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This Week in Books (June 1)

This Week In Books

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

Well it’s June 1 2016 which can mean only one thing; I am starting my month of reading books from my own bookshelves, including some that I’ve picked for 20 Books of Summer 2016

So I’m about to start The Poison Principle by Gail Bell as recommended to me by Hayley of Rather Too Fond of Books following this year’s random interest in poisoners!

The Poison Principle


When Dr William Macbeth poisoned two of his sons in 1927, his wife and sister hid the murders in the intensely private realm of family secrets. Like the famous poisoner Dr Crippen, Macbeth behaved as if he were immune to consequences; unlike Crippen, he avoided detection and punishment. Or did he?
As time passed, the story of Dr William Macbeth, well-dressed poisoner, haunted and divided his descendants. Macbeth’s granddaughter Gail Bell, who grew up with the story, spent ten years reading the literature of poisoning in order to understand Macbeth’s life. A chemist herself, she listened for echoes in the great cases of the 19th and 20th centuries, in myths, fiction and poison lore.
This intricate story, with a moving twist at the end, is a book about family guilt and secrets, and also an exploration of the nature of death itself – as Bell turns to her grandfather’s poisonous predecessors, from Cleopatra, Madame Bovary and Napoleon, as well as looking at Harold Shipman. Amazon

I have just finished My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor, a psychological thriller, that thrills!

My Husband's Son

You can read the synopsis and a couple of excerpts in yesterday’s post

Next up.. and I hope you appreciate how difficult this post is to write, as I haven’t scheduled my choices as normal, the spreadsheet is still there but it simply has a list of books so chaos and disorder reign… will be Bloody Women by the wonderful Helen FitzGerald. Bloody Women has been on my kindle since February 2014 so it deserves to be read especially as I’ve enjoyed the three books I’ve already read by this author; The Cry, The Exit and Viral

Bloody Women


Returning to Scotland to organise her wedding, Catriona is overcome with the jitters.
She decides to tie up loose ends before settling permanently in Tuscany, and seeks out her ex-boyfriends.
Only problem is, they’re all dead. Goodreads

What are you reading this week? Do share in the comments envelope below!


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

38 thoughts on “This Week in Books (June 1)

  1. Ah, Bloody Women is a book with a difference – Helen Fitzgerald is certainly never boring (I believe it was her first one?). I read it after an editor mentioned she could detect some similarities in our styles (I wish!)


    1. I have really enjoyed all Helen Fitzgerald’s books because they are all so different – looking forward to this one very much – I’m sure if an editor saw it there must be something in it!


  2. Bloody Women sounds intriguing, especially as I have not long finished and enjoyed Viral. I might have to see if there’s an audio version of it available.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post 🙂


    1. I suppose it depends on how you categorise thrillers? the poison book is non-fiction and looks at how it appears in literature – fairy tales, Shakespeare and Keats as well as taking in historical crimes committed by poisoners


  3. Oh, a new Fitzgerald! That gets my attention, Cleo. And so does the Bell. I think you’ve got some good reading ahead!


  4. I like the sound of The Poison Principle most out of these I think, though I liked The Cry too so that is probably one I’d enjoy as well.


  5. Ooooh have a great month, I really need to have a month working on my TBR shelves too. I’m particularly intrigued by Bloody Women out of your picks!


    1. Thank you – I am aiming to devote June to my own books but will pick up some review books in July and August. The Poison Principle has been an absolute revelation which not only looks at one father who poisoned his sons but examples from literature too e.g. Snow White and that poisoned apple and Juliet and her ‘pretend’ poison.


    1. Oh Lindsay I’m not supposed to be buying any books until I’ve finished my 20 Books of Summer challenge but you are spot on with this recommendation. Thank you so much for pointing me in this books direction – it’s out on 30 June, even better a whole swathe of my ancestors come from Esssex!

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