The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

‘The Concrete Blonde’ is Michael Connelly’s 3rd Harry Bosch novel and once again it is even better than the previous book.

Four years ago, Harry shot and killed Norman Church in the line of duty. Even though Church was found to be guilty of a series of horrific murders (called the Dollmaker murders), Harry was found to have acted improperly and was transferred to Hollywood division. Now Norman Church’s widow is suing Harry, claiming that her husband was an innocent man. Her lawyer is the well respected and brilliant Honey Chandler.

Harry’s lawyer, Belk, seems to be no match for Chandler. Then to make matters worse, another Dollmaker victim is discovered, and she was murdered after Church’s death. Could Church really have been the wrong man? Continue reading

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The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

‘The Kept Woman’ is the 8th novel in Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series and I’m excited to see the series return after a few years break. Karin Slaughter’s last two novels were standalone novels – ‘Cop Town’ and ‘Pretty Girls’.

GBI Agent Will Trent and Dr Sara Linton are now together and very much in love, despite the baggage that they both carry. Sara has now joined the GBI as a medical examiner, so they even work together some of the time.

Will has spent the last six months pursuing a case against basketball star Marcus Rippy for a brutal rape. But Rippy had the money to hire the best lawyers and the love of his fans, and the case could not be proven. Now the body of an ex-cop has been found in a building owned by Rippy. But there is also evidence in the building that Will’s wife Angie Polaski was there and lost enough blood that it is unlikely that she could survive. Continue reading

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The Innocents by Ace Atkins

‘The Innocents’ is the 6th novel in the Quinn Colson series by Ace Atkins.

Since being voted out as Sheriff of Tibehah county, Quinn has spent a year in Afghanistan training police. His good friend and former deputy Lillie Virgil has been Sheriff since he left. But Quinn’s love for Anna-Leah Stevens has pulled him back to Tibehah and now that she has separated from her husband, he hopes to marry her. In the mean time he is working for Lillie.

Then the town of Jericho is rocked by a horrific crime. Continue reading

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Clare Mackintosh Profile and Books

Clare Mackintosh is an English novelist who spent 12 years working in the police force. As a police Inspector, her job involved a lot of writing but not much creativity. She was also working very long hours and wanted to spend more time with her 3 young children.

Mackintosh left the police force in 2011 and worked as a freelance journalist and social media consultant. She also started to write fiction.

Mackintosh’s first novel ‘I Let You Go’ took years of rewrites and edits, but once published became a huge success. She has taken a different approach with her second novel ‘I See You’ which has just been published.

Clare Mackintosh lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and children. Continue reading

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Safe House by Chris Ewan

After a series of comedy/crime books, ‘Safe House’ is Chris Ewan’s first thriller. The story is mostly set on the Isle of Man where Ewan lives.

Rob Hale is an amateur motorcycle racer who works as a plumber and heater repairman. When he is called to repair the boiler in a remote cottage he finds the residents a bit strange, but quickly makes friends with Lena and agrees to take her on a motorcycle tour the next day.

Shortly after leaving the cottage, Rob and Lena are involved in an accident. When Rob regains consciousness in hospital, he immediately asks about Lena, but no-one has ever heard of her. Rob’s sister Laura recently committed suicide and many think that Rob is unstable and has invented Lena. Continue reading

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

‘I Let You Go’ is one of the most incredible debut novels that I’ve read. Well done to Clare Mackintosh and it’s easy to see why this novel won the 2016 Theakstons Award.

One rainy afternoon on the way home from school, 5 year old Jacob’s mother lets go of his hand for a moment. He runs into the road and is hit by a speeding car. The car drives away without stopping and a mother’s life is changed forever.

Jenna decides that the only way to get over the accident is to run away. With just a backpack, she makes her way to a small Welsh seaside town where she lives in a remote cottage. Continue reading

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The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

‘The Black Ice’ is the 2nd book in Michael Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch series.

A dead body has been found in a seedy hotel room. It should have been Harry’s call, but it has gone directly to Central division rather than Hollywood. When Harry hears about it, he decide to check it out anyway. The body is that of a drug squad detective – Cal Moore. He has been dead for a while. The death is ruled as suicide, but Harry has his doubts.

Moore had recently provided Harry with information on a drug death that Harry was investigating, so Harry feels an obligation to make sure that Cal’s death is properly investigated. Continue reading

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Renee Knight Profile and Books

Renee Knight was born in the UK in 1960. She worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries, but she found the ‘all or nothing’ work hours incompatible with raising a family and quit while her children were young. She wrote scripts for the BBC, then wrote short stories and finally, after completing the Faber Academy novel writing course, tried her hand at novel writing.

Knight’s first novel was rejected by publishers and remains unpublished. Her second novel was ‘Disclaimer’ which started a bidding war. Knight has already sold the film rights. She is now thinking about her next novel, a psychological thriller. Continue reading

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A Corpse in Shining Armour/ Family Affair by Caro Peacock

‘A Corpse in Shining Armour/ A Family Affair’ is the 3rd novel in Caro Peacock’s Liberty Lane Victorian mystery series. Once again this novel has a different title depending on where in the world you live.

Lord Brinkburn has been losing his mind. He has now entered an asylum and is not expected to live much longer. But as soon as he is safely locked away, Lady Brinkburn announces that her elder son Stephen is illegitimate and that her younger son Miles should inherit the title and estate. This has caused an outrage in polite London society and Stephen and Miles have started fighting in public.

Benjamin Disraeli, knowing of Liberty Lane’s investigative skills has recommended her to the Brinkburn lawyer – Lomax, to discretely find a solution. Lomax would like Liberty to find Lady Sophia Brinkburn insane so that the problem can be swept away. Continue reading

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Michael Connelly Profile and Books

Michael Connelly was born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived there for 12 years before his family moved to Florida.

He had an early interest in crime fiction but decided to follow his father into the property and construction industry. While at university studying to be a building construction manager, he discovered the novels of Raymond Chandler and changed his studies to journalism and creative writing.

He worked as a crime reporter for a number of newspapers in Florida before moving to Los Angeles. He continued to work as a journalist and began to write novels. His third attempt was ‘The Black Echo’ published in 1982 and introducing his main character Heironymus ‘Harry’ Bosch. After his fourth novel, Bosch was able to quit his job and write full-time. Continue reading

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