My Week in Books – 12th November ’17


New arrivals

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (hardcover special edition, gift)

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

The Marriage of Miss Jane AustenThe Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Vol. 1 by Collins Hemingway (ebook, review copy courtesy of HF Virtual Book Tours)

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a prim and proper life as a single woman. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she – and the marriage remained secret for 200 years? The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen is a trilogy that resolves the biggest mysteries of Austen’s life, the “lost years” of her twenties – a period of which historians know virtually nothing.

– Why the enduring rumours of a lost love or tragic affair?
– Why, afterward, did the vivacious Jane Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and shut herself away to write her books?
– Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters, journals, and diaries from this period?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy presents an original love story, based on actual history, to put forth a believable, compelling, and plausible answer to Austen’s lost years. Go with Jane Austen as this thinking woman, and sensitive soul, seizes the opportunity for meaningful love with a man who inspires her and understands her independent spirit – the one man worthy of her mind, heart, and soul.

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared my review of Zenka by Alison Brodie, a blackly comic crime caper with a touch of romance.

Tuesday – I featured an extract from In The Dark by Andreas Pflüger

Wednesday – My WWW Wednesday  post is the opportunity to share what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m reading now and what I’ll be reading next. I also published my interview with Gary Corbin, author of Lying in Vengeance, the follow-up to the courtroom drama, Lying in Judgment,

Thursday – I shared my review of Cuz by Danielle Allen, a moving memoir of her murdered cousin, Michael, but also a devastating analysis of the US justice and penal system.

Friday – I was delighted to take part in the spotlight tour for The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett.

Saturday – As part of the blog tour, I shared my review of Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier, an emotional story of infidelity, betrayal and self-discovery. I also published an interview with T.F. Jacobs, author of Untangling the Black Web, a political thriller set in the murky world of the U.S. health insurance system. There’s also a giveaway to win a copy of the book that runs until 19th November 2017.

Sunday – I took part in the blog tour for The Lido Girls by Allie Burns, sharing a fantastic interview with Allie all about the book and her research for it.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 138 out of 156 books read, 4 more than last week
  • Classics Club Challenge – 5 out of 50 books reviewed, same as last week
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 (Gold) – 42 ARCs reviewed out of 50, 1 more than last week
  • From Page to Screen 2016/7– 7 book/film comparisons out of 12 completed, same as last week
  • From Page to Screen 2017/18 – 1 out of 3 completed, same as last week

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Review: The Secret of Vesalius by Jordi Llobregat
  • Blog Tour/Extract: Becoming Mrs. Smith by Tanya E Williams
  • Blog Tour/Guest Post: District VIII by Adam LeBor
  • Extract: The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri
  • Review: Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley
  • Review: Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City by Christine Evelyn Volker
  • Blog Tour/Review: Illusion by Stephanie Elmas
  • Blog Tour/Review: Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson

10 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 12th November ’17

    1. Yes, the only thing I have a slight concern about is that it’s the first part of a trilogy. I sometimes wonder if that’s just an author’s way of cutting an overlong book into what seem more manageable chunks. We’ll see…

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  1. Wow, Cathy! I’m impressed by your reading challenge updates. I love the cover of Venetian Blood; it certainly makes me want to read it. I’ve noticed on your upcoming posts that you have some interesting-named authors: Llobregat, LeBor, Pakaj Giri, Voker, Ragnar Jonasson. They sound as if they’ve stepped out of the pages of Lord of the Rings! Happy Reading and thank you for the heads-up.

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    1. I recently spent a few days in Venice so the setting of Venetian Blood was what attracted me to the book. The author’s really captured the atmosphere. You’re right about the spate of complicated names. I’ve been having to double and triple check the spellings!


      1. Ha-ha!
        (I’ve always wanted to go to Venice – when there are no tourists – I’ve probably left it fifty years too late for that! I’d want to be there in autumn with a mist on the canals.)

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      2. Stay away from St Mark’s Square, go out of season and wait until the cruise ships have set sail for the evening and you can still find quiet back streets and canals. It really is a magical place. Definitely not too late to go!


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