My Week in Books: 15 November 2017

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,  WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.


Victoria: A Life

I’m still reading Victoria: a Life by A N Wilson and have just finished Part One, ending with the death of William IV at 2.20 on the morning of 20 June 1837. Victoria is woken to the news that she is now Queen.

The Skeleton Road

I’ve also started The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid, the third  of her DCI Karen Pirie novels.  So far I’m finding it a bit slow going with rather a bewildering number of characters introduced one after the other. When a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull is found at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh Karen and her Historic Cases Unit is called in to identify the body and investigate how long it has been there.


I’ve just finished The Corpse in the Snowman by Nicholas Blake, first published in 1941 as The Case of the Abominable Snowman. This is a manor house murder mystery  in which it first appears that Elizabeth Restorick has committed suicide. Or was it murder? Nigel Strangeways and Inspector Blount investigate.


Call the Dying (Lydmouth, #7)

I’m not sure, but Andrew Taylor’s Call the Dying caught my eye this morning when I passed the bookshelves in the hall. It’s set in the 1950s in the grip of a long, hard winter when dark forces are at play – a dead woman calls the dying in a seance, in a town shrouded in intrigue and suspicion. This is the seventh in Taylor’s Lydmouth series. I haven’t read any of the earlier books and I’m hoping that won’t matter.

Have you read any of these books?  Do any of them tempt you? 

8 thoughts on “My Week in Books: 15 November 2017

  1. I read the first Lydmouth novel and have always meant to go back and try some more as I do like Andrew Taylor’s work. I seem to remember that I gave that first one a very broken read and probably didn’t get into it in the way that it deserved. I shall be interested to see how you get in with this one should you decide to read it.


  2. I’ve read Andrew Taylor’s The American Boy but haven’t read any of this series. In fact, I didn’t realise he’s written so many books! The post-war period it’s set in sounds really interesting.

    BTW, I was really interested by your Classics Club list. There are a lot of authors/titles on there we share but you seem to be making more progress than me!

    Here’s my WWW link:


  3. The Queen Victoria biography appeals… I do enjoy the odd book about her.

    I have about 80 pages to go with the first Karen Pirie book, The Distant Echo. It’s been very good indeed but a trifle surprised that she’s hardly in it. I *think* I know who the culprit is, wonder if I’m right…


  4. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on the biography of Queen Victoria when you’ve finished it, Margaret. It sounds quite interesting. And I wonder what you’ll think of the McDermid at the end. She does have an awful lot of talent, and I’ll be keen to know if you end up liking this one.


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