Top Ten Fall Books & Tuesday Intro (The Summer of Long Knives)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that asks bloggers to create Top Ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Fall Books

Certainty, Victor Bevine, historical fiction, Newport, World War I

Certainty by Victor Bevine (Release Date: October 21) – Historical fiction and fiction based on true crime meet up in this story about Newport, Rhode Island at the end of World War I. The arrival of a Naval Training Station has turned tony Newport into a “moral cesspool” according to the local gentry and sailors’ accusations of sexual impropriety against a beloved clergyman send the town into hysterics. I’ve had great luck with “fiction based on true crime” this year, so will be participating in an online tour for this book on October 27.
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The Distance, Helen Giltrow, thriller

The Distance by Helen Giltrow (Release Date: September 9) – A thriller about a London socialite trying to put her past as a professional “fixer” behind her until she’s offered an irresistible job.
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Edge of Eternity, Ken Follett, Century Trilogy, Cold War

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett (Release Date: September 16) – The third installment of the Century Trilogy, following five families of different nationalities (American, Germanan, Russian, English, Welsh) through the Cold War era. I loved the first two installments: Fall of Giants (WWI era) and Winter of the World (WWII era)
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Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, nonfiction, Karen Abbott

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (Release Date: September 2) – The true story of four women who put their lives on the line to spy during the Civil War. I hear my hometown (Richmond, VA) plays a big role in this book, so I’m looking forward to learning a bit more about the history of where I grew up.
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Spoiled Brats, Simon Rich, humor, essays, millenials, pop culture

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich (Release Date: October 14) – A collection of humorous essays focusing on “a generation of narcissists-and the well-meaning boomers who made them that way”.
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Striking Gridiron, Greg Nichols, nonfiction, sports, football, 1959 steel strike

Striking Gridiron by Greg Nichols (Release Date: September 16) – I’m a sucker for feel good sports stories and this one about a Pennsylvania steel town’s (Braddock) football team’s amazing 1959 season on the heels of the longest labor strike in U.S. history sounds like it could give me goosebumps.
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Bishop's Wife, Mette Ivie Harrison, fiction, crime

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (Release Date: December 30) – This fiction based on true crime set in heavily Mormon Draper, Utah caught my interest because I’ve great luck with this type of book this year (The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress and Monday, Monday). I also loved Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction Under the Banner of Heaven about Mormonism, so I thought this book was a great combination for me.
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Missing Place, Sophie Littlefield, mystery, thriller, fiction, North Dakota

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield (Release Date: October 14) – This mystery about two mothers teaming up to find their missing sons during the North Dakota oil boom has been getting lots of attention from fellow bloggers.
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The Secret Place, Tana French, Dublin Murder Squad series, mystery, thriller

The Secret Place by Tana French (Release Date: August 28) – The fifth installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series involving a murder at an exclusive all-girls school. I’m about halfway through this one and am so-so about it at this point.
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Us, David Nicholls, fiction, marriage

Us by David Nichols (Release Date: November 11) – I loved Nichols’ One Day (later made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway) and am looking forward to his new novel about saving a marriage.
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First Chapter First Paragraph

Every Tuesday, fellow blogger Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where bloggers share the first paragraph of the book they are currently reading or thinking about reading soon.

Summer of Long Knives, Jim Snowden, thriller, Nazi Germany

I’m reading The Summer of Long Knives for an October TLC Book Tour and I’m almost finished with it. The blurb sounds completely fascinating and I love reading historical fiction about that Nazi Germany period of history. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to my expectations…and, I’m still working out exactly why.

Plot Summary from Amazon
In the summer of 1936, the racial and political climate in Munich are growing tense, and Kommisar Rolf Wundt and his wife Klara are increasingly desperate to leave Nazi Germany while they still can. But when a member of the League of German Girls is found brutally murdered and posed in the yard of a dilapidated farmhouse, Rolf’s supervisor declares that they can’t leave until he’s solved the case. Rolf’s investigation leads him from the depths of the underground Communist movement to the heights of Germany’s elite Nazi society, exposing the cracks in Germany’s so-called unified society as well as the unspoken tensions in Rolf’s complicated marriage. Ultimately, long-buried secrets and overwhelming evidence are laid bare, but how can Rolf bring the killer to justice in a country devoid of justice? And how can he protect himself, his wife, and his former lover from the barbarism of a corrupt and power-hungry government?

Here’s the first paragraph of Chapter 1:

As his car crunched the gravel on the side of the road next to the Epp Farm, Kommissar Rolf Wundt once again had to lean forward, pinch the bridge of his nose, and force his eyes open. Last night, he and Klara had left the dishes for the next morning, so the French press that usually provided him with sunrise fuel was lying in pieces in the sink when Inspector Hans-Josef banged on his door at a quarter to five. As a consequence, Rolf’s perception of the ride from Munich consisted of snatches of crime related mutterings – body found, young girl stripped to the waist, message carved in chest – blended with fading images of last night’s dream whose narrative was gone but whose imagery had been dominated by bats, moons, and a strange hurdy-gurdy melody.

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Stay tuned for my full review…

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  1. bookmammal wrote:

    Us is on my list this week too!
    I’ve been hearing a lot about Liar, Temptress . . . and I think I need to take a look for that one. I love good narrative nonfiction!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  2. I’d like to read most of the books you’ve listed! This is the first I’ve heard of The Bishop’s Wife, but I loved The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and Under the Banner of Heaven, too. Sounds like it will be a must read.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  3. Not sure if this one book is for me. I’ll look for your review and further thoughts.

    My Tuesday post:

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  4. Deasy wrote:

    I just finished one historical fiction lately and it was my very first time reading one, but it made me want to read books in that genre more. I’m sorry that you’re not really satisfied with the book, but I think I will give this one a check at Goodreads and the net. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  5. Deb wrote:

    The Civil War book sounds fascinating, and like you I’m looking forward to reading Us.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  6. Rachel wrote:

    Ahhhh I had NO idea David Nicholls had a new book coming out. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED One Day so so so much; I reread it frequently 🙂 Thank you for your TBR list because it helped me find a book I didn’t know existed. WOO HOO!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  7. I will be reading The Summer of Long Knives at some point this next month for the tour and am looking forward to it. I tend to gravitate towards that time period–add to that a mystery, and I’m a happy camper. I’m sorry you were disappointed with it. I hope I have better luck with it.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  8. The premise of the book sounds good, but the prose in the beginning is kind of dry…unemotional. I don’t get the feelings behind the scene.

    I probably would not read this one, but thanks for sharing…and thanks for visiting my blog.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      This is exactly how I felt about the whole book! It just didn’t come alive for me.

      Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  9. Great list of fall reads. Both Liar, Temptress… and The Bishop’s Wife are on my TBR, and I have Certainty sitting on my shelf now!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  10. Trish wrote:

    I’ve been meaning to read Tana French for so long! I bet she’s absolutely perfect for the fall. Enjoy these!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  11. Judy B wrote:

    This is a new one for me. I had not heard of it before today, it sounds interesting. I have read a lot of historical fiction from this time period and I think I need to move on, but I might look at it down the road. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  12. Sarah! AUGH! I like so many of these books on your list! I need a vacation so I can read…totally want to read Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, Us and The Distance, which I’d not heard of, looks VERY intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  13. Nise' wrote:

    I need to finish up Winter of the World! Tana’s book is on my stacks.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  14. I like the first paragraph. European mysteries have a different feel and like to read one every once in a while.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  15. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea wrote:

    This one would not be a hit with me either. I admire you for giving it a fair shake. Thanks for joining us again Sarah.

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
  16. Oooh, I love Tana French. THE SECRET PLACE isn’t my favorite of her books, but it’s still really, really good. It’s also cool because the whole investigation of the crime takes place in one day, but it feels a lot longer … hard to explain, but a cool concept.

    I want to read THE BISHOP’S WIFE, but I read the first chapter and I already have issues. We Mormons get a lot of bad press, even from our own, so it will be interesting for me to see what this one’s all about.

    Happy reading!

    Posted 9.23.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I would be interested to hear a Mormon’s thoughts on Bishop’s Wife for sure! I have it on my Kindle, but haven’t started it yet.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  17. kelley wrote:

    that’s a list with a lot of variety. I think it will keep you busy for a while. Some of them sound really good. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      We’ll see how many I actually get through – ha!

      Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  18. Great list! I love the variety of locations the books are set in. I hope you will join our flexible Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. You can start and end anytime, set your own goals, and linkup your goals and linkup your book reviews by continent.

    I have The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress and really want to read the Distance. Ken Follett is on my TBR too. Thanks for stopping by my blog, great to “meet” you!

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  19. Sarah, Thanks for sharing your list. It looks like you have a great Fall planned. Enjoy!

    Posted 9.25.14 Reply
  20. I’m on the blog tour for Certainty, too–it does sound interesting, doesn’t it? I definitely want to read Us.

    I’m iffy about the new Tana French . . . In the Woods absolutely FLOORED me, and I thought The Likeness was also very good. But I struggled through her next two–with each subsequent Dublin Murder Squad book, I just felt less and less of what I had loved (the emotional resonance, the beautifully developed characters) in In the Woods. I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

    Posted 9.26.14 Reply

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