Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update w/e 13/03/22

You will ever believe it. I almost don’t. I had a day off and it went to plan. No rain, made it safely to London and back, and did everything I planned to do. And I took some pictures. Who knew … A lovely day, and a thought provoking one as Mandie and I headed over the the Docklands area to visit the Titanic Exhibition. Really well organised and (aside from a little annoyance about the rather peculiar pronunciations of the narrator at times), an enjoyable and moving experience. We followed this up with cake, plenty of coffee, and some walking, as well as the odd book purchase or two … Well. Why not?

A blue sky kind of day.

Book wise, I’ve not had any book post this week, and only one book from Netgalley – Imran Mahmood’s All I Said Was True which is out this summer. A few pre-orders and kindle purchases may have slipped through this week ;). Follow Me To The Edge by Tariq Ashkanani, and A Mother’s War by Mollie Walton – both of which were quite frankly at ridiculously low prices at time of purchase. I also bagged a copy of A Litter Of Bones by J.D. Kirk, although I admit it will take a time to catch up with the whole series … And I slipped in a pre-order of the next Colter Shaw novel from Jeffery Deaver, Hunting Time.

I purchase a few physical books in the week too. Couldn’t resist as too pretty or too much of a bargain. I bought special edition copies of Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson; The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola and Gallant by V.E. Schwab. I also bought a signed copy of All That Lives by James Oswald and a special anniversary edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child. And because I’ve been eyeing them up all week, and they were complete bargains, I’ve treated myself to hardback copies of The Maid by Nita Prose and Reputation by Sarah Vaughan

Pretty happy with all of those purchases. Some beauties in there and I’m looking forward to reading the ones I still have to catch up on.

Books I have read

The Dark Flood by Deon Meyer

‘The undisputed champion of South African crime’ – Wilbur Smith

One last chance. Almost fired for insubordination, detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido find themselves demoted, exiled from the elite Hawks unit and dispatched to the leafy streets of Stellenbosch. Working a missing persons report on student Callie de Bruin is not the level of work they are used to, but it’s all they get. And soon, it takes a dangerous, deeply disturbing turn.

One last chance. Stellenbosch is beautiful, but its economy has been ruined by one man. Jasper Boonstra and his gigantic corporate fraud have crashed the local property market, just when estate agent Sandra Steenberg desperately needs a big sale. Bringing up twins and supporting her academic husband, she is facing disaster. Then she gets a call. From Jasper Boonstra, fraudster, sexual predator and owner of a superb property worth millions, even now.

For Sandra, the stakes are high and about to get way higher.

For Benny Griessel, clinging to sobriety and the relationship that saved his life, the truth about Callie can only lead to more trouble.

Taut with intrigue, murder and suspense, exploding with action and excitement, The Dark Flood is a masterpiece from the author of Trackers and The Last Hunt.

Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough

In the dead of night, madness lies…

Emma can’t sleep.


It’s been like this since her big 4-0 started getting closer.


Her mother stopped sleeping just before her 40th birthday too. She went mad and did the unthinkable because of it.


Is that what’s happening to Emma?


No Less The Devil by Stuart MacBride


‘We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.’

It’s been seventeen months since the Bloodsmith butchered his first victim and Operation Maypole is still no nearer to catching him. The media is whipping up a storm, the top brass are demanding results, but the investigation is sinking fast.

Now isn’t the time to get distracted with other cases, but Detective Sergeant Lucy McVeigh doesn’t have much choice. When Benedict Strachan was just eleven, he hunted down and killed a homeless man. No one’s ever figured out why Benedict did it, but now, after sixteen years, he’s back on the streets again – battered, frightened, convinced a shadowy ‘They’ are out to get him, and begging Lucy for help.

It sounds like paranoia, but what if he’s right? What if he really is caught up in something bigger and darker than Lucy’s ever dealt with before? What if the Bloodsmith isn’t the only monster out there? And what’s going to happen when Lucy goes after them?

Another three books completed. Not my busiest week but work is really picking up, as I expected it would post promotion, and I have to admit, I am shattered most days when I finish. Busy old week on the blog too, with a recap below:

#Review – A Dirty Business – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – Run Rose Run – Dolly Parton & James Patterson
#Review – River Clyde – Simone Buchholz
#Review – The Physician’s Daughter – Martha Conway
#Review – A Spoonful of Murder – J.M. Hall
#Review – Crossing The Line – John Sutherland

Another pretty busy week coming up, although only the two tours this time. A Life For A Life by Carol Wyer and Faceless by Vanda Symon.

I have another couple of days off this week so my aim is to try and get back on top of my reviews. 11 to write up and counting … whoops. Hopefully I’ll also get in a couple of walks too. No major plans ow until the end of the month but plenty to keep me occupied.

Hope you have all have a lovely week. I’m looking to find some distraction in books. It’s a dark time in the world at the moment, so any little respite is always welcomed. Finding a little light doesn’t mean we don’t care, but looking after yourself is every bit as important as having compassion for those whose problems are far greater than our own.

Jen x