#TopTenTuesday Books Set in the Caribbean

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Barbados BeachThis week’s topic is a freebie and since I’m off to Barbados in a few days time (don’t hate me) I’ve come up with a list of books set wholly or partly in the Caribbean. Links from the title will take you to my review or the book description on Goodreads. 

Sugar Money by Jane Harris – Martinique & Grenada
Fortune by Amanda Smyth – Trinidad
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Jamaica
Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart – Barbados
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan – Barbados
How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones – Barbados
Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud – Trinidad
River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer – Barbados, British Guiana (now Guyana) & Trinidad
The Tide Between Us by Olive Collins – Jamaica
Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller – Martinique




#WWWWednesday – 25th January 2023


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

Dead of NightDead of Night by Simon Scarrow (ARC, Headline)

BERLIN. JANUARY 1940. After Germany’s invasion of Poland, the world is holding its breath and hoping for peace. At home, the Nazi Party’s hold on power is absolute.

One freezing night, an SS doctor and his wife return from an evening mingling with their fellow Nazis at the concert hall. By the time the sun rises, the doctor will be lying lifeless in a pool of blood.

Was it murder or suicide? Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is told that under no circumstances should he investigate. The doctor’s widow, however, is convinced her husband was the target of a hit. But why would anyone murder an apparently obscure doctor? Compelled to dig deeper, Schenke learns of the mysterious death of a child. The cases seem unconnected, but soon chilling links begin to emerge that point to a terrifying secret.

Even in times of war, under a ruthless regime, there are places in hell no man should ever enter. And Schenke fears he may not return alive . . .

A WW2 thriller set in Berlin ticks a lot of boxes for me. I haven’t read the first book in the series but I’m hoping that won’t be a problem.

A Gift of PoisonA Gift of Poison (Brontë Sisters Mystery #4) by Bella Ellis (eARC, Hodder & Stoughton via NetGalley)

Haworth 1847 – Anne and Emily Brontë have had their books accepted for publication, while Charlotte’s has been rejected everywhere, creating a strained atmosphere at the parsonage.

At the same time, a shocking court case has recently concluded, acquitting a workhouse master of murdering his wife by poison. Everyone thinks this famously odious and abusive man is guilty. However, he insists he is many bad things but not a murderer. When an attempt is made on his life, he believes it to be the same person who killed his wife and applies to the detecting sisters for their help.

Despite reservations, they decide that perhaps, as before, it is only they who can get to the truth and prove him innocent – or guilty – without a shadow of doubt. 

I’ve enjoyed all three previous books in the series so couldn’t resist requesting this latest one. And it should allow me to  tick off another time period for the When Are You Reading? Challenge 2023.

Recently finished

A Winter Grave by Peter May (riverrun)

The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne (Penguin)


What Cathy (will) Read Next

PontiPonti by Sharlene Teo (Picador)

It is 2003, and in the sweltering heat of Singapore sixteen-year-olds Szu and Circe develop an intense friendship. For Szu it offers an escape from Amisa, her beautiful, cruel mother – once an actress and now the silent occupant of their rusty house. But for Circe, their friendship does the opposite, bringing her one step closer to the fascinating, unknowable Amisa.  

Seventeen years later, Circe finds herself adrift and alone. And then a project comes up at work, a remake of the cult seventies horror film series ‘Ponti’, the same series that defined Amisa’s short-lived film career. Suddenly Circe is knocked off balance: by memories of the two women she once knew, by guilt, and by a lost friendship that threatens her conscience… 

The Emperor's ShieldThe Emperor’s Shield (Legionary #9) by Gordon Doherty (eARC, courtesy of the author)

Easier to split the sky, than part a soldier from his blade.

386 AD. The Eastern Roman Empire faces a trident of threats. The Gothic truce grows unstable. The standoff with Persia escalates. And the ambitions of the usurper on the Western throne grow dangerously unchecked.

Pavo, a broken veteran of the legions, cares for none of these things. His life is one of pastoral seclusion on his Thracian farm. A life of love, of peace. His wife and young son are his world. Still, every so often, things seen and done in his old life haunt him, like a cold and unwelcome breeze. But that is all they are, echoes of the past…

Until the past rises, like a shade, to rip his world and the Roman Empire apart.