A-Z of TBRs: E-Books: G, H and I

Once again I’ve been looking at all the forgotten e-books on my Kindle and this is the third instalment of my A – Z of my e-book TBRs – with a little ‘taster’ from each. These are all fiction.

Go set a watchman

G is for  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, on my Kindle since November 2014. I remembered I hadn’t read this when recently I got a copy of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep, in which she tells the story Harper Lee wanted to write and why she couldn’t after the success of To Kill a Mockingbird (which I loved).

Atticus Finch shot his left cuff, then cautiously pushed it back. One-forty. On some days he wore two watches: he wore two this day, an ancient watch and chain his children had cut their teeth on, and a wristwatch. The former was habit, the latter used to tell time when he could not move his fingers enough to dig in his watchpocket. He had been a big man before age and arthritis reduced him to medium size. He was seventy-two last month, but Jean Louise always thought of him hovering somewhere in his middle fifties – she could not remember him being any younger, and he seemed to grow no older. (page 17)

Go Set a Watchman is set two decades after To Kill a Mockingbird and is the story of Jean- Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – as she returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Her homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

I’d dithered over whether to read this and then forgot I had it!

Hidden depths

is for Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves, on my Kindle since March 2014. It’s the 3rd book in her Vera Stanhope series, which I have been reading totally out of order. It doesn’t spoil my enjoyment, especially as over the years I’ve been watching the TV series and I think I remember seeing the TV version of Hidden Depths years ago.

It’s hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. In the following extract, his mother, Julie is talking to Vera:

Julie was sitting on the floor, her knees pulled up to her chin, her arms clasped around them. She looked up at the detective, who was still watching and waiting. It came to her suddenly that this woman, large and solid like rock, might once have known tragedy herself. That was why she could sit there without making those stupid sympathetic noises Sal and the doctor had made. This woman knew that nothing she could say would make it better. But Julie didn’t care about the detective’s sadness and the thought was fleeting. She went back to her story. (15).

Ann Cleeves is one of my favourite authors and I really should have read this book when I first bought it.

In too deep

I is for In Too Deep by Bea Davenport, on my Kindle since July 2013. I had totally forgotten that I had this book. Five years ago Maura fled life in Dowerby and took on a new identity, desperately trying to piece her life back together and escape the dark clouds that plagued her past. But then a reporter tracked her down, and persuaded her to tell her story, putting her own life in danger once again.

So then as I just get out the shower and the door buzzer sounds, I catch my breath. No-one ever comes to see me, and I don’t receive post unless it’s junk mail. When a man’s voice asks for Maura Wood, I feel a grip on my heart, clenching like a fist. I am frozen with fear.

I shiver involuntarily, goose bumps covering my body like guilty fingers. I haven’t heard that name for almost five years. I pull my towel tighter around me. ‘No, sorry. There’s no-one here of that name.’

But the voice has picked up on my pause. ‘I was told Maura Wood lives here. Is that not you, Maura?’

‘No, I’m not Maura. I’ve told you. Who is that?’


Bea Davenport is the writing name of former print and broadcast journalist Barbara Henderson. In Too Deep, was her first crime/suspense novel. Bea spent many years as a newspaper reporter and latterly seventeen years as a senior broadcast journalist with the BBC in the north-east of England. Originally from Tyneside, she lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed, not very far away from me. I haven’t read any of her books.

If you’ve read any of these books please let me know what you think. Or if you haven’t read them do they tempt you?

14 thoughts on “A-Z of TBRs: E-Books: G, H and I

  1. Great post! I recently had a kindle sort out and was surprised by which books I’d forgotten about! Bookworm problem I guess haha! I read the first Ann Cleeves novel Raven Black (Shetland Island #1) a year or so ago and really enjoyed it and vowed to continue with the series but never did! Get so sure tracked by all the books these days! Honestly, I’ve not enough time in the day. If days were 48 hours long or even 72 I’d be in for a chance to conquer my TBR 😆

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    1. Raven Black was the first book I read by Ann Cleeves and I loved it! I wish I could read more – or more quickly and then I’d have a chance of conquering my TBR too. 🙂

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  2. I”ll be very interested in what you think of Go Set a Watchman, Margaret. I don’t want to say a lot, because I think it’s best if you simply experience it. But I will say it puts a different light on the characters Lee created for To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a fascinating story just on that score, and some people have strongly disliked it, while others have loved it. I’ll be keen to know what you think.

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  3. I’m almost too scared to look on my Kindle sometimes. Doesn’t help that I have a Nook with a hundred or so books on it too. Oh well, I could be out on the street pinching old ladies’ handbags… oh… wait… I *am* an old lady! When did that happen?

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    1. I guess it happened to you just as it has happened to me! Thank goodness we enjoy reading rather than being out pinching other old ladies’ handbags.


    1. No, I’ve yet to start too. I’m enjoying Louise Penny too much. But when I’ve caught up with her series I think Ann Cleves’ books will be next.


  4. I loved Go Set a Watchman when I read it recently, also inspired by reading Furious Hours. I think Cep’s insights into Lee’s writing made me able to approach it with a more open mind, and I found I could accept the “new” Atticus quite easily. Hope it works as well for you!

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  5. Thanks FF – all I need to do is just get reading. Do you think it’s better to read Cep’s book before Go Set a Watchman? Or maybe not – see what I think of it cold, as it were?


  6. I really enjoyed Go Set a Watchman. I was quite worried about reading it as I love To Kill a Mockingbird, I didn’t see Atticus as being racist at all, just an elderly man who didn’t want things to change.


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