When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.
Newly promoted to the NCA's Behavioural Sciences Unit, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is determined to hunt down the perpetrator. Just as Jo's investigation begins to reveal links with other disappearances, there is another murder. This is no longer a cold case; she is dealing with the escalating violence of a chilling serial killer.Stepping into a sinister world of secrets, symbols and rituals, Jo will have to confront the legacy of her own past and the violent memories that lurk there if she is going to solve this case. But at what cost?
My thoughts. 3.5/5
I was looking forward to reading this book, firstly because Bill Rogers is a new author for me and secondly because it's based around Manchester. I always seem to enjoy a book when I can actually visualise the places that are mentioned, I find I like books that have familiar locations in them. And enjoy reading how the author describes those places.
I also have to mention that I loved the dedication in the front of this book, it made me chuckle when I read it. Not often they start with This book is not dedicated to....
I'd also like to say thank you to the publishers, Netgalley and the Author for the ARC I received of this book.
This is what I gather the first book in what could be a very promising series. I did enjoy this book, but in parts I felt like something was missing, I don't know what for certain but that's just how I felt, It was like the book kept grabbing me but then letting go again, It didn't keep my attention as much as I was hoping it would.
That aside it is an easy read, and enjoyable. Just not the Gripping book I thought it was going to be.
A mans body is discovered buried in woodlands outside Manchester. He had been missing for 10 years before his body was discovered. And it seems like he was gagged, bound and buried alive. But why? And what else is buried with him.
It's down to newly promoted Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart to try and figure this out. Now working for The Behavioural Science Unit, this is Joanne's first case with them. And she does go out of her way to try and prove herself.
We are introduced to her private life as well as her work life, and I can see her becoming a very interesting character.
I will be looking out for the next book by this author as I'd like to see how it differs now we have got to know the department and it's characters a little better.
This novella is the prequel to a new gripping thriller series from NY Times bestselling authors Linda S Prather and M A Comley.
TRAGIC DECEPTION also available to pre-order
"Have you ever watched the light fade from someone's eyes, Foxy? The pigment slowly, ever so slowly disappear?"
The press call him the Escape Artist, and he is certainly living up to his name.
Sergeant Alexandra Fox has never come up against such a devious mind in her entire career. Ten young women, seven of them wives of fellow officers, have been found tortured and murdered. Every tiny lead fizzles out, and he revels in taunting them by phone, torturing them mentally as he forces them to listen to the screams of his victims.
Alexandra, is determined to catch him before he kills again, unaware that she's become the object of his obsession until he issues one last threat: "I thought I would give you one warning. A chance to back away and leave the investigation. Don't make me punish you."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to the authors for allowing me an ARC of this book.
I loved it, A great start to what will hopefully be an ongoing series.
Although this is only a short read it doesn't lack anything you want from a bloody good read.
We are introduced to Sergeant Alexandra Fox, A character I really think I'm going to like.
The case she is working on is to hunt for The Escape Artist. A man who has all ready killed to many people and he really does need stopping.
The Escape Artist has asked Alex to Back Off, but she won't which could result in disastrous consequences.
I'm loving how Mel and Linda have teamed up to write this book, Its a truly brilliant read, well put together and well thought out.
I'm also lucky enough to have the next book ready for me to read, which I will hopefully be doing some time today.
A Savage Hunger is the fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken Bruen.
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.
Reason for investigation: Missing person.
ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.
A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
The third in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken Bruen.
Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5'7".
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression - murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.
The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.
Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.
The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it's clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock - both personally and professionally.
With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don't they?
Matching The Evidence Blog Tour
I Shouldn’t Give a F*&£, but I Do!
Absolutely thrilled that little ol me got to be a part of this blog tour. So I'd like to thank Graham and his online stalker, sorry I mean his buddy Noelle for allowing me to be part of this.
I was also thrilled that I got to post the topic I did. We all like a little bit of a swearfest now and then. And as Graham points out there is usually a time and a place.
Read the following to find out Graham's thought on swearing.
Swearing in literature is a very divisive topic, but nonetheless it’s one which needs addressed. I’m going to use this post to try and explain my position while looking at reasons to both include and omit bad language, sweary words and fucking profanity.
For the prosecution
A) Some readers just don’t like reading bad language
B) My mum will be reading my book
C) Excess use of bad language is often taken as a sign of a poor vocabulary
D) Using a sweary word to shock for the sake of it, is in my opinion, nothing more than laziness on the author’s part
For the defense
A) Most readers can gloss over the odd sweary word without the need for a fainting couch or smelling salts
B) I learned all the best sweary words from my father
C) A well placed profanity can have a fucking huge effect on a sentence
D) Sweary words are no longer shocking to anyone. When you look at some of the horrific events in my stories, a character dropping the f-bomb (That’s FUCK to you and I) isn’t the worst thing you’re going to read
E) People today use swearwords. Especially in tense or fraught situations. Omitting a common part of the language is doing the reader a dis-service as it’s basically censorship
F) Swearing from one character can be criticised by another and then you’ve instantly got a source of drama and conflict
As you’ve already seen, I’ve got more reasons to include the bad words than I have to omit them. I use profanity in my stories for a number of reasons, namely;
A) I don’t use dialogue tags and having a profane character makes it easier for me to show who’s talking at any given time
B) Criminals are bad people and bad people swear
C) A previously non-profane character dropping a fuck or two into a sentence shows the reader an escalation
D) Stressful situations are well, stressful and people swear when they’re under stress.
The omission of swearing reduces the realism of the narrative
Having said all of the above, there’s a time and a place for bad language in literature just as there is in life. I can swear with the best of them, but I turn it off when around my young son or the in-laws, when I’m dealing with customers at work and countless other occasions. However, if I stub my toe or hit my thumb with a hammer… I’m gonna have me a good old therapeutic swearathon.
Following this theme, I try to make my characters’ swearingfollow the same kind of guidelines. A discussion between two sweet old grannies about Strictly Come Dancing will be sweet and genteel, whereas two hardened criminals exchanging bullets with the cops is the type of situation where earthy language is used to full effect.
These examples are rather extreme but I’m sure you get my point. If you don’t, well, you can just …
leave a comment and have your say.
I’m always keen to find out who does and doesn’t give a fuck...
Thank you so Much Graham for sharing that with us, so go on folks, what are your thoughts on swearing? Let us know.
Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.
My thoughts on the book.
A big fat 5/5
Having recently read Snatched From Home and The Major Crimes Team - Vol 1: Lines of Enquiry I was eager to get stuck into this book it is the 2nd Novella in the Major Crime Team series.. And Getting stuck in is exactly what happened. It was just a quick 5 min read, which turned into an hour then another, before I realised I had a 12 hour shift to work the morning so I had to put it down, but I then picked it up at every opportunity I sat in the corner in the canteen at work so people wouldn't disturb me. I even ended up putting my headphones in on my dinner break so that people would think I was listening to something and I couldn't hear them rather than I was just ignoring them. It really is another great book from Graham.
DI Harry Evans has been a naughty boy again, it seems he's just not able to follow normal procedure and protocol, and as a punishment he and his team from The major Crimes Team are sent on Crowd control at a football match between Carlisle United and Millwall.
I'm not a football fan at all, but even I know that Milwall fans are well known for trouble. Harry really is one of a kind, there isn't a copper like him, he has his own way of policing like no other, and his years of policing stand out, his experience really shows.
I think this is really a great working team, made up of people who are each unique and individual in their own way. All are strong characters and I really do want to keep reading about them all.
The book kicks off with what seems to be an ordinary set of guys off on a day out. It soon becomes clear they are not out sight seeing but out for trouble. And big trouble it is.
And Harry and his team are trying to stop any trouble before it starts.
I'm worried about what to say about the story as I don't want to reveal to much and spoil it for anyone. But I guess the main thing i'm trying to say is "This book is awesome and well worth reading"
Treat yourself, buy it, get a drink some snacks put your feet up and get stuck in. You won't regret reading this. #Trustme
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