Post Script: Fear Nothing – Lisa Gardner

Fear Nothing

A Detective D.D. Warren Novel

Lisa Gardner

PENGUIN GROUP Dutton

Dutton Adult

ISBN: 9780525953081

 

Description:

In #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

 

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

 

My View:

This is a superb thriller!

This is the 7th book in the D.D .Warren series yet can easily be read as a standalone. As this is the 7th book in the series I am assuming that this quality of writing is typical of this author – and I want to read more! I want to read them all! This book is brilliant. It is not surprising this author is a #1 seller; the plot is a cracker, the history of evilness is vile, the pace is exhausting, the crimes are heinous, the dialogue is natural and conversational, the two perspectives – of Dr Adeline Glen and that of Detective D.D. Warren provide insight and give meaning to the narrative. This narrative has a wonderful range of strong female leads. It is BRILLIANT.

I had to read all 416 pages last night- once you begin this book you cannot put it down until the last funeral is over. FANTASTIC!

Eggplant Parmesan

The garden is providing an abundance of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, beans, pumpkins, zucchinis and cucumbers.

This week I will make tomato kasundi and eggplant kasundi to use up some of the excess (  tastes yum too).

Today I made Chef Pasquale’s Eggplant Parmesan. It was easy and taste so good! (but only uses one eggplant) 🙂

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Eggplant a-la-natural

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Eggplant freshly picked.

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The finished product- Eggplant Parmesan .

**See the video for the recipe or leave a comment requesting and I will post the list of ingredients and method.

Post Script: Catalyst – Michael Knaggs

Catalyst

Hotel St Kilda Series

Michael Knaggs

Troubador Publishing Ltd

Matador

ISBN: 9781783067619

  

Description:

“Time’s up, Jimmy. This is for your neighbours hiding behind their curtains, for the guys you injured tonight and other nights, and for the misery and pain you’ve inflicted on hundreds of nice people. Oh yes, and for the lady I told you about. I don’t think I mentioned it before, but the third time she tried to take her own life, she succeeded.” He pulled the trigger.

The first book in the gripping ‘Hotel St Kilda’ series by Michael Knaggs transports the reader to a community under constant threat from a brutal gang, led by three brothers. When these men are lured to an isolated street and shot dead by a mysterious stranger, the subsequent euphoria on the estate where they lived is picked up by the national press.

Catalyst follows the crusade of Tom Brown, MP for the Opposition Party and champion of law and order, who is forced to put everything on the line, including his relationship with his wife, to implement a controversial New Justice Regime. He receives strong support from his Party colleagues and a local campaigner, George Holland, who travels the country to rally the support for radical change.

When the killer is eventually caught, the gang sets out for revenge, targeting George for his outspoken condemnation of their activities and uncompromising proposals for their demise. They descend in large numbers on the quiet village where he lives, armed and ready to kill, and the resulting event is dubbed ‘The Meadow Village Massacre’ across the national papers.

Catalyst builds from an opening sequence based on a short story penned by the author over fifty years ago. The saga of Hotel St Kilda will continue in the second book of the series, Heaven’s Door, and features a climax which has its roots in a separate short story. The narrative is a linking of these two events, and whilst purely a work of fiction, provides a vehicle for the author to express a number of personal issues on law and order.

 

My View:

I really enjoyed the opening sequences of this book and can understand why the author decided to develop this into a full sized novel – however I think a little of the tension and the excitement was lost in the translation to a novel about politics and manipulation. The original premise seemed to change to an altogether different agenda – a law and order social change theme and whilst it was certainly interesting to  read how the public, journalists and members of the government alike can be manipulated  so easily and cleverly, it was not the story I thought I was going to get or wanted.

 

Post Script: The Advent Killer – Alastair Gunn

The Advent Killer

Alastair Gunn

Penguin Books Australia

Penguin

ISBN: 9781405914440

 

 

Description:

At first they said it was coincidence.

Number one drowned; number two beaten to death. But when a third woman is murdered at exactly one a.m. on a third consecutive Sunday, DCI Antonia Hawkins finds herself on the hunt for a cold, careful killer whose victims seem to be chosen at random.

As public panic spreads in the weeks before Christmas, Hawkins and her team have to stop a killer whose twisted motives can only be guessed at before another week brings another victim. When the clock strikes one . . .

My View:

Don’t be mistaken, this is NOT a cozy crime read!

The opening sequences are ghoulish and breathtaking! The voice of the villain in this narrative is particular loathsome and malignant, his rationale making sense only to himself.

This is an excellent debut crime novel and I think we are going to see more of DCI Hawkins and her team. There were elements in this book that reminded me of the early DCI Tennison character in the Prime Suspect series – Hawkins is another female detective fighting crime whilst simultaneously struggling to survive in a male dominated profession that is at constant odds with her position of power; sexism in the workplace is a strong subplot in this narrative.  I wish her luck!