Monday, 26 July 2021

 


Code of silence- Phillip Jordan - police procedural

Gordon Beattie has a large empire much of which is  sadly on the wrong side

of the law. He smuggles in drugs hidden inside concrete which is then

smashed open to gain access and for the remains to be used for roads.

He is not averse to putting people in line if they cross him- a rather

mild description of what his organisation gets up to. DI Veronica Taylor

is called in when there is a report of a man brutally killed and a young

woman severely beaten. A gritty crime thriller set in Northern Ireland.

Beattie has just escaped prosecution- the case having collapsed so

the police are determined to get justice. There is mention of “ The

troubles'  which some of us remember and the fall out in the years

following. Written in a brilliant way and incorporating some local

dialect (but easy to understand) we follow Ronnie and her team

across drugs, trafficking loyalist gangs and organized crime and

the violence that comes with it. For a debut novel -or any other

for that matter this is stunningly written. The vivid and at times

rather brutal  descriptions put you amongst the action and I

could easily see this as a TV drama. A cleverly thought out quite

complex plot (but easy to follow) with lots of twists and turns

along the way. If you like gangland/ organised crime thriller

reads then this could be one to read. A truly brilliant debut novel.

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Sunday, 25 July 2021

 

The Box Hill Killer(Detective Rob Miller #4)- Biba Pearce- Crime    

 

Twelve years ago four men were killed by what was dubbed “ The pentagram

killer” as this was inscribed on their bodies. Today there has been a

robbery at a jewellers and inadvertently a sixteen year old girl got caught

up in the melee. Her DNA provides a familial link to DNA found on the last

victim's body- what is the link? Although number four in a series this will

happily stand alone. The old case is reopened despite not having a whole lot

to go on other than the DNA link. DI Rob Millar and team take the case and

begin to uncover more than was originally found. When there is a twist the

whole thing is turned on its head as there is someone possibly in the picture

who is now in the limelight and the higher ups are keen to quash as

involvement for political reasons. How can Rob and his team proceed if their

hands are tied?

I loved this, it's a well thought out plot and lots going on. Just as one

thing emerges another is taken away and this keeps the pace flowing.

I like Rob and Jenny- there's a “human-ness” about them which comes

across well-more to them than just the job and to me the skill of a good

author. A slightly different type of case- in a very good way that keeps

the brain active A wonderful read with a smile- just how I like it- I very

much look forward to the next one.


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THE BOX HILL KILLER (Detective Rob Miller #4) by Biba Pearce A HEARTSTOPPING MYSTERY FROM YOUR NEW CRIME FICTION OBSESSION: BIBA PEARCE. Twelve years ago, Noah Palmer went for a bike ride and never came home. His body was found in the Box Hill woods, a five-pointed star carved in his chest. He is the fourth victim of a serial killer who has never been caught. Now, a young woman is involved in a shooting outside Harrods in central London. Her DNA shows a familial match to the Box Hill cold case. Detective Rob Miller leads the investigation. But there’s not much to go on. Just when he thinks he’s got a lead, the case is turned on its head. In order to solve this mystery, Rob’s going to have to go off-book, potentially putting his career — and already complicated love life — on the line. Can he stop the Box Hill killer? AN UNSTOPPABLE CRIME MYSTERY THAT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN. This gripping page-turner is perfect for fans of Helen H. Durrant, James Oswald, Joy Ellis, Angela Marsons, L.J. Ross, Alex Smith and J.M. Dalgliesh. MEET THE DETECTIVE DI ROB MILLER Detective Inspector Rob Miller of the Met is finally given his first case as Senior Investigating Officer. For an ambitious, young detective, this is a dream come true. He’s gunning for promotion, and will do anything for his job, but can he also keep his personal life in check? THE SETTING The Murder Investigation Team is based out of leafy Putney, with its overgrown often-flooded riverbanks. One way the river leads into central London, the other out into the countryside. It’s an idyllic setting that masks a criminal underworld. PRAISE FOR BIBA PEARCE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Another brilliant British thriller . . . I really enjoy reading this author, she has a wonderful way of telling a story that keeps the reader mesmerized from start to finish.” Sharon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A cracking read and certainly one that leaves you wrong footed the whole way through. You may get slight hints to link things together, but the final reveal is fantastic!” Cath ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Well, Biba Pearce certainly knows how to get you going!! Such a sad, sad story!!” Carolann ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The storyline caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.” Jeanne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A brilliant read. Love the story . . . Rob is my favourite.” Sue DETECTIVE ROB MILLER MYSTERY SERIES Book 1: THE THAMES PATH KILLER Book 2: THE WEST LONDON MURDERS Book 3: THE BISLEY WOOD MURDERS Book 4: THE BOX HILL KILLER




BIBA PEARCE Biba Pearce is a British crime writer and author of the DCI Rob Miller series. Biba grew up in post-apartheid Southern Africa. As a child, she lived on the wild eastern coast and explored the sub-tropical forests and surfed in shark-infested waters. Now a full-time writer with more than twenty-five novels under her belt, Biba lives in leafy Surrey and when she isn’t writing, can be found walking through the countryside or kayaking on the river Thames. BOOKS BY BIBA PEARCE COMING SOON! FOLLOW BIBA ON AUTHOR WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM





Thursday, 22 July 2021

 



The Night She Disappeared- Lisa Jewell- psychological thriller       

It's 2017 and Talullah has a baby and for the first time leaves Noah with

her mother Kim to go with her boyfriend Zach to see some friends.

When the next morning she hasn't returned Kim is understandably

worried and sets out to find her. She is devoted to Noah and would

never leave him. Back in 2019 Sophie has just arrived at the school

where her boyfriend has just got a position as head and is getting to

know both the staff and the area. When she finds a sign in the garden

saying “ dig here ” with an arrow pointing downwards,  she is

intrigued and being a detective writer she has to pursue it which leads

her to the reopening of a case never finalised. I always enjoy Lisa’s

books, there is always that air of mystery and tension in a good way

building as you go through the book. A cleverly crafted plot from a

master writer and planner.  Enough to keep the grey matter active,

nothing to give you nightmares, but enough to keep me awake

wanting to find out more! A gripping read with characters you can

take to. Kim and Sophie both come across as well rounded, caring

people wanting to find the truth. A plot to stir the imagination and

to keep the pages turning. A highly enjoyable read.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

 



A Light in the Window: WW2 historical novel by Marion Kummerow 

Margerete finds herself in the rubble of a bombed house where she

worked, albeit unpaid as a maid/housekeeper. This is wartime Germany

and Margerete has to wear a yellow star on her jacket to show she

is of the Jewish faith. As she crawls through to get out she sees the

daughter Annegret of the family she worked for, laying dead with her

papers sticking out of her pocket. Margarete takes a chance and the

papers and becomes a non jew to protect herself from the atrocities

of war. Meanwhile in Paris the son Wilhelm is working for the SS but

goes back to Berlin to attend the funeral of his parents with his

brother Reiner who is doing his best to work his way up in the SS.

Reiner has even named his children Adophina and Germania to

try and impress his peers.  Wilhelm learns something about his

brother- how he treats women and how he raped their servant

but sadly she died in the bombing as far as he knows. Wilhelm

goes to find his sister in Leipzig and get rather more than he

bargained for- his “ sister” being protected by a high ranking Nazi.

Can Margarete survive behind her disguise or will Wilhelm tell on

her? Wow. I loved this. It's a story of tenacity and determination

against all odds, when survival is the only prize. A woman in a

corner but able to think on her feet despite fear everywhere she

turns. A reminder of the prejudices of war and a reminder of

how simple things can sometimes prove these wrong when

propaganda has brainwashed the majority of a nation. Of love

and courage, of times gone by- but a reminder that sadly

prejudices remain in some areas. A wonderful uplifting read. 

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Book Description:

Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer’s daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies “Yes”.

Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer when his house is bombed, leaving her the only survivor. But when she’s mistaken for his daughter in the aftermath of the blast, Margarete knows she can make a bid for freedom…

Issued with temporary papers—and with the freedom of not being seen as Jewish—a few hours are all she needs to escape to relative safety. That is, until her former employer’s son, SS officer Wilhelm Huber, tracks her down.

But strangely he doesn’t reveal her true identity right away. Instead he insists she comes and lives with him in Paris, and seems determined to keep her hidden. His only condition: she must continue to pretend to be his sister. Because whoever would suspect a Nazi girl of secretly being a Jew?

His plan seems impossible, and Margarete is terrified they might be found out, not to mention worried about what Wilhelm might want in return. But as the Nazis start rounding up Jews in Paris and the RĂ©sistance steps up its activities, putting everyone who opposes the regime in peril, she realizes staying hidden in plain sight may be her only chance of survival…

Can Margarete trust a Nazi officer with the only things she has left though… her safety, her life, even her heart?

A totally heartbreaking and unputdownable story about how far someone would go to save one life, that fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will adore.




Author Bio:

Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to "discover the world" and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she's now living with her family.


Inspired by the true story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime, she started writing historical fiction, set during World War II. Her books are filled with raw emotions, fierce loyalty and resilience. She loves to put her characters through the mangle, making them reach deep within to find the strength to face moral dilemma, take difficult decisions or fight for what is right. And she never forgets to include humor and undying love in her books, because ultimately love is what makes the world go round.


https://kummerow.info/

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

 


The Woman in the Painting by Jane Adams- crime            

Rob has been painting a woman he briefly met years ago for as long as he

can remember. Anna featured little in his life but very much in his head and

he is now well known for the Anna paintings. His agent and a TV show

decide it’s time he re-met Anna and set up the meeting. A few days later

Anna is found dead and Rob literally has blood on his hands but he found

her dead. What secrets was Anna keeping and when everyone thinks he

is the killer how is he going to prove them wrong? DI Marris and team

are on the case but it's not quite as straightforward as once thought as

Rob’s agent has a thing or two up his sleeve. I enjoyed this- it's an easy

straightforward read with the odd twist to keep the action moving. I

liked that Rob although the chief suspect wasn't the usual “type”

( if there is one?)  and was rather eccentric in some ways- for example

having three identical jackets as he hated shopping (I can relate).

Marris comes across as almost an avuncular figure, someone you

would trust and want on your side. A wonderful highly enjoyable

read with a smile along the way.

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The Woman in the Painting is a standalone novel, but is not one to be missed! Fans of Netflix's stalker sensation You will devour this darkly addictive tale of love turned to obsession, and the fatal fallout. This novel would also be perfect for fans of Laura Lippman, C.D. Major, Celeste Ng, Lianne Moriarty, Lisa Jewel, Patricia MacDonald and Caroline Kepnes.
 
THE WOMAN IN THE PAINTING
 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Grippingly edgy.’ Sunday Times
 
Fans of Netflix’s stalker sensation You will devour this darkly addictive tale of love turned to obsession, and the fatal fallout.
 
Originally published as A Kiss Goodbye

What secrets hide behind her smile?
 
For as long as painter Rob Carr lives, he will never stop dreaming of Anna.
 
Her face on his canvas.
Her kiss on his lips.
Her blood on his hands.
 
All of London knows her as his ice-cool muse. But that’s only half the story . . .
 
He’s loved her forever. But she is the one person he can never have. Especially not now. Because Anna is dead.
 
Beautiful, breathtaking, dead.
 
He’s seen her for himself. Sprawled across her living-room floor, a crimson gash in her chest.
 
And there’s not a soul in London who believes he didn’t kill her.
 
What wasn’t she telling him that night?
 
Everything Rob is he owes to Anna. Is she also about to be his ruin?
 
Perfect for fans of Laura Lippman, C.D. Major, Celeste Ng, Lianne Moriarty, Lisa Jewel, Patricia MacDonald and Caroline Kepnes.
 
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PRAISE FOR JANE ADAMS:
 
‘A major talent in the making . . . amply fulfils her promise with assurance and style.’ Val McDermid, bestselling author of Still Life
 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The single word to describe Adams’ writing is atmospheric . . . she creates interesting, fully dimensional characters.’ L.J.
 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow! An easy read with a great plot and characters I could hardly put down. I can’t recommend this enough.’ Lisa
 
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Surprising and memorable. When Jane Adams writes of crimes from the past, you turn on the lights!’ Sophia
 
ALSO BY JANE ADAMS
MERROW & CLARKE
Book 1: SAFE
 
DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: THE GREENWAY
Book 2: THE SECRETS
Book 3: THEIR FINAL MOMENTS
Book 4: THE LIAR
 
DETECTIVE RAY FLOWERS SERIES
Book 1: THE APOTHECARY’S DAUGHTER
Book 2: THE UNWILLING SON
Book 3: THE DROWNING MEN
Book 4: THE SISTER’S TWIN
 
DETECTIVE ROZLYN PRIEST
Book 1: BURY ME DEEP
 
STANDALONES
THE OTHER WOMAN
THE WOMAN IN THE PAINTING

Monday, 12 July 2021

 


MARSHLIGHT (Matt Ballard #4)- Joy Ellis-crime-

DI Matt Ballard is now retired as is his wife Liz after their close call on a

case a while ago. They set up a private detective agency but Liz is

finding the matrimonial work rather tedious. When a friend Christie calls

to say she will be staying in the area to help research a book, Liz is

thrilled to have a companion and something a little different to focus on.

Matt gets a call from one of his ex colleagues about a woman who was

murdered several years beforehand but no-one so far has been brought

to justice. One of her friends has taken it upon himself to do his own

investigations and castigate the police all over social media and the

police need to both reign it in and find out more information which

is where Matt comes in. Christie loves the area and soon finds new

friends but also someone who rubs her up the wrong way even

without saying anything and she can't quite put her finger on why.

This is a very different book from Joy’s other ones as we don;t really

begin with a murder and the loveable Rory. A tale of complex

relationships and the damage coercive control can do along with

narcissism and toxic personalities. Whilst this is fiction people like

this really do exist as some know to their cost. A topic sensitively

dealt with and as ever a very well thought out captivating read.

A treasure of a book.

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MARSHLIGHT a totally gripping psychological thriller with a stunning twist (Detective Matt Ballard Book 4) by Joy Ellis


A new psychological thriller from bestselling author and British Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year nominee Joy Ellis.

MATT AND LIZ MAY HAVE RETIRED FROM THE POLICE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN A QUIET LIFE.

An old friend’s sister disappears without a trace. There’s no sign of foul play, but she’d been acting very peculiarly . . .Meanwhile, Liz’s cousin Christie comes to stay. She takes an immediate — and uncharacteristic — dislike to the local bookshop owner, Gina. Why does everyone put up with her awful behaviour?HUNTING WILL-O'-THE-WISPS ON THE MARSHES CAN BE A VERY DANGEROUS HOBBY.Christie is convinced that Gina is manipulating everyone around her. Is she onto something dangerous or just pushing her new friends away?No one believes her suspicions until another friend goes missing late at night on the misty Fen marshes.Can Matt and Liz uncover the truth in time to save lives?

DISCOVER A TOTALLY ENTHRALLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.


What readers are saying about JOY ELLIS:

“The suspense starts on page 1 and continues through the twists and turns until the very surprising ending.” Linda Strong

“OMG, this book was fantastic. I absolutely loved it. I was gripped from the first page, but as the tension and suspense mounted throughout the book it just got better and better. And that ending, well, just WOW!” Dawn

“I absolutely loved it.” Viv

“Will keep you guessing until the end of the book.” Barbara

“What a book!!!” Sian

“I was so engrossed I sat up way too late to finish it in one sitting.” Elaine


THE SETTING

England's rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves (the old livestock routes) that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.


ALSO BY JOY ELLIS

THE BESTSELLING NIKKI GALENA SERIES

Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS

Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS

Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS

Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS

Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS

Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS

Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS

Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS

Book 11: HIDDEN ON THE FENS

Book 12: SECRETS ON THE FENS


JACKMAN & EVANS

Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON

Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS

Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES

Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS

Book 6: THE PATIENT MAN

Book 7: THEY DISAPPEARED


DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD

Book 1: BEWARE THE PAST

Book 2: FIVE BLOODY HEARTS

Book 3: THE DYING LIGHT

Book 4: MARSHLIGHT


STANDALONES

GUIDE STAR




JOY ELLIS

UK #1 BEST SELLER WITH THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS, DARKNESS ON THE FENS, THE FOURTH FRIEND, BEWARE THE PAST, FIRE ON THE FENS, AND THE GUILTY ONES

OVER 2 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!

"I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, a highly decorated retired police officer, and our four barking mad Springer spaniels. If I do get any spare time, which is rare these days, my one relaxation is painting, especially using soft pastels. We have been here for twenty years now and although I’ll never be a true ‘Yeller Belly’, a native born to this county, I have adopted it as my own. I love the mists, the big skies and the endless waterways. All my books are set here on the Fens, and why not? The location is perfect for murder!”

BOOKS BY JOY ELLIS

DI NIKKI GALENA SERIES:

CRIME ON THE FENS

SHADOW OVER THE FENS

HUNTED ON THE FENS

KILLER ON THE FENS

STALKER ON THE FENS

CAPTIVE ON THE FENS

BURIED ON THE FENS

THIEVES ON THE FENS

FIRE ON THE FENS

DARKNESS ON THE FENS

HIDDEN ON THE FENS

NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 1-3

NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 4-6

NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 7-9


JACKMAN & EVANS SERIES:

THE MURDERER’S SON

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS

FOURTH FRIEND

THE GUILTY ONES

THE STOLEN BOYS

THE PATIENT MAN


MATT BALLARD SERIES:

BEWARE THE PAST

FIVE BLOODY HEARTS


STANDALONE NOVELS:

GUIDE STAR


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