To cheer me up this weekend, and seeing how I was feeling a tad better, my Other Half took me out to the mall. To yes, you guessed, our local bookshop. Where I happily indulged in reading the first chapters of several books before deciding on buying three. Oh, and because of their loyalty programme where I accrue credits, I got one of my books free. How’s that for being cheered up.
I ended up with these:
- THE INCENDIUM PLOT by A. D. Swanston — Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave – and as Leicester’s chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad. [Book #1]
- SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky — Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice. [Book #19]
- THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD by Alan Bradley — Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve—not so simple an endeavour with her odious little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger. [Book #10]
Adding to this physical haul I also spent a few happy hours on Sunday looking through my HUGE wish list and plucked another 3 books from obscurity, and ordered them.
- THE LIAR — Steve Cavanagh [Eddie Flynn #3]
- A LIFE TO KILL — M.R. Hall [Jenny Cooper #7]
- CARDINAL — Giles Blunt [John Cardinal #1]
And you, how did you cheer yourself up this weekend?