Visited the Library | The books I chose | 5 book haul

I was lying in bed last night and had this sudden urge to go and visit my library in the morning, this I have done and I came away with five books!

Don’t get me wrong, I love looking around library’s but have always found mine lacking, it’s quite small, and never seems to have what I am looking for, BUT I am lucky to have a library near me, so I shall try my best to use it.

As I said, I came away with five books, so I thought I would share them with you, they might not all get read in my three weeks I have to read them all, and they might not all get a review, but they will most defiantly get some attention here in some form or another 🙂

so… let’s plough!

1936, Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland: in Russia, Stalin has unleashed his great terror ; spain has erupted in civil war.

In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch-paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division. Dons and students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand?

When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…

I actually was looking at this on Amazon this morning and put it in my basket to buy, when my wages come in next week – tell me I am not the only one that does that?! – so I jumped at the chance to borrow this.

I do not normally go for historical novels that are set in this era, but after reading the synopsis and reading a few pages in the library – as you do- I thought I would chance upon it and I am hoping that it will be as good as it reads, we shall see!

Also being the cover hoare that I am, I went for the cover!  sorry….not sorry!!


Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.

According to the inside cover of the book this is number 5 of a Flavia de Luce series, and according to a question on Goodreads where someone asks if you have to read the others first, they said yes, so oops, I did a boo boo, but, I might be stubborn and just read it and them back track at some point, again, we shall see.

I was attracted by the tag lines of ‘An Ancient Tomb … A very Modern Murder’  ‘Lost manuscripts and ancient relics’

I was just excited by the fact that I might have found new books to read!


From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series…DEATH OF A BORE: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Minor writer John Heppel has a problem–he’s a consummate bore. When he’s found dead in his cottage, there are plenty of suspects. But surely boredom shouldn’t be cause for murder, or so thinks Constable Hamish Macbeth.

Hopefully this will not be a bore to read! sounds like fun though and I am ready for some new style of books. The font is quite big, so will race through this!








On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

I saw this book banded around when it first came out, and at the time was just not into the idea of it, but I am now, so here it is!

and last but certainly not least is
1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.

When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong.

From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin’s walls. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall’s long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past

I picked this one up because I was on a roll, but I have admit that the synopsis is attractive to me, not sure it will be a book that I will read just before bed! …why have I got such a wuss!

there you have it, these are the books that I have chosen, not too sure which one I shall start with, but I hope that I enjoy them.

  • Have you read any of these?
  • Do you think I have made some good choices?
  • Which would you read first?


Dont be shy, lets chat!




All books choosen by myself from the library.
  • The Miniaturist sounds sooooo good. I’m going to have to buy that one. Reading an older book right now by Sheila Graham titled “The Garden of Allah”

    • Thanks! I am looking forward to experiencing it, will keep you posted and if you read it before me, let me know what you think!