Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 06/09/20

Blimey. Is it really that time again? Who’d a thunk it? Can’t believe another week has passed us by. That makes us one step closer to that most anticipated of seasons … Yep – It’s nearly Halloween. Can’t wait. Covid means there should be no trick or treaters, but just in case I will put a big sign on the door declaring my house a plague zone and hopefully that will keep folk at bay and I can enjoy my night of horror movies in peace. Full moon too this year, don’t you know? All the crazies will be at it.

Well … this time last week I was at the zoo and a lovely day it was too. Unexpectedly poignant too given that I’d just read the Rhino Conspiracy about Rhino poaching and they have some lovely Rhino’s at the zoo. Made me a bit sad, but also very thankful that there are places like CHester Zoo working so hard at conservation to ensure that we aren’t adding the Rhino to the already far too long list of extinct species.

Given that I only had four days at work it was still a pretty full on week. Thankfully it was made more bearable by the fact that I received many (many many) parcels containing lots of lovely, lovely books and other assorted goodies in the week. Yes, I know I already have lots of lovely, lovely books but, come on! Books!?! One of the not books parcels (the only not book parcel in fact) contained an early Christmas decoration – couldn;t resist and he made a perfect colleague of the day too.

Colleagues of the day

My book post this week consisted of a lot of preorders and one birthday gift so it wasn’t all self indulgence. Mostly, but not all. 😆 First up was my signed first edition of the new John Connolly Charlie Parker book, The Dirty South. This came with my birthday present from mandie, a signed copy of Vaseem Khan’s Midnight at Malabar House. I also received my copy of Written in Bone by Professor Sue Black which I’m really looking forward to reading. Friday saw a signed copy of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman land on my doorstep. It’s very pretty. It has foxed in.

May have placed one or two orders on Amazon last week. Just a couple. Got to keep publishers in business. First up were the paperback editions of Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst and Deity by Matt Weslowski. I also chucked in a pre-order for The Shadow Man by Helen Fields. Seemed only fair after she’d shared the cover so nicely on Social Media …I’ve also bought Nowhere To Run by Rachel Amphlett, a Kay Hunter short story. There are a couple of other eagle eyed spots that I’ve preordered, but as they haven’t officially been launched to the world eyt, I’ll keep my own counsel on those. 🤨 😉

Only two Netgalley books this week – The Ice Killer by Ross Greenwood and The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen. The latter is for a tour so I think I can be forgiven …

So a busy week in terms of book delivery and downloading, but an equally eventful week reading wise. Not too shabby a week all things said and done. I’m happy enough anyway because I managed to fit in a good number of afternoon naps too 😝

Books I have read

Stolen Children by Michael Wood

Some cases won’t die.
A young boy walks into a police station in France. He claims to be Carl Meagan – a missing child from Sheffield whose name is still whispered as a warning to kids who stay out after dark.
Some children won’t be found.
On her way home from the supermarket, nine-year-old Keeley Armitage vanishes without trace. Her family is overcome with shock and DCI Matilda Darke can’t help but focus on memories of the Carl Meagan case that almost ruined her career.
Some killers won’t be stopped.
As Matilda investigates, she peels back the layers of grief and sadness that surround Keeley’s family. Until she is left with an unimaginable choice: betray those closest to her or let a violent killer walk free…

A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin

‘He’s gone…’

When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.

Rebus fears the worst – and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn’t the best father – the job always came first – but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast – and a small town with big secrets – he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find…

The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen

Sisterhood binds them. Trauma defines them. Will secrets tear them apart?

Leah’s perfect marriage isn’t what it seems but the biggest lie of all is that she’s learned to live with what happened all those years ago.Marie drinks a bit too much to help her forget. And Carly has never forgiven herself for not keeping them safe.
Twenty years ago The Sinclair Sisters were taken. But what came after their return was far worse. Can a family ever recover, especially when not everyone is telling the truth…?

Survive by Tom Bale

Paradise is about to become hell…

On a remote island in the Adriatic, an enigmatic billionaire hosts a twisted form of entertainment to satisfy the jaded appetites of his exclusive guests. And for one unsuspecting family, the holiday of a lifetime is about to become a desperate battle for survival.

As young parents, Sam and Jody have managed to defy the odds once before. But years of struggle have taken their toll, and Sam’s demons return to haunt him at the worst possible time.

Caught up in a sick game of cat and mouse, can they put their differences aside and work under intolerable pressure to save themselves and their children?

Live or die. It’s the only choice they have.

Not bad huh? One was largely listened too rather than read but it still counts. Busy week on the blog too with a full compliment of reviews. Recap below:

#Review – Private Moscow – James Patterson & Adam Hamdy
#Review – Deadly Game – Matt Johnson
#Review – The Hummingbird – Kati Hiekkapelto
#Review – The Defenceless – Kati Hiekkapelto
#Review – The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto

Just the one blog tour again this week but it’s a good one – Michael J Malone’s A Song of Isolation. We do have one special treat up our sleeves though so do stop by on Wednesday where we will be hosting a bumper giveaway for a very special day.

That’s it for another week but trust me when I say the blog is super busy from here on in and throughout most of September. I won’t even apologise for the number of posts – it’s all in a good cause. 😉 Hope you all have a fabulous week. Not wanting to wish my life away but I’m currently just counting down the days to the 18thSeptemberr as I have another long weekend off work, and plenty of stuff planned to bring a smile to my face. And yes – it is related to books. And maybe chocolate. Definitely the odd haggis and bacon stottie. And walking. Plenty of walking. Did I mention books?

See you Wednesday – you know you don’t want to miss it 😉

Jen x