The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter #BookReview Intense & Compelling #CrimeFiction #Netgalley #TheLastWidow

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published: June 2019 by Harper Collins

Category: Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Terrorist, Book Review

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

I didn’t realise when requesting this book it was so far into a series. Having said that, it does read well as a standalone. There was no confusion and I soon had enough feel for the characters from the information drip-fed through the narrative, by means of dialogue and observations, to become invested in them.

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West Cork by Sam Bungey & Jennifer Forde ~ an #Audible Original #TrueCrime #Murder #Mystery

West Cork

Narrated by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde

Non Fiction, True Crime, Murder, Mystery, Audio Review

Released: February 2018

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

West Cork is an Audible Original series of podcast episodes complied by investigative journalist Sam Bungey and his wife, TV researcher and producer Jennifer Forde. They spent three years working on the project which deals with the aftermath of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French TV producer. Sophie was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and her brutally battered body was discovered close to her holiday cottage near the remote town of Schull in western Cork. The case remains unsolved which must be devastating for the victim’s family, who have never given up seeking justice.

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Hide Not Seek (The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3) by D.E. Haggerty #CozyMystery #BookReview for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: D.E. Haggerty

Kindle Edition

Category: Cozy Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

‘I know who you really are.’ 

Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal – ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for murder, the killer begins stalking her. 

In this third book in The Not So Reluctant Detectives series Terri, Mel and newest member of the trio, mild mannered Prudence Webber, find themselves solving another mystery, this time concerning Pru and a stalker/murderer. 

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Death at the Duckpond (Finch & Fischer Mysteries #2) by J. New #Cosy Murder/Mystery @newwrites

Author: J. New

Published: January 2019 by Phantom Press

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review

When a much loved pillar of the community is found dead in the duck pond early one morning, the village residents are left reeling with shock.

Initially deemed a tragic accident it’s not until Penny receives a letter from the victim, dated one week before the death, that she begins to suspect a different motive.

Death at the Duckpond is the second book featuring mobile librarian Penny Finch and her rescue pup Fischer, and finds the intrepid pair embroiled in another mystery.

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Binary Witness (Amy Lane Mysteries Book 1) by @rosieclaverton ~ Crime in Cardiff #BookReview

Author: Rosie Claverton

Published: Second Edition, April 2018 by Crime Scene Books

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

A young woman trapped by her fear.

A serial killer on the prowl.

An ex-con hiding from a vengeful gang.

Binary Witness is a crime thriller with a difference. There are two main protagonists. Jason Carr is an ex-con trying to make a new start.

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The Birdwatcher by William Shaw ~ #Murder Mystery in Kent @william1shaw

Author: William Shaw

Published: May 2016 by riverrun

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Sergeant William South has always avoided investigating murder. A passionate birdwatcher and quiet man, he has few relationships and prefers it that way.

But when his only friend is found brutally beaten, South’s detachment is tested. Not only is he bereft – it seems that there’s a connection between the suspect and himself.

An enthusiastic bird watcher, Sergeant William South has lived quietly on the atmospheric Kent coast at Dungeness for most of his life, content with his birding and working the local beat.

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The Word Is Murder (Detective Daniel Hawthorne 1) by @anthonyhorowitz ~ #CrimeFiction with a twist #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: April 2018 by Arrow

Category: Murder, Mystery, Crime, Book Review

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER?

Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.

But even Hawthorne isn’t prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody…

How refreshing to read an inventive and unusual take on a murder mystery. Anthony Horowitz creates a fictionalised version of himself, portrayed as side kick to Daniel Hawthorne, an ex Detective Inspector who used to be with the Metropolitan Police Force.

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The Lost Man by @janeharperautho ~ #Mystery set in the Australian Outback @caolinndouglas @LittleBrownUK #TheLostMan

Im delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Lost Man by Jane Harper, courtesy of Caolinn Douglas and Little, Brown Books.

About the Book

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

My Review

The Outback is a harsh, vast and sparsely populated area with a brutal and unrelenting climate. It’s a hard life and the nearest neighbour could be hours away by car.

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Presumed Guilty (DC Beth Chamberlain #2) by Jane Isaac #CrimeFiction @janeisaacauthor #BookReview

Author: Jane Isaac

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Accident or murder? 

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet. 

Local councillor and business man Stuart Ingram has stopped for his usual take away after the weekly bowls club meeting.

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The Man With No Face by @authorpetermay ~ Political Thriller @QuercusBooks #NetGalley #TheManWithNoFace

Author: Peter May

Published: January 2019 by riverrun

Category: Political Thriller, Murder, Suspense, Book Review

There are two men on their way to Brussels from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist for Scotland’s Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the way, and Kale–a professional assassin.

Originally written in 1981 the story is set in the winter of 1979 and is a story of its time, encompassing the culture, attitudes and politics of the era and highlighting the lack of technology which makes information sharing a lengthier process. We take mobile phones and the internet so much for granted, it’s an interesting reminder of how things were accomplished back in the day. Peter May has painted an atmospheric picture with well defined characters and a dark thread running through the narrative.

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