Friday Finds

Stay at Home – Mysteries, Thrillers and Crime Book Recommendations ~ Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is Friday and so it’s time for my Friday Finds post! Once again, I’ve found some great book reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you this week. With the Coronavirus COVID19 causing more and more people to self-isolate and stay at home, finding escape in a good story is even more important.

I like being part of the weekly  Book Blogger Hop meme, hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict, so I’m doing it again today: you can read my answer to this week’s question at the bottom of this post.

If you are one of my lovely new followers let me just take a moment to explain what my Friday Finds posts are all about. I like to read, my favourite genre is paranormal romance but I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cosy mystery too. 😉 BUT it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January 2019 that you, my dear followers, might be interested in reading reviews about books from other genres to help find your next read. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

So, here are some book reviews that my fellow book bloggers have enjoyed reading recently (in no particular order).

The Guest List by Lucy Foley from From Belgium With Book Love

Kelly Van Damme admits that over the years her tastes have evolved and expanded, she’s tried many genres, from horror to chick lit, from vampires and werewolves to cosy mysteries, from YA to action. She still enjoys YA, horror, fantasy and light sci-fi, but she mostly reads (psychological) thrillers now. I love that Kelly writes from the heart; she doesn’t analyse every single sentence, but just tells us the thoughts and feelings the book’s left her with. She really loved this thriller, saying: “Bloody hell, what a bloody brilliant book!!! The Guest List might be called a slow burner but it gripped me from the start, I could practically smell the secrets in the air from the get-go and I enjoyed the unfolding of the story tremendously. I loved The Hunting Party, but kids, this is something else! Lucy Foley has outdone herself and I’m pretty sure I will be adding this one to my Best of 2020 list come December. Highly recommended.

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The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver from A Rambling Reviewer

Lindsey is a marketing assistant with a passion for all things book-related. She admits that her whole life revolves around books: her job, her hobby, her passion. Her love of books certainly comes out in her writing. She’s a self confessed bibliophile who lives and breathes books. The majority of her posts on her blog are, you guessed it, book related. Lindsey admitted that her love of mystery stories, that had been damaged recently, has been returned reading this book, saying: “Although he has written a lot, The Never Game is my first by Deaver and I was curious what his style and story-telling were like. I didn’t have high expectations (too many mystery disappointments) but I enjoyed the book. I liked that this particular crime is solved within one book. An engaging and strong book. I’ll definitely be looking for more of the series.

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The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan from KayCKay Book Reviews

KayCKay is an avid reader, but this amazing book blogger also listens to audiobooks and confesses to opening up the Kindle app to read books just about any moment she has! Kindred spirit, right?! 😉 I love the way she sets out her pros and cons for each book she tells us about. KayCKay really enjoyed this mystery crime story and gave it 5 stars, saying: “I read my first Dervla McTiernan book, The Ruin, just a few weeks ago and I loved it. Since I’ve been on a bit of a 2- and 3-star book slump recently, I decided to jump right into the second book of her Cormac Reilly series. I’m glad I did.

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Sheerwater by Leah Swann from book’d out

Shelleyrae is another fellow book-a-holic, but unlike me, you’ll find great reviews for books covering many different genres from this Aussie book blogger.  She also champions Aussie authors and showcases their books as part of her reviews, cover reveals, blog tours and reading challenges. She’s a wonderful blogger and I love reading her posts. Shellyrae really loved reading this harrowing thriller rating it 5 stars, saying saying: “Unfolding over a period of three days, the pace is intense, and the increasing tension utterly gripping. I was left shattered by the ending. Both beautiful and brutal, Sheerwater is a compelling read.

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And my final review this week is from a lovely blogger who I’ve been following for ages but surprisingly never featured in a Friday Finds post before!

The Deep by Alma Katsu from An Average Life

Roxanne Michelle is a fellow British bookworm and describes herself as a “dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small.” She uses her blog to talk about books, films, mental health issues and also writes various lifestyle posts. I always enjoy reading her posts as her intelligence, experience and amazing personality shines through in her writing. Roxanne was really intrigued to read this book as she’s enjoyed other work by the author, she recommends this nautical, historical thriller saying: “The Deep is a slow burning, emotionally charged novel that builds to a frightening but passionate end. Knowing that the idea for The Deep was sparked by an actual survivor of both the Titanic and Brittanic made it all the more real.

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So, that’s my picks for this week. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself – who knows you may just find your next favourite author!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop meme which was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on 31 December 2012.

With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013. Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday with a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


So this week’s question is:

How do you decide the order of reading your books?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

This is a great question! I generally know which books I want to read at some point during the year but the order that I read books is not set in stone. I’m a mood reader. 🔮

Which book I read next is ALWAYS a dilemma. 🤷‍♀️ I obviously prioritise any ARCs that are due, then I look to see how I’m doing on my reading challenges and see if anything fits the bill but ultimately, the book I actually pick up from my TBR pile will depend on how I’m feeling. 😉

So how would you answer this week’s question? How do you choose which book to read next?

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. Don’t forget to click on any of the reviews to check out the books and bloggers. 💜

I hope you have a great weekend, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!


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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(5) Comments

  1. Funnily enough my reading taste has evolved recently too and also enjoyed guest list! (despite it being outside my usual reading taste)

  2. Great post, and I love reading about the various bloggers and what they like + I loved seeing those mystery books, I am always looking for some new books to read (and planning to read a Lucy Foley already and hoping it is awesome).
    As for book choosing, I go by my mood. What I feel like reading at the moment.

  3. Some great books in your round up this week Flora, thanks for sharing (and thanks for the shout out)

    Honestly I don’t decide what order I read in, somehow ARC’s seem to fill up my schedule and i wind up reading to release dates 99% of the time.

  4. Some great books here! I loved The Guest List. I read Lucy Foley’s previous novel, The Hunting Party, too, but The Guest List was my favourite out of them both.

    1. I always try to share those reviews that fellow bloggers have rated highly 4 or 5 stars.

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