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This Week in Books (January 31)

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 Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, an unusual presentation of the age-old mystery story.


Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath… Amazon

The last book I finished was the brilliant The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards which has been a fantastic resource in building my list for The Classic’s Club.


This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, the leading expert on classic crime discusses one hundred books ranging from The Hound of the Baskervilles to Strangers on a Train which highlight the entertaining plots, the literary achievements, and the social significance of vintage crime fiction. This book serves as a companion to the acclaimed British Library Crime Classics series but it tells a very diverse story. It presents the development of crime fiction-from Sherlock Holmes to the end of the golden age-in an accessible, informative and engaging style.

Readers who enjoy classic crime will make fascinating discoveries and learn about forgotten gems as well as bestselling authors. Even the most widely read connoisseurs will find books (and trivia) with which they are unfamiliar-as well as unexpected choices to debate. Classic crime is a richly varied and deeply pleasurable genre that is enjoying a world-wide renaissance as dozens of neglected novels and stories are resurrected for modern readers to enjoy. The overriding aim of this book is to provide a launch point that enables readers to embark on their own voyages of discovery. Goodreads

Next I plan on reading 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan a book that has been on the TBR since March 2011 and one I was reminded of by the fabulous blogger from The Book Trail who reminded me it was there!


Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?

Though there are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell’s house and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor’s name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayor’s seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his way: the defense attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.

Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, corruption, racial conflict,economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behavior. A tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own. Amazon

What does your reading week look like? Have you read any of my choices? Are you planning to?

Please leave your comments in the box below.


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

37 thoughts on “This Week in Books (January 31)

  1. I’ve read the classic crime book as you know, and I’m thinking of suing Martin Edwards for damage to the TBR! The ones I’ve read so far have been mixed – some great, some… well, let’s just say not to my taste. But they’ve all been interesting for the insight into the range of vintage crime fiction. I think you should read all 102 of them…


  2. I reviewed ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ recently. The book was great, the ended could of been a little better though. Not heard of the classic crimes book, but I do like the look of it.


  3. I’m interested in the classic crime book – Martin Edwards is really a marvel with all his latest work bringing older mysteries into the light of day – he and the Poisoned Pen Press. I’m also wanting to read the Evelyn Hardcastle book. It sounds very interesting.


  4. The Seven Deaths… sounds really unusual, Cleo, and intriguing. I’ll be especially interested in what you think of that one. And Martin Edwards’ book is a great exploration of such a fascinating sub-genre. I’m glad to see it here. You’re having a good book week!


  5. I think I had put the first book on my TBR when you had mentioned it at a different time. The last is intriguing. I can imagine widows being used as scapegoats like unmarried women were during the Salem Witch trial days.


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