Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Waiting to Read Wednesday: All She Was Worth / Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings / Ties that Tether / A Pretty Deceit


The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


All She Was Worth
by Miyuki Miyabe, translated by Alfred Birnbaum
(1992)
Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and the detective quickly finds she was not whom she had claimed to be. Is she a victim, a killer, or both? In a country that tracks its citizens at every turn, how can two women claim the same identity and then disappear without a trace? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I won a copy of All She Was Worth in a blog contest in 2008. I had forgotten about this gem on my TBR shelf. It sounds complex and dark--and utterly intriguing. 

Have you read All She Was Worth? Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 


The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.


Mrs. Claus  and the Santaland Slayings
by Liz Ireland
Release Date: September 29, 2020 by Kensington
It's the first Christmas in Santaland for April Claus--but it may also be her last unless she can uncover a villain with a killer Christmas wish. . . . 

Love is full of surprises--though few compare to realizing that you're marrying the real-life Santa. April Claus dearly loves her new husband, Nick, but adjusting to life in the North Pole is not all sugarplums and candy canes. Especially when a cantankerous elf named Giblet Hollyberry is killed--felled by a black widow spider in his stocking--shortly after publicly arguing with Nick.

Christmastown is hardly a hotbed of crime, aside from mishaps caused by too much eggnog, but April disagrees with Constable Crinkle's verdict of accidental death. As April sets out to find the culprit, it'll mean putting the future of Christmas on the line--and hoping her own name isn't on a lethal naughty list . . . 
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: All the holiday-themed books are hitting the shelves soon, and how could I resist a mystery featuring the real Santa and Mrs. Claus?


Ties that Tether
by Jane Igharo
Release Date: September 29, 2020 by Berkley
When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after emigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping--forcing--her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere's Nigerian heritage.

Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter. 
 [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: When it comes to choosing between love and family, things aren't as simple as we might hope--there are many complications that can come into play. I look forward to taking this journey with Azere, and seeing how she navigates this dilemma. 


A Pretty Deceit
(Verity Kent, #4) by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date: September 29, 2020
In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber’s thrilling mystery series.

Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her once prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is considering selling their estate. But there are strange goings-on at the manor, including missing servants, possible heirloom forgeries, and suspicious rumors—all leading to the discovery of a dead body on the grounds.

While Verity and her husband, Sidney, investigate this new mystery, they are also on the trail of an old adversary—the shadowy and lethal Lord Ardmore. At every turn, the suspected traitor seems to be one step ahead of them. And even when their dear friend Max, the Earl of Ryde, stumbles upon a code hidden among his late father’s effects that may reveal the truth about Ardmore, Verity wonders if they are really the hunters—or the hunted . . . 
 [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I am behind on this series, but when I saw this title pop up as a coming release, I knew I would want to read it. I do love a good historical mystery, and I am a big fan of Verity's.


Do any of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?


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30 comments:

  1. Oooh I love Miyuki Miyabe's fantasies so All She Was Worth sounds very interesting!

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    1. Eustacia - I am glad you recommend the author. Hopefully I will enjoy All She Was Worth when I read it. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. The Azere story sounds so typical for immigrant children. How to choose?
    Anna Lee Huber is a fave of mine. I've managed to get hold of a few of her books and loved them.
    Have a nice week

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    1. Mystica - I really like Anna Lee Huber as well, although I haven't read much of her work yet. The Igharo book sounds really good. I look forward to reading it. I hope you have a nice week too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Please don't read Christmas at the end of Summer! Lol.
    I vote for The Tie That Tethers-- and love that cover.
    I am a big fan of Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby series, have read all but the last one. I haven't read any Verity Kent series yet, though. That could be your runner up read...

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    1. Rita - Haha! I will wait until fall to read a Christmas themed story. :-) I really like the cover of The Tie That Tethers too. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. Ooh, Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings sounds awesome! I've gotta add that to my wish list. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - Doesn't it sound good? I am looking forward to reading that one. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. The book "Mrs Claus and the Santaland Slayings" sounds fun. The cover for sure is *lol* but I also like to read the Jane Igharo book. So many interesting books - my TBR is growing *sigh*. Happy reading and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Vi - I think it's a fun cover too. LOL These posts are so dangerous aren't they? Always adding to our wish lists! Thank you for visiting!

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  6. These all look good though Anna Lee Huber is a favorite. I haven't read very much of the Verity Kent books but what I've read I really liked!

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    1. Katherine - Same here! I would like to read more in the series. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I still haven't read any of Huber's Verity Kent books. And I really need to. I love her Lady Darby series. :)

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    1. Lark - I hope you enjoy her Verity Kent books if you try them!

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  8. All She Was Worth sounds really good, and I love the cover😁

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  9. All She Was Worth sounds good to me. Hope you enjoy all your picks!

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  10. Wow! I need the Christmas one. I'm already starting to plan my holiday reads - both traditional and non-traditional. Great choices this week!

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    1. Barb - I am looking forward to diving in the Christmas reads. Hopefully this will be a good one. Thank you for visiting!

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  11. This really is a fun way to showcase older books. They do tend to get forgotten. I love that you combine the newer ones as well! Just make it so much more enticing!

    I know it's only September, but I do feel that Christmas can come this year. We need those Christmassy vibes.

    Happy weekend!

    https://elzareads.blogspot.com/

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    1. Elza - I have far too many older books on my TBR shelves that have yet to be read, but I confess I am easily distracted by the newer ones.

      Yes, we need anything that can bring us positive vibes right now--and hope.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. All She Was Worth sounds like an intriguing read! I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Melody - I hope it will be! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. I really need to do the books from the backlog thing, I have a whole bookcase of books I haven't read! Maybe I'll remember one of these days to do it!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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    1. Lisa - Too many tempting new books keep me away from those older ones, sadly. They deserve attention too. Thank you for visiting!

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