#ThrowbackThursday ~ Irex by Carl Rackman ~ A novel based on fact #HistoricalFiction @c_rackman

For Throwback Thursday this week I’m looking back at a book that was published in 2016 and was one of the choices for my  top reads of 2017, after reading it for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

My Thoughts

First of all, I have to say it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s so good and the quality of the writing is excellent throughout. The story is based in history, the ship, a couple of the main crew members, reason for the wreck and the attempts at rescue, are all fact. Carl Rackman has woven an incredibly imaginative and compelling tale around that tragic event.

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A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike #18) by Robert Crais #CrimeFiction in Los Angeles #FridayReads

Author: Robert Crais

Performed by Luke Daniels

Released: August 2019 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Joe Pike didn’t expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

A Dangerous Man continues Robert Crais’ fantastic series featuring outgoing, sociable private investigator Elvis Cole, and the strong, silent, ex military Joe Pike. 

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The Suspect (Kate Waters #3) by Fiona Barton #Audible Original ~ Drama in Thailand @figbarton #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Fiona Barton

Performed by Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, Ria Zmitrowicz

Published ~ January 2019 by Audible Studios

Category: Drama, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook Review

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When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

Lesley and Malcolm O’Connor are getting frantic, not having heard from their daughter, Alex, in over a week.

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The Darkest Place (Inspector Tom Reynolds #4) by @SpainJoanne #PoliceProcedural @QuercusBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Jo Spain

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published: September 2018 by Quercus

Category: Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

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‘Island of the Lost was the isle’s name long before the hospital was built. In winter, they say the fog falls so heavy there that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Storms rage so forcefully you can be blown from the cliffs. Once St. Christina’s was built, the name took on a new meaning. Very few who went into that place ever left.’

DCI Tom Reynolds is bearing the brunt of a leak to the media implying he had mismanaged an investigation, bringing into question his reputation and his suitability to lead the team.

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Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1) by William Shaw ~ Crime in Kent @william1shaw

Author: William Shaw

Published: May 2018 by riverrun

Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review

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No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing – resentful teenager in tow – from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dungeness power station. Murder looks a lot less pretty.

If you read The Birdwatcher you’ll be familiar with DS Alexandra Cupidi, who moved from the Met in London to Kent Serious Crime Directorate.

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The Fifth Grave (A DCI Jacob Mystery) by Rob Jones ~ Murder/Mystery set in Wiltshire @AuthorRobJones @BOTBSPublicity

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Fifth Grave, courtesy of Sarah Hardy at BOTBSPublicity

My Thoughts

An atmospheric and tense prologue, events that happened more than twenty five years previously, opened the story.

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Sleeping Beauties (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 3) by @SpainJoanne ~ Irish #CrimeFiction #BookReview @QuercusFiction

Author: Jo Spain

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published by Quercus, released on Audible September 2017

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

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers

In five places

Five graves

A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

A young woman has been reported missing. It’s uncertain whether Fiona Holland decided to leave of her own accord or whether it’s something else entirely. Her mother and sister are certain she wouldn’t have left her baby but in the small rural community Fiona had a reputation. 

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Another You by @JaneCable ~ Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself… #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog #NetGalley

Author: Jane Cable

Published: June 2019 by Sapere Books

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Book Review

Marie Johnson is trapped by her job as a chef in a Dorset pub and by her increasingly poisonous marriage to its landlord. 

Worn down by his string of affairs she has no self-confidence, no self-respect and the only thing that keeps her going is watching her son, Jude, turn into a talented artist. 

But the 60th anniversary of a D-Day exercise triggers chance meetings which prove unlikely catalysts for change. 

After a short but haunting prologue we meet Marie Johnson, chef at the The Smugglers in Studland Bay, Dorset. She and Stephen, her estranged husband, own the pub, which is run with the help of Baz in the kitchen and their son, Jude.

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A Merciful Promise (Mercy Kilpatrick #6) by @KendraElliot #CrimeFiction set Oregon #BookReview

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: June 2019 by Montlake Romance

Category: Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review

The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. She’s near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. She’s ready to blend in.

FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is recruited to join ATF agent Chad Finn, already working undercover in an anti government, arms selling militia group called America’s Preserve.

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Beneath the Surface (Inspector Tom Reynolds #2) by @SpainJoanne ~ Irish #CrimeFiction #BookReview @QuercusFiction

Author: Jo Spain

Published:June 2017 by Quercus

Category: Irish Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Suspense, Book Review

Did I know it would come to this? That I was playing Russian Roulette? I would give anything to turn back time and to be with my girls. There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That’s the one that kills me.

Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his wife were enjoying a rare long weekend away. As much as Tom loved his granddaughter it would be a blessing to get good nights uninterrupted sleep. Alas, it wasn’t to be.

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