Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/09/20

Well if you have come here today looking for pretty pictures, make the most of it. Since arriving back from holiday on Monday I have done nothing exciting. Very little at all in fact apart from wallow, so I have the remaining pictures from Northumberland, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and not a lot else to offer. I couldn’t even get my head in the reading game, believe it or not, so even that might prove a real disappointment to the pure bibliophiles. I mean, I read, just not a lot.

So how has your week been. I’ve been completely immersed in work and whilst last weekend’s break was welcomed, it now feels like a lifetime ago. The countdown to Christmas begins. Yes. I said the C word. And no. I’m not even sorry. I’ve been so busy I’ve not even had time to think about colleague of the day, but I did have one. Or several actually.

Colleagues of the day.

A good week book wise. Three bits of book post in one envelope – lovely stuff – and one book I ordered for myself. It was definitely a week of Orenda this week as the three proofs were Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen, which also landed on my kindle on Friday; Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson and There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross. My ordered book was the paperback copy of The Creak on the Stairs by Ava Björg Ægisdottir. Lovely to be quoted on the inside cover of the book too.

Two new Netgalley titles this week: Fragile by Sarah Hilary and The Open House by Sam Carrington. Looking forward to getting stuck into those.

Quite a quiet week for me all things considered lol.

Books I have read

Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten

A murdered woman…

When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer.  The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else.  Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.

A determined detective…

Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger.  Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls? 

Can Maggie find the depraved killer?  Or will Kate become his next living doll?

Pulpit Rock by Kate Rhodes

As the scorching summer sun beats down on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, DI Ben Kitto and his team are training for the annual Swimathon, until they discover a body hanging from Pulpit Rock, dressed in a bridal gown.

An obsessive killer is hunting for female victims. Kitto has no choice but to stop anyone leaving St Mary’s, but soon another woman is attacked.

The killer must be a trusted member of the community. Kitto’s investigation is being watched closely, the killer always one step ahead, as the next victim is chosen . . .


The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine

As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb…

DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey.
But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow.
As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next….
Can James stop the killer before they strike again.

The first in a new series, Alex Pine has written a dark, atmospheric crime novel, set in a snowed-in Cumbrian village, for fans of Val McDermid, Ross Greenwood and LJ Ross.

I know. Three books isn’t bad. I just feel like I should have read more. It’s been a tough week for concentration. Busy week on the blog though. Recap below:

#Review – City of Spies – Mara Timon
#Review – Borderlands – LJ Ross
#Review – The Last Stage – Louise Voss
#Review – Ryan’s Christmas – LJ Ross
#Review – The Life We Almost had – Amelia Henley
#Review – The Shrine – LJ Ross
#Review – The Rhino Conspiracy – Peter Hain
#Review – The Seven Doors – Agnes Ravatn
#Review – Impostor – LJ Ross
#Review – Stone Cold Trouble – Amer Anwar
#Review – Hysteria – LJ Ross
#Review – Bedlam – LJ Ross

I’m back to the reviewing now. Only eight to catch up on. Easy peasy 😳. The week ahead is pretty full, although not as full as the last few have been. Good job. I can’t keep up! Two blog tours this week for The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen and Playdate by Alex Dahl. along with a mix of other reviews and the like.

Hope you all have a wonderful week full of whatever you love the most. I’m off out for what might be the last night out of the year later. Possibly too early to tell but I think it might just be safest to hibernate. I’m also going for my flu jab just before it so if I am absent for a few days it is because I am feeling very sorry for myself and am probably curled up in a corner with a book and some comfort food. At least that will be my excuse when I get weighed at fat club mid-week …

See you all soon.

Jen x

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/09/20

    1. Yeah. Do not envy you. Am dreading the day that starts up around here but doubt it will be long as our cases are on the rise. That heavens I have a lot of books to read!


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