Toppling the TBR pile – Orenda Books


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 the latter half of 2016 after the range of fabulous books they published in the first half of the year. You can read about those here.

July first and the next book from writing duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, writing as Michael Stanley is out. A Death in the Family sees Botswana’s Assistant Superintendent David Kubu Banu defying orders to investigate the murder of his own father. The case reveals corruption, greed and a series of complex murders to challenge the grieving detective.

Also out this month is the next in the Dark Iceland series from Ragnar Jonasson. Blackout is set in between Snowblind and Iceblind and sees Ari Thor investigation the fatal beating of a man. A young reporter has travelled from the capital to do her own investigating. Meanwhile the 24 hour sunlight has been darkened by an ash cloud from a nearby volcano. Can Ari Thor find out who committed the terrible crime? And what secrets is the reporter hiding?

September is a bumper month for bookish treats and includes the publication of Louise Beech’s second novel. In The Mountain in My Shoe Bernadette is about to tell her husband she is leaving him, but on the day in question he fails to return home. So too does Conor, a little boy Bernadette has befriended. Together with Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her past to discover what has happened to her husband and to Conor.

Also out this month is Agnes Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal. Allis Hagtorn, a TV presenter, leaves her partner and heads to a remote house in the fjords, ostensibly to become housekeeper to a recluse. But her employer Sigurd is not the old man she expected and as they wait for his wife to return their encounters develop into an obsessive relationship.

Michael J Malone’s A Suitable Lie is also out in September. Andy Boyd can’t believe his luck. After being widowed when his wife died in child birth he didn’t think he would find love again. Then he meets Anna. When he ends up in hospital on his wedding night he should have realised thinks weren’t as they seemed with Anna. But he ignores the warning and it seems his dream life could turn into a nightmare.

On to October and fans of The Hummingbird and The Defenceless will be pleased to hear that Kati Hiekkapelto’s latest, The Exile is released. Ana Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth. There her purse is stolen and the theif found dead. She is caught up in a murder investigation that involves her family, and the refuge crisis that has engulfed the continent.

Still in October and Antti Toumainen’s The Mine is released. Investigative reporter Janne Vouri heads to a mine in Northern Finland, trying to discover the truth about a mining company who appear to have caused an environmental disaster. But when the mining executives begin to die in a series of accidents and Janne’s life begins to unravel it seems Janne has stumbled across something that could cost him dear.

If that’s not enough I can give you a sneak peek as to what to expect in 2017…

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb sees a female bounty hunter encounter dangers that could threaten not only her life, but that of her daughter.

Sealskin by Su Bristow retells the Selkie legend and a small community’s response to differences and deals the nuances of personal relationships.

Cursed and Killed by Thomas Enger is the next in the Henning Juul series.

The Faithful Friends and The Ice Swimmer are two more books in the Gunnarstranda series by Kjell Ola Dahl.

So there we have it, lots to look forward to from Orenda books. I know which one’s I need to get, what about you?


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Great line up… so impressed with Orenda’s/ Karen’s choices; Bird Tribunal, Mountain in My Shoe and A Suitable Lie all pre-ordered and got Sealskin earmarked too😊

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    1. janetemson says:

      They all sound great. It’s just choosing which to read first! 🙂

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  2. All of them! Read and loved Blackout, and I have A Death In Tbe Family to read too! I’ve read the Bird Tribunal too and it’s just stunning!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I have A Death in the Family and Blackout as they arrived on Friday. I just need to pick which to read first 🙂

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      1. I’ll always say Ragnar’s! 😊

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