Rewind, recap: weekly round up w/e 30/07/17


Baby elephants. Is there anything cuter? Easier to be fuss a kitten or a puppy for sure, but seeing this pair scampering about and playing really made me old heart sing over the weekend. 

Anyway. There is plenty more where that came from. Which is just as well as I am struggling with the bookage lately. Work is pretty full on and my brain is fried. I am doing a perfect imitation of JIT logistics with my reading and just about keeping ahead of the review schedule I have set. If only I could be arsed to write the reviews up I’d be dandy but currently about six behind with those too. I have a couple of weekends with nowt on so I’m sure I’ll catch up but hey ho. Life goes on.


Isn’t it pretty? Nature is a beautiful thing when you think about it but we just don’t appreciate what we have until it’s too late. Not that this has anything to do with my week in books. I’ve read about four books this week. I say about four because as I write this I have one to just finish off. I made a handful of preorders and downloaded a couple of Netgalley books so a pretty tame week all round by my standards.

Books purchased this week were (predominantly pre-orders): Perfect Prey by Helen Fields; 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter; Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza; and signed 1st editions from Goldbsoro Books: Insidious Intent by Val McDermid; Yesterday by Felicia Yap and He by John Connolly. Netgalley wise I picked up two books for blog tours: The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson and The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer.

Because I can I’m going to throw in a random Zebra picture now, just to act as a page break…


Books I have read

Jack Steele_V3Long Shot by Jack Steele

Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government.

When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.

I have read this for the blog tour later this week so you’ll have to wait for my review. This is book two in the Joe Stone series and although I hadn’t read the first book, it works well enough as a stand alone. Somebody has attacked one of London’s most iconic landmarks and as an opener to a novel, this event certainly packs a punch. The book was released over the weekend and you can pick up a copy here.

51iocRi9GmL._SY346_The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

It’s the perfect wedding gift.

Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered membership of a club which promises members will never divorce.

Signing The Pact seems the ideal start to their marriage.

Until one of them breaks the rules.

Because The Pact is for life.

And its members will go to any lengths to ensure nobody leaves . . .

This is quite a book. I raced through this in one evening and would highly recommend it as a read. When faced with the chance to find the secret to the perfect marriage, newlyweds Jake and Alice sign up without taking the time to read the small print or think about the consequences. What seems like a bit of fun soon turns into a nightmare. You can read my review here and bag yourself a copy of the book here.

til the dust settles FINALTill The Dust Settles by Pat Young

Two women will never meet, but their lives are about to collide. 

Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent. Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away. 

As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity to start again. 

She thought the grass would be greener but starting again is never that simple. And sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

Another blog tour read, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the blog later this week. This book is centred around one woman, Lucie, in the aftermath of the twin towers collapse back in 2001. Trying desperately to escape a violent and broken marriage, Lucie is faced with a unique opportunity to reinvent her life. While sometimes needing to suspend disbelief, this is still a gripping read and the real sense of time and place created in descriptions of Manhattan as the dust and debris from the collapse settles is captured perfectly. The book is available now and you can buy a copy here.

LB.jpgLittle Bird by Sharon Dempsey

Forensic psychologist, Declan Wells, is dealing with the aftermath of a car bomb during the Troubles in Belfast, which has left him in a wheelchair. But that is only the start of his problems.

Welsh Detective, Anna Cole is running away from a dead-end relationship ando7 the guilt of her mother’s death. She hopes secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland will provide a distraction.  

There is a killer on the streets targeting young women and leaving behind macabre mementoes to taunt the police.

Can Declan and Anna work together to catch the deranged killer before he strikes again?

And is it ever possible to leave the past behind you?

This is my almost four book so you’ll have to wait to hear my thoughts on the blog tour later this week. If the blurb intrigues you though, you can purchase a copy of the book for yourselves right here.


Busy week on the blog with a mix of cover reveals, blog tour posts and reviews.

Review: Cruel Justice by M.A. Comley

Cover Reveal – E.V. Seymour

Cover Reveal – Robert Bryndza – Cold Blood

#Booklove: Helena Fairfax

Author Q&A: Chris Carter – Author of The Caller

#BlogTour: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

#BlogTour Review: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

#Booklove: Jack Steele

#Blogtour Review: The Lost Wife by Anna Mansell


Another busy week coming up (fingers crossed), although I’m tempted to take a leaf out of this fella’s book … I have book love with author Carol Cooper and the lovely Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe. I also have four blog tours organised, starting today with Red is the Colour by Mark L. Fowler, Long Shot by Jack Steele on Tuesday, Till The Dust Settles by Pat Young on Thursday and Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey on Friday. I also have a review from Mandie on Sunday. Do hope you can stop by.

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I hope you have a wonderfully bookish week all. I am just going to leave you with this little fella, one of my favourite animals ever. The Komodo Dragon.




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