Fasten your seatbelt.
Trevy Barlow, (Dr Travania Barlow) teaches literacy classes for high school dropout, teenage Latina girls. Trevy is a sociology professor and an expert on Gang culture.
And it looks like gang rivalry is starting up all over again when one of her students – Lola- a young pregnant girl, is murdered in the parking lot. Trevy is called upon to help the FBI with the murder case.
Cruz Larsen is an FBI agent that works on the Area gang task force. He seems to just wants to get on with his job. He turns to Trevy for help as she seems to be the one that knows most about these gangs that seem to be operating in the neighbour hood.. she has studied gangs and has a very good knowledge on how gangs operate.
Does Cruz sense a spark between him and Trevy when they are together? Can he concentrate on his Job and get to the bottom of what seems to be going on here. Is Dr Do Good as he likes to refer to her, really out of his league?
Can she help the FBI catch a killer without putting herself in danger?
And can she do it without destroying the trust that the girls she teaches have for her?
The Gang angle in this book is very well detailed, a life in which none of us would like to be a part of, and certainly not like our children to be a part of.
It gives you a great insight into the Gang scene and how they operate.
A Very well written Debut book, a great story line with believable characters and some great twists and turns. I will defiantly watch out for more books from this author. I stayed up all night to read this book.
Vicki –I Love Reading
The pudding Club
I am a huge Karen Woods fan and was Struggling to decide on a 3 or 4 star rating for this book. I decided on a 3.5 but Amazon wont let me put that.
Unfortunatly although all Karens other books have been great reads, some of which deseved more that just the 5 stars this one just didn't do it for me like all the others.
I know how great Karens books can be and I have bought everyone, the earlier ones in paperback and the last four or so the minute she posts the link to say they are available.
I also went to see the two plays Karen has done based on her books -Broken Youth and Teabags and Tears, and will say if you ever get chance to go and see the plays they are well worth seeing.
Please understand that this review is based on my personal feelings towards this book. at 210 pages its a very easy read and could be read in just a couple of sittings.
Rebecca Rooks is the main character in this book and her life seems to be literally falling apart at the seams.
She's over weight and seems to still hold a grudge over the guy she fell for in high school. Rebecca joins a slimming club with her bessie mate Gemma, where she meets a girl she didn't get on very well with from school and they still seem to clash with each other.
Trying out a fitness club seems to be the thing that gets Rebecca losing her weight, although she's not entirley focused on it, she does seem determined to get through it. Gemma has lost her weight and can she still support her best mate? Or is there a hidden agenda.
Her love life is a little bit like her slimming- a total disaster.
I think anyone who has ever had issues with dieting might simpathise with Rebecca in this book, with her struggles over food, and her weight loss.
Personally to start with I just wanted to wire her jaw up and stick her in a room with nothing but excersise machines for a month. But i think the more you get to know her as a character the more you get to understand her.
And does she succeed in her mission of weight loss, find love and live happily ever after.. you will only find answers if you read the book.
Death Can't Take a Joke
I really did enjoy the first book in this series and was so looking forward to getting stuck in to book 2. (that's the positive side of discovering books late. you get to read book 1 and 2 back to back, and then have to sit praying that there will be a book 3).
This time around Natalie Kershaw and Janus Kiszka have another reason to come together.
Kershaw is investigating the death of a possible suicide, and Kiszka a private investigator is trying to find who has killed his long time pal Jim Fulford. Kershaw and Kiszka meet again, 2 years after their last encounter. when Kiszka is pulled in for questioning over the murder of Jim.
Kershaw needs to travel to Poland to work her investigation and manages to get Kiszka to go along as her Polish interpreter.
And in true kiszka style he manages to find trouble wherever he goes. But will he reveal what he finds and is he really interested in helping the police.
I liked both Natalie and Janus in the first book and They just seem better stronger characters in this second book. They are definatly an odd working duo.
Natalie just seems to be able to get her own way no matter what she is doing, and Janus just seems to find trouble for himself, And working as a team they make for great reading.
Oskar is also back with his Witt and one liners. I always seem to chuckle when he appears in the book.
Natalie and Ben are now couple and it seems that now Natalie has decided he a *keeper* and they are moving in together, things may start to get a little more serious. obviously Natalie has to deal with the fact that Ben has moved up in rank before her, but is that really an issue.They are now working in the same station as Natalie is back to working for Streaky on the Murder Squad. Working the Murder squad is something she has wanted to do since she was 14. But will Natalie and Ben be able to cope with the work pressures and working together and are things as Rosie as they seem?
I wasn't sure that book 2 could be any better than book one, but how wrong way I. The book seemed to just flow along brilliantly. Absolutely fantastic read. But i'm sorry Anya.... you are going to have your work cut out to beat this one.
There are a number of story plots going on in this book that interweave into one another. And like Anya's first book it is expertly written.
Anya Lipska is an author to watch out for.
This review is from: Death Can't Take a Joke (A Kiszka & Kershaw Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
I have enjoyed all M A Comleys crime thriller books and was looking forward to getting stuck in to this book A Romantic Suspense novella is something a little different for me, but was eager to give it a go.
Nicole and Josh obviously had a relationship, at one time, and he turns back up in her life, when she's not expecting it.
Nicole is alone in her Hairdressing shop, when and intruder tries to rob her, and threatens her and her daughters life.
Nicole tries to struggle through, but with love in the background will she follow her head or her heart. And can Josh get back in her good books.
I don't want to give to much away as this is a short story, It's better to read and discover it for yourself.
This book is written brilliantly as expected from one of Mel's books.
And I am now eager to read the next one in the series.
Other novellas in the series:
Lost Temptation due out June 2014
True Temptation due out July 2014
Just Temptation due out August 2014
THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERY
DOSKONALA KSIAZKA *Brilliant Book*
A debut crime novel that for want of a better word, is an unputdownable thriller.
An original story line set in the Polish community in London, Janusz Kiszka, an unofficial 'fixer' for many of London's Polish community, and English female detective Natalie Kershaw Come together to try to discover who the killer is.
Kershaw is Working a case where a body has been found in the Thames. Kiszka is trying to find a missing Polish girl. Are the two connected?
I really did like these two characters. And felt as a first book, it was put together really well that you slowly get to know each one.
I liked how one chapter was about Kiszka, and the next about Kershaw, until eventually they come together.
The more you read this book the better it gets. For a Debut novel i found it a very good book. Better than some of the more experienced crime authors. Anya Lipska is an author to to watch out for in the future.
Whilst enjoying a really good read I also felt like i was getting a Polish history lesson.
I'd been meaning to read this book for a while, but just not got around to it. In a way now I guess that's a bonus as I don't have to wait for the next one. It's now on my Kindle ready for me to start.
The next book in this series is now available.
THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERY
A naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?
Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial 'fixer' for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone missing; a builder on the Olympics site owes him a pile of money; and he’s falling for married Kasia, Soho’s most strait-laced stripper. But when Janusz finds himself accused of murder by an ambitious young detective, Natalie Kershaw, and pursued by drug dealing gang members, he is forced to take an unscheduled trip back to Poland to find the real killer.
In the mist-wreathed streets of his hometown of Gdansk, Janusz must confront painful memories from the Soviet past if he is to uncover the conspiracy – and with it, a decades-old betrayal
Anya Lipska is married to a Pole who lived under Communism before coming to Britain in the early Eighties. "I could dimly recall seeing newsreel footage of men with Solidarnosc banners at dockyard gates," says Anya. "But his first-hand experience of living relatively recently under a repressive regime fascinated me. It was this that inspired me to write my first novel which, although rooted firmly in contemporary London has a plot that harks back to Poland's Solidarity era. It took me about a year to research it alongside the day job."
Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries and drama documentaries. She has worked on an eclectic range of programmes from Panorama to Scrapheap Challenge, with a rich mix of subject matter, from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes, paleo-anthropology to Italian gardens with Monty Don. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such an interesting job," says Anya, 'It keeps me buzzing with ideas that I can work into my fiction. Having said that, there's nothing better than getting a few weeks off to write. I always look forward to the research phase of a novel, but nothing matches the excitement of creating characters and weaving plot."
Anya's first book "Where the Devil Can't Go" is being published in Germany (in German) by Random House. It is independently published as an ebook in the UK where it has won many plaudits. Lipska is a pen name since, as Anya says "My real surname is impossible to pronounce..."
The book's website is wherethedevilcantgo.com and Anya writes an occasional blog on The Literary Platform: http://tinyurl.com/6jhjku8 You can also follow Anya Lipska on Twitter.
The Chase by Paul Finch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Short story, a great in between books read.
Well written and enjoyable.
What happens when you witness a horrific crime? Do you stay and help? Or do you flee? And what do you do when the perpetrator sets their sights on you…?
Hold onto your seats in this terrifying, thrill-ride. Previously published as ‘Him!’, and now included alongside a sneak peek of Paul’s new novel, ‘The Killing Club’, for the first time.
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The Wedding Dress (The Survivors Club Book One)
The Wedding Dress
The Survivors Club Book One
By Ellie Keaton
Very touching read.
This is a very short,story that tells of one woman's experience with 9/11, Finding love and losing it.
It was a very quick and easy read, but quite enjoyable.
To Tell The Truth
Three-year-old Amy is snatched off the beach whilst her mother is otherwise engaged.
Rosie Gilomor is on holiday recovering after she nearly got killed 6 months ago, when her editor Mick Mcguire in Glasgow phones her, although she is not longer a hack, she is now the assistant editor in charge of investigations. He has her driving to Marbella to cover the story, as she's the only one he can trust to cover it.
And off Rosie goes on a new Journey and new story.......................
With different accounts of what happened on the beach and who was where its only a matter of time before the truth comes out.
Some very likeable and some very disturbing characters, its great how this book just blends and brings everything together.
Not for the faint hearted, but it is a very good read.
Didn't think it was possible but I enjoyed Anna's second book in the Rosie Gilmour series even more than the first.
I had pre ordered Anna's 4th book when i suddenly realised i still hadn't read book 2 and 3, which is a good thing as i dont have to wait for ever to start the next one now...
A three-year-old girl is snatched from a Spanish beach while on holiday with her parents. Nobody heard a sound. Nobody saw a thing. Or so they claim. Rosie Gilmour is enjoying a well-deserved holiday on the Costa del Sol: one that is cut short when the abduction story breaks and she's sent to cover it. Rosie's instincts tell her something's wrong. Such a crime, committed in broad daylight, must surely have its witnesses? The girl's mother's story, what's more, doesn't add up. When Rosie is approached by an illegal sex worker with information about the abduction, her instincts are confirmed. Key information about the crime is being withheld from the authorities. The reason: corrupt politicians and vicious human trafficking gangs - enemies one would think twice about making. But thinking twice is not in Rosie's DNA, especially when a child's life is at stake. As she closes in on the truth, Rosie realises the penalty for missing this particular deadline could be her own death
Hero series book 2.
Oh I was ready for this, book 2 in the Hero series starts off with a BOOOMM..
A murder then a birth. Hero is thrown right into it. A good mix of work life and home life.
More than a little bit drunk Stuart Daws is murdered on his way home from the pub.
Then Body number 2 is found, and the search steps up. Can Hero and his team find out who the killer is, or if these 2 deaths are even linked before any more bodies are found?
With home life being hectic, and his partner Julie Shaw, not quite up to much after her bad news from home, Hero also has the help of part time partner Foxy- but between them will they be able to get to bottom of all that has happened and why and get the End Result they need?
Written in the only way M A Comley can write---Brilliantly.
As with all Mel's books (I've read them all-Almost, just got the romance ones to catch up on) I thoroughly enjoyed it. And it was only home life and work that stopped me from sitting in one spot and reading this until it was finished. Could quite happily have sat and read it in one sitting.
But I needed it to last to stop me sulking while waiting for Mel's next book...
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