Weekly Wrap Up: March 31, 2017


Last week, I saw my friend Chelsea (at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) post her weekly recap and I was inspired to take on this feature! I’ll be sharing general blog updates, my latest Netgalley approvals, my post from the past week and a wrap up of my top “bookstagram” posts.

Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to over the last week!

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#cjsreads: Bleeding Heart (Lauren Bishop)



Well, the last day of March brings our last #cjsreads pick for March!  Our final choice for our monthly buddy read was Bleeding Hearts by Lauren Bishop.

Keep reading for a book synopsis and to find out what we thought about this novel!


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Friday Finds #18: March 31, 2017



Friday Finds (a feature originated by Jenn at Books and A Beat) showcases the most interesting books that I have encountered during the last week and have added to my TBR wish list on Goodreads.

I am constantly adding titles to my never-ending TBR list and I can’t wait to share them with people.

Check out my newest and most wanted additions (or editions?…see what I did there!)

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Blog Tour: A Presence of Absence (Sarah Surgey and Emma Vestrheim) @OdenseSeries

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Thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for A Presence of Absence today!   Not only do I have a book review for you, but I also have an excerpt!  Keep reading to find out what I thought about this one and read a bit for yourself!

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Behind the Blog: Meet the Blogger Series- Annie from The Misstery @themisstery91

Ever wonder about the person behind the blog?  I mentioned back in January (here) that I would be starting a Meet the Blogger series.  This series will feature some of my favourite bloggers as we go behind the scenes and have them answer the questions!

Next up is Annie from The Misstery 

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Sitting Down With Sherri Smith: Author of Follow Me Down #authorq&a @SL_Smith_ @TORBOOKS


Whenever I find an author who is from Canada or lives in Canada, I basically do a joyous happy dance!  Needless to say, when I found out that Sherri Smith lives in Canada, I needed to have her on Clues and Reviews!  Keep reading to find out what she had to say about switching from historical fiction to thrillers, who she’s cast in a Follow Me Down movie and life in general!

Full disclaimer:  she is hilarious and I am going to make her be my best friend.  That is all. 

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Book Review: The Meating Room (T.F Muir) @FrankMuirAuthor @ChiReviewPress

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The Meating Room by T.F Muir, is the fifth book in the series that follows DCI Andy Gilchrist.

The novel surrounds a group of detectives, led by Gilchrist as they try and solve, what they initially deem to be a murder-suicide, by a business partner of the wealthy Thomas Magner. As the team investigates, they uncover that Magner is under investigation for a series of rapes thirty years prior and that he is set to go on trial for them.   As Gilchrist digs to see how these cases are related, he finds himself closer to uncovering a horrifying secret that has lain dormant for decades.

This is the fifth in a series; some novels can be read alone even when they are part in a series. I feel like this novel cannot.   I know that this one was previously published in the UK, but I believe this is the first that will be published in North America.   I really struggled to connect with the characters and their backstories. I was able to piece some of it together but had to make a lot of assumptions and inferences on my own. This is at no fault to the author, it is not his fault I dived right into the fifth book!

The novel opens with a bang; a man is found, an apparent suicide, and when the police arrive at his home to question his family, they find them all brutally murdered. I mean BRUTALLY murdered. This will not be for the faint of heart; even I, the lover of all disgusting and brutally described things, found my stomach turning.

After this initial shock, I found the pace to be quite slow but typical for a police procedural type novel. However, the last 30% of this one was like a roller coaster; up and down and as the pace quickened, this one felt like I was racing to the finish line. I was on the edge of my seat as the final bits unfolded.

Overall, I would be open to reading earlier novels in this series and trying to really get to know these characters.  Recommended to lovers of police procedural novels.

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Book Review: Before This Is Over (Amanda Hickie) @AmandaHickie @littlebrown

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 9.08.01 PMBefore This Is Over by Amanda Hickie, which is out TODAY,  was a book I was incredibly excited to read. I have always been a fan of apocalyptic and pandemic stories, so when I read the synopsis for this novel, I was more than thrilled.   Upon further investigation, I found out that the premise for this novel was inspired by the events of the SARS outbreak in Toronto when the author was living in Canada with her family. I thought that was incredibly interesting, not only because I am Canadian, but also because I can remember this event and the hysteria during this time.   Hickie does a brilliant job at capturing this feeling throughout the pages of her novel.

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Sitting Down With Christina Kovac: Author of The Cutaway #authorQ&A @christina_kovac @AtriaMysteryBus


I am thrilled to have Christina Kovac, the author of The Cutaway, on Clues and Reviews today.  When I read The Cutaway by Christina Kovac, I was in awe of its originality; I was so glad to find a novel from a fresh, new perspective.  After reading, I took to Twitter to stalk down Christina ask politely for an author interview, completely casually.  And she agreed!  Here is what Christina Kovac had to say about her novel, the writing process and life in general!

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