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Books, Books, and yet more Books

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?

10 Comments

    • I started THE INCENDIUM PLOT on Sunday and, so far, it’s been a really enjoyable romp, Kelly! 😀

  1. The best way to cheer yourself up!

    I didn’t need a whole lot of cheering up this weekend, but my greatest indulgence was the time I spent with my daughter watching The Great Canadian Baking Show. And then, of course, eating the cake she baked!

    • Glad to hear that, Naomi, and look, you got to eat cake too!

      Oh, I love that show, it’s amazing as well as funny. Do you watch the UK version too? Always hilarious as well. And that food? Wow!

  2. Oh. I hope you like a Life to Kill.

    And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Cardinal. I’ve only read Forty Words for Sorrow (which was really good) and The Hesitation Cut by Giles blunt. Xx

    • I’m excited to read both books, Zoe, especially as I love the TV shows. Though I know the shows will be nothing like the books, which have other kinds of details. Anyway, yes, we’ll see, as they say. 😀

  3. Oh a human finger in a wedding cake, now that’s enough to break down a party! How did it get in there? Quite intriguing and definitely the book that speaks to me the most . I hope you enjoy your lovely new reads!
    I enjoyed the sun for the first time this year, I sat outside with a book and soaked up the sun at 17° I think but no wind at all. And in the evening I saw Now You See Me 2, a movie about magicians.. my kind of thing entirely

    • I love the Flavia de Luce series, Inge. And this one, Bradley’s 10th book in the series, sounds just as funny as all the rest. I have quite the mix here of serious, sad, funny, and suspense, so plenty to keep me occupied.

      Oh, how I wish we could sit outside. We’re on our second day of wild winds and snow … snow, snow, snow! All the way through till at least the end of April! 🙁

      I loved both the Now You See Me movies too. Great fun!

  4. I always love a trip to the bookshop!
    My BF is not particularly interested in them, so on the occasions when we are out and he suggests i check out “that bookshop you like so much” i’m always near melting 😀

  5. Alexandra says

    Stationery shops and book shops, what is it with us? They are both like Aladdin’s Cave for me. I’m a sucker.

    Oh, and what a sweetheart, talk about knowing how to woo you, eh? 😉

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