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Synopsis: Ben Cassidy has a hard job balancing single motherhood with her career as a Crime Scene Investigator. While taking a course in Digital Forensics she meets the charming Jacob Tully, an ex army war veteran struggling with his past. While the team investigate the apparent hit and run of a care home worker, Ben suspects there is more to it. As events unfold she discovers the connection to a series of murders much closer to home. The hunt is on for a twisted killer and this will be their deadliest challenge yet.
This was a really gripping read that I couldn’t put down. We have two killers in this one with a very interesting connection although one of them is, possibly, the worst criminal ever.
It’s multiple point of view which is always a favourite of mine so we get to see inside the heads of Ben, Jacob, various police, victims and the killers which sounds a lot but the story is so well written that it’s easy to know who all these individuals are and follow without confusion. It gave it an extra layer that I enjoyed.
It starts off with a vicious crime and doesn’t let up until the end. Having a quick scan through the other books in the series it looks like each one is based around different individuals from the North East crime team. I’m looking forward to reading these.
Synopsis: In the far south a young girl goes missing, lost without trace in the wilderness beyond her remote family cottage. A year later her father disappears in the same place. Then nothing. At all. Eventually the years grow over the grief. The decades wear away the questions, life flows past the forgotten tragedy.
Until Finn moves into the abandoned home, looking for a fresh start.
A place to heal himself far from his old problems. But rebuilding life is complicated by chance encounters and odd occurrences leaving Finn with the growing suspicion that the people here are harboring a terrible secret. Suspicion turns to obsession the deeper Finn digs while also facing steadily escalating dangers in the here-and-now. Soon Finn’s own journey of recovery becomes inextricably linked with his need to unravel the mystery. Past and present finally collide when Finn starts to learn the truth about this place and himself. Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance.
My review: This is a really good, original thriller set in the furthest place south in New Zealand. After a car crash leaves him wheelchair bound Finn moves into the cottage where a father and daughter have disappeared in the past. There are two elements to this book. The crime thriller side and then Finn learning to come to terms with his accident.
It’s a fast page turning book, the characters are great and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. The whole thing kept me on the edge of my seat. Really enjoyable
Synopsis: DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.
Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.
While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.
But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?
I absolutely loved this book. I do love a good crime book and this is excellent. It had so many twists and turns I got a bit dizzy!
Can you imagine finding out your birth mother is a psychopath and convicted serial killer? This is what happens to DI Amy Winter. I wasn’t around during the Moors murders but I remember the mother of Keith Bennett begging to know where her son was buried before she died. And I do remember reading about the Wests. Lillian Grimes combines many of the worst elements of all of these and it makes for a great bad guy.
And actually that’s one of the reasons I loved this book. A female serial killer. This book is full of powerful women even the evil ones have a strong personality to get behind: we have Amy Winter, Lillian Grimes, Amy’s adopted mother knowing she was raising the child with such a damaged past. They are all so well developed.
The story itself is in 2 parts; we have the unfolding drama as Lillian starts to reveal where the bodies are buried and the kidnap of a teenage girl and the race against time to rescue her.
I really struggled to put the book down as every page (or flip of the kindle) unearthed some new detail or twist. It’s an excellent start to a new series and I can’t wait for book 2. This is also the first book I’ve read of this author but I will definitely be looking to go back and read her other works.
About the author
Shortlisted for a number of awards both in the US and in the UK, a USA Today bestseller and no 1 on Amazon in the US, Australia & the UK with over 30k followers on Twitter, a former police detective, Caroline Mitchell uses her in-depth knowledge of police procedures to create complex and suspenseful psychological thrillers. Caroline worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes was a constant source of inspiration. A working mother of four, Caroline started writing due to the stress of dealing with such serious incidents and a way of processing the crimes she witnessed. Born and brought up in Ireland, she is happily married with four children and lives in Essex.
Synopsis: It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car and no name. On paper it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.
Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die?
Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes a target …
I had this as one of the Choc Lit tasters but sadly can’t find where I put my original thoughts. However reading it as a published book I really enjoyed it. Another excellent suspense page turner.
I loved all the twists and turns. You do find out quite quickly who the killer is however not the motivation behind it so I really enjoyed how this element unfolds as Dean works the crimes and events happen.
I enjoyed the characters, they’re not one dimensional. No one is perfect, not even the secondary ones which makes for much more fun reading. And I loved Rocky, the perfect accompaniment.
Overall, brilliant story and looking forward to the next one.
Synopsis: One hot summer’s day, an old flame turns up at Lafferton HQ and Simon Serrailler is catapulted back to his days as a fresh-faced PC in the Met. That long febrile summer in the early 1990s, London was reeling from one IRA bomb warning after another. Sirens. Blue lights. Tyres screaming. People running. The army called in. And Simon in the thick of it. Until he’s pulled aside and put on a very different kind of job: his first undercover op awaits. Will the young Simon be able to hold his nerve? Or is he walking into a trap?
I think the synopsis is longer than the actual book! This is a (very) short story detailing the initiation of Serrailer into undercover work at the beginning of his career.
I would have actually liked to have had a much longer version of this. There was a lot of information that could have been added including more of his old girlfriend Nina and her (seeming) marital problems.
However it paints an interesting early picture and I have the next full length story to read soon.
The Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve
Synopsis: In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head.
What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. The title can be misleading as there’s just a tenuous link to Conan Doyle but it’s well researched and gives a complete picture of who the victim was and how lived and of the general historical environment.
This is a fascinating Victorian murder that has remained unsolved for many years. McKay sets out the case and all it’s flaws then works through it dismissing some elements and expanding on others until we find out who really ‘dunnit’ and committed the murder.
It’s a brilliant read and I couldn’t put it down. If you like true crimes, you’ll love this one.
Free arc from netgalley
Synopsis: When financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the natural death. But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rose was found on the dining table where he was found. The only problem: Edgar loathed rose. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was? It’s up to Rachel and best friend Magda to investigate. As the two Americans immerse themselves in Edgar’s upper class world, the list of suspects grows but when the suspects start dropping like flies they realize the murderer is tying up loose ends. It’ll be up to two amateur sleuths to solve their first case before the murderer decides they’re next…
I’m on the fence a bit with this one. I really loved the setting. It’s Paris, who wouldn’t love it but I think I would rather have had all the characters be actually French. For me, making the majority Americans you may as well have set the book in a glorious part of America and there some. Having lived in Paris for 25 years they were still so…American and I was left wanting more.
It’s a typical cozy crime story and the plot is as you would expect from this type of novel. We have amateur sleuths stepping in when police rule the original murder accidental. It’s a quick read. I think as it’s the first of a series the characters will improve as the series continues. I’ve read some best selling authors where the first in a series is definitely not their best and I can definitely see how these two ladies will grow.
So for me, a nice quick read but one that didn’t tax the brain. I’m interested to see how they develop.
Free arc from Thistle publishing
Synopsis: October, 1736. Lured out of retirement to serve as Constable once again, Richard Nottingham finds Leeds very different from the place he remembers. Many newcomers have been attracted by the town’s growing wealth ? but although the faces have changed, the crimes remain the same, as Nottingham discovers when a body is found floating in the River Aire, its throat cut.
What has changed is the fear that pervades the town. With more bodies emerging and witnesses too frightened to talk, Nottingham realizes he’s dealing with a new kind of criminal, someone with no respect for anything or anyone. Someone who believes he’s beyond the law; someone willing brutally to destroy anyone who opposes him. To stop him, Nottingham will need to call in old favours, rely on trusted friendships, and seek help from some very unlikely sources.
My review: A welcome return for Richard Nottingham. I love historical crime and Nickson is up there as one of my favourite writers of this genre. No over reliance on computers and databases, just good old fashioned footwork and brain power.
Nottingham has returned from retirement to take up the Constable position. As he does several pimps and money lenders start being killed and soon the body count is high. There are a lot of false starts as many of the clues Nottingham has come to nothing but you can feel the tension and frustration as the story continues on.
I love the characters and it’s so easy to put yourself in the time frame and picture what the city was like back then. For me, as a Leeds resident it’s trying to imagine the changes to my city and I can. The story flows well and the ending is satisfying with an interesting bit of twist in it.
Overall, loved it and let’s hope for another one.
Free arc from netgalley and Severn House
Synopsis: London, 1888
Whitechapel is full of the noise of August Bank Holiday celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits until a woman – Martha Turner – is discovered brutally murdered.
Her friend, Esther, a lowly seamstress turned female sleuth, is determined to find the killer.
A young police officer, Jack Enright, takes the lead on the case, and he and Esther soon embark on a professional – and personal – relationship.
When another murder is committed and whispers of a slasher calling himself Jack the Ripper start flowing through the London streets, the search becomes even more desperate.
The police are on the wrong track and the young couple take matters into their own hands, and soon find themselves navigating through London’s dark underbelly.
My review: Over 100 years on the world is still fascinated by Jack The Ripper and I admit to being one of those people. I enjoy reading the different takes and possible announcements as to who he really was.
This book takes the murders themselves, includes Detectives Abberline and Reid and then creates a story around that. Young PC Jack Enright and his girlfriend Esther become embroiled in finding out who really did it.
I liked how it incorporated an earlier murder that even now we debate whether was the actual first one or not. I liked the added element of young romance around the dreary Victorian time period and grizzly murders. It’s a fast paced story, it’s quick and easy to read. Even the court room sections don’t bog you down. I read it in just about half a day (Including being distracted by the football). The characters are really enjoyable and well written.
This is the first in the series (I think there are 2 more that follow) and I will definitely be getting those. Really enjoyed this one