This Week, Next Week: 12th June, 2016

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good Sunday and had a good week. Mine has been good, making the most of the sunshine we saw earlier in the week by spending time outside and ending with a couple of days in London with a group of girlfriends I haven’t seen for about a year. It has been great to catch up, though I may have drank a little bit too much wine.

Blog wise, I posted two reviews this week, both of which were for books I really enjoyed and wish I’d read sooner. The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood wasn’t what I expected and so a nice surprise when I read it. I expected a standard piece of crime writing but got something more complex and ambiguous in a story involving a missing child and what people will do to protect their secrets. The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza was a great police procedural and introduction to a new crime series as detectives searched for a serial killer and battle the British establishment.

Book wise, I finished Closed Circles (see my Tuesday intro) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which has been on my to read list forever and I picked up from the library (link to goodreads). I only picked up one book though, recommended to me after I posted my review of The Woman in Black – it’s the first in the Simon Serralier series by Susan Hill…

imageHaving transferred to the small cathedral town of Lafferton from London’s “Met,” police detective Freya Graffham explores her new community and becomes fascinated by Chief Insp. Simon Serrailler, her enigmatic superior. Though she fits well within the local police force, she finds herself unable to let go what seems like a routine missing persons report on a middle-aged spinster. When yet more townspeople turn up missing, her hunch is verified and a serious police search begins, bringing her into closer proximity with Serrailler at the same time it exposes her to danger.

And that’s it for me. What about you – what have you been reading and doing?



This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Surnday Post and with (a little early) Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post

  1. The read the Woman in Black years ago. Oh and I ended up getting The Girl in the Ice on kindle for .99 cent and added the audio for 1.99 ..not bad! Hope your week is cool and lovely!

    1. You can’t beat a 99c deal. That’s how I got it. Well worth the money!

  2. It was nice here all week too, glad to have summer temps finally. 🙂 Glad the books were good, I’m looking forward to the Miss Peregrine’s movie after seeing the preview.

    Have a great week Emma!

    1. It is so nice to have sunshine at last. I didn’t know they were making a movie but it makes perfect sense now you’ve said it.

  3. Sounds like you had a great week with the sun and friends in London. Hope this next week will be just as good. 😉

    1. I really did though I feel like I could sleep for a week right now. 😴

  4. Ohh The Darkest Secret sounds great, I must go check out your review now. Lots of time outside is so refreshing, my favourite thing about summer!

    1. It really was. There is something so nice and invigorating about getting to be outside. It makes the world a much more welcoming place!

  5. A girls night out is always good for you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  6. I caught up with some friends last night and expected to have to deal with a hangover today but didn’t. Later I realised we only drank 2 bottles of champagne between the 3 of us over several hours, so….

    Have a lovely week!

    1. Those are often the best nights. Means lots of good conversation!

  7. I loved The Various Haunts of Men and the entire series. I hope you like it. Happy Reading!

    1. Me too. Though if I do it will mean another series to catch up on (gulp)

  8. I just discovered the Darkest Secret so I’m soooo thrilled it’s so awesome! Off to your review now!

    1. I do hope you enjoy it. 😀

  9. I’ve seen The Girl in the Ice around lately, I just might check it out. It definitely sounds interesting. I’m glad you got to enjoy some nice weather and friends. Happy Reading.
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    1. It has seemed to be everywhere and the second in the series too. Well worth trying to get a copy if you can.

  10. Glad you had a great time in London! The Susan Hill book looks good.

    1. Me too…so nice to see people. I am looking forward to reading Susan Hill – I’ve only ever read her ghost stories. This will be a change.

  11. The Darkest Secret looks very tempting! Thanks for sharing…and have a wonderful week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I couldn’t resist after seeing lots of positive reviews and a 99p price tag. Glad I gave into temptation 😉

  12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is on my radar! I really hope I can read it before I watch the movie. Have a great week!

    1. It was on mine too, though not that prominent but so glad I picked it up. Not sure I want to watch the movie in case it’s not as good.

  13. I got The Girl in the Ice after your review as it sounds really good! 🙂 I am also curious about your new book, hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    Week in Review

    1. Oh I hope you like it. No pressure!

  14. I shall be interested to read your review of the Susan Hill book. I have enjoyed one of the Simon Serraillier series – and found another a bit of a trudge… Have a great reading week and thank you for swinging by my blog earlier.

    1. I am hoping it’s good. It’s the first in the series so if I don’t enjoy not much lost. 😄

      1. I’ve read some of her other books – I’m the King of the Castle is one of my all-time favourites and has haunted my dreams ever since I read it…

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