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Weekly Wrap Up (January 22)

Weekly Wrap Up

This Week on the Blog

Well after my poor reviewing total last week I’ve managed to post four reviews over the last seven days which means I’m now nearly up to date, well apart from those reviews that are being kept back for various reasons…

On Monday I proudly posted my second five star review of the year for The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott which is my favourite of this accomplished series so far. Set in a building renovated from an old Workhouse when teenage Scarlett hears crying she is compelled to investigate…

My excerpt for my Tuesday post was from Julia Crouch’s latest novel, Her Husband’s Lover .

On Wednesday my This Week in Books post proclaimed that I was reading my third of my own books for the Mount TBR challenge, Martin Edwards’  The Cipher Garden which means that I’m bang on target. I’m also thoroughly enjoying choosing from my TBR depending on my mood at the time, it is refreshing.

Next was the Blog Tour for Relativity by Antonia Hayes which used physics metaphors in a surprisingly appealing novel about a young boy who had suffered a brain injury.

Friday had me reviewing the first of those Mount TBR books, Redemption (aka The Murder at the Vicarage) by Jill McGown, the second in the Lloyd and Hill series, one that I loved when they were newly published in the 80s to the early 2000s.

My fourth review for the week was Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton which will be published in March – a cleverly layered novel with a darkness at its heart.

This Time Last Year…

I was reading the amazing Burial Rites by Hannah Kent which I loved and read with anguish as the young Agnes Magnúsdóttir met her fate despite my desperate willing that history could be altered to give her a better ending. I don’t think I will ever forget the power of this book, so if like me, you left this one languishing on the TBR, dig it out!
You can read my full review here

Buriel Rites


Northern Iceland, 1829.
A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover.
A family forced to take her in.
A priest tasked with absolving her.
But all is not as it seems, and time is running out:
winter is coming, and with it the execution date.
Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes’s story. Amazon

Stacking The Shelves

Having laughed over and loved Jane Fallon’s Getting Rid of Matthew and Got You Back reads of a few years back, I didn’t take to her next couple of books, but then around the blogosphere were reviews for her latest book My Sweet Revenge and I couldn’t resist requesting this one from NetGalley. Not big and not clever as the review slots are fully booked for the first quarter of the year… but I don’t read much ‘lighter’ fiction so this one is for emergencies!



I want to make my husband fall back in love with me. Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines. ‘Twenty ways to keep your man’. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’. I want it to hurt.
Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors. And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair. She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing. And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn’t it? NetGalley

I was sent a copy of The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett by the lovely publishers Penguin Random House, sadly I will upset many of you as I only recently read The Chemistry of Death which is book one in the David Hunter series, and this is… book five! Despite what Amazon is showing the kindle version will be published on



It was on a Friday evening that forensics consultant Dr David Hunter took the call: a Detective Inspector Lundy from the Essex force. Just up the coast from Mersea Island, near a place called Backwaters, a badly decomposed body has been found and the local police would welcome Hunter’s help with the recovery and identification . . .

Because they would like it to be that of Leo Villiers, the 31 year-old son of a prominent local family who went missing weeks ago, and they are under pressure to close the case. Villiers was supposed to have been having an affair with a married woman, Emma Derby. She too is missing, and the belief is that the young man disposed of his lover, and then killed himself. If only it was so straightforward.

But Hunter has his doubts about the identity of the remains. The hands and feet are missing, the face no longer recognisable. Then further remains are found – and suddenly these remote wetlands are giving up yet more grisly secrets. As Hunter is slowly but surely drawn into a toxic mire of family secrets and resentments, local lies and deception, he finds himself unable, or perhaps unwilling, to escape even though he knows that the real threat comes from the living, not the dead. Amazon

And lastly I have bought one of the books from my wishlist with my Christmas Amazon Voucher: The Ripper of Waterloo Road: The Murder of Eliza Grimwood in 1838 by Jan Bondeson was published on 13 January 2017 and has finally winged its way to the Channel Islands – a sneaky peak inside tells me I’m really going to love this piece of non-fiction Victorian crime.



When Jack the Ripper first terrorized the streets of London, the Daily Telegraph reported that his crimes were as ghastly as those committed by Eliza Grimwood’s murderer.
Grimwood’s is arguably the most infamous and brutal of all 19th-century murders. She was a high-class prostitute, and on 26 May 1838 she brought a client back home with her. The morning after, she was found with her throat cut and her abdomen viciously ‘ripped’. The client was nowhere to be seen.
The convoluted murder investigation, with suspects ranging from an alcoholic bricklayer to a royal duke, was followed by the Londoners with great interest, including Charles Dickens, who based Nancy’s death in Oliver Twist on Grimwood’s. Indeed, there was much dismay when the murder remained unsolved.
Jan Bondeson links this murder with a series of other opportunist early Victorian slayings, and, in putting forward a credible new suspect, concludes that the Ripper of Waterloo Road was, in fact, a serial killer. Amazon

And finally my Put A Book on the Map project has been steaming ahead behind the scenes. One of the spots has been filled with the pairing of the lovely author Alison Baillie with supportive blogger Joanne from Portebello Book Blog to put her book Sewing The Shadows Together which is partially set in Portebello, a coastal suburb of Edinburgh.

I had Alison’s book on the wishlist and despite the fact that this project wasn’t designed to add even more books to the TBR, when I was preparing my spreadsheet and looking at the synopsis, reviews around the blog etc, I simply couldn’t resist any longer.



Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend?

More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah.

“Shona had been gone for so long but the memories still came unexpectedly, sometimes like a video from the past, sometimes distorted dreams, but she was always there.”

When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed…

Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question:

Do we ever really know the people closest to us? Amazon

What have you found to read this week – do share!


Since my last post I’ve read just 2 books but gained a grand total of 4 new ones making the grand total of 189

Physical Books – 107
Kindle Books – 69
NetGalley Books – 13


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

30 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (January 22)

  1. Seems like a good week.I look forward to your review of Her Husband’s Lover.I am currently reading Rest In Power:Trayvon Martin’s story.

    Have a wonderful week ahead!


  2. I really enjoyed reading your wrap-up post. You’ve done well to catch up on reviews, I’m still behind on mine but hope to get there soon. I’d pretty much decided that Burial Rites was going to be one of those books that would never get to the top of my TBR as I’ve had it unread since it came out but you mentioning it here has made me think I should give it a chance soon. I hope you enjoy the new books you got this week. 🙂


  3. Sewing The Shadows Together sounds like a great read and will be going onto my TBR list. I’m off to the library in a bit and intend to see if there is any Rachel Abbott as I also need to read her now. Have a good week!


    1. I’m really looking forward to reading Sewing The Shadows Together but I’m really not sure when I will be able to fit it in just yet – I need more reading time.
      I do hope your reading week is a good one and you find some of Rachel Abbott’s books at the library.


      1. I hope you find the time (maybe don’t sleep)? Didn’t make it to the library yet but has to happen by tomorrow before I owe them money (again) so fingers crossed.


  4. I’m one of the ones that has BURIAL RITES, but has not read it yet. I’ll make a point to get to it soon. Don’t know why I’ve waited so long. I’m so excited about your new ‘Put A Book On The Map’ project. Can’t wait to see all the pairings. SEWING THE SHADOWS sounds wonderful and I’m putting it on my list. I’m reading AFTER SHE FELL right now and I actually skipped over the first book in the series (which I also own) and started this one instead. I’ll go back for #1 before long. I’m enjoying the story. Have a good week!!


    1. Oh Kay, you do need to read Burial Rites, it is fantastic! I’m getting so excited to see what the posts for Put a Book on The Map look like – I’ve written my review for After She Fell in readiness… glad you are enjoying it too.


  5. The Ripper of Waterloo Road is really intriguing, Cleo. I’m not surprised at all that that one got you interested. And I do like Beckett’s David Hunter series; I think it’s quite well-written I hope you’ll enjoy that one. I hope your reading week goes really well.


    1. Thank you – it would be better if the numbers were falling – I’m resolving to be very good indeed this week so I don’t hit the 190 mark!
      I loved this author’s first two books and yes, I’m sure he deserves it and it’s always good to have a bit of light easy reading for emergencies 😉


    1. Oh excellent I do hope you find it as good as I did. Thank you – I really had a big push as I wanted them in single digits by 2017 – I got them down to 10 so I nearly got there 😉 Trying to be restrained and maintain the low number now.

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  6. Ooh, the Ripper book looks great! I love Nancy’s murder – haha, I mean the description of it! Dickens does murder so well. So I’m seriously tempted by that one to find out the story behind Nancy’s. Have you read the new Hannah Kent yet? I should be starting it within the next copule of weeks – can’t wait! (I’m not mentioning your TBR total till I get back down closer to it… 😉 )


    1. I’ve been after the Ripper book ever since I knew it was coming out so it was a forgone conclusion that my Christmas gift voucher would go there.
      Funnily enough I’ve just been updating my daughter on what I’m reading this week (she likes to keep tabs) and I reckon I should be on the Hannah Kent next weekend.
      As for the TBR I’m going to be really good for a couple of weeks to stop it growing so fast… but I’m still winning 🙂

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  7. Choosing from your own TBR according to your mood feels so good 🙂 It’s like Christmas every time I get a chance to do it, haha! I had done well with only 1 NetGalley book left but I got into a little requesting spree last night, oops!


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