**Weekly Wrap Up**


Oh dear oh dear! I have only managed one book this week, the good news…. my neck is much better so I’m back to work, but the bad news is it means I have little time to read. So after much consideration I’ve come up with a solution which will hopefully give me more time to read, no im not retiring! I’ve decided I spend too much time browsing social media so for one day a week I’m not going to log in to Twitter, Facebook etc or share posts. I love to support fellow bloggers but some evenings I spend much of the evening sharing posts, RT, liking, and commenting. I’m  sure every blogger on the planet knows what I mean here, so I’m going to use this one day a week to use as reading time only. I’m sure I will be itching to turn on my IPad but I’m going to give it a go. I’m not scheduling any posts next Tuesday so if you see me pop up on social media I’ve failed miserably 😂


what I read this week


Book description

Babs had all the world ahead of her, until she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks. Stan Miller is really the devil in disguise… and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him.

Starting in the 70s, BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling installment in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a London that was very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust…

Book post I received this week



Book description

She Loves Me
A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother?

She Loves Me Not
Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer’s choices?

She Loves Me
Who lives? Who dies? Who’s next? The clock is ticking.

She Loves Me Not
If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own …

This weeks ARC’s

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk



Book description

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped…Alone…Terrified.

Now forget her…

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.
The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

The Quiet Man by James Carol

I love this series and Faber & Faber granted my wish over on the dreaded NetGalley, so how could I refuse 🙈


Book description
The hugely popular Jefferson Winter series returns in a gripping new thriller.

In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home. Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn’t so sure.

The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He’s seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders – once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one.

That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?

Books I’ve bought

I haven’t bought any book this week, Shock! Horror! But I treated myself to a year’s subscription of True Crime Magazine. Going back a few years ago I only ever read true crime books, I like to think they give me insight in to why people do such terrible things, I’m not sure they answer all my questions by any means but I do find them an intriguing read.


Last week on the book review café






Next week on the book review café

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson – review

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens


Top Five Friday- Crime books stand-alones

**Blog tour** Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski



42 thoughts on “**Weekly Wrap Up**

  1. I’m so pleased you’re feeling better. I agree totally about social media and I’m putting out a post soon called AWOL in April when I’m just going to have a reading month and as little of anything else as I can!

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  2. So glad to hear your neck is better, even if it thwarts your reading plans. Good luck with the social media ban. It’s true that it sucks up a lot of your time and you have to make a conscious decision to step away. Not sure I could manage an entire day though, let alone a month like Linda says. Eek.

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  3. I like your plan – I have two days a week where I read for an hour before reading other blogs, commenting, tweeting etc. because it is so easy to get sucked in which helps me to get some reading done. I used to read True Crime magazine in my late teens and passed my copies onto my (younger) brother who is still massively interested today – he’s over in a couple of weeks so no doubt I’ll be adding some more true crime reads to my TBR as he’s always full of recommendations!

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    • If it works Cleo I may even Up it to two! Even if I read for an hour first I still get sucked in and before I know it the days gone and no time for reading. I will be interested to see what True Crime reads you add to your TBR pile x

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  4. Happy to hear your neck is better! 🙂 Good luck with the evening off! Every time I try, I fail… Be stronger than me!! But when I see people taking time to visit my blog, I’m itching to do the same… except it ends up eating away all the evening and then there’s no time for reading 😦 ! xx

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  5. I’m glad you’re feeling better. This is such a good plan Lorraine and I know what you mean, some days I can spend hours on social media! I hope it works, let us know how you get on 😁 xx


  6. Glad you’re feeling better and back to work 😊 I totally get what you mean about social media, it’s very difficult to find that balance, blogging and social media is a part time job then you gotta fit in time to read too! I’ve failed miserable this month, I’m still reading book 3 of the month 🙈
    I really wanna subscribe to Real Crime Mag, you have to keep me update, if you receive several good mags in a row, I’ll join!

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  7. I may take a leaf out of your book and have a day away from social media as my insomnia has got better so I’m not getting through as many books! I always feel guilty though for not sharing. Hope you manage to stick to the plan and I think it’s a great idea xxx


    • I know what you mean and I’m already feeling guilty about not sharing other bloggers posts on Tuesday, but something has to give if I want to actually read some books this week 😘


  8. I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better, Lorraine. Everyone has to do what works best for them and I think your idea of stepping away from the online world on a Tuesday (or any day you wish!) is absolutely brilliant. I’m not even on Facebook but my spare time still disappears in a flash! xx

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  9. I hope your plan to have a day off social media helps you catch up on reading. I try and give myself a chunk of time to read and share blogs/catch up on twitter/FB a couple of times a day so that I don’t end up losing half the day to social media. I do get drawn to pick my phone up and scroll through twitter when I’m having a coffee break rather than reading but for the most part my plan is working.
    Here’s my wrap-up: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/03/12/weekly-wrap-up-12-march/

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  10. So glad your neck is feeling better Lorraine! I think it’s a fantastic idea to step away for a day…maybe you’ll start a trend for #stepawaytuesday. It’s really a lot of work to keep up with all that blogging entails on top of actually reading and reviewing. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to not always share and be present on social media, good luck!!


  11. Glad your neck is a bit better Lorraine. Good luck with the day away from SM – I might try something similar as I seem to spend more time on Twitter and FB and reading one thing always leads to another… Enjoy your extra reading time. xx

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  12. It’s hard to remember a world before social media isn’t it? I tend to go on in waves but don’t monitor my usage I think because I stop on an evening once I start reading. The M. J. Arlidge book looks like another winner and 15/33 looks interesting too. Have a good week,

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  13. So glad to hear your neck is better, Lorraine. No social media 1 day a week sounds like a great idea. I might copy! I always feel guilty if I don’t share everyone’s posts though, or say thanks when they share mine. xx

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