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This Week in Books (February 13)

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 Death of a Dancer by Jill McGown, number three in the Lloyd and Hill series. I originally read many of these books many years ago on loan from the library, but was thrilled to find them published for the kindle a few years ago – sadly I only made it to book two then but here I am picking up the thread again after a break.


The murder of a deputy headmaster’s wife on the night of the Sesquicentennial Ball at a minor-league boys’ public school brings together the team of Inspector Lloyd and Judy Hill. Diana Hamlyn’s body has been found on the school’s playing field. Death had been caused by the traditional blunt instrument, her clothing was disarrayed, her underclothes missing. It was a particularly disturbing killing.

As Lloyd and Hill begin the harrowing routine of a murder investigation they rapidly learn that the woman had been a nymphomaniac – her conquests many, her fidelities few, the list of suspects for her killing appallingly long. That list includes her husband, her lovers and her colleagues, none with perfect alibis, some ostentatiously lying. Amazon

The last book I finished was The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie although strictly speaking I listened to the book, rather than read it! Miss Marple did it again using the voice of June Whitfield!


Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets – a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir.

But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note said ‘I can’t go on’. Only Miss Marple questions the coroner’s verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner? Amazon

Next up I think I’ll step away from murder for a moment and read The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis.


A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.

Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…
Read her letter. Remember her story… Amazon


What does your reading week look like?


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

15 thoughts on “This Week in Books (February 13)

  1. The Girl In The Letter sounds very me. I’m reading the new Rachel Burton one next then a book about autism called The PDA Paradox


  2. It’s Black History Month, so I’m diving into some new to me, but classic and contemporary African and African-American authors, so just read and absolutely loved my first Bernice McFadden novel Praise Song for the Butterflies and I’ll definitely be reading more of her work, also my first James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, which happens to also be on at the local cinema and now onto another classic The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta.

    This is the month to boost the TBR in that respect, especially with my friend and fellow literary blogger, also based here in France, Didi @browngirlreading who does a Feb photo challenge on Instagram #ReadSoulLit where readers share their favourite books by people of colour.


  3. I think THE GIRL IN THE LETTER sounds very good. And only hours to solve it. Intense. If it’s a Miss Marple, I have read it, numerous times. Love them. New narrator to me. Glad to hear she does a nice job. I’ve not read any of Jill McGown’s books. I’m vaguely familiar with the series. Another to check out. Have a good week, Cleo!


  4. The Moving Finger is a good ‘un, Cleo, in my opinion. I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I like the McGown series – I wish it were better-known. I hope you’ll enjoy Book 3. It’s interesting, isn’t it, how some series get a lot of media/public attention, and others don’t, even when they’re very nicely done.


  5. The Moving Finger is awesome, I never guessed the killer. This week, I have been reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and it’s really good fun.


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