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Birthday Book Haul

If you are a regular to this blog, you know I buy a lot of books, well, maybe not as many as some. But, as books have been my solace this last year, I haven’t skimped. So when a birthday comes around I’m always want to ask for books. Yes, more books, as no one can have too many books. It’s a fact!

So not only did I get three books yesterday from my lovely partner, who knows me well, my sister in law will bring me three more tomorrow. Plus my in-laws sent me money with the words, buy what you want. So yes, of course, you know I’m going to buy yet more books.

Oh, how I love birthdays, don’t you? So, what did I get?

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter—the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger—and their true enemy—closer.

THE BERLIN GIRL by Mandy Robotham

Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm.

Arriving to a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless, witnessing innocent people being torn from their homes. As tensions rise, she realises she and Max have to act – even if it means putting their lives on the line.

But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined

FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he’s ever encountered.

Jack investigates—against the warnings of the police and his own editor—and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets.

Uncovering the murkiest corners of the dark web, Jack races to find and protect the last source who can lead him to his quarry. But the killer has already chosen his next target, and he’s ready to strike.

I just love birthdays that keep on giving and I get to open three more presents all over again, tomorrow. And guess what? I still have cake left over from last night, so maybe I should save it for tomorrow to go with a coffee, when I open my next lot of books. What do you think, sounds like a good plan, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Now, I just have to decide what to read today …

6 comments on “Birthday Book Haul

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    First of all…Happy Birthday

    Great purchases, Alexandra! I’ve pondered The Rose Code as it’s shown up at my library. I’ve got the other two.

    Enjoy them all

    • Alex

      Thanks, Jonetta! Had a really good birthday, yesterday, all things consider. And we will get to see my partners sister tomorrow, however distant we have to be, and masked. It’s worth it.

      And these were my gifts from the OH, thankfully, they know what I like. And I am so looking forward to reading them too. 😀

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    Wonderful choices and more books to look forward to (and cake again), lucky you! I’m very happy to hear you had such a good birthday! xxx

    • Alex

      Thank you, Sweetie. It was a lovely day, and yes, I got a visit today from my sister in law who brought me two more books, and a box of chocolate. How lucky am I? 😀

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    I am currently listening to the Rose Code Alexandra! I love Kate Quinn’s books. Have fun with your haul.

    • Alex

      Oh, how lovely, Sophie. I bet this kind of story is great as an audio, offering more nuance with the characters. I really must get into listening to some books. Maybe once the library reopens. But for now, this is one of my anticipated book reads, this year. Can’t wait to jump in.

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