TBR – New Additions

There have been 5 additions to my to-be-read piles in January. I won an Amazon voucher from Dorte which she kindly gave away to celebrate her second blog anniversary. With that I got :

  • Daphne by Justine Picardie – I love Daphne du Maurier’s books, so this novel about her appealed to me. It’s set in 1957 on the Cornish coast where she is researching Branwell Bronte, and also in present day London where a lonely young woman struggles with her thesis on du Maurier and the Brontes.
  • The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths – I read Elly Griffiths’ first book, The Crossing Places with great pleasure. This is the second case for Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist. She is called in to investigate when builders demolishing a large house in Norwich discover the skeleton of a child – minus a skull – beneath a doorway.

I received two books from publishers:

  • The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland – via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. This is the second Inspector Pekkala mystery set in the Soviet Union in 1939 on the brink of the Second World War. Colonel Nagorski, the designer of Stalin’s F-34 tank, known as the ‘Red Coffin’ is murdered and Pekkala is ordered to investigate. I haven’t read the first Pekkala mystery, but this appealed to me as being something out of my comfort zone.
  • Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter by Simon Brett – from the publishers. I’ve read a few of Simon Brett’s mysteries and when the publishers emailed me wondering whether I’d like to read a ‘really funny mystery novel’ I thought I would. This is described as a ‘gloriously silly new series’ set in a little English town in the 1920s, featuring a pair of aristocratic siblings.

And I bought one book:

  • True Grit by Charles Portis – for my Book Group meeting at the end of February. A real change for me as I haven’t read any cowboy books for years. I saw the film with John Wayne many years ago – this book is a tie-in with a new film starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. I didn’t even know it was a book first of all.

And then there are the books I’ve downloaded on my Kindle, most of them free classics and some are duplicates of my printed books, which I thought would be handy to have as e-books.

6 thoughts on “TBR – New Additions

  1. Margaret – You’ve got some nice-looking reads there :-). I’m especially interested in what you think of the Elly Griffiths. I really like her Ruth Galloway, and I honestly hope you will, too.


  2. Ooh, I hope you like THE JANUS STONE. I really, really like this series. I’m anxiously waiting for my copy of the next book, #3 (can’t think of the name right now).


  3. Margaret, I really enjoyed ‘Daphne” but I know others felt exactly the opposite, so I’ll be interested to see what you think. Ely Griffiths is one of those writers who is just going to get better and better. ‘The Janus Stone’ is every bit as good as the first and that quirky narrative voice she use is just marvellous. I picked up ‘The House at Sea’s End’ (number three) yesterday and it’s scheduled for a long weekend in two weeks time. I’m so looking forward to it.


  4. I’m intrigued by the book True Grit. My husband has read it, and he liked it a lot. I saw the new movie and loved it. So perhaps I should read the book at some point!


  5. I’ll be interested in hearing how you like Justine Picardie’s Daphne–I really enjoyed it myself, and it got me rereading du Maurier.

    I only recently learned that True Grit is a book as well as a movie(s). I’m not a John Wayne fan and never saw that movie, though I’ve heard the new version is quite good. I like western from time to time–next on my list in this genre is The Virginian.

    Enjoy your books.


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