July Book Haul

Cornelia Funke – Gespensterjäger auf eisiger Spur

Ein schleimiges Gespenst sitzt im Keller! Tom will nur noch eines: flüchten. Doch da bietet ihm die erfahrene Gespensterjägerin Hedwig Kümmelsaft ihre Hilfe an. Als die beiden das Gespenst näher kennenlernen, findet Tom es gar nicht mehr so furchterregend. Gemeinsam bilden die drei ein unschlagbares Gespensterjäger-Team und übernehmen bald ihren ersten Auftrag: sie verfolgen eine eisige Spur. (Klappentext)

Watch out for ghost goo. Tom’s stuck at home with his horrible sister, Lola. But there’s something stickier hiding out in his cellar – a slime-dripping ghost called Hugo. But harmless Hugo is in the goo too, because he’s being haunted – by a much bigger, badder, Incredibly Revolting Ghost. Lucky for Tom that his Granny’s best friend just happens to be a world-famous ghost hunter… (Amazon)

After I read the Inkheart trilogy, I researched Cornelia Funke a little more and was quite astonished of how many books she has written. I had to confess I knew only a few. So I wanted to read more of her and I stumbled across this ghost hunter books. It should be a short and fun read.

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Agatha Christie – Miss Marples Final Cases

Miss Marple always makes a point of ‘taking and interest’ in other people’s affairs, though nothing engages her curiosity quite as much as sudden death, scandal, blackmail or murder.

A wounded man in a church, buried treasure, a fatal riding accident, a corpse and tape-measure, a girl framed for theft, a suspect with a dagger … all cases to be relished by the astonishing Miss Jane Marple.

This collection includes as a bonus the Miss Marple story Greenshaw’s Folly and two additional mysteries: The Dressmaker’s Doll and In a Glass Darkly.

My goal is to read all Poirot and Marple novels at one point in my life. I am only 4 books away of finishing the Marple mysteries and this is one of those books still missing. This time it’s a collection of short stories focusing on Miss Marple. We’ll see how they are. But I don’t think you can do anything wrong with a Marple mystery.

Karin Bernath? – Tod im Anflug: Ein Gänsekrimi

Als der Reiher Neptunus im Morgengrauen mit weit aufgerissenem Schnabel und einem großen Loch in der Brust gefunden wird, ist es mit der Idylle auf dem Campingplatz vorbei. Nur wenig später erwischt es Camper Alex. Natürlich tappen die Kommissare Reiners und Hump im Dunkeln, und es gibt nur einen, der die Sache in die Hand nehmen kann: Gänserich Tom. Tom ist CSI-Fan und sein großes Vorbild heißt Thomas Magnum. Gemeinsam mit seinem Assistenten Rio, dem Kormoran, muss Tom einen verzwickten Fall aufklären, und beide riskieren ihr Leben, um den flügellosen Kommissaren zu helfen.

A German crime story that I came across some time ago. Here the main protagonist is the goose Tom, who enjoys CSI and whose role model is Thomas Magnum. He lives on a campsite where the heron Neptun is killed. Tom feels obliged to figure out what happened and since one of the campers dies the same way the bird has, Tom has to help the rather helpless and wingless humans.

It sound like a nice and easy, breezy read. Something for a warm summer day.

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Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue

Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monea’s past has become shrouded mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realize the truth. Her kingdom has been under a thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever the past holds.

The two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold the key to her heart…

The last installment of the Graceling Realm trilogy returns to the same world that was introduced in Graceling. Here Bitterblue, the little girl Katsa and Po saved, has been ruling her country for many years without knowing what is going on. The night she leaves the castle in disguise she realizes how much her dead tyaran of a father still holds the country and its people prisoner.

I am looking forward to the conclusion, hope that I meet old friends again and get a satisfactory explanation how Fire fit into all this.

Nancy Atherton – Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea

The magnificent Dunrillin Castle seems like a good place to hide…

When Lori Shepherd’s husband receives a series of death threats aimed at her and their twin boys, she retreats to a remote island off the Scottish coast and to a fabulous castle restored by an eccentric adventurer. There she is drawn into a mystery that may involve an illegal smuggling operation or worse. Why has a human skull washed up on the beach? Is a desolate island really the best place to hide from a murderer? And will Aunt Dimity’s supernatural kibbitzing help Lori solve the case before it’s to late?

After spending many hours with Agatha Christie and trying to find other Christie like crime novels (and I did find quite a few nice more or less bloodless murder mysteries), I stumble across this author. I know its not the first book in the series (and as far as I know there are at least 15 books), but I got it cheap. I am looking forward to read it.

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Anthony Horowitz – House of Silk

The Game’s afoot…

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221B Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’…

This lovely book was a present from my dear friend Jürgen, who enjoys a nice little murder mystery as much as I do. He studied British Studies and of corse had the get the new Sherlock Holmes. It is not written by A.C. Doyle but is supposedly as good.

Horowitz spend a lot of time studying the Holmes stories to get the right feel and writing style. I am exited and a little skeptical. Although I have read many Holmes stories I did not enjoy them as much as a Christie. But maybe I will after this novel.

Lauren Oliver – Delirium

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and sage forever. And I’ve alwaysbeleived them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

This one I bought myself as a treat. It was a good price and it sounded a little mushy and I was in a mushy mode that day. I’m curious to read it.

Maria V. Snyder – Fire Study

THE APPRENTICESHIP IS OVER

NOW THE REAL TEST HAS BEGUN

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder – able to capture and release souls – spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by the murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.

Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, an the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. He journey is fraught with allies and enemies. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself – and save the land she holds dear.

The last installment on the Poison Trilogy by Maria Snyder was another present in July. However, I have not read the second book Magic Study yet. So this one has to wait. Though it is hard for me not to buy the Magic Study right away. But there is a whole lot of books on my TBR list.

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Moira Young – Rebel Heart

There is a price on Saba’s head.

They call her the angle of death. She defeated a tyrant, but victory has come at a cost. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, she needs Jack. His moonlit eyes, his reckless courage, his wild heart. But Jack has left and a ruthless new enemy searches for Saba across the Dustlands…

This was the last book I received this month. A sort of payment for helping out and I appreciate it a lot. I was so happy when I unpacked this book.

I read the first novel in this trilogy (Blood Red Road) and I have never been so annoyed with a character in my life and at the same time I couldn’t put the book down. That was quite fascinating to be honest because usually I usually just stop reading if the main character is driving me nuts.

I wonder how Moira Young continues the story and the character development and if she finally answers some of my questions.

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