Three new books arrived this week while I’ve been stuck for what feels like forever in two lengthy reads – both done now, happily! So the end result is the TBR has jumped up by 1 to 169. Not complaining for once – the three that arrived were another batch from HarperCollins’ gorgeous new hardback editions of Agatha Christie. I just have to find time somehow to read them all…
Meantime, here’s a few more that will be exercising my little grey cells soon…
Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Courtesy of Penguin Viking via NetGalley. At the beginning of every year I’m horrified by how little new fiction I read the year before, so in a fit of
masochism enthusiasm I request a ton of new stuff from NetGalley. Then by the time I come to read them, I wonder what on earth could I have been thinking? This book sounds so like something I am programmed to hate that if it surprises me it can only be in a good way…
The Blurb says: An exhilarating new novel about fathers and sons, faith and friendship from the award-winning, No.1 bestselling author of Open Water.
Dancing is the one thing that can solve Stephen’s problems.
At Church with his family, the shimmer of Black hands raised in praise. With his band, making music speaking not just to their hardships, but their joys. Grooving with his best friend, so close their heads might touch. Dancing alone to his father’s records, uncovering parts of a man he has never truly known. His youth, shame and sacrifice.
Stephen has only ever known himself in song. But what becomes of him when the music fades?
Set over the course of three summers, from South London to Ghana and back again, Small Worlds is a novel about the worlds we build for ourselves. The worlds we live, dance and love within.
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Grave Expectations by Alice Bell
Courtesy of Corvus via NetGalley. The same applies to contemporary crime! To be fair, this one does sound like it might be fun (or possibly toe-curlingly awful), but reviews suggest it’s aimed at the younger end of the youth market and I’m not sure I still match that profile. What’s “My Favourite Murder”??
The Blurb says: How do you solve a murder when the ghost of a 17-year-old keeps telling you you’re doing it wrong?
Claire Hendricks is a hapless 30-something true crime fan treading water in the gig economy working as a medium. When she is invited to an old university friend’s country pile to provide entertainment for a family party, her best friend Sophie tags along. In fact, Sophie rarely leaves Claire’s side, because she’s been haunting her ever since she was murdered at the age of 17.
When the pair arrive at The Cloisters, they find themselves drawn to a tragic and unrecognizable ghost, clearly an unquiet spirit who met an untimely end. Teaming up with the least unbearable members of the Wellington-Forge family – depressive ex-cop Basher and teenage reactionary Alex – Claire and Sophie determine to figure out not just whodunnit, but who they killed, why and when.
Together they must race against incompetence to find the murderer before the murderer finds them, in this funny, modern, media-literate debut mystery for the My Favourite Murder generation.
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Thriller on Audio
The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh read by Adam Sims and Laurel Lefkow
Cavanagh’s plots usually veer well into preposterous territory but they’re usually fast-paced fun anyway, and I suspect that might make them perfect for audio. It’s certainly got high ratings on Audible!
The Blurb says: THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA
The Sandman killings have been solved. Daniel Miller murdered fourteen people before he vanished. His wife, Carrie, now faces trial as his accomplice. The FBI, the District Attorney, the media and everyone in America believe she knew and helped cover up her husband’s crimes.
Eddie Flynn won’t take a case unless his client is innocent. Now, he has to prove to a jury, and the entire world, that Carrie Miller was just another victim of the Sandman. She didn’t know her husband’s dark side and she had no part in the murders. But so far, Eddie and his team are the only ones who believe her.
THE FORMER FBI AGENT
Gabriel Lake used to be a federal agent, before someone tried to kill him. Now, he’s an investigator with a vendetta against the Sandman. He’s the only one who can catch him, because he believes that everything the FBI knows about serial killers is wrong.
With his wife on trial, the Sandman is forced to come out of hiding to save her from a life sentence. He will kill to protect her and everyone involved in the case is a target.
Even Eddie Flynn…
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Fiction on Audio
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood read by Shelley Thompson
I read this one long ago, and I think I enjoyed it! But I really don’t remember much about it, so a re-read seemed in order…
The Blurb says: Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?
NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads, Amazon UK or Audible UK.
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