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: Shallow End: Brenda Chapman

The Shallow End

Shallow End

A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

Brenda Chapman

Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459735101

 

Description:

Still waters run deep.

 

English teacher, mother, wife, and convicted child predator Jane Thompson has made parole and she has a plan. Moving into student housing, she takes a minimum wage job and begins her life in the shadows while she bides her time. One month later, the bludgeoned body of the student she was found guilty of corrupting four years earlier is found on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Rouleau assigns Officers Stonechild and Gundersund to head up the murder investigation and Jane Thompson quickly becomes the prime suspect. But knowing guilt and proving it are two entirely different things, and as the early days of the case close, the team is coming up empty.

The near-constant autumn rain and wind are a dreary backdrop for the troubles ahead: Stonechild learns that her niece in foster care is skipping school, Gundersund can’t seem to extricate himself from a bad marriage, and Rouleau is trying to come to terms with the death of his ex-wife. All take a back seat as the investigation picks up steam, and with it, the unsettling suspicion that a killer is getting desperate.

The murder investigation is about to turn into a beast unleashed — wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil.

The question is: who will come out the other side?

 

 

My View:

This is another remarkable read in the Stonechild and Rouleau mystery series – and believe me this author just gets better and better!

Our favourite characters are back tackling a murder that some have already decided is an open and shut case – and nothing could be further from the truth.  This author spins a sticky tale – there are so many twists and turns, false starts and misdirection’s you will likely end up dizzy, caught in a web of intrigue..

 

Central to the plot are a few very contemporary scenarios of abuse and manipulations that are becoming headline stories in our newspapers, but the full depth of this tragedy will leave you gobsmacked.  What a fantastic read!   You will not see this ending coming.

 

Encore! Encore! More please Brenda Chapman.

 

Post Script: Right Behind You – Lisa Gardner

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Right Behind You

Quincy & Rainie #7

Lisa Gardner

Penguin Group

Dutton

ISBN: 9780525954583

 

Description:

Lisa Gardner’s next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

 

My View:

Psst….psst….let me tell you a secret: a good writer, no, a great writer, makes reading effortless. Time is suspended whilst you read.  The prose is not laboured, or convoluted, or verbose. When you read a great writers narrative, it flows, the pages turn almost by themselves as you hunger to read more, the characters are well drawn and mostly likeable (not the antagonists of course), and the plot is complex not complicated. Lisa Gardner is a GREAT WRITER!

This is another great read from this talented author!

 

Post Script: Blood Lines – Angela Marsons

blood-lines

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.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Walking The Line – Mandy Magro – Guest Reviewer

Brenda gives this a five star review!

walking-the-line

 Walking the Line

Mandy Magro

Harlequin MIRA AU

ISBN: 9781489210609

 

Description:

For how long can secrets stay buried?

Country-loving Dallas Armstrong is a hard-as-nails bull rider, who dreams of becoming Australian champion, just like his father, Mick, was. But when he discovers a shocking secret about his father on the same day Mick dies in a car accident, Dallas’s world is turned upside down. Now it’s up to him to protect his mother from the truth, and to keep the family farm Rollingstone Ridge afloat. And he will do everything in his power to do so.

Charlize Dawson is a successful city journalist whose marriage is in tatters. Begrudgingly sent to the country to write about Dallas, she is surprised to find that he isn’t the arrogant cowboy she’d assumed he’d be. Instead she and Dallas and share an intense chemistry and deep connection that lead to a stolen kiss at the Rodeo Ball.

But when Charlize’s research for her article puts her on the path of uncovering Dallas’s secret, he demands she stop or lose him forever. Dallas or her career, which should she choose? How can she turn her back on the people who have welcomed her into their lives with open arms, all in the name of her job? Her career is all she has left, and she has worked so very hard to be where she is. But how can she reveal what she knows, if it means losing the love of her life?

 

Brenda’s View:

Journalist from a top Sydney newspaper, Charlize Dawson was going through many stages of grief after finding her beloved husband had been cheating; their marriage a sham. But then her boss who was also a good friend, decided to send Charlize to Grenfell, deep in the country near Parkes in New South Wales. His idea was for Charlize to have some time to clear her mind and think about her future, plus combine it with an assignment to interview Dallas Armstrong, champion bull rider keen to become the Australian champion. Reluctant though she was, Charlize knew the break away would help; and her career wouldn’t suffer either.

Dallas lived on Rollingstone Ridge, the family farm which had been his home from birth. His father had been killed several months before in a terrible car accident, only a matter of hours after Dallas had discovered a secret he had been hiding; his determination to protect his mother Katherine and Gramps Reg from learning the truth had him struggling with a combination of grief and guilt.

On learning of the imminent arrival of the journalist, Dallas was angry. He didn’t want this – the risk of secrets being uncovered had him concerned. But helping the family farm survive was a priority – he was sure he could handle it and send the journalist on her way. As Charlize settled quickly into country life, loving it which surprised her immensely, she found Dallas’ family friendly and welcoming. The townsfolk of Grenfell were the same – all except for one person. Who was this bitter, nasty piece of work who seemed to want to do nothing more than cause trouble? And what would Charlize do when she discovered something she really didn’t want to know?

Walking the Line is another excellent rural romantic suspense novel by Aussie author Mandy Magro. Set in the vast depths of country Australia, the descriptions of the bush and rural life, along with the struggles of the farmers are authentic. The mystery and intrigue are high; the pages, especially toward the end, just raced by while I kept reading until late to discover what had happened. This 5 star read is highly recommended.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review.