#amreading – What, Why, While

What (am I currently reading)?

I’m currently reading the murder mystery Cry for Help by Wendy Dranfield.  This is the 2nd book in the Madison Harper series.  It is out on 22 Febuary 2021 and available for pre-order now from all the usual places.  The publisher is Bookouture. 

Blurb (taken from: wendydranfield.co.uk  )

Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. 

Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I’m reading Cry for Help because I recently read, and loved, the first book in this series Shadow Falls (link to my review).  I couldn’t wait to see how Madison and Nate were getting on, so grabbed my chance to read an ARC of this 2nd book in the series.  Great characters (including the dog) and a great story so far.  There’s still time to read Shadow Falls before this one comes out! 

While (I  am reading it) 

Until I moved out here to Austria from the UK, I hadn’t appreciated how integral grass is to a cat’s needs.  My cats have always been “outdoor” cats, so in the UK I only had cats when I had a garden.  Here it important to either grow grass indoors for the cats during winter, or buy it.    Until recently there have been strands of grass available in sunny corners of the garden, but now there is enough snow to necessitate me rushing to the pet food shop (fortunately classed as an “essential shop” and therefore open) for a pot of grass (no pun intended).    Here are my two rescue cats enjoying their indoor grass, but not the snow!


If you would like to tell me What you are reading, Why you are reading that book, and what you’re doing While you’re reading it, then let me know via   the Guest Blog Page on EmmabBooks.com   and maybe I’ll blog about it. 

All the best, Emma

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  1. Mine are used to the outdoors as well, and I know about the grass. Lately I started growing wheatgrass in flowerpots, and one of them especially loves it, she’ll literally get through one pot in a few days and I have to have another on standby. Hope your kitties are adjusting well to their new home.

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