Lovely weather we’ve had this past weekend don’t you think? I’ve had some brilliant walking time and some all important thinking time as a result. A very tough day on Friday as I found out that another member of my team had lost their battle with cancer. It’s the second one from the same depot in just over a month and so very tough for all of the guys there and of course for his family. It kind of puts everything into perspective too though and makes you thankful for everything you have. This weekend, I have been thankful for living in the wonderful county of Shropshire, for which I am often afforded beautiful views such as this one.
I am also very thankful for having rediscovered my love of books. Sometimes I think that they are one of the only things keeping me sane in a very insane world. Them and crisps. I have overindulged in them this weekend, hence my need for the long walks…
So. It has been another book post free week. I do not mind this at all as I’ve kept myself busy hunting down titles on Netgalley (I know – I need locking up or my phone/laptop/iPad confiscating for my own sanity) and indulging in a few pre-orders on Amazon. I also took ‘delivery’ of a few pre-orders on my kindle so I have no shortage of books, believe me. I also won an auction for signed copies of all five DCI Ryan books by LJ Ross and the chance of being a character in one of her books too. Whether I am on the side of good or evil remains to be seen. (My money is on evil – suits me sooooo well )
My NetGalley haul this week:
Just a couple (ish) but in my defence they are really good ones 🙂
Dead Souls by Angela Marsons; Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell; The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards (set in Shropshire – soooo looking forward to this one); The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite and Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler
Order/Preorder wise, I may have bought a few books…
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
The Perplexing Theft of The Jewel In The Crown by Vaseem Khan
The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan
Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett
Liar by K.L.Slater
Terror’s Reach by Tom Bale
The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh
His Turn by J.A. Huss
Still Dark by Alex Gray
Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler
The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
I also took receipt of these pre-orders during the week. Happy bunny status all round then…
Books I have Read
Welcome to the Misfit Mob…
It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.
But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.
No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?
Oh lordy. How I have missed Stuart MacBride’s writing. This is one brilliant book, so tongue in cheek and so many of the typical character traits that you expect in any given McRae book, it almost reads like a parody of itself and every book in the genre. If you can find a more put upon and unlucky character than Callum McGregor you are doing well. They wouldn’t be mind… So very funny and so very clever. I am going to one of the book launch events in Liverpool later in the month and I cannot wait. I will, however, wait to launch my full review on the blog. You can pre-order the book here. Which I completely recomment that you do by the way. You only have to wait until 20th…
The truth was dead and buried…until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?
Oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Loved this. Absolutely bouncing with happiness loved it. So very dark, much more so than any of the previous books, this touches upon some very emotive subjects. Angela Marsons has pitched this perfectly and captured the spirit of her characters so beautifully on the page. Can’t wait to share my review with you all at the end of the month. I think this is the best one yet. You’ll get to learn more about Stacey too and going on the journey with her is a tense and emotional one to say the least. Gah. Did I say I loved this? ‘Cause I did you know? You can pre-order the book here.
Hell has unleashed a demon – and he’s coming for you…
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan’s worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend – Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend?
There’s a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life – but are they too late?
The clock is ticking…
I listened to the audio of this book over a (not long enough) journey to Bristol and back and concluded it on my commute to and from work. The fifth book in the DCI Ryan series this picks up exactly where the previous book Angel left off. If you haven’t read that then I won;t spoil anything by mentioning the plot of this one but oh my life, this is tense and action packed. Fans of the series will be sure to love it and it you haven’t read any yet, I suggest ya get ya read on because you are missing a real treat. I’ll have my review up soon but in the meantime you can order the book here.
They thought that they had all the power, until she took it from them.
A killer hunts abusive spouses, blogging about their sins post-kill. Soon the murders and the brazen journaling draws the attention of Police Scotland’s CID. This killer works with surgical preparation, precision and skill, using a unique weapon of her own and never leaves a trace of evidence behind.
Edinburgh’s DI Kathy McGuire, nearing the end of her career, begins the hunt for the murderer as a media frenzy erupts. But McGuire might have met her match…
What has led this killer to take the law into her own hands? Is the woman accountable really a cold-hearted killer or a desperate vigilante?
What I love most about this book is that this is a serial killer story with a difference. Our killer/hero in this novel is a woman. Her methods may be cruel, her ultimate actions wrong, and yet I found it hard to condemn the emponymous Alice entirely, something which is echoed by the reaction of the public as they read her blog entries on the killings. Creatively imagined and executed, this book took me completely by surprise. In a very, very good way. Blindsided at the halfway point, the back story is poignant, the action exciting and the portrayal of the characters excellent. My review will follow as part of the blog tour but this is well worth a few hours of anyone’s time. Released on 20th April, it can be ordered here.
Four books in the end then. Not too shabby given that I had a pretty busy week at work to boot. I’ll take that. Full week on the blog too, sharing a bit more book love, a couple of reviews and revisiting some old favourites of mine to boot.
Funny old week this week as it’s Easter at the weekend so I’ve a lot to cram into four days of work. Warrington and Southampton beckon (lucky them, lucky me) and I have the monthly Health and Safety meeting to look forward to too. I’m overwhelmed with joy. Or not.
Blog wise, I kick off the week with a blog tour guest post from Joanna Hughes, author of My Beautiful Disaster, Thursday sees me with two guest posts, the first is from Alice May author of Accidental Damage. The second post is the first in four posts celebrating Spring Reading Week with Clink Street and Authoright. I’ll be posting a mixture of reviews and guest posts as part of the event so be sure to check in. On top of that I’ll be sharing some more #BookLove with blogger Alexina Golding and author Kirsty Ferry, and continuing my countdown to the launch of Dead Souls.
Hope you have a wonderfully bookish week all, and to those who partake, a very Happy Easter.