#5books: book recs that don’t have the Xmas spirit

#5Books: book recs for the week ending 271116

There are plenty of lovely lovely bloggers out there that are firmly in the Christmas spirit. I am not there yet.

First, lies. Lots and lots of lies in this first mystery.

Second, a YA mystery set in Kenya, about a girl and her search for justice.

Third, I have a confession to make: I have a soft spot for the elderly curmudgeon story. Like big time. I will completely pretend not to while sobbing my eyes out.

Fourth, is a new author to me anyway, after interviewing Paul Crilley this week: yes she’s South African too. And she writes sci fi.

And, last is a title by Thomas Keneally. Currently, there is a royal commission into child abuse scandals in Australia, and it’s something we — and to be honest, you’ve probably heard of them happening wherever you are — have been dealing with here for some time.


Wherein a husband finds out that his wife lies. And lies. And lies herself into a probable murder… except, who is sending the husband messages after said murder? I am not fond of the genres just popping up here and there, especially in my favourite genre, crime, because of the Girl books, in this case domestic noir. But I can’t deny something delicious about a husband and wife and secrets, right?

City of Saints and Thieves

It’s quite a lyrical title, isn’t it? The story is something else altogether: Tina and her mother come to Kenya, to Sangui City searching for a better life. Her mother begins work for a prominent family, but one day, she is found shot to death… and Tina knows who did it. So, begins her desire for revenge. She leaves the family, becoming part of the gangs that survive in the city, learning to be a thief, and that’s what brings her back to the family that killed her mother. But here where it gets interesting, because as much as she wants her mother`s killer brought to justice, she had friendships in that house. She had good memories of the family. And that’s how a story about revenge becomes a little more complicated.

Calling Major Tom

And, I’ve got a thing for titles like this. this is the story of Thomas, a man set in his ways, and the family who’s going to change everything for him. That’s about it really. Warm and fuzzy, and I love the cover … and sometimes, a girl just needs the warm fuzzies, right?

Slipping: Stories, Essays and other writing

Ahhh, searching out South African urban fantasy writers brought me to Zoo City and Lauren Beukes, and now this collection of stories which go from Johannesburg to outer space, and involve a ghost messing with an architect`s life and a fighter pilot rescues Tokyo from a marauding art installation… yes, and art installation. How does an art installation go marauding? I don’t know, but I would like to find out.

Crimes of the Father

Father Frank Docherty, former priest and now a monk and psychologist,  has returned from Canada to speak on child abuse in the church. He finds himself listening to the confessions of a man (through his suicide note) and an ex-nun about the abuse they suffered at the hands of a cardinal…. currently sitting on a panel investigating child abuse. And Father Docherty finds himself in the position of trying to expose this cardinal to the church and the authorities. The Church and its child abuse scandals never cease to make me angry at the blinkers religion(s) tend to create in their followers. I want to read this and I have no doubt it’s going to make me furious, and will break my heart.

I can’t quite get Crimes of the Father out of my mind. I would have to say it’s the top of my list this week. What about you?


  • Silvia says:

    I gotta be honest, I’m really excited for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I’m not up for a good mystery or sci-fi read. In fact, I’m always up for them 😉 So thanks for the suggestions, they do sound interesting and I hope you have a fantastic time with them all!

    • Verushka says:

      Every year around this time I go into a state of denial around the fact that it’s Xmas and a new year is around the corner. Have to say, part of me is glad to see the back of 2016 though. But yes, can’t go wrong with a mystery 🙂

  • AngelErin says:

    Oh thank goodness it’s not only me who isn’t in the christmas spirit yet. Lol. It takes me ages to get there. 😛 Thanks for more excellent book recs. Lies, City of Saints & Thieves, and Calling Major Tom all sound great!

  • I haven’t read any of these, but recently found myself in possession of a galley of City of Saints and Thieves, and I am super excited to read it! it sounds like such a fast paced novel of revenge and I really look forward to sitting down with it. I love this post, and will be checking out the other books on this list, as well!

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