Latest Additions at BooksPlease

Yesterday I brought this little pile of books home from Barter Books in Alnwick, my favourite bookshop. (This is where you can ‘swap’ books for credit that you can then use to get more books from the Barter Books shelves.)

BB bks Jan 2020

From top to bottom they are:

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson, the fourth book in the Dark Iceland series. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjordur. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. I’ve read one of his Hidden Iceland series, The Island which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain, who is one of my favourite authors. It’s the third book in the Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery series. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe. I’ve seen some of her books reviewed on other book blogs and thought I’d look for one of hers. It’s set on a train travelling from Manchester to London, where one of the passengers is carrying a deadly rucksack. Cath Staincliffe is a Manchester based crime writer, the creator and scriptwriter of ITV’s police series, Blue Murder and writes the Scott & Bailey books, based on the ITV1 police series.

Death in Berlin by M M Kaye. Years ago I read The Far Pavilions and it is only in recent years that I discovered she wrote the Death in … series. This is the 2nd book in the series first published in 1955. A murder mystery set in post-war Berlin.

The last two books are hardbacks that look brand new – Normal People by Sally Rooney. This is a not the usual type of book that I read, and a bit out of my comfort zone. It’s described on the dust jacket as a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love in which a couple try to stay apart but find they can’t.

And finally  – Blue Moon by Lee Child, a Jack Reacher thriller. I’m not sure this one is my cup of tea either, as two rival gangs are competing for control in the city – maybe too violent for me.

Have you read any of these books?  Do any of them tempt you? 

5 thoughts on “Latest Additions at BooksPlease

  1. You got some good ‘uns, I think, Margaret. I’ve read a bit of Staincliffe and like her work, so I do hope you’ll enjoy that one. And I hear Sleeping Beauties is quite good. I’m glad you have a place where you can swap books like that; it makes a lot of sense, and allows people to stock their shelves without a real expense.


  2. I love the Death In… series! Death in Kashmir is my favourite of the ones I’ve read so far, but I did enjoy Death in Berlin too.


  3. I haven’t read any of these, though Rupture is lingering on my TBR. I’ve read a couple of his Dark Iceland series before and enjoyed them so hopefully it will be a goodie!


  4. The Cath Staincliffe one I have read and just popped back to my blog to read the review. Very good, one I would heartily recommend, even if the subject matter is not necessarily nice and often feels like you are watching a real life news report.


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