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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Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives #2) by D.E. Haggerty ~ #BookReview for #RBRT #CosyMystery

Author: D.E. Haggerty

Published: January 21st 2019

Category: Cosy Mystery, Murder, Romance, Book Review

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. 

In Picture Not Perfect we are reacquainted Terri, school librarian, and Melanie, school guidance counsellor. 

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A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 4) by @KendraElliot #CrimeFiction set in Oregon #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: September 2018 by Montlake Romance

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.

Heavy and continuous rainfall for the last three days in Central Oregon had washed part of the road away near Eagle’s Nest leaving a drop down the steep hillside. Police officer Ben Cooley called it in so the highway department could assess the safety. 

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ~ #Audiobook Psychological #Suspense #CrimeFiction @SlaughterKarin #FridayReads

Author: Karin Slaughter

Performed by Susie James

Published: July 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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

One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.

The story begins with a look back in time as we discover the devastating events that shaped the lives of two sisters, Samantha and Charlotte Quinn, fifteen and thirteen respectively.

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The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson ~ Swedish Noir #CrimeFiction #NetGalley #TheForbiddenPlace

Author: Susanne Jansson ~ translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Published: September 2018 by Mulholland Books

Category: Crime, Mystery, Mythology, Swedish Noir, Book Review

In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.

Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

This is a story of two halves for me. On one hand there’s the darkness, sense of unease and mystery surrounding the crime and paranormal element, on the other a lot of wading through unnecessarily detailed accounts that brought a slow burning but intriguing plot almost to a standstill. 

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The Hermitage (DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 9) by @LJRoss_author Suspenseful #crimefiction #FridayReads

Author: LJ Ross

Published: Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

He thought he was invincible, but he was wrong… 

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered – and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective… 

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan and his wife Anna, have left Northumberland for Italy in pursuit of Nathan Armstrong, the psychopathic killer who first made his appearance in Dark Skies.

Ryan is determined to bring him to justice once and for all but is hampered by the slower pace of the Italian policing system and Armstrong’s celebrity status as the author of an international best seller. Armstrong has an inflated sense of self-worth, money and connections which give him a feeling of invincibility, a conviction that he will always be able to stay one step ahead.

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