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I’m back with a **Weekly Wrap Up**


Well I’m back after nearly a two week break from social media and blogging (apart from the blog tour posts I already agreed to) and I must say its done me the world of good, no frantically trying to share and retweet posts, spending hours trawling through social media in fact it just reinforced to me how much time I spend on my iPad when I could be reading.

I worked Monday-Friday throughout the experiment and still managed to read, wait for it………..8 books and I’m half way through the 9th.……..yes the book review café has found her reading mojo and what a treasure trove of books I’ve read. Some of theses books are for blog tours in May, so I really achieved a lot in my two weeks off…… blog tour reviews, books that have been sat on my bookshelf that I’ve really wanted to read, and new to me authors. So I definitely feel a social media break every now and then works for me.

Books I read

Books I’ve bought


Certain criminal cases have a life of their own. Despite the passage of years they continue their hold on the public imagination, either because of the personalities involved, the depravity of the crime, doubts over whether justice was done, or the tantalizing fact that no one was ever caught…

Now John Douglas, the foremost investigative analyst and criminal profiler of our time, turns his attention to eight of the greatest mysteries in the history of crime, including those of Jack the Ripper, The Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Taking a fresh look at the established facts, Douglas and Olshaker dismantle the conventional wisdom regarding these most notorious of crimes and rebuild them – with astonishing results.



1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
Nathan Blum works behind a desk at an intelligence office in Washington, DC, but he longs to contribute to the war effort in a more meaningful way, and he has a particular skill set the U.S. suddenly needs. Nathan is fluent in German and Polish, he is Semitic looking, and he proved his scrappiness at a young age when he escaped from the Polish ghetto. Now, the government wants him to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life: Nathan must sneak into Auschwitz, on a mission to find and escape with one man.

The One Man, a historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross, is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely compelling.



Toni, the surviving teenager, is found delirious, wandering the muddy fields. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive. . .
Meanwhile the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach.
And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case.


DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evansof the Fenland police are stretched to the limit as they try to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice.
There is evidence of an illegal drinking club run by a shadowy group of men, who are grooming teenagers. And the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush which seems to house many dark secrets.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.



The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up in hospital from a coma suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.

With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him.

Can Michael ever escape the past?

Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?

And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?

I couldn’t resist adding Remember Me by Lynda Renham to my TBR pile after reading Jo’s fabulous review for this book over at


A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near. Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified? As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.

ARC’s I’ve received

Last week on the book review café

Next week on the book review café

Cover reveal and a fabulous Giveaway The Art Of Fear by Pamela Crane

**Blog tour** Sleep Tight by the awesome Caroline Mitchell

The Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury #Review

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons #Review

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton #Review

*Blog Tour** S5 Uncovered by James Durose-Rayner & #GuestPost


Today on the book review café I’m hosting the blog tour for S5 Uncovered by James Durose-Rayner, and I have a fascinating guest post from the author. S5 Uncovered certainly sound like an intriguing read especially as it’s based around true events


I know S5 Uncovered is about the lower echelons of the city’s underworld – but in all honesty its city centre is quite a nice vibrant place and without sounding like a poor man’s travel guide here goes…..

My favourite Curry House is on The Wicker.

A story here: In 1994 we were going to a curry house on Attercliffe Road (once/twice a week) called Zeenat’s. It was opposite some industrial tool place and a massage parlour – I know – very ‘salubrious’ surroundings; however, the food was quite decent.
One of the waiters – a certain Mohammed Khalid told us of his friend opening a Curry House on The Wicker called the Gulshan Balti House. Me, my wife and both kids were invited to its opening day. We thought it was a nice gesture; however, the said Mr. Khalid wasn’t all he was cracked up to be and had used his friend opening a restaurant to get our phone number, and whilst I was at work he was making play for my wife – true story and what a wanker. Write what you know.

Nevertheless, whilst Mr. Khalid was frustrating himself by barking up the wrong tree so to speak – Quashi – the owner and I became friends – not great friends, but friends, and whilst introducing us to a variety of Kashmiri dishes I mentioned that I’d had to have a few words with Khalid asnd as that was the case we never saw him again.
Quashi ended up selling his restaurant and moving across the road. He now owns Chamans – possibly the greatest curry house I’ve been in – and I’ve been in a few.
There is a downside to The Wicker. Try not to venture off the main thoroughfare between the city centre and Burngreave as it can be quite a dangerous place.

The busy London Road links the city with the Heeley Bridge area of the city. It is a vibrant area filled with every different kind of eatery. West Street is an upmarket version of London Road and is frequented by students from the city’s university. Again, a really nice place and if you fancy a meal – you are spoiled for choice.

Oughtibridge is a beautiful stone built village in north Sheffield – just five minutes’ drive from the ‘Cross. It is quite hilly and the River Don meanders through its valley. It’s a really nice area – so much so we were once thinking of moving there.
One of the career criminals I based one of my characters on in S5 actually lived there. He’s currently doing 26 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He might have known about it, but he certainly didn’t commit it.

Meadowhall is the Americanised shopping centre and mega mall which you can see from the M1 motorway at Tinsley Viaduct. It’s as good a shopping centre as anywhere in the UK and close-by are other retail outlets such as the one on the A6178 at Carbrook – which is home to Carbrook Hall – supposedly the most haunted pub in Britain.

Wortley Hall. The stately home for the working class just off the A616 Stocksbridge bypass. It is a lovely building standing in its own grounds, where I ‘sort of’ lived during something unpleasant happening in our lives. Again, you write what you know and draw from your own experiences.

About the author

James Durose-Rayner has over twenty years’ experience in journalism. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild and the editor of NATM, the UK’s leading specialist civil engineering journal. His writing has been featured in over 210 magazines and his debut indie-novel, S63: Made in Thurnscoe, published in 2001, received positive reviews. In 2015, I Am Sam (Clink Street Publishing) and itv Seven (New Generation Publishing) followed to more affirmative acclaim. Durose-Rayner currently divides his time between the UK and Cyprus.

Links to the author

Twitter: @natm_mag

Book Description

Based around a series of true events. The BBC’s current affairs programme ‘Panorama’ undertook a sixty minute documentary / exposé surrounding an elite government task force that went undercover in Sheffield over a period of twelve months. Their remit was to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to fill up the police federations coffers using illegally gained intelligence, on one hand overlooking – and in some cases encouraging – major criminal activity such as murder, kidnap and torture; whilst on the other, surreptitiously acquiring pre-bargained guilty pleas from defendants then reneging on deals, which culminated in some of the heaviest sentences ever handed out in the UK. But the programme was never aired.