Monthly round-up: January, 2017

So I swear this is the only time I’m going to say this this year but where did January go?  In a flash it seems and now we are here in February already.  The good news in this, though, is that I have holidays booked this month so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.  Plus, January was a good reading month for me (for the most part anyway).  Here’s how it went….



Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, which sees a welcome return of Quincy and Rainie – two of my favourite Lisa Gardner characters.  This time round they are trying to keep their adoptive daughter safe from a brother who has suddenly reappeared in her life and seems to be on a killing spree.

The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni, the fourth in the Tracy Crosswhite series of books and probably my favourite January read.  I love Tracy, her passion for her job and her friends, her ability to relate to the victims (as she does here) and her unwillingness to let go of a case when she knows a killer is out there.

Wedlock by Wendy Moore, a non-fiction book which looks at the fascinating life of Mary Eleanor Bowes and her abusive husband Andrew Stoney.  The Bowes are a well known name in part of because of the Queen mother but I had no idea of what Mary had to live through in order to protect herself and her children.  If you read this, you’ll never say a domestic thriller plot is far fetched again.



Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt , another detective series I have a feeling I will be getting hooked on by one of my favourite authors.  Sherratt has created an interesting character in Detective Eden Berrisford and a compelling read in this story that manages to combine thrills and suspense whilst at the same time highlighting violence against women and how harmful it is.

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, was a book I read almost 20 years ago and decided to revisit in advance of it’s 25th birthday.  This is one of the only series I have read all the books for (and we are up to X I think, so it’s a lot) and I love the central character Kinsey Millhone. She’s a good old fashioned private investigator in the days before mobile phones and the internet and I enjoyed slipping back into that world.

Liar Liar by M. J. Arlidge, the fourth in the DI Helen Grace series where she is on the hunt for a serial arsonist who may be turning into a serial killer because he doesn’t seem to care who is in the houses he sets fire to – or does he.  It’s up to Helen to figure that out and stop him before he kills someone.

The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic thriller with a supernatural / spooky twist, this one had me turning pages and trying to figure out just what was happening.  Iceland is a great place to set this type of book and Sigurdardottir writes in a dark, claustrophobic, way that I really like.

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land, a book that is supposed to be one of the books of the year and I can see why.  It’s the story of a 15 year old daughter of a serial killer and how she comes to terms with not only what her mother has done but what she has done to survive.  Compelling.

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge, where I had to suspend belief somewhat but as this was so well written I didn’t mind doing that.  I loved the detective in this one and the twists and turns, which kept me guessing right through to the end.


Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis, which I just couldn’t get away with because a) I didn’t like the central characters and b) the one I liked best out of the two disappeared two-thirds of the way through just when I was starting to sympathise with him.  Frustrating.

The Missing by Caroline Eriksson, which I also couldn’t get away with, again because of the characters but also because of holes in the plot and a twist at the end which just didn’t make any sense to me.  Not one I can recommend I’m afraid (though I do still like the cover).

And that’s it for me for January – like I said, not bad – with only two books I just don’t think I can bring myself to recommend. What about you – how was your month, reading and otherwise?


This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

2017-monthly-wrap-up-round-up400  month-in-review-6



  1. You had a great reading month and I think I put most of those books on my list…lol. 🙂

    1. Sorry! *pulls guilty face for making you spend money*

  2. That sounds like a cracking start to the year, Emma – no wonder you are pleased:). And a very respectable number of books, too:). I very much hope the year continues for you as it has begun.

    1. It was. Though I did notice a lot of crime serials and not much else. I need to expand my reading February- that was my initial plan for this year so need to get cracking.m

  3. Great reading month! I just got Right Behind You, and I now remember a couple of others I want after seeing your list. (Liar, Liar, Don’t Look Behind You). I don’t think Good Me, Bad Me is available here yet, and I’m sticking to my plan not to go nuts on NetGalley. So far, I have five books to read from them (for March and May).

    I started The Missing…and set it aside. I might get back to it at some point, but sadly, when I don’t connect with the confusing aspects of a story right away, I probably won’t later, either.

    Enjoy February!

    1. I hope you enjoy Right Behind You and sure you will the others. I always forget about books coming out at different times – in this Internet age I wonder why bother? I can’t say I would recommend picking up The Missing again if you can help it 😒

  4. You had a good month, indeed! Happy February!

    1. I know…very pleased!

  5. Just started Right Behind You on audio and am glad Quincy and Rainie are back.

    1. Hope you enjoy!

  6. Good Me, Bad Me sounds really good. Glad you had a great reading month Emma. Mine was AWESOME because I got over my reading slump. My wrap up will up in a couple of hours. Thanks for asking 😉

    1. It really was. Glad you got over your slump – they are the worst. Good way to start the year.

  7. […] Thursday, I posted my monthly round-up for January – bar a couple of books it was a good month if very crime heavy. I know it’s my […]

  8. Yay for a good reading month!! Good Me, Bad Me sounds really fascinating. I’ll have to check that out more.

    1. I know…very happy. Definitely check it out – well worth a read.

  9. Looks like you had a great reading month.

    1. I did…I hope it continues! Thanks for visiting.

  10. Yay for a good reading month! I had a pretty good reading month. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

    1. Thank you -it’s always good to write a post with lots of positives to say about the books you’ve read. My break was lovely and I wish it wasn’t over so soon. Thanks for visiting.

  11. You read quite a bit in January! I liked how you divided up the books by how much you enjoyed reading them and why. Excellent!

    1. It was a good month. I decided not long after I started blogging to just say if I liked a book or not as ratings were always hard and books are such a personal thing. It works for me, though I still end up rating on goodreads etc. Thank you for stopping by.

Let me know what you're thinking...