New-to-Me Books from Barter Books

On Tuesday it was time for another visit to my favourite bookshop Barter Books, one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain. We were early getting there just after it had opened for the day, so there was space to park right outside the entrance.

I was quite restrained and only brought three books home, with me. But at least I’ve made some room on my bookshelves as I’d brought in six books. These are the books I brought home:


Killing Floor by Lee Child,the first in his Jack Reacher series. I’m keen to read this because I’ve recently read the 22nd book in the series and want to know more about Reacher, an ex-military cop of no fixed abode.

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin. I’ve read some of Valerie Martin’s books before and enjoyed them. This one weaves fact and fiction concerning the mystery surrounding the Mary Celeste, looking at it from different viewpoints including those of a psychic and Arthur Conan Doyle, who was inspired by it to write a short story, J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement

Defying Hitler: a Memoir by Sebastian Haffner, a memoir of life in Germany during the Nazi rise to power. It was written in 1939 during Haffner’s exile in England. I’ve been reading novels about the Second World War period, so I think it would be good to know more about  the Wiemar Republic, particularly from a German who lived through those times.

What do you think? Have you read any of these? Do they tempt you too?

6 thoughts on “New-to-Me Books from Barter Books”

  1. I do hope you’ll like The Killing Floor, Margaret. I’m glad you mentioned it, too, because I keep meaning to put it in the spotlight on my blog and still haven’t! I admire your ability to stop with just three books; I know I couldn’t!


  2. Your Barter Books sounds like our Half Price Books. Ha! The Ghost book is interesting to me. I’m not a Reacher reader and WWII-time non-fiction is not on my list right now. Enjoy!


  3. I’ve never read any of this books. But I’m envious of the large bookstore you live near. I have drive an hour and fifteen minutes to get to a large bookstore. There are a few smaller ones nearby, but I wish I lived near a larger one!


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