Book Haul: February 08



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| Drake by Peter McLean |

Thanks to Tammy from Books, Bones and Buffy, I now have Peter McLean’s novel Drake to hand! This book has a fantastic premise and, had I not been fortunate to win it in a giveaway, I imagine it would have ended up on my bookshelf sooner or later! With a cast of hitmen, angels and demons, this is one book I cannot wait to start.


| Synopsis |

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice The Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.

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| Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard |

Following on from her beautiful novel The House of Shattered Wings, it was about time I hunted out some of de Bodard’s other writing. When I saw Servant of the Underworld, the first in her Obsidian and Blood series, I couldn’t resist! With its premise of murder, magic, Aztec priests and the underworld, this novel couldn’t seem more different to The House of Shattered Wings – but one I fully expect to enjoy!


| Synopsis |

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, High Priest of the Dead must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead.

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| The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements |

It was the small endorsement from Karen Maitland on the spine of this book which made me pick it up off the sale pile – a piece of historical fiction full of obsession and superstition? That sounds just like my cup of tea. After doing a little bit of research I’m now convinced I made the right decision… now all I need to do is read it!


| Synopsis |

England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down.

What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and troubled Joseph. But when she reaches the city, it’s in the Poole household that she finds refuge.

Lizzie Poole, beautiful and charismatic, enthrals the vulnerable Ruth, who binds herself inextricably to Lizzie’s world. But in these troubled times, Ruth is haunted by fears of her past catching up with her. And as Lizzie’s radical ideas escalate, Ruth finds herself carried to the heart of the country’s conflict, to the trial of a king.

Based on the real figure of the extraordinary Elizabeth Poole, The Crimson Ribbon conjures a mesmerising story of two women’s obsession, superstition and hope.

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Book Haul: February 06



| Book Haul: February 06 |

Welcome to my first book haul post! To avoid the inevitable crazy long list at the start of every month I’ve decided to create a separate post which will give a little more information on some of the amazing books which have made their way onto my bookshelves. Obviously this plan is a little flawed as I still have all of January’s finds to post… but instead of including an overwhelming number of books, I’m breaking them up and they’ll be cropping up in chunks over the coming month!


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| The Strings of Murder & A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel |

I won this lovely set of books in a Goodreads giveaway and they couldn’t have come at a better time! A week or so ago I had bought and read The Strings of Murder on Kindle and, after absolutely loving the first novel (review to come!) and in anticipation of the release of A Fever of the Blood, had planned to go to the book launch on 27th February at Waterstones in Manchester. Luckily for me, I happened to notice this giveaway on Goodreads and now I have a full set to get signed! And after my fantastic introduction to Frey and McGray, two highly entertaining and eccentric characters, I am in no doubt that I will thoroughly enjoy A Fever of the Blood.


The Strings of Murder


| Synopsis: The Strings of Murder |

A spellbinding concoction of crime, history and horror – perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Jonathan Creek.

Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. Black magic symbols cover the walls. The dead man’s maid swears she heard three musicians playing before the murder.

But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the puzzle makes no sense…

Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult. However, Frey’s new boss – Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray – actually believes in such nonsense.

McGray’s tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit that this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next…

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Fever of the Blood


| Synopsis: A Fever of the Blood |

New Year’s Day, 1889. In Edinburgh’s lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient – a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won’t she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition? McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill – home of the Lancashire witches – where unimaginable danger awaits…

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