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The Tainted Cup
The Tainted Cup | Robert Jackson Bennett
A peculiar crime. A brilliant investigator. A mystery of epic proportions. An eccentric detective and her long-suffering assistant untangle a web of magic, deceit, and murder in this sparkling fantasy reimagining of the classic crime novel - from the bestselling author of The Founders Trilogy. In an opulent mansion at the borders of the Empire, an Imperial officer lies dead - killed when a tree spontaneously erupted from his body. Even here, where contagions abound and the blood of the Leviathans works strange magical changes, it's a death at once terrifying and impossible. Called in to solve the crime is Ana Dolabra, an investigator whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricity. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, an engraver, magically altered to possess a perfect memory. Soon, the mystery leads to a scheme that threatens the safety of the Empire itself. For Ana, all this makes for a deliciously thorny puzzle - at last, something to truly hold her attention. And Din? He'll just have to hold on for the ride.
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A horrible murder is discovered and Din must go investigate and then report back to his superior, Ana. They discover it is only one of a series of violent deaths. It is a world with helpful and dangerous plants, peopled by individuals enhanced in ways to better do their work, protecting the empire from leviathans from the sea. Rushing to discover the truth, Ana and Din forge a strong partnership. Solid characters and an interesting world merit 3⭐️

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ICantImReading
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It took me a moment to wrap my head around this intricate high fantasy world. I certainly admire how creative and unique it is, and I did enjoy the Holmes and Watson dynamic between Din and Ana, but I think a lot of other readers will enjoy this more than I personally did. I didn‘t feel a strong emotional attachment; it feels like a story that feeds the brain more than it captures the heart. #Aardvark #AardvarkBookClub

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BookwormAHN
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This was a good Sherlockian steampunk fantasy.
Din is an engraver magically altered to memorize everything in a crime scene so he can report back to Ana, a brilliant investigator who refuses to go outside and often wears a blindfold. The two are sent to a mansion in Daretana to solve the murder of a dead officer.
My main complaint is that you are tossed into a new world, and getting used to it can be jarring.
#Aardvark

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deirdrebeecher
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Yup, give me all of these RJB can write. A fantasy-mystery, this combines two of my favourite genres. But it is way more about the fantasy world and the characters than it is about the mystery. The mystery chugs away doing it's job but the fantasy world is spectacular and the character unique and engaging. I would highly recommend it for fans of Martha Wells Raksura books and Katherine Addison Speaker for the Dead books. Easy 5 stars.

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nitalibrarian
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This fantasy mystery was absolutely fabulous. I loved everything about it - setting, characters, magic system, and the mystery itself. I especially loved the dynamic between our main character, Din, and his boss, Ana. Lots of lovely sarcasm with obvious respect. Can't wait for the next book!

DuckOfDoom It's my favourite book this year - so far 3mo
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At the beginning I wasn‘t convinced I‘d like this, but then for the last two thirds I was really captivated by the plot and stayed up late to find out what happened. I think that‘s mostly on account of liking detective mysteries, though - because I still don‘t feel sold on the fantasy elements of the world building and how they were integrated into the narrative. But an enjoyable read overall!

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nitalibrarian
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Starting this fantasy mystery today. #aardvarkbookclub

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vlwelser
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This is a great mix of fantasy and murder mystery. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💚🖤 3mo
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Next up! #TheTaintedCup#RobertJackson#Bennett#BeautifulCoverArt

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BookishTrish
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A Holmesian mystery set in a vivid fantasy world. I was more invested in the mystery than the characters, and still didn‘t guess whodunit.

mcctrish That looks yum 4mo
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Jari-chan
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I was curious about the new trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett, but even though the basic idea of this world is fascinating, it didn't work for me. It all lacks depth and atmosphere. The characters as well as the world building. Most of the characters were solely names to me and I forgot about them as soon as they left the scene. I wasn't as invested in the case as I'd hoped I'd be. But I'll give it a second chance anyway.

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Monica5
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I don't usually read fantasy, but did enjoy this one. I enjoyed the mystery in it. I liked Ana's Holmes to Kol's Watson.

#bookspinbingo #marvellousmarch Readathon #readaway2024

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Breanne1
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This was such an intriguing mix of murder mystery, eco terrorism and VanderMeer-esque ecological anomalies. Plus beasts! Basically I‘m here to say it had it all and I loved every minute. Hope there is a book 2 so we get to see how Ana and Dinios‘ partnership flourishes.
Book 9 of 2024. #Aardvark #ARC

ICantImReading I‘m so glad you liked this one - it‘s my only “backlogged” Aardvark book! Hopefully I get to it this month! 😊 4mo
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mariaku21
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Book no.12
It was fast, action-filled, and full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The dialogue is fast-paced, well-written, and witty. I was in love with the first-person POV of Din, the "Watson" to Ana, the "Holmes" if you will of this mystery thriller, they have such an interesting dynamic, which I loved as he's her apprentice. I can't get over how much I loved reading about her from his pov.

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This book was absolutely bloody brilliant. Thank you @AardvarkBookClub for picking a book from one of my favorite authors! ♥️
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Also, here‘s my #botm #bookofthemonth selection … and getting ready to read St Patty‘s Murder for #SeasonalCozies 🍀🔪🩸

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This is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world. The world building was interesting and complex. The plot moved quickly and had a Holmes and Watson vibe. The dialog was snarky and funny at times between the main characters and I found myself chuckling a couple of times. Looking forward to book 2.

#SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65
#LitsyLove #LitsyLoveReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

julesG It was good, wasn't it? 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous cover 🖤 5mo
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AardvarkBookClub
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The Tainted Cup might be calling your name if...

🏆 you break escape room records on the regular
🪴 you are capable of actually keeping houseplants alive
📐 you value hierarchy, order and duty
🧠 you have a photographic memory
🕵️‍♀️ your dream party is a murder mystery dinner
⚖️ your favourite branch is judicial
📺 you were devastated when “Sherlock” ended

#aardvarkbookclub #bookbox #booksubscription #thetaintedcup #fantasy #mystery

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julesG
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Fantasy Holmes and Watson duo trying to solve the really weird, possible, murder of an engineer. Which doesn't only lead the duo of apprentice assistant Din and investigator Ana to the next big city over, but also closer to more murdered people and danger due to the closeness to the empire's walls. Behind the walls the sea and the deadly leviathans are waiting.

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#NetGalley #ARC #MountARC

Pub Day: 06 February 2024

julesG Ana prefers living in isolation. She often wears a blindfold to keep the world out. She likes reading and cussing. 😁 And loves a puzzle, because otherwise life is just boring. Din has to be Ana's eyes and ears during the investigation. Fortunately, he is an engraver, which means he was altered in a way that allows him to remember everything he sees and hears, and then report back to Ana.

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julesG I enjoyed the slowly unfolding mystery (although predictable) and world-building. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

My first RJBennett fantasy adventure and I am currently wondering which of his books to pick up next.
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julesG #52bookclub24 - Bibliosmia: A smelly book - - - Din uses phials with aromatic oils for his engraving 5mo
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TorieStorieS
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Bennett kicks off a new, epic fantasy series with a murder mystery twist. Kol is assigned to assist head investigator Ana. The book kicks off with their first murder— a case that takes them from a small town to the edge of the Empire where huge monsters from the sea threaten the lives of everyone as the body count rises and the plot becomes more complex. Great characters and rich world building leaves me eager for the next installment! I loved it!

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Now Available! 🥳🎉📚
The Tainted Cup- Robert Jackson Bennett

Book review- https://www.boleybooks.com//the-tainted-cup/

#boleybooks #thetaintedcup #robertjacksonbennett #bookbeast #NetGalley #bookbuds

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Thanks to Netgalley and Ballentine Publishing for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
New release! This book is a mystery/fantasy combo. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, it was hard to put down.
The initial murder sets off a chain reaction with horrific unintended consequences. Even though the murders may be solved, what they set in motion may be impossible to stop. #NetGalley

currentlyreadinginCO Ok we like all of the same books 😂😂 5mo
Cheryl_Russell_BookNotes @currentlyreadinginCO 🤣🤣🤣 All great minds… 5mo
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nitalibrarian
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I forgot to post which #aardvarkbookclub book I picked for February. But that's OK because it was already delivered and I can post the actual book! Love the Aardvark logo placement.

vivastory Their logo placement is very creative. I'm really intrigued by this one. I LOVED Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy 5mo
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A Holmes and Watson–style detective duo take the stage in this fantasy with a mystery twist, from the Edgar-winning, multiple Hugo-nominated Robert Jackson Bennett.

#aardvarkbookclub #jointoday

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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Started the tagged eARC earlier. It has a very interesting first chapter with the weirdest dead body found I've read about in some time. But I have an easily distracted brain, so one teeny tiny visit to Litsy and then Audible/Library/my shelves and I'm reading a gazillion different books at the same time.

#ARC #MountARC #NetGalley

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Oo! I‘m on the list at the library for this. I hope it‘s good. 5mo
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Breanne1
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February is a 6 book month for #aardvark and #botm club boxes. Can‘t wait to read these! Aardvark continues to really impress me with their selections. If anyone is on the fence to join all I can say is I don‘t think you‘d be disappointed!

ICantImReading They both had such great selections this month!! I got 5 between the two, but also put a lot of library holds in 😀 6mo
Megabooks I was so tempted by House from aardvark, but ended up with two others. You‘re right about the selection! 6mo
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robinb
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This is the first in a detective mystery/fantasy billed as having a Holmes/Watson feel. While I was not bowled over, it was a decent read for me. I was a bit overwhelmed getting into the world-building and keeping some of the terms straight, and there were definitely some slow spots, but I enjoyed the dynamic between the young investigator Kol and his seasoned but eccentric boss Ana. Lots of dry and tongue-in-cheek humor, but I could have 🔽

robinb done without the gratuitous bad language…why??! 3.5/5⭐️ 6mo
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Suet624 Just finished North Woods. Five stars. (edited) 7mo
BoleyBooks @Suet624 -looks like fun 😃 I stacked it. 👍 7mo
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currentlyreadinginCO
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This is just a really good book. Robert Jackson Bennett created an extremely thorough fantasy world as the backdrop for a murder mystery/crime novel, and it is going to be a trilogy! The vibe here is an ... environmental steampunk vaguely-nautical situation that I really enjoy. The investigators have a Sherlock & Watson thing going on and the fantastic elements are interesting.

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#FirstLineFriday @ShyBookOwl

"The walls of the estate emerged from the morning fog before me, long and dark and rounded like the skin of some beached sea creature."

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#FirstLineFriday @ShyBookOwl

"The walls of the estate emerged from the morning fog before me, long and dark and rounded like the skin of some beached sea creature."

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"The walls of the estate emerged from the morning fog before me, long and dark and rounded like the skin of some beached sea creature."

ShyBookOwl Oooh, so atmospheric 💜 11mo
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