Finally getting around to posting the December 2021 Goldsboro picks. I recently received January 2022 so maybe I’ll get around to posting them in June! 😀
I kid, I think! I actually like taking a few months of photos together for aesthetic purposes and because I’m lazy.
Death on the Trans Siberian Express sounds excellent and is giving me Nordic Noir vibes so I’m definitely interested. Is it odd that it makes me want to reread Murder on the Orient Express though? Is ‘express’ really that powerful an Agatha Christie trigger? 😀
December Prem1er – Death on the Trans-Siberian Express by C. J. Farrington
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Welcome to Roslazny – a sleepy Russian town where intrigue and murder combine to disturb the icy silence…
Olga Pushkin, Railway Engineer (Third Class) and would-be bestselling author, spends her days in a little rail-side hut with only Dmitri the hedgehog for company. While tourists and travellers clatter by on the Trans-Siberian Express, Olga dreams of studying literature at Tomsk State University – the Oxford of West Siberia – and escaping the sleepy, snow-clad village of Roslazny.
But Roslazny doesn’t stay sleepy for long. Poison-pen letters, a small-town crime wave, and persistent rumours of a Baba Yaga – a murderous witch hiding in the frozen depths of the Russian taiga – combine to disturb the icy silence. And one day Olga arrives at her hut only to be knocked unconscious by a man falling from the Trans-Siberian, an American tourist with his throat cut from ear to ear and his mouth stuffed with 10-ruble coins. Another death soon follows, and Sergeant Vassily Marushkin, the brooding, enigmatic policeman who takes on the case, finds himself falsely imprisoned by his Machiavellian superior, Chief-Inspector Babikov.
Olga resolves to help Vassily by proving his innocence. But with no leads to follow and time running out, has Olga bitten off more than she can chew?Death on the Trans-Siberian Express by C. J. Farrington
Absynthe sounds right up my street. I mean 1920’s Chicago with a sci-fi twist? Did you ever sometimes read a blurb and think that the author wrote the book specifically for you? 😀
I think I’ll try to read this in April.
December GSFF – Absynthe by Brendan P Bellecourt
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Liam Mulcahey, a reclusive, shell-shocked veteran, remembers little of the Great War. Ten years later, when he is caught in a brutal attack on a Chicago speakeasy, Liam is saved by Grace, an alluring heiress who’s able to cast illusions. Though the attack appears to have been committed by the hated Uprising, Grace believes it was orchestrated by Leland De Pere–Liam’s former commander and the current President of the United States.
Meeting Grace unearths long-buried memories. Liam’s former squad, the Devil’s Henchmen, was given a serum to allow telepathic communication, transforming them into a unified killing machine. With Grace’s help, Liam begins to regain his abilities, but when De Pere learns of it, he orders his militia to eliminate Liam at any cost.
But Liam’s abilities are expanding quickly. When Liam turns the tables and digs deeper into De Pere’s plans, he discovers a terrible secret. The same experiment that granted Liam’s abilities was bent toward darker purposes. Liam must navigate both his enemies and supposed allies to stop the President’s nefarious plans before they’re unleashed on the world. And Grace is hiding secrets of her own, secrets that could prove every bit as dangerous as the President’s.Absynthe by Brendan P Bellecourt
These pictures don’t do the artwork on this book justice. So pretty!