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Weekly Wrap Up (October 16)

Weekly Wrap Up

Thank you for those of you who sent lovely messages due to my absence, unfortunately I had a rather nasty bug followed by a business trip to Stockholm where internet access was an issue! I did however manage to make a trip to see my friend before flying back to Jersey. We talked about everything as best friends of too many years to count are wont to do but books got a mention, and as I’d lent her my copy of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (she really is a very good friend and can be trusted with my books) we decided that we’d watch the film at the cinema. It was a little disconcerting to see palatial homes backing onto train lines in the opening sequence instead of those I’d imagined from the UK scenery however all in all it was faithful to the book and far better than I’d feared. Plus it allowed us to rest our voices for a while so that a quick G&T soon had us chatting long into the night.

On my return to ordinary life I was delighted to see a quote from my review in the paperback edition of My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor which appeared alongside a number of other blogger’s wise words.


Picture courtesy by Abbie of Bloomin Brilliant Books

You can read the entire review here if you should so wish

This week I posted my review of Ward Zero by Linda Huber, a psychological thriller set in a hospital which kept me guessing. Sadly I think by the time I got to this one I’d overdosed yet again on the genre and have made a deliberate decision to step away for a while and have promptly fallen into a string of historical crime books, both fiction and non-fiction, so expect a different flavour on the blog while I review them all.

On Tuesday’s Post I featured an excerpt from The Two O’clock Boy by Mark Hill, a former book blogger and now a fully-fledged writer, which I’ve just started reading, and I have to say early impressions are very favourable indeed.

Wednesday’s post also had the addition of the Man Booker shortlist book His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet which I’ve now finished, a review will follow shortly.

I have also written and published my review for The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett which was excellently executed crime fiction, and the beginning of a series featuring David Hunter – I can see that I will be adding more books by this author to the TBR before too long.

This was followed on Friday with a review for a brilliant historical crime book, this one loosely based on an actual crime known as The Edgeware Road Murder in 1837. Debut novelist Anna Mazzola has added layers to the known facts creating an incredibly engrossing book, The Unseeing. I gave this one the full five stars with no reservations at all.

I then moved to the 1920s with a woman Private Investigator and my review of Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody reveals how well the author not only created a book that is set in such a good era but also has a cracking plot and a strong woman as the protagonist.

This Time Last Year…

I was reading The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft an accomplished psychological thriller that had me captivated – it was one of those books where from the first page, there was no doubt that something awful is going to happen.


The Girl With No Past


Years spent running from your past. Today it catches up.
A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.
Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly. Amazon

Stacking the Shelves

maths-theoremSomehow despite not having read anywhere near as much as normal, see paragraph one, I am still acquiring books at a fair old rate – here is what’s appeared since by last wrap-up and I have an inkling there are a few more on the way with the postman. Discussing this in brief with fellow blogger Fiction Fan, we have decided that this is due to Cleopatra’s Theorem – the number of books that are acquired are always more than the reading rate, the slower you go the more that appear, it’s probably worked out using the picture to the right but since it’s a mathematical fact there is nothing to be done!

From NetGalley I had to request a copy of Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton because Liz of Liz Loves Books wrote such a tantalising review. I’m presuming I will be in the right frame of mind for some psychological thrillers by the time this is published in January 2017.



The perfect brother. The perfect fiance. The perfect lie.
One day changes Jody’s life forever.
She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.
One day changes Mags’s life forever.
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit… NetGalley

In the post I received a copy of The Devils Feast by M.J. Carver from Penguin books, they couldn’t have known my genre of the month is historical crime – could they?



London, 1842. There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London’s newest and grandest gentleman’s club. A death the club is desperate to hush up.
Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate, and soon discovers a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club’s handsome façade-and in particular concerning its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, ‘the Napoleon of food’, a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity.
But Avery is distracted, for where his mentor and partner-in-crime Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death was only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister? Amazon

And Harper Collins’ Carina offered me an exciting new debut, For All Our Sins by T.M.E. Walsh which is to be published later this month. This was original self-published by the author for the kindle so some of you may have read it.


Years ago there was a silent witness to an act of evil. Now, a twisted killer is on the loose fuelled by revenge.
Called to the brutal murder of a priest, it is immediately clear to DCI Claire Winters that the victim’s death was prolonged, agonising…and motivated by a lust for revenge.
The killer has been clever, there are no clues, no leads. But Claire Winters has never let a killer remain on the streets. Looking for an answer at any cost Claire begins to get closer to the victim’s family, but what it reveals turns her murder case into something far more sinister…
When one body becomes two, and then three, Claire finds herself in a race against time to connect the dots between a host of devastating secrets, before the killer strikes again. Amazon

Lastly I have a copy of Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel, a series of five novellas which is available for reading now.



Five stories – Five Lives. Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.
In this collection of short novellas you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret.
All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth. Amazon

PicMonkey Collage TBR


Since my last post I have read 4 books, and gained 4 and so my TBR remains steady at 181 books!

91 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

31 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (October 16)

  1. I’m hoping to see the film of Girl on the Train this week and so I’m glad to see your thoughts on it. I am a huge fan of the book so slightly worried! Sounds like you’ve had a great week! 😘


      1. No I did really enjoy it! There were a few issues I had with the way characters reacted but they were in the book too so didn’t bother me. The scenery and houses were beautiful but not how I had imagined them. No one really does trains like the UK 😂

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  2. Congratulations on getting yourself ‘published’ – how fantastic, that’s a reviewers dream. For me it would be a miracle as it means actually reading something well before it’s published! Thanks for expounding on the mathematical theorem suggesting that my book acquisitions are a given and just have to be accepted 😉Happy Reading


  3. I hope you’re feeling better now, Cleo. And congratulations on that quote! Great news! Your TBR acquisitions look very tempting. I’m drawn in particular to The Devil’s Feast, but they all look great.


  4. So many good titles mentioned above, I feel the need to scribble them down 🙂
    Glad you are feeling better and had a nice visit with your friend. I too, have felt the need to take a step back from some of my more thrilling suspense… and read some historical fiction mysteries plus a couple of romantic suspense books. We’re lucky to have so many sub-genres under the umbrella of “suspense” to choose from!


  5. I was just sent a copy of Manipulated Lives by the Author! I’m excited to read it, it sounds really good! Congratulations on the quote, that is so awesome :). All of these books sound so great!


  6. Congrats on your blurb on My Husband’s Son….which is a book I want to read. I loved The Girl with No Past…and I’m very drawn to all of your books. Especially Tattletale and Manipulated Lives. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  7. I am glad you are feeling better! 🙂 Girl on the Train is a rare exception, I will go and see the movie but the mixed reviews made me choose all the other books already on my TBR over this one. Tattletale sounds very good! I hope you enjoy Manipulated Lives, my review will be on the blog next week. I enjoyed it but I doubt it will stay with me for long. Have a nice week!


    1. Thanks Donna – I will be over to read your review of Manipulated Lives, I’m not going to get to this one for a while. I got a very early copy of The Girl on the Train and did enjoy it but I’m not a huge watcher of films, and especially not when I’ve read the book but it was a special outing with my dear friend who I don’t get to see nearly enough of.

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  8. I want to see The Girl on the Train even though I only liked the book, didn’t really love it. But I do like Emily Blunt and I’m curious how the show version holds up. And congrats on the blurb!

    I think The Girl With No Past looks like a good suspenseful read and that one is on my list.


    1. I’m not a big watcher of films and see films of books I’ve read even more rarely but this one was a fair adaption I thought – of course it is different but at least it stuck in the main to the book.


  9. I was a bit disappointed that Girl on the Train was set in the US rather than UK – I had imagined it quite differently with smaller houses, closer together.


      1. Agree. I read the book and saw the film within a week of each other and thought they left out the right bits in the movie. The only major difference (that I think did compromise the story a little) was the fact that you saw the murder in the film but in the book the actual scene is never described.


  10. Hahaha!! I do love Cleopatra’s Theorem – it seems to lift all the guilt and responsibility off my shoulders! And 181! We’re neck and neck… race you to the bookshop! Mind you, I haven’t counted up yet this week after you managed to add two to my list last week – but so far, they’re only on the wishlist, not the TBR, so they don’t count… FictionFan’s Law… 😉


    1. Haha yes I’d noted we were even Stevens this week but I came home to a book I hadn’t requested and I have a stack on the way – between Cleopatra’s theorem and FictionFan’s Law we are ok the counting is good and anyway it’s not our fault! 😉

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  11. I’m not counting ladies so don’t even ask! I know what you mean Cleo about the glut of psychological thrillers – there’s just too many around. Doubtless some are great but the problem is sorting the wheat from the chaff! I’m rather enjoying historical crime fiction too; in fact I’ve been reading a bit of everything. This morning I started The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola so with your recommendation I’ll keep at it (I only had time to read a few pages!) I’d love to go to Stockholm; hope you were 100% better so you enjoyed it fully! My best friend stays in Rotterdam – thank God for technology. We’ve been friends since I was 18 and she was 21 – and she looks younger than me! Bitch! (Lol! I’ll be telling her I said this!)


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