Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by @RobertBryndza #TuesdayBookBlog @bookouture #BookReview

  • 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

Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter #1) by James Carol @JamesCarolBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

  • 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

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields #Crime #Thriller set in Scotland @Helen_Fields

  • 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

Someone Else’s Skin (DI Marnie Rome #1) by Sarah Hilary @sarah_hilary

  • 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

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie #Crime #FridayReads @ClaraHDiaz #BlogTour

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Burned and Broken

  • 51xwtl1oqxl-_sx312_bo1204203200_Author: Mark Hardie
  • Published: January 2017 by Sphere
  • Category: Police Procedural, Crime
  • three-half-stars

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

Dark Water (Erika Foster #3) by Robert Bryndza #Crime #Suspense @robertbryndza

  • 31433106Author: Robert Bryndza
  • Published: October 2016 by Bookouture
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural
  • four-half-stars

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning. 

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. 

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The Safe Word ~ An Eleanor Raven #1 by Karen Long #TuesdayBookBlog #Thriller @KarenLongWriter

  • 20811503Author : Karen Long
  • Published: January 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Crime
  • four-stars

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

Mortal Fall ~ A Novel of Suspense by @christine_carbo, set in Glacier National Park #SundayBlogShare

  • 25987140Author: Christine Carbo
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Released: May 2016 by Blackstone Audio
  • Category: Mystery, Police Procedural
  • four-half-stars

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

Silenced Justice by Joe Broadmeadow @JBroadmeadow reviewed for #RBRT Corruption & Organised Crime #SundayBlogShare

  • 25713769Author: Joe Broadmeadow
  • Published: July 2015 by JEBWizard Publishing
  • Category: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • four-stars

Lieutenant Josh Williams is back in this latest thriller from Joe Broadmeadow, Silenced Justice. 

When his former boss, retired Lieutenant Chris Hamlin, asks him to reopen an old case, Josh uncovers the shocking truth behind an innocent man’s death in prison. In 1972 Darnell Grey, accused of a series of rapes and a homicide, was beaten to death in the prison while awaiting trial.

I haven’t read the first in the series and there were one or two moments when I was left wondering about certain aspects of the back story. It didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of this book although it took a little while to get my head round all the characters. Once I was into the story, though, it held my attention completely as the pace accelerated and the drama and suspense built. Continue reading

Thin Air (Shetland 6) by @AnnCleeves ~ Murder in the #Shetland Isles #TuesdayBookBlog #AudioBookReview

  • 22966458Audiobook Review
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • Performed by Kenny Blyth
  • Released: May 2015 by Macmillan Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
  • five-stars

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