My Week in Books – 4th February ’18


New arrivals  

In Strangers' HousesIn Strangers’ Houses by Elizabeth Mundy (eARC, NetGalley)

There are some crimes you can’t sweep under the carpet . . .

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, knows all too well about cleaning up other people’s messes. When her friend Timea disappears, she suspects one of her clients is to blame. However, the police don’t share her suspicions and it is left to Lena to turn sleuth and find her friend.

Searching through their houses as she scrubs their floors, Lena desperately tries to find out what has happened. Only Cartwright, a police constable new to the job, believes that this will lead to the truth – and together they begin to uncover more of Islington’s seedy underbelly than they bargained for.

But Lena soon discovers it’s not just her clients who have secrets. And as she begins to unravel Timea’s past she starts to wonder if she really knew her friend at all.

The Summer Will Come by Soulla Christodoulou (eARC, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources)

Set in 1950s Cyprus, EOKA, British rule, the fight for Enosis – unity with Greeve.  Two Cypriot families, living in different villages on the island, are coping with the unpredictability of this fractious time.  Circumstances over a five year period push both families to emigrate to London where, as immigrants, they struggle to settle, face new challenges, trauma and cope with missing their homeland’s traditions and culture.  Both families’ lives cross paths here and it seems that a happier future could be theirs.  But at what cost?

A story of passion for a country in turmoil, family love, loyalty and treachery and how, sometimes, starting over isn’t always as imagined. (Temporary blurb, cover not yet available)

Mrs Saint and the DefectivesMrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer (ebook)

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of “defectives,” to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

What Markie doesn’t realize is that Mrs. Saint has big plans for the divorcée’s broken spirit. Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her eccentric community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. But when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their fragile web of healing, it’s up to Markie to mend these wounds and usher in a new era for the “defectives”—one full of second chances and happiness.

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I took part in the blog tour for Court of Lions by Jane Johnson, celebrating its publication in paperback.   I also featured The Secret Life of Mrs London by Rebecca Rosenberg, which I’m looking forward to reading as part of the upcoming blog tour.

Tuesday – I shared my Top Ten Tuesday list of books I enjoyed despite them being out of my comfort zone.   I also took part in the blog tour for An Argument of Blood by Matthew Willis & J. A. Ironside, the first part in a duology about William the Conqueror.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday 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 review of The Power-House by John Buchan, the first book in my Buchan of the Month reading project.

Thursday – I took part in the blog tour for Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik, one of my favourite books of 2017.  I shared a fascinating Q&A with Rachel about the book and its inspiration.  My Throwback Thursday post was my review of The Existence of Pity by Jeannie Zokan, a coming-of-age story set in Colombia (Kindle edition currently available for £0.99.)

Friday – I shared my Five Favourite January Reads.

Saturday – I took part in the blog tour for The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus, an imaginative time travel romance set in Italy.

Sunday – I published my review of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, a wonderful historical romp not without darker undertones.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – 17 out of 156 books read, 3 more than last week
  • Classics Club Challenge – 9 out of 50 books read, same as last week
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018 (Silver) – 5 ARCs read and reviewed out of 25, 1 more than last week
  • From Page to Screen– 10 book/film comparisons out of 15 completed, same as last week
  • 2018 TBR Pile Challenge – 3 out of 12 books read, 1 more than last week
  • Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2018 – 10 books out of 50 read, 1 more than last week
  • When Are You Reading? Challenge 2018 – 4 out of 12 books read, same as last week
  • What’s In A Name Reading Challenge – 0 out of 6 books read, same as last week
  • Buchan of the Month – 1 out of 12 books read, same as last week

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Buchan of the Month: Introducing John Macnab
  • Review: The Optickal Illusion by Rachel Halliburton
  • Blog Tour/Excerpt: The Once and Future Queen by Nicole Evelina
  • Throwback Thursday: The Somme Legacy by M J Lee
  • Excerpt: The Circumstantial Enemy by John R Bell
  • Blog Tour/Q&A: The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke
  • Excerpt: Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day

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