This Week in Books (8th June, 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.


Poe’s just hanging around on a Saturday afternoon…

Dangling from a hook in a meat packing plant isn’t how Detective Sergeant Washington Poe wants to spend his weekend. He’s been punched and kicked and threatened, and when a contract killer arrives it seems things are about to go from bad to worse. He goes by the name of the Pale Man and he and his straight-edged razor have been feared all over London for twenty years.

But Poe knows two things the Pale Man doesn’t. Although it might seem like a hopeless situation, Poe has planned to be here all along. More importantly, a nerdy, computer whizz-kid called Tilly Bradshaw is watching his back. And now things are about to get interesting.

[As excellent as any other book in this series, albeit obviously a lot shorter. Brilliantly witty too. Really enjoyed this one.]



When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark web sites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’ or ‘involuntary celibates.’ Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger

[After a long absence, Lacey Flint is back and boy, was that worth waiting for or what?! I may never leave my house again though. This is absolutely terrifying!]


Based on a true story, a spellbinding historical novel about the world’s first female investigative journalist, Nellie Bly. 

In 1887, young Nellie Bly sets out for New York and a career in journalism, determined to make her way as a serious reporter, whatever that may take.

But life in the city is tougher than she imagined. Down to her last dime and desperate to prove her worth, she comes up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the asylum on Blackwell’s Island. There, she will work undercover to expose the asylum’s wretched conditions.

But when the asylum door swings shut behind her, she finds herself in a place of horrors, governed by a cruelty she could never have imagined. Cold, isolated and starving, her days of terror reawaken the traumatic events of her childhood. She entered the asylum of her own free will – but will she ever get out?

An extraordinary portrait of a woman ahead of her time, Madwoman is the story of a quest for the truth that changed the world.

[Why, yes, that is the same book as last week. It’s definitely next though. Honest.]

What’s on your reading schedule this week? Do let me know in the comments. I wish you all lots of happy reading! xx

  5 comments for “This Week in Books (8th June, 2022)

  1. June 8, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s found The Dark terrifying! I thought I was just being a wuss 😂

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  2. Jo
    June 8, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    The Dark sounds excellent – adding this to the list!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 9, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Ooh, I’m scared to read The Dark now! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 9, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Oh but … I finished it late last night. It’s SO good! Bolton at her best, in my most humble opinion of course.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 11, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Ohhh more Tilly and Poe! Definitely adding that one to my wishlist straight away… And I also can’t wait to get a copy of the new Lacey Flint. It sounds fantastic!

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