TBR Thursday 310 – The People’s Choice…

Episode 310

(A reminder of The People’s Choice plan. Once a month, 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, People, time for the next batch of four, a genre week, bit of crime, bit of sci-fi, still all from 2018. Finally I’m back to running three months ahead with these polls, so the winner will be a March read. Background for Murder is one for my on-going Murder, Mystery, Mayhem challenge. I’m ashamed to say Don’t Let Go is a NetGalley book that fell by the wayside when I took more review books than I could fit in. The Chrysalids will be a re-read of an old favourite, and is now on my new Classics Club list. And The Craftsman is from an author whose thrillers I usually love but sometimes don’t. I’d be happy for a variety of reasons to get any one of these off my TBR and onto my reading list, so you really can’t go wrong! 😉

I’m intrigued to see which one you pick…

Vintage Crime

Background for Murder by Shelley Smith

Added 30th June 2018. 31 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.35 average rating. 204 pages.

The Blurb says: Dr Maurice Royd, the head of a psychiatric hospital, is found slumped over his desk with his skull caved in. But a lack of hard evidence leaves the local police stumped. The difficulty is that there are too many people who could have murdered Dr Royd, too many people who wished him dead. Any one of that ‘bunch of crazies’ might have yielded to the impulse to do it.

Private Investigator Jacob Chaos is given the case by Scotland Yard. Now time is of the essence for Chaos as he tries to get the job done discreetly, hushing up any possibility of a scandal. But it seems there is quite a lot of funny business concerning the late Dr Royd and digging any deeper seems to start stirring up trouble.

Before he knows it, Chaos inadvertently kick-starts a killing spree. Racing against the clock with an ever growing list of suspects, Jacob Chaos must work to unravel the twisted skeins hiding the truth and catch the audacious murderer…

Background for Murder is a classic whodunit and stark exposé of human horror in the tangled worlds of sanity and insanity.

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Thriller

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Added 4th July 2018. 54,445 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.05 average. 351 pages.

The Blurb says: Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

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Classic Science Fiction

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Added 16th July 2018. 48,172 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.93 average. 200 pages. 

The Blurb says: First published in 1955, The Chrysalids is a post-nuclear story of genetic mutation in a devastated world, which tells of the lengths the intolerant will go to to keep themselves pure.

David Strorm’s father doesn’t approve of Angus Morton’s unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realize that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends, have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands…

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Thriller

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Added 18th July 2018. 5,739 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.01 average. 431 pages.

The Blurb says: Old enemies . . . New crimes

Thirty years ago, WPC Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she arrested coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook for three shocking murders. Larry confessed; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past are repeating themselves.

The town Florence left behind still has many secrets. Will she finally uncover the truth? Or will time run out for her first?

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

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36 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 310 – The People’s Choice…

  1. It’s a difficult choice for me this time, FictionFan! I like Harlan Coben’s work, and, like you, I think Sharon Bolton can write an excellent thriller. But the Smith really looks intriguing, and I do love a whodunit. Hmmm…I think that one gets my vote, but it wasn’t easy!

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    • I’d have been hard put to choose too – they all look as if they have a lot of potential! The good thing is that since the Smith is one of my challenge books I’ll get to it eventually even if it doesn’t win. 😀

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    • Absolutely – it’s a win-win situation even f the book turns out to be a dreaded one-star! Both of those sound good, and Background for Murder would tick off another box on my vintage crime challenge… 😀

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    • I’ve loved most of Bolton’s books too and don’t know why that one has waited so long – it keeps getting shoved down the list for some reason! The Chrysalids is good, and it’s a long time since I last read it so well past time for a re-read. 😀

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  2. The Chrysalids (which I remember liking when I read it as a kid) seems the most substantial of these, but Don’t Let Go was a close second, going by the blurb. All three detectives have names that seem to have been devised as attention-getters: Florence Lovelady, Napoleon Dumas, and Jacob Chaos. Must be a trend!

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    • Ha, yes, I always wonder how authors pick the names for their characters. It must be tempting to go for something unusual, but it can makes them sound like something from a superhero magazine – Captain Chaos!! 😉 It’s a long, long time since I read The Chrysalids too, though I think I was an older teen or in my twenties, but I remember enjoying it too, so I’ll be quite happy if it wins – long overdue for a re-read!

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  3. So difficult to choose as I’ve read all of them except for Background for Murder. The Chrysalids wasn’t what I expected, but I did enjoy it. But my favourite was The Craftsman, so I’m voting for that one.

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    • I can’t understand why I’ve let The Craftsman linger for so long – I usually read her books more or less as they come out! So even if it doesn’t win I must try to push it up the priority list. I love Wyndham, so I’m always happy to re-read one of his books and it’s been a long, long time since I read The Chrysalids…

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  4. I’m possibly too late to vote this month, but I would go for the Chrysalids, I read it as a kid and loved it. Am wondering how I would get on with it as an adult, and see a couple of people have said it is on their classics lists. I’m sensing a mini reviewalong coming on amidst our other ones perhaps.

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    • Not too late at all – I usually leave it open over the weekend as a few late votes always drift in. I’ve recorded your vote for The Chrysalids, which is doing very well at the moment! I was young when I read it too, though late teens, I think. But I’ve re-read and loved other of his books recently and still love them just as much, so I have high hopes! Ha, yes, it’ll be fun if a few of us end up reading it at the same time. Tempted?

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  5. Well I see i’m in the majority for my vote for The Chrysalids. I never thought science fiction interested me, but the sci-fi you’ve been reading lately certainly has! It almost seems to verge on horror in a way?

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    • I’ve been amazed at how many people have voted for the science fiction option! I wasn’t expecting that at all! Yes, you’re right – there is a pretty big crossover between science fiction and horror, I think, especially horror stories based on humans rather than ghosts, if that makes sense.

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