TBR Thursday 367…

Episode 367

Oh dear! Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!!! Okay, well, I’ll just say it fast and get it over… *deep breaths*… the TBR has leapt up by 5 to 175!! What shall I do?? What shall I DO?!?

Maybe I could get the cat to read these ones while I lie down in a darkened room…

Winner of the People’s Choice

The Third Man and The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene

Well, there was never any doubt about the winner this month! Graham Greene raced into the lead within the first hour and never looked back, finally winning with a huge margin over the other three also-rans. An excellent choice, People – it will be an April read!

The Blurb says: The Third Man is Graham Greene’s brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a ‘smashed dreary city’ occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates…

The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife whilst his parents go on a fortnight’s holiday, Philip realises too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

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Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

First up for my brand new Looking Forward challenge is this Scandi crime from an author whom I’ve enjoyed very much in the past, sometimes, while at other times she has become far too gruesome for my wimpy taste. There is one particular murder method she invented that I truly wish I could scrub from my mind! The blurb of this one looks dark…

The Blurb says: At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim’s family isn’t convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Guðmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn’t long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student’s obsession with Iceland’s grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems…and no one can be trusted.

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Vintage Crime

Death of an Author by ECR Lorac

Courtesy of the British Library. Always happy to see the wonderful Lorac pop up the BL’s Crime Classics series…

The Blurb says: ‘I hate murders and I hate murderers, but I must admit that the discovery of a bearded corpse would give a fillip to my jaded mind.’

Vivian Lestrange – celebrated author of the popular mystery novel The Charterhouse Case and total recluse – has apparently dropped off the face of the Earth. Reported missing by his secretary Eleanor, whom Inspector Bond suspects to be the author herself, it appears that crime and murder is afoot when Lestrange’s housekeeper is also found to have disappeared.

Bond and Warner of Scotland Yard set to work to investigate a murder with no body and a potentially fictional victim, as ECR Lorac spins a twisting tale full of wry humour and red herrings, poking some fun at her contemporary reviewers who long suspected the Lorac pseudonym to belong to a man (since a woman could apparently not have written mysteries the way that she did).

Incredibly rare today, this mystery returns to print for the first time since 1935.

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Hard to categorise…

The Sanctuary by Andrew Hunter Murray

Courtesy of Random House Cornerstone via NetGalley. Not quite sure what this is – thriller? Dystopian? Science fiction? Speculative fiction? I picked it mostly because I enjoyed his first book, The Last Day, but also because the blurb sounds intriguing. Hopefully by the time I’ve read it I’ll know where it belongs!

The Blurb says: In a disintegrating and increasingly lawless Britain, a young man is travelling north.

Ben is a young painter from the crowded, turbulent city. For six months his fiancée Cara has been living on a remote island known as Sanctuary Rock, the property of millionaire philanthropist Sir John Pemberley. Now she has decided to break off their engagement, and stay there.

Ben resolves to travel to the island to win Cara back. But the journey there is a harsh and challenging one, and when he does arrive, a terrible shock awaits him.

As Ben begins to find his way around the island, he knows he must also work out – what has made Cara so determined to throw her old life away? And is Sanctuary Rock truly another Eden – or a prospect of hell?

By the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Day, this high-concept thriller will intrigue and haunt you as you too work to find out what secret is buried on the island.

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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?

35 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 367…

  1. Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Greene! I’m sure I’ll read it sooner or later, but it’s not one of the ones on my shelf. Last Rituals sounds quite a bit too bleak for me, though!

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    • I’m looking forward to the Greene – it would have been my own pick this month! Yes, Sigurdardottir is very good, but she does often get too dark for me which is kinda why I’ve more or less stopped reading her. I still have a couple on the TBR though so maybe she’ll win her way back into favourites…


  2. I still have an Yrsa Sigurdardóttir thriller to read so I’d give your acquisition a miss, but as I’ve not tried a Lorac yet (despite everyone raving about her) the metafictional aspect of this rather appeals! Meanwhile I follow Andrew Hunter Murray on Twitter – and enjoyed his turns on The Mash Report – but not read him, so clearly I’m missing something…

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    • This Lorac sounds a bit different from her usual, so I’m intrigued to see if it works. Andrew Hunter Murray’s last book was very good but with a few of the debut novelist’s weaknesses, like leaving in a lot of extraneous description that would have been better cut. I’ve just started this new one and so far I’m finding it very intriguing…

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  3. I keep meaning to read Yrsa Sigurdardottir so I’ll look forward to your review and whether I should get to her sooner rather than later! Loac always seems a safe bet. Will you be doing one of your Film of the Book posts for The Third Man? Always such a treat to watch it I think, just a brilliant piece of cinema.

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    • Yrsa Sigurdardottir is very good, but she does get too dark and gruesome for me sometimes – I’ve become a bit wary of her. I really must start doing Film of the Book posts again – thanks for the nudge! The Third Man would be a great one to start with… 😀

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  4. The Lorac seems like a calming presence. The premise of last one reminds me of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
    As for the uptick on the TBR: take a deep breath and have a bar of chocolate. Treat it like you would if you saw a dementor in Harry Potter’s world.

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    • Lorac is usually a safe bet! I’ve just started the speculative fiction one and so far it doesn’t seem quite as bleak as The Road, though it definitely has a dystopian vibe going on. It’s certainly got me hooked, which is a good sign! Hahaha, oh yes, I shall make my Patronus deal with the TBR!! 😉


  5. Well, personally, FictionFan, I think it’s the least the cat can do to do some of the reading, since I suspect that’s the source of all those books. Have you checked your search history and found things you didn’t put there? Yup – the cat… 😉 As for the books, I do hope you’ll like the Greene. Last Rituals is dark. But there’s a sly wit in it, and under some of the darkness are (I think) a solid plot and some good characters. I’ll be interested in what you think of it.

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    • Tommy has been helping with my current read which has a handy built-in red ribbon bookmark. It’s not easy to read when a cat is dangling from your book… 😉 I’m looking forward to the Greene! And to the Sigurdardottir. It was really her most recent series that got too gruesome for me – the earlier ones I’ve read stayed within my tolerance level, just, so I’m hoping Last Rituals won’t be too dark for me.

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  6. I’m reading Death of an Author now and enjoying it so far – it’s quite an unusual plot! I’m not tempted by any of the others this week, but I’m glad you’re happy with the People’s Choice winner!

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    • Death of an Author does sound like a different style for her – I’m intrigued! Hope you enjoyed it! Yes, I’m happy about the Greene – he’s always a safe bet as far as I’m concerned!


  7. Oh dear, up five? Well, it’s the bleak of winter so having a stack of books to read isn’t all bad, now is it? Death of an Author sounds good, and The Sanctuary sounds intriguing. I’ll be watching for your reviews to see what genre that one falls into!

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    • No, I’ve not been so tempted by Scandi crime recently either. But I do still have some fishing around on the TBR so maybe they’ll revive my enthusiasm. Lorac is always a good bet…


  8. Just wait for my state of the TBR post on Wednesday and you’ll feel FINE. I have received books for Christmas and birthday. I have received book tokens. I had old book tokens knocking around. I have SPENT quite a lot of them. I have review copies in …

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