TBR Thursday 326…

Episode 326

The TBR continues to fall, mainly because I seem to have been powering through the books for the last couple of weeks! (Wish I was also powering through writing the reviews!) Down 2 to 173…

Here are a few more I should reach soon (or am already reading) – lots of crime this week…

Crime Anthology

The Perfect Crime edited by Vaseem Khan and Maxim Jakubowski

Courtesy of HarperCollins. In fact, the vast majority of the contributing authors are either British or American, with one or two detours to exotic under-represented nations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and one from Nigeria. So perhaps “diverse cultures” from “across the world” might be a bit of an exaggeration… 😉 Hopefully the stories will be enjoyable despite the marketing.

The Blurb says: Around the world in 22 murders…

From Lagos to Mexico City, Australia to the Caribbean, Toronto to Los Angeles, Darjeeling to rural New Zealand, London to New York – twenty-two bestselling crime writers from diverse cultures come together from across the world in a razor sharp and deliciously sinister collection of crime stories.

Featuring Oyinkan Braithwaite, Abir Mukherjee, S.A. Cosby, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, J.P. Pomare, Sheena Kamal, Vaseem Khan, Sulari Gentill, Nelson George, Rachel Howzell Hall, John Vercher, Sanjida Kay, Amer Anwar, Henry Chang, Nadine Matheson, Mike Phillips, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Felicia Yap, Thomas King, Imran Mahmood, David Heska, Wanbli Weiden and Walter Mosley.


The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews

Courtesy of Raven Books via NetGalley. I must admit that the reviews I’ve seen for this have made me suspect it’s not going to be my cup of tea, but the blurb still sounds like fun, so we’ll see…

(Update: halfway through and loving it so far!)

The Blurb says: Norfolk, 1643. With civil war tearing England apart, reluctant soldier Thomas Treadwater is summoned home by his sister, who accuses a new servant of improper conduct with their widowed father. By the time Thomas returns home, his father is insensible, felled by a stroke, and their new servant is in prison, facing charges of witchcraft.

Thomas prides himself on being a rational, modern man, but as he unravels the mystery of what has happened, he uncovers not a tale of superstition but something dark and ancient, linked to a shipwreck years before.

Something has awoken, and now it will not rest.

Richly researched, incredibly atmospheric, and deliciously unsettling, The Leviathan is set in England during a time of political turbulence and religious zealotry. It is a tale of family and loyalty, superstition and sacrifice, but most of all it is a spellbinding story of impossible things.

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Classic Crime

Vanish in an Instant by Margaret Millar

I read and enjoyed Millar’s The Listening Walls a couple of years ago so popped this one into the genre section of my Classics Club list… 

The Blurb says: Virginia Barkeley is a nice, well brought-up girl. So what is she doing wandering through a snow storm in the middle of the night, blind drunk and covered in someone else’s blood?

When Claude Margolis’ body is found a quarter of a mile away with half-a-dozen stab wounds to the neck, suddenly Virginia doesn’t seem such a nice girl after all. Her only hope is Meecham, the cynical small-town lawyer hired as her defence. But how can he believe in Virginia’s innocence when even she can’t be sure what happened that night? And when the answer seems to fall into his lap, why won’t he just walk away?

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Vintage Crime on Audio

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze read by Malcolm Hillgartner

This went onto my wishlist years ago as a result of someone’s review – sadly I can’t remember whose. It may be too noir for me, but it gets great ratings, for the book and even more so for the narration.

(Update: halfway through and loving it so far!)

The Blurb says: She had the face of a madonna and a heart of dollar bills.

“I came back and searched dizzily under the trailer, muttering the way drunks do, and then I heard it. A shuffling around inside the trailer. The little tramp had knocked me in the head with her Southern Comfort and now she was in there loading up….She didn’t know I was alive.”

A legend among noir buffs, Chaze’s long-lost pulp classic is the dreamlike tale of a man after a jailbreak who meets up with the woman of his dreams – and his nightmares.

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

60 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 326…

  1. I’m glad you’re loving The Leviathan. I really enjoyed the first half but felt as though I was reading a different book in the second half. I’ll look forward to your review!

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    • Ha, I must admit that it suddenly began to feel a bit like The Exorcist at the point I stopped yesterday, so I’m wondering what today will bring! Just about to find out… 😂


    • It feels to me as if it might be going to turn into a supernatural horror story in the second half, rather than a straight witchcraft trial book – but we’ll see! Haha, I hope it doesn’t get too scary!


  2. Oh, I very much want to read that anthology, FictionFan! It looks appealing on its own merit, and I like Vaseem Khan’s writing, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’ve come up with here! I like Margaret Millar’s work, too; I think her psychological novels are done quite well, so I hope you’ll like this one. And you are to be congratulated on the reduction in the TBR! Chocolate for you!

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    • I’ve read a few of the stories in the anthology now and so far the quality is very good! I don’t know Vaseem Khan at all – in fact, I’ve only tried one or two of these authors before, so it works as a kind of sampler too. I’m looking forward to the Margaret Millar – she’s another of the many authors I’ve been meaning to read more of for a while. Haha, I’m getting quite worried about the falling TBR now – it’s so unlike me… 😉

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  3. I’m tempted by The Perfect Crime! Um, the book, rather than committing the perfect crime.
    Congrats on your TBR drop. Here’s hoping the books you’re halfway through continue to be great.

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    • Hahaha, I’m not sure if I believe you! 😉 I’ve read a few of the stories in The Perfect Crime now and so far the quality is high – looks like it’ll be an interesting collection! And the other two are still going well…


    • I’ve seen fairly mixed reviews that suggest it kinda changes style halfway through – which is just about where I am! So I’m intrigued to see if I’m still enjoying it as much after another reading session… 😱😉

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  4. I’m curious about all of these, so I anxiously await your reviews. I’m not clear what’s meant by the first line of the blurb on the Chaze novel (a heart of dollar bills). Is she a pole-dancer or something?? 😂

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  5. Congrats on the drop in your TBR, FF! You’ve been busy. I’ll be interested in reading your reviews to gauge whether I should add more bloat to my own TBR. The poor thing is so mired in items right now that there’s little chance I should be adding anything. But we’ll see!

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    • Ha, I’m getting quite worried about my TBR – I keep acquiring books but it keeps dropping at the moment! This is turning out to be quite a fun batch of books so I may be trying to tempt you with them when I review them… 😉

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    • The collection was very good – better than I was expecting, given my lack of enthusiasm for a lot of modern crime. Just started the Millar, so I have my fingers crossed!


  6. I’m looking forward to The Leviathan. I’ve had it on request at the library and it’s just become available so I’ll be reading it soon. That’s an interesting story shift you describe, I’ll hopefully feel embedded enough in the story to be able to take on board potential horror elements that don’t usually work so well for me.

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    • Well, since it’ll be weeks before my review appears, I’ll give you a spoiler – I loved it! The horror stuff is so deeply embedded in the superstitions and religious debates of the time that I was able to buy into it quite easily, and it steers clear of graphic gore and stuff like that. Another of the really great historical fictions this year seems to be producing – hope it works just as well for you!

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    • The Perfect Crime collection was very good – lots of new-to-me authors to check out too! And I love classic crime, so I’m always happy to have one of them on my reading list! Thanks for popping in and commenting. 😀

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