We have had a beautiful week of weather: cool but not actually cold nights, and gloriously sunny days with temperatures not quite reaching those of summer, but very close. But it seems that is coming to an end. We had thick fog this morning and now it is mizzling. The forecast for the week to come is rain, all week. I am glad my new dryer arrived and was installed on Friday.
We were planning on going out for lunch today at a new bar about 3/4 hour away. It has Heineken on tap and I have heard only good things about the food. But I was much longer at work this morning than I thought I was going to be, and then I got home to find friend had called in, so lunch out has been postponed for a couple of weeks. I made us all toasted sandwiches instead, and we caught up on each other’s news before he had to head off again. If he hadn’t been travelling in the opposite direction, we would have suggested he join us.
I have had a wonderful week’s reading based mainly in England, with a little time in Wales. Have you been anywhere interesting?
Currently I am reading The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. Intriguing!
I am also reading Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. I only started this yesterday, and am almost finished.
And I am about to begin listening to If I Had Two Lives by A.B. Whelan and narrated by Kristen James
This week I am planning to read Dead Sorry by Helen H. Durrant
Twenty-five years ago a schoolgirl was attacked by three bullies in her home where she lived with her grandmother.
Now, the mother of one of those bullies is found murdered on the Hobfield housing estate. Written on the wall in the victim’s blood is the word, “sorry.”
There is a link to the discovery of bones at an old house up in the hills — the home of the teenage girl who was attacked.
Detective Tom Calladine and his partner DS Ruth Bayliss have more than this puzzling case on their hands. Arch-villain Lazarov is threatening Calladine’s granddaughter and a valuable hoard of Celtic gold is coming to a local museum.
The pressure is on, and this time Calladine is cracking . . .
Discover an absolutely unputdownable crime thriller from a best-selling author.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.
DEAD SORRY is book eleven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring DS Ruth Bayliss and DI Tom Calladine.
What readers are saying about the series
“I read it in one sitting.” Aileen
“This books has lots of twists and turns throughout and with a cracking ending to this brilliant book.” Nessa
“Really enjoyed this book.” Nerys
“Kept me guessing till the end.” Anna Maria
“I finished it in twenty-four hours and enjoyed every page.” Joan
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.
Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.
THE SETTINGThe fictional village of Leesdon is on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.
The Vacation by John Marrs
Venice Beach, Los Angeles. A paradise on earth.
Tourists flock to the golden coast and the promise of Hollywood.
But for eight strangers at a beach front hostel, there is far more on their mind than an extended vacation.
All of them are running from something. And they all have secrets they’d kill to keep…
I went to my local library last week to return a book. Honest. I had no intention of picking up anything new to read. You will understand why when you see the number of ARCs I received this week. And sitting there, right beside the return slot, is a shelf of recent releases – and if that’s not fighting dirty, I don’t know what is! – and New Zealand author Paul Cleave’s latest, The Quiet People. But it wasn’t just sitting there, quietly. Oh no. It was fluttering it’s pages alluringly at me, whispering seductively, ‘How about I come home with you. I can show you a really good time’ . . . Then it literally (no pun intended) threw itself at me and manoeuvred me to checkouts. I know when I’m beaten and gave in quietly. So this week I will also be reading
Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful crime-writers. They have been on the promotional circuit, joking that no-one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.So when their 7 year old son Zach goes missing, naturally the police and the public wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time – are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?
I had a day during the week when I was feeling quite overwhelmed by an accumulation of different things. So that night when I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t concentrate on my reading, I took refuge in Netgalley with result that I received twenty-seven (yes, Susan. 27.) ARCs this week 🤦♀️🤸♀️🤸♀️🤦♀️🤸♀️🤸♀️🤦♀️ I don’t know whether to be appalled or excited.
As well as the audiobook If I Had Two Lives by A.B. Whelan, Dead Sorry by Helen H. Durrant, and The Vacation by John Marrs, I received:
What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor
My Mother’s Children by Annette Sills
In Another Light by A.J. Banner
The Darkest Flower by Kristin Wright (thank you Michael David https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com/)
The Beauty of Fragile Things by Emma Hartley
Summer Island Book Club by Ciara Knight
Death and Croissants by Ian Moore
I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021
Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks
The Crooked Shore by Martin Edwards
The Murder Box by Olivia Kiernan
One Left Behind by Carla Kovach
The Shut Away Sisters by Suzanne Goldring
The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Slough House by Mick Herron
Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillipi Ryan
A Hand to Hold in Deep Water (audiobook) by Shawn Nocher, narrated by Elizabeth Evans
The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson
And two more audiobooks, Know No Evil by Graeme Hampton, narrated by Julie Maisey
And, The Man I Married by Elena Wilkes, narrated by Colleen Prendergast
I have never had that many ARCs in one week before. I bet that does a bit of damage to my review ratio! What is the most ARCs you have received in any one week?
Now I have two reviews to write so I had better get writing and get them done before dinner. Nice fresh snapper tonight with an avocado salsa and salad.
Happy reading my friends. ❤📚