Rewind, recap: Weekly update W/E 10/10/21

Well, that’s another week gone. Not sure where. Not even sure how, but it’s history. Very busy week at work has meant little energy for anything else, including reading, so I’m actually very impressed that I actually managed to read any books, and thankful that those I did were winners. Starting to feel like a broken record these days. Or at least a pretty banged up one. Managed a trip out to Shrewsbury though so that was nice. But of a walk along the river, spot of shopping and a couple of coffee pit stops. Could be worse.

It was a bit of a slow week from a book perspective. I had a lovely book box from Avon ahead of their special #allaboutavon showcase on Wednesday including gifted copies of The Arctic Curry Club by Dani Redd and A Spoonful of Murder by J.M. Hall. Looking forward to reading both of those.

One Netgalley title. – The Cold Killer by Ross Greenwood, which is for a blog tour in early December. Buy wise I picked up a couple of audiobooks – The Nameless Ones by John Connolly and The Spirit Engineer by A. J West. I was also gifted a copy of The Commandments by Óskar Guðmundsson in readiness for the November blog tour.

And that’s it. A pretty quiet week for me.

Books I have read

No Way To Die by Tony Kent

A deadly threat. A ghost from the past. And time is running out…

When traces of a radioactive material are found alongside a body in Key West, multiple federal agencies suddenly descend on the crime scene. This is not just an isolated murder: a domestic terrorist group is ready to bring the US government to its knees.

The threat hits close to home for Agent Joe Dempsey when he discovers a personal connection to the group. With his new team member, former Secret Service agent Eden Grace, Dempsey joins the race to track down the terrorists’ bomb before it’s too late. But when their mission falls apart, he is forced to turn to the most unlikely of allies: an old enemy he thought he had buried in his past.

Now, with time running out, they must find a way to work together to stop a madman from unleashing horrifying destruction across the country.

The Commandments by Óskar Guðmundsson.

Óskar Guðmundsson is the kick-ass breath of fresh air that Icelandic crime fiction has been waiting for – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Former detective Salka Steinsdóttir finds herself unwillingly pitched into the toughest investigation of her life, just as she returns to the tranquil north of Iceland to recover from a personal trauma.

The victim is someone she had pursued earlier in her career – and had never been able to pin down. Now a killer has taken the law into their own hands and meted out brutal retribution for ancient crimes.

Salka is faced with tracking down the murderer of a stalwart of the church and the community, a man whose reputation stretches deep into the past, and even into the police team tasked with solving the case.

As the killer prepares to strike again, Salka and her team search for the band of old friends who could be either killers or victims – or both.

A bestseller in Iceland, The Commandments asks many challenging questions as it takes on some highly controversial issues.

Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late

Three books again. I’ll take that. I’d only finished one by Friday so … Not the book’s fault. I am just too tired to read. Hate it when that happens. Busy enough. week on the blog with a full house of reviews and an impromptu cover reveal. Recap below:

#Review – The Sound of Violet – Allen Wolf
#Review – Rush of Blood – Mark Billingham
#Review – Cold Justice – Ant Middleton
#Review – A Death In The Family – Michael Stanley
#Cover Reveal – A Life for a Life – Carol Wyer
#Review – The Rat Stone Serenade – Denzil Meyrick

And that’s it. Not the most prolific or exciting of weeks – when are they ever really? But I survived it, that’s something. Another full week of reviews with blog tour posts this week for Bad Apples by Will Dean today and Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurdardóttir tomorrow.

Well – back to it. More reading to do and some amazing sounding books at that. Hope you all have a fab week of reading and bookish fun. I’ll leave you with the images that sum up my weekend. Life could be worse, right?

Jen x