A Quiet Belief In Angels by R.J. Ellory

‘A Quiet Belief In Angels’ is a slow moving but beautifully written mystery about Joseph Calvin Vaughan growing up in a small town in Georgia.

Joseph tragically lost his father at the age of 11. In many ways his life was held together by his ability to write and the strong support of his mother and his teacher.

When Joseph is 12 one of his classmates is brutally raped and murdered. This is the first of many murders and Joseph becomes obsessed with the murders – more in his thoughts than in any actions, because there is nothing that he can do about them anyway. His obsession only increases when he discovers one of the bodies. Continue reading

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I Hear Sirens In The Street by Adrian McKinty

‘I Hear Sirens In The Street’ is the 2nd Sean Duffy novel by Adrian McKinty.

At the end of the previous novel, we left Duffy injured. He has now returned to work at Carrickfergus police station with a Queens medal and a promotion to Inspector. But that doesn’t change the nature of his work at the height of the troubles.

Duffy and DC McCrabbin are sent to investigate a blood trail at an abandoned factory. They follow the trail and find a suitcase containing a torso – no head, arms or legs.

With great difficulty, they identify the remains as an American ex-IRS inspector in Ireland exploring his roots. They also manage to trace the suitcase to a part-time UDR soldier who was recently murdered by the IRA. Continue reading

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The House Sitter by Peter Lovesey

‘The House Sitter’ is the 8th novel in Peter Lovesey’s Inspector Diamond series featuring grumpy old Bath DI, Peter Diamond.

After a beautiful day at Wightview Sands on the Sussex coast, the tide is now coming in and beachgoers are packing up to leave, except for one lady. Emma Tysoe has been strangled without anyone around her on the crowded beach noticing.

Hen Mallin from Bogner Regis is in charge of investigating the murder. It takes several days to identify the body and when they finally do, it is discovered that she was a Bath resident. So Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin (equally grumpy) form a very effective team in investigating the murder. Continue reading

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The Intrusions by Stav Sherez

I have read and loved all of Stav Sherez’s novels so I couldn’t wait to get hold of ‘The Intrusions’, the 3rd novel in his Carrigan and Miller series.

When Madison Carter arrives at the police station to report her friend Anna Becker missing, it is only by coincidence that she is interviewed by DS Geneva Miller. Even though Madison is obviously affected by drugs, there is something in her story that catches Miller’s attention. Miller carries out some preliminary investigation, but has trouble convincing her boss DI Jack Carrigan to take the case seriously.

Then Anna’s body is found and Carrigan is completely on board. Continue reading

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The Unmourned by Meg and Tom Keneally

‘The Unmourned’ is the 2nd novel in Meg and Tom Keneally’s Monsarrat series which features ex-convict, clerk and sleuth Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat.

Monsarrat was granted his ticket of leave in Port Macquarie and has now moved to Parramatta, West of Sydney, to take up a position as clerk to the Governor’s secretary. He has set up his own household with Mrs Hannah Mulrooney as his housekeeper.

But soon after his arrival, his investigative skills are once again called on. The superintendent of the infamous female factory has been brutally murdered. The Female factory’s purpose was to protect female convicts from the mostly male society, while making a profit from their work. But Robert Church abused his position as superintendent. He reduced rations, selling the leftovers for his own profit, and he abused the women – the younger and prettier, the better. Continue reading

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Lennox by Craig Russell

‘Lennox’ is the 1st novel in Craig Russell’s Lennox series, set in the 1950s in Glasgow.

Lennox fought in the war and feels too damaged to return to his family in Canada, so he is working as a Private Investigator in Glasgow. The city is run by three crime bosses (the three kings) and Lennox does some of his work for each of them and also has contacts within the police. But mostly he feels that he is an outsider, in Glasgow and among his clients.

The McGahen twins are upstarts in the city, they have a small criminal business and are kept in line by the kings. When one of the twins is murdered, one of the kings gets Lennox to investigate. When the second is murdered, Lennox must find the murderer to clear his own name. Continue reading

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Diamond Dust by Peter Lovesey

‘Diamond Dust’ is the 7th novel in Peter Lovesey’s series featuring the Bath based, surly detective Peter Diamond.

The crime in this novel was a complete surprise to me. I have read some of the later novels in the series and knew that Diamond’s vivacious wife Stephanie wasn’t around, but I had no idea that she’d been murdered. So, this is a very emotional book as Peter Diamond’s (and my) heart is ripped apart.

Of course, as soon as Diamond identifies his wife as the murder victim, he is taken off the case.

Steph had no enemies, she was very popular and the police are at a loss to work out why she was murdered. So, the investigation turns to Peter’s past cases and the possibility that Steph’s death was revenge against him. The investigation is led by Curtis McGarvie who spends far too much of his time focused on Peter Diamond as a suspect. Continue reading

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Friends In High Places by Caro Peacock

‘Friends in High Places’ is the 7th novel in Caro Peacock’s Liberty Lane series featuring the young female private detective.

It is 1840 and Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the Emperor, has just failed in an attempt to seize power in France, and been imprisoned. One of his colleagues, Lesparre, escaped back to England and is in possession of important documents that could help the prince in his upcoming trial. Lesparre has taken refuge in the London mansion of novelist and socialite Lady Blessington.

Lady Blessington has asked Liberty for help in getting Lesparre and his papers to the Hague. But before their plans are finalised, there is a murder in Lady Blessington’s home which causes them to abandone the trip. Continue reading

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The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona (S.G.) MacLean

‘The Redemption of Alexander Seaton’ is the first novel in Shona Maclean’s Alexander Seaton series of 4 novels.

The story is set in 1626 in Banff in North-East Scotland. England and Scotland are now united under a single king and Scotland is now firmly protestant but forever fearing an invasion from Catholic France or Spain.

Alexander Seaton had studied to be a minister, but at the very last step his past caught up with him and he was denounced by a powerful man. He is now teaching in a school and shunned by all but his closest friends. He feels incredible shame and guilt for the misdeed that cost him his future. Continue reading

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Stasi Wolf by David Young

‘Stasi Wolf’ is the 2nd novel in David Young’s Karin Müller series. Müller is an Oberleutnant with Kripo and this story is set in East Germany in 1975.

Müller has been relegated to a boring desk job, so jumps at the opportunity to take on a new case. In the newly built worker’s city of Halle-Neustadt, infant twins have been abducted. Müller is sent to the city to investigate.

But when she arrives, she is not sure why she, an outsider, has been brought in. And, it soon becomes clear that the Stasi want to maintain a tight control of the case. The police team is not to conduct house to house searches or let anyone know that the kidnap has occurred. Nothing must spoil the perfect reputation of the perfect new city, particularly with the impending visit of Fidel Castro. Continue reading

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