Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 28/01/18

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Saw me a little bit of this this past week. Wednesday saw me heading up north to Edinburgh, mostly for work, as you do, but also to attend the launch of James Oswald’s The Gathering Dark at Waterstones West End. A brilliant night topped off my updating and completing my collection of signed Inspector McLean books. Happy bunny I am then. And on Sunday I spent a fabulous hour at the How To Get Away With Murder panel at Wolverhampton Literature Festival, featuring Jenny Blackhurst, Mark Edwards and Jay Stringer. It was really great to hear from all of these fabulous authors on their books, their writing process and their own personal styles. And I’ve booked to go and see Clare Mackintosh in Oswestry in March just before I head off to Crime and Publishment. Lovely bookish week for me then.

Oh yeah … and this happened.

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5,000 followers on the blog. 5,000. You poor beggars. I mean, thank you all very much for following my little old blog. I’m not quite two yet and I know these are atill baby numbers compared to most but I’ll be honest. I never imagined I’d reach 2,000 so to get this far has me smiling just a little. I will come up with something to celebrate as I guess this is a big milestone, or at least a very tidy number to reach. I have books, I have chocolate. Watch this space …

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Aside from that it was all work work work. Dull but essential I suppose. Still fighting off this blinking cold/flu but at least now it is simply a lingering cough. Annoying but manageable. Can’t wait to shake it off completely so I can get back to exercising. Diet is most definitely not going well.

Because I’ve been feeling sorry for myself I needed some real cheering up. So I bought books. What else? A good few preorders of signed 1st editions from Goldsboro books saw me right. This weekend I ordered This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan; The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton; We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt; The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Hangman by Daniel Cole.

So Amazon didn’t feel left out, I may have chucked in a mixture of preorders and order orders there too. Preorder wise it was Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott; Last Night by Kerry Wilkinson; Kiss Of Death by Paul Finch; The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland; Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza and Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone. Other books ordered, just because were Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh, which I could have sworn I’d already ordered but apparently as I am a donkey I hadn’t, and the following by Paul Finch – Stalkers, SacrificeThe Killing Club, Dead Man Walking, Hunted, A Wanted Man.

Netgalley I had to pick up a couple I needed for blog tours which were The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom and Bring Me Flowers by DK Hood, and I was invited to review Before I Let You Go by the author, Kelly Rimmer.

No book books this week. Probably just as well really …

Books I have read

bnBlue Night by Simone Buchholz

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.

Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived… Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

This was a really interesting and gripping thriller with a protagonist who you can’t help but like from the off. You can preorder a copy of the book right here.

ppPerfect Prey by Helen Fields

Welcome to Edinburgh. Murder capital of Europe.

In the middle of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker.

The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

D.I. Ava Turner and D.I. Luc Callanach have no leads and no motive – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are being written before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

A completely gripping follow up to Prefect Remains, this sees Luc Callanach fighting forces both within and outside of the police force as he strives to catch a sadistic killer before they can complete their game. You can order a copy of the book here.

KKilled by Thomas Enger

Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered. But that was only the beginning…

Determined to find his son’s killer, Henning doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose … except his own life.

Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited finale of one of the darkest, most chilling and emotive series you may ever read. Someone will be killed. But who?

Sad times – the Henning Juul series is over. But boy what a cracking conclusion. As Henning fights to reveal the truth about his son’s death, how high a price will he and his family and friends have to pay? Read to find out. Man I loved this. Bitter sweet read as I am so sad it’s over. You can buy your own copy here.

BHBlack Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherley

There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’

When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry. 

Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more? 

Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. 

Dan is on the trail of a twisted individual who is much closer than he realises. Can he overcome his own demons and stop the killer before it’s too late? 

The first in the Dan Riley series, this sees an alternative take on a classic fairytale. A sadistic killer is on the loose but can Dan and his team stop them before the final kill? You can preorder a copy here and my review will be out next week as part of the blog tour.

tlk.jpgThe Lying Kind by Alison James

The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room. 

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper has gone missing from her bedroom on a safe, suburban street. 

Her mother says her ex-husband has stolen their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.

Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth?

Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is unaccounted for, the less likely they are to be found alive. 

The clock is ticking. It’s up to Rachel to find Lola Jade, before it’s too late.
And then another little girl is taken…

Truly addictive from start to finish, The Lying Kind is a nail-bitingly tense crime thriller by one of the best new voices in crime fiction. 

I am eighty percent through this book as I write this but will be finished by the time the post is published. Really loving this gripping tale featuring Rachel Price of the National Crime agency as she and her team strive to solve the mystery of a missing young girl. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the blog tour soon but you can order a copy here.

Isn’t it odd how when you’re at your busiest you are also your most productive. Five books in a week. Tidy. Two days on the road probably helped as I cleared down one via audio. Busy ish week on the blog even though I took the weekend off. Highlights below:

Cover Reveal: Samantha Tonge

Cover Reveal: Shalini Boland

Review: The Gathering Dark by James Oswald

Blog Tour: The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

Review: The Photographer by Craig Robertson

The week ahead is pretty full on too. Blog tours for The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir on Wednesday, Little Liar by Clare Boyd on Thursday, We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt on Friday, Black Heart by Anna Lou Weatherley on Saturday and a guest review from Mandie for the blog tour of Dark Angel by Helen Durrant on Sunday.

I have a relatively bookless week for the week ahead. Probably not a bad thing as I also have a very big meeting where I shall be boring my entire depot management team on the subjects of road traffic collisions and health and safety for two days mid-week as well as entertaining all 28 of them at dinner on Wednesday night. I say entertaining. For that read ‘paying’. Wish me/them luck. We are going to need it …

Have a fabulous week of reading all. See you on the other side.

Jen

 

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