Rewind, recap – weekly roundup.

Only a short round up this week as I really haven’t read that much. I’ve been busy with performance appraisals at work and with preparing blog posts for my Orenda feature week and the last of the #bookvent posts, I’ve been plenty busy.

Plus… I took a day off earlier last week so that I could join Kim Nash a.k.a. @KimTheBookworm and her book club at Mims Cafe in Cannock. This week they had a very special guest, none other than the wonderful Angela Marsons who I was absolutely stoked to finally meet. (Forgive my ugly mush in the picture – better suited to Halloween than Christmas that one).

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I also received some lovely book post from the wonderful Karen Sullivan (@OrendaBooks) and Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) which really made my week something special.

And to top it all off, I took part in a blog tour for #ScaredtoDeath by Rachel Amphlett which can be found here, the launch day blog blitz for the hilarious #MissWrongandMrRight by Robert Bryndza, here, and released my long awaited review for #Witness  by Caroline Mitchell which can be found here. I also read some stonking books.

Epiphany Jones

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My review will be up this weekend, but oh my life. This was an unbelievably brilliant read. Looking at the seedy side of Hollywood life, at abuse, sex trafficking, murder and many truly unpleasant subjects, there is a wonderful blend of dry humour and a completely hapless hero, Jerry Dresden, which bring a touch of lightness to an otherwise dark tale. Jerry is a man on the run, Epiphany the woman who ensure that he keeps running. Their quest is one only she understands although Jerry holds the key. This book made me laugh, grimace, left me nauseated at times and sat very uncomfortably at others. It also made me cry. It was one of those books.

Epiphany Jones can be purchased from the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Death and the Good Son

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The latest DI Dan Hellier novel from B.A. Steadman, ‘Death and the Good Son’ is a two fold story. Initially the team are sent to investigate two skeletons discovered in a bog on Dartmoor. As they struggle to make headway with the apparent cold case, they face an another, more pressing case. Five young boys brought into hospital with side effects from a tainted drug, one of whome subsequently dies. With some very dangerous characters, a very likeable lead character and a twisted plot, the beauty of this book lies in setting. The expected peace of Exeter shattered by drug gangs and murder. My full review can be found here. The book is available to purchase at the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

The Exiled

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The Exiled‘ is the third book in the Anna Fekete series by Kati Hiekkapelto. Having returned home to Serbia for her summer holiday, Anna is unwittingly drawn into a case when her handbag is stolen and her passport and credit cards lost. The local police don’t seem to want to investigate, believing that the death of the Romani responsible brings an end to the case. But Anna is certain that not everything is as simple as it seems and cannot simply walk away, little knowing how personal the case is set to become. This is a fantastic book, with twisted plot lines and characters full of secrets. The prejudice against travellers and refugees, sadly growing in modern society, is a key theme of this book but Anna cuts through this. She doesn’t see race or upbringing, only justice. My full review will be posted later in the week. Meanwhile, you can purchase the book from the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Books I Am About To Read

… Honestly don’t have a scooby. After a busy month, I intend to go with the flow but I do hope to have a few more Christmas based reviews up next week, including some guest reviews from my sister. I’m taking part in a blog blitz for ‘In The Wake Of Death‘ by Billy McLaughlin on Sunday and next Monday it’s my stop on ‘The Gift‘ blog tour for Louise Jensen which is released later this week.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the reviews on the fabulous Orenda Books that I’ll be sharing throughout the week and that your pre-Christmas preparations go swimmingly.

Happy Reading All

JM