Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog. The topic this week is Books On My Spring 2022 TBR
The first five are review books on my NetGalley Shelf and the rest are books on my TBR shelves. They are books I want to read before too long, but maybe not all of them over the next three months – there are other books I’d like to read too, which I may read instead.
- The Drowned City by K J Maitland Daniel Pursglove Book One – historical mystery set in 1606 in England where there is religious persecution, with fears of witchcraft and political unrest.
- Traitor in the Ice by K J Maitland Daniel Purslove Book Two – Pursglove investigates the death of a man found dead in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex.
- The Chapel in the Woods by Dolores Gordon-Smith – a Jack Haldean murder mystery set in 1920s England when a body, mauled to death as if by a wild animal, is found in the grounds of a 17th century chapel.
- Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook – set in Bannin Bay, Australia in the late 19th century when Charles Brightwell, a pearler, goes missing from his ship while out at sea.
- Quichotte by Salman Rushdie – a retelling of Don Quixote for the modern age. Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with the TV star Salman R. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand,
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago. Years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – a reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters – amongst them, Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda.
- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith – Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train. Bruno manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. From this moment, almost against his conscious will, Guy is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities.
- Night of the Lightbringer by Peter Tremayne – This is the 28th Sister Fidelma mystery, a medieval murder mystery, featuring a Celtic nun who is also an advocate of the ancient Irish law system. It’s set in Ireland in AD 671 on the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain.
- When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Penman – the first book in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy. Historical fiction about Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Maude, and the long fight to win the English throne.