Reading roundup 14/03/18

Only two books read this week and I only finished the second one a few minutes ago! A few things have kept me from book reading: very serious illness over the weekend, a newfound interest in watching Vikings on Amazon Prime, and the fact that the second book was very long. Excuses, excuses, I know 😆.

Perfect Prey by Helen Fields

Perfect Prey by Helen Fields

My first read of the week was an ebook which I had requested after reading #01 in Helen Fields’ DI Callanach series, Perfect Remains. This second book is called Perfect Prey. Here is the blurb:

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.

And this is the review that I wrote on Goodreads, whilst awarding the book four stars:

Excellent book and better than the first one in the series. Plenty to grip the reader. Really nasty and gruesome murders, thumping great twists in the plot, interesting main characters with their own issues and foibles and someone who you really wish will get their comeuppance before the end of the book! Strong females, to say the least, and men who are struggling, in some cases. Story arcs that keep you wanting to read the next book in the series. And so I will…

Can I just add that, in my opinion, this book is definitely for adult readers and not suitable for a school library, even with a sixth form? Some of the issues are best understood by mature readers!

Nemesis Games by James S A Corey

Nemesis Games by James S A Corey

The second book was #05 of James S A Corey’s The Expanse series, Nemesis Games. As you are no doubt aware, I cannot get enough of this amazing science fiction series and am working my way through them all. Here is the blurb:

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I only finished the book a few minutes ago. You know when you can’t wait to get to the end of a book to find out what happens, but at the same time are sad to finish it? Well, this was one of those reads and I simply had to give it the full five stars. This is my review:

Fabulous! My favourite book of the series so far. I loved how we got to know the four crew members even better because of the way that the plot split them up and sent them in different directions. There was some almost heart stopping stuff and some heartbreaking stuff too. Interesting back stories and incredible adventure. I already have the next book lined up and am searching on the public library catalogue to see where I will go after that…

I couldn’t write any more because I was still enthralled by the book. Actually, at this point I should really recommend reading other reviews on Goodreads. Many of them are very good indeed and their writers are far more articulate than I am.

Anyway, I haven’t quite decided which book I am going to tackle next, so I might just watch another episode of Vikings before I dive into my next read…

Happy reading to you all!

Best wishes,


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