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Weekly Wrap Up (August 7)

Weekly Wrap Up

Nothing exciting to report from the ranch this week all fairly normal except I managed to smash my phone’s screen which resulted in it having to be fixed – this in turn meant that I was around less on social media than normal this week. But it’s all better now and normal life can resume once more.

Last Week on the Blog

On the blog last week I posted a review one of my favourite reads of the year so far; I See You by Clare Mackintosh meaning that with two five-star reads under her belt that she is now firmly on my ‘must-read’ list of authors. As in her first book, her twelve years in the police force, including a stint in CID adds to the realism of what was a very creepy book, albeit one with a beautiful cover!

My opening paragraph on Tuesday was from the Queen of Crime; Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the review of this book was posted later in the same week!

Wednesday’s post featured the books I am reading this week, sadly I didn’t take to Eleanor Catton’s The Rehearsal at all and it is a DNF. It is a long time since I have tossed a book aside, I fear I wasn’t in the mood for the arty language and after struggling through the first few chapters have put this aside. I’m a bit disappointed as this was one of my 20 Books of Summer but since I was never going to get to number 20 anyway…

Following my review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the poll indicates that my readers favourite Agatha Christie novel is Murder on the Orient Express!

Friday found me talking/rambling about the fact that the end of a book is so important and yet, in order to avoid spoiling the book for other readers, is something I rarely emphasise in my reviews. I then went on to discuss the end of series which the common method for finishing seems to be the death of the protagonist.

Yesterday had me posting my review of Rat Run by Caro Ramsay a police procedural set in Scotland (I do seem to have read a far few Scottish crime novels lately) which has a definite bite to it!

Stacking the Shelves

I was contacted by Bonnier Zaffre to ask if I would like to read G.J. Minett’s second book Lie In Wait. This man’s debut novel The Hidden Legacy was an outstanding read, so after thinking for a millisecond, I swiftly said ‘yes please’ Lie In Wait will be published in eBook format on 25 August 2016.

Lie In Wait


Owen Hall has always been different. A big man with an unusual fixation, one who prefers to put his trust in number patterns rather than in people, it’s unsurprising that he’d draw the attention of a bully.
Or a murder investigation.
And, in the storm of emotions and accusations that erupts when a violent killing affects a small community, it soon becomes clear that a particularly clever murderer might just get away with it. NetGalley
All they’d need is a likely suspect . . .

And Fiction Fan kindly let me know  that I’d missed the announcement of the Agatha Christie Blogathon organised by Christina Wehner for 16 to 18 September 2016. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author but the re-reads I have been doing over the last couple of years have always been the Poirot books, or standalones because I wasn’t a fan of Miss Marple. I am now biting the bullet and giving Miss Marple a chance, and to be scrupulously fair I researched to see what other readers thought the best one was. I am going to read and review The Murder at the Vicarage but of course in order to do so, I needed a copy of the book!

The Murder at the Vicarage


Agatha Christie’s first ever Miss Marple mystery, reissued with a striking cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
’Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,’ declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, ‘would be doing the world at large a service!’
It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity. Amazon

So that’s me, what have you found to read this week?

PicMonkey Collage TBR

Since my last post I have read 3 books, discarded 1 and gained 2 so the total this week is now standing at 174 books!
87 physical books
68 e-books
19 books on NetGalley