This Week in Books: 20 May 2015

My week in books

This 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 three books.

Golden Age etc

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards – the story of detective fiction written by the authors in the Detection Club between the two World Wars.  I’m reading this slowly, enjoying all the details about authors whose books I’ve read such as Agatha Christie and authors I’ve only heard of. I can see I’m going to have a long list of books to read by the end of this book.

Harbour Streetthe sixth Vera Stanhope murder mystery by Ann Cleeves. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn’t leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. This was adapted for television and I watched it when it was first broadcast last year but can’t remember the identity of the murderer!

Poirot and Me by David Suchet – his account of how he came to play Hercule Poirot in TV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1988 until the final episode in 2013. I think I must have watched all the episodes, some more than once and it’s interesting to get David Suchet’s perspective.


A few days ago I finished reading Dry Bones That Dream by Peter Robinson, a DCI Banks Mystery. I wrote about it earlier this week in this post.


As usual I’m not sure what I’ll read next. I’m very tempted to read one of the books I added to the TBR piles yesterday when I went to Barter Books in Alnwick. Yesterday was also the fortnightly visit of the library van and I collected three books I’d reserved- I’ll do a separate post about all these books.

The one that is calling to me right now is The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey. This is the fourth Maeve Kerrigan book and I’ve read the first three.

Maeve is investigating the murders of three women who have been strangled in their homes by the same killer. It appears that they knew their killer and had let him in.

10 thoughts on “This Week in Books: 20 May 2015

  1. What a lovely clutch of books you’re reading at the moment! Certainly I want to read the David Suchet one and Martin Edwards’ new book. I too remember that Vera but can’t remember who the culprit was either. I never do which is why I can watch or read crime stories over and over. LOL!


  2. I bet the David Suchet one is great. I always say I’m going to make time for more autobiography and biography and then never seem to get round to it!


  3. We like the Vera tv show, and may read the books one day, when our TBR stacks are less tall. She is a great character.


  4. I have a couple of collections of vintage detective stories selected and introduced by Martin Edwards to read soon – one set based in London and the other based in holiday locations. I’ve only dipped into them so far but, like you, I feel I’m going to end up with a lot of new-to-me classic writers to investigate further…


  5. Oh, Margaret, you’ve got some great reads there. I think you’ll really like Martin Edwards’ book. And I’m biased, being a fan of both Cleeves and Robinson, but I think those reads are great too. Oooh, and the Casey! Lucky!


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