My review of Play Dead by Angela Marsons

The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

Oh my goodness, I do love a good crime thriller and for me Angela Marson has created an excellent series starring Kim Stone – it is one of the best series that is around at the moment.

“Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?”

When I saw that this book was coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy – could she really emulate the other three Stone books that I had given 5 stars too?? Well, quite simply – yes!!  This book was excellent!!

I love the character that Angela Marsons has created in Kim Stone, she has a secretive personality and we are just starting to get glimpses of her past life.  The writing style in this book flows and it just builds the story up with the right amount of suspense.

I really enjoyed this book and with this latest instalment we get to see a glimpse of another side to Kim which I hope will be explored in future novels.  This one can be read as a stand alone too.  For me this was another 5 star smash and I am already looking forward to the next one having seen a sneak peak earlier in the week of some of the lines coming up – can’t wait!!

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My review of The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

For those who know me, am a huge fan of Birdwatching and one of my favourite book genres is crime fictions, so when I saw this book, for me it was like a match made in heaven and I couldn’t wait to read a copy – and I wasn’t disappointed…

“Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation…. He is a murderer himself.

But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.

But soon – too soon – they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William – because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.

Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.”

For me this book had just the right amount of suspense and the build up was great. I really enjoyed the nature aspects of the book too and the writing style which drew you in slowly.  Its one of those books that runs the past and present stories in alternate chapters so its growing in two areas- and what was mentioned was highly realistic.  This was the first book I have read by William Shaw and he’s definitely one I’m adding to my favourite authors list – 5 stars for this book from me, I really enjoyed it

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My review of Bent Penny by John Day

When I was contacted by John Day in relation to possibly reading his book in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chance after reading the book summary – I wasn’t disappointed!

The psychological crime thriller, set in London, begs to be read in one go, tugging the reader onwards through its intense drama.  D.I. Penny Britain is a brilliant detective, but despised by colleagues for not being normal, like them.  She has dark secrets and no man, or woman come to that, in her life. Until Paul enters her life, that is, but he is taken.   Her boss dumps a high profile kidnapping case on her. She discovers a trail of intrigue and murder out of all proportion to the crime. Then the dead bodies start piling up as someone covers their tracks. When Penny finally discovers the enormity of the threat she faces, her name is added to the hit list.   What is the connection to the gruesome Concrete Man murder? A dead body, but no victim.   Who is the serial killer dubbed the Index Murderer? Elusive as a ghost, forensically aware and super smart, leaving no clues. Who will be next?” 

This is the first book that I have read by John Day and after reading this, it certainly won’t be the last – I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style, how the book was laid out in the different chapters, the plot and the characters.  Its a fast paced, action packed book with plenty of twists and turns.  Definitely my kind of book!  Its a fantastic book and I’m looking forward to the sequel – genuinely pleased to have found a new author to me- 5 stars and highly recommended to anyone who loves the crime genre

The book is released tomorrow so not long to wait, and don’t forget you can always pre-order ready for delivery tomorrow to your Kindle!

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My review of Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES – HOW DO YOU TELL THEM APART?

This is the second book in the Charlie Cameron series and its just as good, if not slightly better than the first, Games People Play (that’s saying a lot as I really enjoyed the first one – my review for this is further down – its very highly recommended).

“The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk had been stabbed through the heart and dumped in the loch.  Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival as Charlie goes up against a notorious Glasgow gangster. Jimmy Rafferty is ruthless. Even his own family are terrified of him. He wants to use Charlie to get something for him. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.   Only one problem.  Charlie doesn’t know where it is…”

Old Friends and New Enemies is billed as being a sense and gripping Scottish Crime and boy does it live up to this and then some – its a fantastic read, excellent characters, fast paced and thorough plot with some brilliant twists – I loved the pace and writing style.  I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book 5 stars and I’m genuinely thrilled to have found Owen’s books.

I need the next book ASAP Owen when you read this😀

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My review of The Wedding Day by Sharon Kleve

Happy Publication Day to the lovely Sharon Kleve!!!

I am so pleased that I was contacted by Sharon many months ago regarding the possibility of reviewing one of her books, well since then I have been lucky enough to become part of her team of regular reviewers – she really does write some of the most heart warming and cosy romantic reads out there and I never feel disappointed with her books.

The blurb for her latest book – The Wedding Day is below:

Cora Henley doesn’t believe in love at first sight. In her personal experience love never lasts. Her parents’ nasty divorce and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal have her convinced long-term relationships don’t work.

Kane Price is finally ready to settle down, get married and have a family. When he falls head-over-heels for Cora, she makes it clear she’s not interested in a serious relationship. He’s come up against difficult obstacles before and never gives up until he gets what he wants. And he wants Cora.

If Cora can just trust her heart to Kane they both might find their happily-ever-after.”

The Wedding Day is out today and I have to admit that I honestly loved it and didn’t hesitate to give it five stars.  The plot is great and the characters and their interactions I thought were very realistic, you even feel as though you become friends.  I have told my mum to grab a copy for her upcoming holiday, I know she will love it too.  The writing style is lovely and for a short novella length book it has an excellent storyline and I loved the characters – Its short, sweet and pure romantic bliss- lovely for a summers day.

 

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My review of When I Lost You by Kelly Rimmer

Do you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time?

When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo, a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again.

The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident.

The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember. As Leo’s memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time?

I enjoyed this book, it resolves around the relationship of Molly and Leo, their past and the future. When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo, a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. The story moves through the past and the present with almost flashbacks about things that have happened in their relationship along the way. They are both strong characters and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. An enjoyable read – 4 stars from me and look forward to more from this author.  The book is released on 21st April 2016!!

An emotional, heart-breaking read that will restore your faith in the power of love.

 

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My review of Girl Departs Three: Part One by Suzie T Roos

Choices last a moment… consequences last a lifetime

The choice was clear. Wasn’t it…?

Zach and his family made it impossible for Tatum to be his girlfriend. Nigel made it oh-so-easy for Tate to move on. But the shock of seeing Zach again, of finally meeting his mobster family, and even coming face to face with his fiancé, convinced Tatum more than ever that Nigel was the one for her.

Tatum knows Zach still dreams of one day sharing his life with her, but Nigel offers her his life now – no dreaming necessary. And while Zach spends a month entertaining the fiancé that has been forced upon him by his family, why shouldn’t Tatum take her relationship with Nigel to the next level?

When Nigel betrays Tatum, her heart is broken. What once was clear becomes dark. She finds herself by Zach’s side yet again, needing him in a way she never imagined.

Zach or Nigel?

The decision isn’t easy because Tatum has learned the hard way—

I hadn’t read any of this authors other works before I picked up this one, but now I feel like I definitely need to get my hands on the back catalogue – I really enjoyed the writing style, the characters and the plot – I need to know ASAP what happens in part two – you can’t leave me hanging like this!!!

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