WWW Wednesdays – 24th July ‘19


Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, this meme is all about the three Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Why not join in too?  Leave a comment with your link at Taking on a World of Words and then go blog hopping!

Currently reading

I’m still reading Fake Like Me as part of the buddy read organised by the publishers.  Follow the discussion on Twitter every Monday evening using the hashtag #FakeLikeUs. The Runagates Club is my Buchan of the Month for July. 

Fake Like MeFake Like Me by Barbara Bourland (paperback, review copy courtesy of rivverrun)

After a fire decimates her studio, including the seven billboard-size paintings for her next show, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in three months-or ruin her fledgling career.

Homeless and desperate, she flees to an exclusive retreat in upstate New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists. And notorious as the place where brilliant young artist Carey Logan-one of her idols-drowned in the lake.

But when she arrives, the retreat is a ghost of its former self. No one shares their work. No parties light up the deck. No one speaks of Carey, though her death haunts the cabins and the black lake, lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck. As the young painter works obsessively in Carey’s former studio, uncovers strange secrets and starts to fall–hard and fast–for Carey’s mysterious boyfriend, it’s as if she’s taking her place.

But one thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan?

6DegreesTheRunagatesClubThe Runagates Club by John Buchan (hardcover)

These twelve stories are told by the old soldiers of the Runagates Club as they reminisce. Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-nine Steps, reappears recounting a trek into the bush in ‘The Green Wildebeest’. In ‘Dr Lartius’, John Palliser-Yeates describes an ingenious Secret Service operation during the First World War and a German code is finally broken in ‘The Loathly Opposite’.

Recently finished

The Secret Life of Alfred NightingaleThe Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill (ebook, courtesy of the author)

1967 – Handsome but troubled, Jim is almost 18 and he lives and breathes girls, trad. jazz, Eel Pie Island and his best friend, Charles. One night, he hears rumours of a community of young people living in caves in Matala, Crete. Determined to escape his odious, bully of a father and repressed mother, Jim hitchhikes through Europe down to Matala. At first, it’s the paradise he dreamt it would be. But as things start to go wrong and his very notion of self unravels, the last thing Jim expects is for this journey of hundreds of miles to set in motion a passage of healing which will lead him back to the person he hates most in the world: his father.

Taking in the counter-culture of the 1960’s, the clash of relationships between the WW2 generation and their children, the baby boomers, this is a novel about secrets from the past finally surfacing, the healing of trauma and the power of forgiveness.

A Cornish AffairA Cornish Affair by Jo Lambert (ebook, courtesy of Ruby Fiction and Rachel’s Random Resources)

Even in your hometown, you can feel like an outsider…

In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.

The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.

But Carrenporth is about to experience far bigger scandals than the return of Luke Carrack – and the secrets unearthed in the process will shake the sleepy seaside town to its core… (Review to follow as part of blog tour)

What Cathy (will) Read Next

the mathematical bridgeThe Mathematical Bridge by Jim Kelly (hardcover, review copy courtesy of Allison & Busby)

Cambridge, 1940. It is the first winter of the war, and snow is falling. When an evacuee drowns in the river, his body swept away, Detective Inspector Eden Brooke sets out to investigate what seems to be a deliberate attack. The following night, a local electronics factory is attacked, and an Irish republican slogan is left at the scene. The IRA are campaigning to win freedom for Ulster, but why has Cambridge been chosen as a target? And when Brooke learns that the drowned boy was part of the close-knit local Irish Catholic community, he begins to question whether there may be a connection between the boy’s death and the attack at the factory. As more riddles come to light, can Brooke solve the mystery before a second attack claims a famous victim?

Motive XMotive X by Stefan Ahnhem (hardcover, review copy courtesy of Head of Zeus)


Detective Fabian Risk’s daughter is in a coma at Helsingborg hospital. It’s Risk’s fault for getting her involved in his last investigation – and the guilt is crippling.


A young Syrian refugee has been killed. It looks like a racist attack – but then more people die across Sweden and Denmark. There’s no link between any of the victims. Is this a serial killer who strikes at random?


In Denmark, Police Chief Astrid Tuvesson must abandon her AA program to lead the investigation. And in Sweden, Fabian Risk is called from his daughter’s bedside and forced back into service. But even with a united team, tracking a random killer is next to impossible…


11 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays – 24th July ‘19

    1. I really enjoyed the first book, The Great Darkness, for the period setting and the interesting lead character. I’m hoping for more of the same in the follow-up. I know what you mean about stories featuring the death of children. They do seem to appear frequently in crime fiction these days. As long as they’re handled sensitively and the descriptions aren’t too graphic (that goes for any age of victim for me actually) I can still enjoy a book.


    1. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on The Night Tiger as I really enjoyed it. I read it as part of a buddy read organised by the publishers and with input from the author to our weekly discussion sessions on Twitter.

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  1. Oooh, Fake Like Me sounds really interesting and the synopsis gives me The Last Time I Lied vibes! Your buddy read sounds really fun and I hope you enjoy the book!


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