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Today’s topic asks book fans to reveal their ‘to be read list’ for winter 2018. I’m going to need to split this into two sections; Christmas stories and my general wish list.
In the run up to Christmas day, I’ll be getting stuck into a few festive stories, especially murder mysteries:
The Greatest Gift, Philip Van Doren Stern
Yes, I admit it! This festive classic doesn’t fit my murder mystery theme but with the holidays around the corner I think it’s time to pick it up again. The Greatest Gift is the basis of the film, It’s A Wonderful Life and is so short you could probably read it while waiting for the Christmas sprouts to boil.
The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, P.D. James
I have high hopes of these four wintry stories from the much-missed crime writer P.D. James. Two feature Adam Dalgliesh, her famous, crime-solving detective.
Murder in the Snow, Gladys Mitchell
In this snow-centric novel, a psychiatrist decides to spend Christmas with her nephew in the picturesque English Cotswolds. The discovery of a body shatters her hopes for a peaceful holiday…
Murder at the Old Vicarage, Jill McGown
In this homage to Agatha Christie, a grisly murder disrupts a small English village while the inhabitants prepare for Christmas.
An English Murder, Cyril Hare
I’m cheating by including this book on my list, as I finished it yesterday. A gentle parody of ‘golden age’ detective stories, it’s set on Christmas Eve with a cast of characters that includes a faithful butler and fainting socialite.
The following books don’t have a festive theme, but (time permitting!) I plan to read them over the next few weeks:
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
I’ve wanted to read this novel for some time and recently bought a copy. It’s the story of a black teenage girl in the United States who has her world turned upside down when she witnesses a police shooting.
The Girl With All The Gifts, MR Carey
I enjoyed this book a couple of years ago and want to pick it up again. I remember being blown away by the post-apocalyptic story line.
The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild
This satire of the art world seems to be a ‘marmite’ book, as readers I’ve spoken to either love it or hate it. I have my fingers crossed for a good read; it won the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Excitingly, this novel has become available at my local library. Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, makes a desperate attempt to escape to the north, using the underground railroad.
Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler
I adored We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and want to try another story from the same author. Sarah Canary follows the title character’s adventures in nineteenth century America.