#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude (British Library Crime Classics) #CosyMurderMystery #PoliceProcedural

The Cornish Coast Murder, republished to great acclaim in 2014, was my introduction to the British Library Crime Classics. I’ve since read several and enjoyed them, with more in my to read list.

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My Thoughts

Reverend Dodd, vicar of St Michael’s-on-the-Cliff, enjoys his Monday evening dinner engagements with Doctor Pendrill. Boscawen is a small isolated fishing village on the Cornish coast and both the vicar and the doctor look forward to their weekly meetings. Over an after dinner coffee they open the crate of library books each takes a turn in choosing, most commonly crime stories which they’re both addicted to, and are discussed in detail. Reverend Dodds has become quite good at solving mysteries by recalling previous twists, traps and detection methods, whereas they are proving a little more difficult for the doctor. 

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The Unveiling of Polly Forrest: A Mystery by Charlotte Whitney @CWhitneyAuthor #NetGalley #RBRT #HistFic

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Published: 15th March 2022

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Mystery

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When her new husband Sam perishes in a bizarre farm accident, would-be milliner Polly soon becomes the prime suspect in his murder. As she digs for evidence to clear her name, Polly falls into a sinister web implicating her in a nefarious crime ring being investigated by White House Police. Polly’s life and those of her family are at stake.

The Unveiling of Polly Forrest is set in Michigan in 1934 during the Great Depression and presents a striking picture of the hardships  of that era. For the rural farming communities times were extremely tough. The prices for crops dropped so much that some farmers were left with no choice but to either sell up or lose their farms to foreclosure. There were no luxuries like indoor plumbing, extra money for clothes or anything but the most basic foods. 

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The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens @aeskens #Thriller #AudiobookReview

36083341._SY475_Author: Allen Eskens

Performed by R.C. Bray

Published by Tantor Audio, released on Audible October 2017

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

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Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife’s death, even when he believed that a reckless hit-and-run driver was to blame. Haunted by memories both beautiful and painful, he is plagued by feelings of unfinished business. When Max learns that, in fact, Jenni was murdered, he must come to terms with this new information—and determine what to do with it.

Initially believing his wife had been killed by a hit and run driver, Max Rupert was devastated to learn she had been targeted and her murder planned. He is consumed with anger, grief and a desire to make those responsible pay for their crime. He is totally out of step with the person he has always been, even taking into acccount the bad days since Jenni’s death.

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The Heavens May Fall (Detective Max Rupert #3) by @aeskens #PoliceProcedural #LegalThriller #FridayReads

51q5umYdp4LAuthor: Allen Eskens

Performed by RC Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden

Published: October 2016 by Tantor Audio 

Category: Police Procedural, Legal Thriller, Murder/Mystery

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Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons. 

Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.’

A body has been found, a probable homicide, and Detective Max Rupert and his partner, Detective Niki Vang are attending the scene. The body is discovered to be that of Jennavieve Pruitt. She has been brutally murdered and initial thoughts on the investigation, as far as Max can see, point to her husband, Ben, as the perpetrator. 

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#Extract from Treachery Times Two by Robert McCaw @RobertBMcCaw #MurderMystery

I’m pleased to share an extract from Robert McCaw’s newly released novel, Treachery Times Two (book 4 in the Koa Kane Hawaiian mysteries) with the kind permission of Oceanview Publishing.

Extract

CHAPTER ONE 

Pele, masquerading as a glassy-haired old woman, wandered the lava trails around the massive smoking volcanic caldera called Kīlauea. Over millennia, her temper tantrums had created the Hawaiian Islands, including Kīlauea and the four other volcanoes that make up the Big Island of Hawaii. Fiercely jealous of Poliahu, her sister deity, the snow goddess of Mauna Kea, and locked in eternal combat with Kamapuaa, the demigod of rain, Peles exploits fueled the oral history of the islands. 

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Stand Out Reads of 2021 #Books #Reading #TuesdayBookBlog

This year wasn’t a particularly good one, not the books themselves but my reading. The year started off horribly, losing my lovely Finn. Then it was the advent of the dreaded virus, coupled with moving house. The motivation to read came and went and I haven’t read nearly as many books as usual.  And Flynn came into our lives and my time wasn’t my own! 

The following are snippets from the books that stood out for me this year. If you’d like to read the full review please click on the title.

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Dark Is The Grave: A DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thriller by TG Reid #BookReview for #RBRT #CrimeThriller

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Published: July 2021 by Glass Works Press

Category: Police Procedural, Fiction , Crime Thriller

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When the chief suspect in the notorious Peek-a-boo cop killer case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged Peek-a-boo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.

Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?

Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland’s Campsie Fells, Dark is the Grave is the first in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax.

Dark Is The Grave opens with a horrific prologue. PC Hazel Garvey has been abducted and buried alive, a crime which is reminiscent of the Peek-a-Boo serial killer who was killed in an explosion. Also caught in the explosion and seriously injured was DCI Duncan Bone. He was lucky to be alive. Left to cope with PTSD and a ruined home life, he was physically and mentally damaged, which probably accounts for his general irascibility.

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A Line To Kill (Hawthorne and Horowitz Book 3) by @AnthonyHorowitz #MurderMystery #CrimeFiction

51eUhyGnwbL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: August 2021 by Century

Category: Murder/Mystery, Crime Fiction, Suspense

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When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.

Author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to a meeting at his publishers. Ex Detective Daniel Hawthorne is also invited, although Horowitz doesn’t see the necessity. After all, he’s the writer. Just for once he felt in charge. This was the world of books. His world. Surely it would be Hawthorne that was out of place this time…if he managed to actually turn up. He does, of course, and Horowitz gets the blame for his late arrival.

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The Stolen Hours (Joe Talbert #3) by Allen Eskens @aeskens #AudiobookReview #LegalThriller #TuesdayBookBlog

51RZqz8faYLAuthor: Allen Eskens

Performed by MacLeod Andrews, Christine Lakin, Tina Huang

Published: September 2021 by Mulholland Books

Category: Legal Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review

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Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job – working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney – and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn.

Lila Nash is still living with the repercussions of a nightmarish summer eight years ago although her partner, Joe, sees the strong woman Lila has become despite what happened to her. She’s waiting on the results of her bar exam, hoping to secure her dream job as a prosecutor. Meanwhile she’s working as a law clerk under vengeful old adversary, Frank Dovey, who is determined to make it his mission to see there would be no law career for her. Luckily, Lila finds an ally in her tough but fair supervisor, Andi Fitch.

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The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #2) by @AnthonyHorowitz #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

51ApS3TMdmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: September 2019 by Arrow (my paperback copy)

Category: Murder, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

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“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…”

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer. Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

The Sentence is Death is the second book featuring Hawthorne and Horowitz. We first meet them in The Word is Murder when ex Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne (who still works as a consultant for the police on occasion, helping with difficult cases) approached Anthony Horowitz. Hawthorne wanted his biography written and persuaded Horowitz to shadow him while working on cases. 

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