Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Wishing to Read Wednesday: Old & New (#7)

Books from the Backlog is a weekly meme, hosted by the wonderful Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books to spotlight and discuss the neglected books sitting on our shelves still waiting to be read.. Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by the marvelous 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.

The Old

Inherit the Dead  (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
Readers will enjoy an introduction by Lee Child, an afterword by Linda Fairstein, and chapters by bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. What’s more, the editor, Jonathan Santlofer, has arranged to donate any royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensation to Safe Horizon, the leading victim assistance agency in the country—making it a worthy and winning triumph.

Pericles “Perry” Christo is a PI with a past—a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.

The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boy­friends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger…and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire.

This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York’s mean streets and along Hamptons’ beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Besides just being curious if all these authors (many whose work I have enjoyed) can come together to create a seamless mystery novel, I do like the sound of this one. 

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, 2014)
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains - this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Most of you have probably read this one already. I have really enjoyed the author's other books, and yet I have not read her most popular book! I really need to make time for this one. 


The New

Vox by Christina Dalcher
Release Date: August 21, 2018 by Berkley
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial--this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I hope she does reclaims her voice for all our sake. I have to find out!

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Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4) by Katie Ruggle
Release Date: August 7, 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit. They've been through too much to open their arms to a stranger―and as mysterious fires begin raging across Monroe, she can't convince them to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible. Wesley March, local fire spotter, knows Kit is right, and he's willing to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get...and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to get revenge―no matter who gets burned in the process. This time, it's personal. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I enjoy a good romantic suspense novel from time to time, and I have heard wonderful things about Katie Ruggle's books. The mention of K9 means there has to be a dog in the book too--and I do love dogs!

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A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1) by Heather Redmond
Release Date: July 31, 2018 by Kensington
On the eve of the Victorian era, London has a new sleuth . . .

In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper's co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss's daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors' home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.

When Charles hears from a colleague of a very similar mysterious death a year ago to the date, also a young woman, he begins to suspect poisoning and feels compelled to investigate. The lovely Kate offers to help--using her social position to gain access to the members of the upper crust, now suspects in a murder. If Charles can find justice for the victims, it will be a far, far better thing than he has ever done. But with a twist or two in this most peculiar case, he and Kate may be in for the worst of times . . .
Why I want to read it: The cover is what keeps drawing me to this book. I am never sure about reading mysteries featuring real life people, even knowing it is pure fiction, but I do not think I will be able to resist this one. It sounds too good.


Have you read any of these? Do any of these appeal to you?


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34 comments:

  1. A Tale of Two Murders definitely looks interesting! Inherit The Dead looks like a good mystery too.

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    1. Greg - I hope they both will be good. It'll be interesting to see how so many author do in making the one novel.

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  2. A Tale of Two Murders and the Rocky Mountain K9 series sound really good! Great picks!

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    1. Jenea - I am excited about both. I look forward to reading them. :-)

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  3. I haven't read Station Eleven but it sounds interesting! And A Tale of Two Murders sounds really good too - I hope you get to read all the books!

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    1. Eustacia - Station Eleven was all the rage when it came out. I have heard only good things about it. I hope I will get to read them all too!

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  4. I really liked Station Eleven! I'm interested in A Tale of Two Murders because of the time period. I agree with you about using a real person as a character can be challenging, but I'd definitely give this one a try.

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    1. Jenclair - I really like the time period A Tale of Two Murders is set in too. I hope it will be good. Hopefully I will get to Station Eleven sooner than later. I can't think of anyone who has read it who didn't like it. :-)

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  5. I've seen Vox around a few times and it sounds like an interesting book! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - Doesn't it? I hope it is as good as it sounds! Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Hadn't heard of A Tale of Two Murders before. Looks like a new series I need to start! Happy reading!

    My Wednesday post: https://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2018/07/cant-wait-wednesday.html

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    1. Catherine - It does sound like it will be good! I hope we both try it and like it. :-)

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  7. I'm loving the sound of VOX!!! Adding to Goodreads!

    Here is my 'Can't Wait Wednesday' feature.

    Have a lovely day.

    Luv Sassy x

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    1. Sassy - It's been a while since I read a book like that. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I haven't read Station Eleven either and don't know if I will. Vox got a lot of buzz at Book Expo.

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    1. Kathy - I have seen it mentioned in a few places too. Hopefully it lives up to its reputation!

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  9. Like Greg, A Tale Of Two Murders is the book that stood out to me in a wonderfully eclectic selection.

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    1. Tracy - I am eager to read A Tale of Two Murders. It makes me want to read more of Dickens' work.

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  10. I have never seen any of these books. I think out of the five, I would read A Tale of Two Murders :)

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. Elle - A Tale of Two Murders does sound good. I enjoy a good mystery. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I want to read Inherit the Dead just to see how twenty different authors are able to write one cohesive mystery!

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    1. Lark - Me too! It seems hard to believe so many could do so convincingly. I have to see for myself!

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  12. Inherit the Dead sounds AMAZING! I am now busting to see how these authors put their chapters together into one story too! Great pick!

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    1. Verushka - Thank you! I have to know how they managed it too!

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  13. Now you have me curious about Inherit the Dead and Station Eleven. I plan to read Through the Fire, too.

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    1. Sophia Rose - I hope you enjoy all of these if you read them!

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  14. Vox is one that I'm looking forward to reading too. And I definitely see what you mean about the appeal of the cover for A Tale of Two Murders. I love that Victorian look and the blurb sounds good too. I'm pretty sure I'll be adding that to my TBR :)

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    1. Suzanne - I have a soft spot for Victorian mysteries, and so am hopeful I will enjoy A Tale of Two Cities. And Vox just sounds irresistible, doesn't it?

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  15. You picked some good ones this week! I have Station Eleven waiting for some attention on my Kindle and I have really enjoyed the earlier books in Ruggle's series. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the chance to read them.

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    1. Carole - Every time I see Ruggle's novels I tell myself I need to read them. They sound so good.

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  16. A Tale of Two Murders looks like one I'd enjoy and I really need to try Ruggle's novels. I've heard raves! Station Eleven is one that has been on my radar for awhile but I have yet to actuall read it.

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    1. Katherine - Hopefully I will be able to read all of these at some point--and you too!

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  17. A Tale of Two Murders definitely catches my eye and I've always wanted to read the K-9 books because...DOGS! Great books this week!

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    1. Barb - It's hard to resist a book with dogs. :-)

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