She’s called the Queen of Crime. And with over 70 mysteries to her name, it’s little wonder why. Agatha Christie has long been a favourite author over here at The 52 Book Club. (She was our author of the year on our very first challenge!) Her mysteries include favourites like And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and Death on the Nile.
That’s why we’re excited to announce our very first author challenge — the Agatha Christie mystery challenge!
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The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister
I pick books by their covers all the time. And this was one that had me hooked from the instant I first saw it on #bookstagram. Better yet? The story features an all-female arctic expedition AND a murder trial. Intrigued? So was I!
About The Arctic Fury:
(From the publisher) Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.
A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?
Set against the unforgiving backdrop of one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, USA Today bestselling author Greer Macallister uses the true story of Lady Jane Franklin’s tireless attempts to find her husband’s lost expedition as a jumping-off point to spin a tale of bravery, intrigue, perseverance and hope.
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The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
The city of Venice — could there be a more romantic setting? Bestselling author, Rhys Bowen, truly captures the charm of this ancient, Italian port. Her writing is vivid, inviting readers to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of a city built along the canals in this romantic, historical fiction. The Venice Sketchbook was first and foremost, very well set.
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Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters
**Giveaway open to Canada or US residents**
We’re wrapping up the month of March with another giveaway! I have always been a fan of all things royal. And when it comes to royal biographies, there’s one author that stands out — Andrew Morton. From the author of the book, “Diana: Her True Story” comes a brand new glimpse into one of the world’s most famous families.
We’re teaming up with Grand Central Publishing who has graciously offered to give away TWO copies of Elizabeth & Margaret — a newly released biography exploring the complex relationship between two royal sisters. For fans of the Netflix series, The Crown, or for royal watchers everywhere, grab your cup of tea! You’re not going to want to miss this one!
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
When I think about characters with blue skin, I immediately assume that I must be reading some sort of fantasy novel. But this book explores the inspired-by-real-life story of the blue-skinned people of Troublesome Creek and Kentucky’s incredibly courageous pack-horse librarians.
An intensely original and beautifully researched story full of heart, resilience, and empathy. (Don’t forget to scroll down for my full review!)
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The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray
An epic saga from bestselling author, Stephanie Dray, this novel is based on the true story of Chateau Lafayette and the three, fierce-hearted women who protect its legacy.
About the book:
Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women…
A founding mother…
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
A daring visionary…
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing–not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what’s right.
A reluctant resistor…
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1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan’s self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.
That’s right, it’s time for a March mini-challenge! And given that it’s March 17th, what better than a St. Patrick’s Day theme?
Since we’re mid-month, this challenge will consist of TWO bonus reads for our 52 Book Club members. You can read these in addition to your regular 52 reads OR you can combine them with books you’re already planning to read for our 2021 challenge.
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Review + Giveaway
WIN by Harlan Coben
Any giveaway day is a good day, and I am super excited to share this one with you all! I have teamed up with Grand Central Publishing to give away TWO copies of WIN by Harlan Coben. (Open to US or Canadian residents only.)
One winner will be chosen from this blog giveaway (see below to enter) and our second winner will be chosen from our Instagram giveaway! (Click here to enter!)
This was an entertaining and fast-paced read, perfect for those who love thrilling, action-based reads like James Patterson or David Baldacci. Read for a chance to WIN?!?
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Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan
I remember visiting a Titanic exhibit at the Royal Victoria Museum as a teen. Walking amidst the artifacts and recreations, the tragedy came to life in a new way. Blue lights cast across the floor as I clutched a little paper passport — the name of an actual Titanic passenger scrawled across the top. It was only as you arrived at the end of the exhibit that you encountered a wall full of names. Holding my passport up, my eyes flickered along the wall, settling on the name of the young man in my hands.
He hadn’t survived.
But what if the shipwreck hadn’t been well documented? What if you had to piece these stories back together, bit by bit. Dragging silver cups and pocket watches up from the murky depths, historians would piece these fragments back into stories. Tales of the men and women to whom they’d once belonged.
That’s where this story begins. With the story of the Titanic of the South.
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The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn does it again! The Rose Code is a hefty 650+ page read that is so well written and intricately crafted, you don’t want it to end!
It’s 1940 and England finds itself at war against Germany. Three young women answer the call to Bletchley Park — sworn to keep their daily tasks secret even from one another. It’s here that the sharpest brains in Britain have gathered in an attempt to break German military codes.
Osla is a beautiful and wealthy debutant — who also happens to be dating the handsome Prince Philip of Greece. Mab, who grew up in east-end poverty and is desperate to make something more of herself. And Beth, painfully shy and under the thumb of an overbearing mother, who soon begins to find herself as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts.
Their friendship blossoms but soon war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. But when a mysterious traitor emerges in the years following the war, the three must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But this Rose Code may threaten not only their relationships but their very lives…
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