Watching what I’m reading . . .

I am almost finished reading The Mark by Matt Brolly, and hope to get it finished and my review written tonight. I am also reading The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt. I also have this on audiobook and was planning a read/listen, but that won’t happen until my new ipod arrives, hopefully tomorrow.

But I will need to finish listening to The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham first

I somehow scheduled seven reads for this week, and I can tell you now that that’s not going to happen. 🤦‍♀️ So the ones I have selected are:

A Little Bird by Wendy James, an Australian mystery/thriller

Running from a bad relationship, journalist Jo Sharpe heads home to Arthurville, the drought-stricken town she turned her back on years earlier. While some things have changed—her relationship with her ailing, crotchety father, her new job at the community newspaper—Jo finds that her return has rekindled the grief and uncertainty she experienced during her childhood following the inexplicable disappearance of her mother and baby sister.

Returning to Arthurville has its unexpected pleasures, though, as Jo happily reconnects with old friends and makes a few new ones. But she can’t let go of her search for answers to that long-ago mystery. And as she keeps investigating, the splash she’s making begins to ripple outward—far beyond the disappearance of her mother and sister.

Jo is determined to dig as deep as it takes to get answers. But it’s not long before she realises that someone among the familiar faces doesn’t want her picking through the debris of the past. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence the little bird before she sings the truth. 

And Unforgiven by Sarah Barrie, another Australian crime/mystery/thriller, the ARC for which I received this week.

Lexi Winter is tough, street-smart and has stood on her own two feet since childhood, when she was a victim of notorious paedophile the Spider. All she cares about now is a roof over her head and her long-term relationship with Johnny Walker. She isn’t particular about who she sleeps with … as long as they pay before leaving.

Lexi is also an ace hacker, tracking and entrapping local paedophiles and reporting them to the cops. When she finds a particularly dangerous paedophile who the police can’t touch, she decides to gather enough evidence to put him away. Instead, she’s a witness to his death …

Detective Inspector Rachael Langley is the cop who cracked the Spider case, 18 years earlier – but failed to protect Lexi. Now a man claiming to be the real Spider is emulating his murderous acts, and Rachael is under pressure from government, media and her police colleagues. Did she get it wrong all those years ago, or is this killer is a copycat?

Lexi and Rachael cross paths at last, the Spider in their sights … but they may be too late … 

I received four new ARCs this week, including Unforgiven. The other three are: Lily Harford’s Last Request by Joanna Buckley

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

I still have 25 requests pending, probably half of which are already published.

This week I have been on the road travelling USA tourist spots in Arizona, Archer’s national park in Utah, St Louis, Houston and the Ozarks in Missouri. I have also been to Montreal, Canada, where it seemed to rain every day, and Bath and Weston-Super-Mare in England.

This week I seem to have done nothing but work. I did have Saturday off and Dustin came down with his chainsaw and took a dead tree and a couple of out of control box out for me. I have been wanting to get rid of them ever since we moved in over two years ago. There were some lovely native trees struggling behind them, so now they will have a chance to grow, and I will plant a kowhai this autumn.

Another busy week this coming week as New Zealand changes to the traffic light system and, as well as scanning into venues, anyone entering a hospitality venue must be double vaccinated and present their individual QR code and also scan that. So as well as figuring out how to operate the system myself, I also have to train the staff, not to mention our members!

But on a positive note, the only unvaccinated member of our family, our second son Les, has finally agreed to go get his first vaccination tomorrow. We had a long phone conversation this afternoon and we discussed all the issues he was concerned about, but it is the safety of his young daughter that swung it. So pleased and relieved, especially with this new variant starting to spread through the world.

So wherever you are, please stay safe, stay home and read. 😉❤📚

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!

10 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading . . .”

  1. I listen to my books on my phone Sandy, doesn’t that work for you? I am glad you got some more stuff cleaned up in the yard, that is always such a good feeling. That is great that your son has gotten vaccinated. My grandson and granddaughter (8 and 5) just got their first shots yesterday. I also have the Mel Sherrat book in both formats to do a read/listen. So, where have I been this week? I spent a lot of time in the US, out west and in Louisiana, with a trip up to Maine. I was also in Norway for a bit and then in Hiroshima. I finished off my travels with a trip to the coast of England and a wedding in Eldovia (I don’t think it is a real place 😂) Enjoy the upcoming week. 😀📚🧡🌞

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    1. I’ve never tried listening to books on my phone, Carla. But my ipod arrived yesterday and it’s all charged and operational now. I finished listening to The Secrets She Keeps this morning, so I need to write another review. What were you doing in Hiroshima? My dad served in the peace keeping corps in Nagasaki after the bombing, and I have a beautiful Japanese tea set he brought home. ❤📚


      1. I’m glad your ipod is ready to go and you back in listening mode. I read a short non-fiction story written by a New York reporter after the bomb dropped. He interviewed survivors. It was so sad. I hope to write my review tomorrow or Wednesday.

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  2. I have the same ARCs, and I’m reading Unforgiven this week too.
    We’ve been doing the check in thing months, it’s easy enough. I’m sure you’re relieved your son has finally made the decision to vax, it’s a good thing!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. I hope you enjoy Unforgiven Shelleyrae. We’ve been scanning in for months for contact tracing, but now to go to bars, restaurants, etc you need to produce your vaccination pass as well as scan in. Have a wonderful week. ❤📚


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