Rewind, recap: My Week One (and a little bit) Bookvent Countdown

A little bit of a different Rewind post this week, looking back at my first week (and one day) of #Bookvent posts. I have done a little bit of reading, but not as much as I would have liked so rather than bore you with my working week (I’ve done little else) I thought I’d bore you with my posts instead. They’re very pretty and I’ve championed some lovely books. So here are days 1-8:

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Day One: The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath
Day 2: Sleep by C.L. Taylor
Day 3: Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman
Day 4: Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary
Day 5: Breakers by Doug Johnstone
Day 6: Dead Inside by Noelle Holten
Day 7: Black Summer by M.W. Craven
Day 8: The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

Only one Netgalley download this week – Keep Him Close by Emily Koch. One book sent to me – Hysteria by LJ Ross. One bit of book post – Watching From the Dark by Gytha Lodge. And two pre-orders – The Woman in the Wood by M.K. Hill and Ryan’s Christmas by LJ Ross.

Books I have read

Hysteria – LJ Ross

In a beautiful world, murder is always ugly…

Recently returned from his last case in Ireland, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the French police that he can’t ignore. It’s Paris fashion week and some of the world’s most beautiful women are turning up dead, their faces slashed in a series of frenzied attacks while the world’s press looks on.

Amidst the carnage, one victim has survived but she’s too traumatised to talk. Without her help, the police are powerless to stop the killer before he strikes again – can Gregory unlock the secrets of her mind, before it’s too late?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Parisian landscape.

When Stars Will Shine – Various

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

Victim of Innocence – Michael Wood

The nightmare is just beginning…

A short story and prequel featuring DCI Matilda Darke, star of Michael Wood’s darkly compelling crime series. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons and Patricia Gibney.

She invited the killer into her home…

The body of a young woman is found in an apartment block in a Sheffield suburb. She was attacked at home, in a sudden moment of violence that sends shockwaves through the community. 

DCI Matilda Darke has no choice but to work with her rival, DI Ben Hales, as the investigation takes them undercover into the dark world of a serial rapist targeting innocent women on the streets of the steel city.

But can Matilda and Ben finally put their grievances aside and work together? Or will this case be their last?

None the Wiser – Rachel Amphlett

‘Forgive me Father, for I have sinned…’

When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.

New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.

After a second priest is killed, his broken body bearing similar ritualistic abuse, the police are confronted by a horrifying truth – there is a serial killer at large with a disturbing vendetta.

As fear grips the once tranquil countryside, Mark and his team race to uncover a tangle of dark secrets and lies before the killer strikes again.

In doing so, Mark finds out that the truth is more twisted than he could ever have imagined…

None the Wiser is the first book in a new murder mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett.

Okay … So it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but . still – could have been better. Full week on the blog with the above #Bookvent posts, but also the launch of the ‘Year of Orenda’ that Mandie and I are undertaking next year to celebrate 5 years of Orenda Books. If you’d like to win some Orenda books and an exclusive #TeamOrenda bookmark, head over to the post here. The competition is UK only, but for an international giveaway, head over to Twitter and retweet my pinned post. Both competitions close on 18th December. We also had one blog tour post – Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond.

The week ahead is a little busier with blog tour posts for Deathly Affair by Leigh Russell, I Dare You by Sam Carrington, The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer, When Stars Will Shine Anthology and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Feast or famine on the blog right now lol.

Well hope you have a fabulous week. I’m back to work and on my travels (Bristol today – lucky me) as well as having the team Christmas lunch later in the week (turkey and brussels sprouts – yum). Then Mandie and I are on countdown for our trip to Edinburgh. Bring it on.

I’ll be back next week with more #bookvent recaps. In the meantime, here are the mad kitties sharing a Christmas cuddle.

Happy reading

Jen