Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 10/01/21

Well. Another week, another round of changes for everyone to come to grips with. I’m taking it in my stride as much as possible. Nothing that has happened in the UK over the past week has been especially unexpected. Saddening, yes. Unexpected, no. Back into lockdown, the only difference this time is that we all know what to expect and I have half a hundredweight of leftover Christmas chocolate if I ever find myself right in the doldrums. It does mean that I really haven’t done anything of note, other than read books, but maybe that is enough. Aside from a small stress rash (work related) I’m pretty okay at the moment, but it has only been six days and, comparatively speaking, I have nothing to complain about. Rather than colleagues of the day, I’ve decided to take some time looking back over my journeys and holidays of the past to remind myself of what in have to look forward to when we come out the other side. I hope that everyone else is finding a way to muddle through.

#lockdownjourneys #travelwithoutmoving

In spite of being back at work (boo hiss), I’ve actually had a good week, reading wise at least. Four books read! I know. And I wasn’t really trying. Bookwise it has been quiet but lovely on the post front. On Monday I received a signed copy of The Shrine, by and from the lovely LJ Ross. TUesday and my purchase copy of An Eye For And Eye by Carol Wyer arrived and on Friday I received some unexpected post in the shape of Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott. Quality all around right there. No new Netgalley books – go me – and purchases were limited to Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie; Girl A by Abigail Dean (preorder); The C Word, a short story anthology raising money for the NHS Together Charities and Troy by Stephen Fry.

Books I have read

The Art Of Death by David Fennell

London’s latest art installation is a real killer . . .

An underground artist leaves three glass cabinets in Trafalgar Square that contain a gruesome installation: the corpses of three homeless men.

With the artist promising more to follow, newly-promoted Detective Inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, must race against time to follow what few clues have been left by a savvy killer.

As more bodies are exhibited at London landmarks and live streamed on social media, Archer and Quinn’s pursuit of the elusive killer becomes a desperate search.

But when Archer discovers that the killer might be closer than she originally thought – she realises that he has his sights set firmly on her . . .

He is creating a masterpiece. And she will be the star of his show.

Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz

Chastity Riley and her friends are held hostage in a hotel bar by twelve armed men set on revenge, in a searing, breathtakingly original new thriller from the ‘Queen of Krimi‘.

Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a man whose life – and family – have been destroyed by Hoogsmart’s actions.

With the police looking on from outside – their colleagues’ lives at stake – and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation … and a devastating outcome for the team … all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.

Crackling with energy and populated by a cast of unforgettable characters, Hotel Cartagena is a searing, stunning thriller that will leave you breathless.

Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott

XDon’t fight him. He’ll win.

Run. Never let him find you.

I thought I was safe here, but I’m not. I’ve stayed too long. Now Genevieve is dead, and the police are on their way. It’s time for me to go.

I must stick to the plan – the one I made the day I arrived in this city. My bag is packed. It always is. I will destroy every shred of evidence of my existence. The police must never find me. If they do, so will he. 

I made a mistake, and someone had to die. But I’m the one who has truly lost her life.

I need to make a choice. If I keep running, I’ll never stop. If I go back, he will make me suffer. 

How many lives can one person ruin?

Song of the Psychopath by Mark Tilbury (cover to be revealed)

A year after going missing from home, Tommy Scarlett is found unconscious in an isolated country road. He has a fractured skull, broken wrist, and numerous other injuries. Recovering in hospital, Tommy has no recollection of the past. He doesn’t even recognize his own family.

After returning home, Tommy suffers severe headaches and acute depression. Desperate to help him, his father puts him into the care of a private therapist. But Tommy soon learns his troubles are far from over.

As the past is slowly unlocked, it becomes increasingly clear that Tommy has suffered an ordeal so horrendous it beggars belief. And those responsible are determined to silence him by any means possible.

Can Tommy find out what really happened to him and bring those responsible to justice?

Or will the past finally catch up with him and finish him off for good ?

As I said, I’m happy with that. Much better than I expected. And I even wrote a few reviews up as well. Go me. Full enough week on the blog with the recap below:

#Review – Cuthbert’s Way – LJ Ross
#Review – The Fourth Man – Kjell Ola Dahl
#Review – The Coffinmaker’s Garden – Stuart MacBride
#Review – The Last Thing To Burn – Will Dean
#Review – Hinton Hollow Death Trip – Will Carver

The week ahead is full as well, weekends excluded as we need some down time after all. Blog tours for Leopold Borstinski’s Alex Cohen series today, The Lake House by Christie Barlow tomorrow and What I Did by Kate Bradley on Friday.

I hope you all manage to have a peaceful and safe week wherever you are. I think the whole world deserves a little more sanity than we’ve been witnessing of late. I’m back to the review writing and the book reading with a hope of having nearly as productive a week this week as last. Whether or not I’ve finally beaten my slump or not, I don’t know, but for now I’m enjoying the books and that is all that counts.

See you next week.

Jen x

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