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This Week In Books (May 6)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I am currently reading The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz

The Lost Garden


Marin Ellis is in search of a new start after her father and his second wife die in a car accident, and at thirty-seven she is made guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca. They leave Hampshire for the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast, and settle into Bower House on the edge of the village church property. When a door to a walled garden captures Rebecca’s interest, Marin becomes determined to open it and discover what is hidden beneath the bramble inside. She enlists the help of local gardener Joss Fowler, and together the three of them begin to uncover the garden’s secrets. In 1919, nineteen-year-old Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell’s vicar, is grieving the loss of her beloved brother Walter, who was killed just days before the Armistice was signed. Eleanor retreats into herself and her father starts to notice how unhappy she is. As spring arrives, he decides to hire someone to make a garden for Eleanor, and draw her out of – or at least distract her from – her grief and sorrow. Jack Taylor is in his early twenties, a Yorkshire man who has been doing odd jobs in the village, and when Eleanor’s father hires him to work on the vicarage gardens, a surprising – and unsuitable – friendship unfolds. NetGalley

I have just finished the book I read as a tribute to the death of the wonderful Ruth Rendell; The Face of Trespass which was first published in 1974.

The Face of Trespass

Two years ago he had been a promising young novelist. Now he survived – you could hardly call it living – in a near derelict cottage with only an unhooked telephone and his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla – the bored, rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into deception and violence had just begun. Goodreads

Next I plan to read The Candidate by Daniel Pembry, a thriller set in Luxembourg.

The Candidate


WHEN HEADHUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED: Nick Thorneycroft is a British headhunter working in Luxembourg. His company asks him to recruit a high-flying executive for the company’s Russian business. The best candidate turns out to be smart, beautiful… and mysterious. Soon the effects of Russia’s political upheaval, and the arrival of an ex-girlfriend who won’t leave him alone, make Nick’s Luxembourg life increasingly perilous; worlds collide in this gripping, atmospheric tale. Goodreads

What have you found to read 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

36 thoughts on “This Week In Books (May 6)

  1. I’m reading The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. It reminds me that just because you have same gender children, it doesn’t mean they’re all the same. It’s also a bit sad to think there are families like this who compete in their little ways and try to maintain status quo when in reality their secrets are affecting them internally.


    1. I just read the blurb for Weird sisters and already have some sympathy for the girls with the burden of their names (if I hadn’t been Cleopatra I was to be a Titania – not sure which is worse!) I love books who explore how families operate and how even when siblings come together as adults it is hard to shake off the roles already assigned. Sounds fascinating, thanks for sharing it with me. 🙂

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  2. You do read such tantalising books, Cleo! Away from me, temptation!
    I’m trying to stick to my TBR pile for a while now.
    I’m currently reading crime fiction from Costa Rica – Red Summer by Daniel Quiros (only translated into French so far, not English). I’ve just finished reading Bloody Women by Helen Fitzgerald, which I’ve reviewed today on my blog. And I’m still debating what to read next. What would you choose between I Let You Go and Snowblind?


    1. Haha – I know I’ve said this before but I need to cut down on the review books, I have so many great things to read already, Bloody Women being one of them! I haven’t read Snowblind but I was very impressed with I Let You Go…


  3. Such great reads, Cleo! I’m pleased you’re about to read the Rendell – I really hope you’ll like that one. The others look great, too – a nice week for you, I think.

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  4. I’m in the middle of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, and am writing something scary so thinking about some vintage Stephen King next – I’ve never actually read The Shining! I like the sound of The Lost Garden, will stick it on the to-read list!


  5. I have never read Ruth Rendell, but I knew that many people were fond of her books! 🙂 I’m glad you got to read a book of hers!


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