Author: Sarah Hilary
Published: March 2018 by Headline
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review
On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention.
Come And Find Me begins with Ted Elms, critically ill on life support, but expressing through thoughts his first hand experience of what provoked a prison riot at HMP Cloverton—how a dangerous prisoner, Mickey Vokey, escaped during the ensuing confusion and violence as a fire broke out.
Author: Ann Cleeves
Published: September 2018 by Macmillan
Category: Scottish Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Book Review
Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.
Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
Helena, a well known knitwear designer, her husband Daniel, an architect, and their children, Ellie and Christopher, are recent incomers to Shetland. They’re leaving behind a hectic existence in London and are hoping for a better quality and more tranquil way of life, but find some of the local community less than friendly.
Author: Lisa Regan
Published: January 2018 by Bookouture
Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…
Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.
Detective Josie Quinn is currently suspended from the Denton Police Force awaiting a disciplinary hearing.
Author: Helen Fields
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: 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
- Audiobook Review
- Author: Viveca Sten
- Translation by Marlaine Delargy
- Performed by Angela Dawe
- Released: October 2015 by Brilliance Audio
- Category: Nordic, Murder, Mystery
On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.
A great opening scene begins the story which is set on Sandhamn, a popular summer retreat and one of the islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Inspector Thomas Andreasson, with the violent crime unit in Nacka Municipality, is called out to Sandhamn when a body washes up on the beach. The deceased man is eventually identified as Krister Berggren, who lived on the mainland and has been missing for quite a while. The death looks like an accident initially but when another body is found and turns out to be Krister’s cousin, Kicki Berggren, a murder investigation is launched. Continue reading
- Author: Robert Bryndza
- Published: April 2017 by Bookouture
- Category: Crime, Serial Killer, Police Procedural, Book Review, Reading
He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.
When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.
Detective Chief Inspector Erica Foster is not happy. She hates being stuck behind a desk writing reports, and has been refused her requested transfer to the Murder Investigation Team. She and former colleague, Detective James Peterson, are in a tentative relationship and were together when a call came through to Peterson about a body found in a dumpster. Erika can’t resist taking the initiative and is soon involved in the investigation. Continue reading
- Author: James Carol
- Published: January 2014 by Faber & Faber
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Book Review, Books, Reading, Procedural
Jefferson Winter is no ordinary investigator.
The son of one of America’s most renowned serial killers, Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father’s legacy.
After a successful career with the FBI, the last few years as a high achieving profiler, Jefferson Winter’s unconventional approach prompted him to leave the constraints of an organisation and go freelance. He now consults on serial killer cases worldwide.
His father was a convicted serial killer and the three words he mouthed as he lay on the prison gurney waiting to be executed, haunt Winter. It’s one of the incentives that drive him, motivating him to do what he does and also to dissociate himself from his father. Continue reading
- Author: Helen Fields
- Published: January 2017 by Avon
- Category: Thriller, Crime, Books, Book Review, Reading, Police Procedural
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.
Detective Inspector Luc Callanach, Scottish born and raised in France, left Interpol under a cloud and transferred to Edinburgh’s Major Investigations Team where he is beginning his second day. Callanach has a mixed reception from his colleagues, from curiosity and distrust to welcome and offered support from DI Eva Turner. Eva sympathises because she’s not totally accepted herself, having been educated in England and consequently lost her Scottish accent. Continue reading
- Author: Sarah Hilary
- Published: February 2014 by Headline
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Fiction, Book Review
Introducing D.I. Marnie Rome, this powerful novel that will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.
Called to a women’s refuge to take a routine witness statement, D.I. Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.
Detective Inspector Marnie Rome focuses on her job, leaving little room for anything else. She knows first hand what it’s like to deal with a terrible and violent loss. Five years ago her parents were horrifically murdered by her foster brother. The resulting emotions are what drive her. Her colleagues know of her past and how hard she fought back, but few know the real Marnie. Continue reading
Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Burned and Broken
- Author: Mark Hardie
- Published: January 2017 by Sphere
- Category: Police Procedural, Crime
An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.
A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
Set in a drearily portrayed Southend-on-Sea, the story begins with a shocking scene of someone burned alive in their car. The narrative then takes us back, covering events of the few days prior to the discovery of the body in the burnt out vehicle, who the police have identified as one of their own. DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine (Cat) Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are leading the investigation. Continue reading
- Author : Karen Long
- Published: January 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Crime
There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.
Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Excellent debut and first book in the Eleanor Raven thriller series. Detective Inspector Raven is a paradox, a tough and very competent police officer with a potentially very dangerous, complex private life, which could leave her vulnerable and in jeopardy….especially if there is the slightest lack of caution. Continue reading
- Author: Christine Carbo
- Performed by RC Bray
- Released: May 2016 by Blackstone Audio
- Category: Mystery, Police Procedural
A wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in Christine Carbo’s haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park Police officer Monty Harris, a secondary character in The Wild Inside, takes centre stage in Mortal Fall. He struggles with issues from his childhood and his family history, which has impacted on his marriage, causing a rift. Monty is a complex character who loves his job and is a dedicated officer. There’s a real insight into Monty’s character through his pensive and soul-searching thoughts, showing a man who is not only struggling with his past demons, but also his marriage. Continue reading
- Audiobook Review
- Author: Ann Cleeves
- Performed by Kenny Blyth
- Released: May 2015 by Macmillan Audio
- Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
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
- Audiobook Review
- Author: Ann Cleeves
- Performed by Kenny Blyth
- Released: March 2013 by Isis Publishing Ltd
- Category: Police Procedural, Mystery
Dead Water is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series – now a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland.
When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the local public prosecutor, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation.
Despite my preference for starting a series from book one, I’m beginning with this one, which is actually book five. I’ve watched and enjoyed each season of the TV series, Shetland, and so I’m very familiar with the cast of characters. There are some differences between the two, mainly in Jimmy Perez’s looks and back story. Kenny Blyth, the narrator, is excellent and has a lovely Scottish lilt, which fits in well with the story and adds authenticity. Other accents are convincing too. The narrator of the four previous books has a middle to upper class English accent which I didn’t find engaging or appropriate for the setting. Continue reading
- Author: Christine Carbo
- Performed by RC Bray
- Released: June 2015 by Blackstone Audio
- Category: Mystery, Police Procedural
A haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild—and the even darker heart of human nature.
It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted’s father and dragged him to his death.
Twenty years after teenager Ted Systead witnessed his father being dragged from their tent and killed by a grizzly bear while they were camping, he finds himself back in Glacier National Park investigating a similar crime. Ted is a Special Agent for the Homicide Division of the Department of the Interior living in Denver, and is assigned to the investigation with Monty, one of the park rangers. Continue reading