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This Week in Books (October 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

Happy Halloween one and all here’s hoping you have a good ghost story to send you into All Saint’s Day.

My current read is The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths which fits the bill perfectly!


Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body.
The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers… Amazon

The last book I finished was The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes, a superbly executed novel based upon Victorian true crime.

Next up I’m considering reading A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves, a book written by this now accomplished author at the beginning of her writing career back in 1986



In England’s birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted – a murderer . . .

Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they?

George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether.

But as he and his fellow “twitchers” flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George – with help from his lovely wife, Molly – gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it . . . before the murderer strikes again. Amazon

What do you think? Any of these books take your fancy this week?


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

22 thoughts on “This Week in Books (October 31)

  1. I’ve just been hearing how good the Griffiths is, Cleo! I hope you’ll really enjoy it, and post about it when you’ve finished. And I do want to read that Haynes. It’s just up my street, I think.


    1. I am enjoying The Stranger Diaries which just goes to prove how versatile Elly Griffiths is – I think you’d love the Elizabeth Haynes book too – again unlike her previous novels and I’d dare to say better… (even though I’ve loved them all) but more of that in my review!

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  2. They all sound good this week! I’ll be starting The Stranger Diaries properly tonight, too. I couldn’t resist and had a peak at the first couple of chapters already and it’s looking good… 😀


  3. I’m really excited about Elly Griffiths’ new book. Hope it works well for you. I’ll be reading it as well. And I didn’t know that Elizabeth Haynes had a new book. Yay for that! I want to read those bird books by Ann Cleeves too. So many lovely books!


  4. We read The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves for our mystery book club at work. I thought it was very good. And we’re going to read The Glass Room in April. I remember seeing A Bird in the Hand while researching Ann Cleeves – hope you enjoy it!


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