Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 05/07/20

Well here we are. On the sixth day of the seventh month. Already. Can you believe it? Me either. Still, it’s been a good week for walking, which was good for me as I needed the fresh air after a very full on week at work. Genuinely had no idea if I was coming or going, it was one of those kinds of weeks. Productive but very, very busy. Managed to get in a couple of walks over at Attingham Park too which was nice, especially on the Saturday as the deer were all too happy to pose for a few nice pictures.

Colleagues of the day

It was a nice end to the week this week as I had ‘tickets’ for the Locked Up Festival. this was a series of online events organised by Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh and featured a whole host of the top names in crime fiction. Proceeds from the event went to the Trussell Trust who are one of the biggest Food Bank charities in the UK, so not only did I have a lot of laughs, but I did my bit to support food banks too. They raised over £14,000 which is a superb achievement. Although the festival is over, it is not too late to donate and you can find out more about the charity and, if you are able to, make a donation here.

I had a good week book wise, mamaning to sneak in a last minute audiobook as well as reading some absolutely cracking books. it was a quieter week book post wise. I got the aforementioned audiobook – LJ Ross’s Bedlam which is out tomorrow, and also a copy of The Last To Know by Jo Furniss. The book is set in a fictional location but based on a town literally up the road from me so I am looking forward to reading it.

A few books purchased/pre-ordered this past week. First up was In The Blood, the next Lukas Mahler novel from Margaret Kirk. I also pre-ordered The Killing Choice, the next in the DI Alex Finn series by Will Shindler. I’m not sharing the covers as one doesn;t have one and I’m not sure if the other has officially been revealed yet, but they are out there for pre-order and so I did. I also picked up A Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law by Neil White; Home Fixtures, a collection of short stories in support of the Homeless World Cup and Cut Short by MW Craven a trilogy of Washington Poe short stories. No new Netgalley so that is my lot. I know! Slacker.

Books I have read

Bedlam by LJ Ross – Narrated by Richard Armitage

In a world gone mad, who can you trust?

Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the New York State Homicide Squad. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse, but amid reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?

In desperation, they turn to an outsider, and now Gregory must find the courage to step inside the fortified walls of Buchanan Hospital to uncover the truth. The question is, will he ever be the same again?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Catskill Forest.

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

From the breakthrough international bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice, a breathtaking, page-turning novel about a disgraced female detective’s fight for redemption. And survival.

Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare.

Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. But there’s much more than her reputation on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim . . . and his successor means to finish the job.

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings

The next gripping and emotional family drama from Amanda Jennings, THE STORM, is available in July 2020!

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.

If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.

If only her life was as perfect as theirs.

If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.

If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.

While You Slept by RJ Parker

What would you do if you woke up in your home… but it wasn’t your home at all?

When a man wearing a picture mask of her daughter Maisie’s face stands tauntingly in her garden, Lily Russell does the smart thing and calls the police. When she and Maisie wake up the following morning in an exact replica of their home, held captive by that same man, the police are no longer an option.

Surrounded by the rooms and things that once provided comfort and now only promote fear, Lily and Maisie must fight to survive. Because when no one knows where you are, you are your only hope.

Written in Blood by Chris Carter

A serial killer will stop at nothing…
The Killer
His most valuable possession has been stolen.
Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.
The Girl
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others.
But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.
The Detective
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.
If you have read it
You must die

The Resident by David Jackson


Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. Having left a trail of bodies in his wake, and with the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide. That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he climbs up into the loft, he realises that the can drop down into all the other houses on the street through the shared attic space.

That’s when the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Thomas enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet…

Do you fear The Resident? Soon you’ll be dying to meet him.

I’ve got to be honest, I had no idea I’d had such a productive week until i prepared this post. Technically I was only finishing off two of these as I started The Cliff House Audiobook last week and Nine Elms as part of a readalong last weekend, but still. Not too shabby all things considered. A good week on the blog too – recap below:

#Review – Sweet Little Lies – Caz Frear
#Review – Turbulent Wake – Paul E Hardisty
#Review – The Silent Wife – Karin Slaughter
#Review – The Man Who Loved Islands – David F. Ross
#Harrogate International Festivals – Festival Weekender Announcement
#Review – How To Disappear – Gillian McAllister

The week ahead is pretty full on too with three blog tours – Caroline Mitchell’s Left For Dead, Rod Reynolds’ Blood Red City and Carol Wyer’s Somebody’s Daughter.

That is me over and done for this week. I’m off for a nap. Think I’ve earned it!!! Hope you all have a brilliant week and that, most of all, you stay safe and well.

See you in a week.

Jen xx

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