Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 19/07/20

I’m a little late with this today for the simple reason that I decided to take the weekend off. It takes a bit of time to pull this together, as simple as it may appear and, quite honestly, on Sunday I just didn’t have the energy and this morning I went for a walk up the Wrekin instead. Everyone needs some down time every now and then, and running a blog, posting five or six days a week, is a full on task. I had a heck of a week at work last week and I really just needed a couple of days away from the PC. BUt now I’m back. Sorry about that.

I’ve got a couple of days off this week, due to my advancing age, and with the weather being on my side, I decided to make the most of it. Yesterday, Mandie and I went to Dudmaston Hall, one of our local National Trust properties. It’s not the largest site in the area by any means, but it was nice to go for a walk around the gardens and the lake whilst the sun was out. even the geese seemed to be enjoying themselves, having a good old splash about whilst we watched. It’s a beautiful place, just outside of Bridgnorth, and definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the area.

Dudmaston Hall (NT)

I was reading a local set book over the weekend, The Last To Know by Jo Furniss. It is set in a fictional Shropshire town, but the locale is very much real and I am pretty sure that all the subliminal messaging about (or plentiful references to) the Wrekin is responsible for my urge to walk up that lovely small hill this morning. I thought about it last night and when my alarm went off this morning it was either do my usual walk around town to see the swans or head off to Wellington and try my chances. At 06:30 it is not busy, probably the best time to visit right now to be fair if you are looking to socially distance, and it was such a lovely day, I knew that I would kick myself if i didn’t do it. Once an idea takes root, it is hard to shift it. So I got up, got washed, got dressed (thankfully for the others up there), and started the 1.5 mile walk to the summit, some 1300 feet high. It’s a fair old trek, some steep bits, some less so, but a lovely way to spend my morning. Bumped into someone else at the summit who was also there on a pre-birthday walk. What are the chances of that? As you can see from the pictures below it was a beautiful blue sky day and although a little slower than normal (I’m very out of practice), I did the whole thing in around 55 minutes, so I’ll take that.

The Wrekin

So it’s been a quite a long and work heavy week this past week. Struggled with the reading as a result, but still managed to read some great books and I’m still in line with where I wanted to be. 102 books by 20th July is not a bad achievement.

Colleagues of the day

I had one book arrive in the week and so now I have all four of Kjell Ola Dahl’s pre-Orenda Oslo detectives books. They’ll be devoured over the coming months and I can’t wait.

Netgalley I’ve had some new titles from Netgalley because I am weak and I needed cheering up. The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard; Stone Cold Trouble by Amer Anwar; Out Of Time by David Klass and The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine. Treated myself to a couple of Audible titles during the week. Brothers in Blood by Amer Anwar and My Life With Murderers by Professor David Wilson. Somehow it appears I forgot to pre-order Rachel Amphlett’s new book, so I took care of that on publication day and Turn To Dust joins the rest of the DI Kay Hunter books on my shelf, and I threw caution to the wind and spent some money on me for my birthday, buying The Catch by TM Logan and Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I also chucked in a couple of preorders for two books I am very excited about but which haven’t had their official launch yet so I will say nothing more. It was a bouncy Jen moment when I saw them on Saturday though. I DO stalk Amazon and I do have certain key words on watch. I know a lot of people will be excited about these too. 😁

Books I have read

Knife Edge by Simon Mayo

You never know where danger may come from…

6.45am. A sweltering London rush hour. And in the last 27 minutes, seven people have been murdered.

In a series of coordinated attacks, seven men and women across London have been targeted. For journalist Famie Madden, the horror unfolds as she arrives for the morning shift.

The victims have one thing in common: they make up the investigations team at the news agency where Famie works. The question everyone’s asking: what were they working on that could prompt such brutal devastation?

As Famie starts to receive mysterious messages, she must find out whether she is being warned of the next attack, or being told that she will be the next victim…


The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?


The Less Dead by Denise Mina

When Margo goes in search of her birth mother for the first time, she meets her aunt, Nikki, instead. Margo learns that her mother, Susan, was a sex worker murdered soon after Margo’s adoption. To this day, Susan’s killer has never been found.

Nikki asks Margo for help. She has received threatening and haunting letters from the murderer, for decades. She is determined to find him, but she can’t do it alone…

A brilliant, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching new thriller about identity and the value of a life, from the award-winning author of The Long Drop and Conviction.


So that’s my lot for this week but still not too bad as they are all book books and not audio this week. Busy enough week on the blog with posts from Monday to Saturday. Recap below.

#Review – Turn to Dust – Rachel Amphlett
#YearOf Orenda – The First Six Months
#Review – We Were The Salt of the Sea – Roxanne Bouchard
#Review – The Shadow Friend – Alex North
#Review – Stone Cold Heart – Caz Frear
#Review – The Divine Boys – Laura Restrepo
#Review – Deadly Vengeance – OMJ Ryan

We’ve another full week on the blog this week so plenty to look forward to. Might even do one of those long promised giveaways too 😉 Four tours on the go this week starting today with MIdtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski. I’m also sharing my thoughts on book three in the Cat Kinsella series by Caz Frear, Shed No Tears. Plus we have John Marrs’ latest nail biting thriller, The Minders, and the dark and deadly Written In Blood by Chris Carter. What a week!

Off to the Zoo tomorrow. Cannot wait. It’s the little things in life huh? Hope you all have a suitably bookish week and I will see you on the other side.

Jen x