This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 09-12-20

This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

Well, would you believe it?! I actually read The Abstainer, just like I said I would! Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are!

Manchester, 1867

Two men, haunted by their pasts.
Driven by the need for justice.

Blood begets blood.
In a fight for life and legacy.

Stephen Doyle arrives in Manchester from New York. He is an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland, by any means necessary. Now he has come to seek vengeance.

James O’Connor has fled grief and drink in Dublin for a sober start in Manchester as Head Constable. His mission is to discover and thwart the Fenians’ plans. When his long-lost nephew arrives on his doorstep, he never could have foreseen how this would imperil his fragile new life – or how his and Doyle’s fates would come to be intertwined. 

The rebels will be hanged at dawn, and their brotherhood is already plotting revenge.

My current read is The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James.

P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a short story for Christmas, and four of the best have been drawn from the archives and published here together for the first time. From the title story about a strained country-house Christmas party, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, plus two cases for detective Adam Dalgliesh, these are masterfully atmospheric stories by the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’.

My next read might be Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel by Drew Gummerson.

You could have been someone, you could have been a contender, yet instead you ended up here, a dishwasher at the Flamingo Hotel. From the death of your mother, to homelessness, to insanity, and back again, to an encounter with an American serial killer, a lover affair with a performance artist, to the loss of your foreskin, to living in a shed, and certain bum operations, you have only ever wanted one thing. To find someone worse off than yourself.

And now’s your chance.

You’ve got seven nights.

At the Flamingo Hotel.

And that’s my week in books! What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments! 😎


    1. It’s so good! I’ve not read much by P. D. James – only The Children of Men – but really enjoying it, and will have to look at her detective fiction x

  1. I’ve been reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. It’s the first of his books I’ve read. I appreciate his distinct and authentic voice. I want to learn more about this author and read one or two of his essays. If you have read Baldwin or a biography of Baldwin and have recommendations, I’m all ears.

    1. Hi Carol – I’ve not read anything by him, but I’ve added Giovanni’s Room to my “want” list – I’m intrigued! Happy reading!

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