Rewind recap – weekly update w/e 26/3/17

Well. This has been a week and a half. Well, technically speaking it has been a week of seven days like every other week but you know what I’m saying. I feel like I have been pulled from pillar to post and have achieved next to nothing. But given events mid-week you have to realise that things can always be worse and make the best of what you have got as 9 times out of 10 it is more than enough. Be thankful and be happy.

Par for the course, I’ve had a lot of meetings, Manchester, Brownhills and Leicester – living the dream me – and the week ahead will be pretty much the same only it’s Dublin and Leeds. And then one quick blink and March is over and April begins. When the heck did that happen right?

It wasn’t all bad this week. I’ve had some stunning book post (very lucky gal) and I have picked the winners for my very first giveaways. I am just so impressed that it actually worked that I picked extras too so well done to the lucky four whose goodies are winging their way to them for delivery this week. 🙂

So my book post loveliness came in three packages this week. Firstly I received a lovely review copy of The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne. I absolutely promise that my porridge will be made with milk and be completey adornment free!!!



I then received a copy of The Crow Girl from Vintage Books. Very unexpected but well received none the less. Very excited to read this but it’s also quite long (nearly 800 pages) so I’ll have to plan it in carefully 😉


And finally I received two very wonderful new books from Karen over at Orenda Books. I’m on the tours for both Faithless and Reconciliation For The Dead which I’m super excited about. Just finished reading Faithless and it is superb. I really do love Scani/Nordic Noir. My newest addicition (alongside jalapenos and Cofresh Karachi Mix)

I also received a lovely package from Hideaway Fall mid week. I have been such a lucky blogging bunny this week and I am truly thankful.


Believe it or not, I only actually purchased one book this week. One!!!. But it’s a good one. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton. Technically a preorder but it still counts 🙂


I did however download some free short stories courtesy of Agent Hunter. It’s a collection from a really talented group of Crime Writers, a veritable pick’n’mix as it were. And all for the price of signing up to a newsletter. Still open until 31st March and you can sign up right here.


So. How did my reading go this week? Well… So so if I’m honest. It’s been a long week work wise so I found reading a struggle. Not because of the books, because my flipping eyelids didn’t want to stay in an open position. At least not until I tried to go to bed.

Books I Have Read

TTOOThe Torment Of Others by Val McDermid

For some, there is nothing so sweet, so thrilling, as the torment of others …

A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of one Derek Tyler. But Tyler’s been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word – except to say that ‘the Voice’ told him to do it.

Top criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill is prepared to think the unthinkable – this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. While DCI Carol Jordan and her team mount a desperate and dangerous undercover police operation to trap the murderer, Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered…

Read is probably not quite right for this book, although I did read the final few chapters as I couldn’t wait until my next road trip to finish the audio book. In Val McDermid’s inimitable style this is another cracking Hill and Jordan book, with both gore and forensic pyschology aplenty. I have yet to find the nerve to review any of the four books I’ve listened to. I’m a bit chicken as they, and the author, are so iconic, but I am slowly building up the nerve. Watch this space. In the meantime you can purchase the book here.

will-to-live-cover-medium-webWill To Live by Rachel Amphlett

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

Loved this and my review will be up on Wednesday as part of the blog tour which starts today. If you read and loved Scared to Death, this is every bit as gripping and tension filled. That Thomas theTank Engine has a lot to answer for… You can preorder the book from Kobo here.

FFaithless by Kjell Ola Dahl

Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal…

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder.

As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again.

Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.

It is official. I am in love with everything Nordic/Icelandic/Finnish Noir. Yet another belter to come out of the Orenda stable I just wish all of the books were available in translation from Norwegian. That said. I will make do with going back and reading the four which have been translated as this was brilliant. There is just something about these books – the pacing is so unlike British Crime Fiction and yet you can still cut the tension with a knife. Love it. My review will come as part of the blog tour next week but you can preorder the book here.

Three books – not the best but not my worst reading week either. Still I had a full week of blog posts again which I am chuffed with. It included the first in a new feature which will be running a couple of times a week sharing author and blogger #BookLove. This week it was my turn to share my bookish confessions. Tough but fun.

Blog Tour: Two Voices, One Story by Elaine Rizzo and Amy Masters

Blog Tour: Review – Boundary by Andrée A. Michaud

Book Love: A new weekly feature

Quick Review: The Legacy Device by Book Love: A new weekly featureRachel Amphlett

Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

#GuestReview: Sharp Turn by Marianne Delacourt

#BlogTour Review: In Plain Sight by M.A. Comley

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve another busy week ahead. Dublin and Leeds one day visits planned but it does mean reading/audiobook time so it’s not all bad. Aside from that I’m in reading catch up mode right now as believe it or not, I’ve run out of books to review other than blog tour copies. I know – I’m a terrible book blogger.

The week ahead consists of a couple of blog tours. I’m on Helen Phifer’s The Lost Children tour on Tuesday and on Wednesday it’s a double header with a review of Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett and an extract from Vengeance by Roger A. Price. I’ll also be sharing the #BookLove of Tracie Delaney and Julie Ryan so keep a look out for those.

Reading wise, I’ve just started Last Breath by Robert Bryndza. Bit of a squeee moment with that one as I’ve been dying to start it since downloading off Netgalley. I’ll throw in an audio book (because I can – it’s a 4-5 hr round trip to Leeds and an hr each way to the airport), and then see where the mood takes me. 9 blog tour review books to read by early May so I think I have a full dance card already…

Just one thing before I go. I’ve read so many troubling posts these past few weeks about blogger envy – not from outside readers who perhaps don’t get what we do or why we do it, but from really talented bloggers doubting that they are good enough or that their posts make a difference. My word of advice to you all (for what it is worth) is this. Your blog is perfect because it is a reflection of you. If you love it and you love what you are doing then keep at it. Don’t worry about what I’m doing or what anyone else is reviewing or writing. We are all individual and all the better for it.

In the words of Oscar Wilde ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.’ This goes for blogs too. Individuality is okay. Not being poetic or creative enough is okay. Spelling mistakes and punctuation errors from time to time are okay. In fact it’s all better than okay. It means you are human which makes it perfection.

Have a fabulous week of reading all.


11 thoughts on “Rewind recap – weekly update w/e 26/3/17

  1. Loving that bit of advice there, Jen. I had a major freak-out at the weekend thinking I’m not good enough to join blogtours. Then I figured if that was really the case, I wouldn’t have been on the list in the first place 😄.

    Have a great week! I honestly don’t know how you do all this traveling. Major kudos!

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  2. Love this whole post. Thanks for the pep talk. I’ve had a real crisis of confidence this week and wondered if I should carry on. I’m not as good as other bloggers and I’m still trying to catch up with reviews after house move.

    Caryl x

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    1. You are absolutely as good. I’m hopeless. Write war and peace with every post and always manage to link the wrong picture lol. Half the fun is learning from each other. We all bring something new and different and are all around for advice & support. Keep going. And you’ll catch up. And if not, don’t stress it. Reset and start again. Life is too short 😀

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      1. Thanks Jen. I need a good kick up the proverbial. I say ‘life is too short’ so much it should be tattooed on my forehead but need to take my own advice.
        Might get off the hamster wheel for a while and take stock. Always thought I was an avid reader but everyone seems to read more books than me!
        I love your posts – always so funny.

        Caryl x

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      2. Thank you. I think reading comes and goes in waves for us all. I know what you mean though. Some people seem to batter their way through books so quickly. I think my brain would explode if I tried it. 2-3 a week is more than enough for me. Have a fab day. Jen x

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  3. First of all, THANK YOU for this piece of advice. Many of us do need a reminder it’s okay to be ourselves and not the perfect blogger with beautiful shiny hair (it’s midnight, I’m allowed to unrelated details xD). I think always looking to be a better blogger is good as long as you don’t lose your unique voice and it doesn’t pressure you.
    Orenda Books being awesome? I can totally agree on that 😀 I’m starting Will to Live this weekend as I’m part of the blog tour too, just a bit later 🙂
    Oh, and thank you for mentioning all your travelling, it makes us travel a bit with you!

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    1. Thanks Donna. Totally believe that being unique is wonderful. It would be boring if we were all the same. Will to Live is brilliant. And plenty more travel to come this year. I’m trying to get around all of my Irish depots plus think I have to go to Lille and maybe Belgium at some point. It’s starting to feel more like a travel blog than a book one 😂

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