Rewind, recap: Part two – The Preorder Chronicles …

No guessing what I was doing last week. Like a good few people in the world, I was celebrating Christmas. We went for a slightly different Christmas this year as I joined my sister Mandie and her family for dinner at an Indian Restaurant. Tandoori chicken, vegetable curry made a nice change from turkey and brussels sprouts, although I did cook myself some sausage meat stuffing and pigs in blankets for Boxing Day. There are some traditions which just can’t be ignored.

I’m not going to do much of a recap of my week as I spent most of it feeling sorry for myself and suffering with (wo)man flu. I am still suffering as I write this, but probably not by the time this post is published as I will be back at work and the rule is that I am only ill while I am on holiday. No time for the self pity in the office, especially on day one of the year. I am far too busy. The good news is that, with holidays taken into account, I only have another 222 working days in 2018. Yay…

I had a busy enough few days off work last week, Finally sorted out my office space. Well mostly. With a little help from family, the walls are papered and painted, just the varnishing to do, and I will be ready to start moving furniture in, just as soon as I’ve swapped out the carpet and actually bought the furniture. Minor detail … The actual process was quite stressful in the end. Not the decorating. That was just slapping paste and paper and paint about a bit with little care or finesse. No … It was the bloody cat. She is a bit unsure of people she doesn’t know so, of course, had to hide from my Nephew who she doesn’t see that often. When I left the house to go to the skip, she got herself shut in my bedroom and somehow managed to barricade herself in with an old hockey stick. After several minutes of bashing my shoulder, hands, feet and everything else against the door, I managed to get it open far enough to be able to get a broom through the gap and move the hockey stick out of the way … A bruised hand and a very meek and traumatized Kitty later, I have been spare from literally kicking a panel out of the door at least.


And she looks so innocent doesn’t she? Fluffing Luna …

This past week I finally caved and started dealing with my piles. Yes folks, I have finally tamed the tbr mountains dotted all over the house in various bags and piles, and sorted them into a bookcase or two and five very large storage crates. I also catalogued all the physical books, signed and not signed, that I have and separated them into read, to be read, signed 1st edition, signed general and signed ‘these-are-very-specific-as-I-have-the-full-sets-and-love-these-authors’ boxes. I have an alarming number …

Yes – I have turned into OCD Jen. Not quite hitting my usual standard but my to be read book shelf is sorted so that all large books are separated from the smaller ones. I couldn’t live with myself if there was a tall book in amongst short ones. Gah! I have also then shelved the smaller books alphabetically by author and, where appropriate, in series order or alphabetical order by title. That way I will always know that I am a sad old git. ;D However I did manage to take my piles from this …


To this …


Aren’t I good? 😀

I know I only just did a recap post but I haven’t posted my latest buys in a while and believe me, two weeks is a long time in Jen Med’s land. Time on my hands, nowt much to do and access to Amazon sends me a little pre-order crazy. I finally openened my book post from Penguin Michael Joseph that I received the other week, and also a lovely parcel I received from author LJ Ross. Always delighted to add a new DCI Ryan book to my collection and it seems my charity auction bid earlier last year is the gift that keeps on giving. I am a very smiley book blogger with these two beauties in my possession now.


As for the rest, let’s start with Netgalley. Fairly reserved owing to the Christmas break I have just two books. First up is Emily Koch’s If I Die Before I Wake. The invitation to read from the publisher was sent so nicely – a Christmas gift – it would have been rude not to 😉 I also got approved for Sarah Hilary’s Come and Find Me. Tidy.

Okay. Im just going to list these purchase from Amazon. Don’t judge me. I’m an addict. It’s like a disease or something for which there is no known cure …

Just One Time by KS Hunter; Bring Me Flowers by DK Hood; Cut Off (Quick Reads) by Mark Billingham; The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham; It Was Her by Mark Hill; The Retreat by Mark Edwards; The Missing Children by MA Comley; Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister; The Search by Howard Linskey; The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel SargeantThe Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey; The Pact by SE Lynes; The Missing Child by Alison James; Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan; The Photographer by Craig Robertson; The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride; First To Die by Alex Caan; The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings; Keeper by Johana Gustawsson; My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay; No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney; Dr Who: Dr Tenth Christmas Surprise and Dr Who: Dr Fifth by Roger Hargreaves; Inspector Chopra and the Million Dollar Motorcar by Vaseem Khan; The Girl Who Got Revenge by Marnie Riches; The Murder List by Chris Merritt; Assassins Hunted by Rachel Amphlett; End Game by Matt Johnson.

Well it was two weeks … And I was at home for eleven days …

Reading wise I don’t know if I’ve been productive or not. Probably not. It was two weeks …

KHSKeep Her Safe by Richard Parker

Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come… 

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.

Oh my this is a doozy. Loved it. So much tension right from the start. Makes you wonder just how far you would go to protect a love one and if all sacrifices are worth it. Blending the tension of Hide and Seek with some of the more macabre undertones of Follow You this was fabulous. You can pre-order here.

TCMThe Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

We all have fears we hide from. But in the end they will find us . . .

The Chalk Man is coming . . .


None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

A kind of modern day Stand By Me this had so many elements which I remember from my own childhood, along with a healthy dose of the otherworldly surrounding the case of a murdered young girl and the boys who found her. I loved it. You can preorder here.

amotd.jpgA Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter. 

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost…

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa’s skin. Everything she has buried – her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother’s death – threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself…and return to the darkness she’s been hiding from for years.

The central character in this book has quite the back story, one which colours her investigation. Tense and suspenseful, this was a fabulous read. You can preorder here.

OTBSOn The Bright Side by Hendrik Groen

The Old-But-Not-Dead Club return, in the sequel to the INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old, bringing with them some life-affirming lawlessness.

Chaos will ensue as 85-year-old Hendrik Groen is determined to grow old with dignity: to rise up against the care home director. NO more bingo. NO more over- boiled vegetables. NO more health and safety.

85-year-old Hendrik Groen is fed up to his false teeth with coffee mornings and bingo. He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home and practising hairpin turns on his mobility scooter. Inspired by his fellow members of the recently formed Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he vows to put down his custard cream and commit to a spot of octogenarian anarchy.

But the care home’s Director will not stand for drunken bar crawls, illicit fireworks and geriatric romance on her watch. The Old-But-Not-Dead Club must stick together if they’re not to go gently into that good night. Things turn more serious, however, when rumours surface that the home is set for demolition. It’s up to Hendrik and the gang to stop it – or drop dead trying . . .

He may be the wrong side of 85, but Hendrik Groen has no intention of slowing up – or going down without a fight.

Man I love Hendrik. If I had a Grandpa, I think I’d want it to be him. Honest to a fault this is a bittersweet book as we rejoin Hendrik and the other members of the Old But Not Dead Club. Warning – this book made me blub. Like proper snot bubble blub. You can order a copy here.

DBT7Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.

Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.

With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything…

Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.

You gotta love Lori. This is another cracking read, so fast paced and with such great tension, if only because you never quite know what Miss Broadribb is going to do to poo JT next. If you loved book one, this will blow your socks off. You can order a copy here.

DTCSDr Who: Dr Tenth Christmas Surprise by Adam Hargreaves

The greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse continues with this Christmas adventure starring the Tenth Doctor and fan-favourite companion, Donna!

Doctor Who meets Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men in this fun and charming Christmas story; a seasonal special to compliment the twelve Dr Men titles in the ongoing series written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves.

Who doesn’t love the Mr Men? And Dr Who. Combined? Fabulous. All they wanted was a Christmas tree… You can order your own copy here.

AAOSAn Act Of Silence by Colette McBeth


THEN: How far did she go to conceal the truth?

Politician Linda Moscow sacrificed everything to protect her son: her beliefs, 
her career, her marriage. All she wanted was to keep him safe.

NOW: What will she risk to expose the lies?

When the voices she silenced come back to haunt her, Linda is faced with
another impossible choice. Only this time, it’s her life on the line…

An Act of Silence is about the abuse of power, the devastating effects of keeping the truth buried, and the lengths a mother will go to save her child.

What a book. The more I read the more twisted it got, and a little disturbing too. Very topical given the events of recent years the ending of this really gets the heart thumping. You can order your own copy here.

TSOSWThe Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert

It’s never too late to follow your dreams…

Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Don’t miss this heartwarming and uplifting debut, perfect for fans of Colleen Coleman and Cate Woods!

Okay. As I’m prepping this post early, I’ve technically only just started reading, but I will have finished by the time this post has published. Who hasn’t dreamt of starting over again and following their dreams. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Emily’s book? You can order your own copy here.

I don’t think that’s too bad all things considered. And I have been sleeping more on account of the man flu and all … Post wise, there have been a few. The last of my #bookvent countdown and a few more favourites to be celebrated.

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 18

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 19

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 20

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 21

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 22

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 23

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 24 – Part 1

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 24 – Part 2

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 24 – Part 3

The #Bookvent Calendar 2017 – The Full Countdown

#Bookvent 2017 – Spreading a little more #booklove

Regrets, I’ve had a few

Putting a little of the chill into the thrill …

It’s not all about the crime …

Love one, love them all … My favourite series

I can see the future and it is full of books …Rewind, recap: A look back at 2017

I have a couple of blog tours scheduled for this week starting tomorrow with Games With the Dead by James Nally and on Friday I have Hydra by Matt Wesolowski and On The Bright Side by Hendrik Groen. Can’t wait.

Happy reading all


14 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Part two – The Preorder Chronicles …

  1. Yes Jen, you ARE an addict. I don’t think a twelve-step program would even make a dent in your bibliophilia…
    “On the bright side” sounds special. I have the first book on my TBR for sometime in the next two months. I’m really looking forward to it.

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    1. Ha ha. There are worse addictions to have. Don’t drink and don’t smoke so it’s. It all bad 😉 At least books feed the mind not kill the body.

      Hope you enjoy Hendrik. I was taken by surprise I have to say. So warm and funny making you rethink old age. Some very sad moments too but Hendrik is a scream. Love him.

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