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Weekly Wrap Up (February 26)

Weekly Wrap Up

Another week and another the lovely Emma from damppebbles spotted my name in the paperback release of Little Bones by Sam Blake. There is something exceptionally thrilling to seeing your words quoted, so thank you Bonnier for picking my review!


This Week on the Blog

A busy one with four reviews posted starting with my thoughts on My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon, the book that accompanied me on my travels a couple of weeks back.

My excerpt post this week was for  Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary, the fourth in the London Detective Inspector Marnie Rome series.

On Wednesday I outlined my fabulous line-up of books for the week which included Agatha Christie, Denise Mina and Jane Casey – if nothing else it has been a fantastic book week!

A tiger mum was the subject matter of my second review of the week in The Trophy Child by Paula Daly, although whichever subject she choses to spin a story around, this author is always a hit with me.

Then came a five star review for The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, If you haven’t read this book, you really should which is definitely my best choice for the Mount TBR Challenge yet, although once again I am fighting the urge the second book she wrote to the TBR!

Last up review wise was my thoughts on The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie, a collection of linked short stories posed as a problem with Miss Marple. This was another book read as part of the TBR Challenge which is currently on track with 6 books read and reviewed by the end of February!

This Time Last Year…

I was reading a Non-Fiction book about the last woman hanged in New South Wales which sparked my interest in poisoning as a murder weapon. Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington wasn’t just about the crime and punishment though the links were made to the woman’s movement which was behind a valiant attempt to have Louisa Collin’s sentence commuted.

If you’d like to you can read my full review here or click on the book cover.

Last Woman Hanged


Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa’s husbands had died suddenly and the Crown, convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic, put her on trial an extraordinary four times in order to get a conviction, to the horror of many in the legal community. Louisa protested her innocence until the end.

Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial. Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter, May, who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand. Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law – except when it came to the gallows. They could not vote or stand for parliament – or sit on juries. Against this background, a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life, arguing that a legal system comprised only of men – male judges, all-male jury, male prosecutor, governor and Premier – could not with any integrity hang a woman. The tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House. Amazon

Stacking The Shelves

This week I have gained a copy of The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty which is already available in eBook but will be published in paperback on 9 March 2017.



“I am the housekeeper, the hired help with a messy past who cleans up other people’s messy lives, the one who protects their messy little secrets.”

When Anne Morgan’s successful boyfriend, (who also happens to be her boss), leaves her for another woman, Anne finds herself in desperate need of a new job and a quiet place to recover. Meanwhile, her celebrity idol, Emma Helmsley, is in need of a housekeeper, an opportunity which seems too good to be true.

Through her books, website, and blog, Emma Helmsley advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life. Her husband, Rob, is a high profile academic and her children, Jake and Lily, are well-adjusted teenagers. On the surface, they are the perfect family. But Anne soon finds herself intimately ensconced in the Helmsley’s dirty laundry, both literally and figuratively. Underneath the dust, grime and whimsical clutter, everyone has a secret to hide and Anne’s own disturbing past threatens to unhinge everything.

For fans of Notes on a Scandal and The Woman Upstairs, The Housekeeper is a nuanced and nail-biting psychological thriller about the dark recesses of the human mind and the dangerous consequences of long-buried secrets. Amazon

I was also approved on NetGalley to read The Escape by C.L. Taylor which will be published on 23 March 2017. I have read all of this author’s previous books and I’m really looking forward to this one.



“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t. The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger.
But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN. NetGalley

I also already had, but hadn’t featured a copy of The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett which is out in April 2017.



‘Have you met them yet, the new couple?’

When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.
When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.

And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them… NetGalley

… and The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey, the third in the DI Grace Fisher series, also out in April 2017. I’m eager to read the follow up to  Good Girls Don’t Die and Shot Through The Heart



A case of historical child sex abuse by a famous doctor is linked to the murder of his young and popular colleague at a summer camp deep in the Essex woods.

A young psychiatric registrar is found beaten to death in the woods close to a summer camp for young patients suffering from eating disorders. It is run by the charismatic, world-renowned Professor Ned Chesham. DI Grace Fisher investigates, but it is not long before she is pulled from the case – to head up a Metropolitan Police review into a cold case involving Chesham himself.

Nearly twenty years ago, one of Chesham’s patients made allegations that he sexually assaulted her. The investigation at the time found no conclusive proof, but Grace soon discovers another victim, and a witness whose account never reached the police. Does this mean the original investigation was bungled? Scotland Yard would certainly like her to conclude otherwise.

As Grace uncovers the lies that led to the young doctor’s murder, she discovers the full extent of the damage done to Chesham’s ‘special girls’ – and the danger they are still in. NetGalley

and finally You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood a book that captured my attention and my new found enjoyment in court room dramas. You Don’t Know Me is being published by Penguin on 4 May 2017.



An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder.

Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth. There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands.

We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it? NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?


Since my last post I’ve read 3 books and gained just 2 – although I found a missing book from the TBR list while another 2 were discarded.. so the grand total is 189
Physical Books – 111
Kindle Books – 65
NetGalley Books – 13


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

37 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (February 26)

  1. Congratulations on your book quote – fabulous, the stuff of dreams. Doing my best to not be tempted after a disastrous week last week but smitten by The Other Typist after your previous mention of it.


  2. Congrats on being quoted 🙂
    I really must start reading C.L. Taylor’s books! The praise cannot be lying 🙂 I love the cover for The Housekeeper! Have a nice week!


  3. Congrats on the book quote 🎉 that’s so very cool and lets you know your reviews are really appreciated! A very bookish week for you, I’m excited to read You Don’t Know Me! I want to read The Escape too but if I request it now, I’m at risk of losing my 80% badge 🙈 lol


  4. Oh, I love these posts – telling us about your new books always adds to my TBR list. Like the look of all the ones you featured. Enjoy, enjoy!! I especially think the courtroom book sounds interesting.


  5. Congratulations, Cleo, on being quoted – that’s fabulous! And well-deserved. I’m glad you mentioned Last Woman Hanged; that’s one I’d very much like to read. And I’ve been hearing some good things about The People at No. 9; I’ll be interested in what you think of that one.


    1. Thank you Margot – I do think you’d enjoy Last Woman Hanged, especially after your post yesterday. This particular crime committed in Australia by a woman caused the woman’s movement to call for the sentence to be commuted at almost the same a woman in the UK caused the papers to fill with similar complaints and calls for action.
      I love to take a peek behind fictional closed doors so I was on an active lookout for The People at Number 9 🙂

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  6. Hi Cleo,

    I have had my book quotes appear twice in print now and it certainly does give me a buzz when it happens, kinda makes it all worth while! “Congratulations”.

    You have had a mega busy blog week, although ‘The Escape’ and ‘The Special Girls’, were the two which particularly caught my eye.

    Have a great reading week 🙂



  7. Congrats on being quoted! You are a star!

    I always love Paula Daly’s books, too, so I enjoyed The Trophy Child. The Other Typist was another one that kept me glued to the pages, and I had already read and enjoyed the author’s Three Martini Lunch.

    Now The Housekeeper is going on my list! Thanks for growing my TBR. LOL.

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


    1. Oh Laurel I do so enjoy your visits – we do have such similar tastes in books. I need to read Three Martini Lunch, it is on the wishlist at the moment as I am trying so hard to drive the TBR down despite appearances.
      I was thrilled to be offered a copy of The Housekeeper which I’ll be reading next month for the blog tour review.


  8. Wow so great to have your quote in Little Bones! It was a wonderful bookish week for you it seems, lots of great additions. I would love to read You Don’t Know Me Too but haven’t gotten my hands on it yet, and I was told to have been put on the review list for The Escape but haven’t received a book yet (and I see review copies everywhere) so I’m doubting it’ll come my way.. but I’m not complaining, still have some other reading fortunately. Happy reading this week!


    1. Thank you – yes just as well as work wise it was awful!
      I came across You Don’t Know About Me and it called to me, I’m really intrigued about this one. That’s the best attitude to have, there are so many great books out there that we can’t read them all!

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  9. I was reading a book from a series I love and came across my name and a quote of mine in it. was quite the shock and yes, it was thrilling for me too. The Special Girls caught my attention and a new author for me too. You have some great reads to lose yourself in this week!

    My Sunday Post


  10. How fab to see your quote featured in a book this week! 😊 It sounds like you’ve read some great books this week. I have The Other Typist on my TBR and your praise has again made me want to move a book to the top of my TBR. I’m also doing the Mount TBR challenge so I may read this book for that too. Hope you enjoy your new books.


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