Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery by @ljross_author ~ When the gods made man, they made a weapon… #CrimeFiction #BookReview

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Police Procedural, Book Review

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When the gods made man, they made a weapon…

After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate.

The prologue introduces a soldier who has been stationed in Helmand Province and returns home traumatised, unable to hold down a job and is left to fend for himself on the streets. He’s a damaged soul who you can’t help but feel sympathy for, but one who holds onto his moral values, despite the dangers and obstacles he faces.

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The Rules of Murder (DI Dani Stephens Book 2) by by @RSinclairAuthor ~ The Race Is On To Catch a Killer #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Rob Sinclair

Published: January 2020 by Canelo Hera

Category: Murder, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Psychological, Book Review

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Henry and Caroline Redfearne’s annual ball is the hottest social event of the year.

But the fun is cut short by the discovery of their son’s body, apparently the victim of a frenzied assault. He was last seen heading off with 17-year-old Sophie Blackwood, and a blood trail seems to show that Sophie has been kidnapped.

Dani Stephens is still coping with a traumatic brain injury—the consequence of her serial killer brother’s attack. Her personality changed in the aftermath, leaving her prone to mood swings and impatience but she is slowly improving and her concentration is better. That is until her brother intrudes in her present case.

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Ryan’s Christmas: A DCI Ryan Mystery by LJ Ross ~ Christmas can be murder… @ljross_author #BookReview

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category; Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Murder, Book Review

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Christmas can be murder…

After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. 

On the way home from a trip to Edinburgh, where they spent some time perusing the Christmas markets, Ryan, Phillips and their better halves Anna and Denise, are caught out by a heavy snowfall, causing an accident which shut the main road for miles. Forced to take side roads they make slow progress, until eventually they reach the small village of Chillingham, where they had to abandon the car. 

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Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Books #AmReading #BookBlogger #BookLove

As the end of 2019 is almost upon us, it’s favourite books of the year time!

It’s always a difficult choice to narrow the list down to twenty, but I do enjoy looking back at the books I’ve read during the year.

So, in no particular order…

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Fire in The Thatch: A Devon Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac ~ British Library #CrimeClassics #PoliceProcedural #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: E.C.R. Lorac

Published: February 2018 by The British Library Publishing Division

Category: Classic Crime, Police Procedural, Historical, Book Review

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The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. 

The first few chapters build characterisations, mostly through dialogue, giving a good indication of people’s personalities and viewpoints. This approach means the main point of the story is reached with fairly well fleshed out characters, which worked well.

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The Essence of Evil (DI Dani Stephens Book One) by Rob Sinclair #Crime #Thriller @RSinclairAuthor #FridayReads

Author: Rob Sinclair

Published: September 2019 by Canelo Hera

Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review

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He’s your attacker.

He’s a murderer.

He’s your twin. 

When DI Dani Stephens returns to work after an attack that almost ended her life, she’s quickly plunged into a horrific new case, as dead bodies are discovered on the streets of Birmingham.

But with no link between the victims, Dani has to get inside the killer’s mind – so turns to the murderer she knows best. Her own twin brother…

After two years recovering from a vicious attack by her twin brother that almost killed her and left with a traumatic brain injury and visible scars, DI Dani Stephens has returned to work.

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Impostor: An Alexander Gregory Thriller by @ljross_author ~ A killer on the loose in Ireland… @wfhowes @PRincolour #HughDancy

Author: LJ Ross

Performed by Hugh Dancy

Released: October 2019 by Whole Story Audiobooks

Category: Contemporary, Murder, Mystery, Audiobook, Book Review

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After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amid a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychiatrist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there, and soon enough he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.

Forensic psychologist Dr Alexander Gregory’s assistance has been requested, in his capacity as a profiler, from the mayor of Ballyfinny, County Mayo.

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#BlogTour ~ Closer Than Blood by Paul Grzegorzek ~ How far do you go for family? #TuesdayBookBlog @BOTBSPublicity @paulglaznost @OneMoreChapter

Today I’m pleased to be  joining the blog tour for Closer Than Blood, courtesy of Sarah Hardy (BOTBSPublicity.)

My Thoughts

Sergeant Gareth Bell and his colleagues are part of a team hot on the heels of a drug dealer on his way to meet a contact. Much to his shock and disbelief, it was Jake, the brother who he hadn’t seen for years, meeting the dealer.

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Blog Tour #Guest Post from Derek Flynn #Author of The Dark #CrimeFiction #Thriller

It’s a pleasure to welcome Derek Flynn today with a guest post as part of the blog tour for his recently released novel, The Dark.

Derek’s post is about method writing…

We’ve all heard of “method acting”. This is where an actor completely immerses themselves in a character to the point where they “become” the character. But what about “method writing”?

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The Way Of All Flesh by @ambroseparry #HistoricalFiction based on fact set in Edinburgh #Medical #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ambrose Parry

Published: August 2018 by Canongate Books

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Medical, Mystery, Book Review

Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges.

As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to find out who’s responsible for the gruesome deaths.

The Way Of All Flesh is a historical crime fiction set in 19th century Edinburgh. Will Raven was about to embark on an apprenticeship with distinguished obstetrician, Professor James Young Simpson, a real historical figure who began introducing the use of ether for difficulties in childbirth, and later discovered the anaesthetic qualities of chloroform.

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