Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #153

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

by Nicci French

Bonnie Graham is standing in a room belonging to a friend. At her feet is a corpse, straddled in a spreading pool of blood. The questions are numerous: who is responsible for the dead body on the floor? What does she, Bonnie, have to do with it? And what is her next course of action? This opening premise gives some idea of just how quickly (and comprehensively) Nicci French is able to transfix the reader. It is this combination of a shocking situation and the ill-advised, often self-destructive actions of the duo's protagonists which the authors pull off in book after book; we may disapprove of what French’s characters do in their extreme situations, but it's impossible not to identify with them. Bonnie is a music teacher, rehearsing through a sweltering summer in London with a band that is scheduled to play at a wedding. Any pleasure the experience might have afforded is to evaporate as bitter internecine divisions within the band make themselves felt, and sexual involvements move in particularly murderous directions. This is typical Nicci French fare -- and admirers will meet need no other recommendation.
I have recently been on a bit of a crime novel kick. One of the things I've challenged myself to this year (for myself and for my job as a bookseller) is to get better acquainted with a genre that I have previously been a bit useless with. And that genre would be crime.
I'm doing pretty well on this so far, having read Belinda Bauer's Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Award-winning novel, Rubbernecker, Tess Gerritsen's The Surgeon and now Mark Billingham's Scaredy Cat (all of which are very good). However, I still feel like I have a little while to go. The good thing about this is that I am discovering brand new authors all the time, which is amazing!
Nicci French is definitely on the list of authors I need to read. I've heard many great things about her books in the past, so I'm excited to add this one to the crime to-read pile and get going with it (once I get through the stockpiled Tess Gerritsen and Belinda Bauer novels!).

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 


Jasmine Dawson said...

This book sounds really interesting. I go through phases where I'm really into one genre. I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm into mysteries.

MAX Lerson said...

Awesome book!!!!

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