False Lights ( The Gold Detectives Book 2) by Gillian Hamer #Crime #Mystery @GillyHamer #FridayReads

  • Author: Gillian Hamer
  • Published: November 2015 by GE Hamer
  • Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review, Books, Reading

“No one deserves to die like this. No one.” 

An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking. 

The second book in the Gold Detectives series finds DI Amanda Gold and her team; DS Dara Brennan, DS Kelly Morgan and DS Gethin Jones, dealing with a ruthless killer whose weapon of choice is fire. Continue reading

The Dirty Secrets Club ~ the audiobook

  • 51PWPNFLRBL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_Jo Beckett Series ~ book 1
  • Author: Meg Gardiner
  • Performed by Susan Ericksen
  • Released: June 2009 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime/Thriller
  • three-half-stars

The action begins with the first of a string of very high-profile people seemingly committing suicide. As Jo delves into their lives she discovers they all belong to an organisation called ‘The Dirty secrets Club’, a group of people with dark secrets. The darker the secret the higher their status in the club.

As Jo uncovers more twists and turns in the investigation it becomes apparent the members of the group are being blackmailed and Jo herself becomes a target.

The flashback of Jo’s life and the trauma she suffered help to round her out and add to the story.

Thoughts

Great writing, very good characters and an extremely fast paced storyline.  Not your typical murder/suicide thriller as this is told from the perspective of Jo Beckett, a forensic psychiatrist who performs psychiatric autopsies on victims, determining why they died as opposed to how.

Parts of the story seem a little contrived but that didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of a good story. Jo is a very likeable and interesting character and I like the way little teasers of her past are dropped into the story here and there

Performance

Susan Ericksen does a great job. I love her narrations, she’s one of the best female narrators I’ve listened to. Her characterisations are extremely good and her readings always convey just the right amount of emotion and drama. 

The Dirty Secrets Club may be purchased from Amazon UK and Amazon US

Crimes of Memory ~ the audiobook

 

When a body is found in a local storage unit, Jackson hopes a simple open-and-shut homicide case will help him get back on track. But when the victim is identified as ex-con Craig Cooper—a former meth addict who did time for bank robbery, the spoils of which were never recovered—it becomes quickly apparent that the case will be challenging. 

In the latest book in the Detective Jackson series, we catch up with Wade Jackson as he returns to work after a leave of absence after accidentally shooting his ex-wife.  His daughter, Katie, blames her father for her mother’s death and is rebellious and angry, dabbling in alcohol and drugs.  Jackson is finding it very hard to cope with the turn his life has taken.

I’ve followed this series from the start and have enjoyed it very much.  The characters are believable with real problems and issues.  The story lines are never as simple as they first appear and usually have two plots woven together as well as following personal lives.  In this instance Jackson investigates a suspicious death at a storage facility which leads on to a bombing at a local factory by a potential terrorist.

Patrick Lawlor has narrated most of the series (apart from the first two) and I like the regularity of listening to the same narrator.  He does a great job, especially with Jackson, and differentiates well between the characters.

Buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US