This Week in Books (06-09-2021)

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.


In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain. 

[I felt quite early on that this wouldn’t be for me. Too many characters, too much of an information dump I couldn’t make head nor tails of and once the story finally got going, I had already stopped caring. I’m nothing if not stubborn though so I did finish it.]


1606. A year to the day that men were executed for conspiring to blow up Parliament, a towering wave devastates the Bristol Channel. Some proclaim God’s vengeance. Others seek to take advantage.

In London, Daniel Pursglove lies in prison waiting to die. But Charles FitzAlan, close adviser to King James I, has a job in mind that will free a man of Daniel’s skill from the horrors of Newgate. If he succeeds.

For Bristol is a hotbed of Catholic spies, and where better for the lone conspirator who evaded arrest, one Spero Pettingar, to gather allies than in the chaos of a drowned city? Daniel journeys there to investigate FitzAlan’s lead, but soon finds himself at the heart of a dark Jesuit conspiracy – and in pursuit of a killer.

[This has been somewhat slow going for me but I am enjoying it nonetheless.]


He tells you you’re special…

As a barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After Ingrid defended Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on her – following her, ruining her relationship, even destroying her home.

He tells you he wants to protect you…

Now, Ingrid believes she has finally escaped his clutches. But when one of her colleagues is run down on a busy London road, Ingrid is sure she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door…

But can you believe him?

Webster claims Ingrid is in danger – and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike again.

[I’m a huge fan of Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series and I can’t wait to get stuck into this stand-alone!]

Have you read any of these or would you like to? Do let me know what you’re reading this week! Happy reading. xx

  14 comments for “This Week in Books (06-09-2021)

  1. June 9, 2021 at 8:30 am

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Killing Kind from the perspective of someone who has enjoyed the author’s main series. I liked this standalone, but I’m not sure if the things I like about it (largely the characters) will apply in the main series (as in are the way characters are written similar even while the characters themselves are different in the standalone compared to the series).

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  2. June 9, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I really enjoyed The Drowned City. Very atmospheric. Very disturbing in many ways. I read The Killing Kind. I prefer the Maeve Kerrigan books if I’m honest. The main protagonist in this did have me shouting ‘wtf are you doing?’ at the book. It’s a good, fast-paced read but for me not the 5 stars of Kerrigan

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    • June 11, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Oh yes, Ingrid. Sheesh. How someone so smart can be so dumb is beyond me. Did enjoy it though but like you say, never quite came close to Kerrigan.

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  3. June 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    The Drowned City seems intriguing. I am glad you are enjoying it, even if it is slowgoing. I am curious to know what you would think of it once finished!

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    • June 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

      It’s a good one. It stayed pretty much slow going and I felt the culprit was too obvious for my liking but I’m definitely interested in reading the next one in the series whenever it’s published.

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  4. June 9, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    I enjoyed The Drowned City but not quite as much as previous books I’ve read by the author. Well done on (stubbornly) finishing that first one. To be honest I wouldn’t have made it past the blurb. I hope Jane Casey lives up to your expectations.

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    • June 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

      I honestly don’t even remember ever reading the blurb. I think it was the cover that made me spend my pennies. I’ll learn some day. Hopefully.


  5. June 9, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I love the sound of The Killing Kind! I hope it will be a good one for you. xx

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  6. June 9, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I finished a book by Maitland last week (the vanishing witch) and also found it slow but worth my time. There is just something in the writing that forces you to take some time for it.

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    • June 10, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      This was the first one I’ve read by her. I enjoyed it and it’s apparently the first in a series (didn’t know that when I started) so I’ll definitely be back for more, despite the slow going.


  7. June 10, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I have enjoyed several of Jane Casey’s books and I am curious about The Killing Kind. I hope you enjoy it.


  8. June 10, 2021 at 7:22 am

    I read the Casey at the weekend but you’ll have to wait for my review to find out what I thought of it… 😉


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