Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

Gone by MidnightGone by Midnight by Candice Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Crimson Lake series just gets better and better. The odd partnership between Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell works well adding new dimensions to the regular detective stories. This time the pair are investigating the disappearance of a young boy from his hotel bedroom whilst Ted gets to grips with the first stay over visit form his daughter Lillian. You will be gripped from the start by this thriller wondering what will happen next and to whom. Candice Fox has a very easy writing style and develops the plot in such a way it is difficult to put down until complete. Don't think you have it all worked out because this book is action and thrills the whole way. Excellent.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Chesnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut ManThe Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't know if it is the translation or the original writing, but I just could not get used to the writing style. It forced me on a few occasions to reread certain sections, as I was struggling to make sense of it. In the end it was a good story albeit very gruesome with a few twists and turns. I did come close to giving up due to its disjointed nature, but glad I stuck it out to the end. In summary it came nowhere near my expectations for the author of the "Killing" series.

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Dark Game by Rachel Lynch

Dark GameDark Game by Rachel Lynch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new detective series from Rachel Lynch and it should do well if the follow on books are as good. DI Kelly Porter returns to her home after a career in the big smoke and reopens an old cold case. Thinking she could use her experience and solve the case, however she did not expect to be involved in one of the largest cases in the country. The author paints a very clear picture of the criminal underworld that in pursuit of greed, pander to the perverse needs of seedy and wealthy people, who appear to be normal upstanding citizens. The book moves very quickly building the case, piecing together all the clues and adding in some thrilling action which will keep you hooked till the end. The writing style is straight forward and uncomplicated making it a pleasure to read. Strongly recommended.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Executive Force by Gary Grossman

Executive Force (Executive #4)Executive Force by Gary Grossman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the fourth in a series by Gary Grossman but that did not matter. This novel stood well on its own without the prior knowledge of the previous books. The author unlike a lot of other series did not dwell on bios of the main characters, this was built on as the story progressed. The story was and should be the main event, here it did not disappoint. Scott Roarke is your all american secret service hero who is going to save the USA from an ingenious plot that has been many years in the making and threatens the stability of the union itself. Full of action and real tension making this an exceptionally good thriller.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Body on the Shore by Nick Louth

The Body On The ShoreThe Body On The Shore by Nick Louth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a real mystery thriller with unexplained murders and plot twists that are inconceivable to the man in the street. It starts with the murder of an architect in his own office in London, but the murder gives the impression of being impossible. Firstly Gillard the detective works out how it was done but then is stumped by who, there are no plausible assassins in the area at the time of the murder. Nick Louth has written a first class murder mystery story that delivers you into a crazy world of blood feuds that just don't belong into today's modern society. Excellent.

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Debris Line by Matthew FitzSimmons

Debris Line (Gibson Vaughn, #4)Debris Line by Matthew FitzSimmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Drug and criminal businesses stretches all round the world and even in an idyllic place like the Algarve. Fugitive Gibson Vaughn and his three friends living in shelter provided by the local drug lord, soon find out they still have not outrun trouble, as the ransome business takes a new turn. Baltasar Alves their landlord requests (commands) help to release his latest drug shipment from a ransom demand, failure to do so would plunge the crime boss into serious problems with supplying Mexican cartel. The author puts on paper what you see with TV series like El Chapo or Narcos, graphic violence to protect the family and the business from any possible takeovers. It is well packed with action, some mystery and of course the no holds barred bloodshed.

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Final Strike by William S Cohen

Final Strike (Sean Falcone, #3)Final Strike by William S. Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Everyone likes a good apocalyptic story story and this appears to fit the bill. Early on we know that the earth is threatened by an asteroid which could devastate everything if it hits. The book however concentrates on the politics for too long before getting to the business of saving the earth. That out of the way, the author builds a good picture of the horrors that could happen should Falcones team fail in their mission to get key information out of Moscow. Normally I would have rated higher but you have to be patient which I am not.

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