Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 12/2/17

This was a week dominated by travel. Two early morning starts (one exceptionally early) taking me to Manchester for training and Edinburgh for a meeting, and a trip to Mansfield for good measure in between. The bonus part of all of that was the chance I got to listen to two audio books whilst I drove. It’s almost like I’m getting paid to listen to books. Almost. In reality it is just a darned sight better than listening to the radio for eleven hours…

I haven’t done as much actual ‘reading’ reading as I’d have liked but I have managed to take some books off my personal TBR again as well as read a books which I can’t talk about at the moment but will be reviewing in the coming weeks. I took part in my first ever cover reveal, and a couple more blog tours so all in all it’s been a pretty good bloggish week.

I have a lot more travel planned for this week (Tottenham bound) which may impact my reading plans but I shall try my best. As it is I’m having an admin Sunday as I’ve fallen way behind with writing reviews. I am currently writing this curled up on the sofa with a cat tucked under my arm, his head getting in the way of the keyboard. If there are any glaring errors in this post, I blame Mars…

Books I have Read

under-fireUnder Fire by Rachel Amphlett

An explosion rocks a Qatari natural gas facility… a luxury cruise liner capsizes in the Mediterranean… and someone has stolen a submarine…

Are the events connected?

Dan Taylor doesn’t believe in coincidences – all he has to do is convince his superiors they are next in the terrorists’ line of fire.

As Britain enters its worst winter on record, Dan must elude capture to ensure the country’s energy resources are protected. At all costs.

In an action-packed adventure, from the Middle East through the Mediterranean to London, Dan and his team are on a quest which will test every choice he makes. Assisted by the exotic Antonia Almasi, Dan realises he faces an adversary far greater than he ever imagined.

And not everyone is going to survive.

I listened to the first book in the Dan Taylor series, White Gold, a couple of months ago and was really looking forward to catching up with our hero in this newly released audio book. Once again narrated by the brilliant Craig Beck, this is one heck of a story, full of tension, twists and industrial sabotage on a global scale. My review will be posted in the next couple of weeks but this had me as close to the edge of my seat as I could get without actually crashing my car. Rachel Amphlett sure knows how to write a darned good action thriller. You can order Under Fire from Amazon here.

angelAngel by LJ Ross

He’ll make you his angel, but first you have to die…

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally beginning to return to normal and he’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée.

Then, on Good Friday morning he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave and the killer has given her wings, like an angel.

Soon, another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan’s band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again.

 

Oh how I love this series. I have powered through the first four of the five books on audio in a little over a week and I am desperate now to find the time to read book five but I’m conscious I have a long MBR (must be read) list to clear first. My review will be posted shortly but in the meantime you can purchase Angel from Amazon here.

arfokA Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood

Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…

Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.

When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.

There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

Somewhat of a ‘locked room’ mystery or at least an unlocked room in a house full of locked rooms mystery, this is an absolutely brilliant tale. With no end of suspects, the home is resident to seven convicted murderers after all, it’s hard to know just who was responsible for the murder of new inmate Ryan. This is my first Mathilda Darke book but I have already bought the first two and the short story and plan to catch up as soon as possible. My review will be out soon but for now you can purchase the book from Amazon here. It is released on 17th February.

dsDead Simple – Quick Reads Crime Anthology (Various)

A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results
The grieving widow who finds that she’s about to lose more than just her husband
When a man attempts the perfect murder, it’s not quite as easy as he thinks
Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble
A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for
Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can’t explain
A murderer about to be hanged finds that’s not the worst thing that can happen
You never know who’s going to turn up at your door

Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor – specially written for Quick Reads.

An unexpected addition to the reading list for the week, I had seen this on Twitter and happened upon it in Waterstones. Featuring some of my favourite authors I couldn’t resist. Totall Ronseal (does what is says on the tin) you can whip through this in no time at all, but don’t let that fool you. There are some very, very clever tales in this book. It can be purchased from Amazon here.

32277948Love Them And Leave Them by Sue Shephard

Sometimes you have to leave the one you love … sometimes you’re the one who’s left behind. The new heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic comedy from the No.1 bestselling author of Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?

On his way home, Ed makes a split-second decision that changes the lives of all those who love him.

Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessie, is stuck in a job with no prospects, her dreams never fulfilled. It will take more than her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, and temperamental best friend, Coco, to give her the confidence to get her life back on track.

But what if Ed had made another decision? It could all have been so different …

Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessica, has a successful career, loving boyfriend, Nick, and a keen eye on her dream home. But when new clients, a temperamental Coco, and her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, walk into her life, Jessica’s perfect world soon starts to unravel.

Love Them and Leave Them is a story of love, families, friendship and a world of possibilities. Whichever decision Ed makes, the same people are destined to come into his daughter’s life, sometimes in delightfully different ways. And before they can look forward to the future, they will all have to deal with the mistakes of the past.

I started but haven’t quite finished this book by Sue Shephard as time got away from me this week. My review will be published in a couple of weeks but right now you can purchase the book from Amazon here.

I had a full week on the blog this week with a mixture or reviews, guest reviews and blog tours.

Around the UK in 144 Books Update – you can see the Mega Map created by Susan over at The Book Trail

Cover Reveal: Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett

Review: Heavenfield by LJ Ross

Blog Tour Review: Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Guest Review: Who Is To Blame by Jane Marlow

Blog Tour Review: Seal Skin by Su Bristow

The Books of my Years: The Roaring Boring Twenties

Another full week of posts lies ahead (get me). I have a guest post tomorrow as part of Mystery Thriller Week, and not one, not two, but four blog tour review posts to boot. Starting with Cursed on Wednesday, I have a guest post from Jennifer Gilmour about her book Isolation Junction on Friday, a review of the fabulous Blink by KL Slater on Saturday and a review of The Promise, the gritty new thriller from Casey Kelleher on Sunday.

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As for my reading this week… well aside from finishing Love Them and Leave Them, I am leaving my plans open. I have a few books I want to read, a few I need to read, but all of it depends upon what time I get in and around work. February is turning into quite the month.

Happy Reading All

JL

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