#ThrowbackThursday ~ Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62

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.

This week I’d like to revisit Hollywood Shakedown by multi genre author Mark Barry. This is his debut novel written in 2009, and a 5* read for me. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ The Safe Word by Karen Long #Thriller @ShelleyWilson72 @KarenLongWriter

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Heavenfield ~ DCI Ryan #3 by @LJRoss_author #TuesdayBookBlog #Crime in beautiful #Northumberland

  • 29447825Author: LJ Ross
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • five-stars

When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects.

The fabulous story arc, which began in Holy Island and was carried through into Sycamore Gap, now concludes with Heavenfield. DCI Ryan is suspended from duty on the orders of DCS Gregson and when he finds a body, the victim known to him and very close to his girlfriend Anna, in a remote location, he falls under suspicion. DI Denise Mackenzie is given the job of lead investigator, working with DS Frank Phillips and DC Jack Lowerson. All three are fully aware Ryan had nothing to do with the murder, but have to follow procedure in order to clear him, nonetheless. Continue reading

A Reason To Live (Marty Singer #1) by Matthew Iden @CrimeRighter ~ Crime fiction #bookreview

  • 14121045Author: Matthew Iden
  • Published: Reissued September 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer watched the murderer walk out of the courtroom a free man. 

It’s a case that retired detective Marty Singer has never been able to put out of his mind completely – the murder of Brenda Lane by Michael Wheeler. Wheeler was a police officer with the same force as Marty and the crime left Brenda’s young daughter an orphan. Wheeler was found not guilty, even though his story didn’t add up. 

Twelve years later, Marty is feeling weary and apathetic having been diagnosed with cancer, which precipitated his retirement. He is about to begin chemotherapy treatment when Brenda’s daughter, Amanda, who was twelve years old at the time of her mother’s murder, seeks him out. She believes Michael Wheeler is back and is targeting her. Continue reading

Thin Air (Shetland 6) by @AnnCleeves ~ Murder in the #Shetland Isles #TuesdayBookBlog #AudioBookReview

  • 22966458Audiobook Review
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • Performed by Kenny Blyth
  • Released: May 2015 by Macmillan Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
  • five-stars

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland’s most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears – apparently into thin air.

As Caroline and Lowrie’s hamefarin’, the Shetland leg of their wedding celebrations, winds down, Caroline’s friends, Polly and Eleanor with their respective partners, return to their rented cottage. It’s midsummer, a time of prolonged dusk, known as the simmer dim. In the strange light earlier in the evening, Polly saw a young girl dressed in white on the shoreline. Continue reading

Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters #18) by Heather Graham ~ #Paranormal investigators #SundayBlogShare

  • 27069953Audiobook Review
  • Author: Heather Graham
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Published by Brilliance Audio and released May 2016
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line’s Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He’s known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint’s medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he’s doing this.

It was the Archangel’s eleventh murder as he travelled through the South. The killer’s latest victim has been discovered just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans. FBI Agent Jude McCoy and Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, are at the scene. Jude and Jackson notice an odd looking man behaving suspiciously on the edge of the crowd. They give chase, pursuing the man until Jude believes he saw him board the pride of the Celtic American cruise line, the Destiny. The two agents decide to sail with the ship, giving them the best chance of catching the suspect.  Continue reading

Beijing Red by Alex Ryan ~ Bioterrorism in China #Thriller #AudiobookReview #SundayBlogShare

  • 30152109Audiobook Review
  • Author: Alex Ryan
  • Performed by MacLeod Andrews
  • Released: May 2016 by Blackstone Audio
  • Category: Thriller, Crime, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

When ex-Navy SEAL Nick Foley travels to China to find purpose and escape the demons of his past, he instead stumbles into a conspiracy his Special Forces training never prepared him for.

While working as an NGO volunteer for a non-profit organisation, overseeing a clean water project in western China, Nick Foley, a decorated ex Navy SEAL, is caught up in the outbreak of a deadly and unknown disease. He witnesses his friend, Batur, a Muslim and member of the local Uyghur community, die a horrifying and unexplained death. Nick and some of his team rush Batur to the hospital where they are held under guard, then moved to a quarantine ward.  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Mortal Fall by @christine_carbo ~ set in Glacier National Park @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Sycamore Gap ~ DCI Ryan #2 @LJRoss_author #BookReview #FridayReads

  • 26310229Author: L J Ross
  • Published: November 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • four-half-stars

The past never stays buried for long… 

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past. 

Following on from Holy Island, the first in the DCI Ryan mysteries, Sycamore Gap opens with the discovery, by a hiker, of a skeleton hidden in a remote part Hadrian’s Wall. Amy Llewelyn has been missing for ten years. The case falls to Ryan and his Detective Sergeant, Frank Phillips, to investigate. When another body is found at Sycamore Gap it’s clear things are not as straightforward as they appear. Continue reading

Trust Me by Earl Javorsky #BookReview for #RBRT #sundayblogshare Crime/Suspense in LA

  • 25246566Author: Earl Javorsky
  • Published: July 2015 by Fiction Studio Books
  • Category: Crime, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

Jeff Fenner’s life is out of control. At the nadir of a rocky, sometimes-up-usually-down career, he has finally come face-to-face with his demons: he’s being investigated by the police, he owes money to the wrong people, and he sees an empty future shutting down in front of him.

A great opening prologue sets the scene for the story as a young woman is pushed to her death from her twelfth floor balcony. Jeff Fenner, on the point of hitting rock bottom due to drugs and alcohol, has nowhere left to go. Finding out about his sister’s death while at the airport waiting for his flight home, through an article reported in the LA Times, leaves Jeff in shock and disbelief. Jeff is convinced his sister did not, would not, commit suicide, as the reporter apparently believes. Continue reading