Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 02/09/18


That’s got you wondering hasn’t it? Well … this is nowt to do with me going for a run. I’m not that daft. But I know someone who is. This weekend Mandie took part in the Spitfire 10k at RAF Cosford, which is an annual event designed to raise money for the RAF charity, specifically this year the RAF100 appeal. This is Mandie’s third year of completing the mammoth run around the RAF base so a massive well done to Mandie on completing the course and on getting her winners medal (and lovely associated t-shirt)


My contribution? Well, I went along to support her which was very nice of me as it meant getting up early on a Sunday morning. While she was doing all the running and such like, I went for a bit of a mooch around the museum. Shamefully, as it is no more than 10 miles from my house, I haven’t been here since my Dad was alive and he passed away in 1991 … Still, it was lovely to have a wander about and I will go back again for a proper visit very soon.

Funnily enough I saw a few planes. And some tanks. And missiles. As you do. Well at least you do at an RAF Museum anyway. Managed to pick up a nice ‘tubby pen’ and thermal mug to commemorate the centenary while I perused the shop too. Tidy.

I’m not completely against exercise. On Saturday morning Mandie and I did a nice lap of Attingham Deer Park, a short 3 miles stroll while the weather was nice. Because we made the opening of the park at 0800 we were blessed with seeing squirrels, rabbits, pheasants and lots of the lovely deer who make the park their home. Because I didn’t have my camera ready enough I only have gratuitous deer pics but you can imagine the other animals scampering about …

Because I haven’t quite lost the wanderlust (and because Mandie wants an excuse for time off work) we did another day out, this time to Powis Castle. Again, somewhere I haven’t been in years but it was fab and ended with a quick jaunt to Charlies where I managed to pick up some lovely Flamingo stationery. As you do.

And I managed some reading too. Go me huh? Book wise, I’ve been kind of good. Ish. Four from Netgalley but all for tours so necessity not indulgence. They were The Warning by Kat Croft; Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney; Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt and one I can’t tell you about just yet, but it looks really good.

Book book wise I’ve been very good. Only two. First up was the preorder of the second Amy Winter book from Caroline Mitchell (so new it doesn’t have a cover yet), The Secret Child, and I also bought myself a hard back copy of The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry.


Books I have read

twoafThe Way of All Flesh – Ambrose Parry

Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.

In Edinburgh’s Old Town young women are being found dead, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. Across the city in the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.

Simpson’s patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.

With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

Oh how I enjoyed this book. In it we meet newly qualified Doctor Will Raven who has somewhat of a questionable past and one which is coming back to haunt him right from the start. Full of mystery, murder and all things medical, and set in 1840’s Edinburgh, I simply flew through the reading of this book, loving the dynamic between Raven and housemaid Sarah, a young woman who was very much ahead of her time. I’ll be reviewing the book this week, but you can buy your own copy here. By the way, if you’d like to see Ambrose Parry in the flesh, aka husband and wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman, they’ll be appearing at Bloody Scotland at the end of the month. You can find all event tickets (if there are any left as it is selling out left, right and centre) here.

tnsdThe Night She Died – Jenny Blackhurst

On her own wedding night, beautiful and complicated Evie White leaps off a cliff to her death.

What drove her to commit this terrible act? It’s left to her best friend and her husband to unravel the sinister mystery.

Following a twisted trail of clues leading to Evie’s darkest secrets, they begin to realize they never knew the real Evie at all…

Ooh what a twisty thriller this is. Telling the story of very new wife Evie, who takes her own life, this story will shock and enthrall readers. Told through the eyes of Evie and her best friend Rebecca there are many secrets to uncover as we try to work out why Evie chose to end her life. The book is released on 6th September and I’m reviewing as part of the tour (I’ll also have an extract) but if you want to buy a copy for yourself you can find it here.

tltwlThe Lion Tamer Who Lost – Louise Beech

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

Gah. This book. Beautifully lyrical, tragically poetic in style and delivery, a story full of love and loss, this moved me to tears. Literally. Just ask my DPD driver who didn’t quite know what to do with himself when I answered the door in a full on red eyed, wet cheeked mess. I’ll be reviewing on the tour, assuming I can find any words, but you can buy a copy of the book here.

edEd’s Dead – Russel D McLean

Meet Jen. She works in a bookshop and likes the odd glass of Prosecco… oh, and she’s about to be branded The Most Dangerous Woman in Scotland.

Jen Carter is a failed writer with a rubbish boyfriend, Ed. That is, until she accidentally kills him one night. Now that Ed’s dead, she has to decide what to do with his body, his drugs and a big pile of cash. And, more pressingly, how to escape the hitman who’s been sent to recover Ed’s stash. Soon Jen’s on the run from criminals, corrupt police officers and the prying eyes of the media. Who can she trust? And how can she convince them that the trail of corpses left in her wake are just accidental deaths?

A modern noir that proves, once and for all, the female of the species really is more deadly than the male.

I don’t know why or how I’ve not read this before but I’m bloody glad I have now. Full of unbelievable unfortunate incidents, poor Jen’s life is turned upside down when she finally decides to give her long term loser boyfriend, Ed, the boot. You just … might not expect quite how much. This had me chuckling to myself and racing through the pages like the devil was at my heels. If you want to find out why, you can grab a copy of the book here.

tpThe Proposal – S.E. Lynes

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…’

Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life to renovate a beautiful farmhouse in the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny, charming, and haunted by his past. He might just be the answer to all her problems. But how well does she really know him?

She knows the story of his life, the pain that stays with him, the warmth of his smile and the smell of his skin. She knows he can make her laugh over a glass of wine.

Pippa can tell truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

That’s a humdinger of an opening line don’t you think? Never let a stranger in your house, that is what I’ve learned from this book. (To be fair, I seldom let people I know in the house because I’m antisocial but that’s another story). Oh, yes, and be very wary of teachers turned romance authors … This is a psychological story of obsession, written in an intriguing style and littered with literary references that will make enlightened readers smile and now knowingly. I’ll be reviewing as part of the tour but for now you can order a copy of the book here.

Not too shabby that, five books. Anyone would think I had nothing better to do … Busy week on the blog. Recap below.

The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood

Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Fractured by Billy McLaughlin

Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett

Return to the Little Cottage On the Hill by Emma Davies

The Other Victim by Helen H Durrant

The week ahead is a little quieter. But then i’m going to be busy personally so perhaps not a bad thing. Three tours in the offing, The Body on the Shore by Nick Louth; Overkill by Vanda Symon; and After He Died by Michael J Malone.

Hope you have a lovely week all. I am in count down mode now as it is less than three weeks until Bloody Scotland. Cannot wait.

See you next week.


5 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 02/09/18

  1. We were at Cosford yesterday too as Mark ran the 10k, well done Mandie! Ava watched part of it when she wasn’t running about on the grass and as long as Mark’s off next year we are doing the family fun run – bit more my length and pace!

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