Rewind, recap: Update catch up

Okay. So I’m going to try and make this quick. I’ve not done one of these for a couple of weeks and I’ve bought a lot of books since then. I think that the last time I wrote a weekly post was just before I went to Bloody Scotland. Since then I’ve been to two festivals, listened to dozens of authors, come up with a mad cap idea for the blog for 2020, and bought far too many books. Well … when I say too many, I mean just the right amount, obviously.

So, Bloody Scotland was excellent and when I get a chance I will write a much better round up of the event. There were so many highlights, from the torchlit procession, the panel with David Baldacci, the Two Crime Writers live podcast and right up to meeting Blaze and Laoch, the two Skye Border Collies who feature in Lin Anderson’s latest book, Time For the Dead. I picked up signed copies of David Baldacci’s One Good Deed, Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key, Time for the Dead, Ambrose Parry’s The Art of Dying, Dr David Wilson’s My Life With Murderers, Professor Angela Gallop’s When the Dogs Don’t Bark, Johana Gustawsson’s Blood Song and In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone.

Not too bad for a weekend’s work … I think one of the best bits was meeting Blaze. Such a gorgeous dog! And being told by David Wilson that he felt as though I might be in the same line of work as him. Well … I did spend 20 years in Management. Not quite dealing with murderers but definitely close to wrangling madness so …

Capital Crime this past weekend was a blast and I have to say thank you to Midas PR for inviting me to have a press pass, and to organisers Adam Hamdy, David Headley and Lizzie Curle for a brilliant weekend. If you want to see a little of what I got up to, you can find my post here. I had a fab time with my fellow bloggers, especially Meggy, Zoe (aka Sue) Ronnie, Jacob and Mandie as we had a laugh and a half over a shared blog tour read. Think #50ShadesofCasper and you’ll have half an idea. Picked up a couple of books there too – Vaseem Khan’s Bad Day At The Vulture Club, David Mark’s A Rush Of Blood, Ann Cleeves’ The Long Call and Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia

I’ve had a couple of bits of book post over the past couple of weeks. First up was Jane Isaac’s A Deathly Silence; Ausma Zehanat Khan’s No Place of Refuge which was a competition win. Netgalley wise I have picked up two books: The Dinner Party by RJ Parker, and I Dare You by Sam Carrington.

Purchases are many. Here goes: The Murder House by Michael Wood; Victim of Innocence by Michael Wood; Impostor by LJ Ross; Traces by Patricia Wiltshire; Jihadi by Yusuf Toropov; Detective Kubu Collection by Michael Stanley; The Last Days of Disco by David F Ross; The Evolution of Fear and The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty; The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas by David F Ross; Sealskin by Su Bristow; The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn; Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl; The Exiled by Kati Heikkapelto; The Mountain in my Shoe by Louise Beech; Deadly Game by Matt Johnson; and Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen.

Books I have read

A Geordie Up The Ganges – Nell Cook

IT’S CRUNCH TIME AND JENNIFER BARNES MUST SEIZE THE DAY

She’s stumbling through the mid-life crisis from hell…and then she receives a diagnosis that puts her future in jeopardy.

She has two choices. Crumble or follow the call of her heart. She chooses life, and embarks on an adventure trip to India armed with pick-pocket-proof knickers and a shewee.

To add to her woes she must travel with a group of seven strangers.

Among her travelling companions are an upper-class toff with bossy tendencies, and a wisecracking, gorgeous Glaswegian who says he’s in it for the adventure.

During the journey from one end of the Ganges to the other, Jen experiences the magic of the biggest festival on earth; rides the river’s rapids; and glimpses the wilder side of Varanasi.

Wanting pity from no-one, she hides her illness, and during the journey learns she’s not the only one with secrets.


Will opposites attract? Does Jen have the strength to resist the temptation of forbidden fruits? What will she discover about herself and others and, can she master the shewee?

The Dinner Party – R.J. Parker

All your friends are invited. But which of them will survive?

An addictive and twisty psychological thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a peaceful neighbourhood.

Eight friends. Eight secrets. One killer.

A group of old friends gather in a peaceful suburban street for a dinner party.

They are expecting a fun evening of wine, food and pleasant company. But then they start to play the game…

It’s about trust and dark secrets – it tests marriage to its limits – and none of them can begin to imagine its consequences.

Because the next day, two guests are dead and the others are trapped in a nightmare…

I did read one other book but that was a beta read so I can’t talk about it yet. Fans of the author will be very pleased though. Full fortnight on the blog – recap below:

#Review – I Thought It Was You – Kirsty McManus
#Review – The Long Call – Ann Cleeves
#Review – The Neighbour – Fiona Cummins
#Review – Harry the Wonder Cat – Denise Brixey
#Cover Reveal – The Creak On The Stairs – Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
#Review – I Will Follow Him – Holly Tierney-Bedord
#Review – Tightrope – Marnie Riches
#Review – Cold Breath – Quentin Bates
#Review – Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines – Henrietta Heald
#Cover Reveal – I Dare You – Sam Carrington

So that was it – my fortnight in a nutshell. This week is a mixture of tours with After Jessica by Morgen Bailey; One by One by DW Gillespie; Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett; Bad Turn by Zoe Sharp; and The Family by Louise Jensen.

Hopefully I’m back to normal for a few weeks now so you might get more regular updates. I might even get some reading done, who knows. I definitely have a little bit more planning to do, but more about that in early December …

Have a fabulously bookish week all and see you on the other side.

Jen x

5 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Update catch up

  1. Lordy Jen… your bookshelves must be groaning. What a fabulous array of new books. Several of your new ones are titles I have for review.
    As usual, I’m very envious of your personal interaction with some of my favourite authors.
    Pat the kitties for me.

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    1. They were great. There’s not a lot for me on home soil either so I have to travel the length and breadth of the UK for my Crime fix. Bizarrely I’ve never been to the Birmingham festival which is probably one of my closest!

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