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

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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.

Post Script: Blood Lines – Angela Marsons

blood-lines

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

Angela Marsons

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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

the-wrong-side-of-goodbye

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

the-crossing

The Crossing –  B Michael Radburn

face-value

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

Cover Angels Burning

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

under-the-harrow

Under the Harrow – Flynn Berry

a-great-reckoning

A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny

The Cleanskin

The Cleanskin – Laura Bloom