This Week in Books (May 1)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


When London journalist, Mark Roberts, is found battered to death, the police quickly arrest petty thief, Nick Connor. Criminal defence lawyer, Dan Grant, along with investigator Jayne Brett, are called to represent him – but with bloody footprints and a stolen wallet linking him to the scene, this is one case they’re unlikely to win. 

Until help comes from an unlikely source…when the murder victim’s mother says that Connor is innocent, begging Dan and Jayne to find the real perpetrator. 

Unravelling the complex case means finding the connection between Mark’s death and a series of child murders in Yorkshire over twenty years ago. Father of two, Rodney Walker, has spent years in prison after being convicted of killing of 6-year-old William and 7-year-old Ruby back in 1997. 


Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.

Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, and fears that the boy’s terrifying religious mania could lead to him being burned as a heretic.

When an old friend is horrifically murdered, Shardlake promises his widow that he will bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to Cranmer and Catherine Parr – and to the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

As London’s Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants, Shardlake, together with Jack Barak and his physician friend, Guy Malton, investigates a series of horrific murders which soon bring talk of witchcraft and demonic possession – for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer … ?


It’s the day her father will be released from jail. Izzy English has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.

Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial. But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?

What do you think? Anything here you’ve read and enjoyed? Anything you want to read? What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  20 comments for “This Week in Books (May 1)

  1. May 1, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Looking forward to your of The Evidence is Against You.

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    • May 1, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Bit of a wait as I’m on the tour on the 14th. I did say I was ahead of my reading 😄


  2. May 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I really want to read the evidence is against you

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  3. May 1, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I’ll be reviewing The Evidence Against You later this week 😀 Loved it! Happy reading, lovely!

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  4. May 1, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I’m reading The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths ready to interview her about it at our literary festival.

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    • May 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Oh, wow, Linda! That’s amazing! Will that be on your blog because I’ll be looking out for that! I so need to catch up on this series. I think I only read five.

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  5. May 1, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I thought The Evidence Against You was brilliant, hope you enjoy it as well Eva.

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    • May 4, 2019 at 10:59 am

      I’m having one of those weeks where my reading is going really slowly. Two days and I just about made it halfway but it’s another good one, isn’t it? She’s an amazing author.


  6. May 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Ooh, Revelation! You’re making me want to re-read all of these… 😀

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    • May 4, 2019 at 11:01 am

      I’m hoping to squeeze Heartstone in next week. I’m completely addicted to this series! Who even knew it’d be the right thing to listen to you? 🤣

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  7. Yvo
    May 2, 2019 at 4:49 am

    I haven’t read any of these, but you know I want to! 😉 Especially The Evidence Against You. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ChrissiReads
    May 2, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Ooh The Evidence Against You looks good! 🙂

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