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WWW Wednesday (June 18)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons, the first in a new crime series featuring Detective Max Wolfe. This book has started with a shocking event, with the first death following shortly afterwards. I’m expecting the overall body count to be quite high.

The Murder Bag


Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable.
Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London’s West End Central, 27 Savile Row.
Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power.
As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything – and everyone – he loves.
Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life …Amazon

I have just finished reading The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan, a book billed for fans of Maeve Binchy.

Click on the book cover to see if I agree

The Summer Guest

My next read is going to be The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, an author I love, and having seen the first review of this book today, I know I’m in for a treat!

The Third Wife


In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.
A tragic accident? Or suicide?
Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.
Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.
She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.
But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating. Amazon

What are you reading this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

51 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (June 18)

  1. I love the look of The Third Wife. I don’t think I’ve read much of Lisa Jewell’s work. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 Happy Reading!


  2. Thanks Chrissi they are much deeper than the covers suggest, her last book The House We Grew Up in was about hoarding…. if you bought the book based on the cover alone it would be a big surprise!


  3. I’d be interested in what you think of the Parsons book. I’ve heard so many mixed reports about it.

    I’m currently beta reading a friends novel. Prior to that I read How to Fall by Jane Casey for crime book club and next I have an arc to read for another friend. I need to read faster.


    1. I haven’t read How to Fall although I’ve read the Maeve Kerrigan series. I know the feeling about needing to read faster (or having more time to read) I’ve read the mixed reviews too so decided to see what I thought, so far I’m enjoying it…


  4. I’ve enjoyed a few of Lisa Jewell’s early books, haven’t read any of her recent ones though. I’ll look out for your thoughts on The Third Wife, sounds good.


  5. Cleo – You have such a nice variety in the books you read! I’ve heard good things about The Murder Bag, so I’ll be really interested in your thoughts about it. And The Third Wife really does look good.


    1. The Murder Bag is proving to be a very ‘readable’ book although there is a little too much explanation in places, but to be fair I’m not terribly far into this one yet. I really love Lisa Jewell’s later novels, they are full of quite heavy issues and her writing style has me hooked each time.


  6. I’m intrigued by the Lisa Jewell – somehow the title, her name and the cover all combine to make it sound like chick-lit, but the blurb makes it sound meatier.


    1. I really don’t know why they are pitched in this way. All of her later books are not what I would call ‘chick-lit’ they deal with quite big issues. The House that We Grew Up In was about a hoarder, not a typical subject for chick-lit! I love the author’s writing style which is really easy to read and I find I connect with the story instantly.


  7. I’m reading a ton of children’s picture books for a course I’m taking on kid’s lit and poetic devices. One of the most beautiful I’ve read recently is “LIttle Night” by Yuyi Morales. Exquisitely illustrated and lyrically written, it should be a must for every child’s bedtime.

    And I’ve just read Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell (illustrated by Christian Robinson), a brilliant biography of Josephine Baker that is written in a jazzy style. Interesting for kids and parents.

    One of the adult books I’m currently reading is “In Search of Duende” by Federico Garcia Lorca. Have just started it, and it promises to be a winner for those who are interested in poetry and the expression of “deep song.”

    Clearly, I haven’t started my “summer” reading yet. 😀


  8. The Murder Bag sounds intense; detective books make me so nervous though! The only crime/detective books that I am able to read are John Grisham’s; I don’t even know if that is a good thing or bad thing ha!


    1. This probably wouldn’t be for you, the murder is quite in your face but they aren’t all like that. On the whole I prefer the psychological thrillers as especially those that have domestic settings but it depends what it is that makes you nervous.


        1. If you go to my page 2014 book reviews with links there is a whole list by genre (the longest being psychological thrillers) My favourites are Precious Thing by Colette McBeth, Asta’s Book by Barbara Vine, The Burning Air by Erin Kelly, Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott…:-)


  9. That sounds like a wonderful course. I really miss having children to read to, as I particularly loved the early years with the wonderful illustrations. I had to go and check out Josephine, it looks wonderful. The reason I love blogging is we all have our own take on what makes a good read and those choices are made on such a complex web of reasoning 🙂


  10. I have “The Murder Bag” on my wishlist but it’ll probably be a while before I get to it. In the meantime I will keep an eye out for your review.


  11. I’ll be curious to hear what you have to say about The Murder Bag (I was not overly impressed, I’m afraid – he is a bit too keen to show us he’s done his research).
    As for misleading covers – publishers do seem to go for trends, don’t they – I’ve seen lots with fancy scripting or paper-cut-outs type covers lately which (either consciously or subconsciously) echo ‘The Shock of the Fall’ or else blackish covers to echo ‘Gone Girl’ etc.


    1. I did mention to Margot in one of my comments that I have found The Murder Bag a little heavy on the description of procedure but to be honest I’ve had little time for reading this week so I haven’t got very far yet….
      The cover issue is really odd although I’m sure publishers have their reasons…


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