My Week in Books – 18th November ‘18


New arrivals

The Cold North SeaThe Cold North Sea(Ingo Finch Mystery #2) by Jeff Dawson (eARC, courtesy of Canelo and NetGalley)

A game of spies, a brutal murder, the fate of an Empire…

Doctor Ingo Finch is back in Britain, practicing medicine and hitting the bottle. But then something happens in the North Sea: fishing ships are mysteriously attacked off Dogger Bank. Great powers are stirring and innocent lives are lost. But why is the secretive ‘Freeland Company’ paying off witnesses?

It seems far away, but when a strange man turns up on Finch’s door begging for help, events soon take a life of their own, not least when the man is murdered. As navies and nations mobilise, Finch is once again drawn into the dark underworld of espionage. As war looms, and militarists and Bolshevists vie in the streets, the future of Britain herself is at stake…

Pre-order The Cold North Sea from Amazon UK

The Art of LoveThe Art of Love (The Golden City #1) by A. B. Michaels (ebook, courtesy of the author)

Money. Art. Passion. Despair. Welcome to the Golden City…

At the end of the Gilded Age, the “Golden City” of San Francisco offers everything a man could want – except the answers August Wolff desperately needs to find. After digging a fortune in gold from the frozen fields of the Klondike, Gus heads south, hoping to start over and put the baffling disappearance of his wife and daughter behind him. The turn of the century brings him even more success, but the distractions of a city some call the new Sodom and Gomorrah can’t fill the gaping hole in his life.

Amelia Starling is a wildly talented artist caught in the straightjacket of Old New York society. Making a heart-breaking decision, she moves to San Francisco to further her career, all the while living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.

Brought together by the city’s flourishing art scene, Gus and Lia forge a rare connection. But the past, shrouded in mystery, prevents the two of them from moving forward as one. Unwilling to face society’s scorn, Lia leaves the city and vows to begin again in Europe. Gus can’t bear to let her go, but unless he can set his ghosts to rest, he and Lia have no chance at all.

The Road to GrantchesterThe Road to Grantchester by James Runcie (eARC, courtesy of Bloomsbury and NetGalley)

The captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series follows the life, loves, and losses of young Sidney Chambers in postwar London.

It is 1938, and eighteen-year-old Sidney Chambers is dancing the quickstep with Amanda Kendall at her brother Robert’s birthday party at the Caledonian Club. No one can believe, on this golden evening, that there could ever be another war.

Returning to London seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross and lost his best friend on the battlefields of Italy. The carefree youth that he and his friends were promised has been blown apart, just like the rest of the world–and Sidney, carrying a terrible, secret guilt, must decide what to do with the rest of his life. But he has heard a call: constant, though quiet, and growing ever more persistent. To the incredulity of his family and the derision of his friends – the irrepressible actor Freddie and the beautiful, vivacious Amanda – Sidney must now negotiate his path to God: the course of which, much like true love, never runs smooth.

The Road to Grantchester will delight new and old fans alike and finally tell the touching, engaging, and surprising origin story of the Grantchester Mysteries’ beloved archdeacon.

Pre-order The Road to Grantchester from Amazon UK

The Encircling SeaThe Encircling Sea (Vindolanda #2) by Adrian Goldsworthy (ebook)

AD 100- Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, is finding it hard to keep the peace. Based at Vindolanda – an army fort on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world – he feels the eyes of his enemies on him at all hours.

Ambitious leaders sense a chance to carve out empires of their own. While men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of Rome.

And out at sea, ships of pirates and deserters restlessly wait for the time to launch their attack on the empire’s land.

A Killer's AlibiA Killer’s Alibi (Philadelphia Legal #3) by William L. Myers, Jr. (eARC, courtesy of the author)

For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.

When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.

On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.

As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters – some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.

Pre-order A Killer’s Alibi (Philadelphia Legal #3) from Amazon UK

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday –  I shared my review as part of the blog tour for The Price of Compassion (The Golden City #4) by A. B. Michaels.

Tuesday –  I introduced my Buchan of the Month, Memory Hold-The-Door, the autobiography of John Buchan which was published posthumously.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…and have a good nose around to see what other bloggers are reading.

Thursday – My Throwback Thursday post was my review of historical mystery, No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson.  The sequel, The Cold North Sea, is published at the beginning of December.

Friday – I published my review of Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet.

Saturday –  I took part in the cover reveal for The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: Christmas at War by Caroline Taggart
  • Book Review: A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton
  • Book Review: Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Monastery Murders (Stanton & Barling #2) by E. M. Powell
  • Cover Reveal: The Distance by Zoe Folbigg
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: None So Blind by Alis Hawkins