Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett (DS Kay Hunter #2) #BookReview #Crime @RachelAmphlett

  • Author: Rachel Amphlett
  • Published: April 2017 by Saxon Publishing
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review, Reading.

Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

Elsa Flanagan and her husband, Dennis, usually walked their dog together in he evening. This particular night though, Dennis was delayed in traffic after an accident on the motorway. Elsa was in two minds whether or not to go by herself, but the dog was old and she knew she’d be up with him during the night if she didn’t. She had no idea of the imminent horror she was about to witness as she heard someone shout for help. A brilliantly tense opening chapter.

Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter arrived at the scene with DC Carys Miles, as per the request from the transport police for two officers to attend. Initially a suspected suicide, it soon became apparent they were actually dealing with a very callous murder. This prompts Kay and her team to look into other recent cases of apparent suicide. A pattern is emerging and when a second murder occurs the race is on to find the killer before he strikes again. 

Kay turned her attention back to the files, sorting them into trays next to her computer. No matter is she now had a murder case to solve, she would still have to try to stay on top of the  myriad of crimes that needed to be followed up and processed. Nobody else was available.

Rachel Amphlett has created a cast of engaging characters. There’s a great rapport between Kay and the team, although the Professional Standards investigation she’d been subjected to has cast a cloud of unease and suspicion. Kay is still desperate to find out the truth and needs to know who is waging a campaign against her. Although her innocence was proven DCI Larch blocked any attempt for promotion and continues to question her ability.

Her hunger for justice hadn’t waned since she was cleared of any wrongdoing, nor had her determination to find out who had set her up, removing vital evidence from a locked room and blaming her, and sending her career and health into free fall.

Getting an insight into both sides of Kay’s persona, work and private life with her partner, veterinarian Adam, adds reality and depth to the story. I love the way Adam’s work is included, with the animals he brings home to keep an eye on. Last time it was a snake, now we have a Great Dane about to whelp. 

A fast paced and gripping story which touches on the sensitive subjects of suicide and depression. The developing investigation is detailed and authentic, the writing easy and natural. The murderer’s weapon of choice is novel (and messy), to say the least. Kay Hunter makes an excellent protagonist, all the secondary characters add to the mix and are believable. Looking forward to book three.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the popular new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Lee Child, James Patterson, and Chris Chibnall.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook

Brinkburn Priory and Manor House #Photography #SundayBlogShare @EnglishHeritage

Brinkburn Priory is tucked away in a woodland setting by the river, in the Coquet valley, Northumberland. Founded in the reign of Henry I as an Augustinian priory during the 1100s. Despite the quite remote location the Priory was frequently subjected to Scottish raids. It was one of the first monasteries to be closed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution in 1536.

The north entrance is a mixture of Norman and Early English architecture

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Good Behaviour by Blake Crouch #Audiobook #Review @blakecrouch1 #crime #FridayReads

  • Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: November 2016 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Good Behavior comprises three interlinked novellas, The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab, which together form a novel-length portrait of Blake Crouch’s all-time favorite character creation, Letty Dobesh.

This edition is the complete Letty Dobesh collection.

In The Pain of Others Letty Dobesh is fresh out of prison and in no time has reverted back to her old ways. In the process of robbing a luxury suite in a hotel in North Carolina, she’s forced to hide in the wardrobe when the guests, Chase and Arnold, return unexpectedly. She overhears them plotting to murder Chase’s wife. Letty is in a quandary. For obvious reasons she can’t go to the police, so the decision she makes is the only thing she feels she can do. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Kings and Queens by @TerryTyler4 #Contemporary with #Historical Echoes

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I wanted to share this book again because it was so different from anything I’d read before. A story which tells of the life and loves of Harry Lanchester, paralleling Henry VIII and his wives in a modern setting, with all the corresponding turbulence and romance.  Continue reading

A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT #Drama

  • Author: Mark Barry
  • Published: March 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Drama, Crime, Book Review, Reading

“I swore that I would never go home, 

but in the end, I had no choice. 

I had to confront what happened. 

And them too. 

It was going be icky. And totally scary.”

When Carol Prentice left her home town of Wheatley Fields for Manchester University she had no plans to return. Her father’s death precipitates a change in her and the subsequent return to Wheatley Fields, along with the resolve to address those intimated demons which have blighted her life and made her believe herself to be less than. She had A Plan. Continue reading

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger #Audiobook @lisaunger #Thriller

  • Author: Lisa Unger
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: April 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Category: Thriller, Audiobook, Review, Crime, Suspense

What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Initially the characters, their stories and the differing timelines seem unrelated – until the threads of the intricately woven plot begin to come together. The story opens with an unknown protagonist, told in the first person as she confronts someone from her past.

Claudia Bishop was looking for a fresh start when her marriage failed. She moved to the country with her daughter, Raven, and began renovating an old, run down property in the country.  Her life had never been the same after a violent assault in her own home, the struggle to regain some semblance of normality and the recovery process was chronicled in her popular blog, which morphed into an ongoing account of her renovation project. Continue reading

Baby Dear by @LindaHuber19 #Psychological #Thriller @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

  • Author: Linda Huber
  • Published: May 2017 by Bloodhound Books
  • Category: Psychological, Thriller, Crime, Book Review, Reading, Blog Tour

Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.

Caroline and Jeff Horne desperately want a baby. After a round of fertility tests it transpires Jeff is infertile and their only other  choice would be IVF. Jeff immediately dismisses that option and Caroline’s world is shattered. All she wanted was a baby – and it seems Jeff may now be surplus to requirements. Continue reading

The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon #Hardboiled #Noir reviewed for #RBRT

  • Author: Joe Hefferon
  • Released: 20th May 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC
  • Category: Hardboiled, Noir, Crime, Mystery, Book Review

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Lynn Killian left Chicago in 1948. She wanted a new life in a new place with a new name. With no particular plan in mind she headed west. Who she left behind would never really leave her. She would always wonder. Continue reading

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton #FridayReads #BookReview Psychological #Thriller

  • Author: Sharon Bolton
  • Published: June 2016 by Transworld Digital
  • Category: Book Review, Crime, Murder, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological, Reading

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Hamish Wolfe, handsome and charming, swears he is not guilty of the crimes for which he’s been imprisoned. His mother and posse of devotees also believe he has been wrongly convicted and, although the evidence against him seems beyond doubt, Wolfe steadfastly maintains his innocence. He and his supporters want to engage the services of Maggie Rose.  Continue reading