This Week in Books: 8 April 2015

My week in booksThis Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found, about what I’ve been reading Now, Then & Next. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


I’m currently reading The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. I have mixed feelings about it, alternating between thinking it’s good, not so good, and just about OK, so I carry on reading. It’s historical fiction based on Freud’s visit to New York in 1909, accompanied by Jung, when a young woman is brutally murdered and a second is attacked and left unable to speak. A mixture of murder mystery and psychoanalysis with an interpretation of ‘Hamlet‘ thrown in. I’ve nearly finished this book.

I’m also reading Dreamwalker: The Ballad of Sir Benfro Book One by James Oswald on my Kindle. This is fantasy fiction, not the sort of book I read very often, so it makes a refreshing change. This is inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, following the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. I’ve read about 25% of the book so far.


I’ve recently finished reading Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring, a new book which will be published in June. My copy is a pre-publication review copy courtesy of I loved this book, historical fiction set in the Scottish and English Borders and London between 1523 – 1525, full of political intrigue and personal vengeance. My review will follow soon.


There are several books lining up that I’m keen to read next. I’m not sure which one to choose. It’s been a while since I read an Agatha Christie, so it could be The Moving Finger, a Miss Marple mystery. Or it could be Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, or Nora Webster by Colm Tobin, or The Last Girl, the third Maeve Kerrigan book by Jane Casey. Or something completely different!

16 thoughts on “This Week in Books: 8 April 2015

  1. Thanks for joining in! 🙂 great selection of books. I’ve had my eye on that Dreamwalker book for a while. I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts.


  2. I love historical fiction and those set in the 1500s England are a particular favorite. I hope you enjoy it! And thanks for linking up with WWW Wednesday!


  3. If it helps, I love The Moving Finger and The Last Girl and want to read Elizabeth is Missing. I’m sure that helps a lot. LOL


  4. Dreamwalker sounds interesting. Dragons seem to be featuring in my OUaT challenge this year as they’ve been in both books I’ve read so far and I have another on my library pile.

    I have my grand-daughter staying so am not finding time to read much this week but when I have I’m enjoying the Agatha Christie autobiography you read last year.


    1. Cath, well I loved the Dragon in ‘Merlin’ (John Hurt’s voice was just right) and so far the dragons in this book are just as interesting.
      Enjoy your grand-daughter’s visit!


  5. Margaret – Sorry to hear the Rubenfeld isn’t sweeping you away. I admit I was interested in that one, as I do like a solid historical novel. The Oswald sounds fascinating; I’ll look forward to your review on that one. You have some great-sounding books coming up next, too.


  6. I read Rubenfeld’s ‘Death Instinct’ (the #2 book) first and liked it, 3 stars, so I had our book club do ‘Interpretation of Murder’. Bad mistake…I thought I was generous giving it 2 stars, and nobody else thought much of it either!


    1. Candace, I also have ‘Death Instinct’ to-be-read and I was thinking I wouldn’t be keen on that one either – so I’m glad you said you liked it – that’s encouraging!


  7. And P.S. You can’t go wrong with Jane Casey. Her books are great! I only have ‘The Kill’ left to read After that, must wait for her to write another!


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