Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson

‘Friend of the Devil’ is Peter Robinson’s 17th Inspector Banks novel and this one has echoes back to an earlier novel in the series ‘Aftermath’.

Annie Cabot is temporarily assigned to another division, so is not currently working with her usual colleagues. She is still struggling with her feelings for Banks and her personal life in general – drinking too much and waking up in strange beds. Then a horrific murder helps to focus her attention. Karen Drew was a quadriplegic and unable to talk. The 28 year old was taken from her care home and parked in her wheelchair on the edge of a cliff. Her throat was cut and she was left to bleed to death. Continue reading

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A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

‘A Dark So Deadly’ is the first novel that I’ve read by Stuart MacBride and it certainly won’t be the last.

The story is set in the fictional Scottish town of Oldcastle where DC Calum MacGregor has been assigned to the ‘Misfit Mob’ after taking the blame for a crime scene screw-up which resulted in a villain going free. His boss, known as Mother, has had a triple bypass. Her second in charge is dying of bowel cancer. Dot is in a wheelchair after losing part of a leg. Watt is just unlikeable. The group has just been joined by stunning black woman who deals with sexual harassment with her fists. The Misfit Mob are given the cases that no-one else wants. Continue reading

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A Game of Sorrows by Shona (S.G.) MacLean

‘A Game of Sorrows’ is the 2nd novel in S.G. Maclean’s Alexander Seaton series. We were introduced to Seaton in ‘The Redemption of Alexander Seaton’.

It is now 1628. Seaton is living and teaching in Aberdeen and has finally gained enough trust from his masters to be sent to Europe to find recruits to study in Scotland. He is also ready to declare his love for Sarah.

But then his Irish cousin Sean arrives to seek his help. The family has been cursed by a poet and Seaton is the only person who can save the family. Reluctantly Seaton travels to Ireland to the family he has never met. Continue reading

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Darkside by Belinda Bauer

‘Darkside’ is the 2nd novel in Belinda Bauer’s Exmoor Trilogy and includes some of the characters from the 1st novel ‘Blacklands’.

Jonas Holly was a young policeman with an exciting future ahead of him. But then his wife Lucy was diagnosed with MS. Jonas became a village policeman so that he could stay close to Lucy and look after her.

But then in Shipcott, where not much ever happens, an elderly disabled woman is murdered. John Marvel and his team of detectives are brought in to solve the case and they don’t want help from the local police. But Jonas has started to receive notes criticising his policing abilities and continues to investigate. Continue reading

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Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson

‘Piece of My Heart’ is the 16th Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson and presents us with two intertwined murders, one in 1969 and one in the present day.

1969 was a time of drugs, hippies, free love and amazing music festivals. At the end of the Brimleigh music festival the body of a young woman is found among the rubbish left behind. She has been stabbed so savagely that a piece of her heart has been cut off.

In the present day, a music journalist, writing about a band from the ‘60s is found murdered in a holiday cottage. His computer and notes from his story are missing leading Banks to conclude that his death is in some way related to the story he was writing. Continue reading

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Extraordinary People by Peter May

I loved reading Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy and his later novels so much that I decided to go back and read the Enzo files series. ‘Extraordinary People’ is so different from the other Peter May novels that I’ve read that it doesn’t feel like it was written by the same author.

Enzo Macleod is a half-Italian half-Scottish man living in France. He left his wife, child and Career behind in Scotland when he fell in love with Patrice. Now he works as a University biology lecturer and lives with his 20 year old daughter Sophie, while his first daughter Kirsty refuses to speak to him. And, he still dreams of his former career as a forensic biologist. Continue reading

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Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

‘Lie With Me’ is the first of Sabine Durrant’s novels that I’ve read.

The main character of the novel is Paul Morris. He achieved moderate success with a novel be published in his 20s. He is now in his 40s and hasn’t done much with his life. The second novel hasn’t materialised so he drifts from one menial job to the next. He has been housesitting for a friend for a few years but is now losing the place he has called home. With no money he has had to move back in with mother. He is good looking, so he picks up young women then discards them. He is a liar, a thief, a cheat and generally despicable. Continue reading

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Christopher Brookmyre Profile and Books

Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow in 1968.

He attended Glasgow university then worked for the film magazine Screen International, The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News.

Brookmyre published his first novel in 1996 and has been a full-time writer since then. His novels contain a mixture of crime, comedy, politics and social commentary.

He lives in Glasgow with his wife and their son. Continue reading

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Dead Line by Chris Ewan

‘Dead Line’ is a thriller by Chris Ewan that had me on the edge of my seat from the first page till the last.

Daniel Trent is an experienced hostage negotiator who works alongside his fiancé Aimee Paget. But things become very personal for him when Aimee is kidnapped. After weeks without a ransom demand, he turns to his friend, ex-police hostage negotiator Luc Girard. Girard is soon able to determine that Aimee was taken by Shady businessman Jerome Moreau.

Trent’s plan is to kidnap Moreau and force him to reveal Aimee’s whereabouts. But as Trent is preparing, Moreau is snatched and held for ransom. Continue reading

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

‘The Good Daughter’ is a standalone psychological thriller by Karin Slaughter.

28 years ago, the Quinn family was ripped apart. Rusty Quinn was a defence lawyer who defended the worst of the worst, so he had gained many enemies. Firstly the Quinn home was burned down by an arsonist. Then two masked men broke into their new home to finish Rusty off. He was working late. His wife Gamma was brutally murdered. 15 year old Samantha was shot in the head and buried, while 13 year old Charlotte ran for her life.

Charlotte became a defence lawyer and moved back to Pikeville. She has never quite put her childhood behind her. She loves her husband Ben, an Assistant District Attorney, but they have separated due to her prickly nature. Continue reading

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