Waiting on Wednesday ~ Devil and the Dark Water & A Peculiar Peril

May 20, 2020 Misc. 4

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Now called Can’t Wait Wednesday hosted by Wishful Endings. It’s where we display a book that we can’t wait to read because it sounds so good. 🙂

A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The breathtaking new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

I was never really interested in the Hardcastle book but I am really curious about this one so can’t wait to check it out (if it comes to overdrive or hoopla) in October. This one is from Raven Books.

The first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre-expanding master, about a teenager who embarks on a quest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and history has been rewritten.

After Jonathan Lambshead’s elusive grandfather dies, the recently orphaned teenager inherits the family mansion—and its contents. Jonathan soon discovers that the mansion’s basement holds more than just oddities: three doors serve as portals, with one leading to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where magic abounds, history has been re-written, and an occult dictator called Aleister Crowley leads an army pillaging alt-Europe. Jonathan learns of his destiny as a member of The Order, a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora, and embarks on an epic quest to protect Earth from Crowley’s dark magic.

Over the course of the duology, Jonathan uncovers more of the worlds outside of our own, the magic that permeates them, his own destiny, and the secrets buried in his family history.

Never read this author though I think I have heard of him as his name sounds familiar. Anyway I was looking for some strange books and well this one sounds like it could be different. 🙂 What is it with the book snakes though!!! Can we please move on to another animal to put on everything…lol! This comes out in July from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

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4 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday ~ Devil and the Dark Water & A Peculiar Peril”

  1. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    How funny! I almost featured the Stuart Turton book this week but changed it at the last minute. Have you read his other book? Maybe we should consider it for a buddy read.

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