Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

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This week’s topic is Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To. Oh, dear there were lots – here are ten of them, in no particular order of preference. They are all books I really wanted to read as soon as I got them, but then other books got in the way! They are by authors whose books I’ve read before, with the exception of the last book, and most are books I bought in 2017 or 2018.

I loved Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy and I’m sure this will be as good – it’s Coffin Road, a standalone book set on the Hebridean Isle of Harris where a bewildered man is standing on a beach, wondering why he is there – and even more worrying, he is not able to remember who he is. His only clue is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road.

My second book is also by Peter May – I’ll Keep You Safe and is also set in the Hebrides. Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

Next, An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill – the second in his Dalziel and Pascoe series. I’ve been reading this series completely out of order and so am now trying to fill in the gaps. This one is about the discovery of a dead body found buried under a statue in the grounds of Holm Coultram College. As soon as they think they have solved the problem more bodies are discovered.

I really should have read The Dry by Jane Harper before now. I’ve read both her second and third books and loved them. I’ve never been to Australia, but her description of of the outback makes me feel as though I am there in the places she describes. In this, the first Aaron Falk book, the farming community of Kiewarra is in the grip of the worst drought in a century and people are facing life and death choices daily – then three members of a local family are found brutally slain – it appears that Luke Hadler has shot his wife and young son, and then killed himself.

Ann Cleeves is one of my favourite writers and I love her Vera and Shetland books, but somehow I have got behind with reading her last two Shetland books – book 7, Cold Earth and book 8, Wildfire. So both these books are high on my list of books to read this year.

Cold Earth begins with a landslide during the funeral of Magnus Tait and in the resulting wreckage the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress is found. DI Jimmy Perez thinks that she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

 Wildfire, the final book in this series,is about the Flemings -designer Helena and architect Daniel, who move into a remote community in the north of Shetland. They think it’s a fresh start for themselves and their children, but their arrival triggers resentment, and Helena begins to receive small drawings of a gallows and a hanged man. Gossip spreads like wildfire.

A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is her second book. I loved her first book, In Bitter Chill, and I have a few to catch up with as she has now written books three and four in her DC Childs series. A Deadly Thaw is set in the fictional town of Bampton in Derbyshire. Lena Fisher was convicted of he husband’s murder, but within months of her release nearly two decades later, his body is found in a disused morgue, recently killed. Who was the man she killed before, and why did she lie about his identity?

Another favourite author is Anthony Horowitz and I really should have read Moriarty, his second Sherlock Holmes book, before now as I enjoyed his first one, The House of Silk – and also his more recent books, Magpie Murders, The Sentence is Death, and The Word is Murder. It’s 1891, Holmes and Moriarty are dead and London is in the grip of a fiendish new criminal mastermind. Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton agent and Inspector Athelney Jones are faced with finding a brutal murderer.

I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, so have great expectations for The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Four people visit Hill House searching for evidence that is haunted. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. I’m expecting this to be just as strange, spooky and disturbing as We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

And finally, The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. It’s her first book and it was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award and the Wainwright Prize. I want to read it because it’s a true story about a couple, Raynor and Moth, her husband who is terminally ill, who had lost their home and their business. Faced with this terrible situation they decided to buy a tent and walk the Salt Path, the south-west coastal path, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To”

  1. Eek, The Dry is one of the BEST crime novels I’ve ever read, so I’m sure that you’ll absolutely love it when you get around to it. The tension built by the pathetic fallacy is second to none.
    I also really enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House, which I forced myself to read before I watched the Netflix adaptation. If you haven’t read The Lottery yet, I highly recommend it – Shirley Jackson writes brilliant short stories.

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    1. Yes I could have put my whole tbr mountain in this post too – it would have been an immensely long post 🙂 and I’m not saying that these are my ‘top’ ten as I could easily have chosen another ten on a different day!

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  2. Oh, such good choices here, Margaret! I really hope you’ll like the Hill (in my opinion, it’s good, but Hill got much better as the series went on, if I can put it that way). And so many other great books, too, on your list. I know just what you mean, too, about meaning to get to books, and not being able to do so. I’m the same way.

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  3. I totally understand, Margaret. I’ve read THE DRY (loved it) and I read I’LL KEEP YOU SAFE (not as fond of it as I was of the Lewis trilogy, but that would be difficult – I love that trilogy). I did like it though. I have others of these on my list for one day. Enjoy!

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  4. I liked The Haunting of Hill House when I read it last year. It’s more suspenseful than Castle but just as good. Hope you enjoy it if you ever have the chance to check it out!

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  5. Goodness, I’ve actually read quite a few of these! Both Mays are good – my preference is for I’ll Keep You Safe. I agree with Margot about An Advancement of Learning – also good but not one of the absolute best of Hill’s. The Dry is brilliant! The Haunting of Hill House is excellent. I quite envy you having all these still to look forward to… 😀

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    1. Oh, I’m really looking forward to reading these now – I can see I’ll have to spend more time reading books rather than writing about them. It’s such a balancing act 🙂 what a dilemma …

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  6. I loved Anthony Horowitz’s recent mystery novels, but I haven’t tried his Sherlock Holmes books yet. I hope you enjoy Moriarty. The Haunting of Hill House is great, although I didn’t like it as much as We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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  7. I have the Salt Path – it was a Christmas present requested after I read an extract in a Sunday newspaper. Peter May has been on my radar to read too – one day, sometime…..

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