So another week has been and gone. Bank Holiday in the UK this weekend and we were blessed (and cursed) with good weather. Blessed as it is nice to do my morning walk in the sunshine. Cursed as it means the idiots were all out and about ignoring lockdown but that’s another story and not something for the blog.
How has your week been? I’ve actually been quite productive, making the most of the good weather, the extra day over the weekend, and the fact I have some of my planned reads on audio book. Up at half five every day in the week and out for an hour long walk. It means that over the past couple of weeks I have managed to complete two audio books. Quite happy with that as I’ve not been able to find my way through an audio book since i gave up all the travel for work. I also managed to bake a cake and make some crustless mini quiches. Go me. I know. Showing off now.
You will have to bear with me this week with my book round up as I have gone a wee bit mad … Cabin fever and all that. Books I’ve pre-ordered/purchased include – Cry Baby by Mark Billingham; The Last Resort by Susi Holliday; Hinton Hollow Death Trip (Paperback) by Will Carver; The Waiting Rooms (paperback) by Eve Smith; A Song of Isolation by Michael J Malone; The Seven Doors (Kindle and paperback) by Agnes Ravatn; The Coral Bride (Kindle and Paperback) by Roxanne Bouchard; The Big Chill (Kindle and Paperback) by Doug Johnstone; As Yet Untitled by Stuart MacBride; Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen; Crossing The Line by John Sutherland and Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten. And as a special treat, I’ve preordered the short story anthology to celebrate 21 Years of Goldsboro Books.
Books I have read
We Shall Inherit The Wind by Gunnar Staalesen
1998. Varg Veum sits by the hospital bedside of his long-term girlfriend Karin, whose life-threatening injuries provide a deeply painful reminder of the mistakes he’s made. Investigating the seemingly innocent disappearance of a wind-farm inspector, Varg Veum is thrust into one of the most challenging cases of his career, riddled with conflicts, environmental terrorism, religious fanaticism, unsolved mysteries and dubious business ethics. Then, in one of the most heart-stopping scenes in crime fiction, the first body appears…
A chilling, timeless story of love, revenge and desire, We Shall Inherit the Wind deftly weaves contemporary issues with a stunning plot that will leave you gripped to the final page. This is Staalesen at his most thrilling, thought-provoking best.
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.
Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge…
Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.
The Staycation by Michele Gorman
Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap…
Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they’ve anticipated for months. But Iceland’s volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.
This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.
No Escape by Casey Kelleher
The one place she never wanted to go back to. The one place she can’t escape.
When she was just five years old, Lucy Murphy witnessed her mother’s brutal murder in their home on London’s notorious Griffin Estate. The case was never solved. Now a newly qualified police officer, Lucy has been given her first job: she’s going back to the Griffin Estate.
She is there to protect the estate’s vulnerable residents, including Shannon and Kian Winters, two kids struggling to deal with their alcoholic mother. Fifteen-year-old Shannon is working every spare hour to keep a roof over their heads, but thirteen-year-old Kian has fallen under the sway of gang leader Jax Priestly. And now Jax has plans for Shannon too…
As Lucy gets to know Kian and Shannon she becomes determined not to let the two teenagers become Jax’s victims. But time is running out. Jax is out of control, and the gang’s violent reprisals are escalating. Can Lucy face down her own demons in time to prevent a tragedy? As a child, she already witnessed the murder of one innocent person. It will take all her courage and training to stop another.
A shocking, fast-paced read that will keep you gripped from beginning to end. Fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole won’t be able to put this down.
The Curator by M.W. Craven
It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6
Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?
And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.
And nothing will ever be the same again . . .
Watch Him Die by Craig Robertson
ONLY ONE PERSON CAN SAVE YOU. AND HE WANTS YOU DEAD.
The LAPD find a man dead at home. Nothing suggests foul-play but elements of the victim’s house show that something is deeply wrong.
Meanwhile, in Glasgow, DI Rachel Narey is searching for a missing young woman – and the man she suspects of killing her.
When a feed broadcasting the slow and painful death of a final victim is discovered, these two cases become linked.
There’s no way to identify him.
No way to find him
No way to save him.
Not without the cooperation of a killer.
And the only way he will cooperate is if he can watch him die.
All Fall Down by M.J. Arlidge
“You have one hour to live.”
Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.
The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is A case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims.
With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…
Yep. You read that right. Seven books, helped of course by the audio books and my morning walk, but still. Not bad considering my recent form. Busy enough week on the blog. Recap below:
#Review – We Begin at the End – Chris Whitaker
#Review – The Mountain In My Shoe – Louise Beech
#Review – The Split – Sharon Bolton
#Review – Dead of Night – Michael Stanley
#Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Longlist
#Review – The Soul Killer – Ross Greenwood
#Review – The Sideman – Caro Ramsay
And that’s my week in a nutshell. Off now to do some more reading, induldge in a small piece of cake and generally just relax. Back to work in the morning, after a nice three mile walk – weather permitting.
Have a lovely week all and whatever the decision on lockdown (to be announced after I wrote this post), stay safe.