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.

  2. I need to try Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh. I have enjoyed her previous books.I had no idea it was Mother’s Day in other parts of the world today. I need an international calendar!

    1. 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!

  3. Looks like the day didn’t start out too well 🙂 I hope the week goes well though!

    1. No, but it was a new experience I guess 😜

  4. 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

    1. A week of no power? What a nightmare. I don’t know if I could cope.

  5. 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.

    1. Thank you! I can’t say it’s something I want to experience again that’s for sure!

  6. Oh wow, that would be some wake up having a bird in the house. Enjoy the rest of Your day!

    1. It was definitely something…a new experience!

  7. 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

    1. Yes I’m sure he knew it was Mother’s Day. Tonight he brought me a random palm frond. Much less stressful!

  8. My Mother’s Day consisted of getting up late and then making everyone else in the house pancakes and waffles for a late breakfast… Much better than a bird from the cat, lol.
    Have a great week!

    1. I m very jealous of your morning!

  9. Pets are the enemy of sleep. They always find ways to ruin it. I hope you have a great week!

    1. Tell me about it!

    2. Aren’t they just!

  10. 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!

    1. I hope you get your wish soon !

  11. 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.

  12. Pity the cat never got the memo about a sleep in and what kind of gift would really be welcome. Hope you do find a lighter book to read this week.

    1. I know. He seems totally oblivious for some reason😜

    1. It was, if a little too long.

  13. Let Me Lie is on my wishlist. Come see what I’m reading

    1. Hopefully not for too long 🤞

  14. 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. 🙂

    1. 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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