This Week in Books (26th May, 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. 


For one week, everything in Luke Miller’s life is perfect. Surprised with a belated honeymoon by his wife, Rose, he’s had seven days with her in a Caribbean paradise. It’s more than he ever thought he’d deserve.

But as they pack their bags, Rose breaks down, confessing that on the day they left London, a violent man from her past tracked her down and broke into their home. He wasn’t expecting her to fight back. And, in her terror, Rose killed him. Now there’s a dead body in Luke’s apartment, and only one person he can think to turn to.

Mickey Sheils never expected to hear from Luke again, not after he disappeared the first time. Luke knows Mickey can’t deny a woman who needs help, so she promises she’ll deal with things – she’ll make sure Rose doesn’t have to keep running.

But it turns out, some lies are too big to run from.

[To my surprise, because I normally enjoy Jo Spain’s books, this one didn’t quite work for me. Oh well, onwards!]


When fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno—philosopher, magician, and heretical scientist—arrives in London, he’s only one step ahead of the Inquisition. An undercover mission for Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection.

Officially, Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe at Oxford University; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen.

But when his mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly deaths and the charms of a mysterious but beautiful young woman, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford’s private chambers lurks a brutal killer.

[Treating myself to a book from my own TBR. I asked for historical crime fiction recommendations on Twitter a while ago and this series came up a lot. Really enjoying it so far.]


I have come to Fyneshade Hall to take up a position as governess. Many would find much to fear in its dark and crumbling corridors, its unseen master and silent servants. But not I. For they have far more to fear from me…

On the day of her grandmother’s funeral, Marta discovers that she is to be sent away from the only home she has ever known. Away from her aunt who despises her, and the man she has been forbidden to marry. She is to be governess at Fyneshade Hall, her charge the young daughter of the owner, Sir William Pritchard.

All is not well at Fyneshade. Sir William never stirs from his room, and his son and heir Vaughan Pritchard is forbidden to enter the house. Marta finds herself drawn to him, despite the warnings of the housekeeper, Mrs Petrie, that Vaughan is a danger to all around him. But Marta is no innocent to be preyed upon. Guided by the dark gift taught to her by her grandmother, she has made her own plans. It will take more than a family riven by murderous secrets to stop her…

[Back to the ARCs with this gothic historical fiction novel. I can’t wait to find out what dark gift Marta has and how she will use it.]

And that’s what I’m reading this week. What about you? Do let me know in the comments and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  10 comments for “This Week in Books (26th May, 2023)

  1. April 26, 2023 at 11:08 am

    I’m interested to see what you think of Heresy, as I tried the audiobook last year, but it didn’t grab me. 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

  2. April 26, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Sorry you didn’t enjoy Don’t Look Back. I waiting to see what the audio sounds like.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 28, 2023 at 9:46 am

      I’m sorry too. I didn’t expect that, to be honest. Although I suppose I’ve always been more of a fan of her Tom Reynolds series than her psychological thrillers.

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  3. Jo
    April 26, 2023 at 10:14 pm

    Intrigued by Fyneshade, and that cover is 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  4. April 27, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    Oh no! Don’t Look Back is going to be my first Jo Spain so I was hoping for a rave review from you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 28, 2023 at 9:48 am

      Oops. Well, hopefully you’ll have a better experience. Although … I quite like your negative reviews so maybe not 😏.

      Liked by 1 person

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