Hello my bookish friends and welcome once again to my monthly wrap up post, #CaseClosed! How has your April been? We had a couple of days of fabulous sunshine but then temperatures plummeted back to the UK’s usual arctic conditions (the heating was turned off, and then immediately back on again!). I’ve also been very busy setting up my new business, damppebbles blog tours and feel my reading has taken a bit of a hit because of it. It’s certainly been a quiet month on the blog. But here’s to a better, more productive, warmer May. I have promised lots of reviews during May so you will be hearing from me more often.
I took part in the three blog tours this month:
Two were reviews: My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland & Keeper by Johana Gustawsson, and one stop was a guest post; Our House by Louise Candlish (guest post)
I did manage to read a few other books here and there:
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (for First Monday Crime) | Our House by Louise Candlish | All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson | Anything For Her by G.J. Minett (for First Monday Crime) | Dark Water by Robert Bryndza |
I also hosted a couple of fabulous giveaways (which are now both closed):
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic (giveaway) | Hangman by Daniel Cole (giveaway) |
Then there were a few other promotional posts thrown in for good measure:
In For The Kill by Ed James (guest post) | Needle Song by Russell Day (cover reveal) | Needle Song by Russell Day (Free Short Story) |
And then there was the incredible news that damppebbles has been nominated for the Best Book Review Blog at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. By the time this post goes live I expect voting will have closed but, y’know, if you’re at a loose end…..
damppebbles.com nominated for Best Book Review Blog at ABBA’s
That’s it, that’s April at damppebbles HQ. Lots of posts but it didn’t feel very busy, well, not to me.
In other news, Twitter jail has finally won *sigh*. I have had to significantly reduce the number of book posts I share to Twitter, which makes me sad as I always thought the whole point of Twitter was to share the things you love. On the plus side, I haven’t ended up in the slammer now for a few weeks so it does appear to be working.
And that’s it really, except for my BOOK OF THE MONTH (which should come as no surprise!)…
So, without further ado, my book of April 2018 is…..
It’s Keeper the second book in the Roy and Castells series written by Johana Gustawsson and published by Orenda Books. With threads from the past and nods to Jack the Ripper, this book blew me away.
“I adored this book. Plain and simple. If Keeper doesn’t make it to my top three books of the year then there is something seriously wrong with me. Regular visitors to the blog will be fully aware that I like my crime thrillers a little more on the dark side. Keeper is one heck of a dark read. Picture the scene, there I was merrily reading away thinking to myself, ‘yup, it’s another good one – probably four stars at the moment but we’ll see how things go’. Then all of a sudden Gustawsson stepped things up a notch (or two). My jaw hit the table and I was utterly smitten with the author’s story. One of those, ‘WOAH’ moments that I absolutely live for.”
“Totally gratifying, deliciously dark and WHAT a thrill-ride. Yeah, I loved this one. You really should read Keeper.”
So there we have it. No big surprise really seeing as I can’t stop talking about Keeper.
And that’s it from me for April.
I hope you all have a wonderful May, full of some absolutely brilliant books and lots of time to relax and read them. See you next month.
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It sure looks like I’m going to have to add the first title by Johana Gustawsson to my TBR.
I got Block 46 for my birthday Emma so looking forward to catching up with this series, hopefully soon! Can’t stand not having read it any more!! 😂
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Ooh, enjoy Beth. Block 46 is really good, Keeper is mind blowing! I can’t wait to hear what you think xx
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Didn’t realize you’ve been in twitter jail, that sucks. Looks like you had a good month
Ooh good luck with the business, I hope it really takes off for you! Sounds like a great month to me! If this feels quiet for you, what on earth is a busy month? Haha!