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March 2017

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones (Unhuman #4)Inspector Hobbes and the Bones by Wilkie Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking. Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.
Typically I read this book first, which is the second in the series. But it didn’t really matter as explanations were made as the book went along, or should I say raced along as fast as the flood water! What a delicious book, humorous, odd, heart-warming, with a few ghostly/paranormal bits thrown in. A book of typically British humour and an absolute delight!

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Strangers Paul Finch

Strangers (Lucy Clayburn, #1)Strangers by Paul Finch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it…
Think Linda La Plante or Martina Cole and you’ll begin to get the idea of this book. Gangland bosses, general bad behaviour, secrets and lies, they’re all in here. The opening was great, it really catches the attention and the book pretty much runs on a pace from there. Definitely entertaining.

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Beneath the Ashes Jane Isaac

Beneath the Ashes (Detective Inspector Will Jackman #2)Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
I loved DI Jackman and his complex personal life as well as his complex professional life. At every turn there were decisions to be made, at every turn there were secrets to uncover. The setting of Stratford Upon Avon was evocative and also added another layer of realism to this clever police procedural. Ms Isaac ratchets up the tension as you race to the conclusion, which does not disappoint.

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The Gift Louise Jensen

The GiftThe Gift by Louise Jensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
This was a good read, but rather too melodramatic and over-blown in some places. It was as though it was trying too hard with too many twists and turns. The parts about the heart transplant and muscle memory were interesting and to be honest I’d rather have known more about this than the convoluted plot. I much preferred the previous book, The Sister.

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Blink K L Slater

BlinkBlink by K.L. Slater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
There are many psychological suspense novels around at the moment, so a book has to be really good to stand out. And this is. It’s really, really good. It’s an emotional ride, a ‘OMG’ ride and a tear jerking ride. One of those books you can’t wait to get back to. Ms Slater is becoming a writer of repute and her style reminded me of the writing of Elizabeth Haynes and Sharon Boulton. Excellent!

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The Bone Field Simon Kernick

The Bone Field (The Bone Field #1; DI Ray Mason #2)The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1990 A young woman goes missing while backpacking in Thailand. She is never seen again.
2016 Her bones are discovered 6000 miles away in an English field and, within hours, the boyfriend who reported her disappearance all those years ago is dead. So begins a hunt to solve her murder that will take DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe…
I really enjoyed this as a new reader of Simon Kernick’s work. I loved the characters of DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd and hated the villans, just as it should be. The plot was solid and twists and turns full of surprises. The book races along and I loved it!

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Two Days Gone Randall Silvis

Two Days GoneTwo Days Gone by Randall Silvis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.
I suspect readers will either love to hate this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as it was a book that added that extra dimension to a police investigation, a literary perspective with lots of threads running through it. It was a deep look into the psychological profile of the Professor but also of Ryan De Marco, who struggles constantly against the evidence and his own perspective on his friend. There were moments of pathos as Thomas Huston falls apart, trying desperately to cling onto to his sanity. A read you’ll think about long after you’ve finished

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Kiss the Girls James Patterson

Kiss the Girls: (Alex Cross 2)Kiss the Girls: by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alex Cross’s niece, Naomi, is missing. Cross fears the disappearance could be linked to a string of recent abductions and murders. Two brilliant and twisted killers, operating on opposite sides of the country, are collaborating and competing, encouraging each other to perpetrate increasingly horrific crimes. Cross must hunt down these two brutal masterminds – not only to rescue his niece, but also to save the lives of the many others still in danger…
I started off not being sure of the ‘voice’ of Alex Cross, but before I knew it I was totally drawn into the story and couldn’t read it quick enough. So despite my earlier reservations, the sparse yet realistic style of writing works! The story races along yet Alex Cross continues to be real as Mr Patterson constantly gives us an insight into his character and into his thoughts and attitudes. Loved it!

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Ragdoll Daniel Cole

Ragdoll (Detective William Fawkes, #1)Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
The book starts out with startling humour, making me compare it to a Stuart MacBride book. However, this wasn’t subtle humour, but right there in your face and to be honest it almost put me off continuing. But I’m glad I did. The humour settled down and the story raced along, from one twist and turn to the other. You have to suspend reality a bit with regards to the characters and their actions and just enjoy the story for what it is – a rattling good read!

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