Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 26/04/20

Pretty tidy weather this past weeked so managed a couple of walks early doors before everyone else left their beds. Well … mostly everyone else. Out, round town, home and making breakfast by eight am. Not too shabby. And saw some lovely birds while I was out too. Can’t complain huh?

How are we all? How is lockdown treating you? Hope you’ve all had some suitable distractions be it books, exercise, Netflix or whatever. I managed to get a few books in again this week and a couple of runs before work too. I know right? I didn’t think I had it in me either. My legs assured me at day two I didn’t hence the walking over the weekend but I will try again next week. Baby steps. Worked out it has been four years since I last did a Park Run so getting from 0-2.5km in two days wasn;t a bad start I didn’t think … And I was still in work by 07:15!

My colleagues of the day this week were varied but kept me amused. Didn’t have a lot to contribute but hey. I was busy and I quite like the silent type anyway … Bit of a weird week book wise. I have had three parcels in total – two ordered, one unexpected as, although I am on the tour, I’d already had the kindle copy so wasn’t expecting the book too. I’m not complaining though. Finally received my signed copy of Power Play by Tony Kent from Goldsboro Books (now have a full set – yay) and a copy of #Taken by Tony Parsons which was the only Max Wolfe book I didn’t have in hardback and I decided mid week it was annoying me too much. The unexpected book was The Sideman by Caro Ramsay.

Four books from Netgalley this week. Perversely (and probably what prompted my buying spree) I was granted #Taken by Tony parsons. Only requested a year ago … Plus The Curator by MW Craven, Southern Cross Crime by Craig Sisterson and No Escape by Casey Kelleher.

No other book purchases this week. I did buy mealworms though so … Not relevant here but the birds are happy now.

Books I have read

Sword by Bodgan Teodorescu

As a shadowy killer stalks the streets of Bucharest, seeking out victims from among the Roma minority, the police are at a loss to track down the murderer, who always dispatches in the same manner – hence the Sword nickname the media are quick to give to the killer. As panic starts to take hold and inter-racial tensions begin to reach boiling point, those in government and those who want to be try manipulate the situation for their own ends.

The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh

Up until yesterday I knew who I was.
Up until yesterday my life wasn’t a lie.

Rosa Fisher is the smart girl, the good girl. At twenty-five and mid-way through a PhD in the psychology of fraud, she thinks she has herself all figured out. Until that night, when the house is dark and she is all alone, and she hears an intruder on the stairs.

But the intruder isn’t looking for Rosa Fisher. He’s after someone else. And everything Rosa has ever known about her world is about to be turned upside down.

Determined to find out who she really is, Rosa traces her origins back to a small Canadian town, to a fire in a barn and a devastating family tragedy. Which forces her to question – if she can lie with such ease, was she ever really the good girl after all?

Buried by Lynda La Plante

DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.

In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.

Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?

In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .

That was my lot. Three books but I will take that as it’s still a book every couple of days (and I did have to stop to catch up on 10 outstanding reviews…) Recap of the past week below:

#Review – The Murder Game – Rachel Abbott
#Review – Fault Lines – Doug Johnstone
#Review – The Silence – Daisy Pearce
#Review – Do No Harm – LV Hay
#Review – The Mist – Ragnar Jonasson
#Review – Living Among the Dead – Adena Bernstein Astrowsky
#Excerpt – The Museum of Broken Promises – Elizabeth Buchan

The week ahead is largely dedicated to the wonderful writing of Norway’s own Kjell Ola Dahl. I have recap reviews of the both Faithless and The Ice Swimmer and Mandie will be sharing her thoughts on The Courier. Plus I have a review of Kjell Ola’s brand new novel Sister as our Year of Orenda continues. Do pop by.

I’m back to the books, and the reviews, so will check in again this time next week. Have a brilliantly bookish week and, most importantly, stay safe.

Jen xx

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 26/04/20

  1. Sounds like a brilliant week, all things considered. Looks like spring has arrived where you are. Beautiful photos. I’d guess that you are about 3 weeks ahead of us here weather wise.
    Thanks for the kitty pics as they were really good this week.

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    1. It’s turned a little overcast again here now but that’s no bad thing. Every time we get a bit of sun the idiots out there think it’s okay to ignore lockdown this prolonging it for all of us. I’m actually dreading any period of sustained good weather.

      Managed to get the cats to actually sit still this week. They’ve been a bit unsettled with me being home all the time but they seem to be getting used to it now.

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