Sunday, June 16, 2024

Stacking the Shelves #30


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality. It's a place to showcase any books I have purchased, borrowed, or been lucky enough to have been given an advance copy of. Hope you find something that looks interesting to you or that makes you remember a favorite book you need to finish. Enjoy your reading this week :) 

This looked like an interesting mystery series. Set in WW II in Sydney, Australia with an intriguing main character, I was drawn to the cover, the synopsis, and the setting. I bought book one on sale for Kindle and hope to start it this year. There are ten books in the series so of course I had to pick another set of books I can't possibly read at once! But I'll start here and see if it's good enough to continue with more. The author has won an impressive array of awards for this series as well as previous ones.

On my current TBR Summer 2024 list, this book is unique and I doubt I'll find another historical fiction story with the main character of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. I know absolutely nothing about him so this looked like a great novel to dive into. I don't think the author has even written anything else. She is German and this is the only book I found, having been translated from her native language. 

Set in Cairo in 1913, another draw for me, along with the mystery element and interesting main character. The plot looks intricate, with historical facts interwoven with Indian and British culture of the time playing as the backdrop. This time and place always fascinates me so I'm hoping it's good. While this is Book 17 in the series (It was the one on sale so I bought it) I don't mind and if I like it I'll go back and read Book One. 

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