The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 24 – Part 2

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

Part two of today’s #bookvent selections is a book which is kind of part of a series and kind of not. This book … well it had me chuckling from start to finish but then that is nothing more than I’d come to expect from certain characters in the book. The author is one of my favourite of recent times, a drop everything kind of read, and when I got wind of this book I had to place an order straight away. One of two titles released this year, both have a kind of literary tone or feel to them, this one styled very much in homage to AA Milne and Winnie the Pooh. Take a look inside the covers and you see what I mean. A masterclass in fudgemonkery, my second day 24 #bookvent pick is …

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Review: Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride @StuartMacBride @HarperCollinsUK @1stMondayCrime

See now … when you are contacted by the lovely folk at First Monday Crime and asked if you would like to be on the review team – well of course you say yes, don’t you? Well … when you are told that one of the first books up for review is Stuart MacBride’s latest book, Now We Are Dead, then your response (or at least my response) is ‘s!*t me – where do I sign up? Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!’ I am, after all, a very reserved and level-headed blogger and not prone to bouts of over excitement …

Well – actually I am, particularly about this book, as Mr MacBride is one of four authors in my drop everything else to read list (sorry other authors) and so when this little beauty landed on my doorstep, after trying hard not to wet myself with excitement (I know – I need to get out more), I did actually show great restraint and finish the book I was reading first … then dove straight in. I have been dying to read this since I saw it on Amazon – way back before it was meant to have been announced – but after the stonkingly funny A Dark So Deadly, could this book live up to my expectations? We shall see in a moment, just as soon as we’ve taken a look at all the very important and official book stuff …

NWADThe Official Book Blurb

She can’t prove he did it. But she might die trying…

From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel.

Revenge is a dangerous thing…

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace – that’s why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he’s back on the streets and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won’t listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy. Perhaps she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man?

Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

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Review: A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride (@StuartMacBride)

Now if there is one thing guaranteed to get me to stop what I’m doing, or a least stop reading what I’m reading, then its a new Stuart MacBride book. One of my ‘drop everything for’ authors. There are only four of them. It’s quite an elite group. So when I heard (a year ago) that there was a new book on the way, I obviously pre-ordered.  And when I say a year ago I am being very literal as I’ve had this beauty on order since 17th April 2016. Here’s the proof…

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Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 09/04/17

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Lovely weather we’ve had this past weekend don’t you think? I’ve had some brilliant walking time and some all important thinking time as a result. A very tough day on Friday as I found out that another member of my team had lost their battle with cancer. It’s the second one from the same depot in just over a month and so very tough for all of the guys there and of course for his family. It kind of puts everything into perspective too though and makes you thankful for everything you have. This weekend, I have been thankful for living in the wonderful county of Shropshire, for which I am often afforded beautiful views such as this one.  Continue reading “Rewind, recap – weekly round up w/e 09/04/17”