Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 23/08/20

I’ve got to be honest. I nearly didn’t write this post because a) I’m tired; b) I haven’t done anything interesting this week and c) please see points a to b. But then I figured I would be doing a disservice to the books I have bought, been gifted and/or read so I have, even though it might be abridged. Which in Jen speak means less than 12,000 words …

How has your week been? Been anywhere nice? Weather here has been pretty lousy so I used that as my excuse to stay in bed and do very few pre-work walks. I don’t feel any better for it – mostly just fat and lazy – but as it is staying darker longer in a morning, my days of going walkies pre-work are limited so I need to find another form of exercise. Exciting news for the ducks and swans though, my delivery of duck food arrived so on the few days I did get out, they enjoyed a lovely feast. They seemed happy anyway.

Colleagues of the day.

Received a lovely parcel on Saturday – my signed copies of The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone and Still Life by Val McDermid from Portobello Bookshop following on from the launch event on Thursday. Lovely packages they were too. Gave me the perfect reason to update my orenda shelfies too 🙂

Bought a couple of books or so – three books in the Love Heart Lane series by Christie Barlow – Love Heart Lane; Foxglove Farm and Starcross Manor. Plus I pre-ordered The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson which is out next April. One new Netgalley book – The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. Not too bad for me all in all.

Books I have read

Midnight Malabar House by Vaseem Khan

Bombay, New Year’s Eve, 1949

As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city’s most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India’s first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift.

And so, when the phone rings to report the murder of prominent English diplomat Sir James Herriot, the country’s most sensational case falls into her lap.

As 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world’s largest republic, Persis, accompanied by Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second. Navigating a country and society in turmoil, Persis, smart, stubborn and untested in the crucible of male hostility that surrounds her, must find a way to solve the murder – whatever the cost.


Betrayal by Lilja SigurdardĂłttir

When aid worker Úrsula returns to Iceland for a new job, she’s drawn into the dangerous worlds of politics, corruption and misogyny … a powerful, relevant, fast-paced standalone thriller.

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Ăšrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.

But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again?

As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…


The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto

Anna Fekete, who fled the Yugoslavian wars as a child, has a past.

Just beginning her career as a criminal investigator in a northern Finnish coastal town, she is thrust into a high-profile, seemingly unsolvable case that has riveted the nation. It doesn’t help that her middle-aged new partner, Esko, doesn’t bother hiding his racist prejudices, and Anna becomes the target of a systematic campaign to unsettle her.

A young woman has been killed on a running trail, and a pendant depicting an Aztec god has been found in her possession. Another murder soon follows. All signs point to a serial killer, but can Anna catch the Hummingbird before he – or she – strikes again? And at what personal cost? Dark, gritty and filled with contemporary themes, this is a chilling, unforgettable book that you will find impossible to put down. Or forget.


The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond

One summer. One stranger. One killer…

Two bad things happened that summer:
A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
 
In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
 
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
 
Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
 
Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
 
The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.


Not a bad week reading wise. One was an audio book but the rest were actual book books so I am happy. Full week on the blog again – recap below:

#Review – The Less Dead – Denise Mina
#Review – Sealskin – Su Bristow
#Review – The Chosen Seven – Gill D. Anderson
#Review – Ash Mountain – Helen Fitzgerald
#Review – Deadly Harvest – Michael Stanley

Two blog tours this week. Firstly I will be sharing my thoughts on Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh. I also have an extract from Son Of Escobar: First Born by Roberto Sendoya Escobar. Do stop by and check them both out on Thursday.

And that’s your lot for this week. Unusually short for me but it really has been one of those weeks. Hope you all have a brilliant week. I am counting down to Thursday as I finish work for a bit of an extended bank holiday weekend and I cannot wait. It’s been a long, old month this month.

See you next week

Jen x