Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 16/02/20

Not exactly how I’d intended to end my week but it could be worse. Power outage due to water in the works courtesy of lovely old Dennis. Nice electrician came and made it all better (at least temporarily), and I have a bit of a soggy (waterlogged) back garden, but compared to those who are facing floods and real property damage after the last two weekends, it’s more of a bummer than an out and out tragedy.

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Okay – so my garden is not quite that wet, but it’s close … How has your week been? Full of books and happiness I hope. I can’t help thinking it’s been one heck of a week in one way or another. I’ve had another full week at work, but it was my last for a while so I’ll take it. Two very awesome bits of book post to bring a smile to my face though so it’s not all bad. The Blood Is Still by Douglas Skelton, the second Rebecca Connolly book and Hysteria by LJ Ross which is the second Alexander Gregory book. Quite fitting everything is in twos right now as I could do with a loan of Noah’s arc …

Three netgalley books this week. First up was Alex Caan’s upcoming thriller, The Unbroken, the The Secret Admirer, the latest Natalie Ward novel by Carol Wyer, and also the latest title from John Marrs, What Lies Between Us. Purchase wise, I bought, or rather preordered, three books – The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer, The Unbroken by Alex Caan and Gallows Rock by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. As tow of those books are duplicates of the netgalley reds, I like to think of this as only being four books, thus continuing my two by two pattern meaning we can all go on the arc. That’s how this works, right?

Books I have read

Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…

Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.

And that’s just the beginning…

The Secret Admirer – Carol Wyer

‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’

Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from a ‘secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

Grippingly fast and nail-bitingly tense, The Secret Admirer will have you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Black River – Will Dean

FEAR

Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing.

SECRETS

Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?

LIES

Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?

Clover Cottage – Christie Barlow

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!

Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?

And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.

Not too bad for someone plunged into an electrical crisis … (And the award for melodrama goes to …) Busy week on the blog – round up below:

#Review – Welcome To The Heady Heights – David F. Ross
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 2
#Review – Are You Watching – Vincent Ralph
#Review – Her Last Breath – Alison Belsham
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 3
#Review – Watching from the Dark – Gytha Lodge
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 4
#Guest Post – Black 13 – Adam Hamdy
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 5
#Review – Deep Blue Trouble – Steph Broadribb
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 6
#Review – Perfect Kill – Helen Fields
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 7
#Extract – Hidden Steel – Stuart Field
#The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part 8

Pretty full on there. Thanks to everyone who has been sharing these posts. Speaking of the Orenda Roadshows, you still have a week to secure your tickets to one of the five events which. are happening from 24th-28th February. Details are below:

24th February: Waterstones Glasgow
25th February: Drake the Bookshop, Stockton on Tees
26th February: Linghams Booksellers, Heswall
27th February: The Bookcase, Lowdham
28th February: Griffin Books, Penarth

Appearing in Glasgow: David F. Ross; Doug Johnstone; Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski and Vanda Symon.

Appearing in Stockton: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; Helga Flatland

Appearing in Heswall (Wirral): Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; Helga Flatland

Appearing in Southwell (Lowdham): Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; West Camel

Appearing in Penarth: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; West Camel; Matt Johnson

I have an excellent week ahead. Three days of work (less excellent) then it’s off up to Edinburgh for the launch of Bury Them Deep, the latest Inspector McLean novel from James Oswald. It’s become like an annual pilgrimage now to attend this so the trains had best be running and if they aren;t – sod it. We’ll drive!

Speaking of Bury Them Deep, that also happens to be my first blog tour of the week (you can find it here.) I’m also on the tour for the most excellent Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst. The rest of the week will be made up with reviews of some mighty fine books.

Well I hope you all have a (dry) fabulously bookish week. I’m going to get a few reviews written up while I still have power. Always handy.

See you next. week.

Jen

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