Rewind, recap: weekly (plus some extras) update w/e 05/01/20

How are we all? It’s been a while. 16th December to be exact was my last weekly post and I guess I’ve done a few things since then. Spent a few days in Edinburgh. Bought and read a few books. Done Christmas, New Year and returned to work. Pretended I’m going to be able to stick to my diet …

My best find in Edinburgh, apart from a copy of The Six by Luca Veste a whole week and a bit early at Morrisons, has to be the Funko Norman Bates dressed as his mom. How absolutely brilliant is he?

Did you have a good Festive break? Any good books? I had a couple but it is mostly vouchers for me as I have so many books already, no one ever know what to buy me. Wouldn’t stop me from buying a few more books though regardless. I did receive some lovely bookpost over the break too. First up was The Burning Men by Will Shindler courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton. I also received four absolutely cracking book from Orenda. Beast by Matt Wesolowski; I Am Dust by Louise Beech; Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz and Containment by Vanda Symon. How gorgeous are they all? There are a couple of my Christmas presents in there too.

I had a really good couple of weeks for reading too so I’ll just share the book links here with you all in a moment. PUrchase wise I bought the following:

On audible – Sherlock Holmes – The Definitive Collection. For Kindle: The In Death Christmas Collection by J.D. Robb; The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley; Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci; After The End by Clare Mackintosh; Zodiac by Anamaria Ionescu; Living Candles by Teodora Matei; All Fall Down by M.J.Arlidge; The Second Hostage and Captivated by Jeffery Deaver.

Books I have read

Right Behind You – Rachel Abbott

Some doors should not be opened.
Some can never be closed.
Jo Palmer’s peaceful and happy life is about to end.
Ash – the man she loves – will be arrested by the police.
Millie – her precious daughter – will be taken from her.
She will lose her friends.
She will doubt her sanity.

Someone is stealing everything Jo loves, and will stop at nothing.
But right now, Jo is laughing in her kitchen, eating dinner with her family, suspecting nothing.

It’s raining outside.
There’s a knock at the door. They are here.

Bury Them Deep – James Oswald

The tenth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers

When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock-in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate… and the discovery of her burnt-out car in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh sets off a desperate search for the missing woman.

Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation – one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. Is Anya Renfrew’s disappearance a co-incidence or related to the case?

McLean’s investigations suggest that perhaps that Anya isn’t the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can’t shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work here…

Ryan’s Christmas – LJ Ross

Christmas can be murder…

After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a stottie cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. Their Christmas spirit is soon tested when they’re forced to find shelter inside England’s most haunted castle, where they’re the uninvited guests at a ‘Candlelit Ghost Hunt’. It’s all fun and games—until one of the guests is murdered. It seems no mortal hand could have committed the crime, so Ryan and Co. must face the spectres living inside the castle walls to uncover the grisly truth, before another ghost joins their number…

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

The Six – Luca Veste

The brilliant new novel from the author of the highly acclaimed The Bone Keeper.

Six friends trapped by one dark secret.

It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.

In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …

Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?

Mine – Casey Kelleher

WHO DO YOU TRUST IN A WORLD BUILT ON LIES…

Rebecca Dawson lives a life that many women want – married to wealthy, handsome businessman Jamie and new mum to beautiful daughter, Ella, she thinks nothing can burst her bubble. Until a series of sinister events leaves Rebecca convinced that she is being stalked. While her only priority is keeping Ella safe, Rebecca knows that this might be more than coincidence, and fears that her past is back to haunt her. Because somebody knows what she did. They are watching her, tormenting her and soon they are going to make her pay.

While she hides her past, Rebecca finds herself unable to trust anyone, not even her husband, Jamie. Because Jamie is keeping secrets too. Is Jamie gas-lighting Rebecca into thinking she is going mad, in a bid to cover up his own sordid lies? Or is someone more sinister seeking their revenge?

Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

The Other People – CJ Tudor

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.

She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’

It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

The Murder House – Michael Wood

They were the perfect family. It was the perfect crime.

The new gripping DCI Matilda Darke crime thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a perfect family. For fans of Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.

It’s the most disturbing crime scene DCI Matilda Darke has ever seen…
 
The morning after a wedding reception at a beautiful suburban home in Sheffield, the bride’s entire family are stabbed to death – in a frenzied attack more violent than anything DCI Matilda Darke could have imagined.
 
Forensics point to a burglar on the run across the country. But cracks are starting to appear in Matilda’s team, someone is playing games with the evidence – and the killer might be closer to home than they thought…

Mexico Street – Simone Buchholz

Hamburg state prosecutor Chastity Riley investigates a series of arson attacks on cars across the city, which leads her to a startling and life-threatening discovery involving criminal gangs and a very illicit love story…

Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no suspect.
Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty. The body of Nouri Saroukhan – prodigal son of the Bremen clan – is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide.

Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation, which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random attacks, and there are more on the cards…

I Am Dust – Louise Beech

When iconic musical Dust is revived twenty years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast, in a bewitching, beguiling and terrifyingly dark psychological thriller…

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?
Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.


And Chloe has been watching…

The Creak On The Stairs – Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.

Captivated – Jeffery Deaver

A gripping ebook short story from international bestseller Jeffery Deaver, introducing unique investigator Colter Shaw.

A unique investigator.
Colter Shaw is a career ‘reward-seeker’, making his living travelling the country and locating missing persons. So when a woman disappears, he quickly takes the case.

A missing woman.
As he investigates, he suspects that she was fleeing a bad marriage, and he follows her trail to a secret retreat in Indiana.

A dangerous case.
As events take one surprising turn after another, Shaw begins to wonder if there’s more to this mysterious woman than meets the eye.

Alice Teale Is Missing – H.A. Linskey

THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE CHOSEN ONES.

As usual, seventeen-year-old Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day.

Except she’s not been seen since.

Alice was popular and well-liked, and her boyfriend, friends and family are desperate to find her.

But when the police start asking questions, it becomes clear that almost everyone has something to hide.

Detectives Beth Winter and Lucas Black don’t know which way to turn – but then they receive a disturbing package.

Pages from Alice’s precious diary.

Who could have sent them? And what have they done with Alice?

Thirteen books (unlucky for some) plus I did a beta read of The Redeemer by Victoria Goldman so fourteen in total. But don’t be too impressed as that was over three weeks and it did include Christmas so …

I’ve not done many posts apart from my #bookvent but the highlights are below:

#Bookvent – The Final Countdown
#Review – Ryan’s Christmas by LJ Ross
#Victim of Innocence by Michael Wood
#A Year of Orenda – The First Six Months preview
#Review – Holy Island by LJ Ross
#Review – Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton
#Review – The Six by Luca Veste

We’ve a good week ahead with reviews for Mine, Three Hours, Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski and The Home by Sarah Stovell. Also an extract from Peter May’s latest novel, A Silent Death.

So I have a full week of reading ahead and a full on week at work. It’s going to be fun (I hope). We’ve booked to attend the Luca Veste launch in Liverpool at the end of January so that’s something to look forward to. Cannot wait.

In the meantime here are the relaxed super kitties Rory and Luna (aka the footwarmers). They are so over the festive season now …

Happy reading everyone.

Jen xx