Published: 25th January 2018
Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
Ava Turner, newly promoted to DCI after the retirement of her friend, former boss and mentor, DCI Begbie, is still finding her feet both in her professional and private life. Her colleagues on the Major Investigations Team feel the distance her promotion has caused and their interactions are now less casual, particularly the friendship between Ava and Luc, now she’s the boss. When Begbie’s body is found in his car, a distressed Ava refuses to accept or believe he’s committed suicide, as the scene suggests. She decides to do her own investigating and uncovers more than she bargained for, placing her in terrible danger.
Author: Ray Britain
Published: September 2017 by Ray Britain
Category: Crime, Police Procedural, Book Review
Accused of pushing a boy to his death in a failed suicide intervention, DCI Doug Stirling is suspended from duty. Attacked in the media and haunted by the boy’s smile as he let go of Stirling’s hand, he must look on helplessly as an incompetent colleague intent on destroying him investigates the boy’s death, supported by the vindictive Deputy Chief Constable, McDonald.
The Last Thread begins with a distressing prologue as DCI Doug Stirling is called to a motorway bridge near the station, as a voluntary negotiator. A young boy is balanced on the outside edge of the bridge threatening to jump. Stirling’s attempts to save the teenager were unsuccessful and his actions were called into question. While under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Stirling is suspended from active duty. When an anonymous caller a few weeks later reports a burnt out car with a body inside, a lack of man power results in Stirling being appointed as Senior Investigating Officer on the case.
- Author: Elly Griffiths
- Published: February 2017 by Quercus
- Category: Crime, Mystery, Book Review, Books, Reading
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway discovers the bones aren’t as old as originally thought, it’s time for DCI Nelson to launch a murder inquiry. What was initially just a medieval curiosity has taken a much more sinister nature…
This is the ninth book in the Ruth Galloway mysteries. As there’s little to no chance of me catching up with every book, I’ve read enough to get a good sense of the characters and their stories. Dr Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist, teaching at the University of North Norfolk and living in an isolated cottage on the edge of the windswept Norfolk Saltmarsh.
- Author: Jane Isaac
- Published: November 2016 by Legend Press
- Category; Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading
The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.
When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.
DI Will Jackman is called to the remains of a burnt out barn, appearing initially as a straightforward case of arson. Until a burned body is discovered. When Will calls at the nearest farmhouse to speak to the owners of the barn, he finds a confused and injured young woman. Nancy Faraday is in a relationship with the manager of the farm, Evan Baker, and the owners are abroad. Nancy can’t remember anything after spending the evening in the pub with Evan, or why she woke up on the kitchen floor amid shards of glass from the shattered back door. Continue reading
- Author: J.D. Trafford
- Publishing on August 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
- Category: Crime, Contemporary, Police Procedural, Legal Thriller, Book Review, Books, Reading
Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away.
Justin Glass hails from a prominent political family; his father is the most senior US congressman in Missouri, his grandfather a retired Federal District Court Judge and his brother is a state senator. Justin has a small law practice. His life fell to pieces after his wife died. He was fired from his previous, more prestigious job and lost his house after getting into debt. Now he and his daughter, Sammy, live with his mother and grandfather. His one-man office is in the seedier part of town and he has a small contract with the Saint Louis Public Defender’s Office, which helps with the finances. Continue reading
- 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
- Author: Diana J Febry
- Published: August 2015 by Wings ePress
- Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review, Books, Reading
“Nothing to be sorry about. Your mother can’t wait to have you home. We’ll soon have you back on your feet again.”
Digby shuddered. Gratitude at their blind faith clashed violently with anger. The fear of facing another person, who still believed in him when he no longer believed in himself, sliced through him. The knife glowed red hot, the butter creamy and soft. He reached for the door handle. If he hurled himself from the car, the pain would stop.
Digby Pearce, wrongly accused of causing the death of his best friend by dangerous driving, was acquitted at the trial. Maintaining all along that James Palmer had lied about his involvement, the resulting anger and grief crushed and overwhelmed Digby completely, to the point where he made a terrible and drastic decision, hoping to point the finger of blame squarely at Palmer. Digby’s inner struggle and emotions were depicted extremely well, conveying the strength of feeling that ultimately ended in tragedy. Continue reading