Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 30/04/17

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Ok. So this is the closest I got to nature this week – a picture. Lordy this has been a week and a half. Metaphorically speaking as actually it has been only a normal week of seven days since my last update but you get the picture.

What I mean is that I have been busy. Very busy. Partly pleasure but mostly pain. I mean work.  I’ve been working. Very hard. Sort of. No travel but I did have a rather intense but productive meeting with my direct reports at the start of the week before an afternoon off on Tuesday and another intense day on Wednesday where I’m not sure exactly what it was I achieved but know I was busy. Then a day and a half of Leadership conference with work. An interesting couple of days where we had updates on major projects and initiatives from the senior managers and a guest speaker – none other than Kevin Keegan. Yes that one. The footballist not the Kevin Keegan who works for me in Dublin. Easy to get the two confused I would imagine. Apart from the age. And the accent.

Now I know nothing about football. Can’t bloody stand it in fact, but it was an entertaining session. I must admit I couldn’t resist a chuckle at the end when one of the Irish Managers got up and asked him, in his opinion, why the England team were crap. No comment…

Now before all the excitement of the Leadership conference (yawn) I was lucky enough to be able to go to Liverpool on Tuesday for the Evening with Stuart MacBride in which he discussed his new book, A Dark So Deadly Now I’ve read the book, loved the book and reviewed the book (which can be found here). The evening was fabulous and highly entertaining as you would expect and it was fun listening to Stuart MacBride talk about the inspiration for the book and some of his many jobs before becoming an author. I also got to pick up a signed copy of the book to complete my signed firsts collection so I’m a pretty happy bunny right now as you’d expect. Even if Stuart MacBride did accuse me of pimping his books. Me! As if I would do such a thing… 😉

 

Aside from this, my bookishness has been sadly lacking this week. I’ve failed miserably to make any real progress other than to write up a couple of outstanding reviews (still about ten behind) and I have just about managed to finish two books. Yes. Just two. I think I over cooked last week lol. They were good books mind so at least my time wasn’t wasted.

Book post wise, I’ve had some beauties. Firstly my auction win arrived from Matthew Blakstad, with another book on it’s way very soon. Fab signed book and Percy Pigs – heaven.

Then I got home from the conference on Friday to these two pretty little things. Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson, which coincidentally was one of the two books I actually managed to read this week, and Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, both from the wonderful Karen at Orenda Books. Love it. I’m on the blog tours for both so you will see my reviews in due course.

Purchase wise I have been very restrained… Or, mostly not as it happens. I purchased these on audio book (on offer so it seemed wrong not to). The 1st three books in Denzyl Meyrick’s DCI Daley series, Whisky from Small Glasses, The Last Witness and Dark Suits and Sad Songs.

And book wise I only purchased a couple. Sort of. Oh hell. I purchased about 13. Two are preorders though so they don’t count. First up was the preorder of Be My Killer by Richard Parker. Now I’m on the blog tour for this but this was the book I was hinting at reading last week and just… well do yourself a favour and buy it. I loved it. You can get a hint of how much by heading to the Amazon order page as I may have been quoted just a teeny tiny bit on there. (I make no apologies for the enthusiasm displayed there). I also purchased Graham Smith’s Watching The Bodies and because they were on special offer, books 3-13 (preorder) in Peter James’ Roy Grace series. I already owned Books 1&2 and this was too good an offer to pass up on.

Now all I need is the time to read them. No worries…

Books I have Read

B46Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?

Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French true-crime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. My review is set for a couple of weeks time but the darkness inherent in this story, dropping in and out of the harrowing events of WWII, as well as the events in modern day Sweden makes for a truly gripping read. With a twisted killer and engaging central characters in Alexis and Emily this book is sure to be a hit. It is available now in e-book format and can be preordered in paperback here.

And… that’s where I get stuck. I can’t tell you too much about the second book I have read as it doesn’t have a cover and it’s not on preorder yet. I can say that it’s the second in the series and that I absolutely loved it. Being published under the Bookouture label later next month, I know this will be another winner.

What I will do is give you the full facts on Be My Killer which is the book I read last week and had to be a little coy about.

IMG_2956Be My Killer by Richard Parker

You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…

Sound good? It fluffing well is. This one had me grinning in a completely psychotic and totally macabre way from the very opening chapter. If you like the movie Scream you will love this book. This is most definitely the darkest book I’ve read under the Bookouture name so don;t go into expecting all warm and fluffy. There’s none of that. Well… There may be a little of the warm but that’s a completely different story 😉 Released on 26th May it’s available to pre-order here.

Blog wise it was a pretty busy week with a post every day again, a mixture of reviews and Book Love features.

Review: Lie To Me by Jess Ryder

Review: Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

#BookLove: Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog

Guest Post – Alice by KL Loveley

#BlogTour: Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

Review: The Girl on the Bus by N.M. Brown

#BookLove – Katrina Hart

This week sees another full on week with a couple of blog tour reviews for Time To Win by Harry Brett and Want You Gone by Chris Brookmyre on Thursday and Friday.

I also have new reviews up, one for a book I listened to almost eleven months ago. I know. I’m hopeless. On top of that I will be sharing the #BookLove with author Vaseem Khan and blogger Anne Cater of Random Things Through My Letterbox and Book Connectors. Hope you can join us.

Have a wonderfully bookish week folks. I’m off to spend my Bank Holiday trying to beat my reading backlog. Trip to Norwich later in the week gives me some valuable audiobook time. I will beat two books this week. I will…

Happy Reading

JL

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