Post Script: The Late Show – Michael Connelly

The Late Show

The Late Show

Michael Connelly

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760630782

 

Description:

A pulse-pounding thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

 

Los Angeles can be a dangerous city – never more so than in the dead of night.

 

Renee Ballard works the night shift at the LAPD in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

 

But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

 

As the cases entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job – no matter what the department throws at her.

 

 

My View:

Michael Connelly can do no wrong! This is a brilliant introduction to a new protagonist Renee Ballard and I look forward to reading many more in this series.  I don’t know how Michael Connelly does this – producing consistently great writing, producing wonderfully detailed police procedurals that reveal themselves like a film in your mind’s eye.

 

Renee Ballard’s narrative – of harassment, bullying and battling the “boys club” is credible and one experienced by many many women in all walks of life. However Ballard will not be defeated – she remains strong, forthright and dedicated to her work. It is no surprise that Ballard is heading for a show down with a particular suspect – that is a given, but when it happens – BOOM! I was totally taken by surprise. Perfect tactics Michael Connelly.  Loved this read.

 

Post Script: Fatal Mistake – Karen M Davis

Fatal Mistake

Fatal Mistake

Lexie Rogers #3

Karen M. Davis

Simon& Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925368321

 

Description:

Detective Lexie Rogers is tough, smart and at the top of her game. She’s seen it all, from bikies, blood and betrayal to drugs, deviants and deception … and the violent knife attack that almost killed her as a young cop on the beat.

 

Lexie’s sent on the job of a lifetime — to go deep undercover, as beautiful Lara Wild, a drug distributor, to expose a huge dealing ring among Sydney’s most treacherous criminals. What she discovers is that being undercover is the safest place to be, especially when you’re a cop with target on your head, but one false move means she’ll die. And creeping from the shadows is the darkness of her past, something she can never outrun.

 

Lexie knows she can’t trust anyone — but the trouble is, she’s not even sure if she can trust herself.

 

 

My View:

Karen M Davis writes with authenticity that only an ex police officer and undercover agent could! “Karen Davis was a New South Wales police officer for twenty years. Starting her career on the streets of Newtown, she then moved on to work as a detective and undercover operative in a variety of sections, all of which specialised in the investigation of organised crime.” https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7082717.Karen_M_Davis

 

Instalment three in the Lexie Rogers series is exciting, fast paced and so so readable! The settings are vivid – I can picture the nightclubs, the bouncers, the crooks and Lexie and her dyed hair and coloured contacts. The main characters are familiar and feel like old friends and I enjoyed the thread that wove police corruption into the mix – and what a mix – there is so much happening in the novel.

 

This is a read in one sitting kind of book. Book out your diary and sit back and enjoy – there are some lovely plot resolutions in this instalment. I wonder what’s next for Lexie?

 

 

Post Script: The Birdwatcher – William Shaw

the-birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher

William Shaw

Mulholland Books

ISBN: 9780316316248

 

Description:

Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.

A methodical, diligent, and exceptionally bright detective, South is an avid birdwatcher and trusted figure in his small town on the rugged Kentish coast. He also lives with the deeply buried secret that, as a child in Northern Ireland, he may have killed a man. When a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his remote home, South’s world flips.

 

The culprit seems to be a drifter from South’s childhood; the victim was the only person connecting South to his early crime; and a troubled, vivacious new female sergeant has been relocated from London and assigned to work with South. As our hero investigates, he must work ever-harder to keep his own connections to the victim, and his past, a secret.

The Birdwatcher is British crime fiction at its finest; a stirring portrait of flawed, vulnerable investigators; a meticulously constructed mystery; and a primal story of fear, loyalty and vengeance.

 

My View:

What a fantastic narrative. This already has a place in my top reads of 2017!  

Without spoilers – we start with a fantastic hook, a confession, that colours our expectation and perception of what we might read next in this intriguing and mesmerising narrative; South’s secret is mind blowing and the circumstances surrounding this event will fill your heart with sadness, such is the strength of the character development here that you will mourn the tragedies that are slowly revealed.

What can I add? Fantastic relatable characters – minor and main, life stories that will resonate and/ or move the reader, locations that shape the dual narratives, a brooding sense of foreboding and a poignancy that is bitter sweet. Despite the bloody crimes – in the past and the present spaces, there is an underlying optimism that permeates the narrative, tightly grasp hold of this emotion as you stagger bloodied, battered and emotionally drained towards the resolution of this narrative.

 

 

 

Post Script: Dead Souls – Angela Marsons

Oh my! This book is dark, sinister, brutal and so, so thrilling!

Dead Souls

Dead Souls

(Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 6)

Angela Marsons

Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786811608

 

Description:

The truth was dead and buried…until now.

 

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

 

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

 

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

 

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

 

An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

 

 

My View:

Oh my! This book is dark, sinister, brutal and so, so thrilling!

 

I have been a fan of this series since the very first book, Angela Marsons does not disappoint.  I read book five, “Blood Lines” and did ponder where this series could possibly go next, I thought the author had resolved lots of the overarching plot threads and the series might be resolving.  How wrong was I?

 

This read is grim, possibly the darkest the series to date – and possibly one of the darkest books I have read this year – but it didn’t put me off. It gripped. It thrilled.  It made me heartsick. It moved. It made me think. WOW!  What’s next for Detective Kim Stone?

 

 

Post Script:The Lies Within – Jane Isaac

The Lies Within

The Lies Within

DI Wil Jackman #3

Jane Isaac

Legend Press

ISBN: 9781785079269

 

Description:

Amazon No. 1 Bestselling Author of the DI Will Jackman series

 

‘Perfectly executed’ Sarah Ward

 

‘Unputdownable’ Rebecca Bradley

 

‘Crime writing at its best’ David Evans

 

‘Unmissable’ Michael Wood

 

‘Mesmerising and disturbing’ June Taylor

 

THE THIRD DI WILL JACKMAN CRIME THRILLER

Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.

DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.

When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit?

A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah.

 

 

My View:

This is a book that will have you putting the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the front door so you can sit and indulge in this fantastic read.

 

I love this series. Masterful plotting, three dimensional characters. A protagonist who isn’t an addict, or a womaniser or damaged – but he does have a tragic personal back story – which he deals with. Refreshing isn’t it?

 

If you haven’t read any of this series before I suggest you get all three book and treat yourself to a long weekend of reading bliss.

 

 

Post Script: Beneath The Ashes – Jane Isaac

Beneath The Ashes

DI Wil Jackman #2

Jane Isaac

Legend Press

ISBN: 9781785079481

 

Description:

‘A very convincing police procedural with the delectable DI Will Jackman at the helm.’ Louise Voss

‘If you like pacy convincing police procedurals this is one for you.’ Kate Ellis

‘A tense police procedural with a fantastic plot and intense characters. I devoured the book in record time.’ Lisa Cutts

‘a highly skilled writer… she dissects the complexities of crime and human emotions with impressive insight and compassion.’ Kate Rhodes

‘I thought I d never read a book that came close to the realities of crime and policing. Then I read this.’ Ian Patrick Writer and former DS with the Metropolitan Police

‘A smart, intelligent and tightly woven police procedural with real depth of human emotion at its heart.’ Rebecca Bradley, author of Shallow Waters

 

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

 

My View:

A brilliant police procedural – with heart!

This is the second in the DI Will Jackman series, the third already in print and I will confess that I binge read the two, one after the other last week. I do love a good series!

Jane Isaac writes a well plotted, masterful, engaging and twisty police procedural. Her protagonist has flair, charm, manners, intelligence, empathy and a tragic personal history. The policing feels authentic – nothing slick, no sleight of hand to magically tie up all the loose end. This is great story telling with wonderful characters.

 

PS the next book The Lies Within – is even better!

 

 

 

 

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.