Watching What I’m Reading…

Only ten days until Christmas and I am not even remotely organised! But I guess it will happen whether I am organised or not. We held the children’s Christmas party at the local pools today and all 63 of them seemed to have a great time. The only tears were caused by a stubbed toe. So that’s a major that I can cross off my to do list.

I managed to sneak in an extra read again this week which was


This was a thrilling five star read and I will be publishing my review tomorrow . Although if you want a preview you can find it at

My next read is


When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems.

The factory mystery soon turns to murder and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man at last? Or will the killer get her first?

I am not as much of an Agatha Raisin fan as I am of the Hamish Macbeth series, but I do enjoy Beaton’s writing .

I am also planning on reading


Ten years have passed since the events described in The Vanishing Box. Edgar Stephens is now a Superintendent and married to former DS Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show, Ruby Magic.

The funeral of Stan Parks, aka Diablo, actor and wartime comrade to Edgar and Max, throws the gang back together. The reunion sparks all sorts of feelings. Bob Willis, now a DI, is dealing with the disappearance of local schoolgirl Rhonda Miles. Emma, frustrated by living the life of a housewife and mother, keeps thinking how much better she would run the case. She is helped by Sam Collins, a woman reporter also hampered by sexism at work. Sam notices a pattern with other missing girls. Edgar listens to the theory but doesn’t give it much credence. He is preoccupied with the threatened invasion of Brighton by Mods and Rockers on the May Bank Holiday.

The case takes a more sinister turn when one of the missing girls is found dead. Then Ruby fails to turn up for a rendezvous and it becomes clear that she too has disappeared. Emma takes risks to track down the killer herself while Edgar is working flat out dealing with violent clashes between rival gangs on Brighton’s seafront. With tension and anger hitting him on all sides, Edgar must keep the coolest of heads to track down the killer.

I have received seven (my lucky number!) new ARCs from Netgalley this week. .πŸ˜‚πŸ€£








Now all I need in my Christmas stocking is a desert island so that I can read in peace.

Stay calm and read on my friends.


Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

9 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading…”

  1. I’m not ready for Christmas yet either Sandy! Awesome haul my friend! I will take the crown back but only for this week!πŸ˜‚ Have a great week and stay calm my friend!β˜•πŸ“šπŸŒžπŸ’“πŸŽ…

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  2. I can’t believe it is less than two weeks to Christmas, but I am pretty much ready except for wrapping gifts. I am heading off to Netgalley as there are a couple here that look really good. Enjoy all your new reads Sandy.

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    1. thanks Carla, I will. I was planning on wrapping gifts today but had to go to work….hopefully I will get an early finish one day before Christmas so I can pick up the last of my groceries, wrap the gifts and make my lists for what we need to take away with us. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas my friend. I probably won’t be posting between Christmas and New Year as we are going on a family holiday with our eldest son and his family. Fingers crossed the weather improves and the storms disappear by then. β›ˆβ˜”β€πŸ˜πŸ“šπŸ€—πŸ€—


      1. Spending time with family is the best way to celebrate any holiday, but especially Christmas. It is easy to tire ourselves out with the preparations so make sure you don’t do that, you want to enjoy yourself. I hope the weather improves for you, travel in bad weather is never fun.

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      2. Christmas Day is supposed to be nice. We will be having a picnic lunch on the side of the road on the way up to the beach, and we’re having Christmas Day on Boxing Day when we are all settled in. I am looking forward to spending time on the beach with the grandchildren and cooking will mostly be done on the BBQ – by the men. I am working right through into Christmas Eve, so have given up all thought of baking the normal Christmas treats. I will make and distribute them once we get back. There are a few IOUs in the Christmas parcels this year. Have a wonderful Christmas my friend. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β›„πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š


      3. Christmas on the beach with barbecue sounds wonderful, especially when someone else is cooking it. Spending time with family is what is most important, not what you eat. I have about 14 coming here Christmas Day and am looking forward to it. My daughter’s boyfriend’s parents are coming, so I guess we will see how everyone gets alone. πŸ˜…πŸ—πŸ₯§πŸ½οΈπŸŽ…πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŒŸ

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