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This Week in Books (April 26)

This Week In Books
Hosted by Lipsy 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 a much lighter read than normal; The Other Us by Fiona Harper which will be published by HQ on 4 May 2017.


If you could turn back time, would you choose a different life?
Forty-something Maggie is facing some hard truths. Her only child has flown the nest for university and, without her daughter in the house, she’s realising her life, and her marriage to Dan, is more than a little stale.
When she spots an announcement on Facebook about a uni reunion, she can’t help wondering what happened to Jude Hanson. The same night Dan proposed, Jude asked Maggie to run away with him, and she starts to wonder how different her life might have been if she’d broken Dan’s heart and taken Jude up on his offer.
Wondering turns into fantasising, and then one morning fantasising turns into reality. Maggie wakes up and discovers she’s back in 1992 and twenty-one again. Is she brave enough to choose the future she really wants, and if she is, will the grass be any greener on the other side of the fence?
Two men. Two very different possible futures. But is there only once chance at happiness? Amazon

This is sandwiched between two crime fiction novels, the former being one with a genealogical slant, Dying Games by Steve Robinson, the sixth in the Jefferson Tayte series.


Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.

Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again—and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he’s up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead.

With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The killer is running rings around him; is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target? NetGalley

Next on my list is You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood which I’m keen to read as it promises something a little bit different!


An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech.

He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth. There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands.

We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it? NetGalley

Do you fancy any of these? Perhaps you’ve already read them?

What are you reading this week?


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

28 thoughts on “This Week in Books (April 26)

  1. I really like the idea of You don’t know me. The case sounds intriguing and I wonder if the strategy worked out. I like that the readers get to be more involved in analyzing evidence and sort of playing the jury role. Looking forward to your review. Happy reading!


  2. I have to agree with the comments and say You Don’t Know Me has got me intrigued. I love a good court case book. I’m currently reading crime novel Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge. It’s the first in the DI Helen Grace series and I can’t seem to put it down. Thanks for sharing the books above, I look forward to your reviews and reading the books myself. 🙂


  3. Oh, I do like Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series, Cleo. I need to catch up with that one! And sometimes, it’s nice to sandwich lighter (or at least not noir!) reading in amongst the crime and darker reads. Sounds like you’re having a good reading week.


  4. I agree with many others here: YOU DON’T KNOW ME sounds very good.

    This past week, I read THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell). I thought I’d read all the Rendell/Vine books, but this one slipped through the cracks. It’s about a Conservative MP in the early 1990s who is inadvertently responsible for the death of two people and his attempt to forestall the inevitable (in the Vine universe) reckoning.

    Then I read a debut mystery by Julia Chapman, DATE WITH DEATH. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s about the deaths of people who used a local dating service. It was an uneasy mix of cozy and dark–I think it needed another edit to go in one direction or the other.

    Now I’m reading Amy Gentry’s GOOD AS GONE, about an abducted teenager who returns home eight years later. Gradually, the girl’s mother begins to see holes in her daughter’s story. So far, it’s quite good (although, as a mother of daughters, it’s a difficult subject to read about).


  5. Love that cover for You Don’t Know Me. I like to ix up light and heavier reading. Keeps my reading attitude sharp.


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