This Week in Books (May 8)

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.


Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has begun work as the acting coroner of Teifi Valley with solicitor’s clerk John Davies as his assistant.

When a faceless body is found on an isolated beach, Harry must lead the inquest. But his dogged pursuit of the truth begins to ruffle feathers. Especially when he decides to work alongside a local doctor with a dubious reputation and experimental theories considered radical and dangerous.

Refusing to accept easy answers might not only jeopardise Harry’s chance to be elected coroner permanently but could, it seems, implicate his own family in a crime.


Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to insure the royal succession. Now forty-six, overweight and unwell, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe’s most eligible princesses, but Anna of Kleve—a small German duchy—is twenty-four and eager to wed.

Henry requests Anna’s portrait from his court painter, who enhances her looks, painting her straight-on in order not to emphasize her rather long nose. Henry is entranced by the lovely image, only to be bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. She is pleasant looking, just not the lady that Henry had expected.

What follows is a fascinating story of this awkward royal union that had to somehow be terminated tactfully. Alison Weir takes a fresh and surprising look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone in a royal court that rejected her from the day she arrived. 


Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger.

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

Not entirely sure why all the books I’m reading lately are so long. These are all over 400 pages, one even 485. It’s not that I mind. I like big books (and I can not lie) but it makes staying ahead of my schedule just that little bit harder. 😄

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  27 comments for “This Week in Books (May 8)

  1. May 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Another Harry Bosch fan! Enjoy💜

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  2. May 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve just started a book of 440 pages with very fine print and my brain hurts already 🙈

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    • May 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Fine print makes it worse. What was the book?


      • May 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm

        The Willow Woman. The one from the pic with the cat on Twitter earlier this week 😊 And I have to say, those finely printed 440 pages just flew by! I didn’t see it coming but I really loved that book!

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  3. May 8, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Love Connelly!! I am itching to start the Six Tudor Queen series! Maybe in the second half of the year 🙂

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    • May 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Ooh, hope you do! At least she’s only publishing one book a year so you have time! 😄

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  4. May 8, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    All mine seem to be 400+ pages at the moment too. What happened to the good old 300 pager?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      I don’t know! It’s making life stressful again though 😂


  5. ChrissiReads
    May 8, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Ooh Six Tudor Queen! That looks good. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Such a fantastic series, although this one isn’t my favourite.


  6. Yvo
    May 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Ohhh Michael Connelly! It’s been ages since I last read one of his books. I have a few 400+ pages I need to get to as well and it’s incredible just how much they slow things down schedule wise. xD Have a wonderful week and happy reading! xx

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    • May 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      I’ve not read any of his books. 🙈

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      • Yvo
        May 9, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        I think I have only read The Lincoln Lawyer myself? And maybe a Harry Bosch one, but it’s been too long to know for sure. xD

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  7. May 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I’m listening to Great Expectations and reading The Wrong Direction by Liz Treachery.

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  8. May 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve never read any Michael Connelly before but I heard an interview with him on the radio this week and I’m keen to start this series now. I hope you enjoy this book, I’ll look out for your review. Happy reading 🙂
    Here’s my post:

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    • May 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Neither have I so you’re not alone. Luckily, so far, this one reads perfectly well as a stand-alone.


  9. May 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve yet to read any books in that series by Alison Weir, but it’s on my TBR pile. I will look forward to your review if you decide to write one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 9, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      I reviewed the previous three and will definitely be reviewing this one as well. Just currently not quite sure when I’ll be posting it. Need to find a gap 😄

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  10. May 9, 2019 at 2:54 am

    These all look good this week. I’d love to read the Alison Weir series and will, just as soon as I have a couple of months to spare! Enjoy!

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  11. May 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Connelley is always a great shout!

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  12. May 10, 2019 at 11:41 am

    In Two Minds sounds great! I’m reading Turn a Blind Eye, finishing Our Kind of Cruelty, and my next will be an Orenda, but I don’t know which one yet! Happy reading xxx


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