This Week in Books (February 5)

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.


Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.

But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.

As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe’s death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won’t be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him…

(Review to follow tomorrow on the blog tour. Why, yes, I left it a tad late. Why do you ask?)


With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage.

Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.

(My first ever Miss Marple. Slightly embarrassing to admit as a crime fiction fan but there you go.)


They are driving home from the search party when they see her. 

The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she’s gone. 

In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren’s mother a decade ago. 

Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father’s turbulent mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing it’s no longer clear who she can trust. 

(I’ve heard so many good things about Pine and that cover is so pretty. I can’t wait to get stuck in!)

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

  13 comments for “This Week in Books (February 5)

  1. February 5, 2020 at 11:28 am

    I’ll have to start reading Miss Marple, I don’t really know why I haven’t. Perhaps this is a good one to add to my list 🙂

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    • February 5, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      I don’t really know why I haven’t either. I think because I was once told you have to read them in order, unlike Poirot, and that may have put me off somewhat because who the heck has time to get caught up on that series these days 😂

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      • February 5, 2020 at 3:28 pm

        Exactly 😂 I’m sure they could be read in any order…they will be regardless 😉

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      • February 6, 2020 at 11:05 am

        Nah, read them in any order you like! Except read A Caribbean Mystery before you read Nemesis.

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  2. February 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    What did you think of the Agatha Christie? I prefer them on audio or dramatised on TV as I really don’t like the old fashioned style of writing.

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    • February 12, 2020 at 9:43 am

      I really enjoyed it but then I do like the old fashioned style so maybe that’s why.


  3. Jo
    February 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve not read any Miss Marple either. Yet. I have The Body in the Library and a couple of others waiting to be read, but… well… you know how that goes! 😀

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  4. February 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    I just finished my first miss marple recently. (I just read my first Agatha Christie this month. Planning to read them all), and absolutely loved it. Enjoy!

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  5. Yvo
    February 6, 2020 at 3:46 am

    I haven’t met Miss Marple either so you are not alone. 😉 And I’m curious to see what you will make of The Liar’s Daughter! xx

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  6. February 6, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I love The Murder at the Vicarage!! You better too, or I’ll have to splat you with a bowl of cold porridge… 😀

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    • February 12, 2020 at 9:44 am

      The mere thought of porridge makes me shudder so I’m extremely glad I dodged that particular form of torture.

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  7. February 6, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I’ll start You’re Mine by Miranda Rijks tomorrow.

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