Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett – Book Review

I love the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett so I was really excited to get this ARC in my inbox.  Thank you Rachel!
Call to Arms kept me on the edge of my seat it was a real page turner. It was full of twists and very cleverly written, I had no idea who the bad guy was right until the very end, there is no way I would have guessed it.  The outcome was quite shocking actually!  I was like wow didn’t see that one coming.

Page after page it kept delivering keeping me hanging on to every word.  Kay is such a great detective and has a really good team around her, together they are like a bunch a Rottweilers hanging on to the heels of a robber, not letting go until they figure the case out and bring it to resolution.   

I like how Kays partner Adam brings out her softer side, it’s a really nice contrast to the ballsy detective who never stops and always has her mind on the job even when she is physically and mentally exhausted.  It shows her as being human and vulnerable which is really nice to see.

I’m not going to go in to the story line of this book, you can read the authors blurb below from her website to get a precis on the book.  I prefer to give my opinion on the book not give out any spoilers, I hate spoilers, I like to read a book and have that WOW moment.  

You can of course read this book as a stand-alone novel but I would recommend that you read the series, not just because it’s a great series but it will give you some background and insight into Kay and her team.

I highly recommend this book it was great I really enjoyed it, I actually read it in super quick time because I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down.  I am giving Call to Arms 5 stars, it really deserves it.

The book is due to be released on the 11th March and you can read more about the Kay Hunter series and Rachel Amphlett on her website at the link below.

https://www.rachelamphlett.com 

Here is the blurb on the book from Rachel’s website:

Loyalty has a price.

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

Call to Arms is a fast-paced murder mystery, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series.

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Cold Heart by Stephen Edger – Book Review

Boom! What a bloody fantastic book. Wow what can I say, this book was amazing, I love the Kate Matthews series and this is my favourite so far.  

Totally didn’t see the ending coming, it was captivating, suspenseful and unputdownable. I was hanging on to every word not wanting to stop reading because I just had to know what was going to happen next.
Stephen Edger is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, I love his style of writing, his twisted plot lines and his ability to lead you a certain way so you think that you know what’s going to happen and then there’s the twist and then you get that WOW didn’t see that coming moment!

This is a seriously good book that I highly recommend, you really won’t regret reading this one.  I believe it could be read as a stand-alone novel but you really should read the series from book one to get the whole experience and background of the characters.

I’m not going to say too much more because I really don’t want to give anything away.  I want to give this six stars, I know I can’t but I am anyway because I really loved this book it’s going to have to be a spectacular book that knocks this one off my number one spot of the books read so far this year.

Here is the publishers blurb:

A missing girl. A killer with a deadly message…

It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.

When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium building at Daisy’s school, she is devastated to find no sign of the missing girl, but, as she investigates further, what she does find amongst the dusty benches and broken lockers shakes her to the core: a side-room covered in plastic and a small severed foot. Kate doesn’t know whether to be relived or horrified when the DNA results show the foot does not belong to Daisy.

Working all hours to find the link between both cases, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. A twisted killer wants the attention of the victims’ families, but why send pieces of them back?

As Daisy’s last known movements are gradually retraced, suspicion falls on members of her family and activity on her Facebook account makes Kate hopeful she is still alive. Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Or is Kate prepared to risk life and limb to stop another innocent life from being taken?

This utterly unputdownable serial-killer thriller will have fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Helen Fields biting their nails long after the final twist has sunk in.

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Cut the Threads by Robin Roughly – Book Review

Cut the Threads by Robin Roughley was hard hitting, fast paced and explosive straight out of the gate.  It was surprising because when I started the book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but the more I read the more I got into it and enjoyed it.  

Detective Marnie Hammond stars in this novel, the 2nd in the series. Also featured are nasty thuggish gangs, a kidnapping and a twisted solicitor.  Marnie’s past haunts her, she struggles with flashbacks and this carries forward in how she handles the job.  I hadn’t read the first book but I was still able to get the gist of Marnie’s past story and the horrific crimes that occurred.  Because if this I would say that this book could be read as a stand-alone novel if like me you haven’t read the first book.

This is the first Robin Roughley book that I have read, and I really enjoyed it.  There is a lot of swearing and liberal use of the “C” word all throughout this book, that didn’t bother me in the slightest, if anything it added to the menacing atmosphere, although I acknowledge some people might not like it. 

I’m going to give this book 4 stars, I really did enjoy it and I am looking forward to the next one but it did take me a while to get into the book. For me the second half of the book was what kept me hooked, once “the woman” got involved in things I couldn’t put the book down I just had to know what was going to happen next.

This was a good solid second novel, bring on the third I am ready for Marnie’s next adventure!

Here is the publishers blurb:

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When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.

Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to  commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.

Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan.  As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.

Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?

Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?

As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge.

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The Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter – Book Review

Chris Carter is one of the most talented crime writers in the world today, The Gallery of the Dead was just breathtaking, the story had me hanging on to every word. It was chilling, dark and scary. Chris wove this magic spell that sucked me in and didn’t let me go until I had finished the book.

The whole Robert Hunter series is just amazing and this book didn’t disappoint, you can tell that Chris Carter has a background in Criminal Psychology as these books are just terrifyingly real.  You can feel the tension in the books, I was on the edge of my seat unable to put it down, just one more chapter, just one more chapter, before I knew it I was halfway through the book and it was midnight!

This book is seriously good, I recommend that that you read the whole series in order to get the true Robert Hunter experience. They are all amazing and so well written.  You can of course read it as a stand-alone novel if you want to but to get some background on Robert and his partner Carlos will make the whole reading experience more enjoyable.

I would love to give this book 6 stars but I can’t so a big fat 5 stars it is.  I highly recommend The Gallery of the Dead, if there is one book for January you just have to read this is it.

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

The compulsive new novel from the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller THE CALLER.

AS ADDICTIVE AS A TV BOXSET

‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’

That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. 

In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.

Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.

What the reviewers are saying about Chris Carter:

‘Carter has a background in criminal psychology and the killers at the centre of his novels are all the more terrifying for it’ Mail on Sunday, chosen for ‘If You Only Pack One’

‘Carter is one of those authors who makes writing look effortless … I couldn’t put it down’ Crime Squad

‘An insanely good crime series. Extraordinarily well written, high quality and high drama all the way’ Liz Loves Books

‘An intriguing and scary thriller’ Better Reading

‘A gripping feast of thrills’ Shots

‘A gripping psychological thriller’ Breakaway

‘This is a chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffery Deaver class’ Daily Mail

‘Punchy and fast paced’ Sunday Mirror

‘There’s a touch of the Patricia Cornwell about Chris Carter’s plotting’ Mail on Sunday

‘Very satisfying read’ Falcata Times

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The Silent Girls by Dylan Young – Book Review

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Deeply disturbing, dark and dangerous and so full of twists you will never guess the bad guy!

I really enjoyed this book which is the start of a new series by Dylan Young featuring DS Anna Gwynne.   Anna is feisty, deeply intelligent and loyal to her team.  They are working on a really complex case going back many years that has been reopened.  Liaising with another police force is turning out to be frustrating for Anna and her team but they pull together and forge ahead to try and solve the mystery.

This book was great, I enjoyed every page, it was interesting and had me captivated all the way through. I really couldn’t put it down.  This is a great start to a new series I cannot wait for book 2.  It is so nice to see a new female detective in a lead roll.

I highly recommend this book, I am giving it a very well deserved 5 stars because it was just fantastic.

Here is the publishers blurb:

Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

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The Daughter by Lucy Dawson – Book Review

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Oh My God!  Wow this book has it all, it was intense and had me gripped from the first page right through to the end.  I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat absolutely riveted and unable to put the book down. It was heartbreakingly sad and full of emotion, despair and fear.

What a story! When I say this book had it all, it was dark in places, had moments of joy, had deep dark secrets, mental health issues and a very clever cold bloodied killer. You will never in a million years guess the killer it was hidden so well.

The characters were so believable, every single one of them you could feel sorry for, cry with, laugh with and empathise with.

I loved this book, it was a great start to my 2018 reading list.  I highly recommend this book and give it a solid 5 stars.

Here is the publishers blurb:

Gripped me and didn’t let go until the wickedly twisted ending.’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You. A heartbreaking and unputdownable psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. Perfect for fans of Linda Green, K.L. Slater and Teresa Driscoll.

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

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Murder at Home by Faith Martin – Book Review

Murder at Home is book 6 in the DI Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin, it was first published as “With A Narrow Blade”.

I love everything about this series, I am totally hooked. When I have finished a book I am eagerly awaiting the next release.  There is something about the characters and setting that really draws me in, when I settle down to read one of the books in this series it feels comfortable like meeting with old friends.

Ok so you know I was excited to read this one, it didn’t disappoint. I really feel like each book in the series gets better and better.  This was an intriguing case. Who would murder an old lady who is dying of a terminal illness? Who indeed!  Hillary and her team are on the case and it’s not long until the clues start rolling in.  It was a really enjoyable story with a great ending that I didn’t see coming, I wouldn’t have guessed this one in a million years.

Not only does Hillary have to deal with a murder but someone close by is stalking her DS Janine which is a bit worrying so she has this on her mind to solve and deal with as well. Janine is due to marry Mel in a couple of days so doesn’t need the stress and aggravation of a stalker.

I really enjoyed this book and read it in super quick time as I found it really hard to put down. The story was captivating, I just love the characters and it was very cleverly written. Faith Martin is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

This was a brilliant book, Faith Martins best one to date, it was a cracking read.  I am giving it a gigantic 5 stars.

Publishers Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Flo Jenkins is found murdered in her armchair, a paperknife sticking out of her chest. The old woman was well liked and nothing seems to have been stolen from her home. And it was common knowledge that she only had weeks to live.

Why kill a dying woman? This is going to be one of the toughest cases yet for Hillary to solve.

Hillary also has to deal with a new colleague who has a terrible temper and a rocky past.

With no forensics, no leads, and only a drug-addict nephew as a suspect, will this be Hillary’s first failure to solve a murder?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

 MURDER AT HOME is the sixth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION

Set in the town of Bicester. England is famous for its picturesque and unique market towns, many of which date back to the Middle Ages, or even further. Traditionally, they were places where farmers met to trade livestock, buy supplies and sell their arable goods. Nowadays, modern markets are often still held in the streets, and in Bicester, where this novel is set, a ‘street market’ happens every Friday. The main street is in fact called Sheep Street, and a modern sculpture of a cluster of sheep pays tribute to the town’s history. Often these old market towns are lined with architecture that spans the centuries — from timber-framed Elizabeth houses, through to the classical lines beloved of the Georgians, to the more ornate houses favoured by the Victorians. Quiet, attractive and often full of character, these old market towns are very desirable places to live.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene

An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow

Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WITH A NARROW BLADE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL

BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY

BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE

BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE

BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY

BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME

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