Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 15/03/20

How are we all? I hope you are all well. We are in scary and uncertain times right now, a lot of madness doing the rounds and a lot of atypical behaviour and fear driving people to act very much out of character. The old adage of Keep Calm has never been more needed, and yet for some, the concept of Carrying On is changing on a day by day basis. Depending on where you are in the world, your life is either on hold or on tenterhooks. Either way, it’s a tough time for everyone.

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Ordinarily I’d be regaling you all with exciting bookish exploits and travels. Sadly, this week, I have neither, in spite of having two days off work. My days have consisted mostly of grabbing a coffee, trying to avoid supermarkets (apart from my normal weekly shop) and reading. And not as much of that as I would like this week. It has been too easy to be distracted by real life, not something I usually succumb to, but something I feel is slightly more important in current times. I do not subscribe to the need to panic buy, however, if I were so inclined, my preference above all else would be, as always, books.

I think I’ve been quite good really, all things considered. I preordered a copy of Power Play by Tony Kent from Goldsboro Books, signed special edition hardback no less (If I’m going into lock down I am doing it with a nice and pretty complete Dempsey/Devlin book collection …). I also bagged a copy of the ebook version as it was on a very, almost criminally, appealing offer on Amazon. I also picked up The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood as I have been hearing great things about it and it was on offer too. Be rude not to.

I also picked up a finished copy of None the Wiser, the brand new thriller from Rachel Amphlett. I’d had a pre-publication ebook but felt that I needed to have the real thing too. And why not right?

Two books from Netgalley – Rachel Abbott’s The Murder Game and David Jackson’s The Resident and that’s it. So all in all a pretty tame week for me. I did receive two lovely bits of book post though – Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt and Strangers by C.L. Taylor, both courtesy of Avon. Very nice they were too.

Books, I’ve read a few. But only a few. I feel like I’ve failed given I’ve had two days off, plus the weekend. I haven’t even managed to write reviews. I’ve just not been in the zone, even though the books were great. Here they are …

Books I have read

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

A mother in crisis
A doctor’s duty
What is the truth about that night?

Liz and Jess have been friends for ten years, ever since they both started a family. But how well do they really know each other?

When Jess arrives at A&E with her baby girl and a story that doesn’t add up, Liz is the doctor on call.

Jess has devoted her life to family and home. But she is hiding so many secrets.

As the truth begins to emerge, Liz is forced to question everything she thought she knew: about Jess, and about herself…

Power Play by Tony Kent

When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it appears to be a clear-cut case of terrorism. The suspect has even confessed to the bombing. But as criminal barrister Michael Devlin is about to discover, everything is not as it seems.

Also suspecting there are other forces at work, intelligence agent Joe Dempsey is driven to investigate. Who would have wanted Victor out of the way – and would commit mass murder to do it? As the evidence begins to mount, everything seems to point to the US government itself, all the way to the top. And now someone is determined to stop Dempsey and Devlin from discovering the truth. At any cost.

With countless more lives on the line, Dempsey must find a way to prove who’s pulling the strings, and free the White House from the deadly grip that has taken hold of power.

Remember Me by Amy McLellan

Last night my sister was murdered. The police think I killed her.

I was there. I watched the knife go in. I saw the man who did it.

And heard him laugh because he knows he’ll never get caught.

He knows I have prosopagnosia – I can’t recognise faces.

And if I don’t find the man who killed my sister, I’ll be found guilty of murder.

Three books. Pretty lame by all accounts but at least they were three fantastic books. Can’t wait to share my thoughts on them all next month. Busy week on the blog, here’s what we were up to.

#Review – The Evolution of Fear – Paul E. Hardisty
#Review – None The Wiser – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – Reconciliation for the Dead – Paul E. Hardisty
#Review – Absolution – Paul E. Hardisty
#Review – Turbulent Wake – Paul E. Hardisty
#Review – The Courier – Kjell Ola Dahl
#Review – The Last Days of Disco – David F. Ross

The week ahead is a mixture of Year of Orenda and blog tours. Tours next week include Alex Caan’s The Unbroken, Black River, the latest Tuva Moodyson novel from Will Dean and Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow. Always something a little different here ;).

So that’s about it from me. Not too much else to say really. The week ahead will be full of review catch up for April (four to write and counting), reading (i’m playing catch up on a couple of the early Henning Juul titles by Thomas Enger – yay) and hopefully restful sleep. I feel we are all going to need plenty of that for whatever is to come in the next few weeks.

Keep safe all. Make sensible decisions (for you and for others) and happiest of happy reading. I’m joining Luna for a little uncover self isolation. We’ve got this sussed, don’t worry.


2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 15/03/20

  1. You’re right in saying that the world as we know it has changed dramatically as of late. Hopefully the industrious scientists will develop a workable vaccine for the virus soon.
    As we have recently traveled extensively (including to one of the hot spots Costa Rico), we have decided to self isolate for 14 days. We both feel fine and are now in day #5. I’m missing seeing my family. By the time I see my grandson again it will have been two months since I’ve seen him. They change SO much at that age.
    Also, my 38 year old daughter has just undergone cancer surgery and I’d love to be able to help her more. I don’t dare expose her to any possibility of becoming sicker…
    I think Luna has the right idea. Hunker down with a good book or ten. Stay healthy. Happy reading.

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    1. Well I hope you both come out the other side of your quarantine completely healthy and very well read. You are definitely doing the right thing but can completely understand your frustration and concern about the whole situation right now. I’ll be thinking of you and your daughter Lynne. Hope all remains well. xx


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