Week in Review – 11 March 2018

How has your week been everyone? I’m not going to dredge over old ground, the bipolar is still being a royal pain in my backside and I’m doing what I can with the motivation I have but it’s damn hard. I will be so glad once I’m back on track, the meds are reduced and I’m functioning at my normal level.

Confession time, I had to give up on the February TBR Topple read, I restarted it four times and couldn’t get more than 10% into it. I tried I really tried, it wasn’t enough of an effort to fairly deserve a review of any kind so I’ve just put it aside but as it was a TBR Topple read I wanted to mention it. I’ve read another of the authors books and I flew through it so I know I get on with her writing, I just couldn’t connect with this particular book for some reason.

Book of the Month

With being sick I didn’t read much during February so the pool of books to choose from is pretty small for a change. Despite the small pickings, they were high quality and I’ve gone with three again this month, one urban fantasy, one romance and one sci-fi romance.


Clockwork City by Paul Crilley – This was a book I was desperate to read from the moment I knew it was coming and it didn’t disappoint in way shape or form. Continuing from where Poison City left off there are magic and monsters galore as Gideon Tao and his spirit guide, Dog, get themselves into seemingly unending amounts of trouble.

Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich – I swear C.M. Stunich can see into my soul and knows exactly what to write to tear me apart and have me hang on her every word. Baby Girl see’s two people have to deal with the death of his best friend and her fiance, and how they cope with that and eventually find solace in each other. It sounds cliche summarised but it was one of the most heartbreaking and equally uplifting books I’ve ever read.

Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis – Nikki Landis very quickly became a must read for me. I am still playing catch up on her back catalogue but am just about managing to keep up with new releases. Sins of the Father is on the surface a straightforward MC Romance, but Nikki has thrown some wapping great surprises in there which I can honestly say floored me and had me physically reeling from the shock! Outstanding novel and I can’t wait for number two.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies



No reviews this week…sorry!

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop as part of the blog tour. I had Taking Dawn on Music Monday this week. I had a special edition of The Bookshelf as part of Rebecca Bradley’s blog tour for Fighting Monsters. Round two of Getting Cozy With… went live, this time I was pleased to introduce Randy Richards. Sandy Day was our visiting author on The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour: The Authors Bookshelf Special Edition – Rebecca Bradley – Fighting Monsters @RebeccaJBradley

I’m at it again! combining a blog tour with The Bookshelf so you’re getting a sneaky extra bookshelf mid-week!

I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Fighting Monsters


24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

Book & Buy Links

TitleFighting Monsters
Series: DI Hannah Robbins Series #3
Author: Rebecca Bradley
Genre: Mystery | Crime
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 15 February 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 280
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred supplier)

So, onto the books! Here is Rebecca’s bookshelf, enjoy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

This is a difficult one. I started reading quite young. The books, in general, were Enid Blyton books. Famous Five and Secret Seven. I read a lot of them before moving on to the Nancy Drew books.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
A book with the most gorgeous white glossy cover. It was clean and simple and was pure white with a copper coloured key in the middle. That was it. The title and author were embossed white. It was stunning. Consent by Leo Benedictus.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
London Rules by Mick Herron. This is the latest in a brilliant spy series. I would recommend it any crime fan. Regardless of whether they think they enjoy spy books, this is different. His writing, his characters, they are alive, just brilliant!

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Last year I managed to read close to 200 books, so I’m slightly spoiled for choice! Though this is because I also listen to a lot of audiobooks. I’m addicted to them. You can listen to them even if you couldn’t possibly be sitting reading.


Okay, 5.


All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Sci-Fi time travel, audiobook)


Unbroken: My story of survival from 7/7 Bombings to Paralympics by Martine Wright (non-fiction, audiobook)


The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA)


Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner (Crime)


Perfect Remains by Helen Fields (Crime)

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. I love everything she writes.

And, The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths because I adore this series.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Into the Woods by John Yorke. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard nothing but great things about Yorke so I’m looking forward to digging into it.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I think I probably have to say the first one, Shallow Waters because that is the one that started my writing career. Without it, I wouldn’t have the readers I have now and I wouldn’t be in the position I am now of writing a series I love, with characters I love to spend time with.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. That was a fantastic book. The main character drawn so fantastically well. It’s an amazing crime novel. Also, anything by David Jackson. Have you read him? Wow, his writing is – how many times can I use the word brilliant? I need to find another… but you get the point!

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

There is but it’s currently with my agent so I’m not sure on timeframes. It’s completely different to the DI Hannah Robbins series and it was a book I really wanted to write. I’m excited about releasing that one. Oh, and utterly terrified of course.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Rebecca Bradley’s Bookshelf

About Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day, and if she could she would survive on a diet of tea and cake.




The Bookshelf


Thanks so much for taking part in this blog tour special edition of The Bookshelf Rebecca.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no