A blog I started writing recently but had to stop. If it starts to sound boring in any way then beggar off away and read something else!

Don’t normally do round – ups because basically would rather be reading and reviewing individual books. However, I LOVE reading everyone else’s round ups and see what they’re reading, buying or promoting because they’re about books, books, books!

Soooo…thought I’d give it a go and may do more. Since I deleted 8,000 Twitter followers (not clever!) and returned to blogging and Twitter as The Average Reader (wake up on the back row. Yes it’s confusing. Seriously annoy myself sometimes often)

Have just been enjoying books again and not putting too much pressure on with multiple blog tours. Have two blog tours (reviews already written and scheduled) coming up, one for a Heleen Kist Stay Mad Sweetheart book and another for a Mark Ellis book, A Death In Mayfair Couldn’t resist these two! After that will be having a break from all blog touring. Unless a very tempting book to blog tour about comes along.

Also, asking for and accepting very few books for review at the moment. Becoming more and more selective about which books I’ll accept for review.

I’ll alway buy Orenda books though. Karen Sullivan has uncannily good vision and a knack for recognising a good book when she reads one and in my (humble/arrogant) opinion, always did. They are always excellently translated by Quentin Bates (have one of his own books to read via kindle, so mental note to read that soon)

Way back when, my Twitter account was just in my own name and it was @bookwormcaryl – I was a fan of Matt Johnson books and then he signed with Orenda and the rest is history. Karen Sullivan would very kindly offer to send books but I refused and would buy instead. Forward to more recent times when on a blog tour for Orenda books we were asked for a preference of hard copy paperback or kindle but more often than I would choose a paperback to read, then would quite often buy a kindle copy of the book (to be fair, the blog tour organiser would probably have been happy to offer both) to read while out and about because I can’t always carry a number of books about my person as I used to plus love the convenience of Kindle. The paperbacks I read at home. Some of those I’ve yet to review because was very ill with acute anxiety and unable to read a thing.

To be fair, the Orenda blog tours run by a blog tour organiser were very well run and I have no qualms about saying so. Equally, so were the other blog tours I was involved with and all reviews from blog tours I was on are completely genuine. Reviews for books not enjoyed DO NOT appear on this blog!

Now future reading plans, if I haven’t popped my clogs, will be to request books on NetGalley – having deleted my previous NetGalley account and started again, which wasn’t very clever but life is a learning process and you’re never too old to learn (so they say!). Resisting the urge to request too many NetGalley books though. Baby steps. Plus there is also the library, the bookshop, Kindle deals and every other method of obtaining books

Some of you will have noticed that the name of my blog has changed back to my original blog name of Mrs Bloggs’ Books. My new PR is my grandson. His fee is that I read more Harry Potter books (he is on book 5 and I’ve only read book 1 so far soooo…)

First step. I obtained my wizard’s pass and discovered I’m a Hufflepuff! Who knew?

Have also downloaded all of the Harry Potter movies to bingewatch (gulp). My OH is very happily (reluctantly) on board with that (*cough*)

In between entering the world of all things Harry Potter I’ll be avidly reading other books of course. (Oh yes and have added ‘Social Media Influencer of book sales’ to my Twitter profile, since noticing how many ‘celebs’ have newly appeared as ‘social media influencer’ of whatever). It’s very tongue in cheek for me and I’m just taking the P out of the whole thing. No doubt some people have noticed and thought I’m adopting airs and graces. ‘Ooh Get her’ I can imagine. Oh and so many people following on Twitter I’ve noticed are CEO of something or other that I’ve become a self appointed ‘CEO of my teapot’ ☕️ 😉

Now back to books!

Recent kindle purchases of books, although Stay Mad Sweetheart was a review copy sent by the publishers but have downloaded a copy of her previous book Insidious Intent because I’ve heard so much about it.

Dead Inside by Noelle Holton

A book I bought when it first came out but this is the book I’m currently reading now. It’s a cracking good read and there is a sequel (and another!) so I must crack on!

The blurb via Amazon

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

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Stay Mad Sweetheart by Heleen Kist

I’m on the blog tour for this book on the 18th November, so this will be my next read

Blurb via Amazon

Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.

Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.

Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.

As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them. 

But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?

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Doug Johnstone Breakers

Blurb via Orenda Books

Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

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Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation … unless he drags her down too. A pulsatingly tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland’s finest crime writers

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Himself by Jess Kidd

Blurb via Amazon

A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2016

Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017

Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland’s west coast, he brings only a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the lies of his past.

No one – living or dead – will tell Mahony what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby, despite his certainty that more than one of the villagers knows the sinister truth.

Between Mulderrig’s sly priest, its pitiless nurse and the caustic elderly actress throwing herself into her final village play, this beautiful and darkly comic debut novel creates an unforgettable world of mystery, bloody violence and buried secrets.

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Those People by Louise Candlish

Blurb via Amazon

One of this summer’s most anticipated thrillers’ Stylist
‘A clever, enjoyable follow up to Our House  

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU’LL LOVE TO HATE 

Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don’t follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence. 

Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: They did it. 

But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree. And the door they’re knocking on next is yours.  

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Loved the previous books in the series and can’t wait to read this one.

Blues. Shoes and Baby Blues by Gina Kirkham

‘SUCH A TERRIFIC READ!’ – LORRAINE KELLY

Blurb via Amazon

Constable Mavis Upton is back, and this time she’s taking no prisoners – which is never good for a police officer.

Mavis is pregnant, as is her daughter Ella. Facing the prospect of motherhood and being a grandmother simultaneously the last thing Mavis needs is problems at work. But a new sexist dinosaur of a Sergeant is more bully than mentor, and a mysterious case involving a blackmailer sending poison pen letters is baffling the police and tearing apart the local community.

Can Mavis juggle impending motherhood and her career, maintain a loving relationship with her other half Joe and deal with being a grandmother, all while soving the case?

Well, this is Constable Mavis Upton…literally anything is possible…

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Stopped Reading Little Siberia temporarily because there was a blog tour going on and didn’t want to review in the middle of that. Will carry on, then review when it’s fresher in my mind.
I’ve loved all of his books before and I’m enjoying this one.
Little Siberia by Antii Tuomeinen
Blurb via Amazon

A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel.

But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn’t his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is.

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Passionate Travellers by Trish Nicholson

This book has been read by several friends of mine and sounds incredible. Hoping to read this during #NonFictionNovember or whenever it’s possible.

Blurb via Amazon

Accompanying these 21 passionate travellers on their personal quests, we discover what drove them, and share their incredible journeys through deserts, mountains, jungles and seas to every continent, spanning 2,000 years of history from 480 BCE to the 1930s. These are true stories of daring adventure, courage, cunning, even murder and, above everything, sheer determination against all odds.

Most of these eight women and thirteen men were ordinary people transformed by their journeys. They travelled from Africa, China, Persia, Russia, and the Mediterranean as well as from Europe and America. Their backgrounds were diverse, including: poet, artist, invalid, slave, pilgrim, doctor, missionary, scholar, diplomat, dilettante, storyteller, and anarchistic opera singer.

Not all survived. Many have been forgotten. Who now knows that Octavie Coudreau, stranded in a canoe on the Amazon in 1899 with her dead husband, continued to chart the river? That Thomas Stevens was the first person to cycle around the world on a penny-farthing? And why was an English parlour maid abandoned on the Trans-Siberian railway and arrested by Stalin’s secret police? 

With painstaking research and powerful storytelling, the author, herself a world-traveller, has created an intimate experience of each traveller’s journey and recaptured a vanished world. A compelling travel read and a treat for history lovers.

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Recently purchased

Where The Girls Are by L M Krier

I’m up to this book now in the series involving my favourite fictional detective Ted Darling

Blurb via Amazon

Young girls are going missing in their search for fame and fortune. Ted Darling and his team are on the case.But when little Storm Moonchild disappeared without trace years earlier, the system seemed to forget about her.A chance encounter in a bar abroad brings Ted face to face with her presumed abductor. Ted’s on unfamiliar territory and he makes a grave error. One which could risk his life and that of a member of his team.Strong, character-driven crime fiction with the decidedly different detective everyone’s talking about.

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Red Snow by Will Dean

Loved the previous two books, can’t wait to read this one (strike that, have already read this and reviewed it on here. Oops!)

Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

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Another planned read for #NonFictionNovember is this one

Summer Of 77 by Robert Fear

Blurb via Amazon

A holiday can change everything…

…it did for Fred. 

He went on a two-week break with three friends to the Spanish island of Ibiza in July 1976. It was so enjoyable they all vowed to come back for the following season. 

In April 1977, Fred returned to Ibiza, alone, in pursuit of his dream. 

Behind him, he left his family, his girlfriend, and a promising career in banking. 

Challenges lay ahead. 

This would be no holiday. 

He needed a place to stay and to find work that would sustain him through the next six months. 

This true to life memoir follows 21-year-old Fred’s adventures as he acclimatises to living abroad. In a time before instant communication, he keeps in touch with family and friends by letter. They are his lifeline to home. 

If you enjoy reading about people’s life-changing experiences, then this book is for you. 

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Another #NonFictionNovember read is this one

Highveld Ways by Val Poore

This is the third book about the author’s life in South Africa. In Highveld Ways, Valerie and her daughters join her husband in Johannesburg and begin a decade of life in and around the city. During the years that follow her arrival in 1989, Valerie explores the Highveld area on which Johannesburg is built and despite her rural leanings, she learns to love South Africa’s biggest, baddest city and its environs. 

The family move house five times and each new home brings its own memories and adventures, including trips to Namibia, Zimbabwe and other parts of South Africa. The backcloth to this memoir is the turbulent political upheaval of the early nineties as well as the emergence of the New South Africa under Nelson Mandela. While no story about South Africa at the time can escape the often violent lead-up to the changes, Valerie’s memories are focused on the events, the places and above all, the people who filled her life at the time. 

Anecdotal rather than chronological, this book mixes the ups and downs of family life with history, political change and descriptions of local places. To do the decade justice would really take five books, not one, so the intention is rather to give an impression of what it was was like to live in Johannesburg in the notorious nineties.

Some fantastic BOOKPOST will be in my next blog when the family situation has calmed a bit