Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 30/08/2020

Well, against all of the odds we have made it through another month. What in the heck happened to August? Where did it go? It was July just five minutes again and now, tomorrow, it’s September. Someone, somewhere is seriously having a laugh at our expense, I swear they are. Christmas chocolates are in the shops already (I know because I bought some) and next thing we know they’ll be playing bloody Slade and Wizard on the sodding radio. Still, it could be worse. Today I am off to the zoo – Chester Zoo. I will see animals and nature and crap and combine this with exercise which is apparently good for me and obviously needed after the generous consumption of the aforementioned Christmas chocolates …

Didn’t do a lot this week. Well completed a 10k walk yesterday, but that’s not really anything unusual for me so barely worth mentioning. Did get a bit of reading in but not as much as I would have like given that I took an extra day off work last week to make the Bank Holiday weekend feel a little more like a break. Bought books though but no big surprises there then …

Colleagues of the day.

New books galore this week. Two purchases, Heavenfield by LJ Ross (although that is for a competition prize) and The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Very pretty 😍 . I also had two piece of book post courtesy of Midas PR. The first was Play Date by Alex Dahl via publisher Head of Zeus. The second was Portrait of the Spy as a Young Man by Edward Wilson from Arcadia.

A bumper crop of Netgalley titles this week too – The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean; The Mitford Trial by Jessica Fellowes; Pulpit Rock by Kate Rhodes and The Embalmer by Alison Belsham.

Might have thrown in a few preorders too – I like to be prepared. They were Don’t Let Him In by Howard Linskey; Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies; Death on the Nile and Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie.

Books I have read

The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley

This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.

Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.

Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.
Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…

A beautiful and emotional love story that asks, how far would you go for a second chance at first love? Perfect for fans of The Man Who Didn’t Call and Miss You.

Stone Cold Trouble by Amer Anwar

Set in the heart of West London’s Asian community, this is the latestinstalment in the unmissable ZAQ & JAGS series . . .

Trying – and failing – to keep his head down and to stay out of trouble, ex-con Zaq Khan agrees to help his best friend, Jags, recover a family heirloom, currently in the possession of a wealthy businessman. But when Zaq’s brother is viciously assaulted, Zaq is left wondering whether someone from his own past is out to get revenge.

Wanting answers and retribution, Zaq and Jags set out to track down those responsible. Meanwhile, their dealings with the businessman take a turn for the worse and Zaq and Jags find themselves suspected of murder.

It’ll take both brains and brawn to get themselves out of trouble and, no matter what happens, the results will likely be deadly. The only question is, whether it will prove deadly for them, or for someone else . . . ?

The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain

A veteran freedom fighter and friend of Mandela is forced to break all his loyalties and oppose the ruling ANC party – a party he’s been a member of all his life – to confront corruption and venality at the very top. As he faces political attacks and sinister threats from a faction in the SA security services the ageing veteran finds his life is now endangered. Recognising the need for help, he recruits a young ‘Born Free’ idealist to assist him. She too is soon drawn into danger as together they stumble upon a clandestine plot at the highest level of government to poach and kill rhino and export their lucrative horns to South East Asia.

Intent on catching the poachers and exposing the trade, they manage to install a GPS tracking device inside a perfect replica of a horn which they follow through a diplomatic bag into Vietnam. Anxious that intimidation by the security services will prevent them from exposing the truth, they decide to break cover in UK using a sympathetic British MP to reveal all they know in a House of Commons speech, under parliamentary privilege. But first they must establish the truth.

Will they be able to do so, or will they be killed before they can? The stakes are high. Has Mandela’s ‘rainbow nation’ been irretrievably betrayed by political corruption and cronyism? Can the country’s ancient rhino herd be saved from extinction by poachers supported from the very top of the state

Three. Not my most prolific week but I think, like most people, my concentration is shot so I’ll take any reading at all right now. Busy enough week on the blog. Recap below:

#Review – The Art of Dying – Ambrose Parry
#Review – Wicked Game – Matt Johnson
#Review – Southern Cross Crime – Craig Sisterson
#Review – Fifty Fifty – Steve Cavanagh
#Review – Jihadi: A Love Story – Yusuf Toropov

The week ahead is full of reviews. No blog tours this week but Thursday is a big day in the Year of Orenda calendar so there is that to look forward to. I’m off to see the Komodo Dragon now. Catch you all same time next week. Hope you all have a good one and enjoy your Bank Holiday. Last one until December now … What a horrid thought.

Jen x

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 30/08/2020

    1. I’ve only read the first but really enjoyed it. Was a named character after winning a charity auction. Definitely a series I’m looking forward to catching up on though so this is a good incentive. Kitties say hi!


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