Recent Book Mail

I love getting book mail! I think all of us bookworms do. This lovely little pile have arrived with me over the last 2-3 weeks and I’m thrilled with all of them.

The Bone Ships by R J Barker

Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.

I have finally got a copy of this book! It’s been on my list to get since before it was published but I’d not managed to get my hands on it. However with Waterstones offering double points this week I ordered Christmas presents and treated myself to this beauty using the £10 I had from previous points.

Christmas is Murder by Val McDermid

A festive collection of chilling tales.

From an irresponsible baron whose body is discovered beneath a silver birch tree, to an author who is haunted by the spiteful presence of a jealous writing partner, the characters McDermid conjures are enigmatic and dangerous, never above suspicion.

Follow Tony Hill and Carol Jordan as they track a deadly killer who is preparing to strike on Christmas Day, and lose yourself in a festive exclusive – a recently unearthed case for a classic detective duo, set as the lights are going out across Europe.

I’m not normally a huge fan of short stories but I love McDermid’s writing and this book contains a story featuring my favourite characters of hers as well so I decided to pick this one up. The cover is beautiful as well!

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England. The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does.

Written in illegal English-instead of French-the postcard is signed only with the letter “M,” but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he’s determined to find the writer.

The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire’s Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself.

I was absolutely thrilled to be sent an early copy of this delightful book (I’m reading it at the moment) so a huge thank you to Bloomsbury. This is such an engaging story and Joe is a wonderful character, vulnerable and competent all at the same time.

Hard Time by Jodie Taylor

A time slip in Versailles, problems in the Ice Age and illegal time travellers in need of rescue. Must be a job for the Time Police.

Luke, Jane and Matthew are back and ready to cause havoc – inadvertently or otherwise – in their latest adventures.

The second outing for Team Weird in this spin off series from Taylor’s wonderfully off the wall St Mary’s series. I loved the first in this series and I was lucky enough to win a Twitter competition for a finished copy of Hard Time. Thank you to Headline for gifting this to me.

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