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2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge

This reading challenge, hosted by Austine & Katie @ NovelKnight, is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. Any genre, any format, any length. So, here goes nothing, I’m going to try and do this one in 2021, and play catch-up with all those books that are forlornly being left behind.

The official challenge tags are: #BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2021 #BTB2021

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The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry

Book Summary

The brutal killing of the Romanovs meant the end of the Tsars.

Nearly a century later, the people of Russia have voted to bring back the tsar, a ruler to be selected from the distant relatives of the last tsar; Nicholas II, who was murdered along with the rest of the Romanov family in 1918. Miles Lord, asked to run a background check on one of the candidates, has a ringside seat as history is being made.

But excitement turns to terror when Miles is nearly killed by gunmen. Suddenly, he is racing across continents with only a cryptic utterance by Rasputin, made at the time of the Romanov massacre, as his guide. The implications of this prophecy are earth-shattering — not only for the future star and Mother Russia, but for Miles himself.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Dear All:

I would like to wish you all peace, joy and every happiness for this holiday season. May you find comfort in family and friends, and celebrate with love those we hold dear to our hearts.

Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year.

Joy & love,
Alexandra

Bad Day at the Vulture Club by Vaseem Khan

Book Summary

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence—where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures—the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low.

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