Month in review: June, 2017

Hi All – and welcome to the end of June.  I’m hoping you had a good month.  Mine has been a bit up and down in that I’ve been feeling more than a bit grumpy – I think I’ve been waiting for my holidays and then leaving work so I can start my new adventures.  That I started off with a few so-so books didn’t help I have to say – though it has ended with a bit of a bang with two brilliant books, making me just a little bit happier.

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Forgotten by Nicole Trope, and a frantic search for a stolen baby which left me on the edge of my seat and staying up late into the night to finish.  Can’t recommend this one enough and it’s my book of the month!

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica, another corker from one of my favourite authors who has crafted a twisty, turny, thriller that left me guessing until the end.

Black Hornet by James Sallis, with it’s wonderful noir tale of a sniper on the lose in 1960’s New Orleons.

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Buried Secrets by Lisa Cutts, where I return to the rather seedy East Rise and the death of  high ranking police officer and his wife and the secrets they were hiding.

Guiltless by Viveca Sten, my third visit to Sandhamn island with it’s small population and high murder rate.

Cold Kill by P. J. Tracy, an enjoyable crime novel with conspiracy at it’s heart and a cold Minnesota winter to keep the tension high.

Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg, a fascinating walk through a musical genre that rocked Britain for two years and was responsible for bringing us the Beatles.  Now no one has heard of it – well, hardly anyone!

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My Sister by Michelle Adams, a good debut with plenty of twists and turns but – unfortunately – I just couldn’t get away with characters that were too unreliable, even for me.

The People at Number Nine by Felicity Everett, another book where the characters let it down for, or at least one – whose story it was I was reading.  Plus, I felt I had been promised more suspense than I actually got.

Again, there were not books I really disliked this month, so overall a good month which has ended with quite a bang with my favourite read of the month.  Here’s hoping July is as good!

How has your month in reading been?  Good, I hope.

Emma x

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).

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16 comments
  1. You had a great month! Every Last Lie is going to be one of my favorites, too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know! Kubica is soooo good but she was just pipped at the post.

  2. Looks like you had a pretty good month of reading! 🙂

    1. Yes, though oddly my memory was it wasn’t that good – possibly because it started with a few three star reads?

  3. yay for the two brilliant books! Forgotten… omg anyhting that involves a missing baby must be SO GRIPPING!!!

    1. I know….very lucky this week.

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  5. Brilliant books always make me feel better too so happy that you were able to end the month on a good note!

    1. It has made a huge difference to what was feeling a blah month!

  6. Lovely to see that you have had yet another wonderful month of reading, Emma:). I can’t quite believe we’ve just seen the back of June, though!

    1. I know what you mean – though I promised I wouldn’t say where was the year going so I haven’t…it was hard!

  7. Looks like you had a busy reading month, with some decent reads any way,,,, Happy July!

    1. Busy but in a good way 😀

  8. Regarding Black Hornet, I don’t know that I could read a book about a sniper, but that cover is so cool with its 1960s look!

    1. The sniper is almost incidental if I’m honest. What seems like the main theme in these books often are and then you get a study of a damaged soul. The covers are some of my favourites.

  9. These are all new books to me. I’ll have to check out your favorites at the library. thanks for sharing!

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