Redemption Point by Candice Fox

‘Redemption Point’ is the 2nd novel by Candice Fox set in the town of Crimson Lake in Northern Queensland and featuring the private investigation team of disgraced former cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted murderer Amanda Pharrell.

Two young bartenders have been murdered at the Barking Frog bar while cleaning up after closing time. The father of one, not trusting the police, has called in Ted and Amanda to investigate. DI Pip Sweeney is in charge of the police investigation but is very inexperienced and rapidly comes to rely on Amanda’s experience (and friendship). Continue reading

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

‘The Lost Symbol’ is the 3rd novel by Dan Brown featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.

This novel is set in Washington DC where Langdon has been called as a last minute replacement for a conference speaker. The person who has requested his presence is his long time friend, Peter Solomon who is a highly respected businessman and a 33rd degree (the highest) mason.

But when Langdon arrives in the capitol, things are not what they seem. There is no conference and a macabre invitation has been left for Langdon. He must solve a masonic puzzle that has been around for hundreds of years in order to save his friend Peter from the clutches of a madman. Continue reading

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Jeffery Deaver Profile and Books

Jeffery Deaver was born in 1950 near Chicago Illinois. He worked as a journalist, attorney and folksinger before embarking on a career as a novelist. His sister Julie Deaver is also a writer, of young adult novels.

He has now written over 35 novels, a non-fiction work and a number of short story collections as well as writing the lyrics for a country and western album. Three of Deaver’s novels – A Maiden’s Grave, The Bone Collector and The Devvil’s Teardrop have been made into films. Continue reading

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Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey

‘Down Among the Dead Men’ is the 15th novel in the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey.

Before we even meet Diamond in this novel we are treated to two events.

The GCSE Art students at a private girls school in Sussex are not unhappy when their boring art teacher leaves the school. They are ecstatic when they see her replacement – young, male, good-looking, drives an MG, not a stickler for the rules. But one student becomes concerned when she finds her old teacher on a police missing persons list. The conversations between the students are a delight. Continue reading

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Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

‘Resurrection Bay’ is Emma Viskic’s debut novel and the first in a series featuring Caleb Zelic and set in Melbourne and country Victoria.

Caleb has been profoundly deaf since childhood. He mostly gets by OK using a combination of sign language, lip reading, and studying body movements and facial expressions to understand what is going on around him.

But when his close childhood friend Senior Constable Gary Marsden is murdered and Caleb becomes a suspect, he must rely on others to help him. He turns to his private investigation colleague ex-cop Frankie, but Frankie is struggling with issues of her own. The only clue they have to go on is the name Scott which Gary texted to Caleb shortly before he died. Continue reading

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This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan

‘This is How it Ends’ is a standalone psychological thriller by Eva Dolan. It takes us into the world of social activism in London

Molly is a long term social activist who was involved in the protests at Greenham Common. She lives in an apartment building where developers have been gradually buying up apartments with the view to building luxury apartments. They are not offering much and the tenants won’t be able to afford to purchase in the area. Molly is one of a handful of tenants still holding out.

Ella is a PHD student new to activism. She comes from a wealthy background. It has taken a lot of work for her to be accepted by the other activists, but after being battered by a policeman during a protest, she was taken more seriously. She has developed a mother daughter relationship with Molly. Continue reading

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The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah

‘The Death Messenger’ is the 2nd novel by Mari Hannah featuring DI Eloise O’Neil and DS Matthew Ryan and follows on from ‘The Silent Room’.

O’Neil has been tasked with setting up an elite squad to investigate serious crimes. She has a huge budget and discretion in choosing her team. Her first choice is Ryan. Pretty soon the team of 2 have their first case.

They receive a DVD showing a crime scene drenched in blood. There is no indication of the location or the victim and no body has been found. But the DVD is narrated by a female voice that they will get to know and the filming is of professional quality. They name their killer Spielberg. Then they receive a phone call from their killer and are able to locate the crime scene. Continue reading

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Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey

‘Stagestruck’ is Peter Lovesey’s 11th novel featuring Bath detective Peter Diamond and as the name suggests, this novel revolves around the theatre.

The latest production by the Bath Royal Theatre is I am a Camera and the leading actress in the production is the ageing pop star Clarion Calhoun. The problem is that she is a terrible actress.

On opening night, before speaking her first lines, Clarion starts to scream and claw at her face. It seems that her makeup has caused a violent reaction. Clarion is left with severe burns and her makeup artist Denise is left to take the blame, even though she claims to have no idea what happened. Continue reading

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The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

‘The Gates of Rome’ is the first novel in Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series and introduces us to the young Gaius Julius Caesar. This was also Conn Iggulden’s debut novel.

The childhood of Julius Caesar is not actually documented, so Iggulden has created the type of childhood that might lead him to become the famous ruler of Rome. At the time that Julius Caesar, known as Gaius before his marriage, was growing up, Rome was still a republic. It held land in far off places and was mostly controlled by the senate. But the senate was split into factions and rife with corruption. It was inevitable that a dictator would emerge to sort out the mess. Continue reading

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I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May

‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ is a standalone novel by Peter May mostly set on the Islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

Niamh and Ruairidh grew up in the same small village in Lewis. They were in love with each other for most of their lives and despite conflicts between their two families, they married. They purchased the small Ranish Tweed company and with hard work, skill and luck made the company a huge success.

While Niamh and Ruairidh are on a business trip in Paris, firstly Niamh is informed that her husband is having an affair, then Ruairidh and his suspected mistress are killed by a car bomb which the French police deem to be murder rather than terrorism. Continue reading

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