Rewind, recap, Weekly Update w/e 11/04/21

And another week’s gone … Didn’t do a lot. And by that, I mean that I really did not do a lot. If I hadn’t managed to listen to two audiobooks during the week there would be next to no point in even writing this post – it’s really been one of those weeks. Highlights this week were collecting a box of covid home tests from the local test centre, having a couple of new doors fitted, and finding Cadbury Orange Dairy Milk and Perky Nana bars, plus buying some Haribo Hippo Milks which are apparently in a ‘share size’ bag. I just don’t think that Haribo really understand their customer base at all …


So I had one unexpected bit of book post this week and two ebooks sent to me. The book post was a copy of The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave from Viper Books. The ebooks were Rachel’s Story from and by Leigh Russell and Substitute from SJI Holliday. Looking forward to reading all of those. Two new netgalley titles – The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell and The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan. Not too many books but all very exciting as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Book buys were very limited this week. A preorder of a hardback copy of The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen and Because Of You by. DAwn French. As I write this I am still very tempted by a couple of books from the Locked Up Festival 2 but if I do buy them, I’ll let you know next week.

Books I have read

Because of You by. Dawn French

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond . . .

Because of You is the remarkably poignant story perfect for every Dawn French fan, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.

Cold Hearts by Gunnar Staalesen

On a frosty January day in Bergen, Private Detective Varg Veum is visited by a prostitute. Her friend Margrethe has disappeared and hasn’t been seen for days. Before her disappearance, something had unsettled her: she’d turned away a customer and returned to the neighbourhood in terror.

Shortly after taking the case, Veum is confronted with a brutal, uneasy reality. He soon finds the first body – and it won’t be the last either. His investigation leads him into a dark subculture where corrupted idealism has had deadly consequences.

Dead Secret by Noelle Holten

Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…

DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help.

Then another case hits Maggie’s desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek.

That’s when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.

Every family may hide secrets, but not every family buries them…

That was it. Three books but really only because of the audiobooks. I can blame the Locked Up Festival for part of that as I was fully immersed in it for most of the weekend (Thursday to Saturday) but I freely admit that I struggled this week. I am forty percent through another books I hope to finish today, but forty percent is not yet read. I’ve been a little under the weather which explains a bit, but I’ve also just not been feeling it. Reckon I ‘over read’ last month and have nothing left in the reading tank. Full week on the blog though – recap below.

#Review – Judas Horse – Lynda La Plante
#Review – The Shrine – LJ Ross
#Review – Shallow Ground – Andy Maslen
#Review – Reconciliation For The Dead – Paul E. Hardisty
#Review – Twist. – Mark L Fowler
#Review – Land Rites – Andy Maslen

A mixture of reviews for the week ahead but we do have three tours this week. The Source by Sarah Sultoon; The Whispers by Heidi Perks and Amalie by E. J. Wood.

I’m heading back to the books to see if I can relocate my missing mojo. If all else fails I do have hippos …

Have a fabulous week all.

Jen x

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