Watching what I’m reading . . .

Good Sunday afternoon. We’ve had a lazy weekend and have accomplished very little. I don’t even have to think about dinner tonight as we’re off to a friend’s later this afternoon to watch the Supercar racing out of Australia and staying for dinner. I’m really looking forward to it.

I didn’t manage to accomplish much reading wise over the past week either. I have only managed to finish one of my six reads for review for the week, but will probably finish the second tonight.

Currently I am reading The Summer

And a book by a new to me New Zealand author, Vanda Symon. Loving it!

A killer targeting pregnant women.

A detective expecting her first baby…

The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin, and the devastating crime feels uncomfortably close to home for Detective Sam Shephard as she counts down the days to her own maternity leave.

Confined to a desk job in the department, Sam must find the missing link between this brutal crime and a string of cases involving mothers and children in the past. As the pieces start to come together and the realisation dawns that the killer’ s actions are escalating, drastic measures must be taken to prevent more tragedy.

For Sam, the case becomes personal, when it becomes increasingly clear that no one is safe and the clock is ticking…

I am listening to The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

I am hoping to catch up on the reads I didn’t get to last week as I have only one read for review due this week. It is Murder at the Willows by Jane Adams.

Meet Rina Martin, a retired actress with a taste for tea, gardening and crime solving.

She played a TV sleuth for years, but now she has to do it for real.

There’s something strange about the scene . . . Famous artist Elaine appears to have passed peacefully in her sleep as she rested against a tree in the garden of her home, the Willows. Her legs are outstretched, hands tenderly clutching a small blue flower.

But upon closer inspection, things don’t add up. Where is Elaine’s trusty walking stick? Why did she choose to slumber on the ground when there is a comfortable lounge chair nearby? Where did that blue flower come from? . . . not from her garden, that’s for sure.

The clues soon point to murder. Elaine was beloved by the community, who would do such a thing? Her grandson is determined to uncover the truth and hires Rina to investigate.

The trail leads Rina to a series of shocking secrets, stretching back over twenty years. And a murderer who has unfinished business . . . Can our favourite amateur sleuth catch this killer before it’s too late?

Suddenly, because I decided to stop requesting ARCs for review, several that were on my pending list were approved, and I received three widgets from publishers!🤣🤣🤣 Is someone in the great library in the sky trying to tell you something?

The three publishers widgets are:

Windmill Hill by Lucy Atkins

The People Watcher by Sam Lloyd

And Don’t Look Back by Jo Spain

Other ARCs I received via Netgalley are:

The Guest House by the Sea by Faith Hogan

A Cornish Seaside Murder by Fiona Leitch

A Lonesome Blood-Red Sun by David Putnam

and The Lucky Shamrock by Carolyn Brown

Oh, well, I was obviously meant to have these. 🤷‍♀️❤📚

Thanks to all of you who have been asking after Pete. We’re back to Oncology Monday when they will plot a detailed map of the cancer for the radiation treatment which will be starting in the next two to three weeks.

Have a great week of reading and I’ll be popping in whenever I can. 🤗❤📚


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!

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

  1. Great list, Sandy. I read Summer House a couple of weeks ago. I loved it. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it.
    Jane Adams’s Rina Martin series is on my TBR. I have read Jane’s standalone novels but they weren’t cozy mysteries. Fiona Leitch and David Putnam are favorites. 😊

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    1. I love Fiona Leitch, Rekha. This is only my second David Putnam, but I loved the first one I read. I haven’t read Jane Adams previously. Still not quite finished The Summer House, but I’m finding it hard to concentrate and am having to go back and reread the previous chapter after I’ve put it down. Totally me, and nothing to do with the quality of the book. Loving those twists! ❤📚


      1. The Summer House – second half is a roller coaster ride!
        Joffe Books has a lot of interesting series. Rina Martin by Jane Adams is one of them. If you like quirky, you might like Victoria Dowd’s Smart Woman series. 😊
        Btw, have you read Wrecker’s Curse by Jo Silva? It’s a One More Chapter publication. I suppose it’s still available on Netgalley.

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  2. Hope you enjoy the car racing which reminds me I should take a peek at the cricket if its not rained out. The NZ thriller sounds thrilling although not really for me but good for you. Hope you and Pete are doing well, and when the radiation gets going it goes well.

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    1. Oh, Vanda Symon is good, Kathryn. Another series that I want to read from the beginning and, unfortunately, not stocked by the local library. We’ve just got back from the hospital. It’s been a long day, but hopefully that’s the last trip we will have to make before he starts radiation in 2 – 3 weeks. ❤📚

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Just got back from the hospital. It’s been a long day, but hopefully that’s the last trip we will have to make before he starts radiation in 2 – 3 weeks. ❤📚 Thanks for your good wishes. 🤗

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  3. Might need to look at some of those books to add to my list. I’ve got too many to read on my kindle at the moment as it is but there is so many good choices out there 🙂

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    1. There’s no such thing as too many books to read David. 🤣🤣 My theory is that I can’t die until I’ve read all my books . . . and I keep adding more. I can’t pass by a second hand bookstore, and I have over 600 physical books in my library at home, mostly unread and, last time I looked, more than 1400 books unread on my Kindle. Happy reading!❤📚

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  4. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday, Sandy. I spent mine with friends at the pool and now I am tired from all the fresh air and sunshine. You got some good books there, Sandy. I am going to see if I can find the Faith Hogan book, even though I said I wasn’t going to request any this week. Have a good week and fingers crossed all goes well tomorrow.

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    1. We’ve just got back from the hospital, Carla. It’s been a long day, but hopefully that’s the last trip we will have to make before he starts radiation in 2 – 3 weeks.
      I think Faith Hogan deserves an exemption from the no request rule.🤣🤣 ❤📚

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