We are having a day of steady rain for which all the gardeners and farmers are extremely grateful. A nice day in which to do nothing (even our cat has not moved from her bed other than to eat) and go nowhere. Although I have not quite been doing nothing…I have stewed and bottled apples and currently have a large pot of tomato sauce simmering away. My house smells beautiful!
Coronavirus has played havoc with my reading and posting this week as the number of cases in New Zealand has escalated. Not many compared with overseas, but then our total population is less than that of Sydney, Australia. I am pleased to report that there have been no deaths in New Zealand, yet. But government directives have resulted in much extra work for me. We have had to implement a system of recording every person who comes onto the premises, and have had to reconfigure the layout of the club, making more smaller areas for our members, with more space between seats and wider table spaces. Most of our members have been wonderful, but as always, there has been the odd one who has protested and tried to circumvent the rules. ‘If you don’t like it, there’s the door’ has become our answer.
I hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well. Hopefully, this will soon pass, and we can all get back to normal again. Although I think that it will be a slightly new version of normal.
Currently I am reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty who, as any of you who are regular readers know, is one of my favourite authors. I love his Sean Duffy series, and 80 pages in, The Chain seems to be every bit as good. Mr McKinty is a very versatile writer.
I am currently listening to The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths, another great favourite of mine. This is the first in the Stephens and Mephisto Mystery series, of which I have read several of the later books.
This week I am planning on reading Knock, Knock by Chris Merritt
Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…
As Detective Dan Lockhart is called to a wealthy London street to investigate Natasha’s death, he’s startled by the similarity to a previous case. Noticing the cable-tie restraints and the tiny scratches on Natasha’s wedding finger, Dan already knows what he will find if he looks in her mouth – the metal ball which choked her to death. He knows Natasha isn’t the killer’s first victim and is certain that he will strike again.
Months earlier, Kim Hardy was found in the same position in a run-down hotel across the city – an identical silver ball in her throat. But Kim’s murderer was caught and sent to prison – did they arrest the wrong man? And what connects the two victims? Fearing that he’s dealing with a psychopathic serial killer, Dan calls in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help him to get into the perpetrator’s mind. Tough and smart, Lexi will stop at nothing to hunt down the man responsible for the deaths.
Then, another body is discovered, just as Lexi finds a clue online leading to the killer. Dan’s team aren’t convinced, but in pushing Lexi away from the investigation, they force her to dig further into the case on her own. Convinced that she’s on to something, she puts herself in unthinkable danger… but can Dan piece together the clues and identify the killer before it’s too late?
And The First Wife by Jill Childs
When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation from a childhood friend, Caroline, to visit her family’s beautiful beach house, situated at the mouth of an isolated cove, miles from the nearest town. The silence is broken only by the rhythmic crash of the waves against the jagged black rocks below.
But when Sophie arrives, she finds her friend much changed. Caroline – who used to be so warm and confident – is secretive and on-edge, spending long, unexplained hours away from her family. And then there’s Caroline’s little daughter Lucy – who stopped speaking soon after they moved in. Caroline assures Sophie that it’s only a phase, but Sophie thinks Lucy looks a little uncared for, a little afraid…
Then one night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold…
I have received six ARCs from NetGalley this week:
Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride
One Way to Venice by Jane Aiken Hodge
The Island Girls by Noelle Harrison
Find Her Alive (Detective Josie Quinn #8) by Lisa Regan
And finally After the Accident by Kerry Wilkinson
Stay safe and read.