TBR Thursday 348…

Episode 348

A week or two ago, I made the mistake of saying that the porpy and I intended to finish up some anthologies from previous years that have been lingering half-read before acquiring any new ones. The Laughing Gods of Bookworld couldn’t pass up that chance, could they? Seven – I’ve received seven anthologies of vintage crime and spookiness since I made that foolish statement! So despite me still powering through books at an unprecedented rate, the TBR has gone up FIVE to 176, and the porpy is demanding higher wages and regular rest breaks! 

Here are a few more that should make me smile soon…

Spooky Anthology

Ghosts from the Library edited by Tony Medawar

Courtesy of Collins Crime Club. I’ve loved the Bodies from the Library series of vintage crime anthologies that CCC and Tony Medawar have been doing for the last few years, so I’m super excited to see them branching out into ghost stories from the pens of some of the great mystery writers. The porpy and I can’t wait to get into this one!

The Blurb says: It is said that books are written to bring sunshine into our dull, grey lives – to show us places we want to escape to, lives we want to live, people we want to love. But there are also stories that can only be found in the deepest, darkest corners of the library. Stories about the unexplained, of lost souls, of things that go bump before the silence. Before the screaming.

And some stories just disappear. Stories printed in old newspapers, broadcast live on the wireless, sometimes not even published at all – these are the stories you cannot find on even the dustiest of library shelves.

Ghosts from the Library resurrects forgotten tales of the supernatural by some of the most acclaimed mystery authors of all time. From Arthur Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr to Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, this spine-chilling anthology brings together thirteen uncollected tales of terror, plus some additional surprises.

Close the windows. Draw the curtains. Just don’t let the lights go out…

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Historical Fiction

The Colony by Audrey Magee

Courtesy of Faber & Faber via NetGalley. I’m so far behind with review copies at the moment. I’ve had this for months, picked purely on the basis of the blurb, and in the interim it’s been longlisted for the Booker, and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction! Does that make it more or less likely that I’ll love it? We’ll soon see!

The Blurb says: It is the summer of 1979. An English painter travels to a small island off the west coast of Ireland. Mr. Lloyd takes the last leg by currach, though boats with engines are available and he doesn’t much like the sea. He wants the authentic experience, to be changed by this place, to let its quiet and light fill him, give him room to create. He doesn’t know that a Frenchman follows close behind. Jean-Pierre Masson has visited the island for many years, studying the language of those who make it their home. He is fiercely protective of their isolation, deems it essential to exploring his theories of language preservation and identity.

But the people who live on this rock–three miles long and half a mile wide–have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken, and what ought to be given in return. Over the summer, each of them–from great-grandmother Bean Uí Fhloinn to widowed Mairéad to fifteen-year-old James, who is determined to avoid the life of a fisherman–will wrestle with their values and desires. Meanwhile, all over Ireland, violence is erupting. And there is blame enough to go around.

An expertly woven portrait of character and place, a stirring investigation into yearning to find one’s way, and an unflinchingly political critique of the long, seething cost of imperialism, Audrey Magee’s The Colony is a novel that transports, that celebrates beauty and connection, and that reckons with the inevitable ruptures of independence.

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Domestic Thriller

Unfaithful by JL Butler

Courtesy of HarperCollins. Sometimes HC send me books that look great (see Ghosts from the Library above). Other times they send me ones that don’t sound like my kind of thing at all! The odd thing is that sometimes the great-looking ones turn out to be not-so-great, and occasionally the not-my-kind-of-thing ones turn out to be fun, so I’m always willing to at least try them. This is a not-my-kind-of-thing one…

(Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to read this without picturing the prominent Labour politician Rachel Reeves in the starring role. Does the author not know about her? The editor?? The publisher???)

The Blurb says: A FATAL attraction…
Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband, and a gorgeous home. But when her only child flies the nest, Rachel feels lost – and succumbs to a mind-blowing one-night stand.

With a DEADLY twist…
Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. She erases him from her life – until a text changes everything.

And an UNFORGETTABLE end…
Someone knows what she did.
And they’re ready to destroy her entire life because of it.
 

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Crime

Catch Your Death by Lissa Marie Redmond

Courtesy of Severn House via NetGalley. Another one that might turn out to be not-my-kind-of-thing, although this time I chose it for myself on the grounds that it sounds like it could be fun! I don’t know the author at all but she seems to have a solid fan base and high ratings. This is the 6th book in a series.

The Blurb says: When Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley’s partner, Shane Reese, runs into an old friend, he’s invited to a school reunion at a new luxury spa and resort. Lauren’s also invited and it sounds like a perfect weekend getaway, except it brings up painful memories for Reese – like the unsolved murder of his high school friend Jessica Toakese seventeen years earlier.

The prime suspects will be at the reunion. Among those suspects is Reese, who has kept his involvement a secret from Lauren and the entire police force. As the friends reminisce an intense snowstorm traps them inside and tensions rise. After a heated confrontation, one of the party is brutally murdered and Lauren believes it’s connected to Jessica’s death.

But who could the murderer be: the jealous husband; the regretful trophy wife; the abused failed actor; the true crime podcast host; the drunken louse; the insecure millionaire; the desperate spa owner . . . or the Cold Case detective?

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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?

47 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 348…

  1. Oh my word! 😱😱😱 Well, let’s all take a deep breath and stare at that adorable GIF.and try to forget about that TBR climb!

    Lissa Marie Redmond’s book is tempting. Now back to the GIF.

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  2. Seven anthologies?!?! I definitely suspect some otherworldy interference in your reading plans, FictionFan! Yikes! I suggest you find a way to appease the Gods of Bookworld. In the meantime, I do like the look of that anthology, and I’m not usually one to go first for a spooky ghostly sort of book. Some of those stories can be excellent though, and I hope that’s a good collection!

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    • Ghosts from the Library sounds great! Actually all the anthologies look good, so I suppose I should try to sound a bit more grateful, haha! That GIF has to be one of the cutest I’ve ever found… I’m in love! 😍

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  3. Given today is the first day of the annual R.I.P. Challenge, I’m most drawn to the anthology of spooky stories. (I’m not prepared, so I might not join in this year.) It sounds like an interesting group of authors, so I hope you enjoy it!

    Sorry, but I’m laughing right along with the laughing book gods! 😂

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    • I never do the RIP challenge, strangely, even though I read so much spooky stuff at this time of year. Too much pressure! 😉 Haha, all the anthologies look great so I suppose I should really try to sound a bot more grateful, but… seven!?!?!? Good grief! 😂

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  4. All these sound pretty good — and what a perfect time of year for reading them! No wonder you’re adding to the TBR. By the way, that little porpy is just as cute as can be — and seeing him grin after eating cracks me up!

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    • Yes, time for some crime and horror for the darker evenings! And I certainly won’t run out… 😉 Haha, that’s got to be one of the cutest GIFs I’ve ever found of the porpy – I’m in love! 😍 You can be sure it’s going to appear again – often! 😀

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    • Ghosts from the Library sounds great – these Golden Agers were often great at mixing mystery and spookiness and what could be better for these darker evenings? The Colony sounds as though it should be my type of thing, but experience tells me that’s no guarantee… 😉 I’ll soon know – I should be starting it this weekend.

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    • I only like vintage horror – Victorian and Edwardian mainly – because the horror aspects are usually very gentle. Modern horror is usually far too grim and gruesome for my tastes… or the porpy’s! But the Golden Age mystery writers often branched out into spookiness too and did it very well, so this collection should be fun!

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  5. Adding my love for The Colony here — fingers crossed it makes the Booker shortlist! And I’m tempted by the Ghosts of the Library. It does sound fun! Everything you’re saying here about the Golden Age mystery writers is the only kind of spooky horror I can take.

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    • I seem to be out of synch with everyone else on The Colony – I’m afraid it didn’t work for me at all. But Ghosts from the Library is going great so far! I vastly prefer spooky horror to gory or gruesome stuff – I want my spine to be tingled, not to be revolted!

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    • Ha, I wish! Even though I’ve been reading up a storm for the last few months the books just keep piling up. It’s a conspiracy! I’ve read most of the Bodies from the Library books and thoroughly enjoyed them, and the Ghosts one was fun. It’s always fun to see authors try their hands at a different genre.

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