Reading roundup 15/03/23

Welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup post!

This week I will write about two more books that I was able to complete whilst I was ill.

Terms of Restitution by Denzil Meyrick

The first book was a completely random choice from the County Library’s ebook service: Denzil Meyrick’s Terms of Restitution. For once, we have a detailed blurb. I wish all books could come with something lengthy like this!

“Gangland boss Zander Finn is so sickened by the brutal murder of his son in a Paisley pub, he decides to change his life. Following the advice of his priest and mentor, he moves clandestinely to London and becomes an ambulance driver. But when his old second-in-command Malky Maloney tracks him down on a London street, Finn knows he must return. Both his real family and his crime family face an existential threat from Albanian mobsters determined to take control of the Scottish underworld.

Under the watchful eye of his charismatic mother, he must try to look after his lovelorn younger daughter and her older sister who is pregnant to his old enemy Joe Mannion’s son. His estranged wife, who has more than just a business relationship with Mannion, and his remaining son, crippled while serving in Afghanistan also require his attention. But most of all, he must take back what is his.

Facing the forces of law and order under Detective Chief Superintendent Amelia Langley, a ruthless gang of Albanians and a beautiful but deadly Italian woman, Zander Finn struggles for survival in a rollercoaster ride of brutality, tenderness, misplaced loyalties and the utterly unexpected. The path to redemption is a perilous one, and it begins to look like Finn should have stayed in London.”

I awarded the book three stars and you will see the reason why in this response:

Terms of RestitutionTerms of Restitution by Denzil Meyrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A real hit and miss of a book for me. An exciting plot, a well written setting and some memorable characters. Very violent but absorbing. But, a lot of the writing was very clunky, some characters were simple stereotypes and the editing was quite poor with homonyms and bad spelling. A gripping read but not an author I will return to in the future.

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My second book of the week was another episode of a favourite series: Bad Apples by Will Dean, #04 Tuva Moodyson Thriller. I had already read the first two books and am waiting for the third book, but then this one popped up on my waiting list. Eventually, I will go back and read the third.

Anyway, this is the blurb:

“It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A cultish hilltop community ‘celebrates’ Pan Night after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…”

This was a really great read, worth five stars, and I wrote the following on Goodreads. Yes, yet again I should apologise for hardly writing anything! I was very poorly at the time…

Bad Apples (Tuva Moodyson Mystery, #4)Bad Apples by Will Dean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best in the series so far, in my opinion. Dark, grim, creepy, quirky, gripping and terrifying in parts. There is also more than a hint of surrealism. I am really enjoying this series and I will certainly continue to read more of the books.

Now, I need to go back and read the third book!

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Next week I am going to write about a trilogy that I finished a couple of days ago. I will definitely have quite a lot to say about that!

Until then: Happy Reading to you all.

Love and best wishes,



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