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#BookReview : The Last Nazi by @AndrewTurpin


The buried contents of a Nazi train. An aging SS murderer. And the wartime secrets of a US presidential candidate’s family, hidden for seven decades.

When war crimes investigator and ex-CIA officer Joe Johnson learns of a link between the contents of a Nazi train, stashed away by Hitler’s Third Reich in 1944, and the financing for a Republican hopeful’s  2012 campaign, he’s more than intrigued.

Can Johnson evade the high level intelligence and criminal networks combining against him across three continents, uncover the truth, and win justice?


This is an action packed, fast paced, intriguing book of deception, deceit, conspiracy.  It spans several continents and events that started in 1944 several decades later come to light in 2011.

The story begins with Daniel and Jacob Kudrow, they are prisoners of Gross-Rosen concentration camp.  When the reader first meets them they are in a collapsed tunnel, but along with other prisoners and guards they are able to use side tunnels to get out.  The tunnels are used for storage, several wooden crates have been stored there, it will take over 60 years for the contents to be revealed.  Now in 2011 the reader is brought to the main characters.  Joe Johnson, a widower with two children, he is of Polish decent.  He teams up with Fiona Heppenstall a political journalist with “Inside Track”.  They are both attending a campaign rally by David Kudrow. His brother Nathaniel has something to tell both Joe and Fiona, but they never find out what that actually was.  With her journalistic interests piqued, Fiona cannot let go the feeling that something is amiss, she enrolls Joe in to help her find the story.  They both have a background in war crimes, giving lectures and help bring down those involved in the atrocities.  What they unearth with this investigation. There are secrets that have been hidden for decades, they will close certain chapters in the lives of  some, bring some form justice to the lives of some and open the flood barriers in lives of others.

I really enjoyed this book.  The thing that soon became obvious as I read, was the attention to detail.  The historical aspect has been very well researched and executed, within a very action packed and fast paced story.  There are certain things from the living conditions of prisoners in concentration camps that are not pleasant reading, and they shouldn’t be, and I felt the author used enough information to keep the story flowing.  He has not got bogged down with too much historical information, instead he has found a good balance that is essential to a certain sub-plots of the story.  The same balance has been found with the political aspects of the story as well, enough to be helpful but not overly done.  I think what I am trying to say is that, there is a lot of sub plots within the main story, therefore a lot of detail, but at no point do you lose the rhythm or the main points of the story.  All these aspects have been very well and cleverly intertwined to give the reader a great reading experience.  It incorporates scandal, war crimes, Nazism, corruption and revenge. The characters have been very well-developed, they are strong and well described.  I thought all the charcters mentioned were easily identifiable and memorable.

I would definitely recommend to readers who like action and adventure, thriller, crime and mystery genres.

As I read past the story I was really pleased to discover that this is the first in a series of books featuring Joe Johnson, and I for one cannot wait to read more.  Thoroughly enjoyed this one, and can’t wait for the next, and the next, and the next!

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Andrew Turpin for a copy of this e-book.  My review and thoughts about this book are honest and unbiased.



It has taken Andrew more than five decades to finally get around to combining his love of writing and his passion for reading good thrillers – and get down to penning a first novel.

Now, that first book, The Last Nazi, is very near to being published, and he has a second, The Old Bridge, in the advanced stages of editing.

The themes behind these thrillers also pull together some of Andrew’s other interests, particularly history, world news, and travel, exploring the ways in which human behaviors deep into the past continue to impact on modern society, politics and business.

 The Last Nazi draws strongly on these themes and is the first in a planned series of thrillers featuring the protagonist, Joe Johnson, an ex-CIA officer and former US Nazi hunter with the Office of Special Investigations. Johnson, a relentless seeker after truth and justice, has a passion for investigating unsolved war crimes in different parts of the world and is an occasional lecturer on the subject.

Andrew studied history at Loughborough University and worked for many years as a business and financial journalist before becoming a corporate and financial communications adviser with several large energy companies, specializing in media relations.

He originally came from Grantham, Lincolnshire, and lives with his family in St. Albans in Hertfordshire.


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I Am Missing


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.



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 | Perfect Prey by @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK @NetGalley



D.I. Luc Callanach is back ! I read the Perfect Remains earlier this year and loved it.  I have been eagerly awaiting this next book Perfect Prey, it has not disappointed !

It still retains the main characters from the first and adds some interesting ones to the cast.  This is brutal, gritty and very well written in this intense thriller.  The plot is vast as is the cast. There was one particular character I hated with a passion,so well has he been written, another one had my heart in my mouth with worry, another I wanted to shake some sense into.  Lesley’s characters bring out emotions  from the reader showing how well she has developed them.

The main premise of the story is with two bodies being discovered.  One is a crowd of 1,000’s at a festival, the other found in a dumpster.  Both victims are good, kind and innocent, the pressure from top brass, press and public to solve the cases add pressure that becomes apparent as frustrations rear up.  An outsider approaches with an offer of help, he has found a clue while doing his own research, not a person you would normally associate with helping, but with him and another unlikely source they work with Callanach, to delve into the murkier world of information gathering.

I was addicted with this book from the very beginning, again Helen as proven that she can grab a reader from the first paragraph.  Her characters are a diverse bunch with various different traits, backgrounds and ethics, and very memorable.  As for the plot, well it is anything but simple, it has been very well planned and thought through with many different twists.  You only work out the plot when Helen allows you to.  I had no idea who or why these murders took place until I was reading as the characters were starting to add things up.  There is some technological aspects in the story, but it is basic and well enough explained so as not to slow the story with too much detail.

This book works well as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the first one, there are elements in it that help with the second, even though the second does give brief explanations of prior events.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime / Thriller genres.  It is a real page turner. I would like to mention my thanks to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Helen Fields for my eARC copy of this book.  My views are my own, they are honest and unbiased.


Helen Fields herself is a force to be reckoned with.

An ex Criminal Barrister, she’s used her experiences dealing with some of this country’s most terrifying criminals to create a killer who will strike fear into your soul. Not only that, but she now runs her own film making company (aptly named Wailing Banshee).

Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving.

Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.

Follow Helen Fields on:  Twitter



  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (27 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008181586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008181581

Amazon Links for: Perfect Remains and  Perfect Prey





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Blood Sisters by Jane Corry


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


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.



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


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.


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



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


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The Dog Walker by Lesley Thompson



This book is set in present day and 1987, in London.  A group of cottages are the setting for a disappearance, they run alongside the Thames, it is used often by dog walkers.  One particular dog walker and jogger was Helen Honeysett, she went missing one evening in 1987 and her body was never found.  The residents were questioned at the time, but nobody was arrested.  In the present day setting, Stella, owner of Clean Slate, is asked to investigate the old case by Adam, the husband of Helen.  Her colleague Jack is asked to discover strange noises in a different house.  Between Stella and Jack they gradually work through both their cases, talking to residents, raking through old notes and newspaper clippings.  It soon becomes obvious that not everybody is as they seem, they have things to hide, secrets that they want to keep, and their own reasons for not wanting to be involved.

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is very well paced and even though there are a lot of characters , they are memorable and unique.  There has been obvious prior planning in this book as the underlying plots and stories are very intertwined.  It has been very well laid out and includes a very helpful cottage plan at the beginning of the book, listing residents living in the houses in 1987 and also present day.  Towards the later end of the story as Stella is working through her thoughts, the author shows the views from the perspective of Stella, for example, What was he / she doing?  Could he / she have etc.  The story comes to a very satisfying ending, leaving no unanswered questions.  It had me hooked from the first few pages right through to the final page.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of crime and mystery books.  I will be buying more of this authors books.

I would like to thank Portobello Book Blog and Lesley Thompson for this book that I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway.


Brand new from the #1 bestselling author of The Detective’s Daughter.

Stella and Jack must reawaken the secrets of the past in order to solve the mysteries of the present.

January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage and disappears.

Twenty-nine years later, Helen’s body has never been found. Her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago. But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold.


Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Head of Zeus
Original Title The Dog Walker
ISBN 1784972258 (ISBN13: 9781784972257)
Edition Language English
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Two Nights by Kathy Reichs



To begin with, I would like to state that even though I am aware of this author I have not actually read any of her books.  Therefore I give a review to this hugely popular author with no prior expectations.  I would also like to add that, this book is a stand alone one.  So onto my review.

It is set in the US, Sunnie is ex military and also ex police.  She is psychologically fragile due to past experiences, but has a tough, no-nonsense outlook, also a bit hot-headed.  She has a past that haunts her.  To deal with this, she has pretty much isolated herself from the world, on Goat Island, seeing people only when it suits her, and that’s not often.

A bombing has taken place at a school, killing some.  The grandmother of a 15-year-old girl comes to ask Sunnie for help.  The girl was caught up in the explosion, no-one knows of her whereabouts, if she is alive or dead. Her grandmother is a very typical “Old Money” Southern lady, money is no object, and she wants Sunnie to do what Sunnie does best, track, trail, follow leads and catch those responsible.  But who is following who ?

This is a fast paced story, with lots of action and some good characters.  The main characters are well described and soon become recognisable as you read, but as the story progresses you meet more charachters with nicknames, they are then given alternative names, then their real names, so it can become a little confusing.  It has a good plot line that leads you very nicely through the ever-changing series of leads, clues and paths.  When you think you have worked something out, there is a twist that is thrown in, until you are finally brought to a dramatic and satisfying end.

I would recommend this book to readers of thriller, mystery and suspense novels.  I also think it has some very good talking and discussion points for Book Reading Clubs / Groups.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my ARC of this book for my honest and unbiased review.


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.



  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (29 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434021113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434021116


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2654 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (29 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English



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The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias



This is a story that spans the centuries, starting in Spain then to Australia and then across mainland Europe.

A nun commits suicide in Public during a holy festival.  The reasons for this choice are found in her book of confession.  It is discovered by her daughter Siobhan.  As Siobhan goes through the confession the story of her mother is laid out before her.  Rather than being the mother who walked out on them a few years ago, she is actually something very different and the safety of her daughters is paramount.  Siobhan has a younger sister, Jess, but it’s only Siobhan who the confession is for.  As the story unfold the reason for this and many other things become apparent.

The story takes us through the Catholic faith, discussing saints, secrets, monasteries, churches, libraries, books, manuscripts and codices.  It soon becomes obvious that there has been a lot of research into this subject.  For the most part it is well paced, only slowing slightly towards the end a huge amount of dates, places and people are mentioned, but still enjoyable and digestible.  There are some brutal scenes depicted in this book and so is not for the fainthearted.

At the end of the book there are a lot of unanswered questions that I assume will be answered in a following book, or books.  I look forward to reading more from this author.

I would recommend this book to readers of thriller, historical fiction and mystery.  It is not a book for the faint-hearted as there are some quite brutal scenes described in this book. It is not comfortable reading but is part of the plot.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Australian eBook Publisher for allowing me an ARC copy of this book, for my honest and unbiased opinion.


A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

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Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by Australian eBook Publisher
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Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake



Set in Harrogate, a kidnapping occurs of a teenage boy.  When some body parts start turning up in jars of honey, DCI Cyril Bennett knows he has a unique kidnapper and murderer on his hands.  The jar contain cryptic notes that have biblical and Latin terminology, these are to lead and confuse the police onto other disappearances.  The story leads you through the lives of suspects, but nothing is straightforward or obvious.  There are red-herrings scattered throughout this story  keeping the police on their toes and pushed to their limits.  Added pressure of trying to find the next victim, identify the kidnapper and unravel all the leads keep the police frustrated.

This is the 3rd in the series of DCI Bennett books.  I have not read any of the previous books in this series so read it as a standalone book.  It works very well as a stand-alone, there is no need to read earlier books, though I will be looking to read more of them.

The story rolls along at a good pace containing lots of twists and numerous red-herrings.  As you progress the story will keep you guessing and second guessing.  There has been obvious research for this book, such as; Latin, biblical and some chemistry, though nothing that will confuse the reader.

I would recommend this book to readers of crime and mystery.


An explosive, edge of your seat, crime thriller
In Harrogate things are about to get weird.

Jars of honey containing pieces of tattooed flesh are the first clue in the search for the whereabouts of a missing fourteen-year-old boy. Then another boy goes missing and further jars of honey are discovered.

Serial kidnappings taking place in Harrogate and the culprit is unlike any other Bennett has dealt with before.

A number of leads seem to be going nowhere and the police are running out of time.

Can Bennett and his team catch a psychopath before any more damage is done?

This will be his toughest case yet.


Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by Bloodhound Books
Edition Language English

Book 1: Only The Dead

Book 2: Hell’s Gate

Hell’s Gate was previously published as Sweet Taste of Evil. It’s an explosive crime thriller that will appeal to fans of authors like Ian Rankin, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Helen H Durrant and Mark Billingham.

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The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick



This book is set in a futuristic London, governments have failed across Europe then further.  What is left is corruption, poverty and crime.

S’aven.  Originally called Safe Haven.  Pinky Morris is one of the crime bosses. He has his eyes set on Rachel Aaron, she is a Reacher.  They are sought out for their super abilities.  She has been able to hide from authorities and from those who hunt them for the bounty paid.  But suddenly finds she is being stalked, she has a feeling, it has been happening for a couple of weeks now.

Charlie and John Smith have been hired by Pinky to find and follow Rachel.  John is the dark and broody killing machine, his brother Charlie is the brains with past demons that haunt him.

The book is the start of a series, this is an introduction to the futuristic world, where some humans have special abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis.  The police force are open to bribes and are corrupt.  Churches have gone underground.

This is fast paced, with a mix of mob style crime, greed and corruption.  A good cast of memorable characters, with a solid plot line, and sub-plots that have mingled and twisted into a good addictive read.

I would recommend this book for people who like gritty thriller and crime.  Even if you are not a fan of dystopian genres this is a great book, and well worth reading.


Her father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

Rachel had let her guard down and they had found her. She could run now, leave the city and try her luck beyond the borders, but with no money and a dark secret to hide her chances of survival are slim.

But then she meets two brothers with a dangerous past and secrets of their own. Can they help her turn the game around?

This is the first installment of the Reacher series. Set in a grim and not too distant future, this urban thriller will keep you hooked until the last page.


ebook, 1, 228 pages
Published 2013 by Smashwords
ISBN13 9781311313867
Edition Language English