Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 07/04/17

Less wildlife, more art this week but it’s the thought that counts right? Believe it or not it’s made entirely from wire.

What a week. The only positive things I can say are that it was only four (long) working days and that I ended it with a great weekend in London hence the photos above, both taken at the Tower of London.

I have really struggled with reading this week for no other reason than time. My reading mo is very much jo-ing but my job is also very much demanding right now. And I will admit that my own reluctance to write reviews of late has led to me playing catch up which took over a few of my very short evenings this past week.

In spite of this, and only by virtue of Monday being a Bank Holiday, my being able to listen to an audio book on my thirteen hour round trip to Norwich on Thursday (technically not reading but it’s as good as) and a wonderful train journey to London over the weekend, I have managed to finish three books this week. Not my highest but still passable and it still means I’m ‘reading’ a book every two days on average. I’ll take that.

Purchase wise I have been a little naughty. And by that I mean I’ve spoilt myself and I am very happy to do so.

My order from Goldsboro Books arrived, Die Last By Tony Parsons. It completes by Max Wolfe signed books collection so I am a happy bunny. I also found out that I won a competition during Mel Comley’s book launch event on Monday and bagged myself a copy of Impeding Justice, part of the Justice series. While on audible downloading the book, I thought it would be rude not to start at the beginning so purchased book 1, Cruel Justice while I was there, as well as Wrong Place and No Hiding Place from the DI Sally Parker series. Because I have no will power, I also purchased Ashes to Ashes by Paul Finch and Falling Suns by J.A. Corrigan and pre-ordered Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer, coincidentally the secret squirrel read from last weekend.

While I was in London for the theatre, I had a cheeky side visit to Goldsboro Books and picked up The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood. Oh yes, and I received the book I won during Rachel Amphlett’s Will to Live book launch Facebook event so all in all a very bookish week. God I’m so spoilt.

Aren’t they pretty? In my defence I have a lot of travel to complete in the next few weeks so really the audio books are essential therapy. Yes? 😉

Books I Have Read

bad sons reworkedBad Sons by Oliver Tidy

David Booker returns to Romney Marsh on the south coast of England for a holiday. He is expecting to spend time helping his aunt and uncle pack up the stock of their second-hand bookshop in preparation for a happy retirement.

He arrives in Dymchurch on a miserable April night to find his relatives missing without word or clue regarding their whereabouts. As events unravel, the outlook of the local police pushes Booker to search for his own answers to the questions surrounding his family’s disappearance.

To unravel the mystery he will have to put himself in danger.

Will Booker find the answers he needs and make it out alive?

This was a really intriguing read, set in a bookstore of all places and against the seemingly quiet backdrop of Dymchurch down on the south coast of England. My review will be up in a few weeks as part of the blog tour, but you can pre-order the book here.

TLD2Three Lives Down by Rachel Amphlett

Dan Taylor has survived two attempts on his life. The rest of his team is missing, and now a terrorist group has stolen a radioactive isotope from a top secret government project.

Can Dan survive long enough to prevent a nuclear disaster on British soil?

With the Prime Minister determined to re-negotiate the country’s place in the European Union, and deals being struck behind closed doors, Dan stumbles across a plot that will shake the country to its core.

If his mission fails, his enemies will overthrow the British government, and Dan will be a wanted man.

If he wants to succeed, he’ll have to sacrifice everything…

Yep. Couldn’t resist it. I had to know what happened to Dan Taylor next. All I can say is Rachel Amphlett you are evil. I mean. Really? Gah! My review will be published shortly but in the meantime you can bag yourself a copy of the book here.

HTH.jpgHunting the Hangman by Howard Linksey


Bestselling author Howard Linskey’s fifteen year fascination with the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the holocaust, has produced a meticulously researched, historically accurate thriller with a plot that echoes The Day of the Jackal and The Eagle has Landed.

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on a man so evil even fellow SS officers referred to him as the ‘Blond Beast’. In Prague he was known as the Hangman. Hitler, who called him ‘The Man with the Iron Heart’, considered Heydrich to be his heir, and entrusted him with the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish question: the systematic murder of eleven million people.

In 1942 two men were trained by the British SOE to parachute back into their native Czech territory to kill the man ruling their homeland. Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik risked everything for their country. Their attempt on Reinhard Heydrich’s life was one of the single most dramatic events of the Second World War, with horrific consequences for thousands of innocent people.

Hunting the Hangman is a tale of courage, resilience and betrayal with a devastating finale. Based on true events, the story reads like a classic World War Two thriller and is the subject of two big-budget Hollywood films that coincide with the anniversary of Operation Anthropoid.

Well. Firstly, my review of this book will be up later in the month as part of the blog tour. In the meantime I am not entirely sure what to say about this book. As a work of fiction it would be a tense and sometimes uncomfortable read when faced with a merciless and ruthless man intent on eliminating a whole race of people from existence as a means to furthering his own political ambition. You would hope and pray that no such person ever existed. As a fictionalised retelling of a true event it is even more powerful. The book is released on 25th May and you can pre-order it here.

So. That was it. My three books. But as Secrets for the Dead has now been revealed to the world, here is a little bit more about the book to entice you to pre-order. Which you should. Because it is fab.

CoverSecrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

Book two in the Robyn Carter series, if you enjoyed Little Girl Lost then you are totally going to enjoy this one too. Preorder the book here

It was another full week on the blog with blog tours and book love dominating and a couple of cheeky cover reveals to keep the cover love alive.

Review: The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid

Cover Reveal: One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett

#BookLove – Vaseem Khan

Review – #TimeToWin by Harry Brett

Cover Reveal – Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer

Review – #WantYouGone by Chris Brookmyre

#BookLove – Anne Cater

Guest Review: Guide Star by Joy Ellis

Doing a bit of driving this week so hoping to get a few audio books completed while I’m out and about. That aside, I’ve plans to read a couple of books (fingers crossed), plus I’ll have a couple of reviews and be sharing the #BookLove with Rose Servitova and Kate Field. On top of that I have three blog tour reviews going live. First up on Wednesday is my review of Reconciliation For The Dead, the stunning conclusion to the Clay Straker series by Paul Hardisty. Next up on Saturday I’ll be sharing my review for Bad Sons by Oliver Tidy and on Sunday I can finally share my thoughts on Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson.


I think I may need to go and find something light and fluffy to read next. I seem to have been over dosing on the all too authentic and utterly overwhelming impacts of war of late. Then again, with books this good, I can hardly complain now can I?

Have a fabulous, hopefully sunny, book filled week all


6 thoughts on “Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 07/04/17

  1. Good luck keeping your reading MoJo going Jen! I’ve had review writing dread as of late so I think I may need to shorten my reviews so that I can get them done quick and not have them looming over me:)

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    1. Oh I know that feeling. It’s the fear of starting for me. Once I’m there I’m okay. Apart from the fear of writing rubbish. Oh and the fear of spelling something wrong. Oh and the fear of cocking up the links… No stress at all 😀

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  2. Thanks for letting us know about “Bad sons”. I have never heard of Oliver Tidy but the book sounds fabulous.

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