I can’t believe that June is over. Half a year gone and the count down to Harrogate is well and truly on. I’ve had a very odd start to the year, some ups, some downs, but lots and lots of fun times been had including, this week, a day trip to London to attend the paperback launch party of Mel McGrath’s The Guilty Party.
Before heading to the party though, Mandie and I made the most of the good weather (cloudy but warm) and took a stroll through some of London’s parks to appreciate the wildlife. 13 miles walked through St James Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Park and Gardens had us standing and watching, with great delight, the many birds and their little babies around all of the lakes. A few squirrels too, but mostly birds.
Yes. That is a black swan!! Love it. A fab evening followed where I picked up a signed copy of The Guilty Party, and had a lovely chat with the woman of the hour too. I really enjoyed this book and you can read my review here. Highly recommended and makes you think about all of your own judgements and actions and what you would do when faced with certain situations. A very important book for our troubled times.
It’s been a quiet week for me book post wise. I received a copy of One Good Deed by David Baldacci from Macmillan. I also received a copy of The Seaside Angel by Evie Grace from Cornerstone. One book from Netgalley, Vaseem Khan’s Bad Day At The Vulture Club, and that was it for me. Not even any other purchases. I am being good and saving myself for the many festivals I have coming up …
Books I have read
Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .
Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.
No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.
Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .
Their darkest secrets won’t stay buried forever…
The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first in a spate of horrific murders that shakes the city to its core.
Who would target a seemingly innocent man, and why? DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to his students for answers, but their investigation turns up no leads. Someone must know more than they’re letting on…
As the body count rises, the police have to look into the past to uncover the person responsible before it’s too late.
But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?
At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.
When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.
And this is only the beginning…
A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Last Stage is also a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.
A little less productive this week but then I have been busy bird watching so … Quite a full week on the blog though. Recap below:
Murder In the Fens – Clare Chase
Then She Vanishes – Claire Douglas
Sea Babies (Bookstagram) – Tracey Scott Townsend
Cold as the Grave – James Oswald
What Lies Buried – Margaret Kirk
Forget Me Not – Claire Allan
The Missing Wife – Sam Carrington
The week ahead is quiet, with Mandie doing most of the hard work. Blog tours for A Summer Escape by Liz Eeles, From Inside the House by WD Jackson-Smart and that’s it. If I have time I may throw in a couple of reviews but as I’m back on the writing crusade from today, we’ll see how that goes. That and I’m kind of binge watching Grimm On a Netflix from the start of Season 1 so I am very preoccupied 😉
Truth is, this is the start of a real slow down for me and the blog so if it seems I’ve gone off grid, I probably have. Don’t panic, it’s just how these things are some times. So many fab bloggers still out there though with awesome book recommendations so I doubt you’ll even miss me 😉
I hope you have a fabulous week. I’ve a meal out planned for later in the week and a half day on Friday but otherwise I am just chilling, writing, reading and watching.
Oh and happy birthday to Rory. She can’t read this – she’s a cat and not remotely interested in my blog – but today is her big day (she’s one) so we are celebrating by her completely ignoring me in favour of lying with her new catnip toy. That’s nice …
Have fun you guys. Speak soon. Ish. Maybe.