Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 26/07/20

Well what a week that was. Had a couple of days off. Went to the zoo. Ate cake. DId some walking. Did some more walking. Worked a bit. Read some books. Spent almost an entire day preparing blog posts and then read some more. Not necessarily in that order. No wonder I’m tired. I’m not exactly getting any younger after all.

Twycross Zoo

I’ve had a pretty good week all truths be told. Getting out and about to the Wrekin, Twycross Zoo, Shugborough Hall and my normal canal walks around town has meant plenty of fresh air and exercise which is no bad thing given that I may have (did) over indulged on the old food front. Not as bad as I could have been but definitely not observing the strictest of diet plans at all this week. Still I’m back on it from today and will weather the consequences when I weigh in tomorrow. Sometimes it just has to be done. Life is too short and to fragile to spend all of it paranoid about a bit of cake, right?

Walkies, cake and a random Kanga,

I had one piece of book post and two (well three) bits of me post this week, as well as an unexpected bouquet of flowers which was a competition win courtesy of the lovely Carol Wyer. MY copies of The Catch by TM Logan and Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens both arrived, as did my signed copy of Written In Blood by Chris Carter. On top of that was an ARC of One of the Family by Sadie Pearse sent by Sphere. Sound intriguing.

My book post.

Because i was out so much I only had three colleagues of the day this week, tbut the flowers do fill a gap nicely ūüėČ

Colleagues of the day.

I didn’t buy any new books this week – I know. Crazy right? Received three book approvals on Netgalley. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman; The Chalet by Catherine Cooper and Innocent by Erin Kinsley.

Netgalley approvals

Not too shabby for my birthday week.

Books I have read

The Chosen Seven by Gill D. Anderson

FARZAD ABED is an unhinged Iranian immigrant living in Australia. His sociopathic tendencies coupled with his political views make him a very dangerous man indeed. Farzad wants the world to sit up and take notice of him and randomly selects six bystanders to hold hostage at a city restaurant.

JACOB BROWN is a fitness fanatic who finds himself at the centre of a bizarre situation when he arrives at his favourite restaurant to pick up a takeaway for dinner.J

AGRITI GOSHAL is a young unassuming Indian waitress working at Alessandro’s Cucina.

REGINA TERRY is a fearless Afro-American woman in Australia on a business visa who unexpectedly finds herself embroiled in a crazy siege with a madman.

LEVI HAINES and BILL WALKER are colleagues having a business dinner at the restaurant. Bill is Levi’s sleazy boss with unethical intentions and Levi is dining with him against her will.

PAUL TOWNSEND is a local electrician who happens to drop off a quote at Alessandro’s Cucina at the same time Farzad descends on the restaurant to begin taking hostages.

Follow the roller coaster ride of emotions as these strangers find themselves embroiled in a terrifying siege orchestrated by a madman. The authorities scramble to put together a definitive plan of action to contain the situation quickly. But not everyone will come out alive …


Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department suspects the girl was killed for ‘muti’, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts.

When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind…


Bad Day at The Vulture Club by Vaseem Khan

In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai’s wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest.

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low…


Southern Cross Crime by Craig Sisterson

Australian and New Zealand crime and thriller writing – collectively referred to as Southern Cross Crime – is booming globally, with antipodean authors regularly featuring on awards and bestseller lists, such as Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize winning¬†The Luminaries¬†and Jane Harper’s big commercial hit,¬†The Dry,¬†winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award.

Hailing from two sparsely populated nations on the far edge of the former Empire – neighbours that are siblings in spirit, vastly different in landscape – Australian and New Zealand crime writers offer readers a blend of exotic and familiar, seasoned by distinctive senses of place, outlook, and humour, and roots that trace to the earliest days of our genre.

Southern Cross Crime¬†is the first comprehensive guide to modern crime writing from “Down Under”. From coastal cities to the outback, leading critic Craig Sisterson showcases key titles from over 250 storytellers, plus screen dramas ranging from¬†Mystery Road¬†to¬†Top of the Lake.¬†Fascinating insights are added through in-depth interviews with some of the prime suspects who paved the way or instigated the global boom, including Michael Robotham, Paul Cleave, Emma Viskic, Paul Thomas, Candice Fox, and Garry Disher.


Don’t go getting too impressed. I’ve been listening to the Chopra audio for a couple of weeks, so it’s only really three books this week but I’ll take it. Busy enough week on the blog – I’m so glad we are taking it easy this year … Recap below:

#Review – Midtown Huckster – Leopold Borstinski
#Review – Gallows Rock – Yrsa Sigurdardottir
#Review – The Minders – John Marrs
#Review – Shed No Tears – Caz Frear
#Review – Cry Baby – Mark Billingham
#Review – Happily Whatever After – Stewart Lewis
#Review – Written In Blood – Chris Carter

the week ahead is full once again. We can’t help ourselves. Just the two tours this week though starting with my thoughts on the deliciously dark Hinton hollow Death Trip by Will Carver and Mandie shares her thoughts on Shed No Tears by Caz Frear.

So it’s back to work for me. I have to do full weeks now until the middle of September. I don’t know how I am going to cope. Probably by reading lots of books as normal.

Hope you all have a fabulously book filled week. See you next time.

Jen x

4 thoughts on “Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 26/07/20

    1. Thank you. It was a good week and I am very thankful for being surrounded by brilliant books.

      Can definitely recommend the Baby Ganesh series. It’s fun, something a little different, but still you cheat on really important issues. And who couldn’t love an Elephant detective’s assistant?

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