Watching what I’m reading…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. We have fine weather today and I have been making the most of it. The laundry is all up to date, and I have had a couple of hours in the garden. It’s starting to cloud over now and the wind is picking up so I decided to come inside. Good timing as the Supercar racing out of Australia – Townsville, Queensland. I have only driven through there a couple of times, but I think that once travel restrictions are eased that it is somewhere I am going to have to visit. We have friends who live there so it would be great to catch up with them too.

I am currently reading The First to Lie by Frank Phillipi Ryan, my first book by this author and it is certainly keeping my attention!


I finished listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers earlier today and have yet to download another audiobook.

This week I am planning to read Cry Baby by Mark Billingham


In the summer of 1996, two boys run from a playground into the adjoining woods, but only one comes out. DS Tom Thorne takes on a case that quickly spirals out of control when two people connected with the missing boy are murdered. As London prepares to host the European Soccer Championships, Thorne fights to keep on top of a baffling investigation while also dealing with the ugly fallout of his broken marriage. A prequel to Billingham’s acclaimed debut Sleepyhead–which the Times voted “one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade”–this compelling novel highlights the case that shaped the career of one of British crime fiction’s most iconic characters.

and Night Whistler by Greg Woodland. This is a debut novel by this Australian author. Love the cover – creepy!


It’s 1966. Hal and his little brother, newly arrived in Moorabool with their parents, are exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.

Not just dead, but recently killed.

Not just killed, but mutilated.

Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his city job as a detective, is also new in townβ€”and one of his dogs has gone missing. He’s experienced enough to know what it means when someone tortures an animal to death: it means they’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting anonymous callsβ€”a man whistling, then hanging upβ€”Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.

The question is: will that be enough to keep her safe?

I have had 5 ARCs approved this week. Most excited about The Survivors by Jane Harper. I have requested every book that she has written, and this is the first time I have been approved!


Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O’Connor

The Bluebell Girls by Barbara Josselsohn (thanks Carla and Susan!)


The Well of Ice by Andrea Carter


and The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah


I also have a beta read – Cognac and Confessions by Christine Cameron.

Happy reading everyone. Have a wonderful week!


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!

17 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading…”

    1. I have liked the look of her since she started writing Shalini. I keep meaning to get her books from the library….but I am usually getting books in series that I am reading. β€πŸ˜πŸ“šβ˜•πŸͺ

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    1. I need to read the earlier two books in the series. Yes, I am very excited. And it’s a stand alone so I don’t have to play catch up with a series. β€πŸ˜πŸ“šβ˜•πŸͺ


  1. I am excited for you to get the new Jane Harper novel! I was denied on NetGalley so I bought a hardcopy (pre-order) from Waterstones in London. It’s a signed copy and I won’t get it until next January but…I am excited. Can’t wait to see your review. All her books are excellent.

    I’ll have to pass on the book where a dog is mutilated – that just brings me to tears. Billingham is an author I have read before and I liked it. Just finished The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.

    Take care and stay well.

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    1. Oh, a signed copy! I wonder if there are any available in New Zealand….I’ll have to check. I may have to skim the dog mutilation…. I will do my best but I am lousy at self care. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Have a wonderful week. β€πŸ˜πŸ“šβ˜•πŸͺ


  2. I am so happy that you are happy to get the Jane Harper book, I have never been approved for any of hers. I would never go camping again after reading The Night Whistler, it looks and sounds creepy for sure. It sounds like your weather is taking a turn for the better, which is awesome. Happy reading Sandy. πŸ’–πŸ˜€πŸŒž

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    1. We are having very springlike weather, Carla. Very changeable. Yesterday was lovely and warm, but sunny one moment and raining the next. Today is brilliantly sunny, but the wind is coming straight off the mountains and so it is bitterly cold….

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