TBR Thursday 349…

Episode 349

Although I spent most of my break watching the coverage of the Queen’s funeral and all the ceremonies that went with it, I still managed to read several books, mostly of the lighter kind. The end result is that the TBR has dropped by a massive EIGHT to 168!

 Get it? Here are a few more that should get to the front of the queue soon…

Fiction

Trust by Hernan Diaz

Courtesy of Picador via NetGalley. Another one that I got months ago and am only now getting round to, and which in the interim has been longlisted but not shortlisted for the Booker. I picked it purely on the basis of the blurb (and the great cover) but I must say every review I’ve seen of it so far has made me even more enthusiastic about it. My track record with new fiction this year has been pretty abysmal though – wonder if he’s decided to go for “creative” rather than “good”, like so many others… 

The Blurb says: Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune?

This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1938 novel that all of New York seems to have read. But there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz’s Trust elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with each other—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans an entire century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

Provocative and propulsive, Trust engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of relationships, the reality-warping gravitational pull of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate the truth.

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Anthology

Marple: Twelve New Stories by Various Authors

Courtesy of HarperCollins. There are some great authors in this homage to the wonderful Miss Marple, so it could be a lot of fun. (I do wish people would stop referring to her as Marple, though – it’s both rude and anachronistic. Her name is Miss Marple.) But I’ll be judging them on how well they catch the style and tone of the originals and I can be harsh when someone messes with one of my idols! We’ll see…

The Blurb says: A brand new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors.

This collection of twelve original short stories, all featuring Jane Marple, will introduce the character to a whole new generation. Each author reimagines Agatha Christie’s Marple through their own unique perspective while staying true to the hallmarks of a traditional mystery.

Miss Marple was first introduced to readers in a story Christie wrote for The Royal Magazine in 1927 and made her first appearance in a full-length novel in 1930’s The Murder at the Vicarage. It has been 45 years since Agatha Christie’s last Marple novel, Sleeping Murder, was published posthumously in 1976, and this collection of ingenious new stories by twelve Christie devotees will be a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains the most famous fictional female detective of all time.

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Legal Thriller

Suspect by Scott Turow

Courtesy of Swift Press via NetGalley. Having written an elegiac tribute in my review of The Last Trial which appeared to end the Kindle County series, you could have knocked me down with the proverbial when this one popped up on NetGalley! I’m half thrilled, half apprehensive – the character of Sandy Stern was so important to the series that I’m not sure if his granddaughter, Pinky Granum, will have quite the same appeal. On the other hand, if anyone can make it work, Turow can…

The Blurb says: For as long as Lucia Gomez has been the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, near Kindle County, she has known that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect.  She has maintained a spotless reputation—until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. With few people left who she can trust, Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign designed to destroy her career and empower her enemies—both outside the police force and within.

Clarice “Pinky” Granum spent most of her youth experimenting with an impressive array of drugs and failing out of various professions, including the police academy. Pinky knows that in the eyes of most people, she’s nothing but a screwup—but she doesn’t trust most people’s opinions anyway. Moreover, she finally has a respectable-enough job as a licensed P.I. working for Rik on his roster of mostly minor cases, like workman’s comp, DUIs and bar fights. Rik’s shabby office and even shabbier cases are a far cry from the kinds of high-profile criminal matters Pinky became familiar with in the law office of her grandfather, Sandy Stern. But Rik and Pinky feel that Chief Gomez’s case, which has attracted national attention, is their chance to break into the legal big leagues.

Guided by her gut instinct and razor-sharp investigative skills, Pinky dives headfirst into a twisted scandal that will draw her into the deepest recesses of the city’s criminal networks, as well as the human mind. But she will need every scrap of tenacity and courage to unravel the dark secrets those closest to her are determined to keep hidden.

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Miss Silver on Audio

Miss Silver Comes to Stay by Patricia Wentworth read by Diana Bishop

Since finishing my marathon 20 Audiobooks of Summer challenge I’ve not been able to face any more – I may have put myself off audiobooks for life! However I’m trying to ease myself back in with a light vintage crime novel. So far I’ve been listening to it for a week and have managed only about a third of it… hmm…

The Blurb says: When he was 21 James Lessiter told Henrietta Cray that he loved her before all things and so broke Catherine Lee’s heart. But James has a side to him that most people do not see. When the engagement is broken off no one is sure why and Rietta refuses to explain. Twenty years later James returns to the village an extremely wealthy man. Rietta is still unmarried and Catherine is a penniless widow living in a cottage on the Lessiter estate. Trouble is inevitable, for Catherine has started to sell some of the valuable contents of the cottage to keep up a lifestyle she cannot afford but James has his suspicions and is looking forward to exposing her. He has always enjoyed seeing someone else suffer whatever the cost. When he is brutally murdered there are all too many people who would benefit from his death but fortunately Miss Silver is ready to investigate.

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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?

42 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 349…

    • I’ve actually read most of the Miss Marple stories now and have enjoyed most of them! Some of them are actually very good at catching her tone and a lot of the others are quite fun even though they don’ feel quite “right”. One or two are awful of course…

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  1. Congratulations on that huge drop in the TBR! I’m not sure how I feel about other people writing Miss Marple stories, but there are some good authors in that collection, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think. I’ve been meaning to try something by Patricia Wentworth, although when I do I’ll be reading it rather than listening as I don’t get on with audiobooks!

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    • I was amazed by the drop but it was a full three weeks worth, I suppose! I decided against the Miss Marple anthology since I usually hate other authors writing new stories for these iconic characters. But then the publisher sent me a copy unsolicited, so I thought I’d give it a go and as it turned out, I’ve enjoyed lots of the stories – some of the authors have really made a good attempt to get the original feeling of the stories right. Of course some haven’t! 😉 I’ve read a couple of Patricia Wentworth books now but only one Miss Silver. So far I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read – I can see her becoming a real favourite!

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    • I’m enjoying the narrator for the Miss Silver book, but I do have one of them in written form as well that I must get around to reading at some point in time! The Miss Marple stories are turning out to be considerably more enjoyable than I was expecting…

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  2. Yes, by the Miss Marple collection and the Miss Silver audiobook. Though, like you, I am concerned about anachronistic thinking. I am so done with the notion that modern readers can’t engage with anything unless it is filtered through a twenty-first century lens. I hope that is not the case with this book.

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    • I get very annoyed when they feel they must update things. If they feel old books and stories are too outdated, write new ones – don’t mess with the old ones! I’ve been enjoying the Miss Marple stories more than I expected, though – a lot of the authors have tried hard to get the tone right. 😀

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  3. Trust sounds intriguing! I’ll be interested to read your review. It looks like a book that would be up my street.

    Excellent choice of GIF at the top of your post ❤ I'm a total spaniel convert after getting a Cavalier King Charles six years ago. They're such sweet, gentle dogs.

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    • I have high hopes for Trust, though apparently he’s used an unusual structure which sometimes I find off-putting. But fingers crossed!
      Haha, I’m glad someone recognised the King Charles reference! I think they’re gorgeous dogs, probably my favourite breed! I’m jealous that you have one, but my cat would be most annoyed if I introduced a dog into the family!

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  4. EIGHT??? Wow, FF, that’s incredible — good for you!! I’m all in for more Miss Marple. I just finished a Christie book (that somehow, I’d managed to overlook previously), and its feature sleuths (Tommy and Tuppence) are still in my mind. What a talent Christie was!

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    • Haha, yes, I’m not sure how it happened but it was a full three weeks! Christie really is head and shoulders above everyone else, isn’t she? So glad you enjoyed a Tommy and Tuppence story! These Miss Marple stories have actually been more enjoyable than I expected – a lot of the authors have tried really hard to get the right tone!

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  5. Well done – I got some light ones off my TBR (read 3, abandoned 2) during that time, too. I’ve been terrible with my NetGalley though as that was all nonfiction this month. Serious reading in both senses to get done now!

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    • I think a couple of mine might have been abandoned ones too, but I’ve been racing through anthologies recently! I’m still trying hard to stay away from NetGalley – it’s the review copies that cause all my TBR problems!

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    • Oh, I hope the Birthday Elves have been listening then, because I’ve enjoyed most of the stories – there were only a couple where I felt the author hadn’t really tried to get the tone right. Some of them are very good, and fun! Happy Birthday in advance!

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    • Ha, I’m glad you spotted the King Charles reference! 😀 My TBR usually goes up rather than down too but I’m trying to be really strict with myself at the moment since l’d love to actually read most of the books I already own! We’ll see how long my willpower lasts… 😉

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    • Haha, I’m feeling smug about my shrinking TBR! It won’t last, of course… 😉 I’ve been enjoying the Miss Marple collection – some of the authors have worked really hard to try to get the tone right. But some haven’t, of course…!!

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  6. The only one here I am interested in is Miss Silver Comes to Stay. It is one I have not read and am looking forward to based on reviews I have read. I am a big Miss Silver fan, there is just something about the stories that pull me in. But if you are liking it at one third of the way in …

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    • It’s only my second Miss Silver and I’m enjoying it just as much as the first, even though it’s taking me an age to get through. I know Wentworth’s not “forgotten” the way some from that period are, but I still think she deserves to be better known – she’s definitely one of the best, I think!

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    • I seem to be in a fiction slump at the moment so it might be a few weeks before I get to Trust. I’m racing through short stories though and have finished Marple. Review soon, but it will be positive – I thought lots of the authors did a good job of getting the tone right! 😀

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  7. I will be very interested to read your review on The Trust, I’m open to being enticed. I do enjoy the Miss Silver series, though I haven’t read any via audio yet. You’ve previously introduced me to Scott Trurow and I’m working my way through the series (currently reading Personal Injuries) so I should eventually get to his latest one.

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    • I seem to have gone into a fiction slump at the moment, though I’m still reading plenty of crime and shorts, so it might be a few weeks before I get to Trust, but I’m hopeful about it! Sadly this Miss Silver didn’t work for me, though I loved the first one I listened to. This one was terribly repetitive. I’m glad you’re enjoying Turow. I’m intrigued to see how he manages with a younger, female lead, though of course he’s had books before where a woman has been the main character and I’ve always felt he does them well. I’ll miss Sandy Stern though – maybe he’ll have a cameo…

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    • Hahaha, but I’m still miles away from achieving my target for the year, so I’m still a failure! 😂 I love King Charleses and it seemed like a better choice than having a gif of King Charles… 😉

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  8. Ohhh that Marple anthology! I wonder, does Christie’s estate must approve books like this before they are published? They must, right? I don’t like it people call her Marple either, it does come across as rude.

    That Trust book looks great too…

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    • Good question – they probably do have to get the estate to approve it though I don’t remember the blurb saying anything about that. I enjoyed it – lots of the authors clearly are real fans of the originals (and would never have dreamt of calling her Marple!)

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