Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/08/17

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Well. What a week that was. Not quite sure where it went but, despite it feeling like only five minutes since the last weekly wrap up, it has, in fact, been seven whole days. Yup. I can’t believe it either. And in spite of the skies doing their best to bring us down, it wasn;t a complete washout as the above picture from my walk about town on Saturday goes to show.

Nothing too exciting to report work wise. We continued with training and group two went live with the new app on Friday. So far so good. Work does continue to cominate all I think about right now, mainly becuase I am running from meeting to meeting, my emails are stacking up (I gave up counting after I went past 1400 in the in box) and I have no idea at which point this month I am going to have time to start thinking about budgets, something I am usually well into the planning of by now. Still. Could always be worse.

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Because I am so overworked and stressed, it was a more than welcome reprieve I took advantage of on Thursday afternoon, grabbing a mid afternoon train down to London for the launch of Felicia Yap’s stunning debut novel, Yesterday. I hit town at about half four, just a flying visit this time, and met up with Victoria Goldman, taking in a lovely sunny walk along the river down to Carmelite House. It’s the first time I’ve ever been there (I don’t do too many of these book launch type things) but I have to say I was so lucky to have been invited by Felicia as the evening was wonderful. I am starting to think that there is literally nothing that woman cannot do (don’t believe me then look up her bio – she’s incredible). It appears she can even control the weather as after a shockingly bad Wednesday, you couldn’t have asked for a better evening for the launch meaning everyone was able to avail themselves of the rooftop terrace with some stunning views over the Thames.

See what I mean? It was a brilliant evening and I was able to catch up with a number of fellow bloggers, including Rachel Gilbey, Linda Hill, Jacob Collins, Sharon Wilden and Ayo Onatade. I also finally got to meet the lovely Chris Whitaker (who may or may not have another book entering my Bookvent countdown this year) and Matthew Blakstad too.

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Felicia looked absolutely stunning (as always) and was witty and charming (as always). I should probably hate her as she makes everything seem so effortless (jealousy is a terrible thing) but she’s far too lovely for that. I absolutely ate up Yesterday, such a unique concept and so well done, and I wish her every success with it. I know she’s going to do brilliantly and can’t wait to read the follow up.

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As I had to be in work again by 06:00 on Friday I was back on a train home at 21:45. Told you it was a flying visit. Despite taking the afternoon and evening out, it didn’t hamper my reading too much (got a good half a book in on the train) and I’ve had another fairly productive week. Go me.

I have been typically restrained on the book buying front this week (yeah right) with most of my purchases being around my Christmas feature month or being preorders. No Netgalley and no Audible either. And no book post. I am once more unloved, but I’ll get over it as Chris Whitaker said he loved me, in a purely platonic blook blogger appreciation kind of way. I don’t care though as he still said it and I have witnesses. 😀

So what did you buy, I hear you ask. Well you probably don’t actually care but I shall tell you anyway or what is the point of the post? For ‘Christmas’ I purchased The Advent Killer and Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn (sound cheery and festive don’t they lol); and I also pre-ordered She Did It by Mel Sherratt; Don’t Tell a Soul by D.K. Hood; Come and Find Me, the latest Marnie Rome thriller by Sarah Hilary and The Woman In The Wood by John Connolly, both of which are so new as pre-orders that they don’t have an official cover yet. Muchly excited about that last two.

Six books. Barely counts now does it? Reading wise – well I managed to finish four full books and two short story books which given everything that is going on I am more than happy to live with. (I should own up now and say that since preparing this post I’ve preordered another 4 books – whoops. Three don’t have covers yet and are not out until 2018, one of them being in May, so they don’t count. Sort of.)

Book I Have Read

TACThorne at Christmas by Mark Billingham

Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night

When young Jack finds ‘Father Christmas’ dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Christmas Day, must get to the truth with the help of his reliable team and some incriminating evidence.

Stepping Up

When a retired boxer is persuaded to join an exercise class by his daughter, he sees a woman whose face has haunted him for forty years. He used to be a minder for underworld criminals and Zoe was always in their circle. So when she gets in trouble with another class member, he’s there to protect her, as he used to – whatever it takes.

As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve read this one in readiness for my Christmas feature so you’ll have to wait a while for my thoughts on it. If you fancy a bit of a Tom Thorne quickie though, then you can bag yourself a copy of the book right here.

YesYesterday by Felicia Yap

There are two types of people in the world: those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

Can you trust the police? 
Can you trust your husband? 
Can you trust yourself?

Now I had been desperately trying to find a way to fint in reading this prior to the book launch as as I have a quieter period comign up on the blog, I was able to do just that at the start of last week. Boy am I glad I did and you can find out just how much in my review here. Such a unique idea for a novel creating the ultimate in ticking clock investigations this is quite possibly going to divide readers but for me was a brilliant piece of writing. You can bag your own copy of the book right here.

Dead-To-Me-KindleDead To Me by Stephen Edger

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still…

When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague. 

Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends… Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.

Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?

Wowsers. This book marks the start of a new series featuring DI Kate Matthews and what a start it is. Featuring a death which kind of put me in mind of the film Seven. Faced with a serial killer whose agenda is far from clear, Matthews faces a race against time to prevent her family being hurt. This was a very intriguing premise and you can hear my thoughts next week as part of the blog tour. In the meantime, why not pre-order a copy of the book here.

BHB.jpgBehind Her Back by Jane Lythell

Liz Lyon is a television producer and busy single mum to a teenage daughter. She works at StoryWorld, the UK’s favourite morning show. As both confidante and team leader, she is the person tasked with controlling the conflicts and tantrums that flare up off-air. Having just started dating again, she’s also having to deal with a few conflicts and tantrums at home…

Following a blissfully peaceful two-week holiday in Italy, Liz has returned to find a new colleague has joined the station. Lori Kerwell has been brought in to increase the show’s profitability. But Liz is not sure that’s the only thing on Lori’s agenda.

As Lori builds her power base with the bosses, Liz finds herself wondering what’s really going on behind her back… 

Set in the wonderful backstage world of the television show Storyworld the story centres on TV Exec Liz Lyon whose battles both on the studio floor and at home with her teenage daughter would be enough to break anyone. Between co-presenter rivalry, a new exec who seems intent on getting her out and a new romance to keep her on her toes, something has to give. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into the world of TV with some key personality types on show that people could easily recognise from current daytime presenting teams. The book was released on 10th August and you can grab a copy herehere. I’ll be sharing my thoughts as I round out the blog tour on Friday.

99RB99 Red Balloons by Elizabeth Carpenter

Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.

What a story. I was pulled into this one from the very first page and raced through it in a matter of hours. Young Grace has gone missing, lured away on her way home from school. But no one can begin to understand just why. With a definite and totally surprising sting in the tail, this is one heck of a gripping debut. I’ll be sharing my feelings a little closer to release day but do yourself a favour and grab a preorder now right here.

TLR.jpgThe Last Resort by Steph Broadribb

Done with a life of exploitation and violence, Lori Anderson is training to be a bounty hunter. Holed up in the Georgia Mountains with her reclusive mentor, JT, Lori is determined to put her new skills into practice. Behind JT’s back, she breaks his rules and grabs the chance she’s looking for. Will her gamble pay off, or will she have to learn the hard way?

Short and sweet if you are looking for a bit of a Lori Anderson catch up then this is definitely the short story for you. Joining Lori as she starts out on her Bounty Hunter career, and for those of you who haven’t read it, featuring a sneak peak at Deep Down Dead, this is a brilliant introduction to a brilliantly sassy and strong character. You can buy the short here.

So that was it. My reading week. Not too busy, but not too slow either. Busy week on the blog though, and you can catch up on anything you may have missed right here.

Cover Reveal: Broken Bones – Angela Marsons & Bookouture

#BlogTour: I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen

#Blogtour: Transition by Jo Huey

#BookLove: Louise Walters

Review: Yesterday by Felicia Yap

#BookReview: Impeding Justice by M.A. Comley

#BookLove: Abbie Rutherford of Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

Guest Review: Follow You by Richard Parker

I’ve another pretty busy week ahead too. Three blog tours/blitzes this week starting with The Good Sister by Jess Ryder on Thursday. Next up is Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell on Friday and then Dead To Me by Stephen Edger on Saturday.

I also have a couple of reviews planned and will be sharing the Book Love with author Anne Coates and blogger extraordinaire, Noelle Holten aka Crimebookjunkie.

And for those of you mad enough to care, I have finally drafted chapter four of my spoof thriller, Killer and it will be published later this evening. It even has a banner now.

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You’re impressed. I can tell. ;D

Have a brilliantly bookish week all.

JL

12 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/08/17

  1. Ah fab post Jen! Love hearing all your news and book news!! Great reading lined up, looking forward to your reviews! I’ve got a few of these on my pile too so looking forward to comparing notes! Just started 99 red balloons!

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