Weekly update: 11th March, 2018

Morning all and happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone in the UK and anywhere else in the world celebrating motherhood today. Mine was supposed to start with a lie in and breakfast in bed. Unfortunately, the cat had other ideas and decided the best mother’s day present would be a live bird flying around the living room. Cue my six o’clock wake up and a very tired me. Hopefully afternoon tea this afternoon will perk me up a bit. It will be a nice end to a busy-ish week, one that didn’t see me do much blogging beyond reviews – though, I still got three of those in so I’m not complaining….


The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey was first, a book that has had mixed responses from people out there based on the comments, but which I enjoyed.  Saying that, I can see why some people didn’t because the main character is not easy to like and the book is a little bit too long.  A good debut overall though, I thought.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh was next.  I love Clare Mackintosh’s books as she is brilliant at creating twists that completely turn the stories she writes on the head.  Once again, I thought the story was going in one direction, only to end up somewhere else instead.  I’m not sure she will ever surprise me as much as she did in her first book, but this was a good one nonetheless.

A Kill for the Poet by Simon Maltman was the last for the week but by no means the least.  This is a short novel, set in Northern Ireland, that is dark and full of black humour with a complex central character that I couldn’t help but like.

So, I’m not complaining as I enjoyed all three books but, as they all involved people dying, after my current read – which is more of the same – I am definitely looking for a change.  What are you reading – can you recommend some lighter fare?

Emma x

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  1. Oh, my, happy Mother’s Day in spite of that bird! How horrible!!

    I am eagerly awaiting Let Me Lie (as I loved the author’s previous books), but the title has confused me because of its similarity to other books like: Lie with Me; Here We Lie; and Lie To Me, etc.

    I searched through my book list to try to find something lighter to recommend…and the only thing I came up with is still a mystery, but it’s a cozy series: The County Cork mysteries, with titles like Buried in a Bog, Scandal in Skibbereen, and An Early Wake.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


    • It is definitely a good read. Yes, our clocks go back slightly differently too. I get two mothers days as my husband is American – which is nice!


  2. I want to read Let Me Lie!!! Lots of lovely books. I hope you have a good week in reading. I just got back in my home after a week of no power so I am behind in things. Have a good week. =)

    Mary #SundayRoundup #9


  3. Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you have a great one. That does sound rather like an interesting morning though, with the cat and bird. 🙂

    Let Me Lie looks great. I hear good things about her thrillers and really need to try her books.


  4. Urg! Though I’m guessing the cat thought she was giving you a SPECIAL pressie:)). I hope you have a lovely leisurely end to your special day! And have a marvellous weekx


  5. Let Me Lie is on my wishlist. Sorry you couldn’t sleep in. A bird in the living room would not be my favorite way to wake up either. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  6. Let Me Lie is on my list, I have enjoyed her books also. I enjoy heavy, dark, emotional reads also. Do you like poetry? If so I would recommend The Sun and Her Flowers by rupi kaur.


  7. Sounds like you had an interesting start to your Mother’s Day holiday. We celebrate ours in May. Hope you find you a lighter read I know how that is after reading a lot of mystery and thrillers you sometimes need a genre change. 🙂


    • Very interesting. I get to have a May Mother’s Day too as I am married to an American – hopefully it will be less stressful!


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