The Labyrinth of the Spirits ★★★★½

The Labyrinth of the Spirits ★★★★½
Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Genre(s) | Historical Fiction, Mystery, Spain
Goodreads Rating | 4.45
Humpo Show Rating | 4.50
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 
Published: First published in Spanish in 2016, my English language edition is the limited proof copy sent to me upon request from Orion (translated by Lucia Graves)
Publishing 18 September 2018

The fourth instalment, fierce and enormous, spiced with perfumes from all the earlier ones, would lead us at last to the centre of the mystery, uncovering all the puzzles with the help of my favourite fallen angel of mist, Alicia Gris. The saga would contain villains and heroes, and a thousand tunnels through which the reader would be able to explore a kaleidoscopic plot resembling that mirage of perspectives I’d discovered with my father in the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Not my words, but the words of two Julians: Sempere and Carax. Continue reading

The Prisoner of Heaven ★★★★☆

The Prisoner of Heaven ★★★★☆
Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Genre(s) | Mystery, Historical Fiction 
Goodreads Rating | 3.98
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Published: First published in Spanish in 2011, my English language edition is 2012 (translation by Lucia Graves) 

A secret has lain hidden for two decades, but when a mystifying shopper makes an appearance in the Sempere bookshop an epic tale of imprisonment, betrayal, murder and love begins to unravel.  Continue reading