Toppling the TBR pile – Orenda Books 2016

Today’s cause for the imminent collapse of my precariously balanced wishlist is Orenda Books. They launched in 2015 with some terrific titles and it looks like they have some treats in store for 2016. Full details including a synopsis will be included on the What’s out when page.

January brings with it snow, or rather the sequel to Snowblind, Nightblind, The second book in the Dark Iceland series from Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson, brings the return of Ari Thor Arasson who has to investigate the murder of a fellow police officer in the remote Icelandic town. You can read my review of Snowblind here.

David F. Ross’ The Last Days of Disco was published by Orenda Books in March 2015. His latest novel, The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is published in February and tells the tale of a small Scottish band that has to cope with suddenly hitting the big time.

February also brings with it the publication of Yusuf Toropov’s debut novel. Jihadi: A Love Story tells of a former intelligence officer accused of terrorism. His memoirs are being handled by a psychologist with her own agenda and the reader has to decide who the real terrorist is.

March sees the publication of Matt Johnson’s Wicked Game. Two police officers have been killed in separate attacks. Robert Finlay has to find out who the perpetrator is before he becomes the next victim.

Paul Hardisty’s second book to feature Claymore Straker, The Evolution of Fear is out in April. Straker, who appeared in the critically acclaimed, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, is on the run. Wanted for crimes he hasn’t committed and searching for Rania, the woman he loves, he flees for Cornwall. As his pursuers get closer his travels take him to Cyprus where he must uncover the truth the save himself and Rania.

Fans of Amanda Jennings, author of Sworn Secret and The Judas Scar are in for a treat in April when her latest novel, In Her Wake is published. Bella’s life has been turned upside down by a tragic event. Travelling to Cornwall she uncovers secrets, betrayals and a 25 year old mystery that could threat not only who she thinks she is, but also her life.

Michael Stanley’s Deadly Harvest is out in May and introduces us to Samatha Khama, new recruit with the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. When a girl disappears Samantha suspects that she has been taken for use in muti, an ancient form of African medicine. Together with Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu, Samantha is in a race against time to discover the truth, more so when another victim emerges. Not only that A Death in the Family out in June, sees Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu investigate the murder of his own father.

Michael Grothaus’ Epiphany Jones is published in May. Jerry has suffered psychotic episodes and depression over the years, due to a traumatic past. When he is accused of stealing a priceless Van Gogh he goes on the run, meeting a woman who believes the voices she hears are from God. Jerry’s quest for the truth leads him to sex-trafficking in Hollywood and secrets from the past.

Gunnar Staalsen fans will be pleased to see that Where Roses Never Die is finally translated and published in June. Varg Veum is asked to investigate the 28 year old disappearance of a young girl. As he delves deeper he discovers a cover up and soon another brutal incident occurs and a pattern emerges.

So there we have it, Orenda Books treats for January to June 2016. I know which ones I can’t wait to read. Which ones catch your bookish eye?


12 Comments Add yours

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    Just as I was bemoaning the state of my TBR pile… But I know I won’t be able to resist quite a few of those: Nightblind (I loved the first book), Jihadi sounds really intriguing, Amanda Jennings, and of course I adore Michael Stanley – always a treat! I might as well just set up a subscription to Orenda, hadn’t I?


    1. janetemson says:

      I’ve made peace with the fact my TBR will never be small! I can’t wait for Nightblind and January will be the perfect month for reading it! I love the sound of Amanda’s book and Jihadi: A Love Story sounds intriguing. I’ve never read any Michael Stanley novels but they sound great. I can’t wait to give them ago. I think a subscription would be a great Christmas gift for you:-) Now I just need to learn how to wait patiently for them to be published! 🙂

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  2. I still have to read Snowblind – it’s on my own toppling TBR!


    1. janetemson says:

      Oh Linda it is good, and reading it now on long dark nights would be perfect, it will add to the atmosphere 🙂 Let me know what you think when you do read it!

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  3. Louise says:

    There is not one of those that I don’t want to read. Orenda is fabulous.


    1. janetemson says:

      Karen certainly has an eye for a cracking read. I’ll keep a look out for your reviews 🙂


  4. Rachel Hall says:

    Thanks Janet,

    V handy guide. Great.

    Love Rachel xx


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Rachel. I’m hoping to cover a number of publishers. I always forget what’s due out, or miss something so I hope between these and the What’s out when page I won’t. Though it is making it hard knowing I won’t be able to read all of the great sounding books coming out next year 🙂 x


  5. Wow- some great titles there. Thanks for sharing, although my bank account may not be as thankful…


    1. janetemson says:

      Haha, I’m sorry 🙂 I know what you mean though, I’m having to come to terms with the fact I won’t be able to read all of the books I want to next year, there are simply too many brilliant looking ones!


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