Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update W/E 16/01/22

Another week passes us by and that means we are now 1/26 of the way through 2022. Strange thought, huh? Easter chocolate is well and truly in the shops – I know because I bought an Orange Malteser Bunny the other day – and my perusing bookish websites to determine what books I should be preordering this year has picked up. Situation normal over at Jen Med’s then. My reading has also picked up. I can only put it down to my perverse love of being busy and under pressure as I’m really busy at work, long hours, none stop, no idea what I am doing and yet my concentration is as good as it has been in months. And my resting heart rate is apparently slowing, going down from sentey something to 65 and reducing daily. Apparently, at least in the world according to Fitbit, this means (for my advancing years) my cardio fitness is average to good. Not bad for a short, fat, fitness averse oldie. I’ll take it.

Birds and bunnies. What a week.

Two bits of self sponsored book post this week. Signed copies of The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett and No Way To Die by Tony Kent. Bother very pretty. 😍

Other orders and books in the week include a preorder of New Beginnings At The Old Bakehouse by Christie Barlow, part of the love Heart Lane series, and an advance copy of The Taste Of Copper, the new Tyler and Mills story from Mark L. Fowler which is expected to be out in February. There were two other books which I ordered, but not sure they have been announced by the publisher yet, so I’ll talk about them later. No new books from Netgalley. Quite a quiet week for me really. And after all my talk of perusing pre-orders too. (Trust me – I have over £200 of book orders in waiting already …)

Books I have read

Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker


A nightmare jolts Debs awake. She leaves the kids tucked up in their beds and goes downstairs. There’s a man in her kitchen, holding a knife. But it’s not an intruder. This is her husband Marc, the father of her children. A man she no longer recognises.

Once their differences were what drew them together, what turned them on. Him, the ex-army officer from a good family. Her, the fitness instructor who grew up over a pub. But now these differences grate to the point of drawing blood. Marc screams in his sleep. And Debs hardly knows the person she’s become, or why she lets him hurt her.

Neither of them is completely innocent. Neither is totally guilty. Marc is taller, stronger, and more vicious, haunted by a war he can’t forget. But he has no idea what Debs is capable of when her children’s lives are at stake…

A powerful exploration of a relationship built on passion, poisoned by secrets and violence. Perfect for readers of Blood Orange and Big Little Lies.

One For Sorrow by Helen Fields

One for sorrow, two for joy
Edinburgh is gripped by the greatest terror it has ever known. A lone bomber is targeting victims across the city and no one is safe.
Three for a girl, four for a boy
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach face death every day – and not just the deaths of the people being taken hostage by the killer.

Five for silver, six for gold
When it becomes clear that with every tip-off they are walking into a trap designed to kill them too, Ava and Luc know that finding the truth could mean paying the ultimate price.

Seven for a secret never to be told…
But with the threat – and body count – rising daily, and no clue as to who’s behind it, neither Ava nor Luc know whether they will live long enough to tell the tale…

With twists and turns you’ll never see coming, prepare to be gripped by this devastatingly good thriller. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and MJ Arlidge.

I also managed to read The Taste of Copper but the cover and blurb for this are not yet available so I’ll update that when I have them. That makes 3 books read this week and 8 books so far in January so not a bad start at all. I’m 45% into an audiobook too – Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden – which I’m really enjoying.

Full enough week on the blog with all week days taken up with reviews. Recap below:

#Review – Her Perfect Twin – Sarah Bonner
#Review – Save Her – Abigail Osborne
#Review – Demon – Matt Wesolowski – Jen’s Thoughts
#Review – Demon – Matt Wesolowski – Mandie’s Thoughts
#Review – One Step Too Far – Lisa Gardner
#Review – The Beachcomber & The Man Cave – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – Call Me Mummy – Tina Baker

Seven reviews in five days. We are being very productive somehow. Totally not planned or expected – just happening. A surprisingly full week of blog tours this week – five in fact. Glad we’re slowing down lol. First up Mandie reviews Debbie Rix’s The German Wife and later in the week The Engine House by Rhys Dylan. I have reviews of The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett and Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow, plus we both have. reviews of Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalesen. Busy, busy, busy.

So that was my week. How was yours? Hope it was full of fun and plenty of books. I’m looking forward to devouring a few more this week. Highly unlikely I will keep up the ‘book every two days’ pace, but I’m going to have fun trying. Read some absolute crackers already this year and there is plenty more to come.

Have a fabulous week.

Jen x