April 16, 2021

February 2021: A month in books…

WORDPRESS BLOCKS! *screams* This is a complete rewrite as for reasons known only to WordPress the blocks editor reformatted the whole thing into nonsense.

Annoyed much?!

February 2021 was a bit of a slump. Again. I managed to finish three books but my goodness it was slow going. We’re all struggling to read at the moment so I know how lucky I am to have managed three… 3 books or 3 pages, it’s all reading.

What I read

Good Samaritans by Will Carver

I was lucky enough to win Will Carver’s books from Orenda a couple of months ago and my goodness they are DARK. Good Samaritans is about a series of murders involving young women being dumped in the countryside… what ties the murders together is the fact the bodies have been bleached before being dumped.

Germ-phobe Ant is a volunteer for the Samaritans, taking calls from those in need of a friendly ear of an evening. And insomniac Seth has a strange hobby of working his way through the phonebook late at night looking for someone, anyone, who’s willing to talk to him. A case of crossed wires and coincidence brings Ant and Seth into contact with a suicidal young woman named Hadley and both men end up obsessed with her but both in very different ways.

While all this is going on Detective Sergeant Pace is in the background trying to solve the murders. I loved Good Samaritans and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Nothing much is given away about Detective Sergeant Pace in this novel other than something has happened in his past that has scarred him mentally.

Detective Sergeant Pace is an enigma.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

This was a much lusted after NetGalley approval… and my book to beat so far in 2021. My full review is here.

Beast by Matt Wesolowski

This was a re-read for me as I wanted to read the Six Stories series in order before starting Wesolowski’s latest release Deity. As good as I remembered and this won’t be the last time i re-read it! Beast is about the death of a young woman during the Beast from the East storm in the UK in 2018. Elizabeth Barton was found frozen to death and beheaded inside a derelict tower in the North East of England. Three local boys were tried and found guilty of her murder but rumours have surrounded the death and its alleged link to a local legend about a vampire. True crime pod-caster Scott King takes us through the story from 6 different view points – which is true??

The Six Stories series is fabulous and if you haven’t discovered it yet I urge you to read them!

Books I Bought

Every month I promise myself Iā€™m not going to buy any more books until the ones I already own have been read. Every month I go back on this promise. I regret nothing! This months purchases included:

The Art of Death by David Fennell

Have you heard of Reading Party? It’s a new event that’s being held via zoom where you and no more than 20 others each take turns reading the first couple of chapters of a new book – with the author. It’s such a fantastic idea and a lot of fun. I attended my first one for The Art of Death with David Fennell and then immediately went and treated myself to a Goldsboro Books First Edition – the book will be a smash. 

There are 2 types of ticket – one where you pay for access to the party and your sections to read and one where you get a personalised signed copy of the novel from Bert’s Books.  I won a basic ticket to my first Reading Party but for my next I have purchased a Book Ticket – I’ll be at the T.M. Logan Reading Party in March for his new release ‘Trust Me’ – much excitement! 

You can get more info about Reading Party here.  

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This one is the March/April book chosen by a book club I am part of – Out of This World Book Club. It’s a bi-monthly book club and features Sci-fi / Fantasy reads.  This will only be the 2nd book I’ve read for it but I am very excited to read Gods of Jade and Shadow.

Other purchases:

  • Deity by Matt Wesolowski
  • Untethered by John Bowie
  • Killer Queen by T. S. Hunter
  • The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

And that’s it – that was my February in books!  More bought than read… pretty standard for a book blogger right? šŸ˜‰

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