TBR Thursday 333…

Episode 333

After last week’s dramatic rise, the TBR has had an equally dramatic fall this week, partly due to some quick reads aided by an abandonment or two! Down 5 to 177! That’s better!

So sorry I’m behind with answering your lovely comments and reading your lovelier posts. Blame Rafa and his pals! I’ll catch up soon, promise!

Anyway, here are a few more I should get to once the tennis is over… a crime week this week!


The Truth Will Out by Rosemary Hennigan

Courtesy of Orion via NetGalley. No particular reason for this one – I just liked the sound of the blurb. Plus I always enjoy reading an occasional debut novel in the hopes of finding a new favourite author…

The Blurb says: Dara Gaffney is fresh out of drama school when she lands the leading role in the revival of Eabha de Lacey’s hugely successful yet controversial play.

Based on the true story of the death of Cillian Butler, many claim that Eabha had an ulterior motive when she penned it. Cillian’s death remains a mystery to this day, and Eabha and her brother, Austin, the only witnesses.

As the media storm builds and the opening night draws closer, the cast find it harder and harder to separate themselves from the characters.

As the truth of Cillian’s fate becomes clear, Dara’s loyalty to her role will be irrevocably questioned as the terrible history starts to repeat itself…


The Dark by Sharon Bolton

Courtesy of Orion via NetGalley. So excited to see the return of Lacey Flint, one of my favourite detectives! Can’t wait to snuggle down with this one! 

The Blurb says: When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark web sites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’ or ‘involuntary celibates.’ Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger…

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Vintage Crime Short Stories

The Edinburgh Mystery and Other Tales of Scottish Crime edited by Martin Edwards

Courtesy of the British Library. Isn’t it nice of Martin Edwards to put together an anthology of Scottish stories just for me? 😉 I thought the BL had dumped me since it’s been a while since I received a parcel from them, so I was doubly delighted when this one popped through the letter-box!

The Blurb says: From the dramatic Highlands to bustling cities and remote islands in wild seas, the unique landscapes and locales of Scotland have enthralled and shaped generations of mystery writers. This new collection presents seventeen classic stories, spanning a period from the 1880s to the 1970s, by a host of Scottish authors alongside writers from south of the border inspired by the history and majesty of the storied country.

Featuring vintage tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Baroness Orczy together with mid-twentieth-century mini-masterpieces by Margot Bennett, Michael Innes and Cyril Hare, this anthology also includes a rare Josephine Tey short story, reprinted for the first time since 1930.

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Maigret on Audio

The Flemish House by Georges Simenon read by Gareth Armstrong

For some reason the Maigret novels seem to me to work particularly well as audiobooks, perhaps because of the short length, and certainly because of the excellent narrations by Gareth Armstrong. I pick them up randomly when they turn up in Audible sales, so there’s no logic to my reading order. This is no. 14 in the series according to Audible, no. 15 according to Goodreads. Take your pick! #20(Audio)BooksOfSummer

The Blurb says: A new translation, by David Bellos, of this chilling novel, set on the Belgian border.

“She wasn’t an ordinary supplicant. She didn’t lower her eyes. There was nothing humble about her bearing. She spoke frankly, looking straight ahead, as if to claim what was rightfully hers. ‘If you don’t agree to look at our case, my parents and I will be lost, and it will be the most hateful legal error….'”

Maigret is asked to the windswept, rainy border town of Givet by a young woman desperate to clear her family of murder. But their well-kept shop, the sleepy community, and its raging river all hide their own mysteries. 

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Shardlake on Audio

Heartstone by CJ Sansom read by Steven Crossley

An extra one this week to kick off #20(Audio)BooksOfSummer. This is the longest one on my list so I’ll get it out of the way while my enthusiasm is high(ish)! A re-read of a favourite, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Steven Crossley’s narrations of this series so far…

The Blurb says: Summer, 1545. England is at war, and Matthew Shardlake is about to encounter the most politically dangerous case of his career. While a massive French fleet prepares to attack, every able-bodied man is being pressed into military service. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr asks Shardlake to investigate claims of “monstrous wrongs” committed against a young ward of the court. Shardlake’s inquiries take him and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, to Hoyland Priory and Portsmouth, where the English fleet is gathering. There they uncover a startling link between the ward and a woman incarcerated in Bedlam. With a fantastic backdrop of wartime intrigue and a dramatic finale onboard one of Henry VIII’s great warships, Heartstone is certain to catapult this internationally bestselling series to greater prominence.

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

54 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 333…

  1. Rafa and his pals were supposed to make your TBR pile grow bigger! Sheesh. 🙄

    Bolton is an automatic buy for me and The Dark is already patiently waiting for me on my shelf. Hope we both enjoy.

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    • I know, it surprised me that I’d seemingly got through a few books – must have been while the women were playing… 😉
      I’ve seen a couple of glowing reviews for The Dark already, so let’s hope we add a couple more! 😀

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  2. I have been looking for a place to start with Sharon Bolton but I don’t think it will be this one, since I can’t cope at all with books that have children in danger (especially babies). The Scottish BL stories sound much more up my street! I look forward to hearing what you think of them.

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    • Definitely don’t start with this one – the Lacey Flint series really needs to be read in order since there’s a sort of background story. Bolton does get dark sometimes, but usually she keeps any real horrors off the page, so fingers crossed – I’m not keen on child murders or abuse as storylines either. One of her standalones might be a good place to try her out. I enjoyed The Pact and Dead Woman Walking. The Scottish short stories look like a lot of fun!

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  3. Oh, so many good ones here, FictionFan! You can’t go wrong with a Sansom. And the Edwards looks terrific, too. Ooh, and Sharon Bolton, too! You have good reading in store. And as for those you abandoned, well, life’s too short to finish a book that’s not working. It just is.

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    • It’s a great batch! I must say I’m looking forward to the Scottish crime anthology, and Sansom is always excellent. The Bolton is getting good reviews, so fingers crossed for it! Yes, I’m getting better at abandoning books if they’re just not working for me – too many others I’d rather be reading…

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  4. I’ve enjoyed all the Shardlake books, so a thumbs up for that one. 👍🏼 Of the others, it’s the first that piques my curiosity the most. I hope it turns out to be a good debut!

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    • I love Shardlake, and Eva told me a few days ago that there’s a new one in the works, due out next year! They work really well as audiobooks too, for some reason – maybe because they’re quite slow and the narrator is excellent. I hope The Truth Will Out lives up to its blurb – I’ll soon find out! 😀

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  5. The short stories and The Truth Will Out both sound interesting. I just listened to a podcast while driving, of Writers on Writing, where the host interviewed Jeffrey Fleishman. He’s a crime writer, and I loved one of the excerpts he read from his latest, Good Night, Forever, during the podcast. Apparently, it’s the third in a trilogy. Just thought I’d mention him, in case you were looking to add to your TBR list. Ha!

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    • Haha, thanks! I haven’t heard of him, but I must look him up! I’m hoping The Truth Will Out lives up to its blurb – I’ll soon find out! And the Scottish short stories will be a nice treat, I hope… 😀

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  6. Kudos for getting that TBR down five — way to go, FF!! (especially amazing since the tennis has been so interesting!) Not sure I could go the Bolton — babies in danger might not sit well with me! However, the Scottish crime tales might tempt me (and sometimes, you’ve just got time for short stories!)

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    • I’m surprised that I finished a few books – must have been while the women were playing… 😉 Bolton does et quite dark sometimes, but usually she keeps the horrors off the page so we’ll see – I’m not keen on child murders or abuse as a plotline either, but she does write good books! The Scottish short stories should be a treat, I hope! 😀

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  7. Mine went up 10 last week with a spree on Edelweiss 🙂

    Shardlake is always wonderful, so a great way to start your 20Books. From your other choices this week, I’m interested by both the older books, Maigret and The Edinburgh Mystery and others, which I think I will eventually pick up, some time or other!

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    • Haha, I’ve always managed to steer clear of Edelweiss, since I can never manage to keep up with NetGalley!

      Yes I loved the Shardlake books on paper and I think I might be enjoying them even more as audiobooks because the narrator is so good. His voice for Shardlake is the one I now hear in my head when reading the books. The Maigret book was very good and as a bonus it was also very short! I’m looking forward to the Scottish short stories – they should be fun… 😀


  8. Congrats on that drop in the TBR!
    I’m tempted by the last three books! I’m with Debbie and louloureads on the Bolton book. I don’t tend to read books where babies are hurt. They are too triggering, thanks to horrendous testimony I had to endure while on jury duty.

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    • I can understand that – I’m not keen on child murder or abuse as a storyline even though happily I’ve never had anything to do with it in real life. But Bolton usually keeps the graphic stuff off the page, so fingers crossed it won’t be too dark for me.


  9. An anthology of Scottish crime mystery from BL? I couldn’t think of a better book to be sent to you! Hope you enjoy that one. I have yet to read Sharon Bolton too but i know she’s a favourite of yours, so it sounds like you’ve got some great books to snuggle down with in between bouts of tennis

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    • The BL book does sound as if they’ve written it just for me! 😉 Haha, the porpy has already started looking at anthologies for this autumn despite the fact that he’s still in hibernation… 🦔

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