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#BookReview : THE ROANOKE GIRLS by AMY ENGEL

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MY THOUGHTS:

Sometimes you get a book that you really think you will love, it has mixed reviews, the title and synopsis do their job by providing enough to pull you in.  Then you read the book.  This one left me a little deflated, it was not because I didn’t enjoy it because on the whole I did enjoy it.  But my confusion with this book is, the subject matter of the story is definitely aimed at adults, but the style of writing, I felt was more YA.

The plot of the story was very basic and disturbing, but due to the simplicity of the writing made it a quick read.  The main characters were memorable and well written to a point, but the dialogue again had more of a YA feel, sweeping generalised statements rather than more in-depth that I expected. The descriptions for the Osage Flats did give a good general feel for the area, and I really liked the picture the author built up for me in my head.

The reason for feeling a little deflated were I think, due to the lack of detailed explanations for various questions that arose during and after reading the book, I feel more exploration of family Friends dynamics could have been expanded more, rather that generalised statements.  The main idea or plot was given very early on and I did find myself working out the main culprit and reasons behind it quite quickly.

But all that being said, I did read the book very quickly, and did find it quite addictive.  I think because of the simplicity of the writing it held my attention, as I did not have to think about what I was reading too much.  If you take the adult theme out of the book, it would be ideal for YA readers. I am sure this will appeal to many readers who want a quick, shock read.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for my copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

SYNOPSIS:

Vowing to discover the fate of her missing cousin, a woman returns to her family’s Kansas estate where she spent one haunting summer as a teen, and where she discovered the dark heart of the Roanoke clan that left her no choice but to run.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her maternal grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family estate in rural Osage Flats, Kansas, following the suicide of her mother. Lane knows little of her mother’s family, other than the fact that her mother ran away years before and cut off all contact with her parents. Allegra, abandoned by her own mother at birth and raised by her grandparents, introduces Lane to small-town life and the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But there is darkness at the heart of the Roanoke family, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull she has no choice but to run, as far and as fast as she can.

Eleven years later, Lane is scraping by in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls with the news that Allegra has gone missing. “Come home,” he beckons. Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to Osage Flats, determined to find her cousin and assuage her own guilt at having left Allegra behind all those years ago. Her return might mean a second chance with Cooper, the boyfriend whom she loved and destroyed that fateful summer. But it also means facing the terrible secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between the summer of Lane’s first arrival and the summer of her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Amazon UK

 

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#BookReview : THE BLUE GAROU by H.MAX HILLER

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MY THOUGHTS:

This is the second book I have read by this author, the first being BLOWBACK a prequel that paves the way for the books that follow.  Again we meet Detective “Cadillac” Holland and his team as they have a strange case to deal with.

In the first book Cadillac is called in to help clear up the back log of cases that mounted up after Katrina, and is still on loan and helping. He is called to a case of local rapper Biggie Charles Lynley.  The suspect is still in the vehicle with Biggies body. It is an American Pit Bull, rather than have the dog shot Tulip Holland, Cadillac’s sister, asks that he not shoot the dog, as it could hold vital information to an investigation.  Well Tulip was not wrong, Biggie is an ex-convict but on his release he managed to set up a music studio.  Enquiries lead the team through the life of Biggie and the lives of others around him, it is very obvious that the team are not being told the whole truth.

This story is set 4 years after Hurricane Katrina  and once again Hiller incorporates the devastation that she left in her wake into the story.  He briefly explores issues in the poorer neighbourhoods and projects, mentioning how insurance companies fail to pay out on policies as well as those not being insured because of financial restraints.  For me the inclusion of these details work very well in the main story, it gives something extra as they are peppered throughout, not overbearing but enough, they have been worked very well and not over-used.  The main characters are now starting to make themselves known more, they are very memorable and have been well-developed.

There are various elements going on in this book, they expand on details mentioned in Blowback, such as the reason for Cadillac coming back home after his injury in Iraq, the disappearance of his father, the case itself and obviously Katrina.  It would be easy to think that there could be some confusion, but there is not.  Hiller has a very logical way of telling this story, it makes sense and has a very well laid out style to it.  There is no big fan fare of a conclusion, instead it has simply, logically and naturally been brought to a very satisfying conclusion.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of Crime, Mystery

I had not come across the word “Garou”, but don’t worry Hiller explains the term.  But I did a little googling and found some rather interesting further reading.

I would like to express my thanks to the author for bringing this book to my attention, my review is my own and is unbiased and honest.

To read my review of Blowback Click Here !

SYNOPSIS:

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Detective ‘Cadillac’ Holland left the intelligence community and joined the Louisiana State Patrol to find the answer to his father’s disappearance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Four years have passed and he hasn’t found the answer. Now his sister wants him to prove that a pit bull is the murder weapon and not the murderer of New Orleans’ most notorious criminal. The dog’s tracks lead to the murder victim’s young son, angry fiancée, and shady bodyguard. The investigation ultimately turns up Federal investigations into a rap music label and a cache of missing firearms, a dog fighting ring, the blackmailing of a famous actress, and exposes far more things about Cadillac’s background than William Avery, NOPD’s Chief of Detectives, ever wanted to know when he assigned the Detective to find a solution to the case which would “reach a conclusion in line with everyone’s perception of justice”.

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: dba H Max Hiller (29 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634156323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634156325

 

 

BLOWBACK :  Amazon UK     Amazon US

THE BLUE GAROU : Amazon UK     Amazon US

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

H. Max Hiller

My relationship with New Orleans began with a job cooking in a cafe on Bourbon Street at the age of seventeen. My food service resume now includes many of New Orleans’ iconic music and dining destinations. I no longer reside in New Orleans full-time but I keep to the expat creed of “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.”
A devoted reader of detective and crime novels, I have worked as a chef on a boat traveling the inland waterways since Hurricane Katrina and began thinking up stories about a detective living in post-Katrina New Orleans, which I now write in my spare time.
My life is divided between working on the water and preserving a Victorian-era home in Hannibal, Missouri that I share with my wife and our rescue pets, which include a neurotic wolfhound/terrier mix and too many cats.

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#BookReview | I AM MISSING BY TIM WEAVER

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MY THOUGHTS:

This is the first book I have read by Tim Weaver, and did not realise it was part of a series when i requested it.  Part of the David Raker series, but works extremely well as a stand alone.

I really liked the idea behind the main plot of the story.  Raker is a missing persons investigator, when Richard approaches him and asks him to help Raker agrees.  Who is he to find ? He is to find Richard himself, a sufferer of dissociative amnesia, he cannot remember his real name, date of birth, address, where he is from, he knows nothing.

I really liked how the normal, everyday aspects of this condition were approached.  Because Richard does not know his birth date or national insurance number, he has no access to banks, driving license, rent a house or work amongst other things.  All things that I had not even considered until this point.

There are quite a few plot twists going on in this book, various sub plots all adding up to create a very in-depth and intriguing scenario, that goes far beyond its original point of origin.

There are three distinct stories within this book.  That of Raker and Richard, then the tale of two young girls growing up, and then travelogue extracts from a book.  These three sections provide past stories, histories and accounts, a little confusing at first due to not knowing what part they play, but once you start to realise the links between them and the main story, it makes a lot of sense and adds a real depth to the story.

At times I did feel that there was a lot of extra descriptive passages, and occasionally felt repetitive.  But overall a really interesting read, with some great characters and wonderfully described settings.

I would recommend this book for readers of Crime / Thriller / Mystery genres.

I wish to express my thanks to Netgalley, Penguin Uk-Michael Joseph for allowing me a copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

 

SYNOPSIS:

When a young man wakes up bruised, beaten and with no memory of who he is or where he came from, the press immediately dub him ‘The Lost Man’.

Ten months later, Richard Kite – if that is even his real name – remains as desperate as ever. Despite appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows this man.

Kite’s last hope may be private investigator David Raker – a seasoned locator of missing people. But Raker has more questions than answers.

Who is Richard Kite?

Why does no one know him?

And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line two years ago?

I Am Missing is the outstanding new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Tim Weaver.

Product details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2113 KB
  • Print Length: 519 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718181824
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English

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#BookReview | Morning, Noon & Night Trilogy by @PeterFBartram

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MY THOUGHTS:
My original plan was to read these books in between reading others, well it was a plan that never materialised because as soon as I had read the first, I went straight onto the second, then had to read the final one.
Peter has a very fluid style of writing that had me addicted straight away.  They are set in the 60’s, and this adds to the charm of the books, more relaxed read.  They are humorous and compact, but packed full of detail.
These are a great lazy afternoon read, either sat in the sunshine or by the fire.  A slightly shorter read than most mystery books I have read just recently, rather than taking hours to read, they can be completed in an afternoon.  I read that this was what Peter was trying to achieve.
I am only giving a brief description of each of these books, as I really don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Morning: Colin Crampton a crime reporter in Brighton witnesses a crime, at the time when The Great Train Robbery is all over the news.  Great first book tying up most of the questions and leads, but with something left for the next book.
Noon: This book follows on nicely from where the first left off, with a slightly different setting.  From Brighton U.K to Brighton Beach U.S, his journalistic tendencies still get him into hot water.
Night: With the final book, back to Brighton.  This is where conclusions are made and loose ends are tied up.
I really enjoyed the characters in this books, they are at times funny and considering the shortness of the book, have been very well portrayed.
I would recommend these books to readers of cozy mystery and crime genres.
These books should be read in order. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for copies of these ebooks, my thoughts here are my own and are honest and unbiased.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Bartram

Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. His novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs. The books feature a host of colourful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.

You can download Murder in Capital Letters, a free book in the series, for your Kindle from www.colincrampton.com.

Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines in London, England and, finally, becoming freelance. He has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700-feet down a coal mine and a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

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#BlogTour #BookReview @Orendabooks : Dying to Live by Michael Stanley @detectivekubu

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It is my pleasure to participate in the blog tour on July 17th for this book,  “Dying to Live” by Michael Stanley, published on 30th July by Orenda Books  My thanks to Anne Cater for allowing me spot on the tour for this book.

 

This is the 6th instalment of The Detective Kubu Books by the writing duo of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

MY THOUGHTS :  Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is called to investigate the death of a bushman.  Initial thoughts of natural death are soon changed to murder, with further investigation of the body.  The bushman is somethnig of a mystery, his internal organs do not match his exterior.  As the investigation progresses, Kubu realises there is far more to this case than meets the eye, especially when the body is stolen.  Kubu has a good team to help with this ever confusing and ever-changing case.    Samantha Kharma is the first female detective in the branch of Botswanna CID and along with Constable Ixau, a bushman, they will have to use all of their previous knowledge and experience to discover the truth surrounding the death.   Do not for one moment think that this story is just about a murder.  It is a lot bigger and more involved than you could ever imagine.

I have never read any books by this writing duo before, so had no prior expectations, but was very intrigued by the synopsis.  It works very well as a stand alone read, leaving me wanting to read more.  This is a great detective story discussing various other topics, these have been cleverly woven into the main story. The story is set out in quick chapters to a very satisfying end.  The characters were very memorable and well-developed, they show good traits.

There are several things I really enjoyed and found useful in this book.  One of those was that after I finished this book, was the amount I had learnt, for example “Kubu” is the Setswana word for hippopotamus, Setswana is the language of the people of Botswana.  Also various cultural aspects and traditions were discussed, making a very insightful read.  Some very useful inclusions in this book are an informative glossary at the end of the book, basic, but invaluable.  Also a list of characters and their roles that is included at the beginning.

I would recommend this book to readers of crime and mystery genres.  Also adding that there are cultural themes, if like me you know nothing much of this country.

BOOK DETAILS :

Published by Orenda Books

EBook
ISBN 978-1-910633-77-9
RRP £5.99
Published 15 July 2017
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-910633-76-2
RRP £8.99
Published 15 July 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were
born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to
Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest,
eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A
Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal
Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA
Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book,
Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award.
Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award, and book
5, A Death in the Family, was an international bestseller.

 

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#Blogtour The Green Bicycle Mystery by Antony.M.Brown #Review

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I give this book 5 stars. 

I would like to thank Nicola Slavin from Book Machine Works for contacting me about joining the Blog Tour for this book.  “The Green Bicycle Mystery” by Antony M Brown and published by Mirror Books.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is a little different from most, it is based on a cold case. The reader is asked not just to read the book  but solve the mystery of the case.

The case is that of Bella Wright from Leicestershire in 1919, a case never solved.

The first section of the book gives you the story of Bella and her family, the surrounding area, the scene of the crime and also what happening in Britain at the time.  It was the  end of the first world war, and you are briefly told of how the effects of the war affected people who served and those who remained at home.  Also in this section are account of the crime scene, details of the investigation, witnesses, reports and statements as well as the trial of the suspect.

The second section gives a detailed array of the evidence, timelines for Bella and also the investigation.  Useful maps, autopsy reports, findings, minutes and communiques.

Part three is the author’s view or judgment of the case as well as verdicts from other people.

What initially caught my eye about this book was the interesting synopsis that I was sent.  Once I had read it, my curiosity was piqued by the idea of giving a verdict based on facts that I had read.  Also the historical interest of the area was a big pull for me, it was an area I knew when I lived in Lincolnshire up until 17 years old, so gave me a personal reason for reading.

The book itself is very well laid out and is the author takes you through the facts in a very logical order.  As you progress through the story, the various statements and reports get a little repetitive, but it also adds additional information.  Also it add confirmation to previous statements.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish; it was a very good page turner.  It gave me a good insight into people’s lives at the time of 1919 and the years just following.  What was interesting was the way police procedures have changed, how investigations are conducted and how local newspapers can influence people.

I would recommend this book to readers of True Crime, Mystery and Historical genres.

SYNOPSIS:

Don’t just read about a murder… solve it. The first of a unique set of true crime dramas. Each one tells the story of an unsolved crime in an evocative and compelling way, it presents fresh evidence, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of past theories and then asks the reader to decide on what happened.

The series begins with the tragic case of Bella Wright. In a lonely lane running through rural Leicestershire in 1919, a solitary bicycle lies on its side, its metal frame catching the glow of the fading evening light. The back wheel slowly turns about its axle, producing a soft clicking; a rhythmic sound, soothing like the ticking of a study clock. Next to the bicycle, lying at an angle across the road, is a young woman. She is partly on her back, partly on her left side, with her right hand almost touching the mudguard of the rear wheel. Her legs rest on the roadside verge, where fronds of white cow parsley and pink rosebay rise above luxuriant summer foliage. On her head sits a wide-brimmed hat, daintily finished with a ribbon and bow. She is dressed in a pastel blouse and long skirt underneath a light raincoat, the pockets of which contain an empty purse and a box of matches. The blood-flecked coat tells a story…

Although each book is perfectly self-contained and offers the author’s conclusion, there is a website (coldcasejury.com) for those who wish to share their own verdicts and opinions, making these the first truly interactive crime tales. Beautifully presented with uniquely illustrated covers they also contain evidence images, diagrams and maps. For lovers of crime stories, this new collection of Cold Case Jury books will not just bring a murder story to life, it will make you a part of it.

 

About Antony M. Brown, author of The Green Bicycle Mystery

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Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He published several Cold Case Jury e-books – true crime mysteries in which the reader is invited to deliver the verdict on what they believe might have happened – before signing a four book deal with Mirror Books in January 2017.

 

Website: http://www.coldcasejury.com

Blog: http://www.ccjforum.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccjury

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antony-M.-Brown/e/B019QMY2JW

link to purchase The Green Bicycle Mystery: http://bit.ly/GreenBicycleMystery

 

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#Blogtour The Cardinal’s Man by M.G.Sinclair with @bwpublishing and @LinaLanglee

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The Cardinal's Man.jpgI would like to thank Lina Langlee for inviting me to take part in the Blogtour of “The Cardinal’s Man” by M.G.Sinclair and published by Black & White Publishing

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved this book immensley, my raing is 5 stars.  This book starts in 1608 in Carmoches, Normandy with the life of Sebastian Morra, born with dwarfism.  We are told of his early life and the prejudice shown because of his differences to other people.  His parents are poor and manual labour is the only work available to him.  But due to his size, his physically unable to complete the majority of tasks.  As the years pass he leaves his village and heads to Paris.

He manages to gain employment in the court of King Louis XIII as a court performer.  His performs in front of royalty, nobility, high ranked, famous and infamous.  Including the notorious Cardinal Richlieu, he becomes an asset to Richlieu, his lack of physical ability does not hold him back, but his intelligence propels him forward.

From poverty, he now mixes in the same environment as the most rich and wealthy and most influential people in the country.  This is where his usefulness comes in, as most people do not even notice him. His world changes as he begins his liaison with Richlieu, Master of deceit, of spies, murder and embezzlement.  Showing Sebastian the behind the scenes view of what happens in decision-making, especially at a time when France is at war, has the plague and is in civil unrest.

The author has changed some timelines in history to make the book more readable, he openly admits this, it is after all a story of historical fiction.  But it works very well to give a very good read.  I really enjoyed this book and was addicted from the first few pages.  The way that the author has used history and given an alternative account of what could have happened is very good.  The characters are mostly known from history and are well-developed, but Sebastian was a wonderful character, at times I felt sorry for him, at other I thought he was cocky and arrogant.

I would highly recommend this book for readers of Historical Fiction, and also crime/mystery readers would probably enjoy this as well.

SYNOPSIS:

A spellbinding story set in Cardinal Richelieu’s France

It’s over a century before the Revolution and France is under siege. The Thirty Years’ War has spread across Europe, alliances are stretched to breaking point and enemies advance on every side. And while Louis XIII sits on the throne, the real power lies with the notorious Cardinal Richelieu.

Now, with Richelieu’s health failing and France in grave danger, salvation may yet be found in the most unlikely form. Sebastian Morra, born into poverty and with terrible deformities, is a dwarf on a mission. Through a mixture of brains and luck, he has travelled far from his village to become a jester at the royal court. And with a talent for making enemies, he is soon drawn into the twilight world of Cardinal Richelieu, where he discovers he might just be the only man with the talents to save France from her deadliest foes.

The Cardinal’s Man is a spellbinding story of France in the time of Richelieu and provides us with a very different kind of hero, a dwarf with the wit of Tyrion Lannister and three foot four inches of brazen pluck.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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The only child of two writers, M.G. Sinclair grew up in a world that revolved around literature. Breaking the family tradition, he rebelled and joined the corporate world, where he worked as a copywriter and marketing executive. However, unable to escape the inevitable, he has now completed his debut, a historical novel inspired by a trip to the Prado in Madrid.

 

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Published: 11th July 2017
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 288 pages
ISBN: 9781785301094
RRP: £8.99

Available from Black and White Publishing

Or as an e-book via Amazon

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Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

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I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC of this book for my unbiased and honest review.

MY THOUGHTS:

Alison and Kitty are half sisters.  Alison’s mum had met and married David and then along came Kitty, same mum different dad.  At school Alison is the studious, serious one. Kitty the arty one. Kitty is daddy’s princess, and their mum, not wanting to upset David, lets the obvious favouritism go.  This does not help the tension between the girls. But things change when there is a horrible road accident, Kitty is left severely brain-damaged, in a wheelchair and unable to do anything for herself, she can only mumble incoherently.

The story revolves around the two girls alternating chapters that fill in the story from both perspectives.  It gives a full account of their lives as children as well as present day events.  What seems a basic story soon twists its way into something more sinister.  Lies that are told though a person’s life have a habit of coming back to haunt and they can also leave scars.  The past will never remain hidden, you have to deal with it to be able to move forward and move on.

This is a very good story.  The characters are very well described and are easy to remember due the use of nicknames, or key characteristics.The plot of the story line has a number of subplots running throughout, when you think you have solved one little mystery, you find it is something else entirely. But they have been cleverly brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and then there is another twist. Thoroughly enjoyable read, a good page turner with several “didn’t see that coming moments”.

I would recommend this book to readers of Crime, Thriller and Mystery genres.  Also some good discussion points for reading groups.

SYNOPSIS:

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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry #BookReview #AboutTheAuthor

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MY THOUGHTS: A definite 5*

This is an amazing book; I loved it from start to finish and could not put it down until the last page had been turned.

Lily is married to Ed Macdonald, he works in advertising but dreams of owning his own art gallery.  She is in law and has just been handed a case that could possibly mean an appeal and a re-trial.

Joe has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend in a bath of scalding water.  He leads Lily to find new evidence on his case, new evidence is the only way an appeal and re-trial can take place.

Carla and her mum live in the same building as Lily and Ed.  Carla is teased and bullied at school because she is Italian; her mum is a single parent and cannot afford the things that other children have, this adding fuel to fire for the children bullying Carla.

The characters in this book all have secrets; all want them to remain secret, some at all costs.  Then there are the little lies that seem to creep in, just little ones, but they are lies all the same.

The story begins when Carla is a child and then re-joins when she is an adult.  It is set out in quick chapters alternating between Lily and Carla. They are well described each one memorable and detailed. The plots within this story are very well executed with many twists and turns, leading the reader on an amazing journey to a climatic ending and a satisfying conclusion, with all loose ends tied up and all questions answered.

Jane Corry worked in a high security male prison and her experiences there have given her an edge for detail.  I imagine that when Lily first visited Joe for the discussion of an appeal, that Jane was describing her first time experience, it had a very real feel to it.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime and Thriller genres.  I think it would also make a great book for Reading Groups; there are many topics that would be good for discussion points.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

FIRST COMES LOVE. THEN COMES MARRIAGE. THEN COMES MURDER.
The addictive psychological thriller everyone’s talking about!
‘My head’s still spinning from all the twists!’ Mark Edwards

What if your life was built on a lie?

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.

But is he really innocent?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                                 15241064  Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller which was a Sunday Times best-seller.. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’ Jane’s next novel is called Blood Sisters and is being published in June.  Follow Jane on Twitter

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241256488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241256480

 

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Blowback: A Detective “Cadillac” Holland Mystery by H. Max Hiller

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MY REVIEW:4.5*

This is a crime/ mystery story set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Detective Cooter Holland is charged with finding Michael Ferris , he is on the run.  Ferris was involved in a shooting, but the gun was found to be linked elsewhere.  Holland is called in as the witnesses to the shootings are being threatened by Ferris.  Police resources are stretched and because Holland has essential skills from his time as a Military Intelligence agent, he is the ideal man for the job.  He has his own style and way of doing things , it has worked well for him in the past, why not now?  As Holland delves further into the investigation, other leads and coincidences crop up, leading to a much larger case than originally thought. Things twist and turn, taking him down different paths.

This is a well told story with some very well described and good characters. The way their stories have been intertwined throughout the book is very good.  The author has included details of the time Holland spent in Baghdad with his friend Tony, who also has a part to play in the investigation.  The way Hurricane Katrina left her impact on the people and environment in this area is also addressed. Telling how resources have  been stretched, also the immediate impact on people’s lives and families was an interesting inclusion.

This is a prequel to in a series of books.  At the time of writing my review there are 3 more available in this series.

I really enjoyed this book, it was well paced and was a page turner right the way through, with a very satisfying ending.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers of crime and mystery. Look forward to more by this author.

I would like to thank the author for bringing this book to my attention and sending me a copy.  My review is my own honest and unbiased opinion.

THE BLURB:

Every story must have a beginning and the story of State Police Detective Cooter Holland began with what should have been a simple fugitive arrest. Nothing is ever simple with Detective Holland.
Detective Holland lived a life of unintended consequences while working as an Intelligence operative tracking down terrorists. It taught him how to resolve the cases he is assigned differently than NOPD’s Chief of Detectives would prefer that he handle them. He has just been tasked with tracking down a fugitive murderer named Michael Ferris, but Detective Holland won’t bring the man to justice until he has decided what justice for the man’s crime actually is.
Ferris’ running from the law has exposed his brother, a much less than ethical used-car dealer and his own fiancé, a tough-as-nails would-be burlesque dancer, to the wrath of the gang of illicit gun-dealers whose members he shot in what initially looked like self-defense, but which may be tied to something far larger. Detective Holland doesn’t have much time to find the fugitive and get some answers before more lives are endangered. There are going to be consequences whether he captures Michael Ferris or not, and only Detective Holland can handle the unintended ones.

BOOK DETAILS:

 

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2210 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: NEMO Publishing (19 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0719MZ6T8