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This Week in Books (March 15)

This Week In Books
Hosted by Lipsyy 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 another book for my Mount TBR Challenge which I’m pleased to say is still on track! I purchased A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup on 8 September 2016 and I’m working my way through all the poisons with delight!


Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie’s extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime. Amazon

Before that I finished Boundary by Andrée A. Michaud which will be published on 23 March 2017.


It’s the Summer of 1967. The sun shines brightly over Boundary lake, a holiday haven on the US-Canadian border. Families relax in the heat, happy and carefree. Hours tick away to the sound of radios playing ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Children run along the beach as the heady smell of barbecues fills the air. Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the red and blond Lolitas. Life seems idyllic.

But then Zaza disappears, and the skies begin to cloud over… Amazon

Next up is A Life Between Us by Louise Walters whose debut novel Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase wowed me.


Tina Thornton’s twin sister Meg died in a childhood accident, but for almost forty years Tina has secretly blamed herself for her sister’s death. During a visit to her aging Uncle Edward and his sister Lucia, who both harbour dark secrets of their own, Tina makes a discovery that forces her to finally question her memories of the day her sister died. Who, if anyone, did kill Meg?

As Tina finds the courage to face the past, she unravels the tangled family mysteries of her estranged parents, her beautiful French Aunt Simone, the fading, compassionate Uncle Edward, and above all, the cold, bitter Aunt Lucia, whose spectral presence casts a long shadow over them all.
A Life Between Us is a beautifully evocative story of a family torn apart at the seams, which will appeal to readers who enjoy family sagas and modern-day mysteries. Amazon

What are you reading? Do share!


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

40 thoughts on “This Week in Books (March 15)

  1. I like the cover for A Life Between Us. I haven’t read any books with family sagas in a while. It looks interesting though emotional.

    Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading.


    1. I aim to please! There were a stack of books of the girly variety in the kitchen last week and my assistant asked if I’d read those – I said no, there was unlikely to be any murders in them – he looked a wee bit worried 😉

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  2. A is for Arsenic sounds great. I’ve finished Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather which I loved and am currently reading As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann which is set during the English Civil War. It’s written in the first person and that person is a bit of a rotter to put it mildly so it’s a bit remorseless! No escape available with other characters.


  3. Cleo, were you a poisoner in another life? Ha! I know that you like books about poisons and poisoners, etc. All these sound good. I’m reading Ruth Ware’s upcoming book, THE LYING GAME right now. It won’t be out here until July, but I just really ‘needed’ to read it. 🙂

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  4. You’ve got some good ones there, Cleo! The Harkup sounds especially interesting. I may have to look that one up. And I’ve heard some great things about the Walters, so I’ll be really keen to know what you thought of that when you’ve finished.


  5. And A IS FOR ARSENIC goes into the tbr list! Girl, I told you it’s bad for my attempts to get my tbr under control to read your blog–lol! I always find something interesting to add.

    Right now I’m reading Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s OLD BONES, the latest in her DCI Bill Slider mysteries. I love this series–especially the various characters and the great puns and word play. I recommend reading the series in order because characters do grow and change over time.

    Next up: Jane Harper’s Australian mystery, THE DRY. It’s about a man returning to his hometown after a 20-year absence to investigate the death of a childhood friend. This all takes place against the backdrop of a terrible drought. The book has received rave reviews here in the States. I hope it lives up to the hype.


    1. So glad you found something else today Deb! To be fair A is for Arsenic is fascinating! In return I have added Orchestrated Death to my wishlist – sounds like a great series, although I can’t believe I’m even contemplating adding another one to the list!!
      Bloggers I trust have loved The Dry and I’m feeling sad that I didn’t take up the offer of a copy of this one now but I’m sure I will pick it up at some point.


  6. Books about twins fascinate me, so I’m sure I’d like A Life Between Us. If you like stories about twins in general too, you might enjoy The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

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