This Week in Books (May 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 Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide. 

But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered. 

Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life. 

Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable. 

[Another brilliant addition to the DI Kim Stone series. My review will be up on Friday for the blog tour, providing the faeries write it in the middle of the night, thank you very much.]


She is a stay-at-home mother-of-three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess. 

Then one moment changes everything. 

Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface—and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself. The truth can’t come soon enough.

[It was a close race there for a hot minute but Little Disasters pulled in front and didn’t led go of the lead. Not that far in just yet, because I squeezed in the Angela Marsons book first, but quite enjoying it.]


The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth. 

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?

[I had this one in paperback format in my basket but when I reached the check-out, I was informed it was temporarily out of stock. Curse on the person who beat me to it 🙄. After throwing a bit of a temper tantrum (it got ugly 😉), I opted for the audiobook instead and I’m having a grand time getting to know Maeve and the narrator is fabulous! I really, REALLY, didn’t need a new series to get hooked on but my blogger friends are relentless and so here we are. Are you happy now, Leah?! 😜]


I’m handing the decision over to you guys again this week. This might be it for the weekly poll until September, as it’s time to start compiling my list for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. But I’m considering giving you guys a chance to get a say in that list as well so keep an eye out.

This week’s list has had a complete overhaul so here are six shiny and new options. I can’t wait to see who wins the race this week.

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

  21 comments for “This Week in Books (May 13)

  1. May 13, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Again, I haven’t read any, nor are any in my TBR. So seeing as it’s summer (supposedly) I went for Heat Stroke 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 14, 2020 at 9:21 am

      I was sent that one as a thank you for joining in a cover reveal. Completely forgot I had it. Or what it’s about 🤣

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      • May 14, 2020 at 10:10 am

        Well you might be finding out very soon 😄


  2. May 13, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the reminder about 20 Books of Summer. I really must try to better with it this year – careful list preparation is the secret, I think. Hope you enjoy whatever the voters pick for you.

    Here my WWW

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  3. May 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve just read Janes Corry’s book and really enjoyed it, so that got me vote xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 14, 2020 at 9:23 am

      If it doesn’t win, it’ll probably be my next read anyway since I’m on the blog tour 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. May 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I’m so glad you’re reading Little Disasters I voted for that twice! I couldn’t decide between The Catch or I Made a Mistake so I’ve gone for I Made A Mistake as that came out last year! xx

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    • May 14, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Did it? I’m on the tour this month. I thought it was new! 🤯😂

      I remember you mentioning you had voted for Little Disasters twice in a row. To be fair, it came really close to winning the first time around but faltered at the end. It’s really good so far and I’m almost halfway.


  5. thequietgeordie
    May 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I’d like to go for the 20 books of summer again – forget who hosts though!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. May 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    I almost voted for The Waiting Rooms but then I thought that would mean I’d have to read it too and I’m not ready so I voted for The Operator 😅

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

      That would have been mean! I’m not ready yet either but I’m going to have to be soon!

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm

        I started it on my lunchbreak today, imagine that! Only 10 pages or so but one has to start somewhere 🤷‍♀️

        Liked by 1 person

        • May 15, 2020 at 8:52 pm

          That might very well be the page where I put it back on the shelf 🤔


          • May 15, 2020 at 8:57 pm

            😂 I’m definitely planning on picking it back up tomorrow! Except if I have another brain-foggy day because of too much work and stress this week and I need to pick up something simpler instead 😕 But I really liked that first half chapter 😄


  7. May 13, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the Jane Casey books. I have got a bit behind though and can’t seem to get round to catching up with them.

    I voted for the Jane Corry as I’ll be reading that one very soon too ready for publication. I have a few of your others though.

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    • May 14, 2020 at 9:29 am

      I completely get that. There are just too many series out there. I’ve sadly had to drop a few along the way to make room for others. I’d been meaning to read the Jane Casey books for ages but never got around to it. I’m hoping to catch up this year though.

      I need to read Jane Corry soon as well since I’m on the blog tour. Hope you enjoy it!


  8. Yvo
    May 14, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Every time I see a new Kim Stone book, it only reminds me of how behind I am and I’m not sure I will ever catch up haha. I do want to start the series some time soon! As for your next read, I picked The Catch as I probably should read it soon too. 😉 Happy reading! xx

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    • May 14, 2020 at 9:30 am

      At the rate you read, Yvo, yes, you are completely able to get caught up on Kim Stone! They read fairly quickly and I have no doubt you’ll fly through them!


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