This Week in Books: 10 June 2015

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 June


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’ve been reading this slowly for a few weeks. I am nearly half way now and it is fascinating.

Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work by Kitty Ferguson. I’ve borrowed this from my local library. I’m reading this slowly too, just a bit each day. The biographical sections are more interesting to me than the scientific explanations of his work – black holes and their event horizons are still a mystery to me, but at least I think I now know what an event horizon is (the outer boundary of a black hole – why isn’t it just called that?)!

The Kill by Jane Casey. I’ve nearly finished this, the fifth Maeve Kerrigan book – I hope to finish it either today or tomorrow. Another page turner and very dramatic!


Sad Cypress 01I’ve recently finished Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie, in which Hercule Poirot investigates the death of Mary Gerrard.

My review is on its way …




I’m never quite sure what I’ll read next – it could be one of many, although as Lovereading has sent me a copy of A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah to review by the end of June it could be that one next.


Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better… After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.

But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody’s been expelled – there is, and was, no George.

Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big and one small, to fit a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety. If the police can’t help, she’ll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be…

But it could just as easily be one of the other books piling up to be read. I’ve been neglecting my TBR books recently – those are the books I’ve owned since before 1 January this year – so it could be something such as King Solomon’s Carpet by Barbara Vine. It has such an intriguing title, which doesn’t seem to match the description of this book at all – the book cover indicates it’s about a group of people who all travel on the London Underground. As it’s a Barbara Vine book I expect it will be rather thrilling and chilling.

What about you? What are you reading, now, then and next?

13 thoughts on “This Week in Books: 10 June 2015

    1. I’ve also got Jane Hawking’s book, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking – the book the film The Theory of Everything is based on. I’ve seen the film and now I want to read the book.


    1. Thanks, Cath – the garden is still slowing me down, but I just couldn’t fit in doing a jigsaw puzzle too! In fact I haven’t finished one all year.


  1. I love a good biography from time to time. I hope you enjoy Hawking’s book. Sounds like it’s teaching something as well! Happy reading!


  2. I want to read some Barbara Vine books this year. I think I’ve only read one. Good to know you liked The Kill. Am excited to read Martin Edwards’ book too.


  3. We have a few ‘snaps’ this week Margaret – I’m a huge Jane Casey fan and I also have the Sophie Hannah to read this month and I really want a copy of The Golden Age of Murder which sounds wonderful. As much as I love Barbara Vine I wasn’t as keen on King Solomon’s Carpet so it’ll be interesting to see what you think of this one. Thanks for visiting my Wednesday post earlier.


  4. Oh, you have some good reads there, Margaret. I really like Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series, and the Edwards book is great. I really hope you’re enjoying that. And I find Hawking a very interesting person; your mention of that book reminds me I ought to read more non-fiction…


  5. Currently I am also reading 3 books. I am continuing to slowly read a Christian non-fiction and Guy Martin’s autobiography, and I have just started The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn.


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