This Week in Books (22nd March, 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. 


Retired schoolteachers Liz, Pat and Thelma never expected they would be caught up in a crime even once in their lives, let alone twice.

But when poison pen letters start landing on the doorsteps of friends and neighbours in their Yorkshire village, old secrets come to light.

With the potential for deadly consequences.

It won’t be long until the three friends are out on a case yet again…

[Ah, poison pen letters. It doesn’t get any cosier than this! Enjoyed hanging out with these ladies again.

For the eagle-eyed among you, I did actually stick to my list last week. I just read them in a different order. I definitely recommend Strange Sally Diamond!]


Katie always looked after her beloved younger brother Chris – until she left him alone for one selfish afternoon, and their picture-perfect family fell apart. Although Chris survived the attack, the scars ran deeper than the ones left across his face. Now they’re adults, and they haven’t spoken in years. Then she gets a call, from Detective Laurence Page.

Page is facing an unusually disturbing crime scene. Alan Hobbes, a distinguished and wealthy philosophy professor, has been brutally murdered. Hobbes was living in a sprawling mansion – but one that remains half-ruined by a decades-old fire, wind and rain howling through the gaping, creaking roof.

Page only has one suspect: Chris, caught on CCTV at the house. But he has plenty of questions. What could cause a man as wealthy as Hobbes not to repair his home? Why did he seem to know his death was coming, yet do nothing to stop it? And why was he obsessed with a legendary local serial killer?

But Katie only has one thing on her mind. She knows this is her last, best chance to finally save her brother, and make up for her negligence all those years ago. 

But she can’t possibly imagine just how much danger he’s in…

[This seems to be dividing readers. Either you love it, or you apparently hate it. I’ll be interested to see which side of the fence I’ll land on.]


London, 1607. As dawn breaks, Daniel Pursglove rides north, away from the watchful eye of the King and his spies.

He returns, disguised, to his childhood home in Yorkshire – with his own score to settle. The locals have little reason to trust a prying stranger, and those who remember Daniel do so with contempt.

When a body is found with rope burns about the neck, Daniel falls under suspicion. On the run, across the country, he is pursued by a ruthless killer whose victims all share the same gallows mark. Are these the crimes of someone with a cruel personal vendetta – or has Daniel become embroiled in a bigger, and far more sinister, conspiracy?

A new river of treason is rising, flowing from the fields of Yorkshire right to the heart of the King’s court . . .

[Back to the ARCs with Rivers of Treason. This is the third book in the Daniel Pursglove series. I enjoyed the previous two, so I’m looking forward to this latest instalment. By the way, how stunning that cover?!]

Let’s see if I can stick to the schedule this week. What are you reading? Do let me know in the comments and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  3 comments for “This Week in Books (22nd March, 2023)

  1. March 22, 2023 at 8:59 am

    I just finished These Days by Lucy Caldwell last night. About to start the new Borrow a Bookshop book by Kiley Dunbar.


  2. March 22, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Love that cover, and the synopsis sounds good as well, definitely going to check it out!


  3. March 22, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I’m definitely curious about The Half Burnt House!


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