My Advent Crime Fiction Mystery Box.

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My Advent Crime Fiction Mystery Box.

1Zozette
Nov 29, 2023, 4:37 pm

I recently bought this crime fiction box, 24 individually wrapped books to open one a day between Dec 1 and Dec 24 though I have been thinking of keeping the last two until Christmas Day.

I am hoping people here will give me their opinions on these books, and their authors, when I post each daily book.



2tardis
Nov 29, 2023, 6:23 pm

What a great idea!

3gmathis
Nov 30, 2023, 8:23 am

How fun! I'll be watching!

4Zozette
Editado: Dez 1, 2023, 5:53 pm

It is December 1 in Australia so I opened up my box and unwrapped the first book.



Say Goodbye by Karen Rose. Gets a 4.05 rating on LibraryThing. Unfortunately one of its major tags is Romanic Suspense which isn’t for me. It is also a third book in the series though it can be read as a standalone. I will exchange it at a street library/little free library for a book I will enjoy more.

5Zozette
Dez 1, 2023, 5:52 pm

Book for Dec 2



The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh.

4.38 rating on LibraryThing. 6th book in series but can be read as a standalone. About a con artist who becomes a lawyer and who is trying to prove a man on death row is innocent, I will put this one into my To Read pile.

6AnnieMod
Dez 1, 2023, 5:56 pm

I wonder if most of the books won't turn out to be later books in series (I know a lot of them can be read as standalones but I hate doing that, especially if I end up liking it and picking up the whole series later...).

PS: an advent calendar box sounds really fun!

7Zozette
Editado: Dez 1, 2023, 6:38 pm

>6 AnnieMod:

I knew it might be a possibility if I bought the crime fiction box but I thought it might be even a bigger problem if I had bought the sci-fi/fantasy box as fewer of those books could be read as a standalone.
Maybe I should have chosen a box that was just mixed fiction.

8AnnieMod
Dez 1, 2023, 6:36 pm

>7 Zozette: On the other hand, this will be a perfect way to discover new series (if you like to read series) so... that may be a blessing in disguise :)

9Zozette
Editado: Dez 4, 2023, 8:50 pm

I usually like to start series at the very beginning, however there have been a few series I started when I found a later book in the series secondhand. One example was the Inspector Konrad Sejer series by Karin Fossum. I picked up and read the fifth book first and then read the others in order.

10Zozette
Dez 3, 2023, 7:37 pm

The third and fourth book.



The touchstone for this one is wrong even when I click on Hostage by Clare Mackintosh so I will post a photo of the blurb.



It is a standalone novel.



Cold Justice by Ant Middleton. 1st book of newish series, only two books so far.

These two books are going onto my possible will read pile.

11karenb
Dez 4, 2023, 9:12 am

I must say that I appreciate having a book to look at, even if it's from the middle of a series. It's easier to read a random bit from the middle instead of the usual ebook sample from the start of the book. Helps me decide if I want to investigate the author/series any further.

Adding a book a day to Mt. TBR is rather speedy. OTOH, yay more books!

12Cecilturtle
Dez 4, 2023, 3:24 pm

How fun is this! I've been wanting to subscribe to a box but I'm afraid it'll add to much to my TBR pile which is already exorbitant...

13Zozette
Editado: Dez 4, 2023, 8:49 pm

Fifth book. I have read a couple of the earlier books in the Rebus series and I watch quite an few episodes of the TV series so I definitely will read this book. 3.9 stars here on LibraryThing.



Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin.

14Jim53
Dez 4, 2023, 8:51 pm

>13 Zozette: I have read a couple of Rankin's Rebus books and enjoyed them. This is a good reminder for me to see if I can pick up where I left off.

15Zozette
Dez 6, 2023, 5:06 pm

Book number 7.

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay. A debut novel. 3.56 rating on LibraryThing. I am not sure if I would like this.

16kjuliff
Dez 6, 2023, 6:18 pm

I have a general question for the group. I used to be a great Ruth Rendell fan but have never found anyone as good. Can any Rendell fans out. There kelp me out?

17Zozette
Dez 11, 2023, 2:22 am

I haven’t read any Ruth Rendell for several years. I need to get back to her one day.

The next four books I unwrapped.



The Ninth Grave by Stefan Ahnhem. I usually like Nordic mysteries so I will be reading this one. It is a prequel to the first book in the series.
The Dark by Emma Haughton. Closed circle mystery set in Antarctica, a must for me.
Rogue Asset by Andy McDermott. A no for me.
Wild Card by Michael Brandman. I will also read this one.