Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 03/11/19

Well this week has been an adventure. When I say adventure, I mean that I have actually done something other than work and read. Go me!

On Wednesday I took the afternoon away from the daily grind and headed to Birmingham with Mandie for a double dose of fun. First up was a trip to Brum’s very own Kitty Cafe which was an absolute blast. Believe me when I say that an hour is just not enough, and we could happily have stayed a lot longer. The cats were full of life, the surroundings colourful and very pleasant to sit in. Definitely one of the best cat cafes I have been in.

Kitty Cafe – Birmingham

As if that wasn’t enough, we rounded out the evening at Waterstones Birmingham where Alison Barrow interviewed the one and only Tess Gerritsen about her latest novel, The Shape of Night (aka Fifty Shades of Casper – see my review here.)

This was a really enjoyable evening, and Tess Gerritsen is a joy to listen to. I really enjoyed hearing about the inspiration behind her book, and why she took readers beyond the grave to find her ultimate Hero. Imagine finding yourself a man who understands your every need, who satisfies every whim, and who you never have to wash dishes or cook breakfast for. Yeah – it is almost a work of fantasy, but it’s a fun read too. As Tess brought up the subject of FIfty Shades of Grey herself, I was brave enough to mention the nickname for the book which, thankfully, did give her a bit of a laugh as it is actually quite fitting.

I picked up a copy of the Shape of Night to be signed, along with The Surgeon, which is the first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series. Well – it seemed rude not to.

No book post this week but I have been a bit naughty on Netgalley. Whoops. Three approvals since last week (that’ll teach me to go looking while I’m on the train) which were Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan; The Other People by CJ Tudor and Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan. Looking forward to reading them all over the coming weeks.

I’ve been a good girl order wise, so only one little pre-order has gone in – the third book in the Grace Allendale series by Mel Sherratt – Liar Liar.

I’ve been busy preparing for my latest attempt at NaNo this week as well, so not a lot on the reading front. They may have been few, but they were good ones though.

Books I have read

Black Wolf – G.D. Abson

A young woman is found dead on the outskirts of St Petersburg on a freezing January morning. There are no signs of injury, and heavy snowfall has buried all trace of an attacker.

Captain Natalya Ivanova’s investigation quickly links the victim to the Decembrists, an anti-Putin dissident group whose acts of civil disobedience have caught the eye of the authorities. And Natalya soon realises she is not the only one interested in the case, as government security services wade in and shut down her investigation almost before it has begun.

Before long, state media are spreading smear stories about the dead woman, and Natalya suspects the authorities have something to hide. When a second rebel activist goes missing, she is forced to go undercover to expose the truth. But the stakes are higher than ever before. Not only could her pursuit of the murderer destroy her career, but her family ties to one of the victims threaten to tear her personal life apart.

A captivating, pacy thriller that plunges right into the beating heart of Putin’s Russia.

Woman in the Water – Katerina Diamond

I’m alive. But I can’t be saved . . .

When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.

What’s their connection to the body in the river?

Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?

And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late?

Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.

Despite being a poor reader, we had a steady week on the blog. Recap below:

#Review – Death in the East – Abir Mukherjee
#Review – Impostor – LJ Ross
#Cover Reveal – Death Deserved – Thomas Enger, Jørn Lier Horst
#Review – Coming Home To Winter Island – Jo Thomas
#Review – Nine Elms – Robert Byrndza

Now due to the fact I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month throughout November, my reading and reviewing is taking a bit of a nose dive. Mandie will be taking up a lot of the slack, starting this week, but I promise I will not be entirely MIA (unless this is bad news to you, in which case sorry), I will be sharing some reviews of books I have read throughout October, just perhaps not quite so much of the recap as I don’t expect to manage reading more than a book a week if that.

The week ahead sees Mandie take part in a couple of tours: Ghoster by Jason Arnopp and A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles. We’re also off to the joint launch for Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir and Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen mid week, so looking forward to that!

I hope you all have a productive and successful reading week. I am off to write some more of my manuscript (or another load of twaddle as I like to call it). See you on the other side.

Jen

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