Fallout by Sara Paretsky

‘Fallout’ is the 18th V.I. Warshawski novel by Sara Paretsky and I think this is the best one yet.

Vic is begged by her young friend Bernie Fouchard to find August Veriden, the cousin of her friend. He is a young filmmaker who also works at a gym. He is missing and both his home and the gym at which he works have been ransacked. He travelled to Kansas to film the origin story for ageing actress Emerald Ferring but neither have been heard from.

Vic sets out for Kansas with her dog Peppy. Their trail takes them to the town of Lawrence where Emerald grew up but from there the trail goes cold. Continue reading

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Lazybones by Mark Billingham

‘Lazybones’ is the 3rd novel in Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series, following on from ‘Sleepyhead’ and ‘Scaredy Cat’.

During Douglas Remfry’s last few months in prison for rape, he started receiving letters and explicit photos from a woman named Jane Foley who was looking forward to meeting him on his release. Ten days after his release he is found murdered, in a run down motel room, tied up, blindfolded and raped.

Two further murders of rapists are carried out in very similar circumstances.

There are some within the police and public who think that this is justice. But, DI Tom Thorne won’t condone vigilantism. Continue reading

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Eden by Candice Fox

‘Eden’ is the 2nd novel in Candice Fox’s Archer and Bennet series and despite the name, this novel is more about Hades (Eden Archer’s adopted father) than about Eden. I would recommend that you read the first in the series – ‘Hades’ before reading this one.

Since the events of the previous novel, detectives Eden Archer and Frank Bennet have been off work and receiving counselling. Frank is living at the bottom of a bottle, but Eden is ready to return to work and determined to drag Frank with her.

Their case involves finding what has happened to three missing teenage girls. The only thing that the girls had in common was that they all spent time at a farm with a group of drug users and misfits. Eden goes under cover to see if she can find out what happened to the girls. Continue reading

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City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin

‘City of Shadows’ is the first novel that Diana Norman published under the penname Ariana Franklin. The novel is set in the 1920s and 1930s in Berlin.

Esther Solomonova is a young Russian Jewish woman who escaped to Germany (as did many Russians) when the Bolsheviks came to power. With her education and knowledge of languages she is able to get a job as secretary and translator for ‘Prince’ Nick, a sleazy Russian nightclub owner, despite her physical and emotional scars.

Nick hears of a woman in a mental asylum who is rumoured to be Anastasia – the youngest daughter of the Russian Czar and the only survivor of the slaughter of the family. He decides to rescue the woman who he names Anna Anderson and, with Esther’s help, groom her as Anastasia so that he can claim part of the Romanov inheritance. Continue reading

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Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay

‘Parting Shot’ is a standalone novel by Linwood Barclay but it is very closely linked to the Promise Falls trilogy (‘Broken Promise‘, ‘Far From True‘, ‘The Twenty Three‘) taking place once again in Promise Falls and featuring many of the same characters.

Once again, two of the main characters are Detective Barry Duckworth (yes he survived the last novel) and private investigator Cal Weaver.

Several months ago a teenage girl was run over and killed by a drunk teenage boy. Jeremy got away without jail time using the defense that his mother never taught him right from wrong. There was a public outcry and even death threats. Cal Weaver has been called in to help protect Jeremy from vigilantes who want him punished. Continue reading

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Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

When I first read the description for ‘Before The Fall’ I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But it was so much better than I expected.

A rich and powerful TV executive has chartered a flight from Martha’s Vineyard to New York. He is joined by his wife and two children, a wealthy friend and his wife, his family’s bodyguard and a struggling painter. There are three crew members.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashes into the sea. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs the painter and 4 year old JJ. Scott swims many miles to shore with JJ on his back and is proclaimed a hero.

But what caused the plane to crash? What was Scott doing on the flight and is he really a hero or a villain? Continue reading

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Daniel Cole Profile and Books

Daniel Cole was born in Bournemouth in the UK in 1983. His mother is a schoolteacher and his father is a mechanic. Cole has worked as a paramedic and an RSPCA officer and has just started working in the control room of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute when his first novel – Ragdoll was accepted by a publisher. Prior to that he had many rejections and unfinished manuscripts.

Cole now has a three book contract and a television deal.

His work as a paramedic has helped to shape his writing by his medical knowledge and exposure to the horrors of the world.

Daniel continues to live in Bournemouth where he attempts to stay focused on his writing. Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Coming Down by Nicci French

‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ is the 7th novel in the Frieda Klein series by husband and wife team Nicci French. There has been a novel for each day of the week Monday-Sunday. There is one more planned to wrap up the series.

At the end of the previous novel – ‘Saturday Requiem’, the ex-policeman that Frieda hired to find the elusive Dean Reeve was murdered and hidden under the floor of her house. The smell is now bothering her and when her Ukrainian builder friend Josef checks under the floor, the house becomes a crime scene. The police finally believe Frieda that Dean Reeve is still alive. Continue reading

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins shot to fame with ‘The Girl on the Train’. Her second novel – ‘Into the Water’ is very different but just as good.

Nel Abbot is the latest woman in Beckford to die in the section of river known as the Drowning Pool. She was a single mother with a 15 year old daughter – Lena. Lena is convinced that her mother took her own life. Now Nel’s estranged sister Jules has arrived to take care of Lena, returning to the town that she hoped she’d left behind forever.

But Nel’s death is just the latest in a long line. A few months ago, Lena’s best friend Katie also died in the Drowning Pool. The head of the police’s mother Lauren died there many years ago and the Drowning Pool was used to drown suspected witches in the 1600s. Continue reading

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Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

‘Trunk Music’ is the 5th of Michael Connelly’s novels featuring LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Bosch has finally returned to work after an involuntary leave. He has a new boss in Grace Billets, and she is someone Harry thinks he can work with. He also has a new detective, Kizman Rider, to work with in addition to his long term partner Jerry Edgar. And now they have their first case.

A body is found in the trunk of a car by a patrolman. The body is Tony Aliso, a man who made appallingly bad B-grade movies but somehow lived a lifestyle much better than his job would provide. The death looks very much like a mob hit, but somehow Bosch and his team manage to keep the case rather than the organised crime group taking it. Continue reading

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