Book Haul #7 (September 2022)

My schedule has been all over the place recently with loads of exciting things coming up that I can’t talk about at the moment. Recently though, I went to a bunch of charity shops to see what books and clothes they’ve got and I managed to pick up some good books!

  • Title: Eight Detectives
  • Author: Alex Pavesi
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Murder Mystery

Plot: There are rules for murder mysteries. There must be a victim. A suspect. A detective. The rest is just shuffling the sequence. Expanding the permutations. Grant McAllister, a professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out – calculating the different orders and possibilities of a mystery into seven perfect detective stories he quietly published. But that was thirty years ago. Now Grant lives in seclusion on a remote Mediterranean island, counting the rest of his days. Until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor knocks on his door. Julia wishes to republish his book, and together they must revisit those old stories: an author hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it. But there are things in the stories that don’t add up. Inconsistencies left by Grant that a sharp-eyed editor begins to suspect are more than mistakes. They may be clues, and Julia finds herself with a mystery of her own to solve.

I had seen so much hype for this when it first came out and now I am giving into the hype.

  • Title: Murder Takes A Holiday
  • Author: Various
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Murder Mystery

Plot: The summer holidays are a chance to escape from it all, to shrug off the troubles and cares of everyday life, and lounge on warm sands or sip a cool drink in the shade of a city square. But, as the characters in this murderously good collection of classic crime stories discover to their cost … sometimes it’s not that easy to escape your fate. An impossible murder on a Cornish beach. A honeymoon in the Italian lakes that becomes a desperate search for the truth. An African safari that ends with the tables being turned. Even in a heatwave, these tales of murder and malice will chill you like a shadow sliding across the sun.

I love classic crime short stories and when I saw this I knew instantly that I needed it. I had been eyeing it up at work for a long time so I was super happy to get it today.

  • Title: The Railway Detective
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • Series: The Railway Detective #1
  • Genre: Historical/Murder Mystery

Plot: London 1851. With the opening of the Great Exhibition at hand, interest is mounting in the engineering triumphs of the railways, but not everyone feels like celebrating… In an audacious attack, the London to Birmingham mail train is robbed and derailed, causing many casualties. Planned with military precision, this crime proves a challenge to Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck who fights to untangle a web of murder, blackmail and destruction. As Colbeck closes in on the criminal masterminds, events take an unexpected turn when the beautiful Madeleine, daughter of the injured train driver, becomes a pawn in the criminals’ game. With time running out, good and evil, new and old, battle against each other. But will the long arm of the law have speed on its side?

Another book that I had heard loads about. Loads of people at work buy books by this author and this series especially so I have to see what all the hype is about.

  • Title: Thrones, Dominations
  • Author: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Series: Lord Peter Wimsey #12 (1st for the stories written by JPW)
  • Genre: Historical/Murder Mystery

Plot: The wife of a wealthy man is found dead, and it is up to Lord Peter Wimsey and his wife, Harriet, to solve the case.

I recently finished listening to all of Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey books and I knew that Jill Paton Walsh wrote a couple of continuing stories as well. My original plan was to wait and read physical versions of the books first before I bought any of JPW’s work until I saw it for like £1.99.

  • Title: A Torch Against the Night
  • Author: Sabaa Tahir
  • Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
  • Genre: Fantasy

Plot for Book 1: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

This book is part of a series I am currently working my way through so I was super happy to find it.

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