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A well-paced and tense novel with intriguing characters. A friendship between two women, poles apart in personality, is the basis for the story and inevitably their differences lead to events taking a sinister turn.
This is the second in the series form this highly popular lawyer. Smith draws on the stories from his legal career to offer up another genius comic memoir (although I believe there is some artistic license in there). Described as the ‘Rumpole of Rotherham’ he will make you laugh and be amazed at what goes on in the legal world.
Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended this is the 3rd in this darkly comic serial killer series. Dexter has being abandoned by the dark passenger that has made him who he is. Things get worse when its clear it has been scared off by an even more frighten supernatural force thatâ€™s now after him. On top of that he has agreed to marry Rita and her children are getting very interested in Dexterâ€™s night time habits. The first two books are Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter.
A great insight in to where Connolly gets his ideas from. Having worked as a police reporter for the LA Times Connolly covered many cases and here he brings together a fascinating collection of true crime stories. This is a must for all Michael Connolly fans.
Another gripping and chilling tale from one of the best crime writers out there. This is going to keep you guessing right until the end as the main character and suspect has suffered mental and physical injuries, as a soldier in Iraq, and has developed almost uncontrollable bouts of violence and prejudices towards just about everyone. Almost frustrating in its ability to keep you second guessing Walters has produced another great page turner.
Billingham hits a winning formula again. The seventh in the Tom Thorne series keeps the body count high as a killer seeks revenge on those who killed his family while he was in prison and those who put him inside unable to protect his loved ones. He has nothing left to lose and only a burning desire to avenge his wife and son’s death. Gripping and compelling, Billingham is a great crime writer.
A good convoluted West Country tale starring the black detective Wesley Peterson of her previous titles and mixing ancient and modern crimes together as is her norm. There is lots going on, lots of strands, lots of intrigue, lots to keep you hooked. I love her.Comparison: W J Burley, Peter James, Ann Granger.
All the way through this book the overwhelming feeling is the pathos of Rebus’ lonely life and with only ten days to retirement, what will he do, for this is farewell to Rebus. It is also another brilliant, atmospheric tale with Rebus annoying his superiors, going off at a tangent and facing his old nemesis, Big Ger, again. As always there is a twist in the end and, after the final results, finishes with a cliff hanger! Rebus will be sadly missed. The lonely, difficult, drinking, smoking character will leave a large hole, but this is a great farewell.
Chris Simms is getting better and better. A chilling thriller, this will have you leaving the light on when you climb in to bed. When a woman’s body is found on Saddleworth Moor it is assumed she has been killed by a mysterious big black cat, that has been spotted out on the moor, but when another victim turns up in central Manchester, murdered in the same way, things take a more sinister turn. Simms really knows how to set the spine tingling.
A lovely read, this second Hawkwood novel has all the charm and excitement of the first. My only problem was remembering who’s who from the previous one, as we are given very little recap or memory triggers. As its title suggests, this one deals with grave robbing, a huge criminal business at the time, and contains plenty to shiver your spine without lapsing into the graphically horrific. As I said at the top, lovely.Comparison: Bernard Cornwell, Neal Stephenson, C C Humphreys.
A really gripping page-turner with totally unexpected resolutions. Hurley just gets better with each book. This one involves two separate cases being investigated by two friends, DI Joe Faraday who plays by the book, and DC Paul Winter who is not averse to stepping over the lines. The solving of the two crimes is both bizarre and disturbing with Faraday and Winter providing their own solutions! It’s terrific stuff.Comparison: Peter James, Peter Robinson, John Harvey. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Joe Faraday; the investigations of a Portsmouth cop and a fascinating look into crime on the British coast. If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, this should be your next step. NO LOVELIER DEATH is the 9th book in the Faraday series. Joe Faraday series:1. Turnstone (2000)2. The Take (2001)3. Angels Passing (2002)4. Deadlight (2003)5. Cut to Black (2004)6. Blood and Honey (2006)7. One Under (2007)8. The Price of Darkness (2008)9. No Lovelier Death (2009)
A brilliant thriller from this new crime writer. Heart Sick has pace and action and a fantastic psychopathic serial killer, something you feel all the more because the killer is a woman. Tension mounts brilliantly, the past and present stories are revealed cleverly. All in all one of the best crime thrillers I have read in a long long time, completely unputdownable.
Murderous, Mysterious, Machination
From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.
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