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Switcheroo Aaron Elkins

A cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night.
I found this a very easy read, more in the style of a cozy mystery than a crime thriller. The characters are likeable and the plot well thought out, but it is all somehow a bit too ‘on the surface’ and the reader doesn’t really get the chance to be gripped by the story. I would also have liked to read more about what happened to the boys during the war and the affect it had on Jersey. This part was skated over and I thought it was central to the story.
I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon.co.uk book page.

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Journey to Death Leigh Russell

Lucy Hall arrives in the Seychelles determined to leave her worries behind. The tropical paradise looks sun-soaked and picture-perfect—but as Lucy soon discovers, appearances can be very deceptive. I found this a very easy read, more in the style of a cozy mystery than a crime thriller. The characters are likeable and the plot well thought out, but it isn’t a gripping serial killer thriller of the kind I normally read. Having said that, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Click on the book cover to go to the Amazon UK book page.

Illusions Jean Saunders

The luxury cruise was the reward for a job well done, or so Private Investigator Alexandra Best had planned. What she hadn’t envisaged was meeting Leanora, an elderly psychic who warned her of an impending death. Leanora herself is the victim of her own prophecy, and when her daughter, Moira, begs Alex to investigate she is forced to reveal that someone has been stalking both mother and daughter.

And so begins a fast-paced, well written mystery, with a female PI. To me this read as a cross between a romantic novel and a cozy mystery. There is no let-up in pace, or twists and turns in the plot. Believable characters, with a smattering of psychic skulduggery, make this a very enjoyable read.

Click on the cover to go to the Amazon book page.

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