Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/12/20

Another week, another … well week. That’s about all I can say about it. I worked. I slept. Badly. I saw a nice sunrise. I developed a stye (stress combined with lack of proper sleep I guess). Didn’t amount to much and cleared up in a couple of days but still annoying. I bought chocolate. I gave chocolate away. I celebrated the reopening of the town’s cheesecake shop (now with added cafe – bonus) by treating and and Mandie’s family to a cheesecake each (it’s okay they are only small), and I bought a couple of books. Didn’t even take pictures of colleagues of the day as I was too distracted. It was one of those weeks. Did put my christmas tree up though …

How was your week? Better than mine I hope. Didn’t even manage to really read any books, although the two I did read were fab. Well, I say two, but one was a novella so really it was one and an eighth. Yep. I know. Slacker. In my defence, I have been busy preparing all my wind up posts for the end of the year, as well as my final bookvents and a few other little side project type things so I haven’t been slacking really. Just … not reading. I did receive some cracking books though – mostly self sponsored – but they are beautiful.

My copy of The Dictionary Of Crime by Amanda Lees arrived on Monday – lovely stuff. I also finally got my hands on my copy of First Edition, the collection of short stories by various authors to celebrate 21 years of Goldsboro Books. And on Thursday I received my pre-ordered copy of Out For Blood by Deborah Masson.

As if that wasn’t enough, the. signed copy of Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson arrived from Coles Books and a proof of Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner turned up courtesy of Century. Not a bad week really, all things considered.

Purchase wise I was quite reserved. I bought a copy of The Open House by Sam Carrington and placed a few pre-orders but as the books haven’t been officially ‘revealed’ yet, I’ll say no more. Two new Netgalley books, but one is for a tour, so forgivable. The other is pure self indulgence lol. The Judas Horse by Lynda La Plante and One Half Truth by Eva Dolan.

Books I have read

Blood On Snow by Rachel Amphlett

Christmas time can be murder…

A suburban housewife is found dead in her garden.

There is no weapon, no witnesses, and the only set of footprints belong to her cat.

Probationary detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are convinced it’s murder – but how can they find a killer when there are no clues?

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman with more regrets than belongings who spends her life doing what no one else will: searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings Frankie to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier.

Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own. And she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered.

But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing will be her …

So that was the sum total of my weekly reading endeavours. Not so good, huh? Busy. week on the blog though with plenty of reviews and, of course, bookvent.

#Review. – Snowblind – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 7 – The Big Chill – Doug Johnstone
#Review – Nightblind – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 8 – The Less Dead – Denise Mina
#Review – Blackout – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 9 – Midnight at Malabar House – Vaseem Khan
#Review – Rupture – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 10 – The Life We Almost Had. – Amelia Henley
#Review – Whiteout – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 11 – The Coral Bride – Roxanne Bouchard
#Review – Winterkill – Ragnar Jonasson
#Bookvent – Day 12 – Deadly Cry – Angela Marsons
#Review – Blood On Snow – Rachel Amphlett
#Bookvent – Day 13 – The Game. – Luca Veste

Phew … I’m tired just listing the posts. We round out our reviewing year this week with the final two Year of Orenda posts and a few other catch up reviews. No tours though. I think we deserve a break … I’ll continue my #bookvent countdown and we hear from Mandie on her books of the year and her very special challenge in a very special year. Do stop by.

Have a brilliant week all. I’ll see you same time next week, hopefully with a few more reads under my belt (or off my kindle)

Jen x

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