This Week in Books (9th March, 2022)

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.


After a long career as a police officer, Moira hopes a move to a luxury retirement community will mean she can finally leave the detective work to the youngsters and focus on a quieter life. But it turns out The Homestead is far from paradise. When she discovers the body of a young woman floating in one of the pools, surrounded by thousands of dollar bills, her crime-fighting instinct kicks back in and she joins up with fellow ex-cops—and new neighbours—Philip, Lizzie and Rick to investigate the murder.

With the case officers dropping ball after ball, Moira and the gang take matters into their own hands, turning undercover homicide investigators. But the killer is desperate to destroy all the evidence and Moira, Philip, Lizzie and Rick soon find themselves getting in the way—of the murderer and the police.

Just when they thought they could finally relax, they discover that someone has infiltrated their ‘safe’ community. Can they hunt down the murderer and get back to retiring in peace? And after all the excitement, will they want to?

[You can find my review here.]


Every Thursday, three retired school teachers have their ‘coffee o’clock’ sessions at the Thirsk Garden Centre café.

But one fateful week, as they are catching up with a slice of cake, they bump into their ex-colleague, Topsy.

By the next Thursday, Topsy’s dead.

The last thing Liz, Thelma and Pat imagined was that they would become involved in a murder.

But they know there’s more to Topsy’s death than meets the eye – and it’s down to them to prove it…

[Cosy crime, again! I know! Who even am I, right? Honestly, I was completely swayed by that delightful cover but I’m actually really enjoying it!]

Florence. Spring, 1537.

When Cesare Aldo investigates a report of intruders at a convent in the Renaissance city’s northern quarter, he enters a community divided by bitter rivalries and harbouring dark secrets.

His case becomes far more complicated when a naked man’s body is found deep inside the convent, stabbed more than two dozen times. Unthinkable as it seems, all the evidence suggests one of the nuns must be the killer.

Meanwhile, Constable Carlo Strocchi finds human remains pulled from the Arno that belong to an officer of the law missing since winter. The dead man had many enemies, but who would dare kill an official of the city’s most feared criminal court?

As Aldo and Strocchi close in on the truth, identifying the killers will prove more treacherous than either of them could ever have imagined . . .

[After reading ‘City of Vengeance’ last year, ‘The Darkest Sin’ became one of my most anticipated releases of 2022 and so far, it does not disappoint. Love it! I definitely recommend this series if you enjoy historical crime fiction.]


New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes twelve. A lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes is sent spiralling into chaos when two guests fall tragically from the roof, impaled on the cast iron railings below.

For Tess, it was about more than reuniting with long lost friends. Recently diagnosed with an illness that could be terminal, it was her last chance to make things right. Having grown apart from her husband Marcus, she knew this would be the perfect opportunity to renew their vows, surrounded by everyone they love.

Their time is running out. Tess’ closest companion Sylvie knows this better than anyone. She’s trying desperately to offer her friend some closure from the guilt that has plagued them both for decades.

But as midnight approaches and the countdown begins, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want a resolution.

They want revenge.

[Why, yes, that is the same one as last week. Once again, we will see what happens 😁.]

And that’s it. What are you reading this week? Do let me know and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  12 comments for “This Week in Books (9th March, 2022)

  1. March 9, 2022 at 9:37 am

    What is it with Thursdays and Murder Clubs? 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. March 9, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Glad you’re enjoying A Spoonful of Murder, I have it on preorder.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 9, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t read a lot of cozy mystery either, but A Spoonful Of Murder sounds good! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jo
    March 9, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    I see why the cover of A Spoonful of Murder swayed you – it’s lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. March 10, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Glad you’re enjoying A Spoonful of Murder. I did too. My favourite character was Pat. Looking forward to your review. ❤📚

    Liked by 1 person

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