Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It’s Sunday afternoon here in New Zealand, and it’s been a beautiful day, albeit with a chilly breeze. I’ve been at work for a few hours today playing catch up from last week. Surgery went well, though took longer than expected, and then I had to stay in as both blood pressure and O2 levels plummeted. But I came home the following day and, other than some mild discomfort and a lack of energy, I am fine. There’s a two week wait for the pathology. I’m back looking after Luke tomorrow through to Wednesday, and am planning on catching up with an old friend who I haven’t seen for some time Tuesday while he is at school. Other than that I am just going to be taking it easy for a few days more.
Currently I am reading Blood & Ink by Brett Adams and really enjoying it. I don’t know just how reliable the main character, a Professor of Literature, is.
Literature professor Jack Griffen has recently suffered a nervous breakdown. His wife has divorced him and she and their adult daughter have moved to the USA. Into the void steps exchange student Hieronymus Beck, claiming to be the professor’s greatest fan.
But everything changes when Jack finds Hiero’s list. Five sheets of paper. Five ways to commit a murder.
His student has told him he’s writing a crime novel, but is that all he is doing? Caught up in his protégé’s dangerous game, the mild-mannered professor finds himself asking how far will he go to save a life. As far as murder?
I am also reading Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship by Willie Nelson, a series of anecdotes about Willie and his drummer Paul English who died in 2020. Some of the stories are hair-raising!
I’ve got this song that begs to be a book and a book that begs to read like a song–a long, romping ballad of sweetness and scandal bridging seven decades of friendship . . .”
Immortalized in Willie Nelson’s road song “Me and Paul,” Paul English was the towering figure who for 70 years acted as Willie’s drummer, bodyguard, accountant, partner in crime, and right-hand man.
Together, the two men roamed the country, putting on shows, getting into a few scrapes, raising money for good causes, and bringing the joy of their music to fans worldwide. Stories of Willie and Paul’s misadventures became legendary, but many have gone untold–until now.
Set against the backdrop of the exploding Americana music scene and told in Willie’s inimitable, colorful style, Me and Paul follows the two performers through their decades-long careers.
And I have loaded Aftermath (Inspector Banks #12) by Peter Robinson to start listening to tomorrow. This is a series that I have been following for years.
Aftermath centres upon a grim case in which attractive young girls have disappeared, victims of a cunning psychotic killer whose identity is well concealed behind a façade of respectability. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of the Yorkshire Police is in charge of the case, but he’s also got unavoidable personal distractions. His estranged wife is pregnant by her lover and wants the divorce he’s been dragging his heels over.
This week, other than Me and Paul, and Blood & Ink, I am also planning to read The Three Loves of Sebastian Cooper by Zoë Folbigg. I know it’s morbid but I love books about disputed family Inheritances, funerals that go spectacularly wrong, and long lost family members who pop up at the most inconvenient times.
As friends and family gather for the funeral of charming and charismatic Seb Cooper, three women sit in the congregation, mourning his loss.
First there is Clair, Seb’s wife and partner of twenty years, and mother of his two children. Furious at Seb for dying and leaving their children without a father, Clair isn’t sure of her place, and has been left baffled and bemused by the conflicting stories of Seb’s last days.
Then there’s Desiree, the woman Seb left Clair for. Heartbroken, self-conscious, and wondering if she made a mistake coming today.
And the third and noisiest mourner of all is Noemie – Seb’s lover and the last woman to see him alive.
Three women who loved Seb in their own different ways.
Three women whose lives have now changed forever.
But only one woman knows what really happened at the end…and only one truly had his heart…
I received five ARCs from Netgalley for review this week and bought three new books, making a total of 8 titles added to the TBR mountain range.
First, the Netgalley titles: Picking up the Pieces by Amanda Prowse
Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North (Harold Fry #3) by Rachel Joyce. The Love Songs of Miss Queenie Hennessy is one of my favourite books ever.
Winter People by Gráinne Murphy
We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
And Retribution by Sarah Barrie
The three new books I bought were: Sweetheart by Peter James
Blowback (Enzo files #5) by Peter May
Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah
Enjoy whatever is left of your weekend. I have roast of lamb in the oven which smells delicious, so now I will go prepare vegetables for roasting.