This Week in Books (November 13)

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 an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?


He was framed for murder.
Now he needs a miracle. 

22 years ago Quincy Miller was sentenced to life without parole. He was accused of killing Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no reliable witnesses and little motive. Just the fact that Russo had botched Quincy’s divorce case, that Quincy was black in a largely all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of Quincy’s car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that was conveniently destroyed in a fire just before his trial.

The lack of evidence made no difference to judge or jury. In the eyes of the law Quincy was guilty and, no matter how often he protested his innocence, his punishment was life in prison.

Finally, after 22 years, comes Quincy’s one and only chance of freedom. An innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends to make Quincy the next.

But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo’s murder. They prefer that an innocent man dies in jail rather than one of them. There’s one way to guarantee that. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they’ll kill another without a second thought. 


Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines–it’s seeing what is not there.”

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that Bone China by Laura Purcell didn’t survive the week. That is not to say I wasn’t enjoying it but other books suddenly prioritised themselves and let’s face it, this whole reading-three-books-at-the-same-time-thing was never going to last 😂.

Have you read any of these? Would you like to? What are you reading this week? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  9 comments for “This Week in Books (November 13)

  1. November 13, 2019 at 11:52 am

    The Stephen King sounds quite compelling. Look forward to your thoughts 😊


  2. November 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I really enjoyed The Vanished Bride so I hope you do to. I have Bone China in my TBR pile but, given your comments, I’m not going to prioritize reading it.


  3. November 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Ha I did wonder at the one book 😄 That didn’t last long at all did it 😂


  4. November 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Can’t wait to hear your thought about the Vanished Bride!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    It’s been quite a while since I picked up a Grisham book, I used to enjoy reading them. He seems to have slipped off my radar.
    I read outsiders in the summer, it’ll be interesting to see why you think! xx


  6. thequietgeordie
    November 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    The Outsider does sound interesting, but I always associate Stephen King with horror!


  7. Jo
    November 13, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Intrigued by The Outsider – will look out for your review!


  8. November 14, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I see Furious Hours wasn’t even good enough to feature in this post 😂🤣


  9. November 15, 2019 at 2:01 am

    I’d like to read the Grisham! I had to restrain myself since I already have a couple of his books waiting on the never-ending TBR, but I’m regretting not having it already… 😉


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