Rewind, recap: Weekly update, W/E 19/01/20

How are we all this week? Have you had a good week? Read lots of books? Bought lots of books? I’ve had a funny one as, despite loving what I have read and evening finishing one book in a single evening. I’ve only actually read two complete books this week, mainly because I have been catching up with the long ignored actual reviewing part of book blogging. I was twelve behind. It had to happen eventually. Still got four to write as I type this but I have reached the point of review blindness and the last two written have broken me. I need a break to reboot my vocabulary.

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So. Another week gone from 2020 already. Can’t believe how quickly this month is passing. It is nice in a way as it brings me closer to the Orenda Roadshows, but also disconcerting as it means another week closer to Christmas and who needs that? 😉

Looking forward to the week ahead as not only do I have some awesome books to read, but on Thursday Mandie and I are off to Liverpool to see Luca Veste in conversation with David Jackson. I loved Luca’s new book, The Six, so am really looking forward to this event and to getting my book signed.

Good news for Orenda fans. Bookings are now open for the Heswall, Stockton-on-Tees and Glasgow legs of the Roadshows so don’t delay and get those tickets booked. I will see you all there. If you’d like to know more about what these events entail you can find the first of my preview posts here.

Only one book purchase this week – quite restrained I know. Well when I say purchased, I mean pre-ordered. A signed first edition of The Dirty South by John Connolly. Four new Netgalley books though – three of them for tours so I am forgiving me. They were When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins; We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker; Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten and Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow.

Books I Have Read

The Burning Men – Will Shindler

When a development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window.

They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak to each other again.

Five years later one of them is set alight at his own wedding. Soon after, a second is found, nothing but a smoking corpse. It appears that someone knows what they did that night. What they chose over their duty. And there are still three men left to burn . . .

DI Alex Finn and his new partner DC Mattie Paulsen are an unlikely pairing, but they need to discover who is behind these killings before the next man faces the fire.

This is first in Will Shindler’s Finn and Paulsen series – a British detective series that ranks with Mark Billingham, M.J. Arlidge, Stuart MacBride

Are You Watching – Vincent Ralph

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims, but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching her every move.

And so is the Magpie Man.

A busy enough week on the blog, enough to keep us amused anyway. Recap below:

#Review: Backlash – Marnie Riches
#Review: Hydra – Matt Wesolowski
#Review: A Modern Family – Helga Flatland
#Review – Deep Down Dead – Steph Broadribb
#Review – Hysteria – LJ Ross
Orenda Roadshow 2020 – Preview

The week ahead is full too – we like to keep you reading. Blog tour reviews tomorrow and Thursday for Rachel Abbott’s Right Behind You and A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone, flanked on all sides by reviews. Hope you’ll stop by for a look.

See you same time next week. I might even have read a few more books by then. Who knows. Have a fabulous week all.


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