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This Week in Books (January 9)

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

My current read is The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg a wonderful story that has transported me to Sweden, through Paris and to America, and I’ve not finished it yet!


A heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come …
Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny her American grand-niece, and her only relative give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.

When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colourful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War.

Can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, to unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?

The last book I finished was full-on crime fiction in the shape of The Suspect by Fiona Barton. This story will set a chill through anyone who has a child travelling in Thailand but there is a good surprise for fans of the author in a catch-up with some characters we’ve met before. The Suspect will be published on 24 January 2019.


‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’


When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.
And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . . Amazon

Next up I plan to read Murder in the Caribbean by Robert Thorogood in order to get some winter sunshine with the fourth in this delightful series by the creator and writer of the BBC One TV series.


DI Richard Poole is hot, bothered and fed up. He’s stuck on the tropical island of Saint-Marie, forced to live in a rickety old shack on a beach, and there isn’t a decent cup of tea to be found anywhere.

When a boat explodes in the harbour, Richard and his team soon realise there’s a new murderer on the loose. But who is it? And why did the killer leave behind a ruby at the scene of the crime?

As the police dig deeper, they uncover secrets that go back decades, and a crime from the past that can never be forgiven.

Worse still, they soon realise this is only the beginning. They’ve got to catch the killer before there’s another death in paradise… Amazon

So that’s my weeks reading travelling across continents  – how far are you travelling?


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

27 thoughts on “This Week in Books (January 9)

  1. I’ve been to Patagonia with Nothing but Dust by Sandrine Collette which was excellent and to Zimbabwe with the wonderful modern classic Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga written 30 years agoand the first book in a trilogy, book 3 of which came out recently. A great start to the year!
    Enjoy your Carribbean island mystery!


  2. I love the idea of a 90+ year old embracing technology to keep her connected to family. I often think that if the governments of various countries could teach older people some technology skills they could help address a lot of the depression felt by people who live alone


    1. So true on connecting older people. Plus even doing every day things gets harder by the minute if you don’t have any technology skills, I do sometimes wonder how older people manage to navigate the basics.


  3. I think all of these sound great! I’ve already been interested in The Suspect and I know you’ve read other books in the ‘Death in Paradise’ series (right?). The Red Address Book sounds very appealing too. Ah, books, can’t ever have too many, right? Ha!


  4. It looks as though you’re having a good reading week, Cleo. I’m interested in the Fiona Barton in particular; she’s got a lot of talent. And I can see why you’re so much enjoying The Red Address Book. What an interesting way to tie together the threads of a person’s life!


    1. I really enjoyed the Fiona Barton and my review of this will be posted soon.
      I have to admit I am loving the structure and content of The Red Address Book partly due to the different pace but also because it makes you think of all the people that we all cross paths with over the course of our lives…

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  5. #1 – “The red address book” sounds wonderful! THANKS for alerting me about it. ♥️
    #2 – “The suspect” is a title I have for review as well. (I want to read “The child” first.)
    #3 – I am unfamiliar with the author Robert Thorogood.


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