Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/09/20

These weekly posts are getting shorter but that is because, this week especially, I have done nothing but work, eat read and sleep. Went for a quick bimble around the Town Park on Saturday and that was about it. Saw a few dinosaurs though while I was out and about so that was nice. Wish I could say I have a reason for it. I don’t I’m just lazy. In fairness though, I have been kind of busy at work and the cats have sensed my restlessness as they have been waking at 3am and then waking me as they’ve decided it is time for breakfast, so I have been very tired. That is my excuse and I am sticking with it …

Colleagues of the day

Had some lovely bits of book post this week – very lucky blogger once again. It won’t last. I am expecting a good nine or ten week lull now, apart from any books I have bought for myself, but hey. Shouldn’t be greedy. Only so many hours in the day for reading anyway, right? My thanks to the team at Capital Crime for the Capital Crime Book Club box, a signed copy of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and Mark Edwards’ The House Guest. I also received a finished copy of Playdate by Alex Dahl courtesy of Head of Zeus and Midas PR and signed copies of Heavenfield and Angel from the very lovely LJ Ross. I’ve now got quite the collection going.

No new Netgalley books this week – how’s that for restraint? Might have placed a pre-emptive order in for the fourth Amy Winter thriller by Caroline Mitchell though which you can find here. It’s got no cover and no description but meh. I’d say it’s a calculated risk 😉

And that was about it. My week in a few photos and norra lot else.

Books I have read

Playdate by Alex Dahl

It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover.
Now it’s an abduction.

Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, her mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and shared a glass of wine with Josie’s mother. Then she kissed her little girl goodnight and drove home.

That was the last time she saw her daughter.

The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.

In Playdate, Alex Dahl puts a microscope on a seemingly average, seemingly happy family plunged into a life-altering situation.

Who has taken their daughter, and why?


Nowhere to Run by Rachel Amphlett

There’s nowhere to hide…

When a series of vicious attacks leaves the local running community in shock and fear, newly qualified detective Kay Hunter is thrust into the middle of a fraught investigation.

Determined to make an impression on her first assignment with the murder team, and desperate to stop a cold-blooded murderer before another victim is taken, she may be in danger of risking it all before her career has even started.

A killer is out hunting tonight, and Kay could be the next target…


Cut Short by M.W. Craven

In The Killing Field, Poe and Tilly are having breakfast, wondering how to spend the rest of their holiday, when their presence is requested at a Cumbrian airfield. An airfield that, during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, was known as the killing field . . .

In Why Don’t Sheep Shrink?, a global pandemic forces Poe and Tilly to self-isolate together. Things don’t go well. They’re bickering and on the verge of falling out until Poe finds an old case file: a locked room mystery he’s been mulling over for years. Step forward, Tilly Bradshaw . . .

Dead Man’s Fingers sees Poe, Tilly and Edgar, Poe’s English springer spaniel, enjoying a picnic at a nature reserve. When Edgar chases a rabbit, and Poe and Tilly chase after him, they stumble upon a twenty-year-old mystery, a mystery that couldn’t be solved until now . . .


A Prayer for the Broken by Mark Tilbury

They promised him he’d be safe – they lied!

When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate.

As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear that he’s at the mercy of a madman.

Who can John tell when no one wants to listen?

Who can he trust when all he knows is betrayal?

A Prayer for the Broken is a story of loss, pain, and one child’s fight to escape a sadistic killer who has complete control of him.


No Fear by Casey Kelleher

She wanted to save a life. Now she must fight to save herself.

When DC Lucy Murphy meets Debra, wife of feared drug dealer Gerard Jennings, she sees a young woman in urgent need of help. Brutalised by her husband, Debra is too terrified to tell the police what she knows. But Lucy is determined to bring Gerard down – for Debra’s sake, and the safety of the Griffin Estate.

Meanwhile, after the death of one of his drug runners, Gerard is under pressure from his bosses to prove he’s still up to the job. Facing threats of violence as well as police interest, Gerard is getting desperate – and desperate men are the most dangerous of all.

As Lucy prepares to go undercover in Gerard’s gang to get the evidence she needs to arrest him, her beloved grandmother Winnie starts acting strangely. She mentions a man visiting her at night in her care home, but that makes no sense – does it?

Any distraction could prove deadly for Lucy and the people she’s trying to protect. But she has backed a vicious man into a corner, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.


Not a bad week hey. Three full length books and four short stories. Plus I’ve started another book so I’m quite happy with my lack of prgress elsewhere in my life 😉. Full week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – Midnight at Malabar House – Vaseem Khan
#Review – End Game – Matt Johnson
#Review – Holy Island – LJ Ross
#Review – Brothers In Blood – Amer Anwar
#Review – Sycamore Gap LJ Ross
#Review – A Song of Isolation – Michael J Malone
#Review – Heavenfield – LJ Ross
#Review – The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
#Review – Angel – LJ Ross
#Review – High Force – LJ Ross
#Review – Cragside – LJ Ross

Phew. Told you we were busy. Another busy week ahead as we continue to celebrate the work of LJ Ross as well as feature Louise Beech in what we are imaginatively titling Beech Week, counting down to the fifth anniversary of the paperback publication of her first book with Orenda, How To Be Brave. Still have time to fit in a blog tour though so do stop by tomorrow for a Q&A with Doug Johnstone as part of Bloody Scotland’s McIlvanney Prize celebrations.

All that is left for me to say is have a stonking week, stay safe, read plenty and I will see you on the other side, hopefully with some more interesting pictures. It’s Bloody Scotland’s online festival next week so anything is possible, right?

Jen x

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/09/20

    1. 😂 I keep going as it’s the only thing that keeps me sane I think. If I stop I’ll end up collapsing like a deflated bouncy castle. It won’t last mind 😂

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