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Weekly Wrap Up (September 11)

Weekly Wrap Up

Well we’ve had some rain to remind us that it is now the autumn if the way the night falls so much earlier (seemingly) all of a sudden hadn’t already done so.

Worthy points to mention – Happy Valley will be coming back for a third season despite strong suggestions to the contrary, the bad news is the writer hasn’t even started writing it yet!

What does everyone else think to the changes to the Shelf on NetGalley? – I’m not sure I like having all the books that are over three months listed with a count – it makes me feel bad, and some of these are because they were approved months before publication – it doesn’t help that there are so many on the current tab too. If I didn’t have my trusty excel spreadsheet I’d be very confused.

Last Week on the Blog

My week got off to a great start with a very entertaining author post by Caimh McDonnell, a stand-up comedian who has written a crime novel, A Man With One of Those Faces which I reviewed here.

Wednesday’s post included my upcoming foray into the world of Miss Marple – now I love Poirot but when I first discovered Agatha Christie as a teenager, I didn’t really take to Miss Marple – but when I heard about the Agatha Christie Blogathon organised by Christina Wehner, I’ve decided to give her a second chance – keep your eyes peeled on 17 September to see what I thought.

I also wrote a review of Camilla Grebe’s novel The Ice Beneath Her, a superb psychological thriller set in Stockholm, somewhere I’m visiting quite soon although I do hope I don’t meet anyone quite like the characters in this book.

On Friday I posted about the books I read in the 20 Books of Summer 2016 challenge – I completed 15 and had 1 DNF which considering how busy my summer was, is… ok – I will do better next year!

Yesterday my third review of the week was for a family saga, The Jeweller’s Wife written by the talented Judith Lennox. This book spanned thirty odd years and contained all the jealousy, greed, infidelity etc. that makes these types of books so fascinating. I felt like I was spying on the family through a window.

This Time Last Year…

I read the fourth book by Felicity Young featuring Dr Dody McCleland, who works under the forensic scientist Bernard Spilsbury, The Insanity of Murder.  Not only does this book feature a fascinating mystery, it has plenty of period details from 1913 the year it was set, including contemporary views of the suffragettes.

The Insanity of Murder


To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough. But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided. Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case?
Dody and Pike’s investigations lead them to a women’s rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner. Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge – and before Florence becomes the rest home’s next victim. NetGalley

Stacking the Shelves

Oh dear – the TBR is continuing to rise with a rush of books this week.

First up my willpower would last no longer and I purchased a copy of Sarah Ward’s A Deadly Thaw – her first book in the series, In Bitter Chill having been such an outstanding read, this was entirely unsurprising!



Every secret has consequences.

Autumn 2004
In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.

Spring 2016
A year after Lena’s release from prison, Andrew is found dead in a disused mortuary.

Who was the man Lena killed twelve years ago, and who committed the second murder? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, sets out to follow a trail of clues delivered by a mysterious teenage boy. Kat must uncover the truth – before there’s another death . . . Amazon

From NetGalley I have The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith which I requested after having been thoroughly entertained by the first in this series, The Jazz Files.


Do you know who that is Poppy?” asked Delilah.
“I do indeed.”
“So what does it feel like to dance in the arms of an assassin?”

Poppy Denby’s star is on the rise. Now the Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Daily Globe, she covers an exhibition of Russian Art at the Crystal Palace. A shot rings out, leaving a guard injured and an empty pedestal in the place of the largest Faberge Egg in the collection. The egg itself is valuable, but more so are the secrets it contains within – secrets that could threaten major political powers.

Poppy is once again in the middle of a sensational story. Can she solve the mystery before time runs out and disaster strikes? NetGalley

The Kill Fee will be published on 16 September 2016.

I also have a copy of The Two O’clock Boy by fellow book blogger Mark Hill – this is due for publication in ebook format on 22 September, paperback November 2016, and looks to be a hit!




One night changed their lives
Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager.

Cries in the fire and smoke
Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.

A truth both must hide
Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O’Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders – but he will go even further to cover up the truth. NetGalley

Little Brown Books kindly sent me a copy of Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody to review ahead of publication of 6 October 2016.



Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August . . . Amazon

And lastly this purchase is all down to fellow blogger Karen at My Reading Corner who kindly pointed me in the direction of A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup – how could I resist poison and Agatha Christie!! This is why I love book blogging, kind people pointing out books I simply must have… TBR, what TBR?



Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s all made-up …

Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie’s extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime. Amazon

PicMonkey Collage TBR


Since my last post I have read 3 books, and gained 5 so the total is now on the ascent again to 176 books!

84 physical books
69 e-books
21 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?


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

37 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (September 11)

  1. I hadn’t checked NetGalley lately, but now that I have, I hate the new shelving…it says I have two books over three months old, but they’re not going to be released until October! They came to me early.

    I loved Happy Valley, so I’m eager for another season. I hope it comes soon.

    Your new books look very tempting. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  2. My comment did not appear, so I’m trying again. I hate the new shelving at NetGalley. You’re right, it’s very misleading. According to their records, I have two books I’ve had longer than 3 months…which is true. But those books will not be released until October. I got them a while ago.

    I am eager to watch more of Happy Valley. I love that show! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  3. The Agatha Christie reading project sounds great fun – once you’ve become enamoured of Miss Marple as I’m sure you will be, you’ll have to start watching the tv adaptations starring Joan Hickson. There have been many depictions of this character over the years but this is the gold standard for me.

    I can’t recall what I was doing last week let alone what I read this time last year.! I suspect you are one of these super organised people who keep a log of their reading??


    1. When I do become enamoured I will make sure I look out for Joan Hickson on TV.
      Of course I am one of those people, I have a trusty excel document – one for each year, which logs when I start and finish each book – sorry! 😉


  4. Hi Cleo,

    I haven’t logged into NetGalley for a while now, so didn’t know about the changes. I have managed my account so badly that I have been trying to avoid downloading any more books from the site until I have caught up a bit, or I fear I may be banned soon anyway!! Needless to say, the changes have made me feel even worse, talk about my shame being there for all to see!!

    Every so often an author comes along that I just can’t resist following, so I did buy my first book for ages this week (‘The Reaper’s Game’ by Layton Green) and can see why you also felt the urge to splurge out on the new Sarah Ward story – ‘Happy Reading’

    Enjoy your Sunday, the weather here is going to be great by the looks of things 🙂



    1. I don’t think everyone can see – I think they’ve just organised the lists into those received in the last three months – and more than three months. I should stop visiting too!! 🙂 You have a good Sunday too and enjoy the sunshine


  5. My netGalley is a mess but at least it tells me now that books have been downloaded. Recently everything says it hasn’t. I got the Mark Hill book from there this week. I’ve just read The Monogram Murders which I loved and it reignited my passion for Poirot. I bought The Closed Casket, Finding Martha Lost (both signed) and No Man’s Land.

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  6. I had never heard of Happy Valley, I’m adding this to my list of shows to watch! I’ve been binge-watching lots of US TV shows so this week I decided to start Victoria and catch up with The Great British Bake Off.
    I’m not sure I like the new NetGalley shelves, I don’t think there was a need to change, but hey, I’m not a fan of change in general, haha! I should definitely start keeping track with an excel sheet! Thanks for the tip 🙂 I’ll have to see how I can organize it!
    I wish you a nice Sunday and a great week 🙂


    1. Donna you are in for a real treat with Happy Valley and I’m almost jealous that you have it ahead of you – it was huge in the UK and everyone in my office watched it, which is rare! GBBO is fab too but not as crime laden!
      I’m not great with changed and miffed because I hold my books on a different shelf before featuring them on my wrap-up and putting them on my spreadsheet – but never mind!


  7. I like the new NetGalley arrangement.I am only 3 months old using the site but hadn’t quite figured out things but now everything looks abit simplified.I was surprised when I looked at my feedback shelf and saw some of my reviews missing yet I had posted them.I also found a book that was approved but I never knew so I didn’t download before it was archived.Being new,nothing older than 3 months on my shelf but I get how that can make you feel bad.I am sorry that you don’t like the new shelf though.

    This week I added Colleen hoover-It Ends with us and All the Light we cannot see.Enjoy your books this week.


    1. I’ve always used the shelf to double check that everything is where it should be but because of that, I used it to update my spreadsheet once a week and that’s going to be slightly harder now. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though. I’ve had a couple of approvals where the archiving has happened the same day i.e. before I got to them and that’s disappointing but…
      It sounds like you’ve had a good week – enjoy All The Light We Cannot See 🙂


  8. Oh, that Harkup looks great, Cleo! I’m intrigued, that’s for sure. And so glad you have Sarah Ward’s book on the TBR. She is so talented; I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. Your other book mentions are so nicely varied, too.


  9. What has happened with the shelves on Netgalley – are the old books still there somewhere? I found that my shelf of 62 (yes, excessive, I know, but I have been offline and unable to access an ereader for the past 6 weeks) had reduced to just one. Can I still access and give feedback to the older ones?


    1. If yours looks like mine you’ll have two tabs – one for the last three months and one for three months and older – this seems to run from date you were approved rather than publication date, which I think would have been more helpful. You can still give feedback on the other tab (if you have it?)


  10. Thanks for the news about Happy Valley. I really like that series. I hadn’t noticed the changes on netgalley to be honest, but I agree, when you have books that aren’t even published for months, this skews the data.


  11. Looks like you had a productive week! I agree with your sentiments re: NetGalley. I’m treading water at 82% but I’m still feeling badly about having a few books in the naughty/review overdue tab. I was doing really well until I attended BEA and received all of those beautiful ARCs. So many competing priorities!

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  12. Cooler fall temperatures – what is that? We’ve had a bit of rain, but we are still in the 90’s and look forward to ‘cooler’ temps next week in the 80’s. Sigh. That’s life in Central Texas. Have a good week, Cleo! Looks like you’ve got some fun books upcoming and I’ll definitely be watching for your Miss Marple post. I love Miss Marple. Just saying…LOL!


  13. Another very interesting selection Cleo. I’m always happy to increase other people’s reading piles!!. I hope you enjoy the Agatha Poison’s. I hadn’t realised that net galley had changed, will take a look when I get back from holiday. Karen 😊


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