Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Wishing to Read Wednesday: Old & New (#3)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. (Based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.)

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
Release Date: July 3, 2018 by William Morrow
In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. Although a graduate of the exclusive Foxcroft Academy in Virginia, Miranda has always lived on the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the Island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans--the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph helps his father in the lobster boat, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and has a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same--determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: Whew. That's quite a synopsis. This book had me at Beatriz Williams, but even beyond that point, it sounds like something I would love to read. With the promise of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets, I can't help but want to read this one!


Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox
Release Date: June 26, 2018 by Random House
In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder.

For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no recent book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias.

In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater--an immigrant Jewish cardsharp--who, despite his obvious innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison. Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom.

Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has "a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I do not read a lot of modern true crime, admittedly, but there is something about historical tales of solving old crimes that do capture my interest. This one in part because it features author Conan Doyle.

Are these something you would want to read too?
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?

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If I am going to draw attention to the upcoming releases I long to add to my TBR pile, why not also give some love to those unread books already sitting on my shelves?

Books from the Back is a weekly meme, hosted by the wonderful Carole of&nnahnbsp;Carole's Random Life in Books to spotlight and discuss the neglected books sitting on our shelves still waiting to be read.. 

London Falling (Shadow Police #1) by Paul Cornell (Tor, 2012)
The dark is rising ...Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack's murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law -- until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

As the group starts to see London's sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: This is one of those books I was excited to read when it first came out and still am very much looking forward to read. Only, it hasn't happened yet. It has three things I love in a book: mystery, magic and a London setting. Why haven't I read this yet?!


Three Souls by Janie Chang (William Morrow, 2014)
An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this ... So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.

As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.

When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth—that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.

Suffused with history and literature,
Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: After reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, I came across Three Souls and was immediately drawn to it. The idea of the three souls fascinates me, and I look forward to reading this one.

Have you read either of these? Do you recommend them?

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  1. These all sound so good, especially Three Souls.

  2. Beatriz Williams' books are supposed to be pretty good! And London Falling sounds pretty awesome too!

  3. Oooh! Great books you chosen! I hope you enjoy them!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  4. I have not read either of your backlist books or even heard of them. They sound promising, both of them. As to the upcoming, I'm not so much for the true crime either, but with Conan Doyle - maybe. The Summer Wives sounds really good and I love that cover.

  5. I've read two of Beatriz Williams' books and loved one and felt meh about the other. I need to try more because everyone loves her work.

  6. The Summer Wives seems to have everything going for it.

    Here's mine for today: http://bit.ly/2M1RzBm

    Luv Sass x

  7. Great choices. I have an ARC of Summer Wives and am hoping to read it this summer.

  8. Hope you love all of your choices. I keep meaning to get to London Falling. Have a great week!

  9. I need both of these! I love Beatriz Williams and Conan Doyle for the Defense sounds amazing! And I'd like to read both on your backlog too! I want all the books and I need more reading time!

  10. I've wanted to read London Falling for years, too, but haven't yet. (Too many other books got in the way, I guess.) And the Beatriz Williams novel sounds awesome--wonder how long it'll take me to get around to reading that one. ;D

  11. Love most of these covers. I don't recall hearing about London Falling but it sounds really intriguing. Of course I want to read the Beatriz Williams book. I must have almost all of her books on my TBR list and haven't had a chance to discover her novels. So many great books to look forward to!

  12. THREE SOULS is the one that attracts me :)

  13. Conan Doyle for the defence sounds interesting! I hope you get the chance to read it (:

  14. All of these sound good to me! I really do want to try Beatriz Williams. London Falling and Three Souls both sound like great reads. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  15. I like the sound of London Falling. Hopefully, they will all be enjoyable.

  16. I've heard of Beatriz and seen her books around the blogosphere, but have never read any. Hope you enjoy both of your picks - and thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland. :)


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