Game, Sets and Matches

How is it that I’m too busy to wash my filthy windows or finish the report that has to be done by Friday but managed to find the time to ponder Maxine from Petrona’s latest challenge to arrange one’s books in ‘sets’? All these books are either sitting in the TBR book case or waiting in the TBR playlist on my iPod. I only used each title once and only used the fiction titles (almost all of which are crime fiction). Frankly all I’ve proven is that I’m easily distracted and acquire too many books (the 85 listed below equal only slightly more than half of my total unread books, many of which appear in this photo). But I had fun.

HOW YA FEELIN’?

  • Evil Intent, Kate Charles
  • Above Suspicion, Lynda La Plante
  • The Torment of Others, Val McDermid
  • Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
  • Terror on Tuesday, Ann Purser
  • Hurting Distance, Sophie Hannah
  • The Righteous Men, Sam Bourne
  • Shame, Karin Alvtegen
  • One Good Turn, Kate Atkinson
  • The Betrayal, Gillian Slovo
  • Flawed, Jo Bannister

FAMILY TIES

  • The Grass Widow, Teri Holbrook
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards
  • The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff
  • First family, David Baldacci

GET A JOB

  • The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Cleaner, Brett Battles
  • Shaman Pass, Stan Jones
  • The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjowall & Per Whaloo
  • The Bishop Goes to University, Andrew M Greeley

HEAVEN OR HELL

  • A Prayer for the Damned : A Mystery of Ancient Ireland, Peter Tremayne
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle, Karin Fossum
  • The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud, Julia Navarro
  • Dark Angel, Karen Harper
  • Hell Hole, Chris Grabenstein
  • Sanctum, Denise Mina

LET’S EAT

  • One Bad Apple, Sheila Connelly
  • Crime Brulee, Nancy Fairbanks
  • Eggs Benedict, Laura Childs
  • Candy Apple Dead, Sammi Carter

AND THE THIGH BONE’S CONNECTED TO….

  • Little Face, Sophie Hannah
  • A Nail Through the Heart, Timothy Hallinan
  • Boneyard, Michelle Gagnon
  • Bleeding Hearts, Lindy Cameron
  • The Mind’s Eye, Hakan Nesser
  • The Body on the Beach, Simon Brett
  • The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

IT’S ALL OVER WHEN IT’S OVER

  • Kiss of Death, P D Martin
  • The Dead House, Maria Simms
  • And Hope to Die, J. M. Calder
  • Deadset, Emma Tom
  • The Bloomsday Dead, Adrian McKinty
  • Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon
  • No Cure for Death, Hazel Holt
  • Scent to Her Grave, India Ink

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TODAY?

  • A Death in Tuscany, Michele Giuttari
  • Mrs Di Silva’s Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta, Glen Peters
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
  • The Quiet American, Graham Greene
  • The Irish Village Murder, Dicey Deere

WANNA PLAY?

  • The Wishing Game, Patrick Redmond
  • Slay Ride, Chris Grabenstein
  • The Curse of the Golden Yo Yo, Robin Bowles

WHAT DID YOU SAY YOUR NAME WAS?

  • The disappearances of Madalena Grimaldi. Marele Day
  • Maxwell’s Grave, M J Trow
  • Mrs Malory and the Delay of Execution, Hazel Holt
  • Roseanna, Maj Sjowall & Per Whaloo
  • Detective Inspector Huss, Helene Tursten

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK AT THE ZOO

  • Redback, Lindy Cameron
  • In Sheep’s Clothing, Rett MacPherson
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon, Elizabeth Peters
  • The Redbreast, Jo Nesbo
  • A Carrion Death, Michael Stanley
  • The White Lioness, Henning Mankell
  • Imago, Eva-Marie Liffner
  • Death and the Easter Bunny, Linda Berry
  • Murder Bird, Joanna Hines
  • Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

IT’S A ZEN THING

  • The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  • The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Fire Baby, Jim Kelly
  • Still Waters, John Moss

HEY BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE (I had loads more of these but have been devouring them during our long hot summer)

  • A Colder Kind of Death, Gail Bowen
  • Before the Frost, Henning Mankell
  • Storm Peak, John Flanagan

And a couple of duos to finish off

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK (this set too would have been much more impressive if I hadn’t read 2 different books called Black Ice and 1 each of The Black Monastery, Blackout and The Black Path in the past 12 months or so)

  • Blackwater, Kerstin Ekman
  • Black Seconds, Karin Fossum

THAT’S JUST SPOOKY

  • The Ghostway, Tony Hillerman
  • The Ghost, Robert Harris

And last, but not least, the old stalwart of crime fiction

WHAT A BLOODY MESS

  • Purity of Blood, Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • The Colour of Blood, Declan Hughes
  • Blood from a Stone, Donna Leon
  • Bold Blood, Lindy Kelly
  • Blood Guilt, Lindy Cameron
  • Blood Born, Kathryn Fox

Now…if only I had something to read

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8 Responses to Game, Sets and Matches

  1. Dorte H says:

    LOL

    I am writing my own post after having seen Maxine´s. I wondered that she didn´t have a set with blood, but I can see you have plenty of them.

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  2. Kerrie says:

    A nice list Bernadette. I’m saving my response until after Friday – have a BIG Board meeting coming up – and having a problem thinking!

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  3. Bernadette – I am so imporessed with your categories!! Organized and really funny, too! I admire that : ). I can’t say my list is nearly that organized, so my hat is off to you!

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  4. Maxine says:

    Great collection, Bernadette, and you have beaten me hands down! You might even be as old as me when you have finished reading that lot. You have some really good titles there, and lots that look intriguing to me.
    Yes, it’s funny that I don’t have any “blood” titles at the moment.

    I’d be very interested to read what you make of Blackwater by Kirsten Ekman. I read it last year on the basis of a recommendation in the back of a Sjowall/Wahloo book, but I was defeated in my attempt to review it. It was such a dense, complicated book, I did not know where to start. (Also v sad.) Dorte told me that the author had already written books about some of the characters and the region, which accounts for some of the difficulty I had of understanding where some of these people were coming from – it would have helped to have known their history and so on.
    It is a good book, I enjoyed it, but just felt I was not mentally up to analysing it or writing a review of it.

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  5. JoV says:

    hahaha ! awesome! Such Organised Ingenuity! I smile when I saw “The Kalahari typing school for men” in the list.

    Thanks for another great idea of list of books to read.

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  7. Maddy says:

    I love this! Unfortunately, I can’t do it myself. With over 3000 books on Mount To Be Read, I’d probably have 500 categories!!!

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