My Week in Books – 30th September ’18


New arrivals  

A Pivotal RightA Pivotal Right (Shaking the Tree #2) by K. A. Servian (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours)

Florence struggled for breath as she stared in the face of a ghost. “Jack?”

Twenty years after being forced apart Jack and Florence have been offered a second chance at love. But can they find their way back to each other through all the misunderstandings, guilt and pain? And what of their daughter, Viola? Her plan to become a doctor is based on the belief she has inherited her gift for medicine from Emile, the man she believed was her father. How will she reconcile her future with the discovery that she is Jack’s child?

A Pivotal Right is the second book in the Shaking the Tree series set in colonial New Zealand. It continues the story of Jack and Florence begun in The Moral Compass.

The Monastery MurdersThe Monastery Murders (Stanton & Barling #2) by E. M. Powell (ebook, review copy NetGalley and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours)

Their lives are ones of quiet contemplation – and brutal murder.

Christmas Eve, 1176. Brother Maurice, monk of Fairmore Abbey, awaits the night prayer bell. But there is only silence. Cursing his fellow brother Cuthbert’s idleness, he seeks him out – and in the darkness, finds him brutally murdered.

Summoned from London to the isolated monastery on the Yorkshire Moors, Aelred Barling, clerk to the King’s justices, and his messenger Hugo Stanton set about investigating the horrific crime. They quickly discover that this is far from a quiet monastic house. Instead, it seethes with bitter feuds, rivalries and resentments. But no sooner do they arrive than the killer strikes again – and again.

When Barling discovers a pattern to these atrocities, it becomes apparent that the murderer’s rampage is far from over. With everyone, including the investigators, now fearing for their lives, can Barling and Stanton unmask the culprit before more blood is spilled?

The Lion Tamer Who LostThe Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech (ebook)

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t.

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined.

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it? What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.

Miss MarleyMiss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye (proof copy, courtesy of HQ Stories)

Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

Pre-order Miss Marley from Amazon UK

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I published my review of The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason.

Tuesday –  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read.  Plenty to choose from there…  I also published my review of The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana.  Jenny  is one of the many authors appearing at this year’s Henley Literary Festival which runs from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 7th October 2018.

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…and to go blog hopping.

Thursday – My Throwback Thursday post was a review of Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson, the second in his award-winning series of memoirs.  Alan is another author appearing at Henley Literary Festival 2018 and I’m excited to have a ticket to hear him speak on 30th September at the historic Kenton Theatre.

Friday – I shared my review of The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson, which continues the story of his life in and out of politics.

Saturday – I published my review of The Temptation by Vera Morris.  Vera is appearing at Henley Literary Festival’s ‘Crime and Wine’ event alongside Vaseem Khan, author of Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, and Jessica Fellowes, author of Bright Young Dead.

Sunday – I republished my review of Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce to mark the author’s  appearance on 1st October at Henley Literary Festival 2018.  I also shared my publication day review of crime mystery The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi #2) by Michael Pronko, set in a vividly rendered Tokyo.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks
  • Book Review: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  • Book Review: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
  • Book Review: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan
  • Book Review: The Dark Tide by Vera Brittain
  • Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

4 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 30th September ’18

    1. I took a blog tour break for the whole of September and it was liberating I can tell you…though no I seemed to be no less busy funnily enough 😀 Back to business as usual in October…


Comments are closed.