Watching what I’m reading. . .

It has been a long day. I went to work at 8 am as it’s my weekend for cash ups, plus we have our board meeting today. I did really well – I managed to upset both the board members and the staff. Today was one of those days when I wonder why I do what I do.

I am currently reading Cognac and Confessions, an unpublished novel by unpublished author Christine Cameron. Almost finished and loving it. I have previously read her first unpublished novel ‘If Gin Doesn’t Work, There’s Always Chocolate’. Any publishers reading this, I pose the question, ‘Why aren’t you publishing this writer?’ She is funny, taut and versatile. Both books I have read by her are far better than a lot of published work that I have read. If you know a publisher, please ask them to contact me and I will pass on her contact details.

I have just finished listening to The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge. I never realised that the cocoa industry was so corrupt. Sibel is a passionate human and animal rights advocate and this is reflected in her writing. I will definitely only be buying ethically sourced chocolate after reading The Disappeared. Read my review tomorrow.

This week I am planning on reading The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

And Save Her Soul by Lisa Regan

Josie flinches as she takes in the faded blue sports jacket wrapped around the girl they just pulled from the water. Josie knew someone who’d once owned that jacket. He had died in her arms five years ago.

Heavy rain pours on the small town of Denton causing the riverbanks to break and the body of a young girl to float quietly to the surface. With no crime scene to examine, the odds are against Detective Josie Quinn and her team. Mercifully, the victim’s body is perfectly preserved, right down to the baseball patch on the jacket she was wearing. Josie can’t hide her devastation—her dead ex-husband, Ray, owned one just like it.

Following the trail back to her high school, Josie identifies the girl as Beverly Urban, a troubled student rumored to have been dating Ray before she left town for good. It looks like a tragic accident until the autopsy reveals a bullet in her head and the heart-breaking secret she was keeping.

Josie visits the salon where Beverly’s mother used to work, believing she was at the heart of a terrible scandal around the time her daughter’s life was taken. With the Denton wives remaining tight-lipped, Josie’s only hope is a secret meet-up with a terrified woman willing to talk. But she is murdered moments before giving Josie crucial information. It’s clear that someone is prepared to keep on killing to stop the truth from getting out.

Digging deep into memories of her own past with Ray is the only advantage Josie has on this twisted killer… but at what cost?

Four new ARCs this week, three yesterday! And I was doing so well . . .

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell

The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes

And finally another wonderful piece of Australian fiction, Before the Storm by Di Morrissey. I have read several of this author’s previous titles and they were brilliant!

Hopefully I will get a bit more time for reading this coming week than I had last week.

My little grandson has been a great source of amusement this week. He moved himself up a level at daycare recently because he didn’t ‘want to play with the little kids anymore.’ Yesterday he had a meltdown because he decided that if he could have a birthday party he would be four. Then he would only be one birthday away from going to school. So if he had another birthday party he would be five and could go to school. He really did not understand why that wouldn’t work….

So that’s my lot for this week. To all you lucky people who still have some Sunday ahead of you to enjoy, have a wonderful day. Almost dinner time here, so I am going to make the salad and TMOTH is going to BBQ the steaks. Apple strudel and dairy free chocolate icecream for dessert.

Enjoy however much is left of your weekend.

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 did not realize that Sibel Hodge was such an advocate. I will have to see if I have any of her books on my kindle already. I do not have any of the new books you got, so off I go. Enjoy your upcoming reads Sandy. 📚😀💖

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  2. I have to say that I don’t know where you work but I am happy you upset things with board members! I am retired but was always pleased to be outspoken in meetings when I had to attend them. 🙂

    The Disappeared and Girl’s Weekend ound very good. As I am not blogging on WordPress anymore I think I will become more active on Goodreads.

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    1. I manage a club, Tina. We have a few new board members and one in particular who likes to throw her weight around. She thinks that she can boss the staff around and treat them like her personal servants. I gave her a wake up call, then gave the staff one as well because they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing🤦‍♀️. I feel like the meat in the middle of the sandwich some days.
      The Disappeared was good, but Girls Weekend was only okay. Good on you for sorting out your priorities. It all gets a bit overwhelming at times. ❤😍📚☕🍪


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