Top 5 Tuesday: books with keys

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today’s prompt is all about books with keys on the cover. I scoured my bookshelf and quickly realized that I have nothing to fit this topic, so on to my tbr pile I went. Well, there I only found two books, so Google had to come to my aid. Since this left me with 5 five that sound really interesting but I haven’t read yet, I’m going to leave you with the blurb from Goodreads so we can all get an idea what they are about! (apologies, but one is in German – there doesn’t seem to be an English version of this book, but the story sounded cool!)

#1 The Starless Sea

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

#2 Locke and Key

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

#3 Jane Eyre

As an orphan, Jane’s childhood is not an easy one, but her independence and strength of character sustain her through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal education system. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house containing dangerous secrets and a passionate man she finds increasingly attractive, Jane is ultimate forced to call on all her resources in order to hold fast to her beliefs.

#4 Housesitter

Er will dein Haus. Er will deine Frau. Er will dein Leben. Er ist der Housesitter

Stell dir vor, du kommst mit deiner Freundin aus dem Urlaub in dein Haus zurück. Du merkst sofort, dass irgendetwas anders ist: Die Möbel sind verrückt. In der Küche stehen benutzte Töpfe. Die Handtücher riechen fremd.
Dann spürst du einen jähen Schmerz – und es wird Nacht um dich.

Stell dir vor, du wachst erst nach Tagen im Krankenhaus auf.
Deine Freundin ist verschwunden – entführt.

Denn da draußen ist jemand, der sich nach einem warmen Heim sehnt. Nach einer liebenden Frau. Nach deinem Leben. Und er ist zu allem entschlossen…

#5 The Mansions of Murder

October, 1381. Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet’s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest. Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death inside his own locked church. Other disturbing discoveries include an empty coffin and a ransacked money chest. Who would commit murder inside a holy church? Who would spirit away a corpse the night before the funeral – and who would be brave enough to steal treasure belonging to the most feared gangleader in London?

Meanwhile, the death of one of Athelstan’s parishioners reveals a shocking secret. Could there be a connection to the murdered priest of St Benet’s?

Athelstan’s investigations will lure him into the dark and dangerous world of the gangmaster known as The Flesher, whose influence has a frighteningly long reach …

What’s your favorite book with a key on the cover? Let me know in the comments!

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