Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Rainy Day Reads. Any excuse to cancel all engagements and curl up on the sofa with a stack of books is good for me.  For my list, I’m trying to share some book love by highlighting books I really enjoyed but which have relatively few ratings on Goodreads. A rainy day seems like the perfect opportunity to find a hidden gem.

Click on the title to read the book description on Goodreads.

The Last Train (Detective Hiroshi #1) by Michael Pronko

Set in Tokyo, The Last Train is a compelling thriller that makes the most of its location with a clever juxtaposition of ancient and modern Japan.  Read my full review here.  The author has since written a further book in the series, The Moving Blade.

CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour ed. by Martin Edwards

A collection of skilfully crafted short stories written by members of the Crime Writers’ Association. Read my full review here.

Home Is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire

Set in 1980s Poland, the book tells the story of Ania and Dominick against the backdrop of the country’s turbulent history during that period. Read my full review here.

Beautiful Star & Other Stories by Andrew Swanston

In this collection, what might have been considered footnotes in history are fashioned into compelling, character-driven stories.  Read my full review here.

The Good Father by S.R. Wilsher

Opening amidst the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s, The Good Father is an intelligent, gripping thriller that builds to an action-packed conclusion.  Read my full review here.


Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech

An emotional story that considers the nature of memory – the things we choose to remember and the things we choose to forget – in the perhaps unlikely setting of the aftermath of the floods in Hull in 2007. Read my full review here.

A Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls

Set in Colombia, the gripping story of Luzma and her family forced to flee the paramilitaries but who are then faced with confronting the corruption rife in the country’s society. Read my full review here.

The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson

An emotional, compelling story of two troubled individuals brought together on the windswept coast of Ireland.  Read my full review here.

The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

Nominated for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018, the book follows Joan, widow of famous stage actor, Charlie Grice, as she copes with her grief at his death but begins to discovers Charlie wasn’t quite the man she thought he was.  Read my full review here.

A Dangerous Woman From Nowhere by Kris Radish

Set in 1860s Colorado, the book follows loner, Briar Logan, as she sets out to rescue her husband who has been kidnapped by lawless gold miners.  Read my full review here.









10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

  1. I love hidden gems. I’ve often thought about starting a meme about them. Perhaps I will. I especially like the look of Maria in the Moon and The Wardrobe Mistress.

    Thank you for sharing these books with us. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my list.


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