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Weekly Wrap Up (December 18)

Weekly Wrap Up

Sadly the memo that Christmas is coming hasn’t reached my workload so I’ve had another stupidly busy week trying to do the job I’m paid to, as well as all those other bits that need to be attended to at this time of year – hey ho!

I did manage to catch up with the last part of Rillington Place on BBC iPlayer yesterday, I now need to see the film, 10 Rillington Place starring Richard Attenborough to compare.

This Week on the Blog

My first review of the week was for The Stepmother by Claire Seeber, an author I have followed since her debut book Bad Friends which was published in 2008, my conclusion, this was her best book so far.

On Tuesday my excerpt came from The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer, a cracking read with one of the best child narrators I think I’ve come across. My full review will follow soon!

In something of a parenting heavy This Week in Books I also featured A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer.

Thursday’s review was for The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle which had the intriguing premise of a husband, having died in a plane crash. If that wasn’t bad enough his wife thought he was headed for another destination entirely.

On Friday I reviewed what is most likely to be my last non-fiction read of 2016, and guess what? It was all about poisoners; first published in 1993 A Gallery of Poisoners by Adrian Vincent takes us on quite a tongue-in-cheek tour around thirteen poisoners covering over 120 years.

Yesterday I finally reviewed the last of my reads that I’d picked out for the 20 Books of Summer 2016 – better late than never is my motto! Standing in the Shadows is a crime fiction novel written by a resident of Jersey Jon Stasiak and set here on the island too. For that reason alone I persevered despite the paranormal aspects and I’m glad I did, the finale was worth it.

This Time Last Year…

I was reading Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner which was published in February of this year. The start of a new crime series written by a former journalist and commissioning editor at the Guardian. DS Manon is a likeable if slightly abrasive detective who is part of the team who investigates the disappearance of Cambridge graduate Edith Hind. Refreshingly we get a glimpse of the other ongoing cases giving a realistic feel to this new series. You can read my full review here

Missing Presumed


Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation? Amazon

Stacking the Shelves

Well the first addition is fairly placed on fellow blogger’s head – you know who you are FictionFan because I was very taken with her excellent review of Black Widow by Chris Brookmyer, as I haven’t read any of these books. She kindly pointed out that if I wanted to try Want You Gone is on NetGalley. So I now have the eighth book in the Jack Parlabane series which is due to be published in April 2017.



What if all your secrets were put online?
Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.
Who would you turn to?
Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.
What would you be capable of?
Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realise – and might be each other’s only hope. NetGalley

In the post I received The River At Night by Erica Ferencik from the publishers Bloomsbury, the first of a range of titles for their new imprint Raven.



‘A thought came to me that I couldn’t force away: What we are wearing is how we’ll be identified out in the wilderness.’

Win Allen doesn’t want an adventure.

After a miserable divorce and the death of her beloved brother, she just wants to spend some time with her three best friends, far away from her soul-crushing job. But athletic, energetic Pia has other plans.

Plans for an adrenaline-raising, breath-taking, white-water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Five thousand square miles of remote countryside. Just mountains, rivers and fresh air.

No phone coverage. No people. No help… Amazon

My last new title is from Amazon Vine by an author I’ve been keen to try for a while so news that she was starting a new series meant this was impossible to resist; The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir is Iceland’s outstanding crime novelist so I’m hoping to be impressed. This book will be published in the UK on 23 March 2017.



The murder was meant as a punishment – but what sin could justify the method?
The only person who might have answers is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking.
Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children’s House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe.
It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He’s telling a dark and secret story – but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next? Amazon

PicMonkey Collage TBR


Since my last post I have read 4 books and I gained 3 so this week my TBR has dramatically fallen to 176 books, the lowest it has been since mid-September
95 physical books
69 e-books
12 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

20 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (December 18)

  1. Oh, Cleo, I know all about job responsibilities that pile up! Still, you have had a good week of reading. And with that Brookmyre and the Yrsa Sigurðardóttir coming up, you’ve got some very good reading ahead of you, too. I’ll be especially interested in what you think of them.


    1. It’s those ones that strike from left field that upset me particularly when I’m often up against tight deadlines – but that’s what I get paid for! I do have some good books to look forward next year though


  2. I loved the look of The Stepmother so much that I downloaded it this week…and then, as I’m reading your post, I see Missing, Presumed, and think: wow, that looks good! And I go to the Amazon page and discover that I purchased it a couple of weeks ago. Duh!

    My cover is different, so I didn’t immediately connect to my purchase…no, I’m just compulsively clicking that “buy button,” and yes, I write down my purchases, but if the Amazon page didn’t tell me when I purchased a book, who knows what would happen? LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Happy holidays! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


    1. Haha that’s the sort of thing that happens to me – I’m so glad Amazon tell me when I’ve already bought a book otherwise I’d have so many multiple copies. The different covers are confusing or covers that look like other book covers…
      Thank you for visiting and leaving your link 🙂


  3. I had the same-ish problem last week with work getting in the way of Christmas…why does it happen? I recently discovered Yrsa Sigurdardotti and am on my second of her books. I feel like I’ve been missing out. Hope you enjoy.


  4. Ooh, I’m glad you got the Brookmyre – hope you enjoy! I’m exceedingly jealous about the Sigurdardottir – I love her writing so much I can actually spell her name without checking now! Must try to snaffle a copy of that one…

    I’ve had a bad week with wishlist books going on sale, I fear, so you’re winning again… but it will be temporary, I declare…!!


  5. I hope work slows down a bit for you this week. I was so relieved yesterday when my daughter came home from school without any homework. Whew. One small blessing. My mom’s coming to stay with us while she’s on winter break, but I will still be working. No rest of the adults. Yay on lowering your TBR stack. That’s great. Someday I will get a handle on mine . . . I hope you have a great rest of the week! Merry Christmas!


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