My Week in Books – 7th March 2021

MyWeekinBooks

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared the books that were my Five Favourite February Reads.

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had and I shared a list of possible occupations. I also published my review of The Garden of Angels by David Hewson as part of the blog tour.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…as well as have a good nose around to see what books others have plucked from their shelves.  

Thursday – I celebrated World Book Day by sharing a whole bunch of publication day reviews: Stella by Takis Würger, Dangerous Women by Hope Adams and Masters of Rome by Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney, the latter as part of the blog tour. 

Friday – I published my review of The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou, translated by Sharmila Cohen.

Saturday – The first Saturday of the month means it’s time for #6Degrees of Separation.

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


New arrivals

The AssistantThe Assistant by Kjell Ola Dahl, trans. by Don Bartlett (eARC, courtesy of Orenda Books & Random Things Tours) 

Oslo, 1938. War is in the air and Europe is in turmoil. Hitler’s Germany has occupied Austria and is threatening Czechoslovakia; there’s a civil war in Spain and Mussolini reigns in Italy. When a woman turns up at the office of police-turned-private investigator Ludvig Paaske, he and his assistant – his one-time nemesis and former drug-smuggler Jack Rivers – begin a seemingly straightforward investigation into marital infidelity. But all is not what it seems, and when Jack is accused of murder, the trail leads back to the 1920s, to prohibition-era Norway, to the smugglers, sex workers and hoodlums of his criminal past…and an extraordinary secret.

Both a fascinating portrait of Oslo’s interwar years, with Nazis operating secretly on Norwegian soil and militant socialists readying workers for war, The Assistant is also a stunningly sophisticated, tension-packed thriller – the darkest of hard-boiled Nordic Noir – from one of Norway’s most acclaimed crime writers.

HintonHinton by Mark Blacklock (audiobook)

Howard Hinton and his family are living in Japan, escaping from a scandal. Hinton’s obsession is his work, his voyages into mathematical pure space, into the fourth dimension, but also his wife and sons, each of whom are entangled in the strange and unknown landscapes of Hinton’s science fictions.

In a bravura and startling meeting of real and philosophical elements, Mark Blacklock has created a ravishing period piece of late-Victorian social, scientific and domestic life. Hinton is about extraordinary discoveries, and terrible choices. It is about people who discover and map other realms, and what the implications might be for those of us left behind.

Lost PropertyLost Property by Helen Paris (eARC, courtesy of Transworld & Random Things Tours)

Dot Watson has lost her way.

Twelve years ago her life veered off course, and the guilt over what happened still haunts her. Before then she was living in Paris, forging an exciting career; now her time is spent visiting her mother’s care home, fielding interfering calls from her sister and working at the London Transport Lost Property office, diligently cataloguing items as misplaced as herself.

But when elderly Mr Appleby arrives in search of his late wife’s purse, his grief stirs something in Dot. Determined to help, she sets off on a mission – one that could start to heal Dot’s own loss and let her find where she belongs once more…


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: A Lifetime of Men by Cianhan Darrell
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Spring Cleaning 
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Saving Missy by Beth Morrey
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Book Review: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

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