OK, time for the next batch of four! I’m finally coming to the end of 2014 and into 2015, strictly in order of acquisition or addition to the TBR in the case of re-reads. I was in a peak crime fiction phase at that time, so most of the books fall into that genre. Michael Russell and Donis Casey would be new-to-me authors, both on my TBR as a result of reviews from around the blogosphere. I went through a short-lived love affair with Neil Gaiman and still have a couple of his books on the TBR from that period – I’m willing to see if the love can be revived. And I enjoyed the first book in Camilla Lackberg’s Patrik Hedström series – The Preacher is the second book which of course I’ve never got around to reading!

I’m intrigued to see which one you pick…

Crime

The City of Shadows by Michael Russell

Added 3rd December 2014. 619 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.87 average rating. 432 pages.

The Blurb says: Dublin 1934: Detective Stefan Gillespie arrests a German doctor and encounters Hannah Rosen desperate to find her friend Susan, a Jewish woman who had become involved with a priest, and has now disappeared.

When the bodies of a man and woman are found buried in the Dublin mountains, it becomes clear that this case is about more than a missing person. Stefan and Hannah trace the evidence all the way across Europe to Danzig.

In a strange city where the Nazi Party are gaining power, Stefan and Hannah are inching closer to the truth and soon find themselves in grave danger…

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Fantasy

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Added 24th December 2014. 348,164 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.09 average. 356 pages.

The Blurb says: Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristan vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining…

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Mystery

The Old Buzzard Had It Coming by Donis Casey

Added 5th February, 2015. 756 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.88 average. 184 pages. 

The Blurb says: Alafair Tucker is a strong woman, the core of family life on a farm in Oklahoma where the back-breaking work and daily logistics of caring for her husband Shaw, their nine children, and being neighborly requires hard muscle and a clear head. She’s also a woman of strong opinions, and it is her opinion that her neighbor, Harley Day, is a drunkard and a reprobate. So, when Harley’s body is discovered frozen in a snowdrift one January day in 1912, she isn’t surprised that his long-suffering family isn’t, if not actually celebrating, much grieving.

When Alafair helps Harley’s wife prepare the body for burial, she discovers that Harley’s demise was anything but natural—there is a bullet lodged behind his ear. Alafair is concerned when she hears that Harley’s son, John Lee, is the prime suspect in his father’s murder, for Alafair’s seventeen-year-old daughter Phoebe is in love with the boy. At first, Alafair’s only fear is that Phoebe is in for a broken heart, but as she begins to unravel the events that led to Harley’s death, she discovers that Phoebe might be more than just John Lee’s sweetheart: she may be his accomplice in murder.

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Crime

The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

Added 5th February 2015. 30,554 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.79 average. 419 pages.

The Blurb says: During an unusually hot July, detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck are enjoying a rare week at home together, nervous and excited about the imminent birth of their first baby. Across town, however, a six-year-old boy makes a gruesome discovery that will ravage their little tourist community and catapult Patrik into the center of a terrifying murder case.

The boy has stumbled upon the brutally murdered body of a young woman, and Patrik is immediately called to lead the investigation. Things get even worse when his team uncovers, buried beneath the victim, the skeletons of two campers whose disappearance had baffled police for decades. The three victims’ injuries seem to be the work of the same killer, but that is impossible: the main suspect in the original kidnappings committed suicide twenty-four years ago.

When yet another young girl disappears and panic begins to spread, Patrik leads a desperate manhunt to track down a ruthless serial killer before he strikes again.

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(Click on title and then remember to also click on Vote, or your vote won’t count!)

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

53 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 249 – The People’s Choice…

  1. I’m surprised you still trust us, as we’ve led you to a couple of real stinkers so far. I would go for the Old Buzzard Had it Coming, as it’s a good title. It’s also short, so if it turns out to be terrible, you won’t have to suffer for too long.

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    • Haha, happily I’ve just read the third winner and you’ll be relieved to learn that I made it all the way to the end! 😉 I love that title – I’m pretty sure it’s why I bought the book, since I didn’t remember anything about the blurb…

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  2. These are all books I’d be happy to read or read again. I’ve read a number of Lackberg’s Erica and Patrick series, though not for a long time, and not this one. I’m always open to trying another Gaiman fantasy. I almost chose The Old Buzzard, just on the basis of the title, but the story is one I’d like to read too, because of its Oklahoma, early 20th century setting. I have read the first three books in Michael Russell’s The City series and did appreciate how grounded they were in Irish history, so, in the end, that’s my pick for you. (And I might go and chase up Old Buzzard 🙂)

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    • I read the first and a later one in the Lackberg series and full intended to catch up on them all – I enjoyed her writing and liked the two main characters. The Gaiman could go either way with me – I’ve had a real mixed reaction to the little of his work I’ve read before. The title of The Old Buzzard is great, and I’m pretty sure that’s why I bought it! And the Michael Russell is a long-ago recommendation from our mutual friend Lady Fancifull, who used to be such a threat to TBRs everwhere… 😀

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  3. Hmmm…I voted for The Preacher, FictionFan. I like the series, and I do like the setting and context. There are some solid story arcs in it, too. I’ll be interested in knowing that you think of the blend of solving the mystery and home life stuff. Of course, the others look good, too, and I almost chose The Old Buzzard…. But I’ll stand by my vote.

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    • I read the first and one of the later books in the Lackberg series and fully intended to catch up with the rest, but you know how that goes! I enjoyed her writing and liked the two main characters. The title of The Old Buzzard is so good – I’m sure that’s why I bought it! Who, me? Superficial? 😉

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  4. I voted for that Old Buzzard. What an interesting title, and the premise isn’t half-bad. If it’s well-written, and the ends are all nicely tied up, and the characters are believable, that might earn five stars. Or maybe not, who knows??

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    • I love the title of The Old Buzzard – I’m sure that’s why I bought it! It seems to have got mostly positive reviews, so I have my fingers crossed – especially since it’s in the lead at the moment!

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  5. I voted for City of Shadows, but it isn’t looking too popular! The only one I have read is Stardust and I’m afraid I didn’t love, however I think that it mainly down to the fact that I saw the film first and the book is darker and just isn’t as much fun as the film. 🤷‍♀️ Happy reading whatever your result is 🙂

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    • City of Shadows looks good, and the voting is more even than usual this time so who knows? It might have a late run! I’ve had a real mixed reaction to the little Gaiman I’ve read, so I feel it could go either way – but it’s currently in last place, so it’ll probably linger on my TBR for a while yet… 😀

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  6. I had trouble narrowing things down this time. Honestly, the only one that doesn’t really appeal to me is Stardust. (I saw the film ages ago, but really don’t remember a lot about it)

    The title was the deciding factor for me. The Old Buzzard Had it Coming.

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  7. I voted for Donis Casey’s Old Buzzard book. Why? Because I’ve read the whole series and loved it. Might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Alafair Tucker and her kids and husband and Oklahoma in the early 20th century. I grew up on stories of that area from my maternal grandmother and her sisters. Other books on your list look good too. Hey, maybe you should just read all of them….LOL!

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    • I suspect it was your reviews of her books that made me add The Old Buzzard! It does sound good and I like historical crime. Haha, yes, I should just read them all – just as soon as I’ve grown an extra head or two… 😀

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  8. Voted for The Old Buzzard. Neil Gaiman and I have never got along – one of those situations where, on paper, his books ought to be perfect for me, but I haven’t liked any of them and can’t put my finger on why. I haven’t read Stardust though, so I will be interested to hear what you make of it if it wins – maybe it could be the book to change my mind!

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    • I loved the first Gaiman I read – a graphic novel – but nothing I read since has matched up, and I’ve actually abandoned at least one, maybe two. So Stardust could go either way for me, I feel. The Old Buzzard is currently in the lead though… 😀

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  9. I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, but Stardust is probably one of my least favourites. Also, I didn’t think fairies and witches were really your thing? Anyway, I haven’t read the other three, but let me go with the slightly patriotic choice and vote for The Preacher. It doesn’t look too popular, but if it wins and you end up hating it, I’m actually gonna cry! 😢😆

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    • I’m not really a fantasy fan, but I have enjoyed one or two things of Neil Gaiman’s so it could go either way, I feel. Patriotic? Are you a Swede, then? I’ve enjoyed a couple of books in the series – the first one and a much later one – so I’d be quite happy if The Preacher wins… and you probably wouldn’t need tissues! 😉

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      • Not Swedish, but from a small country very close by, only separated from Sweden by “The Bridge” (ok, perhaps you didn’t watch that show). I’ve read tons of Nordic crime fiction but for some reason never Camilla Läckberg.

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        • Haha, no I didn’t watch The Bridge, so I’ll just put you down as Nordic… 😀 I’ve read two or three of her books and enjoyed them, though I admit to abandoning her most recent one which was crammed full of graphic sex scenes – totally unlike her other stuff! She must be going through a mid-life crisis, I think… 😉

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    • It’s a great title – I’m pretty sure that’s why I bought the book! Hmm, Goodreads says it’s short, but my Kindle doesn’t seem to think it is – it seems about average for a crime novel. I’m hoping Goodreads is right… 😉

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  10. I’ve never read a Neil Gaimain book, but I’m still surprised you are a fan, it doesn’t seem like an FF type of book, too fantasy-like for you I thought? Regardless, I voted for it, because I want to know your thoughts on it haha

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    • I fell in love with a graphic novel he did a few years ago, and some of his short horror stories are good. But his other stuff is definitely too fantasy for me, and my love affair soon ground to a halt. But I’d already acquired a couple more of his books by then…

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  11. Oooh this is a tough one, assuming I’m not too late that is. First thought – I hope whatever I vote for does not win! You’ve had such rotten winners so far, I’d hate to be partially responsible for another. But I see things are looking up so that made me feel better. Next thought – they all sound rather good and I’d be happy to read all of them. Except maybe the Gamain. I’ve seen the film. That leaves 3 and one is well out in front it seems. I always like supporting the underdog so…. The Preacher gets a consolation boost 😃

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    • Not too late at all – I don’t close it until Wednesday. Hahaha, but even if the books turn out to be rubbish I still get them off the TBR, so it’s a win-win situation. The voting was pretty close on this one for a bit, but The Old Buzzard has pulled well away form the pack now. I would like to read The Preacher too, though – it’s just a matter of fitting it in… *bangs head on table*

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  12. Finally coming up for air after being knocked down by a sinus infection. I remember thinking, “Could death be worse than this?” Of course it could. And here is a whole list of books about death. (Blame the antibiotic if you think that was a weird segue.) Anyway, I am totally late to the party, but I still voted. Looks like my pick is in the lead so far!

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    • Oh, poor you! I thought you were maybe still in the throes of moving. Haha, yes, death would be worse, but sometimes when an illness takes hold it doesn’t seem like it. Hope those antibiotics have worked! The voting was very close for a bit this time, but it looks like The Old Buzzard has taken a commanding lead now… 😀

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