It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Another seven days have flown by, but don't ask me what I did with them because I don't really know. I managed to finish one book, start two and write one book review (The Haunting by Alan Titchmarsh) and I also collected some books from the library. Not much for a whole week is it?

What I Read Last Week
The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan

I'm gathering my thoughts together to write a review of this novel. I did enjoy it, although certain aspects were a little disturbing.

When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts - none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton, whose only trace remains in a few tantalizingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish? As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's...

What I'm Reading Today

Plague by C.C. Humphreys

I'm halfway through this book and eager to keep reading.

London, May 1665. On a dark road outside London, a simple robbery goes horribly wrong - when the gentlemanly highwayman, William Coke, discovers that his intended victims have been brutally slaughtered. Suspected of the murders, Coke is forced into an uneasy alliance with the man who pursues him - the relentless thief-taker, Pitman. Together they seek the killer - and uncover a conspiracy that reaches from the glittering, debauched court of King Charles to the worst slum in the city, St Giles in the Fields. But there's another murderer moving through the slums, the taverns and palaces, slipping under the doorways of the rich. A mass murderer ..... Plague .......

A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd

I'm two chapters into this book, but The Plague has grabbed my attention.

On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice. To the north on this warm and gentle day, another man in love-a Scottish Highlander-shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother's death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world .........

What I Hope to Read Next

These two novels were part of last week's library borrowings. They should be lower down on my to read list, but as is usually the case when I bring books home, the new titles look more interesting than the ones I had planned to read next.

 The Widow's Confession by Sophia Tobin

I enjoyed Sophia Tobin's first novel The Silversmith's Wife and hope this will be just as good.

 Broadstairs, Kent, 1851. Once a sleepy fishing village, now a select sea-bathing resort, this is a place where people come to take the air, and where they come to hide...

Delphine and her cousin Julia have come to the seaside with a secret, one they have been running from for years. The clean air and quiet outlook of Broadstairs appeal to them and they think this is a place they can hide from the darkness for just a little longer. Even so, they find themselves increasingly involved in the intrigues and relationships of other visitors to the town.

But this is a place with its own secrets, and a dark past. And when the body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach, a mysterious message scrawled on the sand beside her, the past returns to haunt Broadstairs and its inhabitants. As the incomers are drawn into the mystery and each others' lives, they realise they cannot escape what happened here years before.....

Loxley by Sally Wragg 

I'm a fan of dual time historical novels so couldn't pass on this one.

When Harry Loxley, the 11th Duke, is called away to the Western Front, he leaves behind his young wife Bronwyn to run the estate and cope alone with her formidable mother-in-law, Katherine the Dowager.

Aware her marriage is already in trouble, Bronwyn finds herself increasingly drawn to the life of Nell, the 5th Duchess of Loxley and guardian of its ancient walls, at a time when the country is engaged in a bloody civil war. What is Nell's secret, and why is her tortured ghost said to haunt the hall? Bronwyn's search for answers reveals parallels with her own that she could never have imagined.


  1. I love the cover on the Widow book but I especially love the name of the heroine in Loxley :-)

    1. That cover conjures up all sorts of scenarios and Bronwyn is a great name for a heroine :-)

  2. All your reads look perfect for this time of the year. Thanks for sharing them.

    1. Thank you, Deb. I'm looking forward to this week's reading.

  3. These all look good, but the Plague really jumps out at me. I haven't gotten enough HF lately.

    1. I finished Plague last night and loved it even though it's a bit gruesome in parts. Some readers won't like it because of this but it adds to the suspense.

  4. I like the sound of all the books on your list, especially Loxley (I also love dual time narratives). I think the Riordan books is published as Fiercombe Manor here.

    1. Nice to meet another dual time fan. Yes, the book has been published as Fiercombe Manor.