This week in books

This Week in Books (July 26th 2017)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧  Blackout, Ragnar Jónasson (translation by Quentin Bates)


On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

Because I needed to meet Ari Thor again!

≈ Now ≈ The Unquiet Dead, Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Unquiet Dead Cover

Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto: the body of Christopher Drayton is found at the foot of the cliffs. Muslim Detective Esa Khattak, head of the Community Policing Unit, and his partner, Rachel Getty, are called in to investigate. As the secrets of Drayton’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide of Bosnian Muslims surface, the harrowing significance of his death makes it difficult to remain objective. In a community haunted by the atrocities of war, anyone could be a suspect. And when the victim is a man with so many deaths to his name, could it be that justice has at long last been served?

I loved the campaign for this book and I’m finally diving in!

∨ Next ∨ A Single Step, Georgia Rose

a single step

‘The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it…but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan…’

Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love. 

A step outside of my comfort zone!

That’s it for this week! What’s on your reading list? Let me know!!

35 thoughts on “This Week in Books (July 26th 2017)”

  1. Hi Meggy,

    As I noticed that ‘A Single Step’ is part of a trilogy, I’ll probably pass on this one, as I am notoriously bad at series reading, unless the books work well as stand alone stories.

    The only thing which has put me off Nordic authors so far, is that so many of them rely on translations of their books. As you have previously read from this series though, I am assuming that you find this arrangement works quite well?

    I am intrigued by the concept of a Muslim detective series and this is one I am definitely tempted to get into from the beginning.

    2 out of 3 – not bad – Thanks for sharing and enjoy the reast of your week 🙂



    1. Hello! 🙂
      I am slowly learning to appreciate series, but it’s always a bit harder than standalones! I’ll probably mention in the review if you can read A Single Step as a standalone 🙂
      I studied translation for three years so I am very very picky when I read translated works, so usually, the ones you’ll find here are good, unless I say so in the review. I remember being appalled by a French translation of Game of Thrones and had to scream my frustration! This series from Ragnar Jonasson is in good hands and you can feel the writer’s style with precision, it doesn’t read like a translation.
      The Unquiet Dead is very promising, isn’t it? 🙂
      Have a great week, Yvonne!


  2. I have never heard of Single Step before this post. I really like the sound of it especially from the excerpt at the top.I hope that you will enjoy all your books this week. Happy reading.


  3. Happy reading Meggy. A different read every now and then is good, especially for us bookbloggers. I’m reading Broken Branches at the moment. I know you’ve read and reviewed that so it will be good to compare thoughts.


  4. Seems like you have some great books on your list for this week Meggy. I take it you enjoyed Blackout, I’m trying to guess from your comment if it was part of a series or a re-read for you! 🙂
    I really hope you enjoy The Unquiet Dead and A Single Step. The cover for A Single Step really caught my eye, it’s gorgeous with all the flower petals. 🙂


  5. Basically I always want to read any book you mention here… How do you do that? Poor poor TBR… 😉 I hope you will enjoy these and I will be looking forward to those reviews! ❤


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