This Week in Books (07-14-2021)

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.


West Yorkshire, 1904.

When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there’s something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England. Ostracised by the servants and feeling increasingly uneasy, Ruby is forced to confront her own demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect family – and she should know.

[Really enjoyed this one. Stacey Halls’ best one yet, for me.]


Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused – he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp – but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.

As Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into the case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim’s background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene – and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank heist three years earlier, a heist where nothing was taken…

[This is turning out to be another excellent addition to an already outstanding crime series. Loving it and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it again today!]


At first, Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan believes the murder mystery game sent to her office is a birthday gift from one of her colleagues. But when Frankie studies the game’s contents, she notices a striking resemblance between the ‘murder victim’ and missing twenty-two-year-old Lydia Callin.

As Frankie and her team investigate, a series of grisly crimes connected to the game are discovered across Dublin city and Lydia’s involvement with a shadowy network of murder mystery players becomes clear.

On the hunt for Lydia’s murderer, Frankie is drawn more deeply into the game. Every successful move brings her closer to the killer. But the real question is not what happens should she lose — but what happens if she wins.

[Another enjoyable crime series has a new addition and I can’t wait to follow Frankie Sheehan on another case.]

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

  10 comments for “This Week in Books (07-14-2021)

  1. July 14, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Mrs England sounds interesting. I’m starting a historical fiction, John Eyre by Mimi Matthews.

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  2. July 14, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Mrs England as I did too.


  3. July 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Mrs England was very good wasn’t it!

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    • July 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      It really was! I was worried because I didn’t really enjoy her previous one but I loved this one.


  4. Jo
    July 14, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Hmmmm… I loved Stacey Halls’ debut, but not so much the follow up. May pick up Mrs England now that you’ve said it’s her best so far!

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    • July 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      I was the same. Really enjoyed her debut but Foundling didn’t work for me at all. So hopefully you’ll have the same experience as I had and you’ll enjoy Mrs England! Feel free to virtually slap me if not. 😄

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  5. July 15, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Mrs. England sounds very good! I love that turn-of-the-(last)century time period.

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    • July 15, 2021 at 10:07 am

      I’m not sure I’ve read all that many books set in that time period. I somehow got stuck in the Tudor era for the longest time but I’m all for broadening my horizons so if you have any recommendations, do let me know!


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