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Weekly Wrap Up (November 12)

Last weekend I met up with my very best friend in Bath and we spent a long weekend talking, visiting the Roman Baths, drinking gin, some more talking, a bit of shopping and visiting the Fashion Museum in this beautiful city.

Fashion Museum Bath

As you can see I completely looked the part!

This Week on the Blog

My excerpt post this week was from Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister which promises to explore a moral dilemma.

I completed my third TBR Book Tag whereby I spill all the beans on my ability to keep the beast under some sort of control. Since 2015 the change has been a massive decline of three books!

I’ve had a fantastic run of books lately and the week is rounded off with three five star reads.

First up was my review for Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate originally published in 1940 this was a story in three parts which felt far less dated than I expected.

Then came my review of Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre which drew me in tight and didn’t let me go, yes this is a tale that will be remembered for some time to come.

The hat trick was rounded off with my review for Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite which accompanied me on my journey to Bath and made the train carriage with no air conditioning far less bothersome than it might otherwise have been!

This Time Last Year…

I was reading the magnificent In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings, which was  one of those stories that has not let  me go! From the off it filled me with unease and reminded me what the original psychological thrillers felt like as I followed Bella in her quest to find out the truth following a bombshell revelation that indicated that her whole life might have been a lie. With brilliantly drawn characters this book in one amazing setting, it was a sheer delight to read.

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


A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence.

Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but her life.

Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family – and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.

Stacking the Shelves

Skoobs Book Stall – Bath Indoor Market

I went to Bath years ago and my abiding memory was of the fantastic second-hand book stall where I bought a number of Barbara Vine books in the indoor market. Well, surprise, surprise it is still there and purely as a mark of nostalgia I felt it was only polite to peruse it’s offerings all these years later – bearing in mind other shopping had used up the very limited space on my carry-on bag for the flight home. I would like to point out that I suggested a number of great books to other browsers to make up for my own lack of space, before I finally and reluctantly left the stall.


I found a copy of The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie , it’s a private challenge of mine to only buy her books second-hand and in good condition – the one I found was in practically perfect condition which it would have been downright rude to leave on the stack.


There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place.
Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans… Amazon

I also picked up a copy of The Dry by Jane Harper as it became clear from all the wonderful reviews I have read that this is a book I need!


I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime. Amazon

From NetGalley I have a copy of Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon which will be published on 11 January 2018. Although it should be noted that although I don’t have a copy yet, I also want to read The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by the same author.


There are three things you should know about Elsie.

The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:

1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo. Amazon

I also have a copy of True Stories by Helen Garner, a non-fiction book that sounds perfect for dipping in and out of, her book The House of Grief being one of my favourite non-fiction reads of all time.


Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award.

Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling. True Stories is an extraordinary book, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia’s great writers. Amazon


Since my last post I’ve read 7 books and gained just 4 so my TBR now has a total of 170
Physical Books – 97
Kindle Books – 55
NetGalley Books – 18


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

30 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (November 12)

    1. Bath is stunning and although I’ve visited a few times I’d never been to the fashion museum before – as you can see we made the most of pretending to be elegant ladies.
      Good to know I have my finger on the pulse of the books you covet 😉


  1. What a round up! So impressed as always, Cleo, all so seamlessly put together! Nearly drooled over the market, it looked amazing! And Bath is somewhere I Dream of going, it sounds beautiful, but am probably years and years away, living in Ireland and having only been abroad once since we had started having kids ten years ago! Have bookmarked The Dry and decided I have to drop new releases in the new year and get back to some good old Agatha Christie! Well done as always!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.
      Everything changes so fast, the friend I met up with is the one I came to Jersey with back in 1990 and although she didn’t stay for years we saw each other only fleetingly and our contact was via letter, (remember those?) and the occasional phone call. Now with the changes of the intervening years and the call on our time by children drastically reduced we meet up for a long weekend at least once a year (this year we squeezed in two) and it’s a real tonic – that book stall is amazing and it’s probably good that the luggage restrictions forced me to be sensible.
      I’ve done much better this year balancing my own reading taste alongside far fewer new books and will definitely be continuing into 2018.


  2. Should you fancy dressing up again, we have a Jane Austen weekend her in Bath when both men and women dress up in appropriate costume. Sadly, this year’s was a little damp but some of the participants looked quite splendid even if it was a bit disconcerting to see them in cafes before we remembered the event as being staged!


  3. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time, Cleo, and that’s great! And you’ve got some terrific books, too. I didn’t know Garner had a new one out; I’ll be especially interested in what you think of that one. And I like your idea about the Agatha Christie novels, too!


  4. I went to Bath a few years ago it is lovely, if I get there again will hunt out that second hand bookstall! I agree on the Agatha Christie, it would have been extremely rude to leave it behind!


  5. LOL!!!! Three books since 2015. Thanks for reaffirming my thought that taming the TBR beast is hopeless.
    I’m jealous of your “Three things about Elsie”. NetGalley does NOT have it on offer for Canadian/U.S. readers yet. (sad pouty face)


  6. I always wanted to go to Bath but have never done more than driven through it. It does look beautiful from what I’ve seen. And you can’t beat anywhere with good second hand book stores.


  7. Your trip to Bath sounds fabulous. And I love visiting book stalls. So many books I want I can find at them. And new ones, of course. LOL I’m wanting to read The Dry. Sounds thrilling!

    My Sunday Post


  8. Ooh, did you go dressed like that or do they let you play dress-up when you’re there? And more importantly – was Darcy there??? Three books down in two years, eh? Sadly, to me that actually looks like a triumph… 😉


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