This Week in Books (24th 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. 


London, 1584. Giordano Bruno travels to Canterbury for love. But finds only murder …

Giordano Bruno is being followed by the woman he once loved – Sophia Underhill, accused of murder and on the run. With the leave of the Queen’s spymaster, he sets out to clear Sophia’s name. But when more brutal killings occur a far deadlier plot emerges.

A city rife with treachery. A relic steeped in blood.

His hunt for the real killer leads to the shadows of the Cathedral – England’s holiest shrine – and the heart of a sinister and powerful conspiracy …

Heretic, maverick, charmer: Giordano Bruno is always on his guard. Never more so than when working for Queen Elizabeth and her spymaster – for this man of letters is now an agent of intrigue and danger.

[So good! I can’t wait to get to book 4!]


Mercy Lake likes to fix things. To fix people. Trapped inside during daylight hours, hostage to her phobias, she uses the cover of night to watch the people in her town. And if someone needs her help, she steps in – secretly and with compassion.

When Mercy meets Louis, her lonely, unusual life is suddenly filled with excitement. Because Louis likes intervening in other people’s lives too, only he prefers a more direct – even violent – approach. As they grow closer, Mercy is enchanted but frightened by his actions. How many lines is he willing to cross? And how much is he prepared to risk?

And then there’s Nadia. Nadia knows she’s being watched, even if the police think differently. But with her own secrets to protect, she’s not going to wait around for the watcher to make their move. She’s going to stop them dead.

[And by currently I mean I haven’t started it yet at time of typing this post but I will shortly! 😬]


Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip’s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth.

Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake’s departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission – and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins.

Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake’s young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry.

[I’m not sure yet what’s next but ‘Treachery’ is a huge possibility. Guess we will see what happens!]

And that’s a quick look at what I’m reading, or possibly not reading, this week. Do let me know which books you’re devouring and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  5 comments for “This Week in Books (24th May, 2023)

  1. May 24, 2023 at 11:54 am

    I love it when I can’t stop reading a series, it’s such a great feeling! x

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 25, 2023 at 8:34 am

      It’s the absolute best! Only thing right now is that I have 6 books in paperback format, and I have to either choose to get the hardback of the new one in July or wait for the paperback but it’s not out until February! Whyyyyy?! 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. May 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    I’ll be looking out for your thoughts on The People Watcher… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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