Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

My to be read pile (or shelves if I’m honest), could be said by some to be on the verge of uncontrollable. It obviously doesn’t stop me from adding to it regularly or visiting the library for a temporary rehoming of books.

I will admit though that I occasionally forget which books are waiting (im)patiently to be read. So I thought I’d start having a rifle through and see what jumped out at me. Sadly for you, inspiration struck and I thought a good way of highlighting them would be looking at older books, newer books and borrowed ones. So the obvious extension was to through in something blue.

So, in each post I will showcase a book that has been on my TBR for some time, a new one, be it one I’ve recently bought or a book with a future publication date, a book I have borrowed and one with a blue cover.

First up an old book.

The Girl in the Fog by Donato Carrisi, published 2 November 2017 by Abacus.

Sixty-two days after the disappearance . . .

A man is arrested in the small town of Avechot. His shirt is covered in blood. Could this have anything to do with a missing girl called Anna Lou?

What really happened to the girl?

Detective Vogel will do anything to solve the mystery surrounding Anna Lou’s disappearance. When a media storm hits the quiet town, Vogel is sure that the suspect will be flushed out. Yet the clues are confusing, perhaps false, and following them may be a far cry from discovering the truth at the heart of a dark town.

Now a new book

The Flower Arranger by J.J. Ellis published on 26 September 2019 by Agora Books

And now he knew what was wrong with the arrangement. It was the Ma… the negative space… There was only one thing beautiful enough to fill it and — finally — she was with him. Ready, if not willing, to play her role.

Holly Blain wants to cover real news. The entertainment beat — pop stars and teen trends — was not why she moved to Tokyo. When she meets Inspector Tetsu Tanaka, head of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police’s Gaikoku-jin unit, it might just be her big break.

Tanaka isn’t so sure. Always one to do things by the book, he’s hesitant about bringing this headstrong reporter into his carefully controlled investigation.

But young women keep disappearing and Tanaka is given no choice. He and Blain must trust each other if they are to stop a tormented killer from bringing his twisted plan to its shocking conclusion.


Dead Lions by Mick Herron, published on 7 May 2013 by Soho Crime

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another.

Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

And finally a book with a blue cover

The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins, published on 21 January 2019 by HQ.


A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.


Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man’s initials, and it’s been there for over a century.


As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded…

So there we are, four different books just waiting to be read. Have you read any of them? Do you have your own list of old, new, borrowed and blue? Do let me know.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate W says:

    What a fun way to look at the TBR list. I haven’t read any on your list but had a look at my own shelf:
    Old – Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović
    New – Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
    Borrowed – Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny
    Blue – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


    1. janetemson says:

      Good selection. I’ve got The Snow Child too, hidden in the TBR somewhere.


  2. Great idea! I definitely have books in these categories but none if them are these.


    1. janetemson says:

      I have loads. This issue is reading them all 🙂


  3. I haven’t read any of these but I do want to try Herron at some point, everyone seems to rate him! I really like this idea for looking at the TBR Janet 🙂


  4. BookerTalk says:

    I don’t know any of these but what a fun way to look at your unread books. I wonder of doing this you discover books that you no longer want to read


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