Rewind, recap – weekly roundup w/e 23/04/17

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Nature shots seem to be my thing right now. Apparently. Spotted on one of my walkies over the weekend. Probably not much of a surprise as I was walking around a Deer Park at the time but there you go.

Now walking is my way of clearing the brain. It is also my last attempt to get fit and push the effort with the old diet. The last bit’s not going so well but there you go. It’s the thought that counts.

That is also my feeling when it comes to reading at the moment. I have such great ambitions. Such ideas… They mostly come to norra lot but it’s the thought that counts. That said, I have had not too bad a week when it comes to reading, due in part to the extra Bank Holiday on Monday which gave me much needed catch up reading time. That and a nice long road trip to London and back which gave me some wonderful audio book time. But more of that in a moment.

Another quiet week book post wise. No ARCs received but I did get a lovely delivery of the books I won in a recent charity book auction over on Facebook. All five LJ Ross books signed and dedicated, plus I’m going to be a character in one of her books. I’m hoping I either die in a really grotesque way or I’m some kind of psychopath. Or a psycho who dies in a grotesque way. I could totally live with that. 🙂

ARC wise, I have been very good. In other words I have steered clear of NetGalley so go me. Actually, I was sent a couple of e-ARCs from a certain fabulous publisher but I’m not going to tell you about those just yet…

However, it is fair to say that my Amazon habits have been a little less restrained… Some how I ended up ordering 5 new books and also I was gifted an audio book. In my defence, the five books are pre-orders so they don’t really count. Yet…

Books I have purchased:

Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride – a new Roberta Steel spin off story. How could I possibly resist. No cover yet but you can pre-order by clicking on the title.

The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney – the second Lottie Parker story.

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White Out by Ragnar Jónasson – the fifth Ari Thór title.

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Insidious Intent by Val McDermid – the new Hill & Jordan thriller.

Only You Know by Chris Curran

And in audio, with a massive thanks to Rachel Amphlett Three Lives Down, the third Dan Taylor thriller

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Haven’t I been good? Sort of. Ish.

Books I Have Read

TTWTime To Win by Harry Brett

When local crime boss Richard Goodwin is pulled from the river by his office it looks like suicide. But as his widow Tatiana feared, Rich collected enemies like poker chips, and half of Great Yarmouth’s criminal fraternity would have had reason to kill him.

Realising how little she knows about the man she married, Tatty seeks to uncover the truth about Rich’s death and take over the reins of the family business, overseeing a waterfront casino deal Rich hoped would put Yarmouth on the map.

Out of the shadows at last, it is Tatty’s time now, and she isn’t going to let Rich’s brother, or anyone else, stand in her way. But an American has been in town asking the right people the wrong questions, more bodies turn up, along with a brutal new gang. The stakes have never been higher.

With her family to protect, and a business to run, Tatty soon learns that power comes with a price . . .

It is released on 27th April and I will be reviewing this in early May. In the meantime, bag yourself a copy here.

cover109252-mediumLove Me Not by M.J. Arlidge

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A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother?

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Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer’s choices?

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Who lives? Who dies? Who’s next? The clock is ticking.

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If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own …

The book is published on 18th May and I’ll be holding my review back until then. You can preorder here.


BTB.jpgBeneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid

The race is on to uncover the identity of a murderer with nothing to lose – and everything to kill for.

When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Robbie was adored, so the public want answers – but the answers aren’t coming, and trails are running cold.

Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties – and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? And what are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking for Tony and Carol – and the death toll keeps rising…

This is one of two audio books I was able to complete this week. I WILL review this at some point, I’m in the process of catching up on my outstanding Val McDermid reviews, but in the meantime you can purchase it here.

NCNowhere Child by Rachel Abbott

Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found?

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves.

The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.

Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts.

Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?

She can run – but for how long can she hide?

The second audio book I completed this week. Continuing the story of Tasha who we first met in Stranger Child, this is a fitting closure to her story. You can order the book here.

RFTD.jpgReconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty

Fresh from events in Yemen and Cyprus, vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker returns to South Africa, seeking absolution for the sins of his past. Over four days, he testifies to Desmond Tutu s newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, recounting the shattering events that led to his dishonourable discharge and exile, fifteen years earlier.

It was 1980. The height of the Cold War. Clay is a young paratrooper in the South African Army, fighting in Angola against the Communist insurgency that threatens to topple the White Apartheid regime. On a patrol deep inside Angola, Clay, and his best friend, Eben Barstow, find themselves enmeshed in a tangled conspiracy that threatens everything they have been taught to believe about war, and the sacrifices that they, and their brothers in arms, are expected to make. Witness and unwitting accomplice to an act of shocking brutality, Clay changes allegiance and finds himself labelled a deserter and accused of high treason, setting him on a journey into the dark, twisted heart of institutionalised hatred, from which no one will emerge unscathed.

Exploring true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history, Reconciliation for the Dead is a shocking, explosive and gripping thriller from one finest writers in contemporary crime fiction.

Brutally honest and with such vivid and startling imagery, this book highlights the brutal past of the conflicts across South Africa and Angola in the early 80’s. I will be taking part in the blog tour for this book next month. The Kindle version is available now or you can preorder the paperback here.

I did read one more book this week, a stonkingly brilliant thriller which is to be released in late May and which I will tell you more about closer to the time. One of those e-ARCs I mentioned earlier. I can honestly say that I loved it, loved the darkness and the surprise and I cannot wait to shout about this book in the coming weeks because it is fabulous. Grim and grizzly. Loved it.

So that’s it. I’m half way through another book right now which I will complete tomorrow with a little luck. I am also about a million (11…) reviews behind but I will catch up. As I had already half listened to Beneath The Bleeding last week, that is five and half books completed this week. Not too bad all things considered.

Blog wise, another full on week. Loving it. Some absolutely brilliant books reviewed and some cracking Book Love feature articles too.

Blog Tour Review – Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Blog Tour Review – Kill Or Die by Ann Evans

Review: Play Dead by Angela Marsons

#BookLove: Rachel Emms

Review: A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Guest Review: Blood Lines by Angela Marsons

#BookLove: Sam – Clues and Reviews Blog

Blog Tour Guest Post and Review: Ice Cold Alice by C.P. Wilson

And the week ahead is shaping up to be another cracker with not one, not two but three Bookouture blog tour reviews. First up tomorrow I have a review of Lie To Me by Jess Ryder. Tuesday sees me finally able to set free my review of Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell. You would not believe how long I have been sat on that one… And on Friday I am over the moon to be one of two blogs kicking off the blog tour for Angela Marsons’ brand new cracking Kim Stone thriller, Dead Souls

As if that wasn’t enough I have a wonderful guest post from author K.L. Loveley on Thursday as part of the blog tour for her novel, Alice and a blog tour review of The Girl On The Bus by N.M. Brown.

Plus I will be sharing more #booklove, this time with blogger Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog and author Katrina Hart.

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Thankfully my booky life is interesting and varied as I need a distraction. Two day leadership conference at work on Thursday/Friday. I can hardly keep my excitement in check :-/

And I wonder why I’m tired…

Have a fabulous week all. See you on the other side.

JL

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