My review of In Your Name by Rob Ashman

A chilling serial killer thriller from The Mechanic trilogy

Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control and when Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?  

This is the second book in the Mechanic trilogy by Rob Ashman – I gave the first book five stars so was really looking forward to reading this book, the second in the trilogy to see where the story was going and I have to admit I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

I loved the plot and the characters that the author has created are spot on for the era that the book is set in, as you read it you can visualise it being made in to a TV series – the Mechanic is an excellent villain.   For me, this was another dark and compelling crime thriller and it again is excellent, just like the first book.  I really need to read book three as soon as it is out to find out how the twisted story between Lucas and Mechanic ends after it certainly ramped up at the end of this book!  I am sure there will be a fair few twists and turns before we get to the end. Absolutely loved it!!  No hesitation to give it 5 stars – another brilliant book from Rob Ashman!!

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My review of Dead Jealous by Helen H. Durrant

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Helen H. Durrant’s brilliant new book – Dead Jealous. Anyone that follows my blog or Facebook page will know that I am a massive fan of all of Helen’s books so I am absolutely delighted to be able to take part in this tour!!

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TWO MOTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS — SEVENTEEN YEARS APART. CAN DETECTIVE CALLADINE BRING THEM JUSTICE?

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?

And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling the police the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.


I have to admit that I was very keen to be able to get my hands on a copy of Helen’s latest book having becoming an avid fan of her work.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and definitely would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves a great crime book, and a really good read in general.  For me they can be read as stand alone books but you really will get the benefit of reading them from the first book if you are new to the series so you can follow the characters personal woes as they go about their roles in the Police force. I loved the plot, pace and characters as normal – most definitely another 5 stars read for me from Helen!!

 

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My review of Summer at The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Summer at The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard! I am delighted to be one of two bloggers that have been able to help close this lovely tour!

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Summer sun, chilled, white wine, and a gorgeous fiancé. Nothing could upset pure bliss … Right?

Emmy Jamieson loves her new life in the gentle hills and sunflowers of the lush French countryside, managing La Cour des Roses, a beautiful, white stone guesthouse. With marriage to caramel-eyed Alain just round the corner, things couldn’t be more perfect.

The odd glass (gallon) of wine dulls the sound of Emmy’s mum in full motherzilla-of-the-bride mode, and the faint tinkling of alarm bells coming from Alain’s ex are definitely nothing to worry about. Guesthouse owner Rupert and a whole host of old and new friends are there to make sure nothing gets in the way of Emmy’s happiness.

But as Emmy gets close to the big day, a secret from the past throws everything decidedly off track. Will her idyllic French wedding go ahead as planned, or will Emmy run back home to England with a broken heart?

This summer, escape to the rolling vineyards of France for an utterly uplifting read. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Debbie Johnson and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a pain au chocolat in the sun-drenched garden at La Cour des Roses.

I really enjoyed this book and whilst it can be read as a stand alone, I’d really recommend that you read the whole of the series to get the full experience of this wonderful book and you can then enjoy the journey with the characters.  This was definitely a five star review from and I loved it – it was released on the 12th July 2017 so you can grab your copy now!!

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My review of End Game by Charlie Gallagher

Today is my stop on the blog tour for End Game by Charlie Gallagher!

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THERE’S A COP KILLER ON THE LOOSE AND ONLY GEORGE ELMS CAN TAKE HIM DOWN.

Do you love gripping crime fiction? Then try this book by a best-selling author now. It’s a breathtakingly tense crime thriller that you won’t want to put down.

Detective George Elms is out of prison, and the police force that put him there is in chaos. Now they want him back to lead the hunt for vicious cop killer Kane Forley. Only George can put together a team that will bring this criminal to justice. But perhaps his superiors are using George as bait, and they have some very dark secrets to hide.

But this is personal, and things spin out of control fast. Soon George will face one last race against time to save everyone who is close to him. And who can he trust to help him?

One of the tensest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year. Full of twists and turns, you won’t want to put this down until the shocking conclusion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Its definitely one that I would recommend and I gave the book 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!  I loved the pace and the plot, it drew me along brilliantly and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what would happen!!  This book is the last in the series and whilst it can be read as a stand alone, I would really recommend that you read the whole series if you can.  A fab read – make sure you grab your copy now!!!

 

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

THE SETTING
Langthorne, typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK’s coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime.

THE DETECTIVES
George Elms joined the police pretty much straight out of school and now in his mid-thirties, he’s been getting in the faces of criminals for over fifteen years. Well known and respected on both sides of the line, he was responsible for running a team working the crimes that come out of one of the county’s most notorious housing estates. He is married to Sarah and they have a little girl.

This is the final book of the Langthorne series.
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
BOOK 4: END GAME

 

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My review of Reported Missing by Sarah Wray

Today I am delighted to be one of two bloggers kicking off the blog tour for Reported Missing by Sarah Wray – Happy publication day to Sarah!

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Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.   Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.

Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth. But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

Sadly this book didn’t really live up to my expectations, I did enjoy it but I wanted a bit more from it and I didn’t find the ending that great.  I thought that the build up was quite slow and the story didn’t really pick up any pace until around half way through, to be honest, I’m more of a reader that needs to be drawn in from the first few pages with this kind of book and that meant that I didn’t really connect with the characters and it did affect my enjoyment, but that is not to say that it would be the same for all readers.  If you are into books with a slow build up this is definitely one you would love but sadly it wasn’t a 5 star read for me, 3.5 stars from me for this one rounded up to 4 stars.

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My review of Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy!

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In a big old building on the south coast of Kent, David Booker runs a book-themed coffee shop and Jo Cash operates a private investigation business. They live there, too. But not like that.

Jo needs help with tracing a mystery client’s living relatives. David needs help with his staffing problems. Will they both get what they are looking for?

Sometimes two heads are better than one. Sometimes a poor hand is better than none. But not always…

I really enjoyed this book, it was like reading about old friends having read the others in the series (I will do reviews for them separately but they are all very good)! The storyline was great, I loved the pace and the characters were great as always. Very highly recommended and a high four star review from me for this one! It’s definitely worth a read!!  This is definitely one to read where you grab yourself a coffee and a slice of cake – I love books like this!

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My review of Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the new release from Joy Ellis -Buried on the Fens!

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A SKELETON IS UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE IN THE CHURCHYARD. BUT THIS WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL BURIAL. THE VICTIM WAS MURDERED DECADES AGO.

At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they’ve got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth.

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population.

When more women from the The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop the killing.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending. Having read the book I have to fully agree!! I loved Nikki as the main character and the story flowed brilliantly around her. She is a great character and after reading this book I definitely want to read the previous ones!! For me, Joy is now an author to watch! Loved it – 5 stars from me!!!

THE DETECTIVE
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.

HER PARTNER
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.

THE SETTING
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

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

 

 

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