First book of the year 2017

As with last year, I am joining with Sheila at Book journey and a ton of other bloggers to share my first book of the year. It’s a fun way to start off 2017 and, if I’ve made a good pick I hope it will be a sign of good reads to come.

So to, hopefully, start 2017 well I have picked The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, in part because I have had it on loan from the library for over a month and need to return it but mainly because I loved the first of her books I read earlier this year – Why Did You Lie?.

Here’s what it’s about…

‘Mummy dead.’ The child’s pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar – and doubtless the others – wanted to hear at that moment. ‘Daddy dead.’ It got worse. ‘Adda dead. Bygga dead.’ The child sighed and clutched her grandmother’s leg. ‘All dead.’

A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon?

Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father’s parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht’s former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore? 

What about you? What are your reading plans for the start of the new year? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy!

Emma x

First book of 2016

imageSo I hadn’t intended to disappear for most of December but life really, really, got in the way. First a new job then this whole Christmas and present giving thing…and now here it is January 1st 2016! All a bit of a shock really. However, it’s also a good opportunity to kick off my New Years Resolution of getting back to blogging.

Today seemed a really good day because, like last year, I’m joining in with Sheila over at Book Journey on her first book of the year post. The idea is to post a photo of yourself with the book you are reading as the new year rolls around.  Here’s mine…likely the only time I post a picture of myself on the blog all year.

fullsizerenderI’m starting 2016 with Cripple Creek by James Saliis, pretty much my favourite author of the last year. I love his stark writing style and the old fashioned noir of his stories. They are sharp and addictive. This is the follow up to Cypress Grove, featuring former PI Turner.

Here is what it’s about: “As Cripple Creek unfolds, a year has passed since Turner reluctantly helped to solve a baffling murder in the small town he now calls home, somewhere between Memphis and forever. He is still deputy sheriff, his relationship with Val Bjron has deepened, and his past as both big-city cop and ex-con is receding. Until a young man is arrested, Sheriff Don Lee assaulted, and Turner is compelled to go after the assailants. Returning to Memphis, the city that formed him, Turner confronts his ghosts and sets in motion a tempest that threatens to destroy his new-found sanctuary. (From Goodreads)”.

I’m excited to read it – and to find out what everyone else is reading.

Happy 2016!