This Week in Books (9th August, 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.


Mina McCreery’s sister Evelyn disappeared nineteen years ago. Her life has been defined by the intense public interest in the case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, she lives alone on her family’s destocked sheep farm.

When Lane, a private investigator, approaches her with an offer to reinvestigate the case, she rejects him. The attention has had nothing but negative consequences for her and her family, and never brought them closer to an answer.

Lane wins her trust when his unconventional methods show promise, but he has his own motivations for wanting to solve the case, and his obsession with the answer will ultimately risk both their lives.

[Australian crime fiction is on fire and this debut by Shelley Burr is another corker! Another one for my books-of-the-year list. Definitely recommend it.]


1940: In south-west Ireland, the young and beautiful Lady Charlotte Rathmore is pronounced dead after she mysteriously disappears by the lake of Blackwater Hall. In London, on the brink of the Blitz, Nancy Rathmore is grieving Charlotte’s death when a letter arrives containing a secret that she is sworn to keep – one that will change her life for ever.

2019: Decades later, Ellie Fitzgerald is forced to leave Dublin disgraced and heartbroken. Abandoning journalism, she returns to rural Kerry to weather out the storm. But, when she discovers a faded letter, tucked inside the pages of an old book, she finds herself drawn in by a long-buried secret. And as Ellie begins to unravel the mystery, it becomes clear that the letter might hold the key to more than just Charlotte’s disappearance. 

[Not that far into it yet but I have a good feeling about it.]


The small community of Akranes is devastated when a young man dies in a mysterious house fire, and when Detective Elma and her colleagues from West Iceland CID discover the fire was arson, they become embroiled in an increasingly perplexing case involving multiple suspects. What’s more, the dead man’s final online search raises fears that they could be investigating not one murder, but two.

A few months before the fire, a young Dutch woman takes a job as an au pair in Iceland, desperate to make a new life for herself after the death of her father. But the seemingly perfect family who employs her turns out to have problems of its own and she soon discovers she is running out of people to turn to.

As the police begin to hone in on the truth, Elma, already struggling to come to terms with a life-changing event, finds herself in mortal danger as it becomes clear that someone has secrets they’ll do anything to hide.

[Not set in stone, this one, because the reading mood is moody and fickle but I do love this series and it seems appropriate to read some Scandi-Noir in the middle of a heatwave 💁🏼‍♀️.]

That’s what my reading week looks like. How about yours? Do let me know in the comments and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  4 comments for “This Week in Books (9th August, 2022)

  1. August 10, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I have Night Shadows on my readlist too! It’s so great when you discover a new author you love!


  2. August 10, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    I’m really glad I bought Wake for 99p last week! 😂


  3. August 10, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Really enjoyed Wake!


  4. August 11, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I love the sound of Wake!


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