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This Week in Books (May 10)

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 The Monster In The Box by Ruth Rendell which is one of the books for my Mount TBR 2017 Challenge. I love Ruth Rendell but this book published in 2009 didn’t get good early reviews and it has languished on my shelf for ages so I thought it time to find out for myself.


Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo’s short, muscular figure. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk.

Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many still had their suspicions that her husband was guilty of her violent murder, no one was convicted.

Another woman was strangled shortly afterwards, and every personal and professional instinct told Wexford that the killer was still at large. And that it was Eric Targo. A psychopathic murderer who would kill again…

As the Chief Inspector investigates a new case, Ruth Rendell looks back to the beginning of Wexford’s career as a detective, even to his courtship of the woman who would become his wife. The villainous Targo is not the only ghost from Wexford’s past who has re-emerged to haunt him in the here and now… Amazon

I have just finished The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins which was published on 4 May 2017 and in a quirk of fate one of the protagonists reminded me a little of the characters Ruth Rendell invented.


Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.
The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation? Amazon

Next I am planning on reading The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann which was published on 23 March 2017.


Pools of blood, scenes of carnage, signs of agonising death – who deals with the aftermath of violence once the bodies have been taken away?

Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.

It is at the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered that she is suddenly confronted with her own past. The murder victim knew Judith’s secret: as a child Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances – parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background. . . .

When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies.

And nothing will ever be the same again. Amazon

So what are you reading this week? Have you read any of these choices? Do you want to?


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

30 thoughts on “This Week in Books (May 10)

  1. I’m very excited about The Night Visitor 🙂 I keep seeing it everywhere and I hate the cover but the blurb and the reviews have convinced me! And The Cleaner sounds like a nice change of side for this kind of stories! Happy reading!


  2. I definitely need to read The Night Visitor soon, it sounds so good. I hope you end up enjoying the Ruth Rendell book. It’s great that you’re still reading your older TBR books – I’m slowly reading my way through mine too and have discovered some gems recently that had been languishing on my shelves for years. Hope you have a good week of reading ahead 🙂

    My week in books:


  3. I wonder what you’ll think of the Rendell, Cleo. She was so talented, and I did like her Reg Wexford stories. This one perhaps wasn’t her strongest, but still… At any rate, I’m interested in The Cleaner, so I’ll be keen to know what you think of it when you’ve finished.


  4. I almost bought The Cleaner this week, as I saw that it was on offer on Kindle. I showed an (unusual) bit of self restraint, however. Will be interested to see what you make of it.


  5. Really thought I’d read all Ruth Rendell books but missed this one. Will be interested to hear what you make of it.
    I’ve contemplated reading and reviewing older books from my TBR pile instead of constantly trying to catch up and review new releases. Must get over my FMO, there are so many older books out there I haven’t read yet and a massive amount on my TBR pile.

    Caryl x


  6. I’ll be interested to read what you think of The Monster In The Box. I’m a huge fan of Ruth Rendell’s Wexford novels but found some of her later books focused too much on social issues. I’m still bereft that there will never be any more Wexfords!


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