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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions To My Book Collection

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Most Recent Additions To My Book Collection. And … well, I’ve actually had only one—but I do have another four on order and coming, eh, hopefully soon. And, as I’ve already done my Most Anticipated Books of 2022 (part 1) this list will be Most Anticipated Books of 2022 Part 2 (Ha! Ha!) MURDER IN THE MARAIS — Cara Black AT FIRST LIGHT — Barbara Nickless THE WARSAW PROTOCOL — Steve Berry GATED PREY — Lee Goldberg THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES — Leonard Goldberg CROSSING THE LINES — Amanda Huggins THE CHRISTMAS MURDER GAME — Alexandra Benedict THE DICTATOR’S WIFE — Freya Berry THE MAID — Nita Prose DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS — Sue Lynn Tan And there you have it. Of course this list like any list is subject to change as in, additions, as the year progresses and more new releases cross my radar. And you, what books have you recently acquired? Do tell … 1

Miss Marple, If You Please

So many of us read and continue to reread Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, as she’s been called. But I realised I haven’t read or reread any of her works well, in a very long time. So I’m over due on (a) either finding a book by her I haven’t read (still plenty by the way) and (b) reviewing her here, on the blog. I can probably do a double for 2022 given there’s an Agatha Christie challenge going around on twitter encouraging readers to get back into the Miss Marple or Poirot groove. So what better time than now to talk Christie and our favourite reads or, in this case, sleuths. Mine being Miss Jean Marple, the irascible and, some would say, nosey old biddy from the tiny village of St. Mary Mead. I don’t remember the first Christie book I read or, the first Miss Marple I read either, they were both back when I was still stealing books from my sister’s pile to read under the blanket at bedtime. I …

Anticipated Reads of 2022 (Part 1)

I’m adding Part 1 to the title of this post because, obviously, as I hear about new releases for next year this list is going to grow and, eh, grow. So to start with, here’s a listing of books that I’m excited about reading in 2022. THE DROWNED CITY by K.J. Maitland TRAITOR IN THE ICE by K.J. Maitland BEGGARS ABBEY by V.L. Valentine ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN by SJ Bennett THE DYING DAY by Vaseem Khan THE MIDWIFE’S SECRET by Emily Gunnis DEATH IN THE SUNSHINE by Steph Broadribb MOONLIGHT AND THE PEARLER’S DAUGHTER by Lizzie Pook HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS by Louise Hare THE BALLOON THIEF by Aneesa Marufu More coming soon no doubt thanks to great reviewers and many book bloggers I follow on twitter, who always manage to make my wish list grow rather than shrink! Of course, if you have any recommendations, please share them with me in the comments, thanks. 0

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2021

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Best Books I Read in 2021, which is going to both easy and difficult because I didn’t actually read that many books this year what with one thing and you know, the Other! So I only have a handful of books to choose my best of from and, well, I’m not sure I’m going to find 10—but here goes nothing, right? STATE OF TERROR by Hilary Clinton & Louise Penny THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett BONE CANYON by Lee Goldberg THE BONE CODE by Kathy Reichs THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q Sutanto I also read these in 2021 but they were actually published in 2020 … but don’t hold that against me will you, okay! THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles DEAD LAND by Sara Paretsky COLONYSIDE by Michael Mammay FLIGHT OF THE FANTAIL by Steph Matuku When all is said and done, what all …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope Santa Brings. Which pretty much covers every book on my current lengthy online Wish  List right now. But, as this is Top Ten Tuesday I’ll endeavour to choose only the top ten books I hope Santa might drop down my non-existent chimney in time for Christmas, on Saturday. I know I have at least four books already under the Christmas tree, but won’t know which ones till, of course, Christmas morning. I’m hoping some of them are from this list. So, here goes … GATED PREY by Lee Goldberg AT FIRST LIGHT by Barbara Nickless ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN by SJ Bennett ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Alice Feeney THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg MURDER ON THE MARIS by Cara Black FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by Samantha Downing MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE by Vaseem Khan THE WARSAW PROTOCOL by Steve Berry RATCATCHER by James McGee Quite the mix of psychological suspense, murder-mystery, historical and a thriller …