Rewind, recap: Weekly Update w/e 16/08/20

We are now officially over half way through August. How in the fluffy ducks did that happen? The months seems to be passing in the blink of an eye. The eye of a storm this week as it happens so sadly I’ve nothing of ay interest to share with you about things I have done. Mostly what I have been doing all week is melting and praying for a storm, and then, when said storm arrives, cursing said storm for being so overdramatic and flooding everything and generally making a mess. As storms do. So I’m afraid you will have to make do with some pictures of wildlife from my local canal as the most exciting place I’ve visited all week was Subway to pick up a salad for my lunch last Monday. I know right? Living the dream.

Am I the only one seeing a Luckdragon in that cloud formation there? Anyway … Busy week at work, not made any nicer by the heat. The heat has also played silly beggars with my concentration so reading has been slow going this week. Not the books – definitely not the books – just me. I’d rather be napping. All the time. Literally. Work has been draining, very busy, and my mind is broken. That’s all there is too it. Roll on the end of the month when I have a lovely four day weekend to relax …

Colleagues of the day

I have had a good week for book deliveries though with some lovely #bookpost and two of my pre-orders, one a signed copy and one not, arriving during the week. First to arrive was my signed copy of Cry Baby by Mark Billingham from Goldsboro Books. Love it. Next up was my finished paperback copy of Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver. Absolutely thrilled to see my quote on the inside cover of that and now I also have a full set of paperbacks. Yay. Book post I received copies of Private Moscow by James Patterson and Adam Hamdy and Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan. All of the above made me very smiley, in spite of my total lethargy.

Bought some books as well this week. Just for a change. Purchased a copy of The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond (like I need reminding of the weather) which I am currently listening to on audio. Pre-ordered Death Score, the next Kim Stone book by Angela Marsons which had a cover reveal in the week. Bagged a copy of Survive by Tom Bale as well as copies of Love Heart Lane, Foxglove Farm and Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow. Picked up a few books via Netgalley too – The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain; A Song for the Dark Times by ian Rankin and No Fear by Casey Kelleher.

And that was my lot for this week. Probably enough thought, right?

Books I have read

Source: Audible

Brothers in Blood by Amer Anwar

THEY’RE NOT BOUND BY FAMILY. BUT A FAMILY COULD TEAR THEM APART.

Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him.

But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.

With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?


Private Moscow by James Patterson and Adam Hamdy

An invitation from an old friend draws Jack Morgan into a deadly conspiracy . . .

On a cold January morning, Jack Morgan stands inside the New York Stock Exchange with his former US Marine comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, eagerly awaiting the opening bell.

But before the bell rings, a bullet rips through the air and finds its mark.

In the aftermath of the murder, the victim’s wife hires Jack to find the killer. As the head of Private, Jack has at his disposal the world’s largest investigation agency. What he discovers shakes him to his core.

Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences.

With powerful forces plotting against him, will Jack Morgan make it out alive?


The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?


So that was it for the week for me. Just the three. Well two and a bit as I had half listened to Brothers In Blood already. But its about quality and not quantity, so who cares, right? Busy enough week on the blog. Recap below:

#Review – Knife Edge – Simon Mayo
#Review – The Big Chill – Doug Johnstone
#Review – The Last To Know – Jo Furniss
#Review – Don’t Wake Up – Liz Lawler
#Review – The House Share – Kate Helm

The week ahead is paved with reviews. Or something. Hopefully I’ll get some reading in at least. And some reviewing as that is another thing to suffer from my lethargy and I am one or two (nine) behind now. Only one actual tour post this week, Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald. Mandie will be sharing her thoughts plus we have signed book giveaway too so don’t miss it.

Here’s hoping we all have a safe and less heat affected week. I know I am looking forward to a few cooler nights so I can actually get a decent night’s sleep. Even the cat’s are struggling.

See you on the other side.

Jen x

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