My Week in Books – 2nd September ’18


New arrivals  

All Among the BarleyAll Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison (ebook, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley)

The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, although the Great War still casts its shadow over the fields and villages around her beloved home, Wych Farm.

Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading rural traditions and beliefs. For Edie, who must soon face the unsettling pressures of adulthood, the glamorous and worldly outsider appears to be a godsend. But there is more to the older woman than meets the eye.

As harvest time approaches and pressures mount on the entire community, Edie must find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.

none-so-blindNone So Blind by Alis Hawkins (paperback, review copy courtesy of The Dome Press)

West Wales, 1850.  When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery.

He knows exactly whose bones they are.

Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the guilty, but the investigation turns up more questions than answers.

The search for the truth will prove costly. Will Harry and John be the ones to pay the highest price?

Murder at the Grand Raj HotelMurder at the Grand Raj Palace (Baby Ganesh Agency #4) by Vaseem Khan (hardcover, library book)

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world’s elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.  The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder…

When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead – the day after buying India’s most expensive painting – the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in – and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.

Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

A Light of Her OwnA Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan (eARC, review copy courtesy of Amberjack Publishing and NetGalley)

In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.

Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to become the first woman admitted to the prestigious Haarlem artists’ guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic. Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster.

A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandts and repressive religious rule.

Pre-order A Light of Her Own from Amazon UK 

The TemptationThe Temptation by Vera Morris (ebook)

Where is David Pemberton?

Two years ago, thirteen-year-old David Pemberton vanished without a trace. It’s up to detectives Laurel Bowman and Frank Diamond to find him. But how do you solve a case without a lead? When local residents are brutally murdered, they start to think something more ominous is at heart. And now, it’s not just David they should be worried about. As they’re drawn into a circle of destruction, deceit and temptation, they find themselves close to cracking the case. But the closer they get, the more vulnerable they become. And soon, their lives are at risk…

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday –  I hosted a stop on the blog tour for Smart Moves by Adrian Magson, sharing my review and also a guest post from Adrian.

Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Back to School so I shared a list of books set in schools or colleges.

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 Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble as part of the blog tour for the book which is the first in a new historical romance saga.  My second blog tour of the day for historical thriller, Night Flight to Paris by David Gilman, set in WW2 Paris.  I loved it as will be obvious from my review.

Friday – I just sneaked in under the wire my review of the book selected as part of the latest Classics Club Spin, Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.   I also published my review of my Buchan of the Month, Huntingtower (Dickson McCunn #1) by John Buchan.  Finally, I shared details of how I got on with this year’s ARC August reading challenge.

Saturday – It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for another #6Degrees of Separation linking six books in a chain starting with Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
  • Book Review: The Dark Tide by Vera Brittain
  • Book Review: Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon
  • Book Review: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
  • Book Review: A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland
  • Buchan of the Month: Introducing Castle Gay by John Buchan
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira
  • Book Review: Choose to Rise: The Victory Within by M. N. Mekaelian

5 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 2nd September ’18

    1. I’m still processing my thoughts about it in order to write my review… I definitely wouldn’t say don’t read it, but I didn’t feel as positive about it as some people have.


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