‘Dead Woman Walking’ is Sharon Bolton’s latest thriller.
Jessica and Isabel experienced a lot of family tragedy while growing up. At 18 Isabel became a nun. Jessica is still devoted to her and often visits Wynding Priory. Now, on Isabel’s 40th birthday, Jessica has surprised her with a hot air balloon trip.
From the balloon, the sisters witness a murder. Unfortunately the killer sees that the sisters have seen him. When the balloon crashes, 13 people are killed with Jessica the only survivor.
Now the murderer is tracking down the last remaining witness. Continue reading
‘Talking to the Dead’ is the first novel I’ve read by Harry Bingham and the first in his Fiona Griffiths series.
Fiona is a lowly DC, so ends up with a lot of the legwork on cases. She appears a bit strange to her colleagues because she has a lot of trouble exhibiting emotions and socialising normally. Her managers see her as hard work. When she’s good, she’s brilliant, but she has a tendency to follow her own ideas.
She has been working on a tedious case, putting together paperwork for an embezzlement case. So, when a new case starts up in the office, she is eager to insert herself in it. A woman and her six year old daughter have been horribly murdered. The woman was an ex drug user and occasional prostitute who was doing well until 6 weeks earlier. So why is she now dead in a dingy filthy squat and what is she doing with the credit card of a millionaire who died months earlier. Fiona is sure that the dead six year old is trying to tell her something but she can’t work out what. Continue reading
‘Babes In The Wood’ is Ruth Rendell’s 19th Inspector Wexford novel and probably one of the best in the series so far.
Katrina and Roger Dade have taken their first weekend away since before their children were born. A friend of Katrina’s, Joanna Troy, stays with the children, Giles 15 and Sophie 13. But when Katrina and Roger return from Paris, the house is empty and Joanna’s car is gone. With the Kingsbrook in flood and parts of Kingsmarkham under water, some fear that they have drowned. DI Reg Wexford is more inclined to believe that Joanna has kidnapped the children.
The search goes on with no success. The waters subside with no sign of the missing trio. All that Wexford and Burden have found is that Joanna was almost universally disliked and that Giles belonged to a religious sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. The parents are not much help. Roger is an overly strict father and Katrina is mostly hysterical. Continue reading
‘An Unhallowed Grave’ is the 3rd novel in the Wesley Peterson series by Kate Ellis.
The body of Pauline Brent is found hanging from a Yew tree in a churchyard. The killer has tried to disguise the death as suicide, but the police aren’t fooled for long. They do, however, have a lot of trouble finding a reason for someone to have killed the popular middle-aged woman.
Meanwhile, there are stories of a hanging from the same tree in the middle ages. When Neil Watson finds the skeleton of this woman in his latest archaeological dig, he starts to trace the woman’s story. Continue reading
‘Ravenspur’ is the 4th and final novel in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series. After the throne changing hands several times between the Yorks and the Lancasters, the wars finally come to an end with Henry VII on the throne.
Edward IV was a great warrior when he snatched the throne and imprisoned the physically and mentally weak Henry VI, but he is a terrible king in times of peace. He misses battle and fills the void with excessive eating, drinking and womanising. He is bored with his wife and his kingly duties and goes hunting whenever possible. So it is easy enough for the Lancaster army to find him vulnerable, defeat him and force him into exile. Continue reading
‘Dead Scared’ is the 2nd novel in S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint series and it is just as gripping as the first in the series – ‘Now You See Me’.
There has been an increase in the number of suicides at Cambridge. Evi Olliver, a psychiatrist at the university counselling centre is concerned that someone may be targeting vulnerable students. Against his better judgement (because he doesn’t want to put her in danger) Mark Joesbury sends Lacey into Cambridge undercover as student Laura Farrow.
When looking into the stories of those who have survived their suicide attempts, Lacey and Evi find a lot of similarities – particularly in the nightmares they experienced in the preceding weeks. Pretty soon both Evi and Lacey are also experiencing similar nightmares and a feeling of being watched. Continue reading
‘Lifeless’ is the 5th novel in Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series.
In the previous novel ‘The Burning Girl’, DI Tom Thorne’s father died. Thorne feels that he is to blame for his father’s death and he is having difficulty coming to terms with this. He has also upset his superiors and has been moved to a boring desk job. They have even suggested that he take ‘gardening leave’.
But there is another serial killer in London, this one targeting members of the homeless community. The investigation is making very little progress and with rumours circulating that the killer may be a cop, members of the homeless community are even more reluctant than usual to talk to the police. Continue reading
Unusually for John Grisham ‘Camino Island’ is not a legal thriller.
The first section of the novel involves the theft of the original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from Princeton University library. It is a daring theft which is executed to perfection.
We then meet Bruce Cable. He is a charismatic man who runs a very successful independent book store on Camino Island in Florida. One part of his business deals with rare books and he occasionally deals in the very secret stolen book market.
The insurance company for the library somehow hears the rumour that Bruce Cable may have the manuscripts. They recruit Mercer Mann, a struggling writer who spent much of her childhood on Camino Island. She is to return there to complete her current novel and get close to Cable and his circle of writers. She is not keen on the job, but is convinced to do it by having her large and burdensome student loan paid off. Continue reading
‘You Can Run’ is Steve Mosby’s latest novel and is a very tense, very creepy and very compelling story about a serial killer.
The Red River Killer has been active for nearly 2 decades. He abducts women who are never seen again. He sends a letter to the police aimed at tormenting the victim’s family. The police have never had any leads to his identity till now.
When a stolen car, chased by police crashes into John Blythes garage, the latest victim is discovered alive in the garage wreckage. She has been gruesomely tortured and left to die. It is the horrors discovered in Blythe’s house that convince detectives that they now know the identity of the Red River Killer. Continue reading