Post Script: The Wolf In Winter – John Connolly

Love, anger, grief – all were weapons in their own way. (p. 340)

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker 12)

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12)

John Connolly

Hodder & Stoughton

Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444755336

 

Description:

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins . . .

 

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .

 

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.

 

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

 

My View: 

This instalment in the Charlie Parker series left me wanting more. Connolly cleverly writes in characters/story arcs with a history from the previous eleven books in this one and so I think it is really important to read the others in order before attempting this. Connolly weaves a Gothic like tale, it is moody and atmospheric and very mysterious and the conclusion finishes with a cliff hanger; but the pacing is patchy and not quite as engaging as the previous novels. I think this episode sets up the next read brilliantly – and that I can’t wait for.

 

PS the soundtrack to the novels – Ghosts – is great.

 

Forever telling stories: Interview with Annabel Smith

readingwritingandriesling:

More thoughts on writing and self publishing :)

Originally posted on Australian Women Writers Challenge:

Annabel Smith

Annabel Smith

I can’t imagine ever not wanting to tell stories.
- Annabel Smith

In case you have been living under a rock, our very own Annabel Smith, she of the interviewing and other exciting things on Australian Women Writers, is not only an Australian and female but also a writer herself.

And so over the past few months, we have been badgering her to tell us about her third book The Ark, which finally in the midst of writing her fourth book she relented to do. You can’t accuse her of not being organised or prolific.

And The Ark is important – not only is Annabel going down the self-publishing route via Gumroad for this book but she has also created an app for the readers who want to delve into the experience a bit more via the wonders of digital publishing.

It says something about Annabel’s view…

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Post Script: Deadly Obsession – Karen M Davis

“Never doubt the gut instinct.” (p193)

Deadly Obsession

Deadly Obsession

Karen M Davis

Simon & Schuster

A CBS Company

ISBN: 9781922052551

 

 

Description:

A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket.

 

Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home.

 

The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie’s ex-husband, who is now a paramedic – and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie’s marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she’s suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she’s handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she’s up to the job.

 

My View:

 This is the second book in the Lexie Rogers series and I really enjoyed the pace, the narrative arcs, the characters and the resolution. Karen M Davis fantastic Australian crime fiction writer who has a very solid base of knowledge to call on when writing her novels; she had a twenty year career in the New South Wales police department – her personal operational experience, the language and dialogue between the cops in her fictional works shine through her fictional works.

 

To say I enjoyed this book is a bit of an understatement and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

 

 

Post Scritp: The Unforgivable Fix – T E Woods

By far the best read in this series!

The Unforgivable Fix

A Justice Novel

T E. Woods

Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

Alibi

ISBN: 9780345549280

 

Description:

On the heels of her runaway hits The Fixer and The Red Hot Fix, T. E. Woods ratchets up the tension with her newest explosive thriller in the fast-paced Justice series.

 

The killer won’t come for you, you fool. He’ll come for me.

 

Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late wife raised two kids feels too large and too full of old memories. His son is married and raising a family of his own, and despite desperate efforts to find her, Mort has lost touch with his wayward daughter. That is, until the day she walks back into her childhood home and begs for his help.

 

For the last four years, Allie Grant has been the lover—and confidante, confessor, and counselor—of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly men. But a sudden, rash move has put Allie in the crosshairs of a ruthless Russian crime lord. Mort knows of only one place where Allie will be safe: with The Fixer.

 

As a hired desperado, The Fixer has killed twenty-three people—and Mort was complicit in her escape from the law. She has built an impregnable house, stocked it with state-of-the-art gear, armed it to the teeth, and locked herself away from the world. But even The Fixer may not be able to get justice for Allie when real evil comes knocking.

 

 

My View:

 

T E Woods just gets better and better. I enjoyed the last book and was expecting this to be a kind of winding up of the series but so pleased that is not how it turned out. This, the 3rd book in the series is a fast paced, exciting novel full of mysteries and moral dilemmas.

I like hearing more of the psychologist side of the story, the cases, protocols and the client/doctor discussions.

 

In this novel we learn more about The Fixer, her relationships and her fears. She is far more personable, we see more of her perspective, what shaped her choices and her weakness and strengths in this book which I think engages the reader more in this novel than any of the others. And we have Mort a character that I really enjoy reading more about.

 

There are moral dilemmas, mob hits, drug lords, manipulation, abuse and thuggery. There are great characters; I liked the back stories of Ali Grant and Zach which add depth and a few great twists to the plot. The discussion surrounding memory and false memories is captivating. In all this is a great read, the best of this series thus far. I look forward to the next book.

 

 

 

 

A Three Dog Night…

This weekend we had visitors stay - which also meant we had a doggie guest too –  Mack came down for a visit. Effectively we became a 3 dog house for the weekend.  A busy time for all :)

 

 

Bob the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Dempsey the French Bulldog

Dempsey the French Bulldog

 

Post Script: Eden – Candice Fox

Fear is a powerful motivator.

Eden

Candice Fox

Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Bantam Australia

ISBN: 9780857982568

 

Description:

The break taking new thriller from the author of Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly award for Best Debut Crime Novel. “I fool myself that Eden has a heart – that she would at least have trouble killing me…”Most police duos run on trust, loyalty, and the desire to see killers in court. But Detective Frank Bennett’s partner, the enigmatic Eden Archer, has nothing to offer him but darkness and danger. She doesn’t mind catching killers – but it’s not the courthouse where her justice is served. And now Eden is about to head undercover to find three missing girls. The only link between the victims is a remote farm where the desperate go to hide and blood falls more often than rain. For Frank, the priority is to keep his partner monitored 24/7 while she’s there – but is it for Eden’s protection, or to protect their suspects from her? Across the city at the Utulla Tip, someone is watching Hades Archer, a man whose criminal reputation is the stuff of legend. Unmasking the stalker for him might be just what Frank needs to stay out of trouble while Eden’s away. But it’s going to take a trip into Hades’s past to discover the answers – and what Frank uncovers may well put everyone in danger . . .

 

 

My View:

This was always going to be a difficult read for me; I loved the first book in this series, Hades, I didn’t think a work of crime fiction could get much better and so it was with anticipation and a touch of apprehension that I embarked on the second book, Eden. And what a book it is, a book of two stories intricately woven together, one story slowly reveals the history of Hades, his childhood, his baptism into a life of crime and of the spilling of much blood and a the story based in the current times of three missing girls.

 

I favoured the missing girls’ story – I would love to read more of this sort of account; the snappy dialogue, the mystery, the building tension, and a glimpse into the personal lives of the major characters; this was adrenaline raising reading. Hades story – for me was a little too blood thirsty, in particular the scenes with dogs. This was stomach churning stuff. Enough said.

 

A book of two narratives, one of which I found unpalatable the other I devoured. Candice Fox you are force to be reckoned with and I look forward to reading the third book in this series.