Rewind, recap: Weekly update W/E 29/08/21

Okay. So can we just hold on one second? Tomorrow is the end of August. Tomorrow!! How in the hell has that happened? Where did the month go? Hell, where is the year going? Less than four months until Christmas, although if you have any sense and you live in the UK right now, I’d probably be planning to have Christmas sometime in the next six to eight weeks whilst we a) can still get food and b) aren’t (hopefully) back in lockdown … Maybe we should be racing onward to 2022 after all … 😳

How has your week been, anyway? I managed a 10k walk on Saturday, a good 5k yesterday and by the time this post is published today will be most of the way through another 10k today. We took in the Deer Park at Attingham over the weekend, first time in ages, and it was lovely to see them all out and about enjoying the nice weather. We’re always in and out early when we go to avoid the crowds, but it’s the best time for the deer too. Lovely times. Did a bit of reading, but probably not enough so I’m hoping to get a bit more read this afternoon too. 145 books read this year so far. Not too shabby, but so many more I want to read too so I need far more days than I have lol.

A bit of a strange week for me as up to Saturday I had bought no books at all 😱, had no book post (less unusual) and had only the one book from Netgalley – The Family Lie by P.L. Kane. Purchase wise, up until Saturday, I’d ordered only two books. One order order, one preorder. Sunday I took that total up to five with a purchase of two more books. I ordered a copy of 30 Second Forensic Science by Prof. Sue Black which I am awaiting delivery of as I type this, and a signed copy of Ann Cleeves upcoming Two Rivers title, The Heron’s Cry. I added to this with a kindle cpy of The Unwilling by John Hart and a signed copy of A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz that I bought whilst out shopping yesterday. Not really any better in terms of books read either. Just three. And that is it. My week in books … I’m not ill, I’m just kind of … meh. Not about the books, they were tidy. It’s all about me.

Books I have read

A Rattle of Bones by Douglas Skelton

In 1752, Seamus a’Ghlynne, James of the Glen, was executed for the murder of government man Colin Campbell. He was almost certainly innocent.

When banners are placed at his gravesite claiming that his namesake, James Stewart, is innocent of murder, reporter Rebecca Connolly smells a story. The young Stewart has been in prison for ten years for the brutal murder of his lover, lawyer and politician Murdo Maxwell, in his Appin home. Rebecca soon discovers that Maxwell believed he was being followed prior to his murder and his phones were tapped.

Why is a Glasgow crime boss so interested in the case? As Rebecca keeps digging, she finds herself in the sights of Inverness crime matriarch Mo Burke, who wants payback for the damage caused to her family in a previous case.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, A Rattle of Bones is a tale of injustice and mystery, and the echo of the past in the present.


Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden

Lucas Findlay thinks he has struck gold when he marries Rebecca, but she married him for one reason only – to destroy him.

TRAUMA RUNS DEEP
When her past comes back to haunt her, Rebecca begins to disconnect from herself and the world around her. As secrets are unearthed, she begins to fear for her sanity… and her life.
TRUTH WILL OUT
With her world unravelling around her, Rebecca clings to her determination to make Lucas pay, whatever the cost.
FORGIVE HIS SINS
But someone must pay for the sins of the father…

A chilling page-turner from a sharp new Scottish voice.


A Deadly Trace by Michael Stanley

The second in the fantastic crime series, featuring connoisseur Assistant Superintendant David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Police Force.

When a mutilated body is found at a tourist camp in northern Botswana, the corpse displays the classic signs of a revenge killing. But when fingerprints are analysed Detective ‘Kubu’ makes a shocking discovery: the victim is already dead. He was slain in the Rhodesian war thirty ago.

Kubu soon realises that nothing at the camp is as it seems. And as the guests are picked off one by one, time is running out. With rumours of horrifying war crimes, the scent of a drug-smuggling trail and mounting pressure from his superiors to contend with, Kubu forgets there is one door left unguarded – his own. And as he sets a trap to find a murderer, the hunters are closing in on him…


I guess three books is not a bad total in a week. I do work full time too and there were no audio books this week. Busy week blog with though with a heck of a lot of blog tours and a few bonus posts too.

#Review – Camp Death by Jim Ody
#Review – No Honour – Awais Khan (Jen)
#Review – Resilience – Bogdan Hrib
#Review – No Honour – Awais Khan (Mandie)
#Review – Murder In The Village – Lisa Cutts
#Review – The War Child – Renita D’Silva
#Review – Missing – Erin Kinsley
#Review – Ouija – Zoë-Lee O’Farrell
#Review – The Cove – LJ Ross (Jen)
#Review – The Cove – LJ Ross. (Mandie)

A full week ahead again with three blog tour reviews. This week Mandie has reviews of Ouija by Zoë-Lee O’Farrell and Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds, while I’ll be sharing my thoughts on The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves.

And that’s it. My week in a huge nutshell. I’m only in work three days this week so my week is looking pretty good already 😉

Have a wonderfully bookish week.

Jen x