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This Week in Books (September 14)

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

My book of the moment is The Woman on the Orient Express by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford

The Woman on the Orient Express


Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabin mate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly married but carrying another man’s child—is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect—with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets. NetGalley

I have just finished The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith which is a brilliant book set between Moscow at the time of the Russian Revolution and London a little while later. The Kill Fee is the payment made to papers not to print a story.


You can read the synopsis and an extract in yesterday’s post.

Next up is Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight a book that has sat on my bookshelf neglected, for far too long.

Reconstructing Amelia

Ever wondered what goes on inside your daughter’s head?

Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace’s over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught.

A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia’s private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN’T JUMP. Is someone playing with her, or has she been right all along? Amazon

Have you read any of these? Do you want to?

Let me know what you are reading this week by adding your comments or leaving your link below.


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

30 thoughts on “This Week in Books (September 14)

  1. I enjoyed Reconstructing Amelia. Not as much as I had anticipated but I think it’s a decent read. I hope you like it! 🙂


  2. I like the sound of The Kill Fee. Currently reading the new biography of Beryl Bainbridge by Brendan King. Because I worked at Gerald Duckworth which was her publisher I am gripped by all the shenanigans both financial and romantic! King seems to me to have written a very fair minded book about her.


  3. The last one sounds a bit grim, but the other two seem like a good, light-hearted break in your reading. Something we all need from time to time.
    I’ve just finished reading Dolores Redondo’s ‘The Legacy of the Bones’ (Baztan Trilogy #2) set in a rain-soaked valley in Basque territory. I am currently dipping in and out of Simon Critchley’s collection of essays about David Bowie (which starts with a sentence that I can absolutely relate to: ‘LET ME BEGIN WITH A RATHER EMBARRASSING confession: no person has given me greater pleasure throughout my life than David Bowie’). Up next? I keep saying it, but this time I really mean it: Pascal Garnier’s Eskimo Solution.


    1. Oh Marina I love the sound of the essays about David Bowie, although I wasn’t a huge fan, Owen was, and so I know more about him than I otherwise might! Ok I’m now absolutely on the edge of my seat waiting for your verdict on Eskimo Solution 🙂


  4. The Kill Fee sounds really good, Cleo. I love that historical period, and the plot sounds interesting. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about The Girl on the Orient Express. Hmm….I’ll be keen to know what you think of it. I’m generally a purist about such things, but every once in a while, an author does an outstanding job of it.


  5. Puttin Agatha Christie on the orient express is a great idea, I hope you enjoy the story. I read Reconstructing Amelia last year and overall enjoyed the story but the rushed ending is now all I remember from it.
    Happy reading!


  6. Ooh, I wonder what the Agatha Christie book will be like – could be brilliant, could be awful! Great cover again – there seems to have been an upsurge in fab covers recently. Hope the book lives up to it!


  7. I’ve read RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA and liked it a lot. I’m interested in THE WOMAN ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Hope that one turns out well. I’ll be watching for your thoughts.


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