Rewind, recap: Weekly Update W/E 24/10/21

Another week bites the dust. Been a little more productive this week, at least with my reading. Managed to complete three books – go me – and a bunch of reviews so that’s all good. Even managed to find time and motivation to go for a couple of walks this week, so that’s good too. Lots going on at the moment on a professional level and it is taking its toll. But, hey. Tomorrow is another day and next Sunday we all (in the UK) get an extra hour in bed so bonus.

I’ve had a few bits of book post this week too. First up was my preordered copy of You Need Me by Sharon Bairden from Red Dog Press. I also received an ARC of Good Cop Bad Cop by Simon Kernick ahead of next month’s blog tour from publisher Headline. Treated myself to a copy of Billy Connolly’s Autobiography, Windswept and Interesting, too. I had some left over vouchers from Christmas and between that and the retailer discount, a £25 book cost me £5 in the end. Bargain. Really looking forward to reading that one. And my monthly Berts books subscription arrived – The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen and Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurdardottir. I have both so will be using these as gifts/giveaways over the coming months.

ARC wise I received copies of Poetic Justice by Mark Tilbury from the author, and Nowhere to Run by James Oswald from Netgalley. Ordered a few books this week too – I must be getting better. Preorders of The Midnight Lock by Jeffery Deaver; Unhinged by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst and Shattered Bones by Kate Bendelow. Plus orders of Definitely Dead by Kate Bendelow and The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James. Not my biggest buy week, but not my smallest either. Baby steps

Books I have read

The Midnight Lock by Jeffery Deaver

A killer without limits
He comes into your home at night. He watches you as you sleep. He waits. 

A city in turmoil
He calls himself ‘The Locksmith’. No door can keep him out. No security system can catch him. And now he’s about to kill. 

A race against time to stop him
Nobody in New York is safe. Now it’s up to Lincoln Rhyme to untangle the web of evidence and catch him.

But with Lincoln under investigation himself, and tension in the city at boiling point, time is running out…

Poetic Justice by Mark Tilbury

Five twisted tales of murder and revenge.

Time doesn’t heal; it just incubates old wounds.

Lucy’s return – No one remembers Lucy at the school reunion, but she remembers them. Especially one boy who made her life hell, and now she’s going to do the same to him.

The Tallyman – Donna is in debt, and the loan shark is making her life unbearable, with increasingly vile demands when she can’t make her payments. But her elderly neighbour, Elsie, has the perfect solution to get rid of the tallyman once and for all.

Last Orders – Jeff Tully’s wife has left him. Trying to run his pub single-handedly, he increasingly turns to his barmaid, Alyson, for help. But when Alyson tells him of her own troubles, they hatch a plan to get rid of Alyson’s violent, abusive husband. But will Jeff live to regret he ever got involved with his barmaid?

Ballad of the Unsung Hero – Retired shopkeeper Jennifer Price is at her wits end. Her husband Kenneth thinks more of his fishing than he does of her. But when she meets the man of her dreams at a spiritual church, Jennifer is hell-bent on getting her man – whatever it takes.

Private Museum – Mandy Rostron never thought she’d find love again at seventy-two, but in Anton Smyth she’s found the perfect gentleman. Or so she thinks. Anton has some very dark secrets in his basement, or his Private Museum as he calls it, and Mandy is about to discover the truth about the man of her dreams.

Good Cop Bad Cop by Simon Kernick

Undercover cop Chris Sketty became a hero when he almost died trying to stop the most brutal terror attack in UK history. With the suspects either dead or missing, the real motive remains a mystery.

But someone is convinced Sketty is a liar.
A criminal mastermind.
A murderer.

Blackmailed into revealing the truth, Sketty will share a twisting tale of betrayal, deception and murder…with a revelation so shocking that nothing will be the same again.

There you have it, my bookish week in a slightly larger nutshell. Very full week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – The Death Knock – Elodie Harper
#Review – Hollywood Bilker – Leopold Borstinksi
#Review – Assassins Rogue – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – The Lost Boy – Rachel Amphlett
#Press Release – Capital Crime Announces Amazon New Voices Winner 2021
#Review – Facets of Death – Michael Stanley
#Review – The Relentless Tide – Denzil Meyrick
#Review – One Last Dram Before Midnight – Denzil Meyrick

Phew. Hadn’t realised we had quite that much planned last week … whoops. Pretty full on this week too, to be fair. Just the two blog tours though – The Last Time She Died by Zoë Sharp today and The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen on Wednesday. Plenty of other reviews as well though for some very excellent books, so do check them out.

Well I hope you all have a very lovely and book filled week. My week is expected to be … interesting. I’ll either be happy or not by next weekend – such is life. But I have some excellent books to read either way so all is good.

Happy reading.

Jen x

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly Update W/E 24/10/21

  1. Good to hear that you are finding ways to cope with the stress of your working life, it’s really tough to be in a situation over which you have no control. But as you say, tomorrow is another day. My favourite mantra in circumstances like this is “no condition is permanent” – however bad I’m feeling now, will pass.

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