Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 06/05/18

This Bank Holiday weekend I went on a duck hunt… It wasn’t intentional, and no ducks were hurt on this venture of mine, I promise. My sister and I took a day trip out to Ironbridge which has a kind of Duck Walk, linked to Severn Hospice and consisting of several brightly decorated duck statues which will eventually be auctioned for charity. If you didn’t see it, you probably wouldn’t believe it …

This was on day two of a long walk weekend in which we traversed more than 14 miles, I managed to hurt my foot in some indescribable way, Mandie hurt her knee and got blisters and we consumed some very lovely Salted Caramel cake at Truffles Cafe in Ironbridge. Yum.

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We did walk it off with a lovely stroll along the river and back and a side trip to Benthall Hall, and aside from half a cheese scone and an Ironbridge Pasty, it was my only food for the day …

Found some lovely places for body dumps but it has to be said that a certain Mr Mark Edwards has already been there … 😉

Busy week at work – 2 days on the road with a double trip down to London on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bummer is that I had to be up and out by 5am two days on the bounce. Good news is that I managed to sneak in a couple of audio books along the way adding to my already good reading tally for the week. Yip yip.

Quiet week on the old book front. I am back to the no book post, although my signed copy of Sarah Hilary’s Come and Find Me did turn up from Goldsboro Books so that was nice.

I made two book purchases in the week, both pre-orders. KL Slater’s The Secret and book one in a new series from Rachel Abbott, And So It BeginsSo new it doesn’t have a cover lol.

I did buy a few audible books though … I’m back on the road now so they’ll soon be listened to. First up was Girl On Fire by Tony Parsons. I also treated myself to The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan. I got both as new releases on kindle this past week too, but I know I’ve more chance to listen than read right now, so this is an investment of the wisest kind.

One Netgalley ARC this week – Summer at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies (which I also snuck a pre-order of in as I was writing this post …) Well … It is set in my home county 😉

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Books I have read

db.jpgDead Blind – Rebecca Bradley

How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror? 

Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder. 

But it’s a killer he will never remember.

The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact?

I’m not sure how I would cope if I were ever to suffer from face-blindness. I suffer name blindness now, so don’t be offended if I refer to you as mate – at least it means I know we’ve met before, even if I can’t recall your name … I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book with you all tomorrow, publication day, but you can order a copy right here.

tfaThe Fear – CL Taylor

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

One of the two audio books I listened to in the week, I’ve had mixed feelings about this book and am going to take my time over the review. The premise is a very good one, the characters thoroughly unlikable, but so many times I found myself wanting to slap more than one of them and tell them not to be so stupid. Fans of the authors will be more than happy. I may have been blighted by tiredness due to the early morning start, but need a little more time to process. You can order a copy of the book here.

HMHangman – Daniel Cole

18 months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘BAIT’ carved into the chest.

In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word ‘PUPPET’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.

Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?

Oh how I loved Ragdoll. Read it in one night, got no sleep until I had finished. I had high hopes for Hangman … It surpassed every single one of them. So dark, so twisted, so absolutely fantastic. I love my thrillers just like this. Missed Wolf – who wouldn’t – but I did like Rouche – Rooch – Roache ;). I’ll be sharing my thoughts soon but you can order a copy of the book here. I highly recommend you do.

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The Old You – Louise Voss

Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…

Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.

But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

I can’t lie. I have really been struggling to get into psychological thrillers or domestic noir novels of late. I can’t put my finger on why. Perhaps I have read too many. This book … This is the book I have been waiting for. Something compelling about the writing, something which just drew me in and kept me invested and engaged until the very last page. I’ll share my full thoughts next week as part of the tour but you can find your own copy of the book here.

FLFault Lines – Doug Johnstone

Brilliantly constructed speculative crime fiction
A classic whodunit
Dark psychological suspense

Doug Johnstone returns with his most explosive and original thriller yet…

A little lie … a seismic secret … and the cracks are beginning to show…

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. 

On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

Set in an Edinburgh you will both recognise and not, this is a thrilling murder mystery which powers along at a good pace to a final, tense and thrilling conclusion. My first book by Doug Johnstone but definitely not my last. You can find your own copy here.

So that was it. A little bit of study, some short stories in between times, just because I can, but a fairly uneventful week. Blog wise I kept my hand in – as you do. Highlights below.

Cover Reveal: KL Slater 

This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins

Ten Year Stretch – 10 Years of CrimeFest.

#BlogTour: The Fear by CL Taylor

Press Release: Bloody Scotland 2018

A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Fairly quiet week ahead too. Two blog tours and a few reviews (hopefully). Tours are for The Retreat by Mark Edwards and The Louisiana Republic by Maxim Jakubowski.

Have a brilliant week all and for those of you who are able, enjoy the lovely sunny wather on this oh too rare of Bank Holidays. I’m on countdown for Crime Fest now with a few bookish events along the way. Assuming my foot doesn’t fall off. I’ll still attend them all of course, I may just be a little lopsided.

Jen

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