Sunday Post – 10th February, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

Another week has slipped by – this time in a welter of wind and rain. I’ll take that over snow any day, but it has been wet and dreary for a chunk of time, making the drive into Northbrook and back miserable. I can’t quite believe that this week saw the halfway point of this term come and go… Wednesday evening I attended our writing group where the main discussion somehow morphed into various versions of ‘Lilac Wine’ – there were those of us who felt Nina Simone’s version aced it, while others preferred Elkie Brooks and Miley Cyrus – there’s no accounting for taste! On Thursday, I had a good lesson with Tim, who is working towards his Functional Skills Level 2 Reading exam.

On Friday, I met up with writing buddy Mhairi. We had lunch together at Haskins and browsed, when Mhairi spotted some amazing umbrellas on sale – the big old-fashioned kind, with a lovely pattern of a bee on lavender. Given that it was hammering down outside, I treated myself and it easily kept us both dry while we made our way to car. We had a lovely catch-up together, overshadowed by the fact that she’s moving away from the area very soon. She’s promised to come and stay regularly and I hope she does. I’m so sad that she’s going, though obviously I wish her all the luck in the world in her new home.

Last week I read:
Cyanide with Christie – Crime with the Classics series by Katherine Bolger Hyde
Having finished transforming Windy Corner, the grand Victorian mansion she inherited from her great aunt, into a writers’ retreat, widowed literature professor Emily Cavanaugh is ready to receive her first set of guests. But her careful planning is thrown into disarray by the unexpected arrival of outrageous true-crime writer, Cruella Crime, whose unpardonably rude behaviour is causing great offence. As a ferocious ice storm rages outside, the guests entertain one another with a game of charades. But their revelries are brought to a sudden halt by the discovery of a body in one of the guest bedrooms. When it transpires the victim was poisoned, Emily decides to take a leaf out of the book of her favourite detective writer, Agatha Christie, and investigate. But as she pursues her enquiries, it becomes chillingly clear that she herself may have been the intended victim…
This is fun, particularly for those cosy whodunit fans yearning for the nostalgia of some of the old classics. I’ll be reviewing this one in due course.

The Revenant Express – Book 5 of the Newbury and Hobbes series by George Mann

Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury’s assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica’s sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive the Revenant Express.
This action-packed sequel to The Executioner’s Heart follows on more or less immediately from the climactic ending of the previous book, so if you haven’t read it then I’d advise that you do so before picking this one up. Review to follow this week.


My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 3rd February 2019

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Endgames – Book 12 of the Imagers Portfolio by L.E. Modesitt Jr

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Knife Children – NOVELLA in The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday Face-Off featuring Tongues of Serpents – Book 5 of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Quotations on integrity Given that baldfaced lying is rapidly becoming an acceptable political tool all over the planet, let’s consider those whose expectations were a whole lot higher…

Let’s talk trigger warnings This is an interesting subject for any blogger – those who do and those who don’t…

It’s Been a Wonderful Five Years… She’s absolutely right! This enormously talented photographer has been one of my go-to blogs as I find her photos both inspirational and a huge comfort when the world isn’t being fair…

Will We Read On? Or Put the Book Down? Sometimes It’s The Little Things I’m always intrigued to discover what makes other readers DNF a book…

And The Big Secret Project Is… Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Services! Sara has been a writing buddy for a long time, with a great track record of providing detailed advice for writers. She also did a wonderful job as a beta reader for me on one of my manuscripts! I wish her loads of luck with this project.

In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – have a wonderful week!

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    • Thank you, Sassy:). Yes, it’s been a good week, overall – and I’ll take rain over snow anyday so it’s just as well I live where I do! Yes – I’ll be reviewing the George Mann book this coming week:)

  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your friend. It’s so hard to have them move away. Seems like people I’m fond of are always moving. The umbrella sounds lovely. The rain pops up here so quickly that I always have several umbrellas close at hand. LOL Have a great week, Sarah:)

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    • Yes, we did have a lovely – we generally do… I am soooo going to miss her! And I know what you mean – a steady stream of my best friends inevitably move away – is it my aftershave??? The umbrella IS lovely – if I get organised enough, I will take a picture of it and post it. I hope you have a great week, preferably one where you don’t need to use an umbrella!

  2. It sounds like you have had a lovely week. Some writing and some reading and some getting together with friends. That’s all it takes for a good week, I think.

    I’m always sad when a friend moves or (at my age) dies, but it is inevitable, isn’t it? I hope your friend comes back to visit often.

  3. I’m nearly missing snow… I feel like rain has soaked through my whole being and to the bones. Uhh. I like how you keep up with writing too not just reading 😊 Enjoy your Sunday!

  4. Awww, that must be very bittersweet that Mhairi is moving away. It’s always sad when that happens, but at least you’ll keep in touch and still see her now and then.

    OMG thank you for sharing the news about Heart of the Story! (*hugs*) I actually spent the afternoon and evening away from my computer after the business launched. Otherwise I would have been obsessively checking my stats all day – which probably wouldn’t have been healthy. So I’m back online now to resume some “launch” activities and see where things stand. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and kind words – and I noticed you signed up for the emails, too! (Did everything on your end seem GDPR compliant on your end, btw? I was a little concerned about whether I’d done everything I needed to disclaimer-wise, but some of the information I read was confusing…)

  5. The only reason I prefer snow to rain is because when it snows here the whole world shuts down for us for a day or two – roads closed, no school, no place to go – so it becomes kind of a big vacation. I really want to try the Katherine Bolger Hyde series. I’ve had the first book on my TBR since it came out but still haven’t. Have a great week!

    • Ah… we also have the same deal – everything shuts down, but being a teacher, I then have to rush around like a flea on a hot brick making up those missed lessons!

  6. Ooh Cyanide with Christie sounds fun! I’m reading a 1930’s murder mystery from the British Crime Classics line at the moment so I feel immersed in that cosy nostalgic feel. 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the downpouring! We’ve had snow and rain too, on and off, and I’m ready for spring at this point! Have an awesome week!

    • Ah – but the Cyanide with Christie is set in the US, which is a nice twist and it’s also contemporary:).

      Yes – the ground is properly sodden, but then we have an unusually dry December and January so on one level I’m a tad relieved there’s been some significant rain because I don’t want a drought in the summer…

    • I hope that forecast rain misses you! I have noticed that promised storms/snow/sun regularly doesn’t occur in our corner of England – hopefully you experience the same issues…

  7. And another week speeds by! Where is the time going to.
    You had a good week, sorry to read your friend is moving away but hopefully it will make the time when she comes to visit even more fun.
    I like the look of the cosy mystery – just what I’m in the mood for. atm.
    Lynn 😀

    • I know! It’s terrifying the speed at which 2019 is whipping by, isn’t it? And yes – it will be lovely when Mhairi comes to visit. And the cosy mystery is an enjoyable change of pace…

  8. Oh no. I’m sorry to hear that your buddy is moving away. I do hope she comes back often! And I also would rather have rain than snow. Any day. It’s snowing here right now and I wish it wasn’t!

  9. It sounds as if you had a fine week. I am so far behind that it is already time to think about the weekend (Tomorrow is Friday). It amuses me that even though I am now retired, I still look forward to the weekend! LOL

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