#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Reason To Live (Marty Singer #1) by Matthew Iden #CrimeFiction #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m showcasing the first in a detective series which was reissued in 2015. Marty Singer has retired from the police force due to ill health but there’s one case he can’t forget….

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The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn Book 2) by @Lisalregan #CrimeFiction #Book Review @bookouture #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Lisa Regan

Published: April 2018 by Bookouture

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

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. 

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? 

After the traumas in the first book, Vanishing Girls, Acting Police Chief Josie Quinn is planning her wedding to fiancé, Luke. But Luke is behaving strangely and Josie can’t get to the bottom of what’s bothering him. Before anything can be resolved she gets an urgent call from her second-in-command, Lieutenant Noah Fraley. Since her promotion Josie has missed being in the field and welcomes the opportunity to be hands on again.

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Pieces of Her by @SlaughterKarin #Psychological #Thriller How Well do You Know Those Closest #NetGalley #PiecesofHer

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published: August 2018 by HarperCollins

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

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.

Three years ago thirty-one year old Andrea (Andy) left New York and returned home to help nurse her mother Laura, after a breast cancer diagnosis. Andy has no drive or ambition and no meaningful personal relationships to speak of. Her mother has made her life so agreeable that Andy doesn’t know how to begin to take control herself. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Blood Money (Georgie Connolly #5) by @LindleyE #CrimeFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting book five of what is a fun crime fiction series with serious, gritty undertones. 

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A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 2) by @kendraelliot #Crime Fiction set in Oregon #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: June 2017 by Montlake Romance

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

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

In the first book we learned about FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick’s background, how she was brought up in a family of survivalists and left home at eighteen, estranged from her family.

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Lost On The Water by D.G. Driver #YA Suspense with a touch of Supernatural @DGDriverAuthor #BookReview

Author: D.G. Driver

Published: July 2018 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books

Category: Young Adult, Suspense, Supernatural, Contemporary, Book Review

Forced to leave the California beach behind to spend the summer with her grandma in rural Tennessee, Dannie is certain this will be the most boring summer of her life. Things start looking up when a group of local kids, mistaking her short hair and boyish figure, invite her on their ‘no girls allowed’ overnight kayaking trip. Obviously, her grandma refuses to let her go. But Dannie suspects the real reason is that the woman is afraid of the lake, only she won’t tell Dannie why.

The last place Dannie wants to spend a good portion of her summer holiday is in rural Tennessee with her grandmother, while her parents spend two weeks in Paris.

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One Step Ahead (Gamekeeper Turned Poacher Book 1) by @DenverAuthor #RBRT Crime Fiction

Author: Denver Murphy

Kindle Edition

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

Detective Superintendent Brandt has found the perfect murderer.

Himself.

And he will use his unparalleled knowledge of how to escape detection to kill; again and again, because the people of Britain need awakening from their slumber of indifference, having been desensitised by the violence that is gripping the country.

Detective Inspector Jeffrey Brandt retires after a long and very successful career with one aim in mind.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by @AlexSokoloff

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting the first book that kicked off The Huntress/FBI series in audiobook format, released in 2014. RC Bray does a fabulous job with the characterisations.

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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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Birthday Girl: A #Thriller by Matthew Iden ~ Every Parents’ Nightmare @CrimeRighter #Pyschological

Author: Matthew Iden

Published: March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Serial Killer, Book Review

Eight years ago, Elliott Nash’s daughter was murdered. Since then, everything the brilliant former criminal psychologist had is a memory—his child, his career, his wife, and his home. Now he lives on the streets around Washington, DC, with only a bottomless well of guilt and nightmares to make him feel alive. Until Amy Scowcroft solicits his help.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Buying Time (Angela Evans/Dre Thomas #1) by Pamela Samuels Young #Thriller #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week my choice is Buying Time, an audiobook and first of a series, which was released in August 2012 by Goldman House Publishing.

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#GuestPost from Rosa Fedele #author of The Legacy of Beauregarde #Suspense in Sidney @rosafedeleart

I’m delighted to welcome Rosa Fedele, Australian author and artist, with a guest post and details of her new illustrated suspense novel The Legacy of Beauregarde, released tomorrow! 

You could lose someone down there, couldn’t you? Anyone could get buried under the concrete slab, and no one would even know!’

The Beauregarde women have lived in the shadow of The Seminary for four generations. And there is nothing conventional about Marcela, or her family.

When the decadent and obsessive Gordana acquires the iconic Sydney property and invites a television crew to film the building’s transformation into a magnificent showpiece, strangers suddenly penetrate Marcela’s world, each with a dark secret of their own.

But Marcela conceals a sinister bond which inextricably ties her to the derelict estate, holding the power to not only unravel Gordana’s grand designs, but expose bloodstained treachery, long-buried betrayals and lies.

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TH1RT3EN (Eddie Flynn Book 4) by Steve Cavanagh ~ #FridayReads Excellent Courtroom Thriller #NetGalley #ThatBookThatHook

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Published: January 2018 by Orion

Category: Legal Thriller, Crime, Murder, Suspense, Book Review

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

Thirteen is by far my favourite of the series so far. Legal thrillers don’t get any better and with the tagline….What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury? I couldn’t wait to read it.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Thicker Than Water (The Grayson Trilogy) by @GeorgiaRoseBook #RomanticFiction Drama #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

Thicker Than Water is the third book of the trilogy and was published in 2015. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of contemporary drama and suspense with romance (and animals) 

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Seven Bridges (DCI Ryan #8) by @LJRoss_author #Crime in Northumberland #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

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

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good. 

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. 

The prologue works well, going back ten years and giving the background to DCI Ryan’s toxic relationship with the woman who is now his boss.

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UNSUB by Meg Gardiner ~ Serial Killer #CrimeFiction @MegGardiner1 #BookReview

Author: Meg Gardiner

Published: July 2017 by Dutton

Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Psychological, Book Review

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Recently appointed Narcotics Task Force Detective Caitlin Hendrix is taken to the scene of a gruesome murder, and recognises the man waiting for her. Senior Homicide Sergeant Joe Guthrie. When Guthrie shows her a body it hits her like a punch in the gut, taking her back twenty years to when her father, Mack, was the lead detective in the hunt for a serial killer. The Prophet, as he was called, was never caught and his subsequent reign of terror all but destroyed Mack, physically and mentally, as his obsession to catch the killer escalated. Then—after a five year killing spree—nothing. The trail and the case went cold. Now, after so many years, he’s back and has Caitlin in his sights. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Bridged by @KendraElliot ~ a well written tale of mystery and suspense #CrimeFiction #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

My pick for this week is an audiobook, Bridged by Kendra Elliot, narrated by Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden. It was released by Brilliance Audio in February 2015.

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The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope #5) by @anncleeves #Crime in Northumberland @MacmillanAudio #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ann Cleeves

Narrator: Charlie Hardwick

Released: May 2018 by Macmillan Audio

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

The Glass Room is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation. But when one of them goes missing, her path leads her to more than a missing friend.

Returning home after work and looking forward to some down time, DI Vera Stanhope, not really the sociable type, is annoyed to find her neighbour, Jack, waiting for her.

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The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne ‘Who is pulling all the strings’ #BookReview for #RBRT @Abigail_Author #FridayReads

Author: Abigail Osborne

Published: November 2017 by Bloodhound Books

Category: Psychological Thriller, Book Review

Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control? 

Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain? 

The story, set out in three parts, beginning in the present day, followed by flashback chapters from the past, before returning again to the present. 

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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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Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1) by Lisa Regan ~ Crime Fiction @Lisalregan #FridayReads

Author: Lisa Regan

Published: January 2018 by Bookouture

Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Detective Josie Quinn is currently suspended from the Denton Police Force awaiting a disciplinary hearing. 

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No Other Darkness (Marnie Rome #2) by @Sarah_Hilary ~ Suspenseful #Psychological Crime Fiction #FridayReads

Author: Sarah Hilary

Published: April 2015 by Headline

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

Two young boys

Trapped underground in a bunker.

Unable to understand why they are there.

Desperate for someone to find them.

Slowly realising that no-one will…

DI Marnie Rome, DS Noah Jake and the team are investigating a report of bodies found. Two children. ‘A burial, but not in the usual sense… 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Chump Change (Leo Waterman #8) by GM Ford #Audiobook #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share favourite books going back over the years. Or perhaps those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, Chump Change is number 8 of 10. It began way back in 1995 with a big gap of no books between 2000 and 2012, which is when the audios started to become available. I hope there will be more.

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#BookReview for The Last Friend by Harvey Church #BlogTour @CarolineBookBit #TuesdayBookBlog #Mystery

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for The Last Friend by Harvey Church. 

It’s fifteen years since Donovan Glass’ daughter Elizabeth was abducted and six years since his wife took her own life. Since then Donovan has become a recluse, unable to move forward. Life has lost its meaning and hope is no longer an option.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ #BookReview of Cold Cold Heart by @TamiHoag #MurderMystery #Thriller

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Another audiobook review this week ~ Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag was released in January 2015 by Brilliance Audio and narrated by Julia Whelan.

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