‘This Week in Books’ (6th October, 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.


It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A cultish hilltop community ‘celebrates’ Pan Night after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…

[Fabulous addition to the Tuva Moodyson series. I posted my review earlier this morning if you’d like to read what I thought of it.]


A small town in outback Australia wakes to a crime of medieval savagery.

A local schoolteacher is found taped to a tree and stoned to death. Suspicion instantly falls on the refugees at the new detention centre on Cobb’s northern outskirts. Tensions are high, between whites and the local indigenous community, between immigrants and the townies.

Still mourning the recent death of his father, Detective Sergeant George Manolis returns to his childhood hometown to investigate. Within minutes of his arrival, it’s clear that Cobb is not the same place he left. Once it thrived, but now it’s a poor and derelict dusthole, with the local police chief it deserves. And as Manolis negotiates his new colleagues’ antagonism, and the simmering anger of a community destroyed by alcohol and drugs, the ghosts of his past begin to flicker to life.

Vivid, pacy and almost dangerously atmospheric, The Stoning is the first in a new series of outback noir featuring DS Manolis, himself an outsider, and a good man in a world gone to hell.

[By “currently reading”, I mean I haven’t started it yet but I’m very much looking forward to doing so, as soon as this post is published.]


When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy’s death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place. 

Haunted by her sister’s ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant – both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn’t had an outbreak for years. 

Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse? 

As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost…

[One of my go-to authors and one of my most anticipated books of the year. I can’t wait to pick it up!]

I’m pretty excited about my upcoming reads. What are you reading this week? Do let me know and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  6 comments for “‘This Week in Books’ (6th October, 2021)

  1. October 6, 2021 at 11:11 am

    I’m going to check out The Stoning. Sounds like a good one!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 6, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      Haven’t yet read much of it but it has one of the most brutal openings I’ve ever read. Definitely grabbed my attention right away.

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm

        I’ll read the sample when it’s up tomorrow.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. October 6, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Loved your review of Bad Apples! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. October 6, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of The Shadowing before! Off I go adding it to my wishlist… 😉


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