Rewind, recap: Weekly Update w/e 25/08/19

No book festivals all week. Unbelievable, I know, but there you go. I have to have some down time.

Speaking of down time, it has been a Bank Holiday here in the UK this past weekend and, shock of shocks, it has also been sunny. As a result I decided to go for a walk. Figured it was about time I dragged my backside away from the sofa and the books, and made like I want to lose that final stone of weight I have been failing to shift since Christmas. Took myself and said backside to Ironbridge for a lovely walk down to Coalport (home of the china) and back. Just under five miles and very warm but beautiful.

Part of my reason for visiting Ironbridge today was the chance to go to Ironbridge Book Shop, a wonderful second hand store which is a perfect have for book lovers (although not so good for your wallet.) I’ll be sharing more about the shop soon as part of a new feature I am hoping to start celebrating the best bookshops around. If you are an author or blogger and have a bookshop you would like to see in the spotlight, please do get in touch. I have a few very simple questions but it’s the chance to put your favourite store on the map.

Ironbridge Book Shop – A small shop that packs in a whole lot of book love.

I’ve had a pretty quiet week book wise. Read a few, bought a few. Received a few. Book post saw me receive a copy of Where There’s A Will by Beth Corby courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton. From Netgalley I had a copy of Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond, which is a blog tour read. Purchase wise I picked up Turn The Other Way by Stuart James, Borderlands by LJ Ross, When The Dogs Don’t Bark by Professor Angela Gallop and My Life With Murderers by David Wilson.

Books I have read

Cold Breath – Quentin Bates

Gunnhildur reluctantly allows herself to be taken off police duties to act as bodyguard to a man with a price on his head . . .

Hidden away in a secure house outside Reykjavík, Gunna and the high-profile stranger, a guest of the interiors minister, are thrown together – too close for comfort. They soon find they are neither as safe nor as carefully hidden as Gunna and her boss had thought. Conflicting glimpses of the man’s past start to emerge as the press begin to sniff him out, as does another group with their own reasons for locating him. Gunna struggles to come to terms with protecting the life of a man who may have the lives of many on his conscience – or indeed may be the philanthropist he claims to be.

Isolated together, the friction grows between Gunna and the foreign visitor, and she realises they are out of their depth as the trails lead from the house outside Reykjavík to Brussels, Russia and the Middle East.

Cage – Lilja Sigurdardottir

Drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue in Iceland rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy…

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.

Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive.

With a shocking crescendo, the lives of these characters collide, as drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy.

The Family – Louise Jensen


Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.
But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.
Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

That was my week in books. Not too bad all things considered. I’m still struggling to find my reading stride, and I can’t lie – the recent mini heatwave has both helped and hindered. HIndered because I am too hot to concentrate in an evening. Helped because I am also too hot to sleep so have been reading overnight instead. I’m amazed I had the energy to walk around Ironbridge to be fair … Good week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – Circle In The Sand – Tracy Krimmer

#Bloody Scotland Press Release – Crime in the Spotlight

#Extract – At Your Door – JP Carter

#Review – A Cruel Deception – Kim Booth

#Review – The Girl He Used To Know – Tracey Garvis Graves

MIxed week ahead with a blog tour review yesterday for Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies and on Sunday for Here to Stay, the latest thriller from Mark Edwards. Otherwise it is a mix of reviews for random books I finally had time to read and/or review.

Hope you have a fabulous week. I’m hoping for a few cooler nights so I can get some sleep in. Funnily enough, it doesn’t appear to be affecting the kitties much. Position is everything …

See you next week


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