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This Week in Books (October 12)

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

At the moment I am reading one of the nominees on the The Man Booker Prize shortlist, a book I’m advised has outsold all the other shortlisted books so of course the cynic in me says that’s reduced the author’s chance of winning, but perhaps I’ll be proved wrong. So which book am I reading? Well it’s His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, a historical crime novel which is confusingly convincing.



A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question.

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative—centered around an unreliable narrator—will keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice. Amazon

The last book I read was Pariah by David Jackson, a tale concentrated around Detective Callum Doyle who is based in New York where Doyle is a member of the NYPD. He has a problem though, those close to him keep dying…



Where can you turn when your very presence brings death to those around you?
That’s the question Detective Callum Doyle is about to face. It begins with the calculated murder of his partner on a vacant lot. But more death is to follow, and when the chilling anonymous messages arrive, Doyle is left in no doubt that this is about him.
You cannot go near your friends, your colleagues, or even your family. Because if you do… they will be killed.
To save others, Doyle is forced to cut himself off from society. But with the investigation getting nowhere and his isolation becoming unbearable, Doyle has to ask himself how much he’s willing to sacrifice to get his life back. Amazon

Next up is Mark Hill’s The Two O’clock Boy which judging by the opening which I shared in yesterday’s post, this is going to be a gripping read!


To read the synopsis and an excerpt, please visit yesterday’s post.

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

39 thoughts on “This Week in Books (October 12)

  1. All your books sound great. I like the sound of Pariah and I read your post on Mark Hill’s book which also sounded very promising. Enjoy all your books this week. Happy reading:-)


  2. Great list 😊 Have you read Hot Milk? It’s also on the Man Booker shortlist and I am about half way through and I’m enjoying it so far.


  3. I have to admit that as soon as I hear a book is nominated for the Man Booker I avoid like the plague as they’re often a little too “worthy”. His Bloody Project does sound good though. I’m a big fan of Scottish crime novels so will be interested to see your review.


  4. I’m intrigued by His Bloody Project too, although I haven’t read it yet, and I do have The Two O’clock Boy on my TBR pile, as it sounds really thrilling. So quite a nice mix of books you have there!
    I’ve just embarked upon The Magpie Murders by Horowitz – that man is so versatile, and it’s obvious just how much he enjoys writing and how well he can mimic different periods and styles.
    I’ve just finished The Bird Tribunal by Norwegian author Agnes Ravatn, which has echoes of Jane Eyre and Rebecca… incredibly atmospheric.
    And my next read will be either The Essex Serpent, about which I’ve heard excellent things and my library reservation has just come through, or else Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss (also from the library).


    1. I read Lady Fancifull’s review of The Magpie Murders and it’s now on my TBR and having read your review of The Bird Tribunal which correlated with others – that’s another one I really must read. I’ll now have to hope for the sake of my TBR that The Essex Serpent doesn’t slither onto my list too!


  5. I like the sound of His Bloody Project. This week I’ve been reading Strangers in Oxford which is about who was staying in what house in St Aldates Oxford during the first civil war when Charles moved his court to the city and was living in Christ Church. It’s quite dry and academic but it tells you the names of his pastry chefs and his grooms etc and all the jobs of the people in the houses in that street and I’ve been gripped by it.


  6. I’ve been swithering about His Bloody Project, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it. I’ve heard lots of good things about it, and would probably have added it already if I wasn’t on my TBR reduction mission, but you might be abe to push me over the line… or convince me it’s not worth adding!


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