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.