Are you ready for another Down the TBR?
This was created by Lost in a story. Go check her blog out if you don’t know Lia already! So how does this meme work? It’s pretty easy!
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Last time on my shelf – 1356
Currently on my shelf – 1370 (There are way too many new releases that I’m excited about. I shouldn’t keep adding books!)
#1 – The Escape – John Puller #3 – David Baldacci
It’s a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it’s impossible.
John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nation-wide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself.
Decision – KEEP! I love the John Puller books so much so it stays on my TBR!
#2 – Cold Granite – Logan McRae #1 – Stuart MacBride
DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets. Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather!
It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.
Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them!
Decision – KEEP! I love this author so much!
#3 – Dying Light – Logan McRae #2 – Stuart MacBride
It’s summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, & people are dying. It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked & beaten to death down by the docks. Despite DS Logan MacRae’s best efforts, it’s not long before another body turns up on the slab.
Decision – GO! It’s the second book.
#4 – Broken Skin – Logan McRae #3 – Stuart MacBride
Nearly bouncing back from a transfer, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is still looking at nothing but dead ends. His only chance of escaping his current post is to get noticed. Not that any of the cases he’s working on are the type that you want to get noticed for.
For starters, someone dumped a dying man outside the hospital. McRae’s boss D.I. Roberta Steel and her team can’t get an ID on the man, the person who dropped him off, or the car. McRae’s second case is hardly any better. It involves a knife-wielding eight-year-old who is not only still at large but getting all kinds of sympathy in the newspapers. That kind of press does little for the department’s accusations against Robert Macintyre, Aberdeen’s star soccer player and another media darling. WPC Jackie Watson, McRae’s girlfriend, is convinced Robert is a serial rapist, but they can’t even hold him let alone charge him when the whole city thinks he’s being framed. Catching these perps is thankless work, and even if he does, it seems like McRae’s chances of getting off Steel’s team are as bad as Aberdeen’s without their leading goal scorer.
With his third masterful installment in a series that combines fast-paced suspense with a dark, distinctly Scottish sense of humor, Stuart MacBride has firmly established himself as a major crime-writing talent.
Decision – GO! Same reason as above. Can we talk about these gorgeous covers, please?
#5 – Dark Blood – Logan McRae #6 – Stuart MacBride
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t happy to be part of the team helping convicted rapist Martin Knox settle into his new home. He’s even less thrilled to be stuck with DSI Danby from Northumbria Police – the man who put Knox behind bars – who is here to ‘keep an eye on things’. Only things are about to go very, very wrong.
Decision – GO! See above and I’ve already read it in German.
#6 – Shatter the Bones – Logan McRae #7 – Stuart MacBride
You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.
Alison and Jenny McGregor—Aberdeen’s own mother-daughter singing sensation—are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain’s Next Big Star. They’re in all the gossip magazines, they’ve got millions of YouTube hits, and everyone loves them. But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-life nightmare. The ransom demand appears in all the papers, on the TV, and the internet, telling the nation to dig deep if they want to keep Alison and Jenny alive. The media want action; the public displays of grief and anger are reaching fever-pitch. Time is running out, but DS Logan McRae and his colleagues have nothing to go on: the kidnappers haven’t left a single piece of forensic evidence. The investigation is going nowhere. It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher.
Decision – GO!
#7 – Birthdays for the Dead – Ash Henderson #1 – Stuart MacBride
Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…
Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: home-made, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.
The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his home-made cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.
But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…
Decision – KEEP!
#8 – Close to the Bone – Logan McRae #8 – Stuart MacBride
The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?
Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.
When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…
Decision – GO!
#9 – Halfhead – Stuart MacBride
Glasgow, not too far in the future. A new punishment has been devised for the perpetrators of serious crimes. The process is known as halfheading: the offender’s lower jaw is removed & they are lobotomized. They are then put to work as cleaners in municipal areas like hospitals, where they serve as a warning to all that crime doesn’t pay.
Decision – KEEP! OMG, this is so intriguing!
#10 – Sawbones – Stuart MacBride
A serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping girls off the street and torturing them to death. But this time he’s chosen the wrong victim – a mobster’s daughter – and her father will do anything to get her back.
Decision – KEEP!
Total number of books kept – 5
Total number of books that had to go – 5
The total number of books on my to-read shelf – 1365
Half half. That’s not so bad, is it? How about you?
The covers and the summaries all come from their respective Goodreads page!