Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

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This is a nice little topic… not necessarily but potentially overlapping with the Winter TBR list and the books I hope Santa brings; certainly a lovely complement to those posts. A simple list of the last ten books I purchased. For me, being a butterfly reader and a sucker for a new title, blurb or cover, the following familiar memes are far too on-the-money for my liking!

So without more, let’s look at the last ten books acquired. For me, these are all ebooks – I am still to find enough time to spend Christmas gifts in the local bookshop!

Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley

It’s the summer of ’48 in the city of Angels and there’s heat on the streets when Daphne Monet hits the sidewalk. Heat when she disappears with a trunkload of somebody else’s cash.

Easy Rawlins is a war veteran just fired from his job. Drinking in a friend’s bar, he wonders how to meet his mortgage when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will locate Miss Monet, a blonde with a reputation. It’s a simple decision, but for one thing. Nobody warned him – better the devil you know…

In the sleazy, fearful city, Easy must rely on his instincts, not just to solve the case, but to save his own life.

Acquired 8th January 2022

I think Mosley was featured in one of those crime-writers-you-need-to-read lists that abound at the end of the year. He has been on my radar for a while and I decided to treat myself to the first of the Easy Rawlins series – because that is such a great name for a character.

Hare House, Sally Hinchcliffe

In the first brisk days of autumn, a woman arrives in Scotland having left her job at an all-girls school in London in mysterious circumstances. Moving into a cottage on the remote estate of Hare House, she begins to explore her new home – a patchwork of hills, moorland and forest. But among the tiny roads, dykes and scattered houses, something more sinister lurks: local tales of witchcraft, clay figures and young men sent mad.

Striking up a friendship with her landlord, Grant, and his younger sister, Cass, she begins to suspect that all might not be quite as it seems at Hare House. And as autumn turns to winter, and a heavy snowfall traps the inhabitants of the estate within its walls, tensions rise to fever pitch.

Acquired 8th January 2022

The dark days of winter are a great time for a lovely sinister gothic novel and this seems perfect – I do love a hare in a novel, for some reason!

The Eighth Girl, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

Alexa Wú is a brilliant, darkly self-aware young woman whose life is manipulated by a series of alternate personalities.

One woman, many selves. But which one is telling the truth?

Only three people know.

Her therapist
Her best friend
Her stepmother

When her best friend falls into danger, Alexa is drawn into London’s criminal underbelly to save her.

But will this lead to self-discovery, or to self-destruction?

Acquired 8th January 2022.

This just sounds fascinating – multiple personality disorder, but written by a clinical psychologist. Could be exceptional.

Luckenbooth, Jenni Fagan

1910, Edinburgh. Jessie, the devil’s daughter, arrives on the doorstep of an imposing tenement building and knocks on a freshly painted wooden door. She has been sent by her father to bear a child for a wealthy couple, but, when things go wrong, she places a curse on the building and all who live there – and it lasts a century.

Caught in the crossfire are the residents of 10 Luckenbooth Close, and they all have their own stories to tell. While the world outside is changing, inside, the curse creeps up all nine floors and through each door. Soon, the building’s longest kept secret – the truth of what happened to Jessie – will finally be heard.

Acquired 5th January 2022.

A great title and cover are enough to draw me in, combined with a fascinating blurb. Sold!

The Maid, Nita Prose

Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?
 
But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?

Acquired 5th January 2022.

I do love a novel with unlikely characters taking the limelight – and a maid in an hotel is an intriguing point of view to explore a crime narrative from.

The Wolf Den, Elodie Harper

Amara was once a beloved daughter, until her father’s death plunged her family into penury. Now, she is owned by a man she despises and lives as a slave in Pompeii’s infamous brothel, her only value the desire she can stir in others.

But Amara’s spirit is far from broken. Sharp, resourceful and surrounded by women whose humour and dreams she shares, Amara comes to realise that everything in this city has its price. But how much will her freedom cost?

Acquired 5th December 2021

Love an historical novel and the setting here in ancient Pompeii’s brothel is intriguing!

A Dowry of Blood, S. T. Gibson

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

Acquired 5th December 2021.

Dracula has spawned enough spin off novels but there is always room for one more: the stories and voices behind Dracula’s wives are wonderfully evocative and fertile grounds.

The Husbands, Chandler Baker

The wives here are different. They are living proof that women can have it all: successful careers, loving families, beautiful homes.
Their husbands are different too. They are living proof that men can do just as much as women. They can remember the kids’ schedules, use an iron and notice when the house needs dusting.
Nora thinks she’s found the perfect new home for her family. But when she agrees to get involved in a wrongful death case in the neighbourhood, Nora becomes convinced that there’s a dark secret at the heart of this perfect world.
For these women, it seems the secret to having it all is worth killing for . . .

Acquired 5th December 2021.

A gender-swapped Stepford Wives? I don’t mind if I do!

Cackle, Rachel Harrison

All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation. Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend.

Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem… a little afraid of her.

And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power… but she couldn’t be…could she?

Acquired 5th December 2021

This one seems just real fun! And I would love to have a cup with that design on it!

The Dark, Emma Haughton

A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.

The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all.

And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .

Acquired 5th December 2021.

Oh look, another atmospheric winter thriller! Here, the setting in Antarctica was a real draw, the darkness and cold potentially creating a really powerful atmosphere.


How many of these will I actually get around to before my attention gets caught by another new book? By a new release? By a novel on my bookshelves already? At least I’ve made a start with Hare House!

Let me know what books you have acquired most recently!


Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes

  • January 18: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To
  • January 25: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021
  • February 1: Books with Character Names In the Titles (Submitted by BookLoversBlog and Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger)
  • February 8: Love Freebie (come up with your own topic having to do with love)
  • February 15: Books Too Good to Review Properly (I have no words!) (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer)
  • February 22: Dynamic Duos (Submitted by Elley @ Elley the Book Otter)

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection”

  1. Hope you enjoy all of your most recent additions, Michael! I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these, but some of their covers are certainly intriguing! 🙂 Happy reading and thanks for the visit to Finding Wonderland.

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  2. Those memes are 1000% too accurate and I’m sure that tons of us book lovers can definitely relate to them (I know I most definitely can!) haha! 😂Lots of books on here that I haven’t heard of before but some of these covers have piqued my interest. I hope you enjoy all of these books!

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