Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Book Review: The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney (Book 4 in DI Sean Corrigan Series)

My Rating: 4/5

12 March 2015 - Hardcover, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, 
24 Sept 2015 - Paperback

Synopsis: Guilty or not guilty?
A lone vigilante is abducting wealthy Londoners and putting their fate in the hands of the public. Within hours of disappearing, the victims appear on the internet, bound to a chair in a white room.

Revenge or mercy?
Their crimes of greed and incompetence are broadcast to the watching thousands who make up the jury. Once the verdict is cast, the man who calls himself ‘The Jackdaw’ will be judge and executioner.

Live or die?
DI Sean Corrigan and his Special Investigations Unit are under pressure to solve this case fast. But as The Jackdaw’s popularity grows, Corrigan realizes he’s hunting a dangerously clever and elusive adversary – one who won’t stop until his mission is complete.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Book Review: No Name Lane by Howard Linskey

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Released 12th March 2015 on Kindle, paperback, Nook and Kobo

Synopsis: Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads - and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself.

Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Book Review: Doll’s House by M J Arlidge (DI Helen Stone Series)

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Released 12th Feb 2015 on Kindle and in paperback, 

Synopsis: A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare. Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it's chilling evidence that she's searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful - a predator who's killed before. And as Helen struggles to understand the hiller's motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against time . . .

I will NOT buy any more books....

Okay so I am feeling thoughtful! Yeah yeah, I know it's going to be one of those rambling posts but hey ho! Not only have I re-jigged the design of the Blog (Again!), I also decided I don't post nearly enough content so am aiming to increase this. The problems I face as an avid reader is that my to read list seems to get longer with each week that passes. Do you lot ever get that? You have at least 20 books you are DYING to read, and then you make that fatal log on to Amazon in your lunch break. I am putting the blame squarely at the door of Amazon here. Not only have they made my reading experience much nicer with my Kindle, they have made it a little too easy to buy 'just one more book'.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Book Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Availability: Released 3rd Feb 2015 on Kindle, Hardcover, Audio Nook & Kobo, Paperback available 16th July 2015 

My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: My name is Nicky Frank.

I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl. The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I'm much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Guest Book Review by Johnny : Dead Drop by Jesse Miles

The latest review from our Guest Blogger Johnny

His Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a community college, but he pays his bills by working as a Los Angeles private detective. An aerospace company hires him to investigate a small-time embezzlement. The company assigns a pretty, quick-witted security expert named Lilith Lin to work with him. It’s a piece of cake–a direct route to the embezzler and a client with deep pockets. But another embezzlement and a pair of corpses expand his investigation into a labyrinth of espionage, kidnapping and murder. Jack’s life and Lilith’s are at stake, as are stealth technology secrets that could impact national security.

Johnny's thoughts: This was a serviceable, but not particularly original, private eye story.
The hero fits the template for all current protagonists, i.e. late 30s, 6 feet+, smart,
funny etc .etc. .In other words its a sort of Harlan Coben light.   In many ways that's an endorsement, so its Myron Bolitar as the hero, but without the psychopathic sidekick .Lots of good one-liners and a suitably convoluted plotline make this a more than passable read.
The only odd note is an abrupt change in tone for the last 20% of the book. Much darker and more graphic, it doesn't seem to fit well with the main body of work.
The finale is a bit perfunctory and is left open enough for a sequel.