This Week in Books (15th February, 2023)

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.


Frozen Out will be the TV sensation of the year. In the harshest Arctic conditions, eight contestants will push their bodies and minds to breaking point for a £100,000 prize. And camerawoman Dee will be there to capture every second, all but invisible – just how she likes it.

But as rumours spread of corner-cutting and safety risks, tempers among the cast and crew start to fray. And then one of the contestants is found dead, supposedly of a heart attack. But Dee is not convinced.

With a fierce storm approaching and communication with land cut off, the question now is not who will win the money. It’s who will make it off the ship alive.

[Didn’t really get along with this one. My review will be before the end of the month.]


Claire Beacham returns from a busy day at work to a parcel on her doorstep – no note, no label. As a politician, she’s used to being suspicious of anonymous hate mail but today she’s too tired to worry. She opens it, finding a gruesome surprise inside. A severed head falls to her kitchen floor; the rich, red drip of blood on her hands.

It is clear to Claire and those around her that this terrifying package is a message. But who sent it, and why?

It’s Claire’s first delivery – and won’t be her last.

DI Finn cannot enjoy the gentle return to his role in the Murder Investigation Team of the Metropolitan Police that he planned. Someone is targeting Claire and with every message comes another casualty. With the clock ticking, DI Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must wade through the depths of the murky political sphere before the bodies start piling up.

[All caught up with my ARCs for this month so I’m treating myself with some recently purchased goodies. I love this series and would definitely recommend it if you’re not yet reading it.]


Haworth 1847 – Anne and Emily Brontë have had their books accepted for publication, while Charlotte’s has been rejected everywhere, creating a strained atmosphere at the parsonage.

At the same time, a shocking court case has recently concluded, acquitting a workhouse master of murdering his wife by poison. Everyone thinks this famously odious and abusive man is guilty. However, he insists he is many bad things but not a murderer. When an attempt is made on his life, he believes it to be the same person who killed his wife and applies to the detecting sisters for their help.

Despite reservations, they decide that perhaps, as before, it is only they who can get to the truth and prove him innocent – or guilty – without a shadow of doubt.

[Sadly, the last in the Brönte mysteries series but I’m looking forward to hanging out with the sisters one last time.]

There you have it. A sneak peek into what I’m reading this week. What are you reading? Do let me know in the comments! xx

  8 comments for “This Week in Books (15th February, 2023)

  1. February 15, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Can’t wait to see why you didn’t get on with Freeze!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jo
    February 15, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    An interesting mix, and like Nicki, I’m intrigued as to why you didn’t get on with Freeze.

    I’m in two minds about the Bella Ellis, I loved the first, thought the second was ok, and was disappointed by the third. There’s a trend there… but, it’s the last one, and it would be nice to have the full set for my bookshelf…

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    • February 16, 2023 at 8:44 am

      Personally think that’s the perfect excuse to get it, but I am sorry to hear the series didn’t quite work for you.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. February 17, 2023 at 1:58 am

    I’m so curious to see your review for Freeze!

    Liked by 1 person

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