Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/05/18


Okay. So the view from my window was is nowhere near as impressive as this, but what a way to end a week of beautiful, sunny and incredibly humid weather. Monsoon season arrives in Shropshire. Well for an hour or so at the very least. Needed but still – noisy much?

Well. After the excitement of last weekend, this one has been somewhat of a let down. I did nothing of note. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Up to Friday night I hadn’t even bought any books. Not a single one. I know!!! I had to go and hunt some down just because as I was starting to break out in hives. Gah. No books. Not a single piece of book post and no books on order. For five whole days!!! (Although between CrimeFest and the TBC auction I spent over £200 on books the previous week so this is not necessarily a bad thing…).

I got one arc from Edelweiss. Not a site I typically use but I have to thank Joanna Park for letting me know about this one as I was able to pick up a copy of Stuart MacBride’s latest masterpiece, The Blood Road. Not an easy subject but so perfectly balanced between the darkness and light that I think it is accessible for all.


Order wise, it is still just the two preorders – I’m being good and it does set me at 35 preorders anyhow so I’m not exactly depriving the industry of their dues. This time I preordered the latest Matilda Darke novel from Michael Wood, The Hangman’s Hold which is out in August, and Lies Between Us from blogger turned author Ronnie Turner which is due in October. Really looking forward to reading that one. Neither has an official cover yet but if you follow the links you can read all about them.

I had a pretty lousy time reading this week as I have been absolutely shattered and couldn’t focus on anything. I had a wasted return trip to London on Thursday to view a unit they still have not finished refurbishing and I couldn’t even listen to an audio book as I was with a colleague and I wasn’t driving. Gutted. I did still manage to complete three books though so I guess it’s not too bad.

Now this past week I turned two. That is my blog did. I am much, much older. I wasn’t going to write a post but in the end I succumbed, if only to share my feelings on blogging. It’s not about free books, it’s not about stats, followers, partying or festivals, fun as they are. For me it is about sharing the book love and whether this is with one person or one thousand, while I am still enjoying blogging then that is what I will continue to do. The only reason I ‘parade’ my ARC’s and free books in these weekly posts is to show my gratitude to those who send them. Hopefully you can see that I am as likely to be buying copious numbers of books as I am receiving them for gratis. Reading is a passion which I am fortunate to be able to fund in abundance. Provided Amazon do not go bust and I can afford to run my kindle, I should have enough books there to see me well into my dotage… 😉

Books I have read

WTWRWhen The Waters Recede – Graham Smith

When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation. The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit. Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.

The latest Harry Evan’s novel from Graham Smith sees the team making a grim discovery during a particularly nasty flood season. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the upcoming tour but this is a really intriguing story taking you into a world of protection rackets, grizzly murders and unexpected developments. You can preorder your own copy here.

tbrThe Blood Road – Stuart MacBride

Some things just won’t stay buried…

Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he’s policing his fellow officers.

When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did.

As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…

Man I love the Logan McRae series and this is another cracker. Centered around the discovery of a twice dead former Detective Inspector and a missing child case, there is as much humour in this book as there is darkness, the two blending perfectly and the result is another triumph. I’ll share my full thoughts closer to publication but with Logan, Steel, Rennie AND Tufty in tow, how can it fail. Funny, hard hitting and fluffing genius, pre-order your own copy here.

bsBig Sister – Gunnar Staalesen

Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. 

Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal…

Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

I am relatively late coming to the Varg Veum series but now I have found it there is no looking back – other than to chase down the prior titles that is. This time Varg is on the hunt for a missing young girl, the god-daughter of his long-lost sister. Secrets and lies dominate this brilliant private eye read. I’ll be joining the tour very soon but you can buy your own copy here.

So that was my reading week. Blogging wise I was moderately busy – highlights below:

It Was Her by Mark Hill

As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer

Seven Bridges by LJ Ross

Blogiversary’s and such like

Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates

CrimeFest 2018 – A fabulous time in Bristol.

The week ahead is relatively quiet as I really am starting that long discussed and reported slow down. I intend to start my writing very, very soon so watch this space. Just the three tours this week for Absolution by Paul Hardisty, Summer at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies and When The Waters Recede by Graham Smith. I may post other reviews or I may not. I know – rebel!!!

At the end of this week I am off to Stirling for the launch of Bloody Scotland and I have to admit, I’m quite excited about that. I adore this festival and cannot wait for September. bring it on. More on that next week though. Maybe …


Have a fabulous week all. Hopefully a bit sunnier than today has been. See you soon.


5 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/05/18

  1. Jen, thanks for turning me on to Stuart MacBride’s Logan McRae! Thrilled to hear they are still coming. Also you have peaked my interest in Gunnar Staalesen. Will check out his stuff. Great post!

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