I’ve found the secret of perfect balance! Two in, two out – The TBR remains on 186!
Here are a few more to which I’ll be gibbon my attention soon…
I Am Stone by R Murray Gilchrist
Courtesy of the British Library. Another new release in the BL’s Tales of the Weird series. I don’t think I’ve come across this author at all before, not even with a short story in an anthology, so this will be a true leap into the unknown…
The Blurb says: Through vampiric trysts, heady visions of ghostly processions, and metaphorical tales of murdering one’s own psyche, the portrait of a truly unique writer of the strange tale emerges.
R. Murray Gilchrist was lauded for his imagination and florid, illustrative style during the fin-de-siecle period, and this new collection showcases the very best of his short fiction. Despite being admired by H. G. Wells and described by Arnold Bennett as “almost the peak of perfection in that difficult genre [of short fiction],” Gilchrist and his works are now largely forgotten. Packed with thrilling encounters and unforgettable descriptions from the weirdest ebb of the writer’s mind, this anthology aims to introduce a new readership to Gilchrist’s entrancing and influential oeuvre.
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Learwife by JR Thorpe
Courtesy of Canongate via NetGalley. I picked this on the basis of the blurb, which I think sounds great. However reviews have made me wonder if I’ll get along with the writing style, which people are calling “lyrical”, “abstract” and “metaphorical” – not three of my favourite words! However, they’re also calling it “unique” and “unforgettable”. We’ll see…
The Blurb says: Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, this breathtaking debut novel tells the story of the most famous woman ever written out of literary history.
Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear’s queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her name forgotten. Now she can tell her story.
Though her grief and rage may threaten to crack the earth open, she knows she must seek answers. Why was she sent away in shame and disgrace? What has happened to Kent, her oldest friend and ally? And what will become of her now, in this place of women? To find peace she must reckon with her past and make a terrible choice – one upon which her destiny, and that of the entire abbey, rests.
Giving unforgettable voice to a woman whose absence has been a tantalising mystery, Learwife is a breathtaking novel of loss, renewal and how history bleeds into the present.
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Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer
Courtesy of the British Library. Another author I’ve never come across before, but this sounds like it should be a fun romp designed to get us in the mood for mince pies, though preferably not poisoned ones…
The Blurb says: Good old Uncle Willie – rich, truculent and seemingly propped up by his fierce willpower alone – has come to stay with the Redpaths for the holidays. It is just their luck for him to be found dead the morning after Christmas day, dressed in his Santa Claus costume, seemingly poisoned by his favourite chocolates. Or was there something sinister in the mince pies? If so, was it the ones stashed in his room or those sent to him mysteriously by post? More importantly, since his will was recently redrafted, who stands to gain by this unseasonable crime?
First published in 1944, Murder After Christmas is a lively riot of murder, mince pies and misdirection, cleverly playing with beloved murder mystery tropes to create something pacey, light-hearted, and admirably suited for the holiday season.
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The Cottage by Lisa Stone
Courtesy of HarperCollins. I enjoyed Stone’s previous book, Taken, even though it didn’t sound much like my kind of thing. So I’m hoping I might enjoy this one too, even though it doesn’t sound much like my kind of thing!
The Blurb says: An isolated cottage…
After losing her job and boyfriend, Jan Hamlin is in desperate need of a fresh start. So she jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods.
A tap at the window…
Very quickly though, things take a dark turn. At night, Jan hears strange noises, and faint taps at the window. Something, or someone, is out there.
A forest that hides many secrets…
Jan refuses to be scared off. But whoever is outside isn’t going away, and it soon becomes clear that the nightmare is only just beginning…
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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?
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I decided to do a separate post for the options for our next review-along, so if you missed it here’s the link. All welcome!