Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update W/E 15/01/2023

And here we are. Two weeks of the new year gone already and nothing to show for it. Well … I say nothing. Have had a few minor achievements from a work perspective (very minor) and ordered a few books, but that’s about it. Oh and managed to stick to a diet for two whole weeks so am now eight lbs lighter than I was. Another 42,000* off and I’ll be dandy. Because of the stupid, horrible, rainy weather, I’ve had to exercise largely indoors this past week (boo hiss), so no inspiring images to warm your hearts. Instead, it’s more kitty spam. Here they are trying but failing to help me with my reviews. Roo-boo is having fun sharpening her teeth on the corner of the laptop though so that’s nice. 😸
* exaggerated for dramatic effect. It’s only 29,000 really …

My Kitties Looby-Loo and Roo-boo (or Scooby One and Scooby Two as they are affectionately known) keeping my feet warm.
Images shoes one silver/grey tabby cat turned away from camera and one tabby with green eyes staring straight at me.

So I’ve been a bit more pro-active on the book collecting front this week. Two new buys I expect to be delivered next week sometime. First up is Black Lake Manor by Guy Morpuss which I ordered from Bert’s Books. I also ordered Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy to go with my gift from Mandie before Christmas (The Passenger for Jólabókaflóðið). Two pre-orders (won’t share covers as I don’t know if they are formally announced yet – I just found them scouring ‘Zon). The first was Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper (26 Sep), the second Voices of the Dead by Ambrose Parry (06 July) . Very happy with all of those.

Four new Netgalley books this week. I’ve been in kid in a sweet shop mode again it seems … Force of Hate by Graham Bartlett (23 March); A Truth for a Truth by Carol Wyer (04 April); The Fall by Louise Jensen (27 April) and The Trial by Rob Rinder (22 June). I won’t deny it – I was completely intrigued by the last one and requested because of who wrote it. No idea what it’s about (I’m assuming a trial … 🤣).

Book Covers: Top Row From Left: Black Lake Manor; Stella Maris; Force of Hate:
Bottom Row From Left: A Truth For A Truth; The Fall: The Trial

I received a couple of pieces of book post in the week too. First up was an advance copy of No More Lies, the brand new Tom Douglas novel from Rachel Abbott (16 February) courtesy of the author and Anne Cater. Looking forward to taking part in the tour for that one. I also received a copy of Black Foam by Haji Jabir (07 February) courtesy of Amazon Crossing and FMcM Associates.

Cover Images from Left: No More Lies and Black Foam

Books I have read

1989 byVal McDermid

1989. The world is on the brink of revolution and journalist Allie Burns is a woman on a mission. When she discovers a lead about the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable, Allie is determined to investigate and give voice to the silenced.

Elsewhere, a ticking clock begins the countdown to a murder. As Allie begins to connect the dots and edges closer to exposing the truth, it is more shocking than she ever imagined. There’s nothing like a killer story, and to tell it, Allie must risk her freedom and her life . . .

The brand new unmissable, heart-stopping thriller from number one bestseller, Val McDermid


Shiver by Allie Reynolds

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.

When Milla accepts an off-season invitation to Le Rocher, a cozy ski resort in the French Alps, she’s expecting an intimate weekend of catching up with four old friends. It might have been a decade since she saw them last, but she’s never forgotten the bond they forged on this very mountain during a winter spent fiercely training for an elite snowboarding competition.

Yet no sooner do Milla and the others arrive for the reunion than they realize something is horribly wrong. The resort is deserted. The cable cars that delivered them to the mountaintop have stopped working. Their cell phones–missing. And inside the hotel, detailed instructions await them: an icebreaker game, designed to draw out their secrets. A game meant to remind them of Saskia, the enigmatic sixth member of their group, who vanished the morning of the competition years before and has long been presumed dead.

Stranded in the resort, Milla’s not sure what’s worse: the increasingly sinister things happening around her or the looming snowstorm that’s making escape even more impossible. All she knows is that there’s no one on the mountain she can trust. Because someone has gathered them there to find out the truth about Saskia…someone who will stop at nothing to get answers. And if Milla’s not careful, she could be the next to disappear…


A Truth for a Truth by Carol Wyer

DI Kate Young’s team is hunting for a killer. What they don’t know…is that the killer is her.

DI Kate Young has known for years that her boss, Superintendent John Dickson, is a violent and evil man. But when she finally confronts him and accidentally shoots and kills him, she’s forced to cover her tracks before anyone can pin his death on her. With revelations about his corruption soon to become public knowledge, Kate sets up a trail of evidence to make it seem that Dickson has conveniently vanished…

But Kate knows the corruption doesn’t end with Dickson. As she heads up the team investigating his supposed disappearance, she also pursues other loose ends. Stanka, the sex worker who supplied the evidence against Dickson, leads her to crucial information on another corrupt officer, DI Harriet Khatri, and her dubious involvement with sex traffickers.

As the noose starts to tighten on Kate, she finds herself targeted by traffickers, the bent cops on her force and even her own team of detectives. Can she stay one step ahead of them all and bring Harriet to justice? Can she trust anyone around her? And can she possibly get away with murder?


Three books. happy with that seeing as I had a full week back in work this week with some relatively long days. I also had no caffeine all week. None! I’m surprised I stayed awake (I didn’t Wednesday evening so there was a whole reading night lost … whoops). Because I’m currently reading a lot of tree books, I’ve had some e-book action alongside for those ‘it’s dark and I’m in bed but still awake’ moments, so a few short stories from Dark Deeds Down Under were devoured too. Kept the kindle reading tally up – currently 180 days and counting! Taking that as a win. Good week on the blog – recap below.

#Review – All Night Long – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – Devil’s Way – Robert Bryndza
#Review – Dirt – Sarah Sultoon
#Review – Red As Blood – Lilja Sigurdardottir
#Review – Blowback – Peter May

Two blog tours this week. First up is The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, then my thoughts on So Pretty by Ronnie Turner on Friday. Two very different but most excellent books. Can’t wait to share my reviews.

From L to R: The Other Half and So Pretty

And that is it. I’m off to write up a few reviews. Back up to six again now so determined not to fall behind. Have a lovely week, hopefully full of books and reading time. See you next week.

Jen x