‘This Week in Books’ (1st September, 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.


England, 1176. Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo Stanton, to investigate a brutal murder in a village outside York.

The case appears straightforward. A suspect is under lock and key in the local prison, and the angry villagers are demanding swift justice. But when more bodies are discovered, certainty turns to doubt—and amid the chaos it becomes clear that nobody is above suspicion.

Facing growing unrest in the village and the fury of the lord of the manor, Stanton and Barling find themselves drawn into a mystery that defies logic, pursuing a killer who evades capture at every turn.

Can they solve the riddle of who is preying upon the villagers? And can they do it without becoming prey themselves? 

[Really enjoyed this and will definitely be reading more in this series.]


When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.

Arriving on Alderney, Hawthorne and Horowitz soon meet the festival’s other guests—an eccentric gathering that includes a bestselling children’s author, a French poet, a TV chef turned cookbook author, a blind psychic, and a war historian—along with a group of ornery locals embroiled in an escalating feud over a disruptive power line. 

When a local grandee is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Hawthorne and Horowitz become embroiled in the case. The island is locked down, no one is allowed on or off, and it soon becomes horribly clear that a murderer lurks in their midst. But who?

[This is such a wonderful series and I’m having a fabulous time trying to figure out what’s going on on Alderney.]


From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Even after all these years, former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments, and now they’ve sold the family business they have all the time in the world to learn how to ‘relax’. Their four adult children are busy living their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one ever says that out loud.

But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed in the Delaney household?

[Do love me some Liane Moriarty and I can’t wait to read this new one!]

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

  4 comments for “‘This Week in Books’ (1st September, 2021)

  1. September 1, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I’ve read one book in the Stanton & Barling series but, like you, I really enjoyed it and have been waiting for an opportunity to read more. I’m pleased you’re enjoying A Line to Kill as I loved it.

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  2. September 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying A Line to Kill it’s on my tbr!

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  3. September 1, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I’m catching up with the Hawthorne and Horowitz series, just about the start The Sentence is Death. Loving it and have the third lined up for whenever I can get to it 😅

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  4. September 2, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try one of Anthony Horowitz’ books for so long now! Apples Never Fall sounds interesting too. Happy reading!

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