Post Script: Liar’s Candle – August Thomas

Liar's Candle by August Thomas cover art

Liar’s Candle

August Thomas

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978 1 4711 6703 4

 

Description:

In this brilliant debut thriller, set in the US embassy in Turkey, one young woman finds herself at the centre of a deadly plot and marked for death … An intelligent, fast-paced spy novel for fans of Olen Steinhauser and Joseph Kanon.

 

SHE IS THE WOMAN WHO KNOWS TOO MUCH …

 

Penny Kessler, a young intern at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wakes up in a hospital on the morning of July 5th to find herself at the centre of an international crisis. The day before, the Embassy had been the target of a devastating terrorist attack that killed hundreds of Penny’s friends and colleagues. Not only has a photograph of Penny emerging from the rubble become the defining image of the event (#TheGirlwiththeFlag), but for reasons she doesn’tunderstand, her bosses believe she’s a crucial witness.

 

Suddenly, everyone is desperately interested in what Penny knows. But what does she know? And who can she trust? As she struggles to piece together her memories of the event, she discovers that Zach Robson, the young diplomat she’s been falling for all summer, went missing during the attack. Now his boss at the CIA, Christina Ekdahl, wants people to believe that Zach was a traitor. Only one person stands in her way: Penny. And Christina will do anything to silence her.

 

In a race to keep from being killed and to uncover the truth, Penny reluctantly partners with Connor Beauregard, a rookie CIA officer on his first overseas assignment. But the two won’t survive unless they can outwit – and outmaneuver – everyone from the Turkish president and his daughter to Islamic extremists, to the US State Department, to the CIA itself.

 

Praise for Liar’s Candle

 

“Stunning…a novel that brings the le Carré and Follett traditions into the 21st century.  Breakneck pacing, sharply observed detail, an all-too-plausible plot, and a protagonist to cheer for’ Joseph Finder

 

‘A high-energy thriller…The tension and relentless action ratchet higher from the very first chapter to the climatic ending as one terrifying escape follows the next and everywhere friends and foes change places. Thomas has eerily evoked not only the intrigue and brutality of terrorism in Turkey, but the country itself’ Paul Vidich

 

‘Tightly-plotted, well-written, and astute, Liar’s Candle is a remarkable debut’ Lisa Unger

 

‘August Thomas is a fresh, exciting new voice in international thrillers’ Chris Pavone

 

‘A propulsive, heart-in-your-throat thriller that’s loaded with unexpected twists and turns…. LIAR’S CANDLE is a shockingly good debut novel’ Daniel Kalla

 

My View:

What more can I say that hasn’t already been said? Only that the accolades are well deserved: this book is an outstanding read and if you love a fast paced, action packed, trust no one type of intelligent thriller – well then this book is for you.  So credible, such an authentic voice, I loved every word on every page.

 

 

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Post Script: I’ll Keep You Safe – Peter May

I'll Keep You Safe

I’ll Keep You Safe

Peter May

riverrun

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781784294946

 

Description:

Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

 

Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.

 

As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.

 

 

My View:

Another evocative read by Peter May. Peter is a skilful wordsmith, his ability to paint a country side (in this instance two very different landscapes- Paris and The Isle of Lewis) is worthy of applause; majestic, brooding, isolated, stormy, threatening, deadly V frenetic, busy, trendy, deadly.  (I think Peter’s writing influenced my sister in laws choice of recent holiday destinations – Scotland and the Orkneys and Paris made it on to her itinerary.)

 

Another great read, Peter May does not disappoint.

 

 

Post Script: I, Witness – Niki Mackay

I Witness

I, Witness

Niki Mackay

Orion

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781409174592

 

Description:

They say I’m a murderer.

Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend; covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her.

I plead guilty.

Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released.

But the truth is, I didn’t do it.

There’s only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attalee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago.

 

But there’s someone out there who doesn’t want Kate digging up the past. Someone who is willing to keep the truth buried at any cost.

 

Robert Galbraith meets Susie Steiner in this gripping debut from Niki Mackay.

 

My View:

Gripping, choc full of twists and surprises, every time you think you have it worked out -think again-you don’t.

A flawed (read that as very flawed but good hearted, empathetic, dedicated… ) female Private Investigator ex- cop is a wonderful protagonist that quickly gains the readers respect and admiration. Madison Attalee drives the pace of this drama – fast, frantic and deadly.

There are so many twists, most totally unexpected. And just a little pricking of your social conscience  – enough said, read and let me know what you think.

 

What an amazing year on the crime fiction front – I have read so many exceptional reads, and have been surprised by how many, like this, are debut novels. Amazing! What talent!

 

I am looking forward to the next episode in Madison Attalee’s life.

 

Post Script: Dying Truth – Angela Marsons

 

Dying Truth

DI Kim Stone #8

Angela Marsons

 Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786814746

 

Description:

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

 

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

 

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

 

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

 

 

My View:

 

Dear Angela

I don’t know why I am surprised that with each new book in this series I read I find myself shaking my head and muttering – “how on earth do I write this review/do this book justice. Last time (and the time before, and the time before…) I said I don’t know how your writing could get any better, how it could get any more emotive, engaging, explosive…etc.…how this story could climb to further heights. I guess the only superlative left to add is …ADDICTIVE…but then haven’t I said that or at least inferred that before?”

 

“Come on Angela, help me out here… how do I applaud you and your future installments in this series  without being repetitive?”

 

Best wishes

 

Carol

 

 

Post Script: All In – Lily Gardner

The third instalment in Lily Gardner’s P.I. Lennox Cooper series does not disappoint, this is compulsive reading.

.All In

All In

Lily Gardner

Diversion Books

ASIN: B07BB3QRZR

 

Description:

The third noir mystery featuring P.I. Lennox Cooper, a smart detective, a smart poker player, and one of today’s boldest heroines in the sorority of lonesome gumshoes.

 

“Gardner has created a modern P.I. in time honored tradition, and the result is both fresh and grounded. Lennox Cooper, her protagonist, is crafty, intelligent, resourceful, bold and tenacious. . . . The locale and ambiance are detailed to perfection.” —Carolyn Lane, Murder by the Book

 

Flinty ex-cop, poker-playing, private detective, Lennox Cooper stands alone in championing Tomek Jagoda, darling son of a Portland crime family, accused of murdering his high-living girlfriend.

 

The cops have proof that will send Tomek to prison for life, and prosecuting the case is a Viking goddess of a woman, as smart as she is stunning, who draws everyone’s adoration. Next to her, Lennox feels like a garden gnome. Even August Kline, Lennox’s boss and Tomek’s defense attorney, is ready to throw Tomek under the bus in a plea deal that carries a ten-year sentence just to court the prosecutor.

 

What is it about Tomek-big as a tool shed and twice as dumb-that convinces Lennox of his innocence?

 

As Lennox unwinds all the lies surrounding the case, she sees deeper into Tomek’s humanity and into her own. She realizes that she’s in love with the defense attorney who’s in lust with the prosecutor. Lennox bets her job, her love, and her own safety to find the killer.

 

She’s all in.

 

 

My View:
The third instalment in Lily Gardner’s P.I. Lennox Cooper series does not disappoint, this is compulsive reading.

 

This is a series I particularly  enjoy – I love the honesty of the characters, the camaraderie between the poker players and the angst that Cooper exudes as she tries to navigate the world as an ex -cop now private investigator desperately trying to pay her way (and find happiness) in an chaotic world.   This is compulsive reading and I do hope that that there will be a part four coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman

The Craftsman

Sharon Bolton

Trapeze

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9781409174127

 

Description:

Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.

 

August, 1999

On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

 

June, 1969

13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

 

August, 1999

As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

 

 

 

My View:

I read this until I could not keep my eyes open and then picked up the book again when I awoke. Quite possibly the best EVER book I have read !!!!

 

You must get your hands on a copy of this – it is chilling, it will keep you up all night reading and the ending??? Well I never!!! Never guessed this outcome at all. Never realised just who was the wrong doer here, didn’t see this coming.  Didn’t see…well you will just have to read it for yourself.

 

The best part of this book – and there are so many great features – great characters, loved the relationship between Flo and her son, loved the references to the 60’s early 70’s, loved the life lessons woven in….but the best part- this is the first book in a trilogy! More greatness to come- soon I hope.

 

Friday Freebie: Call to Arms – Rachel Amphlett

Call to Arms

 

The talented and generous Rachel Amphlett has offered 3 readers of my blog a chance to win an ebook (Kindle or ePub) copy of her latest release  Call to Arms  – which is book five in her Kay Hunter series. Check out Brenda’s 5star review of Call to Arms here:   https://wp.me/p3aMo4-39H

To enter, simply pop over to Rachel’s website www.rachelamphlett.com   and check out the Kay Hunter Series page and in the comments section of this post identify another title in the Kay Hunter series. Easy isnt it?

 

This giveaway will be open until the 16th of April 2018. Good luck.

 

 

***Pam, Anne and Lesley – congratulations you are the lucky winners. I have emailed Rachel your  contact details. Let me know via a comment on this page how you enjoyed the book.  ***