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Weekly Wrap Up (February 19)

Weekly Wrap Up

I didn’t post a wrap up last week as I had gone away on a little jaunt, firstly to London where I met up with Bibliobeth to attend a Book Blogger event organised by Headline books – I had a great evening, had long chats with publicist Georgina Moore (Chief Communications Officer) and authors: Julia Crouch, Alison Weir, Colette McBeth, Amanda Reynolds and Adele Parks as well as some other bloggers – this goes some way to explaining some of the recent additions to my TBR. I had a fantastic evening.

From there I made a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon where unfortunately the great Bard was fairly silent but myself and my oldest (in that we’ve been friends the longest) friend had a wonderful weekend catching up and having fun. I then made a trip to Malvern to visit relatives before making it back to Jersey via a Post Office so I could send my books home as they wouldn’t fit in my carry-on case!

This Week on the Blog

Well I’m going back to the week before because I simply have to feature my review of He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly which is my favourite read of the year so far. A story of a coupling interrupted in 1999 leads to a court case with a young man charged with rape. What really happened on the day of the solar eclipse that day will have long lasting consequences for all involved.

My extract post this week was from The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir the first in the Children’s House Series.

My This Week in Books post featured among other’s The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, another book to count towards my Mount TBR challenge.

On Thursday my first review of the week was for The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer which I enjoyed far more than I would have been expected since it contained strong supernatural elements.

On Friday I posted my review for Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Baillie. This story of a past murder in Portobello, Edinburgh was then the subject of yesterday’s Put a Book on the Map feature written by Joanne of Portobello Book Blog and Alison Baillie. I’m really enjoying the posts that are the collaboration between the author and book bloggers which really add some context to the books being discussed.

This Time Last Year…

I was reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. This sliding doors novel which has three different versions of a life, kicked off by a student falling off her bike in 1958 was exceptionally well written and one of my favourite novels of last year. Each version of Eva and Jim’s life is full of minor details as well as the bigger events which steer them down different paths which made for a satisfying and enjoyable read.

If you click on the cover you can read my full review

The Versions of Us


What if you had said yes . . . ?
Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.
The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life? Amazon

Stacking the Shelves

So back to the wonderful Headline Book Blogger event where I picked up a much wanted copy of An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth which is due out in June 2017,  which Colette kindly signed for me.



These are the facts I collect.

My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him where they had sex. They next morning she was found in an allotment.

Mariela is dead.

Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning
Linda Moscow: loving mother to Gabriel. Linda promised herself years ago that she would never let her son down again. Even if it means going against everything she believes in – she will do anything to protect him. She owes him that much.
Gabriel Miller: the prodigal son. He only ever wanted his mother’s love, but growing up he always seemed to do the wrong thing. If his mother could only see the bad in him – how could he possibly be good?
How far will a mother go to save her son? Linda’s decision might save Gabriel, but it will have a catastrophic impact on the lives of others. What would you do if faced with the same impossible choice? Amazon

After having a wonderful chat with Amanda Reynolds I was delighted that she signed my copy of Close to Me which will be out in April 2017.


When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia – she’s lost a whole year of memories.
A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can’t remember what she did – or what happened the night she fell.
But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought. Amazon

Bibliobeth bought me her spare copy of Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman
which is due out in May 2017



This is not a story of bad things happening to bad girls. I say this because I know you, Dex, and I know how you think.
I’m going to tell you a story, and this time, it will be the truth.
Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed and isolated at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki’s boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah befriends new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki.
Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live and think they are invulnerable.
But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything . . . Amazon

In the post I was delighted to receive Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton – one of my favourite authors which is being published on 20 April 2017.



Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . . Amazon

From NetGalley I was delighted to be given a copy of Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey which is out next month – and it features Meave and Josh!!




When an 18-year-old girl returns home to find her house covered in blood and her mother missing, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth…
When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds Kate, her mother, missing and the house covered in blood. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. In the absence of a body, she and maverick detective Josh Derwent turn their attention to the neighbours.
The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter definitely has something to hide. Then there’s William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighbourhood’s favourite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat or is there more behind the charismatic façade? As the accusations fly, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of conflicting testimonies, none of which quite add up. Who is lying, who is not? The answer could lead them to the truth about Kate Emery, and save the life of someone else. NetGalley

Surprisingly I have more books added to the TBR which will be revealed next week…

What have you found to read this week?


Since my last post I’ve read 6 books and gained 10!! so the grand total is 192
Physical Books – 115
Kindle Books – 65
NetGalley Books – 12


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

29 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (February 19)

  1. I didn’t realise you were at the Headline event Cleo, I was there too and would have said hello. Some great looking books again this week.


    1. I didn’t realise you were there either Karen. I was actually really sad I didn’t get to meet more bloggers but the time went so fast! Next time! Thank you my posted home books all arrived safely although despite being posted at exactly the same time, not on the same day.

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      1. The evening went far too quickly. I also missed one of my favourite authors, Colette. Weird that your books arrived on different days – I thought our postal system was bad enough!


  2. Your Book Blogger event sounded great and a perfect opportunity for more books! I’ve bit He Said/She Said to read, so best hurry up based on your recommendation. I also got approved for Let the Dead Speak – delighted to be able to catch up with Maeve. Happy Reading x


  3. What a great book week. The event sounds amazing and so do the books you got. The Sharon Bolton one especially. I will be watching out for your review of that one. Happy reading, you’ve certainly plenty to keep you busy. Amanda 😉


  4. What a fun time you had! I’ve decided that going to book events and meeting authors and other readers is the best! I’m going to another mystery conference in late April and cannot wait! Your books look great – so many to choose from. What will you read next? I’m very interested in the Jane Casey book, as well as the Sharon Bolton book. And well, really all of them. Glad you had a nice trip!


    1. It was lovely and I was glad to be able to go, it isn’t easy from Jersey which is why I had a bit of a round trip before I came home – My brother thought I was mad when I made him take me to the Post Office but it was the only way!

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  5. So glad to hear you had such a good time, Cleo – it sounds great! That new Jane Casey looks terrific; I like her work very much. The McBeth looks very good, too. I think you’ve some great reading ahead of you, and I look forward to your reviews.


  6. The Headline event sounds like it was a brilliant night – I was invited but wasn’t able to go so it’s nice to hear about it. You’ve got some fab-sounding books over the last couple of weeks – I’m definitely going to start He Said/She Said next after you recommended it. Hope the books you posted to yourself got to your house okay. Happy reading! 🙂
    Here’s my weekly wrap-up post:


    1. A shame you weren’t able to make it Hayley – I so rarely meet up with other bloggers because of where I live so the event became a spring board for a short break. Enjoy He Said/She Said, I’m interested to hear what you think.
      Brilliantly the books were posted in two parcels at the same time, from the same place yet arrived two days apart! I was beginning to panic 😉

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  7. I didn’t realise that you were at the Headline event – I would have loved to say hi in person! The time did fly though, and Georgina and her team were very good at making sure bloggers got to meet all the authors. Maybe next time!


  8. How lovely that you got to meet some other bloggers and talk books with them and authors, I’m sure it was very energising and motivating. I’ve had a great reading week with two historical novels, the highlight really being Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing which is sure to be one of my favourite reads of the year. I’m on holiday this week and taking my children to a small island near here, so not sure how much I’ll be reading. Have a great week!


  9. 192! Useless! Must do better! Ooh, I’m very jealous re Sharon Bolton! but at least I have the Jane Casey and managed to snaffle the Erin Kelly so I’ll just have to keep checking NetGalley…


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