Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR Shelves

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly. Book overview: In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that’s been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Book overview: JAMAICA, 1976 Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught.From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

Sorrow Bound: The 3rd DS McAvoy Novel by David Mark.Book overview: Philippa Longman will do anything for her family. Roisin McAvoy will do anything for her friends. DS Aector McAvoy will do anything for his wife. Yet each has an unknown enemy – one that will do anything to destroy them. Sorrow Bound is a powerful police procedural thriller about how those with the biggest hearts make the easiest targets; and how the corrosive venom of evil can dissolve the bonds between good people, until all they are bound by is grief.

White Crocodile by K.T. Medina.Book overview: When emotionally damaged mine-clearer Tess Hardy travels to Cambodia to find out the truth behind her ex-husband’s death, she doesn’t know much about the country or its beliefs. On arrival, she finds that teenage mothers are going missing, while others are being found mutilated and murdered. As local superstitions breed fear, Tess is drawn into a web of lies that stretches from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham. Publisher’s blurb: Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life …and not just his own.

The Caveman (William Wisting Mystery) by Jorn Lier Horst. Translated by Anne Born. Book overview: Only three houses away from the policeman’s home, a man has been sitting dead in front of his television set for four months. There are no indications that anything criminal has taken place. Viggo Hansen was a man nobody ever noticed, even though he lived in the midst of a close-knit community. His death doesn’t hit the headlines, but there is something about the case that catches the attention of William Wisting’s journalist daughter, Line, and she decides to write a newspaper article with a different twist for the festive season: the portrait of a completely anonymous and obscure person whose death goes unremarked and unmourned.

The Defenceless (Anna Fekete) by Kati Hiekkapelto. Translated by David Hackston. Book overview: When an old man is found dead on the road – seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair – police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members – and the police themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

Without a Trace (Annika Bengtzon 10) by Liza Marklund. Translated by Neil Smith. Book overview: Ingemar Lerberg had it all: successful businessman, politician, husband, father. Until he is found, brutally beaten and left for dead, in his mansion in a fashionable district of Stockholm. His wife, Nora, is missing. With no alternative, his children are taken into care. In one night, a family has been ripped apart.Journalist Annika Bengtzon is assigned to the case. As she delves into the horrifying details of this family’s fate, she grapples too with the change in her own. With her new boyfriend she must patch together a family from their respective children and stepchildren, and find a way for them all to live harmoniously. Family matters above all else, but all is never as it seems. Behind the scenes, darkness lies.

A Devil Under the Skin (Kiszka & Kers​haw, Book 3) by Anya Lipska. Book overview: Things are looking up for Janusz Kiszka, big-hearted ‘fixer’ to London’s Poles. His girlfriend/the love of his life, Kasia, is finally leaving her no-good husband to make a new life with him, and he’s on the brink of a deal to ensure their financial security for years to come. Then Kasia vanishes – and the big Pole’s world is torn apart. Convinced she’s been abducted, he must swallow his pride and seek the help of an old contact – maverick cop Natalie Kershaw, who’s been suspended following a fatal shooting. But the search swiftly takes an even darker turn… What connects Kasia’s disappearance and a string of brutal East End murders? And who is the mysterious and murderous enforcer stalking the streets of London? Meanwhile, time is running out for Kasia. To reach her, Kiszka must confront a gut-wrenching dilemma that will shape the rest of his life.

Tiempos de hielo de Fred Vargas. Traducido por Anne-Hélène Suárez Girard. Resumen del libro: Alice Gauthier, una respetable profesora de matemáticas de sesenta y seis años, aparece muerta en su bañera; todo parece apuntar a un suicidio, pero ciertos detalles, como un extraño signo trazado en el lugar del suceso, hacen pensar que quizá haya algo más detrás de su muerte, por lo que el caso es derivado al equipo de la Brigada Criminal del comisario Adamsberg. Al poco, una mujer dice haber enviado una carta que la muerta había escrito a un tal Amadée Masfauré…, cuyo padre se habría suicidado dejando un signo similar. Las sospechas se confirman al comprobar que ambas muertes tenían algo más en común: las dos víctimas formaban parte de una trágica expedición a una remota e inexplorada isla de Islandia, diez años antes… Un extraño club de admiradores de Robespierre, viejos rencores familiares, pistas falsas, reminiscencias de antiguos mitos nórdicos…, y la imbatible sagacidad de Adamsberg y su brigada son los ingredientes de la magnífica nueva obra de la reina de la novela negra europea.

14 thoughts on “Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR Shelves”

  1. A fun list, Jose! A couple of nights ago I was at a library sale, all hardbacks $1. I picked up this book called A Brief History of Seven Killings. “Title rings a bell,” I thought, squinting at it. But my bag was heavy and my eyes were tired, so I put the book down again. Oh, gibber.

      1. Ha! I’d forgotten, but you’re perfectly correct! That‘s why I was reluctant to add it to the stack even though the title rang a bell!

  2. I’ve only read two on your list (White Crocodile and Life or Death – both excellent). I have The Defenceless home from the library right now and a couple more of these on my “please get this for me now” list with the lovely librarians – TBRs never grow smaller do they?

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