Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 28/07/19

I’ll keep this week’s recap short and sweet as I have done nothing of interest since the last one. I’ve done, as have most people in the UK, the melting thing towards the end of the week. I am now doing the ‘trying hard not to murder the neighbours thing’ as I have new ones who have done nothing but bang, scrape, drill and bang some more, whilst completing about three weeks of redecorating while moving in. After a year of blissful silence my last nerve is stretched to its limit, and about ready to snap. I am trying desperately not to channel my inner Michael Myers, and I am not talking the guy who voiced Shrek … If I’m not here next week, you know why. Either that or I forgot to write the post while I was in Bute …

Current Mood …
Photo by Nour Wageh on Unsplash

Aside from melting, I’ve been doing a little reading, as ya do. Went for a coffee with Adam Hamdy and his lovely wife Amy McLellan (get me) who both live in my home town. It was great to catch up and have a post Harrogate breather and I’m looking forward to reading Amy’s novel, Remember Me, later in the year when it is published by Orion. Funnily enough, that, and Adam Hamdy’s Freefall, were my only purchases in the week. Well, I have book one, so only right I should be continuing the series…

No new Netgalley and no bookpost, although Mandie did give me her Harrogate copy of Alice Teale is Missing by Howard Linskey, which I am looking forward to reading.

Books I Have Read

Torment – Mark Tilbury

Who can you really trust?

Beth Cruikshank couldn’t be happier. She is eight weeks pregnant and married to the man of her dreams. But after returning home from a celebratory meal, she finds a wreath from her sister’s grave hanging above the bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. There are no signs of a forced entry. Nothing is stolen. And no one other than the cleaner has a key to the house. 

And then a campaign of terror begins. Beth becomes increasingly paranoid as it becomes clear that someone close to the family is behind these disturbing events. 

But who would want Beth dead?

Can Beth find the answer before it’s too late?

Torment is a story of misplaced loyalty, revenge and sacrifice.

Penshaw – LJ Ross

When you sell your soul, the devil gives no refunds…

When an old man is burned alive in a sleepy ex-mining village, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is called in to investigate. He soon discovers that, beneath the facade of a close-knit community, the burn from decades-old betrayal still smoulders. When everyone had a motive, can he unravel the secrets of the past before the killer strikes again?

Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, trouble is brewing with rumours of a mole in Ryan’s department. With everyone under suspicion, can he count on anybody but himself?

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

The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.

That was it but I don’t think three is too bad all things considered. Recap on last weeks posts below:

The Last Stage – Louise Voss
My Bookish Life: Random ramblings on festivals
The July Girls – Phoebe Locke
Nothing to Hide – James Oswald
Capital Crime Shortlists
Mummy Needs A Break – Susan Edmunds

The week ahead is a mixed one. Some reviews at random and a couple of tours. Sisters of Willow House by Susanne O’Leary, Dark Secrets by Jack Steele, and A Whisker In the Dark by Leighann Dobbs.

So that is me done. Off to Bute Noir later in the week. Cannot wait. Don’t care what the weather does, the line up of authors is amazing. Hope you all have a fabulously book filled week and see you on the other side.

I’ll leave you all with a gratuitous cat shot, (just for you Lynne ;))


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