My Week in Books – 22nd August 2021

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Blog posts

Monday – I published my review of A Line To Kill (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #3) by Anthony Horowitz, one of my 20 Books of Summer 2021.

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Favourite Places To Read.

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 to have a good nose around what others are reading. 

Thursday – I shared my publication day review of historical crime novel Wolf at the Door (A Bradecote and Catchpoll Investigation #9 by Sarah Hawkswood.

Friday – I published my review of Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army by Edoardo Albert.

Saturday – I shared my thoughts on End of Summer by Anders de la Motte, translated by Neil Smith.

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


New arrivals

A Better Part of ValorA Better Part of Valor (Valorie Dawes Thrillers Book 3) by Gary Corbin (ebook)

While jogging off-duty along the riverfront, rookie cop Valorie Dawes discovers the body of a young girl – and ignites a manhunt for a serial killer.

The Shoeless Schoolgirl Slayer has remained a step ahead of the Clayton, CT police for months. All of his victims drowned. All were found barefoot. And all bear the same strange, fresh tattoo. Then rookie cop Val Dawes notices patterns that eluded the department’s more traditional senior detectives. Following her intuition, she discovers clues that convince her she’s closing in.

But is she? Or is the clever and elusive Slayer laying a trap to make Val the next victim?

Splinter on the TideSplinter on the Tide by Phillip Parroti (Paperback, Casemate Publishers)

With German U-Boats haunting the Atlantic, sinking ships within sight of the East Coast, the safety of Allied convoys is reliant on the courage of young sailors crewing small wooden vessels laid down in the last war.

Having survived the sinking of his first ship, Ensign Ash Miller, United States Navel Reserve, is assigned to command one of the new additions to “the splinter fleet,” a 110-foot wooden submarine chaser armed with only understrength guns and depth charges. His task is to weld his untried crew into an efficient fighting unit, and take his vessel to sea in order to protect the defenseless Allied merchant vessels.

Ash rises to the challenge and meets the threats he faces with understated courage and determination, rescuing stricken seamen, destroying Nazi mines, fighting U-Boats, and developing both the tactical sense and command authority that will be the foundation upon which America’s citizen sailors eventually win the war. During rare breaks in operations, Ash cherishes a developing relationship with the spirited Claire Morris who embodies the peaceful ideal for which he has been fighting.


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Late Train to Gipsy Hill by Alan Johnson
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book Review: Snow Country by Sebastian Faulk
  • Book Review: Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek, trans. by Leri Price

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My Week in Books – 15th August 2021

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On What Cathy Read Next last week

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Monday – I published my review of the audiobook of This Lovely City by Louise Hare, one of my 20 Books of Summer 2021.

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Secondary Characters Who Deserve More Love.

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 to have a good nose around what others are reading. 

Thursday – I shared my review of historical crime novel, A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry, another of my 20 Books of Summer 2021.

Friday – I published my review of Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller, also one of my 20 Books of Summer 2021.

Saturday – I shared my thoughts on the audiobook version of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer.

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


New arrivals

LemonLemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun, translated by Janet Hong (eARC, Head of Zeus)

In the summer of 2002, nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on was murdered in what became known as the High School Beauty Murder. There were two suspects: Shin Jeongjun, who had a rock-solid alibi, and Han Manu, to whom no evidence could be pinned. The case went cold.

Seventeen years pass without justice, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister, Da-on, in particular. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own twisted way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened.

Told at different points in time from the perspectives of Da-on and two of Hae-on’s classmates, Lemon is a piercing psychological portrait that takes the shape of a crime novel and is a must-read novel of 2021.

The Silence of ScherazadeThe Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman, translated by Betsy Göksel (eARC, Head of Zeus)

On an orange-tinted evening in September 1905, Scheherazade is born to an opium-dazed mother in the ancient city of Smyrna. At the very same moment, a dashing Indian spy arrives in the harbour with a secret mission from the British Empire. He sails in to golden-hued spires and minarets, scents of fig and sycamore, and the cries of street hawkers selling their wares. When he leaves, seventeen years later, it will be to the heavy smell of kerosene and smoke as the city, and its people, are engulfed in flames.

But let us not rush, for much will happen between then and now. Birth, death, romance and grief are all to come as these peaceful, cosmopolitan streets are used as bargaining chips in the wake of the First World War.

Told through the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family, this unforgettable novel reveals a city, and a culture, now lost to time.

The Sweetness of WaterThe Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (hardcover)

In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry – freed by the Emancipation Proclamation – seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.

Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community. In the aftermath of so much turmoil, it is Isabelle who emerges as an unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book Review: Wolf at the Door by Sarah Hawkswood
  • Book Review: End of Summer by Anders de la Motte
  • Book Review: Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army by Edoardo Albert