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Weekly Wrap Up (March 12)

Weekly Wrap Up

This Week on the Blog

I had a fantastic blogging week with a blog tour and three five star reviews; and yes, three five star reviews even though I’ve been following my slightly stricter criteria!!

On Monday G.J. Minett wrote a guest post on Writing Characters which gave some very sound advice as part of his blog tour to promote Lie In Wait which is now out in paperback.

My excerpt post came from a book that I’m very excited to read; A Life Between Us by Louise Walters

This Week in Books included a murderous trio of books by Leigh Russell, Peter Graham and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

My first five star review was for the long awaited Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey, the seventh in the Maeve Kerrigan series.

The second review was for an equally thrilling Quieter than Killing by Sarah Hilary, the fourth in the chilling DI Marnie Rome series.

And lastly, but no means least, my review for Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister explains why this  psychological thriller was an unexpected delight.

This Time Last Year…

I was reading No One Knows by J.T. Ellison a psychological thriller. The opening paragraph explains that I am cutting back on this genre which I find amusing because I’m still saying that now – maybe my addiction runs deeper than I thought!

This domestic noir thriller is about Aubrey whose husband went missing on his best friend’s stag night but Aubrey is convinced he is still alive. With a likeable chief protagonist this avoids some of the clichés of the 2016 domestic noir output, although it had enough surprises to keep me thoroughly entertained.

You can read my full review here or click on the book cover


Aubrey Hamilton has been mourning her missing husband for five years, despite being even while she was considered the prime suspect in his murder. But when he is officially declared dead, there are still more questions than answers: Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered, or did he run away? And who is the new, mysterious and strangely familiar figure suddenly appearing in Aubrey’s life? And has she finally lost her mind after years of loneliness and confusion? Amazon

Stacking the Shelves

Another restrained week for me, probably helped by the fact that Jersey has suffered from fog so we had no mail for a few days!

Jersey Evening Post

From NetGalley I have a copy of The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson chosen because I really did enjoy The Other Me by this author.


We all have our secrets. Eleanor Rathmell has kept one her whole life. But when her husband dies and a stranger arrives at her door, her safe life in the idyllic English village she’s chosen as her home begins to topple.
Everyone is suspicious of this stranger, except for Eleanor. But her trust in him will put her life in danger, because nothing is as it seems; not her dead husband, the man who claims to love her, or the inscrutable outsider to whom she’s opened her home and her heart. NetGalley

And I bought a copy of A Time for Silence by Thorne Moore because one of the bloggers I’ve followed for the longest,  BookerTalk, suggested this one for an upcoming Put A Book on The Map post and it sounded so good that I couldn’t resist – this will be the first entry for Wales on the map!


When Sarah, struggling to get over tragedy, stumbles across her grandparents’ ruined farm, it feels as if the house has been waiting for her. She is drawn to their apparently idyllic way of life and starts to look into her family history only to learn that her grandfather, Jack, was murdered. Why has nobody told her? Sarah becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Gwen and Jack. But are there some family stories that should never be told… Amazon

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


Since my last post I’ve read 3 books and gained just 2 so the grand total is hurtling in a downward direction to 187
Physical Books – 109
Kindle Books – 64
NetGalley Books – 14


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

33 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (March 12)

  1. Three five star books? This is living! 🙂
    And I do like your optimistic framing of the TBR stack – “hurtling downwards…” – wish I could say the same about mine.


    1. It was a great week for reading and although I expected greatness from two loved authors, it was great to see that the debut book I read was also fantastic.
      My comments on the TBR have to be inventive seeing as it normally is ascending 😉

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  2. So many stars on the blog this week! I stayed away from NG all week and had a bit of a request crisis yesterday! You can’t stay away too long… 🙂 Have a great week!


  3. Wow, that fog certainly does look thick, Cleo! I’m very glad you had such a good reading week. Isn’t that a great feeling? And as for what’s on your TBR, A Time For Silence looks quite inviting…


    1. We do suffer with bad fog here and of course being an island have to suffer the disruption it brings – but fortunately we’re used to it! It really was a superb selection of books, I don’t think I’ve ever given out three five star reviews in one week before.

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  4. Shame about the fog but a successful reading week with 3 five star rated books – my star ratings can be a bit hit and miss, I often dither between giving a 4 or 5. I’ve bought the Kindle version of The Stranger this week (just one of many Kindle buys)!


    1. Yes fortunately I was just in the office so the fog didn’t matter too much, it’s not fun if you are trying to go anywhere though. I don’t think my star ratings can be called scientific but I am trying to be a little bit more rigorous and these three books fully deserved the full five stars 😉

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  5. You did have a good week! And that fog looks crazy thick. So, when the fog rolls in, your mail does not – wow. Well, guess it helped your TBR to go down, right? I saw THE STRANGER on Netgalley, but a lot of the books you mention are not available to me because they are restricted to your part of the world. However, that one caught my eye. And A TIME FOR SILENCE looks good. Will check that one out. Have a good week!!


    1. Yes part of island life but fortunately I wasn’t trying to get off but it does mean I’m expecting a bumper amount of post now it’s departed!
      Yes, I have the problem in reverse, the new Mary Kubica is out in your region but not available for me. I do like the sound of A Time For Silence which I’d never come across before.


  6. We usually have quite a bit of fog around here in the winter months, the low-hanging “tule” fog that is very creepy. I just realized that there has been little to none this year…perhaps because it has been raining a lot more.

    I like how you spotlight the reads from a year ago…and I definitely enjoyed No One Knows. It’s hard to believe it has been a year!

    I searched on Amazon for Everything But the Truth…and nothing is available here except from third party sellers. I may have to check those out.

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


    1. It is a common problem here and this is the second time in a couple of weeks that the airport has closed down for a couple of days because of it, but apart from the post issue, it didn’t disrupt my life too much.
      I’ve enjoyed doing the spotlight section as it reminds me of authors that may otherwise have fallen from my radar – and yes, it is hard to believe that was a year ago.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link 🙂


  7. I have read two of your five star reviews and agree they were both great. I now need to read Everything But The Truth, which sounds excellent.


  8. I’m allowing myself to buy some books this week and been keeping an eye on The Stranger. That’s some wicked fog. Must be really bad to ground planes and stop the mail. Don’t they have that motto…? LOL Wonderful for you to have three five star books in one week. I’ve been lucky with my reads recently. I think it’s because I chose books I knew I’d enjoy and some were from trusted authors I’ve read before. Have a lovely day!

    My Sunday Post


    1. Being a small island we only have a short runway so it’s too risky for the planes to land!!
      Yes and two out of those three fell right into that category and the third was a very pleasant surprise.


  9. I have to be careful when I visit your blog–I always end up adding at least one more book to my never-ending tbr list (ok, mountain)–lol!

    This week I finished Andrew Michael Hurley’s beautiful and melancholy THE LONEY. It’s about a devout Catholic family in 1970s London who travel to a northern shrine to pray for a “cure” for their mentally-disabled son. Ruminations on God, faith, belief, miracles, truth, and the nature of evil. Now I’m reading GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton, which intrigued me because it was described as THE ROAD meets GRAVITY, although so far it’s a bit more optimistic than either of those.


    1. I’d like to say I’m sorry but secretly I’m thrilled that you find so much that catches your eye here!
      The Lonely does sound good, I like that time period and I’m intrigued about the nature of evil. Good to hear Good Morning Midnight has some optimism in it.


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