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This Week In Books (September 2)

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 Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey and totally immersed in the stories past and present.

Letters to the Lost

See yesterday’s post for the synopsis and a taster from this book

I have just finished something entirely different, The Beast of Jersey by Joan Paisnel, my tattered copy came courtesy of my son, Owen, who picked it up on one of his forays into charity shop, knowing that I’m fascinated by true crime he thought I should read this one which happened in Jersey.

The Beast of Jersey


Edward Paisnel, a predatory paedophile nicknamed the Beast of Jersey, who was convicted in 1971 for an 11-year reign of terror. Paisnel believed himself to be the reincarnation of Gilles de Rais, and committed his crimes in the bizarre outfit depicted on the cover of this 1972 biography by his wife Joan. Goodreads

Next I am planning on reading The Insanity of Murder by Felicity Young. I really enjoyed Doctor Dody McCleland’s introduction in The Anatomy of Death so I’m looking forward to reading, this episode, the fourth in the series.

The Insanity of Murder


To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough. But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided. Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case?
Dody and Pike’s investigations lead them to a women’s rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner. Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge – and before Florence becomes the rest home’s next victim. NetGalley

What are you reading this week?

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

27 thoughts on “This Week In Books (September 2)

    1. You’ll have to look out for my review of this one but it was incredibly interesting – and I don’t even know what to say about that cover!! Yes I’ve owned my copy of Letters to the Lost for way too long.


  1. You’ve got some great reads there, Cleo. I’ll be especially interested in what you think of Letters to the Lost when you’ve finished reading it. And I hope you’ll enjoy the next of Felicity Young’s books, too; isn’t that a great series?


  2. Things looked promising when I saw the second book. But then I read that it’s non fiction. I’ve never heard of this killer but if he based his crimes on those of Gilles de Rais .. then I probably wouldn’t want to read it. I grew up under the shadows of the Moor Murderers–not the vicinity–the headlines.


    1. He was a very odd man but probably not a killer, he climbed into bedrooms to remove children in the dead of night – what is amazing that it took the police 11 years to find the culprit on an island that is only 9 by 5 miles large,


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