Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 26/01/20

Another week over and it’s been a good one. At least from a blogging perspective. Work has been nothing if not spectacularly average. Not that this is a bad thing. After many, many years of stress, I do quite like being able to switch off when I leave the office. I may not get so much audiobook time anymore but some sacrifices are worth it …

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So how has your week been. MIne has been pretty booktastic (I know – I should be ashamed of myself for that one …) Read some crackers and have a brilliant evening out in Liverpool on Thursday too, attending the Luca Veste event celebrating his new book, The Six. It was great hearing Luca talking to David Jackson about all things inspiration, writing influences, character naming and the origins of The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. And I got my lovely book signed too (as well as a bonus side visit to the Lindt shop …)

MIght have bought a couple of books in the week. After being so restrained last week, it seemed only right. I got special edition hardback copies of two Christie novels, Poirot’s Christmas and And Then There Were None. Both beautiful I think you can agree …

Also snuck in a cheeky preorder or two – Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver and a first edition signed copy of We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker. One Netgalley book this week – Lynda La Plante’s Buried.

Books I have read

Between Two Evils – Eva Dolan

As the country bakes under the relentless summer sun, a young doctor is found brutally murdered at his home in a picturesque Cambridgeshire village.

Is his death connected to his private life – or his professional one?

Dr Joshua Ainsworth worked at an all-female detention centre, one still recovering from a major scandal a few years before. Was he the whistle-blower – or an instigator?

As Detective Sergeant Ferreira and Detective Inspector Zigic begin to painstakingly reconstruct Dr Ainsworth’s last days, they uncover yet more secrets and more suspects. But this isn’t the only case that’s demanding their attention – a violent criminal has been released on a technicality and the police force know he will strike again: the only question is who will be his first victim…

Liar Liar – Mel Sherratt

The truth can be a dangerous thing…

When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident.
Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined…

A gripping and pacey thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment you turn the first page. The perfect read for fans of Martina Cole.

Watching From The Dark – Gytha Lodge

Aidan Poole logs onto his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe. But to his horror, he realises she is not alone.

Completely helpless, all he can do is listen to the sounds of a violent struggle.

And then a chilling silence.

He’s desperate to find out if she is OK. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police?

When his messages finally reach them, DCI Jonah Sheens and his team take the case.

And discover the body. . .

Watching from the Dark is an enthralling new thriller that you won’t want to miss.

A teeny tiny bit better than last week, but given that I was out one evening (which is prime reading time for a full time worker) I will forgive myself for being a little lax. and one book was nearly 500 pages so that is way better than reading several Mr Men books … A good steady week on the blog, recap below:

#Review – Right Behind You – Rachel Abbott
#Review – Changeling – Matt Wesolowski
#Review – The Other People – CJ Tudor
#Review – A Dark Matter – Doug Johnstone
#Review – The Last Resort – Steph Broadribb
The Orenda Roadshow 2020 – A Preview

So that was my week in a nutshell. Probably quite brief this week but then nothing much happened outside of attending the event on Thursday. I’ve been doing a little more tinkering on the planner for our Year of Orenda. Proposals sent to Momma Orenda so hopefully all will meet with approval. Mandie and I are actually quite excited about some of our ideas for the year. Hopefully you will be too.

Speaking of the Year of Orenda, we currently have a competition going over on Twitter that you can find right here:

Simply head over to Twitter, follow the account @JenMedBkReviews and tell me under my pinned tweet, which of this months reviewed Orenda Books you would like to read. The choices are:

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
The Home by Sarah Stovell
Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Blue Night by Simone Buchholz
The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

One lucky winner will be sent the book of their choice. Competition is open internationally and will close on 1st February. Winners will need to provide a postal address, but this will only be used to send the book and will not be shared. The competition is being run exclusively by Jen Med’s Book Reviews.

We have a full week coming up with more Year of Orenda posts (the eagle eyed amongst you will be able to guess which one are up next …) plus another couple of reviews from books I have read recently. No blog tours – that feels like a mini miracle. Maybe my resolve of prioritising my want to reads is working. (It’s not but we can all pretend can’t we?)

Hope you have a fabulous week of bookishness. I have some cracking reads planned in, plus I’ll be attending the launch for Doug Johnstone’s A Dark Matter with Mandie which I am very much looking forward to. I’d be lying if I said that a return visit to Söderberg wasn’t on the cards … In the meantime, here’s a picture of Rory who was happy playing hide and seek between her blankets this week.

See you next week.