Post Script: The Dark Room – Jonathan Moore

 

The Dark Room

 

The Dark Room

Jonathan Moore

Hachette Australia

Orion

ISBN: 9781409165033

 

Description:

The heart-pounding follow-up to the “electrifying”* Poison Artist shows what happens when our deepest secrets are unburied.

*Stephen King

 

Gavin Cain, an SFPD homicide inspector, is in the middle of an exhumation when his phone rings. San Francisco’s mayor is being blackmailed and has ordered Cain back to the city; a helicopter is on its way. The casket, and Cain’s cold-case investigation, must wait.  At City Hall, the mayor shows Cain four photographs he’s received: the first, an unforgettable blonde; the second, pills and handcuffs on a nightstand; the third, the woman drinking from a flask; and last, the woman naked, unconscious, and shackled to a bed. The accompanying letter is straightforward: worse revelations are on the way unless the mayor takes his own life first.  An intricately plotted, deeply affecting thriller that keeps readers guessing until the final pages, The Dark Room tracks Cain as he hunts for the blackmailer, pitching him into the web of destruction and devotion the mayor casts in his shadow.

 

My View:

Dark, dark and darker- this fantastic police procedural will keep you up all night until the crime has been solved and the villains dealt with.

 

This is a multilayered narrative – narratives of the past (cold cases) and present (new case) colliding providing depth to the narrative and then there is the back story – every bit as engaging – the story of Cain, what happened at his precinct – something shocking that is referred to but not fully disclosed and the incident involving Cain’s now girlfriend, Lucy – a virtual recluse since the incident (in which she was a victim/hero).  Moore drip feeds us information about the various stories throughout the read but it is not enough, I want to know more about this situation and how the relationship between Cain and Lucy began…there is so much happening in this narrative.

 

Dark, evocative, complex and engaging – this police procedural has it all – and I do hope there is a book 2 to come soon.

Post Script: Blood Lines – Angela Marsons

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Blood Lines (D.I. Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 5)

Angela Marsons

Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786810984

 

Description:

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

 

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

 

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

 

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

 

A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.

 

 

My View:

A superbly satisfying read!  

Yet again Angela Marsons has written an extremely taut, fast paced and exciting episode in the D.I Kim Stone series. Kim’s nemesis is back in play and lives are manipulated again, mere pawns in Dr Alex Thorne’s bigger plan. Connect the dots…see if you can work out the mysteries here.

 

There are some fantastic plot twists here – you will be surprised!

 

My only question is – where to now DI Kim Stone? This kind of felt like a wrap up to me, but I will be happy to be proved wrong if another episode is written Angela Marsons.

 

 

 

 

Rankin Launches RebusFest: 30 years of a Crime Fiction Icon

Rankin Launches RebusFest: 30 years of a Crime Fiction Icon

Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group today announced plans to mark the thirtieth anniversary of John Rebus, one of crime fiction’s greatest and best-loved creations, with a festival of literature, music, art and film in Rankin and Rebus’s hometown of Edinburgh.  RebusFest will reflect the many facets of the irascible old rogue – a fun-filled, entertaining and revealing weekend is guaranteed.

RebusFest will take place over the weekend of 30 June to 2 July and will provide fans and new readers with a wonderful opportunity to explore Rebus’ world and discover the making of an iconic character.

Ian Rankin says: “I had no idea when I published KNOTS AND CROSSES in 1987 that Rebus would still be sharing his adventures – and misadventures – with me thirty years later. It’s a thrill to be spending 2017 celebrating the man, his legacy, and his taste in music. Central to this is RebusFest – a weekend festival in Edinburgh of all things Rebus. I just hope he enjoys all the hoopla – I need him to still be speaking to me afterwards…”

The festival, curated by Ian Rankin, will include interactive events, live music, walking tours, screenings, and food and drink, as well as talks on the historic and contemporary influences on Rebus. Experts, artists and performers will join Ian across the weekend to provide a unique insight into one of the most significant and best-loved characters in crime fiction.

The full festival line-up will be announced on 17th March, when tickets will go on sale.  For further updates and exclusive announcements, fans can visit www.ianrankin.net

2017 is the year of Rebus & Rankin, celebrating thirty years from Rebus’ first outing in Knots & Crosses and most recently in the bestselling Rather Be the Devil. Over the course of the year Ian Rankin will be embarking on an international tour taking in countries across Europe, North America, the Antipodes and South East Asia.

The announcement of RebusFest follows the recent news that Ian Rankin is to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in recognition of his contribution to contemporary fiction. Rankin’s iconic crime novels have gained global acclaim and made him an international bestseller.

RebusFest takes place 30 June – 2 July 2017

 

*This announcement is courtesy of Hachette Australia ‘s media team.

 

 

Best Crime Fiction/Mystery/Thrillers Reads of 2016

And what a task to try and narrow this field down – some exceptionally good reads in 2016.

And here they are in no particular order:

 

Like I Can Love

Like I Can Love  – Kim Lock

Ghost Girls

Ghost Girls – Cath Ferla

An Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident – Emily Maguire

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye  – Michael Connelly

Find Her

Find Her – Lisa Gardner

The Kept Woman

The Kept Woman – Karin Slaughter

the-fallsThe Falls  – B Michael Radburn

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The Crossing –  B Michael Radburn

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Face Value – Ian Andrew

Saturday Requiem

Saturday Requiem – Nicci French

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Tell The Truth Shame The Devil – Melina Marchetta

The Dry

The Dry – Jane Harper

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Angels Burning – Tawni O’Dell

Girl Waits With Gun

Girl Waits With Gun – Amy Stewart

Darkest Place

Darkest Place – Jaye Ford

Death By Sugar

Death By Sugar  – Helen Goltz

Missing Presumed

Missing Presumed – Susie Steiner

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Under the Harrow – Flynn Berry

a-great-reckoning

A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny

The Cleanskin

The Cleanskin – Laura Bloom

Post Script: Scared To Death – Rachel Amphlett

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Scared to Death

Detective Kay Hunter #1

Rachel Amphlett

Saxon Publishing

ISBN: 9780994433756

 

Description:

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

 

My View:

Once you have been introduced to Detective Kay Hunter you will be firm friends. She is conscientious, driven, intelligent and hardworking and the author has generously provided a home life and a relationship that is strong and credible. Kay Hunter may have some personal and work issues that she is dealing with but these add to her credibility and make her a very well developed and realistic character. There is none of the desolate, drug addled or alcoholic traits that are so prevalent in the protagonists of so many contemporary crime fiction reads –   this three dimensional female protagonist is such a pleasant change to read.

 

And the realism doesn’t end there! Whilst not writing sensationalist, violent prose, the action and the crimes portrayed here is realistic, disturbing and very imaginable (emphasis on the imaginable). The behaviours and personality types of the victims – also very credible.

 

The strength of this novel is in Rachel Amphlett’s ability to succinctly create empathetic realistic characters and situations which allow readers to fully engage with many of the situations/issues presented here. Who hasn’t had some experience of bullying – in the workplace, in the home, at school, of being the target or the bully…of harassment, prejudice, discrimination? Parents will be able to identify with the fears and terrors the missing girls’ families feel.  And the young girls? You will recognise teenagers who fit this bill too.  And on a personal level – Kay’s “secret” is one that will resonate with many.  Dysfunctional families, family violence, divorce, co-parenting…work pressures, the pressures of the everyday…all is covered here and in doing so the author has very subtly and successfully  bonded you to the characters and the situations in this book. You will want to follow Kay Hunter on her journey to discover the truth.

 

Well done Rachel Amphlett.

 

More praise for Rachel Amphlett here:

 

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Doesn’t Time Fly?

Here it is December 2016 already.  I cant believe it – this year has flown by, life has been busy; a grandson was born and he is now 8 months old.  Recipes have been tried and tested and many books have been read and reviewed – around the one hundred seventy mark thus far.

I am enjoying sharing the joy of reading with my grandson (with  appropriate titles) – it is never too early to encourage a love of reading.

Recently I invited a couple of ardent readers to share some of their favoruite reads on my site – to broaden the type of book reviews available here.  I hope you find some new favourite books and authors.  Thank you Bec and Brenda.

 

The reading year has not yet wound up – there is a blog tour ahead; the launch of Rachel Amphlett’s new police procedural series, Scared to Death. There is a   Q & A with debut Perth writer Anthea Hodgson, a Christmas menu to compile and share and a series of “best of 2016 reads” for you to comment on and…more reviews.

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Seasons greetings to you.

Christmas pavlova

 

 

Post Script: Out of Bounds – Val McDermid

A slow burn that is big on police procedural and immensely satisfying to read!

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Out of Bounds

Inspector Karen Pirie #4

Val McDermid

Hachette Australia

Little, Brown

ISBN: 9781408706923

 

Description:

Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.

 

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

 

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

 

An enthralling, twisty read, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

 

 

My View:

A slow burn that is big on police procedural and immensely satisfying to read!

 

Another great read from this author – and another series to add to you list of must reads. Fantastic character driven police procedural – twists, turns and surprises and as a bonus McDermid subtly weaves in some contemporary social issues. McDermid looks at the plights of political refugees and discrimination in the UK and deftly crafts minor storylines that offer a positive positions/reflections of life to contrast populist ethnocentric views. Bravo!

 

 

And as if that isn’t enough to draw you in – it is an educational read as well – I learnt so much about the different brands and flavours of gin available in the UK (which prompted me to check out our local liquor store, sadly there was only 4 types of gin on the shelves of which I selected one to bring home with me) the lack of choice was very disappointing after being tantalised with the many many types Karen and Jimmy sampled and judged during their Monday night soirees.

 

And I learned a new the expression – the Scottish word – numpty, which for the unenlightened means; a stupid or ineffectual person. J And by coincidence – I was in the hairdressers to day and heard that word used in conversation, remember I am in Australia and this is not a word that is ordinarily a part of colloquial language but my hairdresser was from the UK. Glad I understood what she me and and that she wasn’t talking about me J

 

Out of Bounds is a well written, engaging, educational,  complex, character driven and socially relevant police procedural that you will find immensely satisfying to read (as a bonus there are glimpses of the authors sense of humour in her writing which made me smile as I read) I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.