Rewind, recap – weekly roundup w/e 16/04/17

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Cute right? Absolutely nothing to do with books but it is Spring. And some of you will have been eating their cousins over the weekend so that’s nice 😉

Seriously though, these were some of the lovely little lambs I saw on one of my walks over the weekend. Visited Cardingmill Valley at Church Stretton. 41 years of living in Shropshire and I’ve never been before. What a donkey. Clearly not a sheep or I’d have been already like many of my friends have. It is simply stunning. So lucky to have this on the doorstep. Well, it’s actually about 35 miles away but close enough. Home county still.

It’s a funny old week this one, by and large because of the Bank Holidays. Not that I’m complaining as this marks the start of a succession of short working weeks for me and ultimately the countdown to a nice period of breaks from work and such like. Who could possibly complain about that? It’s been a busy week, as per usual, with a nice(?) early morning drive to Southampton where I started reading/listening to, Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid. I’m about half way through and will finish is on my trip to Tottenham later in the week. Very different tone to the previous books but still very enjoyable.

Book wise, I don’t feel as though I’ve made much progress but, saying that, I’ve still managed to surprise myself I suppose by getting through three books and a short story on top of the half of an audio book. Not bad really considering I am very, very tired and not able to concentrate on anything much. I have had no review book post but one all important package did arrive from Ireland at the start of the week. I am very, very happy to report that my signed first editions collection of the Charlie Parker series is once more complete with the arrival of the signed copy from the very lovely Gutter Bookshop in Dublin. One of my favourite shops and always reliable service.

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Isn’t it pretty? And personalised too. I was happier than a pig in poop to receive this and don’t mind admitting there may have been a small amount of bouncing involved on the day 🙂

Purchase wise I have been very good. Sort of. Ish. That is to say I have only purchase or preordered 3 books which is not bad all things considered. J Kenner’s Anchor Me (yes – I know it’s not crime. Did you read my guilty pleasures confession on my book love post? If so this will make a little more sense). Mark Sennen’s The Bone Yard and M.J.Arlidge’s Running BlindHow I didn’t already have that on pre-order for last week I do not know. I am hopeless and need to be put out of everyone else’s misery. As a Helen Grace fan I am utterly ashamed…

Yes. Well. I had only purchased three books and I was doing so well… until I went onto Amazon for the images and ended up buying a couple more books. In my defence, it was for a very good reason which will become clear. Ish… The Last Day of Christmas and Dead Girl Walking by Chris Brookmyre.

Still. That’s not too bad is it? Told you I’d been good. For me any way. Reading wise, as I say, I’ve got through three books, a short and half an audio book.

Books I Have Read

Run BRunning Blind by MJ Arlidge

New to the police force, WPC Helen Grace is assigned to her first clear-cut case. Sure there’s something sinister beneath the surface, Helen has a bad feeling . . . but who’s going to take the word of a rookie?

Running Blind is an exclusive eBook novella featuring DI Helen Grace, from bestselling author M. J. Arlidge.

Fresh out of Police College, 18-year-old WPC Helen Grace is the first to arrive on the scene of a fatal collision. Her colleagues see nothing amiss, convinced that the young man’s death was a tragic accident. But Helen is not so sure.

Who is their mystery victim? Why would he risk life and limb running across a busy highway? And what might he have been running from?

There’s a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire, one that Helen is determined to uncover.

In this ebook novella, rookie Helen Grace discovers what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.

I may not have known about this before this week but I’ve more than made up for it since I found it. What a brilliant short story. I still have to pull my review together but if you’ve ever wondered what Helen was like when she first joined the force, this will go some way to answering that question. I love this shorts, giving us insight into Helen’s past before Eeny Meeny and as a real fan of the series they are a pure delight. I hope there are many more to come. You can purchase the novella here.

Girl on the bus 1.0.jpgThe Girl On The Bus by N.M. Brown

A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears. 

Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her former friend and room-mate, Laurie,  for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished. 

Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter. Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice. 

The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods he and Vicki track the killers who are working across the dusty freeways of North America. 

Soon Vicki and Leighton find themselves nervously waiting at a remote bus stop expecting the arrival of the bus. 

Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie? 

And can they both escape with their lives?

This is a book I am reviewing as part of the blog tour. A gripping thriller with a very interesting premise it takes the idea of serial killer to a whole other level.

31356782Want You Gone by Chris Brookmyre

What if all your secrets were put online?

Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.

Who would you turn to?

Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.

What would you be capable of?

Thrown together by a mutual enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realise – and might be each other’s only hope.

Now I have to admit to being a complete moron and having absolutely no idea where I am with this series. It doesn’t take a lot to confuse me but if my calculations are correct this is book three (and a bit) in the ‘resurrection’ of Jack Parlabane. Black Widow was my first encounter with this jaded reporter so I thought it only fitting to go an purchase the first book in this series (see I told you it was all in a good cause) so that I have the complete set of at least these three. I shall return and read the first half (five books) at some point to see what I have missed in its entirety. According to the session at Bloody Scotland last year a lot more colourful language if nothing else…

Anyway. Back to this book. Absolutely loved it. While I’ll admit to struggling to get into the characters in Black Widow, Sam and Jack’s story here was gripping, tense and right up my street. Who knew cyber-geekery could be so intense. My review is to follow  but you can pre-order the book here.

TLOThe Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

I know I should probably have been prioritising other books ahead of this one but I couldn’t resist. It’s set in my home county and the opportunity to read about a serial killer terrorising the tranquil streets that I’ve been taking my recent weekend strolls along was just too good to pass up on. It probably shouldn’t have given the subject, but it did make me smile to read all those familiar place names, ones so much the opposite of where you would expect to hear of such deaths. And the book is very good. Intriguing, such as is Mr Edwards talent for drawing the reader in and developing characters you can become invested in. I’ll be reviewing nearer to release day in June but it is well worth pre-ordering here.

So that was it. My reading week. I won’t include Beneath the Bleeding just yet as it’s not finished but I will complete it this week come hell or high water. Or something. That’s 53 books I’ve finished now in about 106 days. One book every two days. Considering I can at times be a moderately busy bunny, I’ll take that. Thank the lord for long commutes and audiobooks though or I am certain it would be a very different story. How long I can keep this up for remains to be seen.

Full week of blog spammage again with a mix of reviews and guest posts. That is every day, barring Christmas, since mid November that I’ve annoyed you with a blog post. Go me. This is also something I’m not sure will continue but hey. I’ll give it a go.

Guest Post: My Beautiful Disaster – The Road to Publication

Review: Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

#BookLove: Alexina Golding

Guest Post: Accidental Damage by Alice May

Spring Reads: Guest Post by Matthew Redford author of Addicted to Death

Guest Review: Peanuts & Eggcups by Sara Mendes da Costa

Guest post by Lee Cockburn

#BookLove: Kirsty Ferry

Extract- For The Love Of Grace by Andy Blackman

I have another full week ahead on the blog starting today with the blog tour review of Last Breath by Robert Bryndza. If you have read my post already you will note there was not one iota of excitement about that at all. Not a jot. Tomorrow I’m on the blog tour for Kill or Die by Ann Evans and Sunday the blog tour for Ice Cold Alice by C.P. Wilson.

I’ll be re-sharing my review of Play Dead and a guest review of Blood Lines by Angela Marsons in the final stage of the countdown to Dead Souls which releases next week, and I’ll be sharing some more #BookLove with bloggers Rachel Emms and Sam from Clues and Reviews.

Aside from that I’ll be working really hard (but not today as it is still a Bank Holiday – yay) and reading as much as I can. And if not reading then listening.

Have a fabulous and book love filled week all.

JL

3 thoughts on “Rewind, recap – weekly roundup w/e 16/04/17

  1. Those pictures! I feel I’ve traveled for Easter 😀
    I’m glad you got the Brookmyre books, I can’t wait to read more from the author since I devoured Black Widow!
    53 books in 156 days? I’m impressed *bows to the queen* 😀

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    1. Lol. I wish. I read nowhere near as many as some but I’ll take what I can when I can. The lambs are cute right? 😂 I think the new Chris Brookmyre story Want You Gone is fab. There are rumours abound I may be on the blog tour. Unconfirmed of course 😉

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