Unbelievably another frugal week, let’s hope this really is the shape of things to come!
The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto
Murder. Corruption. Dark secrets. A titanic wave of refugees. Can Anna solve a terrifying case that’s become personal? Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her purse is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family, to closely guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all. As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading like wildfire across Europe. How long will it take before everything explodes? Chilling, taut and relevant, The Exiled is an electrifying, unputdownable thriller from one of Finland’s most celebrated crime writers.
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan
For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king.
Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess.
So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone’s principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose.
The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man – and his elephant – can possibly crack this case…
Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wants from his future—other than to escape his family’s life of endless moving and financial woes. But after a drunken weekend turns disastrous, Vikram’s outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India—permanently.
So begins a profound journey of self-discovery as Vikram, struggling with loneliness, culture shock, and the chaos of daily Indian life, finds his creativity awakened by a new romance and an old camera. His artistic gifts bring him closer to a place and family he barely knew. But a devastating family crisis challenges Vikram’s sense of his destiny, hurtling him toward a crossroads where he must make the fateful choice between India, the land of his soul, and America, the land of his heart.
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The Puppet Master of Java by Alexander Crane
It begins with an argument between two backpackers and a taxi driver in Jakarta, Indonesia.
It ends in Bali on the night of one of the most infamous acts of terrorism in the 21st century.
More than a love story, more than an odyssey, THE PUPPET MASTER OF JAVA is an epic: a novel that captures a time and place that changed the world forever.
Travellers and travel agents, prostitutes and hawkers, sultans and shamans, presidents and terrorists. The heat, the dirt, the desperation, the shoving, the smiling, the living, the looking, the laughing, the hurrying. THE PUPPET MASTER OF JAVA is a place you haven’t been before.
Flora’s Secret by Anita Davison
Young governess Flora Maguire is on her way home from America on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis with her young charge Eddy, Viscount Trent, when she discovers a dead body.
Unconvinced when the death is pronounced an accident, Flora starts asking questions, but following threats, a near drowning and a second murder, the hunt is on for a killer. Time is running out as the Minneapolis approaches the English coast.
Will Flora be able to protect Eddy, as well as herself?
Is her burgeoning relationship with the handsome Bunny Harrington only a shipboard dalliance, or something more? And what secrets must Flora keep in order to stay safe?
Told through the voices of its eccentric characters, Dogwood Blues is a story of a small southern town struggling with change. Carrying the odor of scandal, award-winning New York author Kevin Kilmer moves back to Dogwood to write his memoir, and Boone Marshall, blues pianist and farmer, returns from a trip to New Orleans with a wife, nightclub singer Jasmine Boudreaux. When gossipmonger Nell Sauls, a member of the fabulous Honeysuckle Bridge Club, gets wind of the recent events, she starts dropping gossip like bird poop over the historic district. And not far from Dogwood, the Alapaha River, the color of tobacco spit, flows in liquid harmony, carrying the scent of something more ancient than the human soul. Dogwood Blues, a story of heartbreak and forgiveness, moans with the blues.
In a little village in Lombardy, it’s a cold November morning when Ami, steps out of her house to go to school… and never comes back. As soon as her father raises the alarm, a frantic search begins. The investigation is led by Police Commissioner Sensi. His men immediately find a trail to follow, but it soon proves to lead nowhere. Three months later, Police Commissioner Sensi decides to visit Dr Claps, an old friend and a renowned criminologist, who guesses from his first few words the real reason for the visit. It’s not just about Ami; she’s not the only little girl to have disappeared.
Very restrained indeed. And no crossovers with any of mine again.
I’m sure it won’t last but fingers crossed 🙂
your fingers have been very busy with those ‘buy’ buttons…… I’ve heard about the Inspector Chopra series but never picked one up myself. Are they good?
For me, this is restrained and for the second week running. I bought the Inspector Chopra book as I’ve read good reviews of the series and I love books set in India, I’ve not read the first book yet.
And no crossovers with any of mine again. Very restrained indeed.
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