Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 03/03/19

Can you believe this was on route to and in Scotland in February? No. Honestly. It was. If you look carefully, in the second picture you can see the Balmoral and Scotsman Hotels in Edinburgh. I know right? We were walking round without our coats and everything …

Okay … so I’m not banking on the weather being as glorious when I go back this week but then I’m also not planning on doing much sightseeing so it’s all good. Orenda Books Roadshow – Scottish Edition – tonight in Edinburgh and my second visit to Crime and Publishment at The Mill Forge in Kirkpatrick Fleming, just outside of Gretna, on Thursday. Cannot wait. Throw in Orenda Books Roadshow – Midlands edition on Wednesday and I’d say I’ve a pretty tidy week lined up 🙂 My job may not involve quite as much travel anymore, but I still get around.

Shortbread from The Elephant House in Edinburgh – Proclaimed ‘Birthplace of Harry Potter’

So. This past week I headed to Edinburgh with Mandie for the even featuring Harriet Tyce and James Oswald, all compered by a relatively well known local author … Ian Rankin. It was great to hear both of them talking about their books amongst other things, and a great opportunity to pick up signed copies of both. I’m not saying I’ve been to a few James Oswald launches over the past couple of years but when you are greeted with, ‘Hello, it’s the stalkers’, and you don’t have to give your name for the dedication, then there is a small chance that you may have been spotted once or twice :D. Probably makes me the worlds worst stalker but luckily Mr Oswald is very nice a bout it and has not yet taken out a retraining order. And I have written evidence that I am not actually a stalker anyway. My book says so …

One bit of book post this week – Envy by Amanda Robson. One Amazon order – Degrees of Guilt by H.S. Chandler (a.k.a. Helen Fields). One Netgalley download – Stolen by Paul Finch. One order from Goldsboro Books – All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride. And one Audible purchase – A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis.

And reading wise – yes you guessed it – I managed …

Two books. I may have been a little unwell over the weekend but give me some credit 😉

Books I have read

A Gift For Dying – M.J.Arlidge

With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . . 

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with she looks into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her. 

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .

Now I do love a book by MJ Arlidge and this one, a standalone thriller, is an absolute belter that I’ll be sharing my thoughts on as part of the tour this week. The hunt is on for a dangerous killer, one who tortures their victims in truly sadistic ways, before going in for the final kill. One girl claims to know the identity of their next victim and of what horrific fate will befall them but is she witness or accomplice. Tense, thrilling and full of emotion, this is on that fans of the author will love. You can buy a copy here.

Call Me Star Girl – Louise Beech

Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …

What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.

Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…

With echoes of the Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

Now this is being billed as a thriller, and it does have echoes of suspense and the traditional psychological thriller that has dominated the market for the past couple of years. But you need to bear in mind that this is also a Louise Beech book and so it goes beyond the normal tropes that you might expect, utilising imagery, language and emotion, as well as an intense study of character, in order to create the tension and drama that drives the story, particularly through the latter pages. Not that traditional psych thrillers don’t do that, but Ms Beech has a very unique styling which shines through in this book and I think if you read it you’ll know what I mean. I’ll be sharing my full thoughts on the book in a few weeks as part of the tour, but for now, why not grab an early paperback preorder or e-copy here.

So that was it. I’m part way through another book that I might well finish tonight, but I’ll tell you about it next week. Had a pretty average week this week on the blog, not too busy, not too quiet, but some cracking books reviewed. Recap below:

Killer Intent – Tony Kent

Where No Shadows Fall – Peter Ritchie

Bitter Edge – Rachel Lynch

The Guilty Party – Mel McGrath

The week ahead is similarly average but then I did say I was slowing down. I’ll be featuring the following books: Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton; A Gift For Dying by M.J. Arlidge; Keep Her Close by M.J.Ford; and The Age of Misadventure by Judy Leigh.

If I get chance, I’ll throw in a write up or two of the Orenda Evenings and perhaps even thoughts from C&P too. Whatever happens, make sure that you all have a bookishly delightful week and I’ll/we’ll see you next Monday.


2 thoughts on “Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 03/03/19

  1. Again Jen… So envious of your bookish ramblings throughout the U.K.
    Your book dedications are a delight.
    Needless to say, the weather in Nova Scotia right now doesn’t quite reflect the weather in Scotland. As I write this it is -2C and windy with blowing snow.

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