This Week in Books (3rd 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. 


Rome, 1938.

As the world teeters on the brink of war, talented pianist Eva Valenti enters the house of widower Dante Cavallera to become his new wife.

On the outside, the forces of Fascism are accelerating, but in her new home, Eva fears that something else is at work, whispering in the walls and leaving mysterious marks on Dante’s young daughter.

Soon she starts to wonder whether the house itself is trying to give up the secrets of its mysterious past – secrets that Dante seems so determined to keep hidden.

However, Eva must also conceal the truth of her own identity, for if she is discovered, she will be in greater danger than she could ever have imagined…

[This might have worked better for me if it had just focused on the historical fiction part of the story. The supernatural vibe felt like an afterthought. It didn’t quite work for me either and in the (rushed) end it was rather predictable.]


Autumn, 1583.

The skies above England harbour dark omens! An astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Queen Elizabeth’s throne is in peril.

As Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp the rightful monarch, a young maid of honour is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh. The Queen’s spymaster, Francis Walsingham, calls on maverick agent Giordano Bruno to infiltrate the plotters and secure the evidence that will condemn them to death.

Bruno is cunning, but so are his enemies. His identity could be exposed at any moment. The proof he seeks is within his grasp. But the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth!

[Change of plans. With OH home a lot (A LOT! 🤦🏼‍♀️), I don’t read as much and most definitely not ARCs, which often require a bit more concentration. And since I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Heresy’, I figured I’d continue with this series right away. It is very nicely filling the hole left behind by CJ Sansom’s Shardlake series.]


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…

[Oh, look. It’s Fyneshade again. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Still really looking forward to it, though!]

And that’s a sneak peek at what I’m reading this week. What about you? Do let me know and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  3 comments for “This Week in Books (3rd May, 2023)

  1. May 3, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying the S.J. Parry series. I love the cover of Fyneshade hope it’s just as good on in the inside! 😂

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  2. May 6, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    I like the sound of Fyneshade! The cover is gorgeous as well…

    Liked by 1 person

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