It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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So the whole of NSW is now in lockdown for 7 days. Honestly it doesn’t affect us too much, except that the boys won’t be attending school but will instead have class via Google Classroom. My husband will still go to work, as will my eldest daughter. Aleah hasn’t returned to Uni yet, they’ve just been informed all classes will remain online until October, so she continues to stay with us.

Aleah and I have finally finished watching Grimm, and have moved on to Rookie Blue, which is an old favourite of mine. I’ve been on a cooking show binge this past week. I’ve caught up with Canada and New Zealand’s versions of The Great British Bake Off and I stumbled across The Great Kenyan Bake Off on YouTube. Now I’m watching The Professionals Bake Off. I’m a pretty good cook but I’m not much of a baker because it requires too much precision and attention to detail for me, but I really admire the creativity of it all.

I was inspired to bake a Caramel Apple Dump Crumble after reading The Last of the Apple Blossom though. It’s simple, but so delicious served with some vanilla icecream .

Caramel Apple Dump Crumble

2 x 400g (14oz) tins of sliced pie apples

1/2 cup caramel sauce

1 tbsp + 1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 boxed vanilla cake mix

125g (1 stick ) unsalted butter

1 cup rolled oats


Heat oven to 180c (350F). 
Spray 9×13 dish lightly with cooking spray.

Mix 1/3 cup brown sugar and oats in a small bowl, set aside

Empty apples into dish, use a sharp knife to roughly halve apple slices. Add caramel sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Distribute evenly in dish.

Pour dry cake mix evenly over apples.

Slice butter thinly and lay over cake mix in a grid fashion.

Sprinkle with oat and sugar mix.

Bake for 45 -50 mins or until bubbling and golden.

Let stand for a few minutes before serving with icecream.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce

The Enemy Within by Tim Ayliffe

The Long Game by Simon Rowell

The Deep by Kyle Perry

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New Posts…

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Review: The Last of the Apple Blossom by Mary-Lou Stephens

Review: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce

Review: The Enemy Within by Tim Ayliffe

Review: The Long Game by Simon Rowell

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing fourteen grey wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but Aggie, too, unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.

Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed – inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, she makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did?

Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves – if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.

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Meshel Laurie, host of the incredibly successful Australian True Crime podcast speaks to the forensic pathologists, homicide detectives, defence barristers and victims’ families in this moving and gripping study of violent crime and largescale natural disaster.

CSI Told You Lies is a gripping account of the work of the forensic scientists on the frontline of Australia’s major crime and disaster investigations. They are part of the team at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), a state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne. VIFM is a world-renowned centre of forensic science, and its team members have led major recovery operations over the years, from the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires to the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. VIFM forensics experts have also played pivotal roles in some of Australia’s highest-profile homicide cases, including the Frankston Serial Killer, the murders of Eurydice Dixon and Aya Maasarwe, and the arrest of convicted serial killer Peter Dupas.

Join Meshel Laurie as she goes ‘behind the curtain’ at VIFM, interviewing the Institute’s talented roster of forensic experts about their daily work. Her subjects also include others touched by Australia’s major crime and disaster investigations, including homicide detectives, defence barristers and families of victims as they confront their darkest moments.

After reading CSI Told You Lies you’ll never read another homicide headline without wondering about the forensic pathologist who happened to be on call, the evidence they found and the truth they uncovered.

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Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

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Olivia Grace, recently retired teen PI, has her priorities sorted. Pass first-year law, look after her little sister, and persuade her parents to come back from a Nepali monastery to resume … well, parenting. But after Olivia’s friend Abbey goes missing in Byron Bay, she can’t sit back and study Torts. It’s time to go undercover as hippie-chick Nansea, in hippie-chic Byron Bay: hub of influencers and international tourism, and home of yoga, surfing and wellness culture, against a breathtaking backdrop, a short drive from Olivia’s Gold Coast home.

Olivia’s looking for answers, with the help of her stash of disguises, the PI skills her irresistible ex-boss Rosco taught her … and a nose for trouble. Her suspects include a hard-core surfer who often argued with Abbey in the surf, a charismatic cult leader and an acrobatic botany student. And then there’s Rosco, officially assigned to the case, and proving impossible to avoid.

Lisa Walker’s second Olivia Grace novel is another rip-roaring excursion into madcap sunshine noir, with nods to Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, and a flavour of Veronica Mars meets Elmore Leonard.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebookdisciple
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 03:04:51

    Ugh sorry about the lockdown. I hate that it is getting bad again everywhere!

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  2. Carol
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 03:54:44

    I’m so sorry to hear about your lockdown. It’s so discouraging. It’s getting worse here, too.

    Thanks for the yummy fall dump cake recipe!

    I loved Rookie Blue! I might have to do a rewatch! Right now we are really loving The Rookie….just going into season 4.

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  3. Tammy
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 04:18:48

    The apple crumble looks delicious! Hope you have a good week😁

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 04:26:23

    I’m very sad to hear about your lockdown. I’m glad that you feel like it really won’t affect you very much.

    The Great Kenyan Bake Off sounds fantastic. I would love to see that here.

    I have Once There Were Wolves on my list to read. I loved her book, Migrations.

    CSI Told You Lies is such a great title!

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  5. Northwoman
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 05:30:38

    I feel like locking down myself. I don’t think it is good out there. I’m making peach crisp tonight which will definitely have vanilla ice cream. I’ll do apple in the fall though!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  6. Vicki
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 05:35:54

    I LOVED Rookie Blue and am so upset it isn’t going to continue.

    I keep seeing that the Delta variant is a lot worse but they aren’t even saying you have to wear a mask or saying we’re in a lockdown like they did last year. Makes no sense to me. I’m still wearing a mask and not going anywhere I haven’t been going to, mainly work and still ordering groceries to be delivered.

    That Caramel Apple Dump Crumble sounds and looks SO GOOD! I plan on making it soon.

    All those books are new to me except for Billy Summers.

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  7. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 06:34:20

    Sorry about the lockdown but I hope it helps. Things aren’t super great here in Belgium either with Covid but I’m guessing the government won’t do anything here until after the summer holidays. Hopefully things will get better at some point.

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  8. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 07:20:22

    Once There Were Wolves sounds fantastic! I have it on my TBR. I look forward to your review!

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  9. WendyW
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 08:01:42

    Oh boy, that Caramel Apple Dump Crumble sure looks good. I think I’m going to try it out.

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  10. Katherine
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 08:43:55

    I need to make that Caramel Apple Dump Crumble. It looks amazing and I love apple based desserts. I had forgotten about Rookie Blue! I feel like we’ve got another lockdown on its way. I’m glad it hasn’t changed life too much for you. It doesn’t really for us either though it’s still a pain I’m sure. Have a great week!

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  11. Linda Moore
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 09:12:05

    I’m sorry you are in a lockdown. I figure we will be soon enough at the rate this virus is spreading. Seems the majority of the people chose not to get the vaccine.
    Have a great week of reading.

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  12. Greg
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 09:32:33

    Sorry to hear about the lockdown. Things are really bad here too but no lockdowns, or much of anything else lol- in america it’s just like good luck everybody! 🙂

    Billy Summers sounds really good.

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  13. Anne Bennett
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 09:53:10

    Carmel Apple Dump. Yum. We make something similar called Dump cake, we make it with cherries. My Sunday Salon post

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 13:22:04

    I had no idea there is a Kenyan Bake Off. We are going to watch it right now!

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  15. Louise H
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 17:40:52

    Even though lockdowns aren’t always welcome I do envy how decisive your government has been in dealing with outbreaks. It sounds like you are reading some quite challenging books this week, I hope they are all winners.

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  16. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 16, 2021 @ 22:21:14

    That Caramel Apple Dump sounds and looks so yummy! It might help you forget about lockdowns.

    I am glad to be out of the residence where I lived…a lockdown in my current apartment wouldn’t bother me too much!

    Enjoy your week and your books, and stay safe.

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  17. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 00:57:13

    Sorry you’re in lockdown again! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Stephen King book! I usually buy his new books as soon as they come out, but I’m so behind on other new books this year that I’ve held off for now… but I’m dying to get it. have a great week!

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  18. Lady Tessa
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 03:56:30

    That Caramel Apple Dump Crumble sounds so good. And I didn’t realize so many countries had their own version of The Great British Bake-Off. I’m going to have to see if I can find some of them. Have a great week!

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  19. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 05:06:22

    Every time I watch baking shows, I want to try baking stuff, but I don’t need all those calories!

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  20. Kathryn
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 05:56:22

    How you read all you do and view so much I don’t know how you manage it! So sorry about what is happening in NSW re Covid. I am not sure where it will all end up. I know we will get it too but when is the question. The govt has ramped up its vaccinations, but like all countries we have a lot of nutters.

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  21. Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 07:29:10

    That crumble looks so good. I’m a sucker for a good crumble.

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  22. Tien
    Aug 17, 2021 @ 16:45:20

    It sounds super sweet but looks so yum!! I loved Olivia Grace (gold bikini, book 1?) so looking forward to the sequel. 8th week of lockdown for us & seriously, homeschooling has me pulling my hair out (my youngest is only in yr 1).

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  23. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Aug 18, 2021 @ 08:55:04

    The apple crumble sounds and looks delicious!

    I’m sorry you’re going back into lockdown. Most of the US probably should but I think everyone is so bone weary of fighting the anti-maskers/anti-vaxxers. I’ve been reading about school board meetings back home with my mouth gaping. People “overthrowing” the school board while the board takes a break from the madness, people screaming that social distancing is a Satanic ritual…. It’s insane. I’m just putting my mask on, limiting indoor activity, and thinking of it as natural selection at work. What else can we do?

    Enjoy your week with most of your family at home!

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  24. natflixandbooks
    Aug 18, 2021 @ 13:50:38

    I love cooking shows. They are the best background noise. I just snagged Billy Summers from the library and am excited to get into it. Happy reading!

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  25. Flora
    Aug 19, 2021 @ 20:17:22

    We’re not in lockdown anymore here in the UK but once winter hits I’m expecting to be. I do enjoy cooking sweet and savoury dishes, but sponges are my nemesis. 🤦‍♀️ That apple dump crumble looks yummy, I’m drooling all over my laptop. 🤤
    Hope you have a great week, Shelleyrae. 💚

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