‘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
‘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
‘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
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
‘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
‘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
‘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