Weekly Wrap Up May 29th

I know I said last week’s wrap up would be short, but I’m thinking this one will be too! 😁 I’m not joking when I say I and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY behind on my blog posts! At the moment, I have 16 posts and reviews to be done 😱This week was a good week reading-wise, I managed to read 3 books which brings my reads so far this year up to 82! 😊 

I read:

  • Montecristo by Martin Suter 


  • Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

  • The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza


All three were brilliant! I’m on the blog tour for both Robert and Michael’s books, but you can read a teaser review for Michael’s book HERE!!!

Also this week, I featured a post from author Nick Quantrill about Unorthodox Protagonists and you can catch up on that post by clicking the link below!

The Dead Can’t Talk… But Nick Quantrill can!

Lastly, this evening, I got to take part in a cover reveal for Tim Lebbon’s new book, The Family Man and you can click the link below to check it out!

The Family Man by TJ Lebbon

I don’t have a lot of bookish news! Naturally I’ve been adding books left right and centre to my TBR through various means, so I’m pretty sure that my book haul post next week will be quite large! 😂 30 books for turning 30 has a lot to answer for! 😉

I’ve got two blog tours next week too so keep an eye out for them!

  • Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley on Thursday June 2nd
  • My Girl by Jack Jordan Friday June 3rd

So that’s pretty much it for my wrap up I think! I’m off to the laptop to catch up on my posts! Wish me luck 😂📚


Weekly Wrap Up May 22nd

This wrap up will probably be short and sweet! 😂

I’ve managed to read 5 books (and possibly a 6th if I finish it) this week! Which I’m thrilled with considering it means I’ve reached and passed my Goodreads challenge of 75 books and I’m on to my 79th book of the year so far! Woohoo 😊🎉📚

I’ve read the following this week:

  • My Girl by Jack Jordan
  • Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
  • Last Light by CJ Lyons
  • My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  • False Hearts by Laura Lam


Now, I had planned on sitting down this afternoon and writing all my reviews that I’m behind on (I have six to write) and wouldn’t you know it, my laptop decided to be an idiot and not work, and also my youngest woke up from her sleep an hour early so I had to put everything away!

In saying that, I’m on the blog tour for the first two books so no reviews until June for them 😉

I will get around to writing the reviews for the others ASAP, but alas for this evening, I have no reviews to link to! 😁 I will say that they were great reads in their own way though, and all 3 got 4⭐️ ratings on Goodreads!

In other news, I took part in 3 blog tours this week, for Jack Jordan, Sam Blake and Paul Hardisty and you can click on the relevant links below for each post! 😊

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan
Little Bones by Sam Blake
The Evolution Of Fear by Paul Hardisty

 

Also this week, I received my first Illumicrate subscription blog which was full of lovely bookish bits as well as a YA new release! Yet again, I’ve had technical issues so I haven’t been able to do my unboxing post for that either! It’s not been my week has it! 😂 I will however give you a sneak peek though…

So that pretty much sums up my week, lots of techie issues but plenty of reading done! Can’t win ’em all I guess 😂

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week! ❤️📚

City Of Shadows by MJ Lee Blog Tour

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Thanks to Jenny In Neverland for having me on the blog tour for City of Shadows and also to Carina (Netgalley) and MJ Lee for my copy of the book!

 

About the book (via Amazon):

A family has been found murdered in the heart of 1920s Shanghai. But what could have compelled them to open the door to their killer?

Inspector Danilov has always taken a unique approach to solving his cases. So, when he’s asked to investigate the violent death of a fellow police officer, killed in action, he doesn’t think twice about turning his attention to a different case altogether: the brutal murder of the Lee family, found massacred in their own home.

How could the deaths of an ordinary family account for a shooting halfway across the city? And what clues lie with the letter found clasped in the dead girl’s hand? Inspector Danilov’s instincts tell him he’s close. But when the investigation reveals deep corruption at Shanghai’s core, Danilov faces a choice: probe further, and expose the evil underbelly of the city? Or shy from duty…and keep the few people he loves safe?

 

My Thoughts:

Well! Where do I start with City of Shadows?! I read this book in one day!!! I haven’t done that for a while, but I just couldn’t stop reading it! City of Shadows is so different to my usual reads, yet it is still the same genre.

The book begins with the murder of the Lee family, and it doesn’t let up pace until the very end. It is a well written story, with great twists and turns in the narrative.

City of Shadows is the second Inspector Danilov novel. I haven’t actually read the first one, Death in Shanghai yet, but it is somewhere on my kindle TBR waiting patiently. I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the first book, but I’m sure it probably helps the reader to understand the characters more if you read in order.

I found Danilov to be a very likeable Inspector. I found myself drawing comparisons to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole on more than one occasion. Whether it was the location, or mannerisms, I don’t know, but for me there is definitely echoes of Hole in Danilov.

I think the reason I read City of Shadows so quickly is that it just draws you in immediately. The pace is relentless once the investigation gets going and there is more than enough going on in the periphery that your mind is hungry for the solution.

I gave City of Shadows 4 stars on Goodreads. I would highly recommend it for thriller and crime fans. It is out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below!

City Of Shadows by M.J. Lee

Happy reading! 🙂

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Weekly Wrap Up May 1st 2016

Hey everyone,

So I’m back to normal this week as I missed out on the WWU post last weekend! No stomach bug anymore so I’ve managed to read a good bit, write reviews and take part in a blog tour too so it’s been a busy week! 😊

Since I last posted a wrap up, I’ve read seven books and I’m on my 8th as I type this (it’s Friday, but I’m away this weekend so I’m trying to keep on top of posts 😂) which brings my Goodreads challenge books read total to 70 books so far this year I believe! 😊📚

The books I’ve read are:

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons 


You can read my review by clicking the link below!

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Fresh Blood by Tony Parsons


I don’t have a review for Fresh Blood as its a digital short, but here’s what I wrote on Amazon:

“Really wish I read this before reading The Hanging Club ARC! There’s so much info in here that I could have known before reading it! However, this is still a great short story. Tony Parsons has a lovely way of writing, and even in these little stories, his ability to weave a tale is evident!”

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg


I was on the blog tour for Sunset City this week and you can read my review for it here: Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg Blog Tour

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


I read The Passenger last week and this week and you can find my review by clicking here: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

City of Shadows by MJ Lee


I’m on the blog tour for this on May 12th so you’ll have to wait until then for my review but I really enjoyed this book! 😊

Give It Back by Danielle Esplin


Another one I read and reviewed this week, you can catch up with my review by clicking the link: Give It Back by Danielle Esplin

Last but by no means least,

Make Me by Lee Child


Another triumph for Jack Reacher fans, I read this in 24 hours and loved it! You can read my review for Make Me by clicking the link below:

Make Me by Lee Child

 

So, there you have it! Lots read, and so many more great books to come! Speaking of, I’ve started reading The Reaper by Steven Dunne and I’m loving it so far and I’m sure I’ll get my review up in the coming week! I have lots of exciting books and blog tours coming up in May too so it sould be a busy month!

Also, seeing as how it’s a bank holiday, I’m going to take my time doing up my April book haul. I have NO IDEA how may books have come to Chez Bibliophile so I’ll have to check it out tomorrow!!

Hope you have all had a nice and relaxing weekend!

Until next week… Happy reading 🙂

Weekly Wrap Up March 20th 2016

I’m going to have to be more organised with my weekly wrap up posts! It’s later and later I’m writing them lately!!! 🙂

Anyway, I finished 4 books this week so I’m now up to 52 books read so far this year. Which is good going considering I have nearly 100 books on my urgent TBR, and maybe 15-20 of those fall into the read these ones ASAP as they are for various requests, and of course some Netgalley ones have snuck in there too!

The books I finished this week are as follows:

  • In The Shadows by Tara Lyons

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I snuck Tara’s book into last weeks wrap-up too as I was less than 20% until the end when I was typing the post up! 😉 This time however, I have no review as I’m on the blog tour for this book next week so make sure to check back in for my review!

  • The Boat House by Mark Sennen

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I read the first three of Mark Sennen’s DI Charlotte Savage books way back before I started my blog, and he has a new book, Two Evils out soon so I needed a refresher and this was a perfect short story.

  • Demon Dentist by David Walliams

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Myself and my son had been reading this at night for a couple of weeks and we finished it this week. I hadn’t read any of David Walliams’ kids books, so this was an unusual departure for me. However, this book was the only book I read during my reading slump so I have to thank my son Thomas for that! 🙂

  • Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

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I finished Death In Profile earlier today, and you can catch my review for it by clicking the link —> Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson.

 

So, there you have it. Not a huge amount read but I’m still reading so that’s a good thing! 🙂

What have you been reading?

Nightblind Blog Tour

Woop!! It’s mine and Grab This Book’s turn on the blog tour for Ragnar Jónasson’s latest offering in the Dark Iceland series, Nightblind. 😊

 

 

Jónasson is easily one of my favourite authors of 2015, and I am beyond thrilled to be on the blog tour for one of my top series of 2015!

 

I waited patiently (ahem 😂) for Nightblind and was lucky enough to get a review copy early, as well as a signed first edition (which I am quoted it!) for Christmas. So without further ado, here’s my review for Nightblind…

 

About the book: (via Goodreads) 



Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.
The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.
Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
My thoughts:

 

I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page…

In Ragnar Jónasson’s case, ABSOLUTELY!!!
I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months.
Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir.

The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town.
Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation.
Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.
Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way.
The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson’s superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way.

Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery.
This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list.
The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read.
An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️

 

You can buy your copy here: Nightblind (Dark Iceland)

 

Make sure you follow the tour, the dates and blogs are listed here!

 

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell ***BLOG TOUR***

Hi everyone!

I’m thrilled to be the first stop on the blog tour for the new Patricia Cornwell book, Depraved Heart. This is the 23rd (can you believe that?!) instalment of the Scarpetta series. I’ve been a fan of Cornwell’s books for as long as I can remember, and I’ve read all of this series. Needless to say, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in the blog tour. My thanks to Hayley Camis and Harper Collins for my review copy of Depraved Heart.

List of bloggers taking part and where to find them:


 

About the author:

Patricia Cornwell has sold over 100 million books and had 29 New York Times bestsellers, including Dust, The Bone Bed, Red Mist and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper- Case Closed. Postmortem is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year and Cruel and Unusual won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel. Fox 2000 have bought the rights to Kay Scarpetta to be developed for the big screen. When not writing from her Boston home, she is tirelessly researching cutting edge forensics to include in her work. Currently researching drone technology as well as continuing her work in ballistics, explosives and firearms, Cornwell has also been learning about advanced trauma for the emergency responder through simulation technology, working with the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T) department, training on the VirFa Firearms Training Simulators as well as Scuba Diving in Bermuda.

 

Photo Credit: Patrick Ecclesine 2015 ©


About the book:
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell – not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

My thoughts:

Following on from Flesh and Blood, Depraved Heart picks up two months after the events involving the Copperhead Killer. Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called to a suspicious death in Cambridge. A film mogul’s daughter is found dead in her home and Scarpetta and Marino attend the scene.

Within minutes of beginning her exam, Scarpetta receives a message on her phone from her niece Lucy’s ICE with a video link. The accompanying footage makes her question those around her and who to trust.

Simultaneously, Lucy’s home is being raided by the FBI. With worry setting in, Scarpetta rushes through her examination of the scene in order to go over to Lucy’s house, not knowing about the raid.

This book essentially takes place over the course of one day. It is full of forensic detail, the kind you usually expect from Cornwell. At times, it’s difficult to take in all that gets written, but it’s good to know the reasoning behind the forensic processes.

I really enjoyed Depraved Heart. More so than Flesh and Blood. It’s full of psychological warfare as the characters don’t know who to trust, and an old nemesis resurfaces, testing everyone. There are some unexpected twists and turns along the way which make for interesting asides.

My only issue with Depraved Heart was that once you get to the climax of the story, it ends very quickly. I would have liked a little more explanation of certain events, but that’s personal preference.

I gave Depraved Heart 4⭐️ on Goodreads. It was a highly enjoyable story and I’m very grateful to Harper Collins for my copy!

Happy Reading 😊📖