Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 28/04/19

Chester

Yesterday Mandie and I took a quick trip over to Chester. A little bit of shopping, which mainly consisted of looking at chocolate we couldn’t eat, and a trip to Waterstones so that Mandie could pick up a signed copy of A Book of Bones by the lovely John Connolly. Mandie’s book is camera shy, but here is a picture of my book which came over from Dublin, and the fabulous Charlie Parker bag that comes with it (Mandie has one too now) so that you know what it looks like. Also a picture of some weird midget bird with John Connolly.

Not a lot else been happening this week as after our mammoth walk the other weekend, we had a pretty lazy week. Well I did. I think yesterday was probably the most walking I’ve done in the past seven days and that barely hit ten thousand steps so … Been a good week for books though. Not only did my signed copy of Ragnar Jonasson’s The Island arrive from Goldsboro Books, I got a few lovely arcs to go along with it.

First up were a couple of Netgalley books which had me very very bouncy and excited. All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride and Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham. Have sore ribs now but that’s another story. I was going to read Mr MacBride’s book this weekend but have decided to savour it over the bank holiday instead. I also received an early copy of the latest DCI Ryan thriller by LJ Ross, The Moor. That one I did devour – arrived 11pm Thursday, gone by Friday, reviewed by Saturday. Top read. As if all that wasn’t enough, I also received a surprise bit of book post from Headline – Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes. Chocolate almonds too. Yum. Not that I’ve eaten them as dieting – obviously …

I might have purchase one or two books in readiness for Newcastle Noir next week too. Possibly. Just a couple. But I hadn’t got copies of three of them so it’s all okay. Well … not physical copies anyway. Vanda Symon’s Overkill and The Ringmaster; Paul Hardisty’s Absolution; and Scared to Death and White Gold by Rachel Amphlett.

Aren’t they pretty?

That was it on the book buying front. Figured the mammoth session last week was enough and I am saving myself for Newcastle ;).

Books I have read

Turbulent Wake – Paul E. Hardisty

Ethan Scofield returns to the place of his birth to bury his father. Hidden in one of the upstairs rooms of the old man’s house he finds a strange manuscript, a collection of stories that seems to cover the whole of his father’s turbulent life.

As his own life starts to unravel, Ethan works his way through the manuscript, trying to find answers to the mysteries that have plagued him since he was a child. What happened to his little brother? Why was his mother taken from him? And why, in the end, when there was no one else left, did his own father push him away?

Swinging from the coral cays of the Caribbean to the dangerous deserts of Yemen and the wild rivers of Africa, Turbulent Wake is a bewitching, powerful and deeply moving story of love and loss … of the indelible damage we do to those closest to us and, ultimately, of the power of redemption in a time of change.

I don’t even know how to begin. So very different to his Claymore Straker series and yet so beautifully the same in that the narrative transports you to another time and place. It creates such clear imagery, the writing so beautiful, that I got lost in the pages as I always do. This is the story of two men, father and son, separated by a complete breakdown in communication, but brought to the point of understanding only after the father has passed away. You have to read it to understand and I am currently scratching my head trying to figure how the hell I even review it. You can order your own copy here, read it and give me some pointers. All suggestions welcomed.

The Moor – LJ Ross

The circus is in town…

When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer.


Ryan and his team must break through their closed ranks to uncover a secret which has lain buried for eight years, before the killer strikes again – this time, to silence the only living witness…


Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

You know you are in safe hands with LJ Ross and The Moor is another absolutely brilliant DCI Ryan story. I don’t want to say too much, and you can read my full review here, but in this book the team find themselves working two cases. Ryan and Frank are working a cold murder case that comes with a very unusual witness, Jack and Melanie Yates, are on the case of a series on murders which bear all the hallmarks of a professional hit. Full of twists, turns, surprises and brilliant characters, I loved it. You can get your own copy here.

Their Little Secret – Mark Billingham

She says she’s an ordinary mother.
He knows a liar when he sees one.

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.

Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.

A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.

From number one, five-million-copy bestseller Mark Billingham comes a breathless new thriller starring Thorne and Tanner that readers will devour.

I love the Tom Thorne series and this one is another brilliant instalment. Full of great characters, this is more a study in psychology and the nature of toxic relationships as it is a murder mystery. Less graphic or perhaps less violent than some of its predecessors, it is no less gripping and draws upon some very infamous relationships for the portrayal of the devious and ultimately deadly partnership in the story. You can preorder a copy here. I’ll be reviewing for the blog hopefully this week, just as soon as I can write it anyway.

Not my busiest week for reading but I’m still happy with three books as I am currently reading a few short stories alongside them too. Busy week on the blog though with a recap below:

The Forgotten Village – Lorna Cook

A Book of Bones – John Connolly

The Dare – Carol Wyer

Perfect Crime – Helen Fields

The Moor – LJ Ross

Picture of Innocence – TJ Stimson

The Passengers – John Marrs

Slower week on the blog this week – for a change – with blog tour reviews for The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry; Envy by Amanda Robson and A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft.

I’ve a busy week ahead. Wednesday I’m off to Stafford Library to hear Carol Wyer, Noelle Holten and Sarah Rayne in conversation, then on Friday, we’re off to Newcastle Noir. Cannot wait.

Hope you have a fabulously bookish week all. Mine will be full of reading and looking after my pets. Not only do I have the cats, but while I was in Chester I decided to rehome a bull. Angus needs a lot of my attention while he settles in …

See you soon

Jen

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