I can’t believe we are almost half way through March already! This year is absolutely whizzing by! This past week, I have started (and finished) two books, so with that in mind, I figured a “What I’ve been reading” update was overdue!

What I’ve Been Reading

I’m a big fan of crime thrillers, and had pre-ordered Rachel Abbott’s new book months ago. When it landed in my kindle, I was tempted to begin it right away. I’m a stickler for not starting a new book until I finish my last one though, so I ploughed on with…

The Body In The Dales by J.R. Ellis

JR Ellis - The body in the dales - What I've been readingThis jumped out at me when looking for free books, before Christmas. The blurb says:

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London.

The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave?

I’m not going to lie, I found this book somewhat tedious to get through. It felt drawn out in places, and I struggled to like most of the characters. The ending was worth pushing through the tedious parts though, so it’s worth a go if you’re a fan of a slow paced book, full of Police interview style dialogue. I’d give it 2.5/5 if I had to mark it.

The second I finished The body in the Dales, I remembered I had this waiting to be read too…

Finding Hope At Hillside Farm by Rachael Lucas

Finding hope at Hillside Farm

I have loved all of Rachael Lucas’ previous books, so I had high hopes for Finding Hope on Hillside Farm. The bio reads…

“Hillside Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, is a safe haven for Ella. Living on the remote farm, with just horses and her aunt Bron for company, Ella thinks she has finally found a place where she can forget her past and find peace.

But the arrival of a small girl called Hope and her father Harry changes everything. As Ella helps the pair come to terms with their loss, she realizes that she too deserves happiness. But is it too late to find it?”

Honestly… The book was a great bit of escapism, but it was completely predictable. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t a bigger twist hidden somewhere. It’s still worth a read, though. I’d give this book 4/5.

The Shape Of Lies By Rachel Abbott

What I've been reading - Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott is by far my favourite crime thriller author of the moment. I have been glued to all of her books. This one felt like a long time coming, but it wasn’t really! The bio reads…

“Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets.
Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school.
And she’s a good liar.
She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive?”

I was glued from chapter 1, and finished the entire book in 48 hours! Firstly, it was great to see my favourite DCI (Tom Douglas) back for another instalment. Secondly, the story had me asking questions and feeling obliged to read late into the night, seeking answers! If you like twists, turns and lip biting suspense….. The shape of lies is one for your must read pile!

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Flying By The Seat Of My Knickers by Eliza Watson

Flying by the seat of my knickers by Eliza Watson - What I've been readingThis popped up on a facebook ad when I was feeling pretty miserable, and in need of a good laugh. The blurb made me smile, so I bought it and began reading. The bio said…

“When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex.

While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect—and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.”

This book fit the bill perfectly. It took me less than 24 hours to read, and it’s a perfect example of easy reading chick lit. Parts of this book made me feel sorry for Caity, but there were far more smiles and laughs than sad moments. It’s the perfect pick me up for a dreary weekend! I bought the second instalment of Caity Shaw’s adventures as soon as I finished this one. This book was the one which inspired me to write this what I’ve been reading blog post!

What’s Next?

I’m already half way through Eliza Watson’s second book, “Up the Seine, without a Paddle” – I suspect I’ll finish it tonight…. 18 hours after I started it!

That’s about it for now. What’s been on your reading pile recently? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts on what I’ve been reading! Finally, if you enjoyed this post, why not check out more of my book reviews!

*I bought all of these books, and am just sharing my opinion on them*