TBR Thursday 328…

Episode 328

A few books have arrived courtesy of various well-meaning publishers, plus I had a little spree to celebrate… er… Spree Day! As a result, despite some serious reading, the TBR has leapt back up by 3 to 176! I blame booksellers!

Here are a few more I’ll be browsing soon… 

Winner of the People’s Choice

Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

Well, People, a shock result this time! Calamity Town romped into a lead early on, but soon both White Nights and Death in the Tunnel started to fight back. The voting continued right through to yesterday afternoon with the lead changing several times. And the result? All three won! They all ended up with exactly the same number of votes, and even The Glass Key put in a good race though it never got into serious contention! So, the casting vote is mine. A difficult choice! I’ll probably be reading Calamity Town at some point this year anyway since it’s on my Murder, Mystery, Mayhem challenge. And since You’ve given me some fairly hefty ones this year so far, I’m going for the shorter of the other two.  It’ll be a July read, Great choice, People, even if You did leave me to do the hard bit… 😉 

The Blurb says: On a dark November evening, Sir Wilfred Saxonby is travelling alone in the 5 o’clock train from Cannon Street, in a locked compartment. The train slows and stops inside a tunnel; and by the time it emerges again minutes later, Sir Wilfred has been shot dead, his heart pierced by a single bullet.

Suicide seems to be the answer, even though no motive can be found. Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard thinks again when learns that a mysterious red light in the tunnel caused the train to slow down.

Finding himself stumped by the puzzle, Arnold consults his friend Desmond Merrion, a wealthy amateur expert in criminology. Merrion quickly comes up with an ‘essential brainwave’ and helps to establish how Sir Wilfred met his end, but although it seems that the dead man fell victim to a complex conspiracy, the investigators are puzzled about the conspirators’ motives as well as their identities. Can there be a connection with Sir Wilfred’s seemingly troubled family life, his highly successful business, or his high-handed and unforgiving personality? And what is the significance of the wallet found on the corpse, and the bank notes that it contained?

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The Ship Asunder by Tom Nancollas

Courtesy of Particular Books. I loved Nancollas’ first book, Seashaken Houses, the story of some of the rock lighthouses around Britain’s shores. This one sounds just as fascinating, and I’m hoping it inspires my imagination just as much… 

The Blurb says: If Britain’s maritime history were embodied in a single ship, she would have a prehistoric prow, a mast plucked from a Victorian steamship, the hull of a modest fishing vessel, the propeller of an ocean liner and an anchor made of stone. We might call her Asunder, and, fantastical though she is, we could in fact find her today, scattered in fragments across the country’s creeks and coastlines.

In his moving and original new history, Tom Nancollas goes in search of eleven relics that together tell the story of Britain at sea. From the swallowtail prow of a Bronze Age vessel to a stone ship moored at a Baroque quayside, each one illuminates a distinct phase of our adventures upon the waves; each brings us close to the people, places and vessels that made a maritime nation. Weaving together stories of great naval architects and unsung shipwrights, fishermen and merchants, shipwrecks and superstition, pilgrimage, trade and war, The Ship Asunder celebrates the richness of Britain’s seafaring tradition in all its glory and tragedy, triumph and disaster, and asks how we might best memorialize it as it vanishes from our shores.

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Edgware Road by Yasmin Cordery Khan

Courtesy of Head of Zeus via NetGalley. No particular reason for this one – I picked it simply on the grounds that the blurb sounds quite appealing…

The Blurb says: 1981. Khalid Quraishi is one of the lucky ones. He works nights in the glitzy West End, and comes home every morning to his beautiful wife and daughter. He’s a world away from Karachi and the family he left behind.

But Khalid likes to gamble, and he likes to win. Twenty pounds on the fruit machine, fifty on a sure-thing horse, a thousand on an investment that seems certain to pay out. Now he’s been offered a huge opportunity, a chance to get in early with a new bank, and it looks like he’ll finally have his big win.

2003. Alia Quraishi doesn’t really remember her dad. After her parents’ divorce she hardly saw him, and her mum refuses to talk about her charming ex-husband. So, when he died in what the police wrote off as a sad accident, Alia had no reason to believe there was more going on.

Now almost twenty years have passed and she’s tired of only understanding half of who she is. Her dad’s death alone and miles from his west London stomping ground doesn’t add up with the man she knew. If she’s going to find out the truth about her father – and learn about the other half of herself – Alia is going to have to visit his home, a place she’s never been, and connect with a family that feel more like strangers.

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Courtesy of HarperCollins. An unsolicited one. I had a fairly lukewarm reaction to Foley’s The Guest List, but with enough enthusiasm to be interested to try her again, and the Paris setting appeals…

The Blurb says: Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants

A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine.

Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key?

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The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney

One from the TBR backlog. This is currently the book that has lingered longest – I bought it in January 2013. I loved her earlier The Tenderness of Wolves, so don’t know why it’s taken me so long to finally get around to this one, though the fact that it’s 533 pages might have something to do with it…

The Blurb says: Rose Janko is missing. It has been seven years since she disappeared, and nobody said a word.

Now, following the death of his wife, her father Leon feels compelled to find her. Rumour had it she ran off when her baby boy was born with the family’s genetic disorder. Leon is not so sure. He wants to know the truth and he hires a private investigator to discover it – Ray Lovell.

Ray starts to delve deeper, but his investigation is hampered by the very people who ought to be helping him – the Jankos. He cannot understand their reluctance to help.

Why don’t they want to find Rose Janko?

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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?

41 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 328…

  1. I read The Invisible Ones several years ago and can’t remember it clearly but do remember that I liked it. I may have chosen Death in the Tunnel, I think, so looking forward to hearing more about that one.(Gosh if my memory doesn’t last a week, no wonder I can’t remember much about a book from five years back?) Something appeals to me from the blurb for The Paris Apartment, I’ll see if your reading experience lives up to that promise. I do remember really enjoying your Seashaken Houses review and although I didn’t read the book, I did spend some time finding out about NZ lighthouses. A good crop!

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    • That’s good to hear about The Invisible Ones – I really have no idea why I’ve never got around to reading it. And because it’s been sitting on my TBR for so long, I haven’t read anything else by her either. I have high hopes for Death in the Tunnel, having enjoyed the only other book of his that I’ve read before. However a couple of people have said that they didn’t enjoy it as much, so we’ll see. Haha, my memory’s dreadful! If I don’t write a review within about three days of finishing a book I can remember practically nothing about it. It’s deeply worrying! The Paris Apartment could go either way for me, but I am expecting to enjoy The Ship Asunder given how much I enjoyed his writing in Seashaken Houses, and especially since Churchill has me all excited about the British Navy at the moment! 😉

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  2. Sigh. As usual, I’m tempted by most of these books. Edgware Road is particularly appealing.
    Since Death in the Tunnel won, I looked up the meaning of ward heeler. Most disappointing. Your definition was heaps better.

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    • I’m hoping Edgware Road will be good – I know nothing about the author so it’s a leap in the dark. Haha, yes, ward-heeler seems so obvious and dull once you know what it really means – not worth reading the book just to find out… 😉

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  3. I thought The Invisible Ones was quite good, FictionFan, with a real look at the lives of the Roma people. I really do hope you’ll enjoy that one. And I’m glad the Burton won the People’s Choice; it looks really interesting! I keep hearing good things about The Paris Apartment, too, and have been debating whether I should read it. I’ll be interested to know what you think. Oh, and as for that increase in the TBR? Have you checked for feline pawprints on your credit card?? 😉

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    • I don’t know why I’ve let The Invisible Ones linger for so long – once books get overlooked they seem to end up on my TBR for ever! I’m looking forward to Death in the Tunnel since I enjoyed another of his books, and I’m hopeful for The Paris Apartment – we’ll see! Ha, well, if a bulk order of cat treats arrives unexpectedly tomorrow then I think we can assume your suspicions are well-founded… 😉

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  4. The Ship Asunder sounds fascinating to me for some reason. And I have never been a huge fan of nonfiction. But lately, I appreciate it more.
    Congrats to Miles Burton on that shocking win! I didn’t see that coming!

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    • I love these kind of quirky factual books about odd subjects, and his last one was great! Plus Churchill’s got me all excited about British maritime exploits at the moment! 😉 First time it’s been a tied vote, and then three of them to choose from! Usually The People are more decisive…


  5. Even though I didn’t vote for it, Death in the Tunnel sounds quite good. If I remember, it was a good group overall, making it difficult to cast a vote. I’m also tempted by The Paris Apartment. I will wait for reviews to decide any further action on my part. 😉

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    • Yes, when most of the books are vintage people tend not to have read them so all they have to go on is the blurb, and the vote often ends up close. But not usually three tying for first place! I’m hopeful about both Death in the Tunnel and The Paris Apartment – we shall see! 😉

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  6. The Ship Asunder sounds fascinating. I read a book about a ship, Erebus, which I can’t say I liked too much, mainly because I didn’t like how it was written. I am looking forward to your review for this one, if you read it.

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    • It was his writing in Seashaken Houses that I liked so much – a great mix of factual and more descriptive writing, occasionally getting towards lyrical. I’m hoping this one will be the same! The writing makes all the difference in non-fiction.


    • Yes, a good mix this week, I think, and I’m hopeful for all of them! Ha, I couldn’t believe when three books tied for first place – it was a hard decision! I hope Death in the Tunnel doesn’t let me down, since I can’t blame The People this time… 😉

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    • Haha, Spree Day is my favourite holiday! Especially when sometimes it can be a book spree and other times a chocolate spree. Or both, of course… 😉

      Yes, I’d like to like her so I’m happy to give her another chance to thrill me, but I’m keeping my expectations low just in case.

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    • Oh, no, that’s not a good sign! I enjoyed another of his books, The Secret of High Eldersham, which is why I acquired this one – so I’m hoping to enjoy this one too. But we’ll see!


    • I liked her writing in the last one I read, but I found the setting a bit silly – rugged storm-swept island being used as a wedding venue – and the plot was kinda unoriginal. But it was enjoyable enough for me to want to give her another chance – we’ll see!

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  7. Heavens, another entire three book increase!? However will you cope? That was a sneaky win by the Burton – but I do remember the method as being kind of intriguing… Edgeware Road sounds like one I wouldn’t mind putting on the good old wishlist.

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    • Hahaha, it may seem like a small increase but it represents a massive failure on my mission to decrease the TBR! 😉 That’s the first time the vote has ever been tied, and then it ended up being tied between three of them! I’m annoyed at you all for forcing me to make the choice myself – who will I blame if it turns out to be awful?? Edgware Road does sound as if it has potential – fingers crossed!

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    • I’m looking forward to Edgware Road – should start it next week sometime, I think. Ha, the Black Books gif’s a favourite – I bring it back at least once a year!


  8. I never read Lucy Foley’s The Guest List (and it feels like I’m the only one who hasn’t!) so I’m curious about how this Paris-based one ends up being, if she’s worth me giving a try…

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  9. Funny, I loved The Tenderness of Wolves too and haven’t read anything by her since, I hope it’s as good! I love Spree Day, I’m adding it to my vocabulary and will have one of my own soon !

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    • I have a feeling this one was seen as a disappointment after The Tenderness of Wolves, so lots of people didn’t bother or, like me, bought it and never got around to reading it. I’ve just read a couple of chapters but it’s looking good so far! Haha, Spree Day is the best holiday because you can have a spree of anything you like! My next one might be a Chocolate Spree Day! 😉

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