#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Man With No Face by Peter May #Political #Thriller

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. I’m linking up with Davida at TCL’s Throwback Thursday Link Party

The Man with No Face was re-published in January 2019. Originally written in 1981 the story is set in the winter of 1979 and is a story of its time. 

throwbackthursday

The Man with No Face encompasses the culture, attitudes and politics of the era and highlights the lack of technology which makes information sharing a lengthier process. We take mobile phones and the internet so much for granted, it’s an interesting reminder of how things were accomplished back in the day. Peter May has painted an atmospheric picture with well defined characters and a dark thread running through the narrative.

Continue reading

The Match (Wilde #2) by Harlan Coben #CrimeFiction #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

59602854._SY475_Author: Harlan Coben

Performed by Steven Weber

Published: Penguin Audio, released on Audible March 2022

Category: Crime, Thriller, 

four-half-stars

Wilde has grown up knowing nothing of his family, and even less about his own identity. All he knows is that, as a young child, he was found living a feral existence in the Ramapo mountains of New Jersey.

He became known simply as Wilde, the boy from the woods.

After spending some largely unproductive time in Costa Rica, Wilde has returned to his home in the Ramapo mountains. He had previously, albeit reluctantly, sent off a DNA sample, not expecting much and if by any chance there was a match he could always ignore it. He did get one notification — someone described as a second cousin with the initials PB. But before he had decided whether or not to respond he’d left for Costa Rica.

Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Bum Luck by Paul Levine #Audiobook #LegalThriller

Throwback Thursday this week features Bum Luck, one of a series featuring lawyer, Jake Lassiter. I listened to the audiobook which was released in 2017 and performed by Luke Daniels.

throwbackthursday

My Thoughts

Jake Lassiter, criminal defence lawyer and ex linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, feels like killing his client after he won the case. He was not expecting to win as the evidence seemed unquestionable, but Thunder Thurston, high profile football star, has been found not guilty of murdering his wife. Jake is angry at himself, for doing his job too well, and Thunder. He’s certain Thunder is guilty and is completely disillusioned about the justice system, fantasising about taking matters into his own hands. To add to his problems Jake learns the District Attorney is attempting to charge him with jury tampering and bribing a witness.

Continue reading

Sunset Swing (City Blues Quartet Book 4) by Ray Celestin #Historical #CrimeFiction

IMG_0874 copyAuthor: Ray Celestin

Published: November 2021 by Mantle

Category: History, Crime, Fiction

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A young nurse, Kerry Gaudet, travels to the City of Angels desperate to find her missing brother, fearing that something terrible has happened to him: a serial killer is terrorising the city, picking victims at random, and Kerry has precious few leads.

Ida Young, recently retired Private Investigator, is dragged into helping the police when a young woman is discovered murdered in her motel room. Ida has never met the victim but her name has been found at the crime scene and the LAPD wants to know why . . .

The City Blues Quartet started in New Orleans in 1919, took in Chicago in the 20s, New York in the 40s, now we’re in Los Angeles in the 60s and each time and place has been depicted vividly and atmospherically, incorporating real characters and events. I’ve loved these books and am sorry this is the final one, but I enjoyed very much catching up with those characters I was drawn to during the series.

Continue reading

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Continue reading

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney #Contemporary #LiteraryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

41DuubRLoaS._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Alice Feeney

Performed by Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine

Published by HQ and released on Audible in August 2021

Category: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ten years of marriage.

Ten years of secrets.

An anniversary they’ll never forget.

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned. But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with?

Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

Set in a very creepy old converted chapel in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, Rock Paper Scissors tells the story of Adam, a screen writer who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognise faces, and his wife, Amelia who works for an animal charity. Their marriage is in trouble and the the marriage guidance counsellor suggested a weekend away. Amelia happened to win a raffle prize at work — a weekend in a cottage in Scotland. They decide it’s make or break for them and set off with their black lab, Bob. The journey is long and tedious but despite the ever worsening weather conditions they eventually arrive at their destination.

Continue reading

#SpotlightFeature ~ A Plethora of Phantoms by Penny Hampson #Paranormal @rararesources @penny_hampson #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to join the blog tour for A Plethora of Phantoms with a spotlight feature, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

A Plethora of Phantoms

What makes Freddie shiver? Is it the spooky happenings in his family’s stately home? Or is it Marcus, the handsome antique dealer who Freddie thinks he can’t have?

Continue reading

#BlogTour ~ Silenced By Jennie Ensor #Gangland #Crime @HobeckBooks @Jennie_Ensor

It’s the final day of the blog tour for Silenced, published on the 7th December by Hobeck Books, and I’m delighted to share my review. 

Silenced New Blog Poster

My Thoughts

A shocking opening sets the scene for Jennie Ensor’s latest novel. Teenager Solita Milton is walking home from school, thinking about what to buy her sister for a birthday gift and her determination to work hard at school, get good grades which hopefully will pave the way to university and her goal of being a social worker. 

Continue reading

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Continue reading

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Continue reading