Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update W/E 21/11/21

Well, another week bites the dust and I will be honest, I’ve done nothing. Not. been anywhere of note (small festive craft fair thing but that was about it). I worked, I almost managed to concentrate on reading, and I wrote a couple of reviews but beyond that I have nothing. OH. I took the car for an MOT. It’s first. A proud moment as it passed (hardly surprising given it’s barely moved since last year). Bought and ate junk food, got a bit stressed and itched a lot, and signed a new contract at work (so I’m officially not yet unemployed – woohoo). That’s about as exciting as my week got.

Mint hot chocolate and coffee cake – highlight of the week …

So. This week all book post was self sponsored. My copy of Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction by John Connolly arrived from Goldsboro, as did my monthly Orenda Books subscription box from Bert’s Books, this month with The Quiet People by Paul Cleave and Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver in it.

No new Netgalley titles, book buys wise I purchased Books To Die For by John Connolly and Declan Burke; No Way To Die by Tony Kent and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.

And that’s it. Even my book buying is off the boil …

Books I have read

The Strange Case of Mr Pelham by Anthony Armstrong

First published in 1957 The Strange Case of Mr Pelham is Anthony Armstrong’s masterclass in suspense, a slow-burning examination of one man’s descent into paranoia.

Filmed several times for television in both the UK for the BBC, and in the US as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Armstrong’s Pelham eventually hit the big screen in 1970 as the movie The Man Who Haunted Himself, starring Roger Moore.

Reissued here for the first time in more than half a century, this classic period piece is set to bring one of the great 20th century thriller writers to a new generation of admirers.

All For You by Louise Jensen


Lucy: Loving mother. Devoted wife. And falling to pieces.
Aidan: Dedicated father. Faithful husband. And in too deep.
Connor:Hardworking son. Loyal friend. But can never tell the truth.

Everyone in this family is hiding something, but one secret will turn out to be the deadliest of all . . .

Can this family ever recover when the truth finally comes out?

Plain Dead by Andy Maslen

Suicide or murder? DI Ford is sure there’s a killer to catch, but time is running out.

A young female soldier is found on Salisbury Plain, her throat cut and a bloody knife in her dead hand. Everyone assumes that she killed herself. But something doesn’t feel right to DI Ford; the whole scene seems staged. Convinced of foul play, and despite fierce opposition from the army brass and his own superiors, Ford launches a murder investigation.

Years on from his wife’s death, Ford is still struggling with guilt and whether or not to tell his son the truth about what really happened. When his CSI partner confronts him about the tragedy, he knows he has to confess sooner or later. But the living can wait; the dead are calling. With the victim’s regiment due to deploy to Somalia, taking any suspects and evidence with them, Ford has just days to apprehend the killer.

His career on the line and his relationship with his son in the balance, Ford has to work fast if he is going to bring justice to the dead—and closure to the living.

A full week on the blog kept us busy – recap below:

#Review – For Any Other Truth – Denzil Meyrick
#Review – The Quiet People – Paul Cleave – Jen’s Thoughts
#Review – The Quiet People – Paul Cleave – Mandie’s Thoughts
#Review – Many Deadly Returns – 21 Years of Murder Squad
#Review – The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto
#Review – From The Dark We Rise – Marion Kummerow
#Review – Poetic Justice – Mark Tilbury

The week ahead is a mixture of blog tours and regular reviews, starting today with Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver and on Wednesday No Way To Die by Tony Kent.

That’s my week in a nutshell. Can’t guarantee next. week will be any more exciting but you new know, right?

Have a wonderfully bookish week. I will be mostly prepping my #bookvent countdown.

Jen x