Watching what I’m reading . . .

You’re going to think it never does anything but rain on a Sunday where I live, and today you might be forgiven for that. We’ve had heavy rain off and on – more on than off – since sometime last night. Though we have so far been spared the forecast thunderstorms. It’s meant to clear by 4pm, but it’s after 3.30 now and by the look of the sky, that’s not likely to happen.

Currently I am reading The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor, my first book by this author. This is a ‘purely for pleasure’ read.

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.

Something happened to my sister. I can’t explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn’t the same. She wasn’t my Annie.

I didn’t want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

I featured this as my First Lines Friday selection this week, so if you missed it, you can find it here:

and All That We Are (Wyndham Beach #3) by Mariah Stewart which is due for publication Dec 13th 2022. You can trust Mariah Stewart to just rip your heart clean out of your chest!

In the decade since Emma Dean’s husband died, she’s maintained a peaceful and organized life in her hometown of Wyndham Beach—until she finds evidence of her husband’s longtime affair. How, Emma wonders, can a man who’s been gone for ten years still break her heart?

Still reeling from the betrayal, Emma must focus on the group of artists she’s invited to take up residence at the art center she founded, one of whom is secretly seeking refuge from her abusive ex. Toss in a charming businessman who’s returned to town with eyes for only Emma, and it’s becoming a most interesting summer.

And the biggest surprise of all is about to ring Emma’s doorbell and turn her life completely upside down yet again.

As Emma struggles between what was and what is, she discovers that the life she really wants—however unexpected—is just within reach, if she’s willing to fight for it. 

I am still listening to The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley, which I am also loving.

This week, in addition to All That We Are by Mariah Stewart which I have already started, I have two other books to read for review. They are: The Charity Shop Detective Agency by Peter Boland

A serial killer is stalking the elderly of Southbourne. The only clue left behind is a domino in the hand of each victim — with a name scratched on the back.

Eighty-six-year-old Sarah Brown is found dead in her hallway one morning by her delivery man. She was stabbed in the back.

Fiona, Sue and Daisy, volunteers at the local charity shop, Dogs Need Nice Homes, can’t believe their favourite customer is dead. The ladies vow to bring the killer to justice.

With plenty of tea and cake along the way, and despite squabbles with their rivals, the Cats Alliance across the street, the Charity Shop Detective Agency is born.

And Shadow Sands (Kate Marshall #2) by Robert Bryndza

When Kate Marshall finds the bloated body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident.

But the details don’t add up: why was the victim there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown?

Kate is certain there is more to this case than meets the eye. As she and her research assistant Tristan Harper dig deeper, they discover a bloody trail that points towards an active serial killer hiding in plain sight. People have been silently disappearing for years, and when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate. 

This is a backtitle that I am reading playing catch up on this series before I read #4 which is being published in January 2023.

I received 3 new ARCs from Netgalley in the past week. They are: A Winter Grave by Peter May

Murder Visits a French Village by Susan C. Shea

A Cryptic Clue by Victoria Gilbert

and I still have 22 requests pending.

It’s been a bit of a disastrous week this week. There’s been a young man riding an unregistered trail bike up and down our street, no protective gear, revving the engine loudly, usually on a Saturday afternoon, but also at other random times including in the middle of the night. I know several people in our street have complained, including us and the hospital across the road as he sometimes rode through the hospital as well. Last Sunday, he was riding on the riverbank, came up onto the road without looking, swerved to miss a car and instead crashed into a concrete power pole. He is now in a critical condition still in hospital. Why are these young men such idiots?

Monday my debit card was hacked. Nothing I did, I’m glad to report and I will be getting all the money back, but it took until midday Friday to sort out and gave me a real fright. I’ve always been paranoid about security on my devices and not shopping online unless it’s a known and trusted site, so I thought that it couldn’t happen to me. But the bank assured me that it can happen anyway. Now I’m just waiting on my new card which, as it’s coming via New Zealand Post, could take weeks.

Tuesday, my son in Western Australia wound up in hospital overnight after getting concussion playing touch rugby and had to have scan to discount damage to his

Wednesday a good friend and Pete’s fishing mate died suddenly following a cardiac arrest. Stan was a great guy and will be missed. It was a very large and very sad funeral on Saturday. Now we are concerned for his wife who suffers from Parkinson’s disease as Stan cared for her.

I am glad to see the end of this week.

Happy reading my friends and stay safe. ❤📚

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 scribbler. 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!

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

  1. We’ve had rain recently but nothing like you up north. Today was a great laundry day. Was meant to be tomorrow but arrived today. Enjoy your reading during the week and fingers crossed for some sunshine.

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    1. Today was a great laundry day for us Kathryn, beautiful and sunny and hot – 26° . Helen and I walked this morning and then I had a couple of hours in the garden before I got too hot. My son in Port Hedland laughed at me when I told him our temperature – it’s 44° there today dropping to 30° tonight. 😬🥵

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  2. Oh my goodness, Sandy, I am reaching out from across the world to give you hugs. So sorry about your friend and I hope she is able to get the help she needs sorted. I hope you son is okay. Is there such a thing as “touch rugby”, I can imagine it is like “flag football” which still ends up being more physical than it should. I hope you didn’t witness that young man’s accident, that would have been horrible to see. I pray he gets the care he needs. What a week for you. I had my card compromised once, but fortunately, I got my new card directly from my bank, so didn’t have to wait. I hope this week is a better one for you and the sun comes out (both figuratively and actually) soon. 🤗💞🌞

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    1. Thank you for your hugs Carla. Yes, touch rugby is a thing, and yes, it’s not meant to be a contact sport. No, I didn’t witness the accident thank goodness. Though I have often had the fantasy of stringing a piano wire across the road when he’s been roaring up and down the street at 2am. The problem with living in a small town in rural New Zealand is that our bank is only open two days a week and they are just a ‘service’ centre. Julie was brilliant and as helpful as she could be, but is limited in what she could do. They can’t issue cards, or open accounts and probably many other things. I can see the day coming in the not too distant future where we have only an unmanned banking hub. Still we are better off than the next town north which has no banking services whatsoever other than a couple of atms.

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      1. I guess I take a lot of things for granted living in a suburb of a larger city. There are so many places that only have automated banks (No Tellers), and I can’t imagine that, but I know it is coming.

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  3. RE “Wednesday a good friend and Pete’s fishing mate died suddenly following a cardiac arrest”

    Did he “die suddenly” like the thousands/millions who have AFTER getting a Covid “vaccine” ?

    What does the fact that thousands/millions of other people have “died suddenly” (deceitfully hidden by the medical mafia doctors as “sudden adult death syndrome”) mean really?

    What does it squarely point to?

    What is the TRUE FINAL implication of all that, which is not mentioned here (or elsewhere typically)?

    ACTIVE resistance against the criminal establishments around the world will greatly increase the sooner someone TRULY understands that the ruling cabal and their minions (in governments, big corporations, etc), anywhere around the globe, are PSYCHOPATHS — the evidence is OVERWHELMING and TOTALLY IRREFUTABLE — see “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” …

    And psychopaths are typically NOT how Hollywood propaganda movies have showcased them. Therefore one better RE-learns what a psychopath REALLY is. But global rulership by psychopaths is only ONE part of the equation that makes up the destructive human condition as the article explains because there are TWO pink elephants in the room… and they’re MARRIED (see cited source above).

    “… normal and healthy discontent .. is being termed extremist.” — Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929-1968, Civil Rights Activist

    If you’re in the US and your employer mandates the highly toxic COVID jabs, register to get a free “Medical Exemption Certificate” at


    1. Stan was unvaccinated. And his postmortem has revealed he was riddled with cancer. Please don’t turn our friends death into a political issue. I’m an ex-nurse and people have always died suddenly. I also believe that everyone has the right to choose for themselves.


  4. Holy cow Sandy! When it rains it pours! I hope your son is okay. Sorry to hear about your friend. What will happen to the mans wife? Is there any other family to take care of her? Praying the coming week will be less drama filled and peaceful for you. Praying for sunshine!🤗📚💜

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    1. Kyle is fine thanks Susan, other than he managed to dislocate two fingers when he came off his jet ski on the weekend. He has always been accident prone and I was always grateful that when he was a child our family doctor lived next door. Raelene is going to be well looked after. The family is arranging home help for her, which will become live-in when she needs it. And thank you for your prayers. We’ve had a magical summer’s day today – 26°C but it’s rain again tomorrow. ❤📚

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