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Weekly Wrap Up (July 31)

Weekly Wrap Up

Well there was no wrap up post last week because I was in Copenhagen meeting Hans Christian Anderson as part of a trip with my daughter and her two bridesmaids.

Cleo Beth and Hans

We chose a very hot weekend, with the temperature tipping 30 degrees centigrade, not the best weather for a bride-to-be whose mission was to see as many of the sights of Copenhagen as possible including of course The Little Mermaid! The commentator on our boat tour informed us she was disappointingly small and insignificant!! We all had a fantastic trip, this is one city I definitely want to revisit and especially as unsurprisingly they make the most fantastic Danish pastries!!

It’s been a sad week too with us marking the first anniversary of Owen’s passing which we spent together remembering happier times of a darling son and brother.Multi-coloured house




Last Week on the Blog

In amongst the highs and lows I managed to post a bumper crop of five reviews on the blog this week:

Monday I posted my review of the true Victorian crime book featuring the murder of a young maid-of-all work in Greenwich, London in Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy.

This was followed by my review of Blind Side which was part of Jennie Ensor’s blog tour. This book takes in the terrorist activities in London in 2005 as well as examining the effects of war on soldiers in a well-written and engaging style.
In my weekly mid-week post I highlighted my current and upcoming reads including Claire Mackintosh’s, I See You which I am sad to be separated from having been called on to socialise with real people (again!)

My review of The Beauty at the End by Debbie Howells was posted on Thursday swiftly followed by my eighth read in the 20 Books of Summer on Thursday, the classic The Shrimp and the Anemone by L.P. Hartley.

Yesterday had me posting my fifth review of a book by Liane Moriarty, her latest offering Truly Madly Guilty.

I’m now completely up to date with my reviews for what seems like the first time in an age!

Stacking the Shelves

I’ve got five NetGalley finds since my last post starting with another Victorian True Crime with a poisoner to boot!

Mary Ann Cotton – Dark Angel by Michael Connolly will be published by Pen and Sword on 1 September 2016. There is a note that states that this book will tie in with a ITV drama Dark Angel which is due for airing in the autumn.

Mary Ann Cotton


A female thief, with four husbands, a lover and, reportedly, over twelve children, is arrested and tried for the murder of her step-son in 1872, turning the small village of West Auckland in County Durham upside down. Other bodies are exhumed and when they are found to contain arsenic, she is suspected of their murder as well.
The perpetrator, Mary Ann Cotton, was tried and found guilty and later hanged on 24 March 1873 in Durham Goal. It is claimed she murdered over twenty people and was the first female serial killer in England.
With location photographs and a blow by blow account of the trial, this book challenges the claim that Mary Ann Cotton was the ‘The West Auckland Borgia’, a title given to her at the time. It sets out her life, trial, death and the aftermath and also questions the legal system used to convict her by looking at contemporary evidence from the time and offering another explanation for the deaths. The book also covers the lives of those left behind, including the daughter born to Mary Ann Cotton in Durham Goal. NetGalley

I’m absolutely delighted to have received a copy of The Trespasser by Tana French, the sixth in the Dublin Murder Squad series, books that are loosely connected with each other but that are also readable as stand-alones. The Trespasser will be published on 22 September 2016.

The Trespasser


Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder squad, but only just. She’s partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that’s going well – but the rest of her working life isn’t. Antoinette doesn’t play well with others, and there’s a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers’ tiff, but gradually they realise there’s more going on: someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions. They have to work out whether this is just an escalation in the drive to get rid of her – or whether there’s something deeper and darker going on. NetGalley

Lastly I have a copy of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult which promises a look at prejudice. It’s a while since I binge read everything this author had published and now feel that it is time to pick up another.
Small Great Things


When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.
What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes. NetGalley

Small Great Things is to be published on 22 November 2016

I also have a copy of The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola which was published on 14 July 2016.

The unseeing


It is 1837 and the city streets teem with life, atmosphere and the stench of London. Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, has been sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.
Edmund Fleetwood, an idealistic lawyer, is appointed to investigate Sarah’s petition for mercy and consider whether justice has been done. Struggling with his own demons, he is determined to seek out the truth, yet Sarah refuses to help him. Edmund knows she’s hiding something, but needs to discover just why she’s maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone with a child would go willingly to their own death?
THE UNSEEING is a vividly written novel of human frailty, fear and manipulation, and of the terrible consequences of jealousy and misunderstanding. NetGalley

Lastly I have a copy of Pierre Lemaitre’s Blood Wedding which was chosen because of all the fabulous reviews floating around the blogosphere. Blood Wedding was published on 7 July 2016.

Blood Wedding


A gripping standalone psychological thriller about marriage, manipulation and murder by the internationally bestselling author of Alex
Sophie is haunted by the things she can’t remember – and visions from the past she will never forget.
One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.
Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.
But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?

PicMonkey Collage TBR

Since my last post I have read just 4 books and gained 5 so the total this week is now standing at 176 books!
89 physical books
67 e-books
20 books on NetGalley



A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

37 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (July 31)

  1. Great post.Seems like you had a good month.I like the photos of the Copenhagen visit.

    The Jodi Piccoult and blood Wedding sound good.I hadn’t heard about them before this.Looking forward to your reviews.Enjoy the new month.


  2. I’m glad you had a trip to Copenhagen, Cleo, even if the weather was a bit too hot. And, of course, wishing you and your family well as you move on without Owen. I can’t imagine how hard it must be.

    It’s good to hear you’ve got some new books lined up. The Connolly and the French look especially interesting to me!


    1. Thank you Margot – Copenhagen was wonderful and it was a lovely trip (despite the heat!) Of course we miss Owen terribly and sadly some days are much worse than others but as a family we try to support each other through.
      I’m thrilled to have found the Connolly as I know a bit about Mary Ann Cotton from other books and I’m a huge Tana French fan… who cares that the TBR is failing to reduce?

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  3. The trip to Copenhagen sounds wonderful…I love the shot of you and your daughter. I’m sending good thoughts to you on the sad anniversary of your loss.

    The memories you have of Owen can help you as you heal. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your books. I also have the Jodi Picoult book. Seeing the Tana French book reminds me that I still need to start the series. I have Book One.



    1. Thank you Laurel, I’m not terribly good at posed photographs but this is a nice shot and it was a wonderful trip. Of course Owen is never far from our thoughts..
      Tana French is very good and each of her books is quite different, I recommend her.


  4. Lovely photos, Cleo, hope you had a wonderful time! I was at that very spot a few weeks ago, though the weather was less summery;-)
    I send you kind wishes for this sad anniversary. I can’t imagine how it must feel to try moving forward after such a loss. I hope you can take comfort in having your daughter around and sharing good memories.
    Happy reading and maybe distraction, it certainly looks like a good haul this week!


    1. I had to wait quite a while to get that picture done – Hans is a popular chap! Isn’t Copenhagen lovely? We had a fabulous time.
      It has been a sad year but with the wedding on the horizon there are things to look forward to and hopefully we help each other through.
      Thank you – I’m not stuck for a good book to read that’s for sure!


  5. Giggling at that you was pulled away to socialize, I get it. I considered Tana French new one also, I’m trying hard not to request Netgalley until I want to read it, just to help with the stats.

    The memories of Owen will always help. Great pictures. Have a great week.


    1. Thank you Marce – This summer seems to have been full of social events – the party last night was great though 🙂 I have way too many NG books at the moment but they are just so tempting.


  6. Sending you best wishes for this sad anniversary. Being surrounded by family is a great comfort. That picture of you and your daughter is absolutely lovely 🙂
    Congratulations on catching up with your reviews. I am three reviews behind. One day, I’ll stop grabbing book after book and tell myself reviews can wait another day, haha.
    I am reading my first Jodi Picoult in August, I can’t wait!

    I wish you a pleasant and not-too-hot August 🙂

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  7. Copenhagen looks lovely. I imagine it was bittersweet with memories of the anniversary but also must be lovely to look forward to your daughter’s wedding. I would have to pick Jodi Picoult from your list of books this week – an author I always enjoy.


    1. It is odd having a happy event in a week with such a sad one – we both dealt with it by trying to keep the two separate. Cophenhagen was a brilliant city for a weekend break and we all had a great time. I’m intrigued about the Jodi Picoult but will read it nearer to publication date in November…

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  8. I had a flying visit to Copenhagen en route to a Norwegian cruise and can understand all too clearly why you would want to revisit this lovely city – I felt the same way:). Glad you had a good time and had plenty of support during a difficult time.
    What a great number of posts this week. Glad you’re all caught up and hope that means you can thoroughly enjoy this coming week’s reading and blogging. This is my Sunday Post


    1. I really fell in love with the place and we had such a good weekend. Thank you – it’s been a tough year all round but I’m very lucky to have so many lovely people supporting me through.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link.

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  9. Glad you had a great time in Copenhagen! Ooh, those upcoming books are too tempting – I looked at several of them when they turned up on NG but really am making an effort to control the clicking till I get some overdue ones read and reviewed. But… Dark Angel, The Unseeing and the Tana French all look soooo good…


    1. Thank you it was a great trip although packed full of sight-seeing as our bride-to-be wanted less of the contemporary hen stuff, so exclaimed on retiring to bed the first evening that she was pleased to have learnt so much about Copenhagen and couldn’t wait for more the next!
      I simply couldn’t resist Mary Ann Cotton was featured in the Lucy Worsley book I read so of course I need to know more about her before watching the ITV drama – not sure about how authentic they will make the poisoning though – I’m still scarred by The Secret Poisoner book 🙂


  10. Glad you had a nice time away with your daughter and are now socializing with friends and family. I would love to visit Copenhagen!

    I’m so jealous about the new Tana French novel you received! She is one of my auto go-to authors and I eagerly await that title. Enjoy it and your week.


    1. Copenhagen was beautiful and somewhere that I would love to visit again although we did manage to pack a lot into our weekend trip.
      I’m thrilled too – I discovered Tana French quite soon after she published her debut and have read and each of the others.


  11. It sounds like you had a nice trip, even though it was a bit hot! I’m sorry it was the anniversary of your son’s death, but I suppose being with your daughter and doing something exciting like taking a trip and exploring is a nice way to honor/remember him!

    I haven’t read anything by Jodi Picoult in years, so I really do want to try something new by her. This one sounds great.



  12. Well I thought of you Cleo, firstly because I was aware you must be coming up to Owen’s anniversary, so it’s good to see you and your daughter did good things during sad rememberings.

    I also thought of you as Vine gave me Tana French, and you were one of the two bloggers who pushed me into her direction. The only problem with The Trespasser is wondering how long it will be before book 7!

    And I had the Picault arrive a few months ago as a mystery parcel in the post from the publisher – no blurb, no author, no title, a non committal cover, just an irresistible challenge ; ‘can you read without prejudice?’ it was great to read without any guidance or signpost, and no idea . The problem was being at that time unable to review it anywhere, and not having any word from the publisher on how they wanted anonymous feed back to happen. So I didn’t write a review, and too many books have now passed under the bridge for me to easily write one!


    1. Aw thank you – it was a roller coaster week with the lovely trip and followed so quickly by the anniversary and memories of a wonderful young man.
      I did wonder if you had a copy of the latest one by Tana French – I know I’m almost (but not quite) reluctant to read it.
      I saw some mentions of the mystery book and another blogger let me in on the secret – Jodi Picoult was the first adult author that my daughter and myself read / she usually went first and then would nag me to finish so that we could discuss it! I’m looking forward to rediscovering her particular brand of fiction.


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