A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay ~ A hard to put down psychological thriller #Mystery @linwood_barclay #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Linwood Barclay

Published: July 2018 by Orion

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

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

Paul Davis is on his way home late one night when he sees the car in front has a cracked tail light and is being driven erratically.

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The Twenty Three (Promise Falls #3) by Linwood Barclay ~ Suspenseful Multi-Layered Plot #Murder #Mystery

Author: Linwood Barclay

Published: September 2016 by Orion

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

The day begins like any other Saturday – a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the street – the hospital and emergency services are overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Is it mass food poisoning, a virus, or something more sinister? Has someone, rather than something, caused this?

The number 23 (among other strange things) keep cropping up in Promise Falls. Detective Barry Duckworth is conducting an ongoing investigation into the mysterious and deadly events, including two murders and an explosion at the drive-in movie theatre, when another catastrophe hits the town. On the 23rd of the month. Coincidence? Barry Duckworth doesn’t think so. 

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Far from True (Promise Falls Trilogy #2) by @linwood_barclay #crimefiction

Author: Linwood Barclay

Published: September 2016 by Orion

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

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theatre collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in….

Far From True picks up the threads of the story where Broken Promise left off. It helped that I read this soon after the first book, there’s a fair number of characters to keep track of and several plot lines. Again the main part of the narrative is in the third person, this time with the first person perspective from Cal Weaver, ex Promise Falls detective who is now a private investigator. 

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Broken Promise (Promise Falls #1) by @linwood_barclay #crimefiction #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: Linwood Barclay

Published: September 2015 by Orion

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn’t looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side.

Five years ago, after his wife died, David Harwood and his young son, Ethan, left Promise Falls after David gave up his job as a reporter for the Promise Falls Standard, and accepted an editing position at the Boston Globe. It wasn’t ideal though, as David’s work meant he was out most evenings and missed spending time with his son. When he heard the Standard needed a reporter he opted to return and move in with his parents until he found a place. On his first day back at work the paper closed. Not an auspicious start but things were about to get a whole lot worse.

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World of Books ~ Couldn’t resist adding more to my #reading pile #Books

After seeing this post on Cleopatra Loves Books, I had to check out World of Books. They offer a huge selection of preloved books, most of which are quite cheap, in a range of categories, and after a quick trawl (I’ll be going back for more, I’m sure!) I bagged these….

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