Stacking The Shelves #2

“Stacking The Shelves” is a bookish meme hosted over at Tynga’s Reviews. This meme is used to showcase the books that you have recently bought and will be adding to your shelves, physical or in eBook format. This can also include review copies, library books, or borrowed books from friends.

If you do not follow me on Twitter then this post is for you. Over the past week I have been away from home and, stupidly, only brought one book with me due to forgetting to pack my eReader. Thus, I had to embark to the local Waterstones to buy some books. What really should have been one book, turned into three!

The books I purchased are:

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A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

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Loyalty costs money.

Betrayal, on the other hand, is free

When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand – and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But The Red Knight has a plan.

The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time – especially when intends to be victorious on them all?

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The year is 1869. A brutal triple

murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.

This is the first time I have really read a Man Booker Prize novel. Having just finished it Friday night, I should have a review up within the coming weeks, and I am eager to see what other books are in the running this year.

Also, I have only just noticed that The Fell Sword is the second in the series thus, I will not be able to read it until I acquire the first. Oops!

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