This Week in Books (June 12)

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.


I disappeared on a Tuesday afternoon. I was there one minute and the next I was gone. They’ve never found my body…

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?


Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord’s. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents’ valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside.

But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the ‘penny dreadful’ novels that Robert loved to read.

In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man’s capacity to overcome the past.


Treason sleeps for no man…

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when the queen’s spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.

With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a dangerous world of zealots, charlatans and fanatics. As their own lives become increasingly at risk, they find themselves confronting the greatest treason of all: the spectre of a bloody war between the faiths…

From a psychological thriller to true crime to historical fiction. You won’t be seeing that often 😄

What are you reading this week? Do let me know! I feel like buying some books so I need suggestions 😉. Happy reading! xx

  25 comments for “This Week in Books (June 12)

  1. June 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    You’ve got a great variety going on! Happy reading.

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  2. June 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    The Wicked Boy sounds…wicked! Can’t wait to read your review💜

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    • June 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

      I am sad to say that my second attempt at reading non-fiction resulted in a DNF. I’m beginning to think non-fiction isn’t for me but I still have two books on my shelf and I will be giving them a go at some point.

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      • June 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

        Have you thought about listening to them? That’s how I read the true crime non fiction books. Hope springs eternal, Eva, that you’ll find one in this genre that you’ll enjoy💜

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  3. June 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    The Wicked Boy is (possibly) joining my TBR 😄 Look forward to your thoughts.

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    • June 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Should I mention it’s a DNF? 🙈

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      • June 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        Oh, really! That bad. There are quite a few negatives reviews on Amazon so maybe it won’t be going on my list after all. Sounded really good too 😐

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        • June 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm

          I may be the wrong person to ask. This is only the second true crime book I’ve read and the second one I’ve struggled with. I may just not be made for this genre 😂


  4. June 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I finished After the End by Claire Macintosh and I’m in pieces! I totally recommend it!

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  5. thequietgeordie
    June 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Currently reading “A Room Full of Bones” by Elly Griffiths

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  6. June 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I enjoyed Forget Me Not!!

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  7. June 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I found The Wicked Boy so disturbing and fascinating at the same time. It was interesting to learn about how crime was dealt with back then. I just got Forget Me Not and I can’t wait to start it!
    Here’s my post:

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  8. Yvo
    June 12, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I feel so behind! I still have to read Apple Of My Eye and she’s already having a new title coming out. xD Have a wonderful week and happy reading! xx

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  9. June 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve been toying with Kate Summerscale as I did love the show and didn’t realise it was a book at the time

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  10. June 13, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Ooh, I loved The Wicked Boy! You could buy the Dalziel and Pascoe series – only 22 of them… 😉

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