My Week in Books – 3rd February ‘19

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New arrivals

the american agentThe American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear (proof copy courtesy of Allison & Busby and Random Things Tours)

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice – Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.

As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend – and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

Pre-order The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) from Amazon UK (link provided for convenience not as part of an affiliate programme)

hetty's secret warHetty’s Secret War (Women at War #3) by Rosie Clarke (eARC courtesyof Aria Fiction and NetGalley)

In 1939, with the world on the brink of war, one women faces a future more uncertain than she had ever imagined…

Georgie – when the man she has always loved is sent to France on a secret war office mission every knock of the door fills her with dread of it being the feared telegram boy…

Beth – orphaned as a child, Beth is coming of age and determined to do her bit for the war effort. Caught up in a whirlwind romance, she marries only to become a war widow… and one expecting a baby who will never know his brave father. Can she find happiness again?

Hetty – desperately trying to make her way back from Paris to her beloved family in England, a fateful and tragic encounter brings Hetty to Chateau de Faubourg where she joins the resistance and risks both her heart and her life fighting for charismatic resistance leader Stefan Lefarge…

However dark the times, courage, determination and the power of friendship can overcome the hardships of war.

Pre-order Hetty’s Secret War (Women at War #3) from Amazon UK (link provided for convenience not as part of an affiliate programme)

The Things We Cannot SayThe Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (eARC courtesy of Random Things Tours and NetGalley)

What would you sacrifice for love? Inspired by the author’s family history, a searing page-turner of war, family secrets and a love to defy all odds.

World War Two – Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

Present day –  When Alice’s cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.  In Poland separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942.

As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

Pre-order The Things We Cannot Say from Amazon UK (link provided for convenience not as part of an affiliate programme)

The Cornish LadyThe Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce (eARC courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources)

Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.

When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

Pre-order The Cornish Lady from Amazon UK (link provided for convenience not as part of an affiliate programme)

The FamiliarsThe Familiars by Stacy Halls (hardcover, review copy courtesy of Bonnier Zaffre and Readers First)

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn¹t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

As the two women’s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Pre-order The Familiars from Amazon UK (link provided for convenience not as part of an affiliate programme)


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday – The Top Ten Tuesday topics was Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List. I also published my review of Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell which I absolutely loved.

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.

Friday – I published my review of Prester John by John Buchan, my Buchan of the Month for January.

Saturday – I took part in the Six Degrees of Separation meme whose starting book this month was Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

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: A Killer’s Alibi (Philadelphia Legal #3) by William L. Myers, Jr.
  • My Five Favourite January Reads
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie
  • Blog Tour/Guest Post: Coming Home to Holly Close Farm by Julie Houston
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My Week in Books – 27th January ‘19

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New arrivals

gallowstree laneGallowstree Lane by Kate London (hardcover, review copy courtesy of Corvus and Readers First)

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t.

The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw’s not interested in the infantry. Shaw likes the proper criminals, the ones who can plan things.  For two years he’s been painstakingly building evidence against an organized network, the Eardsley Bluds. Operation Perseus is about to make its arrests.  So when a low-level Bluds member is stabbed to death on Gallowstree Lane, Shaw’s priority is to protect his operation. An investigation into one of London’s tit for tat killings can’t be allowed to derail Perseus and let the master criminals go free.

But there’s a witness to the murder, fifteen-year-old Ryan Kennedy. Already caught up in Perseus and with the Bluds, Ryan’s got his own demons and his own ideas about what’s important.  As loyalties collide and priorities clash, a chain of events is triggered that draws in Shaw’s old adversary DI Sarah Collins and threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane…

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in a time of monstersIn A Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt by Emma Sky (hardcover, review copy courtesy of Atlantic Books and Readers First)

Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East travelling through a region in revolt.

In A Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclerotic regimes to reform; the descent of Syria into civil war; the rise of the Islamic State; and the flight of refugees to Europe. With deep empathy for its people and an extensive understanding of the Middle East, Sky makes a complex region more comprehensible.

A great storyteller and observational writer, Sky also reveals the ties that bind the Middle East to the West and how blowback from our interventions in the region contributed to the British vote to leave the European Union and to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Pre-order In A Time of Monsters  from Amazon UK

20190126_141313Poetic Justice by R. C. Bridgestock (paperback, review copy courtesy of The Dome Press)

From the husband and wife team, who are the storyline consultants to TV’s Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey, comes the brand new book in the D.I. Jack Dylan series, which takes the reader back to where it all began…

When Detective Jack Dylan heads home after a residential course, he has no idea that an extraordinary succession of events is about to turn his life upside down. A vicious, unprovoked attack is just the start. Soon his wife is dead and his step-daughter – dangerously depressed – is being expelled from university for drug use. And at work, two teenagers have gone missing.

An ordinary man might break under the strain, but Dylan is no ordinary man. He knows that his survival depends on him carrying on regardless, burying himself in his work.

He is determined to pursue the criminal elements behind the events – both personal and professional – whether his superiors like it or not. And, as his family disintegrates around him, a newcomer to the admin department, Jennifer Jones, seems to offer some sort of salvation.

Life may have changed, but nothing will stand in the way of Dylan’s quest for justice.

Pre-order Poetic Justice  from Amazon UK

blood & sugarBlood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (ebook, courtesy of Mantle and NetGalley)

June, 1781 – An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.

Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing…

To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.

And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford…

the confessions of frannie langtonThe Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (eARC, courtesy of Penguin and NetGalley)

They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don’t believe I’ve done?

1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning – slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.

For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.

But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?

Pre-order The Confessions of Frannie Langton from Amazon UK

louis & louiseLouis & Louise by Julie Cohen (ebook, courtesy of Orion and NetGalley)

ONE LIFE. LIVED TWICE.

Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final ‘e’.

They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.

Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.

A tender, insightful and timely novel about the things that bring us together – and those which separate us.

gold digger the remarkable baby doe taborGold Digger: The Remarkable Bay Doe Tabor by Rebecca Rosenberg (eARC, courtesy of the author)

One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her!

She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society.

Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday – The Top Ten Tuesday topics was Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn’t Get To AKA Confession Time!  I also published my review of the third in Rory Clement’s historical thriller series set in WW2, Nemesis.

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.   I also joined the blog tour for The Secret by Katharine Johnson sharing my review of this dual time novel set in present day and wartime Tuscany.

Friday – I published my review of The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, the book selected for the latest Classics Club Spin.

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: Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Buchan of the Month/Book Review: Prester John by John Buchan
  • Book Review: The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea
  • Six Degrees of Separation: From Fight Club