The Path of the Wicked by Caro Peacock

‘The Path of the Wicked’ is the 6th novel in Caro Peacock’s Liberty Lane series, featuring the young, female, Victorian private investigator Liberty Lane.

When Liberty receives a summons from her friend and often employer Disraeli, she is looking forward to taking on a new case. But the case that Disraeli offers is one that Liberty can’t take. He wants her to spy on a group of chartists, men who are demonstrating and campaigning for working class men to be given the right to vote. Liberty believes in their cause and will not work against them. Continue reading

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Kate Ellis Profile and Books

Kate Ellis grew up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She always wanted to be a writer, but worked in a variety of jobs – teaching, accounting, marketing, before achieving her ambition with the publication of her first novel in 1998.

She is interested in crime, history and archaeology and these interests are reflected in her novels.

Ellis has two ongoing series, the Wesley Peterson series and the Joe Plantagenet series as well as a number of standalone novels. She has also published several short stories in magazines and anthologies.

She lives in Cheshire with her husband and two grown children. Continue reading

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A Face in the Crowd by Lynda La Plante

‘A Face in the Crowd’ is the 2nd novel in Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect series which features DI Jane Tennison, a young woman trying to climb the ladder in the male dominated police force.

The body of a young woman has been found buried under some paving slabs in a backyard. Everyone immediately thinks of a young woman who went missing a few years earlier.

The first step is to find out when the paving was laid and who lived in the house at the time. But, even with this information, the murderer still proves to be illusive. The man who lived there claims to have been away. He is now dying and questioning him is difficult. Continue reading

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a beautiful haunting novel that allows you to completely immerse yourself in the story and the lives of the main characters.

The story follows two characters through WWII. Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a girl who has been blind from the age of 6. She lives in Paris with her father who is chief locksmith at the natural history museum and in his spare time crafts intricate wooden boxes, including a detailed model of their neighbourhood that Marie-Laure can study to find her way around.

Werner Pfennig is an orphan boy who lives with his sister in a small orphan home in a mining village in Germany. He is fascinated with radios and teaches himself to build and repair them. Listening to the radio gives him and his sister Jutta access to a more beautiful world. Continue reading

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All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

‘All That Remains’ is the 3rd Scarpetta novel by Patricia Cornwell. Once again it contains an excellent mystery as well as the ongoing development of the regular characters.

Young Couples have been going missing from their cars with the semi-skeletonised bodies found in bushland months later. Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has not been able to determine a cause of death and the police have no leads. The couples have gone missing from multiple jurisdictions, so the FBI are now involved.

Then Deborah Harvey and Fred Cheney go missing. Deborah’s mother Pat is a political superstar and the president’s drug Czar. Is this another missing couple or is Deborah’s disappearance political? Continue reading

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Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

‘Bloodline’ is the 3rd novel in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series and covers the period from 1460 to 1469.

At the end of the previous novel ‘Trinity/Margaret of Anjou’, the Lancaster side, mostly led by Henry VI’s wife Margaret of Anjou, executed three of the most powerful men of the York side, Richard Duke of York, Edmund Earl of Rutland, and Richard Earl of Salisbury. But instead of this being the great victory they had hoped for, it served to unleash the sons – Edward Duke of York and Richard Earl of Warwick, along with their brothers. So even when King Henry VI is released from captivity things don’t go well. Continue reading

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Cry For Help by Steve Mosby

Every time I read a Steve Mosby novel, I’m amazed at how good it is. ‘Cry For Help’ is just as good as the others that I’ve read.

The story is told from the perspective of the two main characters. Sam Currie is a detective investigating the horrific murders of a number of young women who were restrained and allowed to starve to death. He is haunted by the death of his son – if he’d paid more attention at the time he might have been able to save him.

Dave Lewis is a young man who meets his girlfriends through internet dating sites, but still spends a lot of time thinking about one of his first real girlfriends, Tori. He had a traumatic childhood, losing his older brother. He now works as a magician and a journalist for a magazine exposing new age frauds. Continue reading

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Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

‘Body of Evidence’ is the 2nd instalment in Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series featuring the tough female Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta.

Beryl Madison was a reclusive author of historical romance novels. But her current work is an autobiography which promises to reveal details about her even more reclusive mentor, the Pulitzer prize winning author Cary Harper.

Beryl has been receiving threatening phone calls for months before finally fleeing to Key West to complete her book. Finally returning to Richmond, she is brutally murdered in her home on the day of her return and there is no sign of her controversial manuscript. Continue reading

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The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

‘The Merchant’s House’ is Kate Ellis’s first novel in her Wesley Peterson series which now numbers over 20 novels.

DS Wesley Peterson has just moved from London to Tradmouth on the Devon Coast with his teacher wife Pam. He is an unusual policeman, having a degree in archaeology and being black (a rarity for the place and time). But he fits into his new job very quickly, partly because his predecessor was a complete Neanderthal.

At the time of Peterson’s arrival, a 2 year old boy has just been abducted – the search continues through most of the novel. On his first day of work there is a murder of a young woman. An old friend of Peterson’s, Neil Watson, is working on a dig in Tradmouth where two skeletons are discovered. Peterson and his wife have some personal issues to deal with. All four of these threads are woven together through the novel so that the solution to any one thread affects all the others. Continue reading

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Patricia Cornwell Profile and Books

Patricia Cornwell was born in 1956 in Miami, Florida. Her father was an appellate court lawyer who left the family when Cornwell was only 5 years old. Her mother then took her and her two brothers to North Carolina, but was soon hospitalised with severe depression, so the children were fostered in a strict religious household. Cornwell suffered from anorexia in her teens and it was during her recovery that she became close to Ruth Bell Graham (wife of Billy Graham) and was encouraged to start writing.

She started work as a reporter, eventually becoming a crime reporter. After moving to Richmond, North Virginia with her husband, she started working for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. It was here that the idea for her main character Kay Scarpetta was born, and where she wrote her first Scarpetta novel Postmortem. Continue reading

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