Dark Skies: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 7) by LJ Ross @LJRoss_author

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*Many thanks to the author for my review copy!

About the author:

Louise was born in Northumberland, England.  She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Bath. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of  DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK bestsellers chart.

Its sequels, Sycamore Gap,  Heavenfield, Angel and High Force were all top five UK bestsellers and she recently hit the top of the charts again with her sixth book, Cragside, which was number one in the UK on pre-orders alone.

The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. Holy Island is also available in German translation.

About the book:

Beware what lies beneath…

One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost.

Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?

Click the link below to order your copy:

Dark Skies: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 7) by LJ Ross

My thoughts:

Having read and loved the previous six (SIX!!! I can’t believe there’s been that many already!) books in this series, I was thrilled to be able to read Dark Skies just before publication. I had been waiting for this one since I finished Cragside so needless to say I started this one as soon as I could and it was definitely worth the wait!

In Dark Skies, Ryan and his team are tasked with investigating the discovery of a decades-old body found in a reservoir. While they think they are investigating an old case, it seems that the killer has been in hiding all these years, and they’re not done yet.

What follows is a really great, pacy story. I found myself flying through the book and before I knew it I was at the end! Packed full of secrets and little moments that make you go “huh?!”, it was so great to get back into the world of Ryan and his team!

I don’t want to go into the plot, because spoilers! BUT, there are some interesting moments between Ryan and his new superior that ramp up the tension of the narrative. She’s a bad penny, that one, and I’m intrigued yet scared to see what’s going to happen in the future. Think Wicked Queen from the fairytales, but possibly with a much darker side, time will tell on that front…

Brilliant story. I was gripped. I love how the author makes the characters relatable. And don’t even get me started on her amazing eye for locational descriptions. I’ve never been to any of the places in this series, but thanks to the descriptive language LJ Ross uses, it feels like if I close my eyes I can totally see it!

Another cracking book in the DCI Max Ryan series. If you haven’t yet picked up a book by LJ Ross, I suggest you do. The characters, settings and plots are so expertly crafted that you’ll get lost between the pages faster than you realise!

As always, highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

Holy Island by LJ Ross

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

Heavenfield by LJ Ross

High Force (DCI Ryan 5) by L. J. Ross

Cragside: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 6)

Angel (DCI Ryan 4) by LJ Ross

(Apologies for Angel being at the end in terms of chronological review order, I can’t change it 😭)

Briefly Maiden by Jacqueline Chadwick @jackiechaddy @fahrenheitpress

Hi everyone,

Firstly, happiest of publication days to Jackie 🙂

Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review for one of my most anticipated books, Briefly Maiden, by Jacqueline Chadwick. I’ve been waiting to read Briefly Maiden since I finished the first book in the series, In The Still (read that review HERE), so getting to read an early copy of this was an absolute privilege.

It’s not just me who’ll be sharing a review for Briefly Maiden today, one of my absolute FAVE people, Gordon at Grab This Book , will be posting his so make sure you pop over to his blog to see what he though of Briefly Maiden too!

About the author:


Jacqueline Chadwick is probably best known for her work in British soap operas.

Jackie appeared in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, as Tina Dingle from 1994–1996. For this role she was nominated for Most Popular Actress at the 1996 National Television Awards.

Jackie next appeared in Coronation Street in 1998 as factory machinist Linda Sykes. The storyline involving her character’s relationship with Mike Baldwin won Best Storyline at The British Soap Awards in 2001. She left Coronation Street in 2001.

In 2002 she relocated to Canada with her husband and family.

Briefly Maiden is the hotly anticipated follow up to her thrilling debut novel featuring Ali Dalglish, In The Still.

You can follow her on twitter @JackieChaddy

About the book:

Briefly Maiden

Ali Dalglish is back in the role she loves: working alongside Vancouver Island’s Integrated Major Incident Squad and is once again partnered with Inspector Rey Cuzzocrea.

As the chemistry between Ali and Cuzzocrea intensifies so does the hunt for a twisted killer as they are tasked with solving a series of violent murders with links to a sinister paedophile ring in the idyllic island city of Cedar River.

In the midst of the chaos, Ali is pulled by her desire to find and save the children at the heart of the case but she is thwarted by an evil so cunning and powerful that it threatens to become the nemesis she never imagined possible: one that could bring her to her knees.

Published by Fahrenheit Press TODAY, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

Briefly Maiden (Ali Dalglish Book 2)

My thoughts:

As I sit here trying to get what’s in my head out into this review, I can’t help but feel it still won’t be enough to convey just how good Briefly Maiden is. In The Still was an astounding crime debut, so naturally I often worry will the next book be as good. Tentatively, I wonder will it be better. Well in this case, I can say for certain that In The Still was not a fluke, Jacqueline Chadwick is supremely talented and Briefly Maiden cemented that for me.

I went into Briefly Maiden blind. I didn’t recheck the blurb, I didn’t do a quick recon of my review for book one because I can still clearly remember the raw, visceral writing and how it left me feeling. I wanted that feeling again, and boy did I get it, in fucking spades!!!!

We’re back with foul-mouthed, sarcastic and all-round awesome Ali Dalglish in Maiden (yes, I’m shortening it because I will be mentioning the name A  LOT!!!) where she is paired up with Inspector Rey Cuzzocrea to investigate some brutal murders in Cedar River. Those who are killed all seem to have links to a paedophile ring operating in this idyllic little town and as Ali and Rey are drawn further into the investigation, it gets more and more disturbing at each turn.

If In The Still was dark, Briefly Maiden is fucking pitch black.

It goes to places that made me flinch, hiss and want to fling the book at the wall. The themes here are not light, there is murder, child abuse, paedophilia, psychopathy and that’s just the ones that spring to mind as I’m writing this. Seriously, in places, it’s a tough read. There is a tendency in fiction to shy away from the heavy stuff, but that’s not Jacqueline’s style. She will give you EVERYTHING you need to know, in great detail, until you feel like you’ve had an emotional gut punch. More than once, I found myself wishing I could stop reading, but such is the addictive quality of her writing, that I couldn’t!

There are brief moments of levity in the narrative though, and they are much-needed at times. Firstly, Ali herself. . Quite honestly, her sarcasm and sharp tongue make her my kind of person. I love that she is normal, she has her quirks, but she is a genuine character, and I reeeeeeeeally wish she was my friend because I reckon coffee/wine chats with her would be hilarious. Her relationship with Rey in this one was lovely to see because it had the time to develop a bit more and the reader got to see them progress in terms of how well they work together!

Marlene, Ali’s neighbour and crime-fighting bestie is also in this one and I swear she gets funnier every time she’s mentioned. I loved her and Ali’s interactions, because you can see the camaraderie and friendship there and it’s a really nice little aside to the dark, sinister tone of the book as a whole.

I’ve already said this, but Briefly Maiden is a dark and terrifying book. It has horrendous, graphic and gruesome murders , a vile paedophile ring and some extremely depraved characters. Not for the faint of heart, but it is such a great book. The author has also got some seriously in-depth stuff about deviants and deviant behaviour in here too. It makes for tough reading, but in terms of the relation to the plot is was a really interesting angle!

I loved Briefly Maiden. I was dying to read it from as soon as I finished In The Still, and it was so totally worth the wait. I devoured it. Brilliantly crafted, with a twisted plot, this book has left me wanting more. I NEED TO READ BOOK 3!!!!!!

I can’t say anymore without completely ruining the plot, or the ending. And where’s the fun in that?! I will say this though; if you love your crime fiction sick and twisted, then Jacqueline Chadwick is most definitely an author to add to your list. I mean, she has the face of an angel, but the mind of a killer!

Highly, HIGHLY recommended!!!!!

Dreams of A Broken Man by Roger Bray~Ellen’s Review

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About the book:

On a cold, misty night in Eugene, Oregon Hazel Reed disappears from outside her ex-husband’s home. Hazel is stunningly beautiful, intelligent and unfaithful. So when she vanishes without a trace a jealous ex-husband is the natural suspect. Alex says she came to reconcile but, the DA thinks otherwise and Alex is convicted and imprisoned for Hazel’s murder. His sister, Alice, refuses to believe that he is a capable of such an act.
Three years pass and the last appeal fails. Alex is in jail and Alice is desperate and alone; until a chance meeting gives her hope.
As her new friend, Steve, helps her peel away the hidden truths and fragile lies holding the prosecution case together they realise that they are revealing a deeper and more sinister mystery.
Without them knowing, finding out what happened to Hazel has become a race against time.

Click the link below to get your copy:

Dreams of a Broken Man by Roger Bray

About the author (info from author’s website):

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I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.

My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Personal fun facts:

I am married with three grown children and one grand daughter. I live with the love of my life, my wife of thirty years and her overly cute cat who, maybe unknowingly but I doubt it, saved my life by, for the one and only time, jumping on my lap and purring his head off when I was at my lowest and the depression almost got me.

I do enjoy hearing from my readers so please, drop me an email.

Ellen’s Review:

This book is quite different to anything I have read this year, the story concentrates on the friends and relatives of Alex who has been imprisoned for the murder of his ex wife Hazel and their quest to clear his name. Alice (Alex’s sister) is convinced of her brother’s innocence and after three years and a further appeal fails she enrols the help of a private investigator Steve to try and ascertain what actually happened that night. Hazel’s body was never found and there are a lot of inconsistencies in the investigation.

 

I liked the developing relationship between Alice and Steve and their persistence in clearing Alex’s name. An interesting story which really captured my imagination. It is difficult to say much more about this book without giving anything away, I’ll simply say that nothing is ever as it seems! Dreams of a Broken Man truly is a tale of hidden truths and fragile lies.

4/5

 

First Monday Crime Spotlight~ Vaseem Khan & Elodie Harper

Hi all,

So First Monday Crime is almost upon us again. Sadly, I have yet to make the pilgrimage to the UK for these events, but I have the pleasure of getting to shine a spotlight on a couple of the talented authors participating in next weeks First Monday!

If you want to go along on November 6th, just click the link below to be taken to the First Monday website where you can reserve your tickets to see Stuart McBride, Vaseem Khan, Elodie Harper, Simon Booker and moderator Barry Forshaw!

First Monday Crime Nov 6th 2017- Reserve your tickets HERE!

Make sure to check them out over on Twitter @1stMondayCrime to get up to the minute news on First Monday!

I had the pleasure of reading Vaseem Khan and Elodie Harper’s books for this post, and I’ve got a couple of mini-reviews for them too so you can get a flavour of what to expect!


 

Vaseem first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual sight he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration for the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series. The first book in the series, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, a Waterstones’ paperback of the year, and an Amazon Best Debut. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown, the second in the series, was published in May 2016, and the third, The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star came out in May 2017. Vaseem returned to the UK in 2006 and has since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

For more information about the world of the series please visit vaseemkhan.com where you can also keep abreast of Vaseem’s latest goings-on, competitions, events, and extracts from upcoming books via The Reading Elephant Book Club.

Check out his website at: http://vaseemkhan.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VaseemKhanUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VaseemKhanOfficial/

Although this is the second book in the Baby Ganesh Detecive Agency series, it can easily be read as a standalone book! In The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown, Chopra is tasked with finding out who stole the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the Crown Jewels, which were on display in Mumbai. Chopra himself was present at the time of the theft as he and his wife were attending the exhibition. Needless to say he is a little put out that it happened right under his nose!

I really enjoyed this book. Its got a very cosy crime feel to it, as its not gruesome or gory, but there is still plenty going on in the book to keep the reader interested. I loved the location descriptions as it painted a very vivid picture and it made it a much richer read. The characters are well-developed, and with the added bonus of a super cute baby elephant, it made it quite an unusual book!

I am definitely going to be reading the other books in the series (The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra and The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star) as it is such a welcome change of pace from my usual choices. Rich in descriptions, interesting characters and a brilliant heist-like plot made it a very engaging read! Recommended for sure! 

Click the link below to pick up your copy:

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in The Crown by Vaseem Khan

 


 

Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize winning short story writer. Her story ‘Wild Swimming’ won the 2016 Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition, run by The Guardian and Hodder & Stoughton and judged by Stephen King. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia, and before that worked as a producer for Channel 4 News.

Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.

A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.

Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.

Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts.

The Binding Song is a creepy, gothic book that creates a sense of foreboding from the very beginning and doesn’t let up until the final pages. Dr Janet Palmer is the new psychologist at Halvergate Prison and it is clear from her first day that there is something sinister going on in the prison, and she wants to know why.

I don’t want to say much more about the story because the author has done a great job of creating a level of tension and suspense that she keeps up until the final pages. The characters are well-written, divisive and in some parts, downright chilling.  The plot is tightly woven and interspersed with pieces from  Janet’s past, all of this lends itself very well to the gothic vibe running through the book. I found myself feeling apprehensive to turn the pages more than once because I was afraid of what I would read. I was creeped out more than once reading The Binding Song.

An elegant, gothic and sinister debut, The Binding Song is a great example of a psychological thriller and definitely one to add to your reading lists! 

Click the link below to grab your copy:

The Binding Song by Elodie Harper


 

So, there you have it! Two great books to check out! Remember, if you want to head to First Monday Crime on November 6th, click the link below to reserve your tickets now!

First Monday Crime Nov 6th 2017- Reserve Your Tickets HERE!

 

Me Life Story: Sofa So Good! by Scarlett Moffatt


About the book:

Fact: Did you know, over its lifespan, your sofa will witness roughly 293 arguments and 1,369 cuddles?
Hiya, my name’s Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I’m A Celebrity throne. You might also know me from all sorts of other seats, most especially my Gogglebox sofa. Well this book is my attempt at telling me life story through a whole series of them!
So I’d like you right now to stop what you’re doing and take a seat, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, on the top deck of the bus, on the tube (so you don’t have to make eye contact with anybody) or on the throne of the house (a.k.a. the toilet). I want you to get comfortable and get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even learn a bit, as I chat to you about some of the highs and lows of me life.
So grab a brew, settle down, and let’s start from the very beginning…

Published by Blink Publishing Oct 19th, click HERE to pre-order your copy! 

About the author:

SCARLETT MOFFATT is a beloved television personality and presenter from County Durham, best known for appearing in the Channel 4 series Gogglebox, and as the winner of 2016’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! She is now a presenter on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, as well as the brand-new face of Streetmate. Scarlett is also the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Scarlett Says, and has a top-selling fitness DVD, Scarlett’s Superslim Me Plan.
Follow her on Instagram: scarlett_moffatt and on Twitter: @ScarlettMoffatt

My thoughts:

I’ve always been a fan of Scarlett’s so I was delighted to be able to read Me Life Story pre-publication. It’s safe to say I’m an even bigger fan now! 😍 This book is hilarious, honest and just so fun to read. I read the whole thing over the course of a day because I genuinely couldn’t put it down. 

Scarlett has a thirst for knowledge, which I can totally appreciate because I’m the exact same way. 🙌🏼 Each chapter is begun with some facts, which I loved, because it gives an insight into the kind of random things that she’s interested in. Plus, she worships at the altar of Proffessor Stephen Hawking! Can’t get much more intelligent than that! 

As well as some genuine laugh out loud moments the book is interspersed with some of the harder times in Scarlett’s life so far. I can empathise with some of it as I’ve gone through it too, and her honesty is really refreshing. Plus her Northern-ness is almost like us Irish, a sense of humour can really help you through some dark times. 

I loved finding out more about Scarlett. I knew she was my kind of person before I began, but this book has made me wish she was one of my friends. She comes across as a really genuine, caring and all round lovely person. Her inability to believe some of the good luck and opportunities she’s had makes her seem really down to earth and just so damn nice! 😊

I honestly loved this book. It felt like a chat with your best mate, like the ones you’d have late at night talking about everything and anything! A real honest and genuinely funny book, it was definitely a brilliant read!

Highly recommended 🙌🏼

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews Part 2

Hi guys,

I’m back with the second batch of rapid reviews so I’ve got another 10 of the most recent books I’ve read on this list. If you missed my first post, you can check that out by clicking the following link:

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

As I said in the other post, I’m still reading but I’m just not blogging as much for the time being. All posts, blog tours and promised reviews will still be posted as normal from myself and Ellen though 🙂

This batch of reviews, now that I’m looking at my list, appears to be geared more towards the YA genre, which I’ve read a lot of recently and any I’m really liking the break from crime and psychological thrillers. To be honest though, I still find myself craving the darkness they bring, so there will be more of those again soon! Anyway, I digress as usual. Lets see what else I’ve been reading lately…

  • Chasing The Dead by Tim Weaver

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On my TBR since 2014 (yes, 3 YEARS ago!!!), I decided it was time for me to meet David Raker and I am so glad I picked this one to read. A really solid start to a series that is still going, it was a brilliant read. Clever, emotive and gripping, I would definitely recommend it. I will be buying all of the series after reading this one!

  • The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

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Loved this one!! It is so creepy, it gets under your skin and will make your heart pound. I got lost in this book, I was gripped from the start and I genuinely could not put it down. It is so clever and twisty. Just when you think you have it all figured out, BOOM! You haven’t a clue!!! I love it when a book catches me out. Highly recommended!

  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

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I love a surprise when I pick up a book, and that is exactly what happened with Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. I picked it up expecting one thing, and I found something else entirely. I won’t spoil it by telling you. Anyone I know who has read this has really enjoyed it, and I feel the exact same. It is such a hidden gem of a book and I would highly recommend it!

  • The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

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Regular readers of the blog will know I am a big fan of Scandinavian crime thrillers so I was excited to pick this one up to read. While it was a good read, I wasn’t blown away by it. There’s no denying Camilla Grebe can tell a story, I just found my attention waning at times. Still, as an intro to Scandi crime, The Ice Beneath Her is definitely a good place to start as it will give you a feel for the genre!

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Is it possible to fall in love with a series? Because that’s what happened me with these books. I am emotionally invested, and I don’t want it to ever end. I am Team Rhysand forever and I am not sorry. I love love LOVE these books. The world-building is brilliant, the characters are even better and I just couldn’t put the book down once I started it. Safe to say I will be reading these again at some point. Highly recommended!

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass

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See above. No, seriously. I can’t review these properly. They make me feel the way I did when I first discovered Harry Potter. NO! I’m not comparing them, I’m merely saying I felt the same way. Giddy to read the books, eager to read more. I wanted to read them all immediately after finishing this one. Highly recommended by this unapologetic fangirl!

  • SIEGE and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Another series added to my favourites for sure. Not as good as Shadow and Bone but I still really enjoyed this one and I’m waiting on the third book from the library. I really like the idea of the Grisha world, and its pure escapism reading these books! I can’t wait to read the next one!

  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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This one would have passed me by if not for Liz at Liz Loves Books mentioning it. I loved this one! It is packed full of action, has great characters and a really interesting story. There’s a lot of technological stuff, like coding and DNA modifications and so on, but it wasn’t hard to get into it. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!

  • Dead is Good by Jo Perry

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What’s not to love about a dead dog? This is book 3 in the series, and I really enjoyed it. Quotes about death start every chapter, which I love, morbid as that sounds. Charlie and Rose are a great team. They may be dead, but that doesn’t stop them trying to figure out the living. Unusual and fun, these books are great reads. Highly recommended!

  • Written in Blood by Layton Green

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Written in Blood uses literary murders as its main thing, which makes it an interesting read. I did find it got a bit heavy and unnecessary with details in the middle, but it was still a good book. There is plenty there to keep the reader interested, but it can be hard to see the wood from the trees at times as the author throws in a few extra things.

 

And that’s it. Twenty books reviewed over two posts. I’m all caught up on my reviews now, and I’ll hopefully be back blogging properly at some stage this month.

Plenty of other good stuff on the blog in October to watch out for though as regards blog tour reviews by Ellen and myself:

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Rocco and the Nightingale by Adrian Magson

Dead Lands by LLoyd Otis

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Kate x

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

Hi guys,

So due to various reasons, I’m taking a little break from blogging for a while. I’m still reading, and upholding any prior commitments so no need to worry on that front. Ellen’s reviews and blog tour posts will all be done as normal too 🙂

I’ve got a backlog of books read but not reviewed, so I’ve decided to combat that today with this post. Some of these were read as far back as June or July, I just haven’t gotten to review them properly on the blog.

Grab a coffee and see what I’ve been reading…

  • Without Trace by Simon Booker

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The first Morgan Vine book, this was definitely a solid start. I didn’t love it, but I was hooked enough to keep turning those pages!

  • Games People Play by Owen Mullen

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This is the first book in the Charlie Cameron PI series and it’s definitely a strong start. A little slow for me but I enjoyed it all the same. Charlie is an interesting character and I liked the story!

  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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My first foray into Karin Slaughter’s work in about ten years and I absolutely LOVED The Good Daughter. I banged through the entire book (and its a whopper) in a day because I just couldn’t put it down. Clever, compulsive and full of action, I’d highly recommend it!

  • The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

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I read The Girl With All The Gifts earlier this year and thought it was a good read. The Boy on the Bridge was much better for me. But, I think that’s because I read TGWATG first. Set in the same world, this one was stronger for me in terms of characters and plot and it made me smile when I read the last few pages. Recommended!

  • Kill Me Twice by Simon Booker

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Yep, we’re back with Morgan Vine in Kill Me Twice and this one has a lot more going on than Without Trace. An interesting plot and some dark characters made this a decent read and I flew through it.

  • My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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I am weeks out from reading MAD and I am still haunted by Turtle Alveston. I can’t find the words for how much I enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is raw, visceral, disturbing and challenging, but boy is it rewarding. I don’t read books like this usually, but I am so glad I got to read MAD. It will stay with me for a long time, and I will recommend it to everyone!

  • The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

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Another book I loved. Sped through this on a lazy Sunday as I couldn’t put it down. Really interesting plot, a great cast of characters and some unusual elements made this one super easy to enjoy. It would make a great movie, it has that cinematic feel to the descriptions and I can see how it would translate really well to screen. Highly recommended!

  • The Fear Within by J. S . Law

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The next in the series after The Dark Beneath (Tenacity), The Fear Within is another gripping naval-themed crime thriller. These books are just cracking reads. Dan Lewis is a great character, and James Law has a knack for writing excellent plots with plenty of action. One to add to your list for sure. Highly recommended!

  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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On m TBR for ages, I finally got around to reading this during the summer. It was a good read, I’ll get crucified for this, but I didn’t love it. There’s no denying the characterisation and world-building are excellent, and I did enjoy it, I just found myself a bit meh afterwards. That being said, I have the other two books in the series, and I will certainly be reading them, but I wouldn’t be bumping them to the top of the TBR.

  • Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Tall Oaks

I had Tall Oaks on my TBR for far too long so it was another book I picked to read this summer and I’m just sorry I left it so long. It is a taut and emotive story, with such a great cast of characters that I was sucked in immediately when I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down until the very end and its safe to say I was put through the emotional wringer by the end. Highly recommended!

 

Hopefully you will find a couple of books in this list that you’ll enjoy. The stand out read from these for me is My Absolute Darling, without a doubt.

This is the first ten of twenty books I’m doing this for, so keep an eye out for my second batch of rapid reviews as they’ll be up soon.

Have you read any of these? Do let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

Kate x