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Musing Mondays (March 2)

Musing Mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I am currently reading The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer. I’m a big fan of this author but I have to confess I’m not entirely sure of this book just yet so I need to read more because she hasn’t let me down yet!

The Shut Eye


Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here.
And now they are all his mother has left.
Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity.
When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn’t? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son…
But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake, preying on the vulnerable?
Or is he something far, far worse? Goodreads

I have just finished the compelling non-fiction book The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath by Jane Robbins which cleverly wove the period background into the investigation of Spilsbury’s prowess and the investigation into the crime.

My review will be published later this week

The Magnificent Spilsbury


Bessie Mundy, Alice Burnham and Margaret Lofty are three women with one thing in common. They are spinsters and are desperate to marry. Each woman meets a smooth-talking stranger who promises her a better life. She falls under his spell, and becomes his wife. But marriage soon turns into a terrifying experience.
In the dark opening months of the First World War, Britain became engrossed by ‘The Brides in the Bath’ trial. The horror of the killing fields of the Western Front was the backdrop to a murder story whose elements were of a different sort. This was evil of an everyday, insidious kind, played out in lodging houses in seaside towns, in the confines of married life, and brought to a horrendous climax in that most intimate of settings – the bathroom.
The nation turned to a young forensic pathologist, Bernard Spilsbury, to explain how it was that young women were suddenly expiring in their baths. This was the age of science. In fiction, Sherlock Holmes applied a scientific mind to solving crimes. In real-life, would Spilsbury be as infallible as the ‘great detective’ Amazon

Next on the list, although I have been going off-piste recently, is You Belong To Me by Samantha Hayes, another psychological suspense novel featuring DI Lorraine Fisher from Until You’re Mine and Before You Die

You Belong To Me


Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England, and at last is beginning to feel safe.
Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more.
But she’s unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her.
Watching. Waiting.
Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments box below.

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here


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

29 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (March 2)

  1. I was going to start Shut Eye, but have been sidetracked by a few other books I need to finish/get around to/been challenged to read in March. Curious to hear what your final verdict on it will be: interesting how we’re prepared to give authors we like an additional chance, while with others we might have stopped reading.


  2. I like the sound of all of these books. I am hoping to finish The Bome Clocks this week. I started last week but it’s in audio so taking longer than I’d like. Happy Monday!


  3. Cleo – I like Bauer’s work very much, so I’ll be keen to see what you think of Shut Eye. I’m not much of a one for the whole psychic thing, but if she handles it very well, perhaps… And the Robins sounds great!


    1. I have warmed up a little more towards this one as I love Belinda Bauer’s writing but I do struggle with the psychic element in any book, if it was any other writer I wouldn’t be reading it! The Robins was excellent!


  4. Oh, another Samantha Hayes book. I have the UK cover/title book here that I haven’t read yet. I ordered it last year after finishing UNTIL YOU’RE MINE. Might just have to order the new one too.


    1. It does look good doesn’t it – I started reading this author when she wrote under Sam Hayes which were standalone books but I am enjoying the new series and thrilled there was another episode.


  5. I loved the Bauer in the end, despite there being several things about it that should have made me hate it. I just love the way she writes – and her black humour…

    Ooh, can’t wait for your review of the Spilsbury book! It’s been on my TBR for soooo long…


    1. I have warmed to the Bauer because as you say her writing overcomes all sort of things (including one of the subjects I most dislike). The Spilsbury was an excellent read! You need to push it up the pile….


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