Here's what I've been reading in January (I'm also trying to do Penguin's Your Classic Books Reading Challenge 2018 but alas I've not finished January's read yet - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde) so I'll let you know my thoughts in my February roundup.
Follow the Dead - Rhona MacLeod #12 by Lin Anderson - I'm a huge fan of the series and raced through this fast paced read. When on a weekend away with Sean, Rhona joins the local mountain rescue team on the Cairngorm summit.
A plane has crashed and the whereabouts of its occupant or occupants are unclear, three young people have mysteriously died and the fourth is missing. DS McNab is involved in a raid in the city centre club and there are more questions than answers. It seems like the cases could be connected and in turn connected with Norway... as always a great read and brilliant to catch up with the familiar faces we love so well - Rhona, Sean, McNab and Chrissy. Roll on book #13.
Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk - I really enjoyed this debut crime novel. The setting is Inverness and Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler is thrown in at the deep end on his return to town. His boss tells him he is in charge of two murder investigations which will take up a lot of his time (he also wants to keep an eye on his frail and mentally ill mother, the main reason he returned north).
Police informant Kevin Ramsay and popular TV Presenter, Morven Murray are both found dead. Morven is found by her estranged sister Anna on her wedding morning. Both Anna and Morven's fiance Ross have argued with her and DI Mahler believes they aren't telling the truth.. there are connections and truths interwoven in the story from the past and present and some will take your breath away. Can't wait for book #2.
Dark Game - DI Kelly Porter #1 by Rachel Lynch* - I'm taking part in the blog tour for this exciting debut novel in February. So I'll include the link to my review in my February roundup.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes* - oh how I loved meeting up with Lou again! This is a fantastic read which I highly recommend (it's the third instalment in the me before you trilogy).
Lou Clarke is having her big adventure and going to work in New York for a year. She's working for the filthy rich Gopniks who live in a huge apartment near Central Park. She's looking after Mr Gopik's younger second wife, Agnes who seems nice but Lou needs to remember she's just paid help.
The other characters in the story who I loved reading about were Ashok, the porter of the apartment block and his ballsy wife, Ilaria the grumpy housekeeper and Mrs de Witt and her snappy little dog who bring the story to life. They are real people with real lives.
Lou's missing her Paramedic boyfriend Sam (but he's coming to visit soon!) She's worried about his new female partner at work who seems too friendly and familiar with him. She meets Josh, who looks very like Will and that in turn brings it's own problems. Things change for Lou and she takes a new direction which brings new friendships, a new job and a very different way of life. I absolutely loved it! (and might very well read it again!)
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot - I loved the descriptions of Orkney, the scenery, wildlife, landscapes, weather and way of life of its people. Amy returns home after more than a decade in London to the Outrun and the farm she grew up on. She's come home to heal, recover from her addiction and rediscover herself. The story contains flashbacks to her life before. I found it an interesting read.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless - I found this book very interesting and enjoyed reading about the different essential oils. But having picked a kindle edition I couldn't flip back or forward easily.
What have you been reading this month?
*complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley