It has been a rough couple of months for me which I have talked about time and time again but in October I am hitting reset getting back to blogging and getting back to reading. Luckily I don’t have many ARCs on my plate this month and i can do a bit of mood reading. I have hopes of getting some witchy reads in.
My Netgalley Percentage Current stands at:
Death on the Pier
Release Date: 10/10/2022
About the book:
A murder mystery playwright turns real-life detective when, during one of his plays, an actress is shot and killed, while an unsuspecting audience watches on.
This theatrical murder mystery debut from Jamie West introduces Bertie Carroll, one of the most successful playwrights of the 1930s, and his old school friend Chief Detective Inspector Hugh Chapman. Together they team up to see if they can solve the mystery.
During the performance, the audience watches former Hollywood star, Celia Hamilton, as she is shot onstage, unaware that a real murder is taking place. It’s only when the curtain falls that the cast realise that something has gone horribly wrong.
Did someone swap the bullets in the prop gun for real ones, without anyone noticing? The actress who fired the gun doesn’t seem to have any reason for wanting her dead, but is she hiding something?
Together, Bertie and Hugh must unravel the clues as they interview their suspects. As they do, their own friendship is rekindled. But is there something from their own past that needs to be uncovered? Why did Hugh want to meet up after all these years apart?
The story is set in and around The Palace Pier Theatre in Brighton, which no longer exists. This “lost” theatre has been lovingly recreated in the pages of this book.
Princess of Souls
Release Date: 11/10/22
About the book:
For sixteen years, Selestra has been trapped in her tower on the Floating Mountain, preparing to take her mother’s place as the King’s Witch, who foretells deaths in the Festival of Predictions. Outrunning your fate earns a wish and the chance to steal the King’s immortality. But die and your soul is forfeit. And though thousands have tried, nobody has ever beaten death.
A soldier in the King’s army, Nox is an unlikely candidate for the Festival, but, driven by revenge, he is determined to steal the King’s immortality and kill the entirety of his court, starting with Selestra.
Yet when Selestra touches Nox in her very first prediction, their fates become entwined, and death seeks to take both their souls. Only by working together can they survive long enough to escape the dark fate and the immortal King that now hunts them.
The Frost Fair
The Marvellous Sweetmakers #1
Release Date: 1/11/22
Blog Tour Date: 18/10/22
About the book:
It’s winter, 1683, and the Great Frost has swept into London.
By day, thirteen-year-old Thomasina and her friend Anne peddle sweets on the frozen river, hearing rumors of the magical Frost Fair that awakens there at night. They say if you can find it, Father Winter himself will grant any wish you have.
And Thomasina has an impossible wish: the return of her twin brother, whose death left her family fractured.
But once they discover Father Winter’s icy kingdom, Thomasina and Anne quickly realize the Frost Fair isn’t exactly what it seems… and that some wishes never come for free.