A Year Of Orenda – The First Quarter Review

I cannot believe that our Year of Orenda is over. But what a year it has been. Twelve months gone – 107 books featured because I snuck in a last minute review of Winterkill, the brand new Ari Thór novel from Ragnar Jónasson. but we have shared far more than 107 reviews as some of the books I read, Mandie couldn’t resist reading too. And who can blame her, right? We may not have managed to do everything we wanted this year, Covid put paid to everything after the Roadshows way back in February/March time, and plans changed more times than I could count, but we’ve still had fun. So here is how our year panned out:

Total books featured – 107
(105 paperback and 2 ebooks)
Total Reviews – 127
Feature Posts – 19

Total Orenda Books Read
Jen – 111
Mandie – 65 (from just 4 at the start of the year!!!)

Not too shabby huh? So how did the first quarter pan out and what brilliant books did we review? Well read on and you can trace back our journey through the wonderful world of Orenda.


Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
The Home by Sarah Stovell
Hydra by Matt Wesolowski
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone
The Last Resort by Steph Broadribb
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Blue Night by Simone Buchholz
The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Liverpool
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Warwick


The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Edinburgh
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – London
The Orenda Roadshow Memories – Birmingham

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Beast by Matt Wesolowski
Beast by Matt Wesolowski (Mandie)
Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross
Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
Overkill by Vanda Symon
Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst
The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon
Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz
Deep Dirty Truth. by Steph Broadribb

The Orenda Roadshow – Glasgow
The Orenda Roadshow – Stockton
The Orenda Roadshow – The Wirrall
The Orenda Roadshow – Southwell
The Orenda Roadshow – Penarth


Inborn by Thomas Enger
Containment by Vanda Symon
The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty
The Evolution of Fear by Paul E. Hardisty
Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Absolution by Paul E. Hardisty
Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross
Block 46 by Johanna Gustawsson
Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb
Keeper by Johanna Gustawsson
Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz
Blood Song by Johanna Gustawsson

Quite an impressive start to the year and we are both all the richer for it. We’ll be back with a quarter two round up tomorrow.

Jen and Mandie