Weekly update: 21st May, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and happy Sunday.  I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  Ours has been sunnier than the weatherman led us to believe. which was wonderful.  Today promises more of the same so we’re off to the seaside in a bit to enjoy it…I quite fancy a bag of chips walking along the seafront today vs. our usual Sunday lunch.  Nice and unhealthy!  What are you up to today?

For the rest of the week, it was a mixed bag and – as usual – work got in my way a little bit.  I feel like I dropped off the radar mid-week due to deadlines and so haven’t been visiting or commenting on people’s blogs the way I would normally.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to normal this week.  In the meantime, I did manage to get some posts up, mainly because they were already drafted.  Here’s what I wrote…

On Monday, I posted my review of Mercy Killing by Lisa Cutts, a thoroughly enjoyable police procedural where the team is front and centre vs. a lone detective risking life and limb.  A bit different for me but in a good way.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, Forgotten by Nicole Trope, though it’s a review copy I won’t be reviewing until July. With a case of a missing child, it won’t be everyone’s choice of book but I couldn’t resist starting it though after enjoying last years Blame so much.  Plus, it’s she’s one of the authors I challenged myself to read more of in 2017 so it’s a win here too.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Dead Calm by Inge Löhnig, a German translation which I thought would be darker than it was but was really good nonetheless.  Here a Dr. is found brutally murdered…with his family lining up to be the main suspects, leading to plenty of twists and turns.

On Friday, I reviewed Viral by Helen Fitzgerald, which puts one of the nightmares of our modern age front and centre when a young girls sexual distraction goes viral on the internet.  A ripped from the headlines story that had me turning the pages and wondering if I should cancel my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

And that’s it for me, though I was also lucky enough to get a few review copies in to replace the books I’d read. One randomly turned up in the post…

51W0o7zGjYLMy name is Irini. I was given away.

My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is something worse?

Two sisters. Two separate lives.

One family bound by a harrowing secret.

The second I was lucky enough to be asked to review after enjoying the authors last outing (Deliver Her)…

51DtlH7OsaLAfter a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she’s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she’s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith’s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave’s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.


clicking on covers will take you to amazon.

And that’s it for me.  How about you, how was your week, reading and otherwise?

Emma x

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

The Sunday Post

  1. Seaside and chips sounds awesome. The weather here is sunny then thunderstorms the next 🙁 Have a fantastic week and happy reading.

    1. I am looking forward to it. Hope the sun stays out for us!

  2. Wow, you did read great sounding books last week. Glad you enjoyed them. I’m curious about Viral. Sounds so interesting–something I would enjoy. I’ll check it out!

    Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. 😁

    1. I did well I must admit. Viral is a great read…and scary too because I can imagine it happening.

  3. Hurray for sunshine! Have a great day by the seaside 🙂

    1. It’s wonderful when the sun shines ☀️and I can eat chips!

  4. Dead Clam and Viral both look good, and yes books like Viral make me question all my social media activities lol. Happy Sunday and hope you have a great time at the water!

    1. Both worth reading….I think I would find Facebook easier to leave than Twitter.

  5. Oh wow I got so excited when I saw the Viral cover and then totally scared when I read the description, and now I’m kinda both? Will look into it though. Have a great day!

    1. It is one of those books that grab your attention. Just shows how the Internet can be bad, bad, bad. But it can also be good, good, good.

  6. Seaside and chips sounds good to me, enjoy all the fresh air and every yummy bite! My Sister looks interesting, as does Viral. Happy reading.

    1. You can’t beat it! I hope My Sister is good – I read so many of these types of book I expect a lot!

  7. Chips by the seaside sounds great – the sun is shining brightly here at Littlehampton, though the roads are insanely busy. We are off to Brighton to a BBQ at my daughter’s later today, so fingers crossed the fine weather prevails right through the evening:). Have a great week, Emma. My Sunday Post –

    1. They were. Nice and unhealthy too. Hope weather keeps off for BBQ. would be great day for it up here!

      1. Oh the BBQ was fab – their garden/wood is a magical place – heaving with wildlife and all overgrown…

  8. So good to read your thoughts on viral – I was intrigued that the author didn’t follow the most obvious path in that one.
    I hope you had a great day at the seaside- we’ve had a BBQ lunch in the sunshine 😆

    1. Day was great. You can’t beat chips on the seafront. Hope BBQ went well.

  9. My Sister sounds good. I am putting that on my to read list. Have a great week!

    1. I hope it’s as good as it sounds….thanks for stopping by.

  10. Congrats on the book mail and have a great week 🙂

    1. Thanks…surprise books are always nice to get.

  11. Ooh, the chips while walking along the beach….perfect!

    The Sister and At Wave’s End look very tempting. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  12. My Sister looks REALLY interesting! I’m going to have to head to Goodreads and add it to my TBR. Hope you have a great week!

    1. I hope it’s as good as it looks – yet to crack the spine!

  13. My Sister sounds like a good one and I’m checking some of your other books too. A seaside walk sounds lovely. We had rain all weekend but I enjoy that once in a while. Allows me to read instead of doing yard work. LOL

    My Sunday Post

  14. Enjoy your new reads! 🙂

    1. Thank you!

  15. I have to confess that I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw an author with the last name Trope—how ironic!

    1. It is one that makes you stop slightly short isn’t it?

  16. Oh yes, the seaside and chips sound wonderful. I am loving all the crime and murder mysteries you have been reading. Bummer the German one wasn’t darker, but I am curious all the same. Have a lovely week!

    1. They were great. Don’t get me wrong on Dead Calm, I really liked it I just think I got something in my head…which happens a lot, prejudging!

  17. At Wave’s End looks like a me kind of book and I’ve already added Mercy Killing and Dead Calm to my TBR thanks to you! Seaside with a bag of chips sounds like a pretty nice weekend! I hope you had a lovely one and a great week!

    1. I hope it’s as good as the first book. Sorry you keep adding to the pile, I will try to not read books you might like 😜

  18. the ocean and junk food are two of my favorites things 🙂 Hoped you enjoyed it! Of course I fell behind too with visiting and commenting. No vacation goes unpunished 🙂

    1. Mine too. Any break and I get behind but hey ho, what can you do?

  19. Work just gets in the way of life doesn’t it!

    1. Often!

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