A new must-read crime series for fans of Mark Billingham and Sarah Hilary: the perfect blend of detective and medical drama.
Meet Dr Harry Kent. Former Army medic, hospital registrar, police surgeon, drug addict and defender of anyone the world would rather brush aside. His critics say he has a weakness for lost causes.
Usually his police work means minor injuries and mental health assessments. But Solomon Idris's case is different. Solomon Idris has taken eight people hostage in a chicken takeaway, and is demanding a lawyer and a BBC reporter. Harry is sent in to treat the clearly ill teenager...before the siege goes horribly wrong.
When Solomon's life is put in danger again from the safety of a critical care ward, it becomes clear he knows something people will kill to protect.
Determined to uncover the secret that drove the boy to such desperate action, Harry soon realises that someone in the medical world, someone he may even know, has broken the doctors' commandment 'do no harm' many times over.
And now only he stands in the way of them causing further hurt...
Wowzers. I loved receiving a review copy of this book, Can you believe it actually arrived in a First aid box.
That is probably because at the end of this book it's quite possible you will need a Dr.
It kicks off brilliantly, right into the story, right into the action. Dr Harry Kent is just brilliant. He cares about other people in a big way. I can see that this is going to continue as a series of books, that you just can't wait for the next one, This series is going to be fanbloodytastic.
I believe this is actually a debut, I was shocked to learn that. It's written like it has been done by a long time writing author. Medical student Rob McCarthy is currently working on 2 more stories to feature Harry Kent. How good is that?
We are taken right into siege in a London Take away shop right from the opening pages, the action starts and it carries on from there. Solomon Idris has a gun and Hostages, yet Harry An ex Army Medic and now a part time police surgeon, is sent in to help Solomom Idris. It becomes clear early on that Idris is not well at all, in fact he's very poorly, but Harry can't seem to make him understand that he needs hospital treatment. Things soon start to go wrong, very wrong when Idris is shot and rushed to hospital.
It seems that Harry feels he has been set up, and as he continues to try and help, things start to become clear that all is not as it seems. And this is just the start.
The fact that Harry is a Police Dr rather that an actual copper gives this book it's edge, it's great to see something a little different. With him being a Dr there is a fair bit of medical jargon, but all explained or easy to understand so it doesn't put you off in any way at all. Harry is also an ex Soldier so has some of his own issues to contend with through life.
Di Nobel also features quite a lot in this book, and it was great to see her and Harry trying to put things together and help each other. It turned out that they make a great duo.
i'm really not sure I could say enough about this book to get across how much I really did enjoy it. It is well worth reading, it's upto date and thrilling and you will not be disappointed with it at all. Rob McCarthy is certainly an author to watch out for if this first book is anything to go by.
The infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, a hotbed of crime, drink and drugs, was a law unto itself in the ’70s. So when one of their own was wronged in any way, the community always had its own way of dealing with it.
The first title in a series of gritty family sagas, Our Vinnie accounts the dramatic true story of a brother’s determination to avenge his younger sister’s rape. Josie was just 11 when her Vinnie, then 14, was taken away to a detention centre. Distraught by his absence and left alone with indifferent parents, when she escapes from one of their rows she naively enters the house of a neighbour, Melvin, who – horrifically – leads her upstairs and overpowers her.
Convinced by her friend Carol, Josie tells her sister Lyndsey about the rape but, with Vinnie out of the picture, Lyndsey uses the information for her own ends. When Vinnie returns, hardened by years inside the system, his outrage on discovering the truth is severe. And with new abuses continually coming to light, a cataclysmic series of violent events begins to spiral out of control…
Dramatic and shocking, Our Vinnie is an unbelievable page-turner, documenting a community forsaken by society, and one brother’s unrelenting determination to take justice into his own hands.
When I first hear about this book, I really really wanted to read it, So I went and purchased it from Amazon. But me being me, I also purchased the other two that were out then too. So I have had.
1 Our Vinnie
2 My Uncle Charlie
3 My Mam Shirley
All sat on my kindle for what seems like an age. Just looking on amazon then, it seems I purchased this book in December 2014, I just can't believe it has taken me this long to get around to reading it.
But I have to say i'm glad I finally did get around to it, as I really did enjoy it.
It seemed like an easy read, With some fantastic characters. Some you dispise and others you really fall for. One of the characters I really felt for was Titch, Vinnie's sister, I was really rooting for her throughout this book to do well in life and make something of herself.
Vinnie was just a character and a half, It was great following his up's and downs. more downs it seems, as he just doesn't seem to be able to keep himself out of trouble.
Based on a Bradford council estate, this book has all you would expect. It really is a great read, A book you want to carry on with just to see what will happen next.
Since I purchased this book Julie Shaw has since brought out another one.
4 Blood Ties
5 Bad Blood is due out 14th July 2016
So If you have not yet read any of this authors books, there are certainly enough to get your teeth into.
The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.
Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.
Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?
As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?
I know I know I said it with the last two books, but I really didn't think this series could get any better, when Boommmmmmmm Angela does it again. It still amazes me how authors can come up with time and time again, new and fresh stories.
This one was just absolutely fantabulous. A Brilliant read. I can't believe we are with Kim Stone again, and all ready at book 4. It really doesn't seem that long ago I was starting my first Angela Marsons book and wondering what to expect from a new author. Well all my expectations were met, and blown out the water. Angela is by far one of todays better crime writers, and that's some doing when you consider how many authors are writing crime books. But there is just something, individual, and fresh in her writing style and she has managed to create a character in Kim Stone that you just can't help but like.
I love it when you get so engrossed in a book, it's like you are part of the story.
If you are anything like me then I would advise that these books are read in order, but that is more just to get a feel and the background on Detective Kim Stone. If you are not to bothered about that, then you would get away with reading this as it is, but I really would say read them in order. You'll be glad you did.
And just so you don't have to go searching. Here they are in order.
1 Silent Scream
2 Evil Games
3 Lost Girls
4 Play Dead
Any way where was I? Oh Yeah this is certainly one hell of a read. And if it was possible to give it more than 5 stars then I certainly would. Angela Marsons is one hell of a story teller.
Westerley Research facility is unknown to most people. It is a body farm, where bodies are donated for research purposes. It's out of the way and not advertised to anyone.
Kim and her team are at the centre when they discover a body, only this body is nothing to do with the research.
so as Kim and her team are there, and Kim has discovered it, they set to, trying to find out who she is, and how she got there. It isn't long after when a second body turns up. But who is killing them and why, and more so how do they know that Westerley would normally be a great place to dump a body, had it not been for Kim and her team finding the first one.
A must must read for any crime thriller fan's. And I feel I can safely say that you will not be disappointed reading this. And I think it's safe to assume this will still be in my top ten reads of 2016 at the end of the year.
I would like to send a big extra thanks to Netgalley. Bookouture and Angela Marsons for allowing me a review copy of this first class read.
Detective Chief Inspector Harriet Martens has earned the nickname the Hard Detective — but she’s had to be unyielding to make it in a man’s world.
It was, after all, this toughness that inspired her successful Stop the Rot campaign, which has so provoked local criminals.
But now two of her officers have died within hours of each other. Harriet comes to believe both have been murdered — and a disturbing idea follows. For the circumstances of each death echo words from the Book of Exodus: A Life for a Life, an Eye for an Eye …
Has a killer chosen this gruesome ritual to tell Harriet she has been pushing too hard?
And if so, can she prevent the six deaths that will surely complete the quotation?
Beginning with a tooth for tooth…
Harriet Martens may find that she is not the Hard Detective for much longer…
An interesting read, from an author that is new to me. This is the first book I have ready by this author, but I know it wont be the last as I have another two sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read.
This book Features Chief Inspector Harriet Martens, she is nick named The Hard Detective, and to start with she does seem very abrupt, and almost cold, a Hard faced Bitch. But maybe this is just a way of coping and dealing with the shit that is thrown at you as copper.
I felt like I got through this book pretty quick as it's only 263 pages, it is a very easy and enjoyable read, with a great story line to it. I felt like I was getting to know the characters as well as being thrown right in to the case and learning the story. I did at some points think that things were repeated a little too much.
And the reviews on this book seem to be up or down, i'm more middle of the road.
For some unknown reason, police officers are being killed. and after 2 officers are killed Harriet soon begins to realise that they have indeed been murdered, it then becomes apparent that each killing has some sort of connection to the Book of Exodus, A life for a life, an Eye for an Eye.... But why, what is the motive behind it. This has got to be some sick twisted killer. But how on earth is he choosing his victims. Can Harriet and her team figure this out and piece everything together before any more killings occur.
I would like to thank Netgalley and The Publishers for a review copy of this book. It's much appreciated.
How far would you go to save your family?
In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.
This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.
When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?
One thing is clear – they already know too much.
As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:
STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.
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ARC provided by Netgalley via Bookouture in return for an honest review.
I'll just start this by saying if that damn postman/woman knocks on your door with a parcel that isn't for you. DO NOT TAKE IT IN.
What a great story, this was just something that felt really different. A very interesting read.
Husband and wife against the clock, both trying to stay alive and not know who to trust.
Alice and Harry are wakened in the middle of the night only to realise that there are masked intruders in their bedroom. This it's self gave me the shivers. How horrible would that be. But when you realise their baby daughter is in her crib at the side of the bed, my blood ran cold.
Why are they here, it's not a robbery. Is it mistaken Identity? Just what to they want? Well it turns out they are looking for a man named Edward Renshaw, But do Alice and Harry know him, or do they have the wrong house.
As things start to come together and Alice and Harry in a quest to find out the truth and why these men broke into their home, end up separated in a search for answers. It soon becomes apparent that there really isn't anyone you can trust, but how the hell have they gotten caught up in this nightmare. And how the hell do they get out of it?
There were a few things through out this book that I just didn't see coming, Some great twists. A real good mystery to it.
This is the first book I have read by Tom Bale but I really am sure it will not be the last one.
Tindledale is in a tizzy . . .
The Village Show competition is coming around again and after last year’s spectacular failure, the villagers are determined to win. Meg, teacher at the local school, is keen to help and to impose some much-needed order.
After a terse encounter with a newcomer to the village, Meg discovers that it is celebrity chef and culinary bad boy, Dan Wright. Meg thinks he is arrogant and rude but rumour has it that Dan is opening a new restaurant in the village which could really put Tindledale on the map.
As things come together, villagers old and new all start to come out of the woodwork, including new arrival Jessie who seems to have it all. But first impressions can be deceptive and Meg discovers that when it comes to Tindledale – and Dan – nothing is ever quite as it seems . .
Thank you to the Publishers and Netgalley for a ARC of this book.
I was so looking forward to this book, then somehow it got eaten up into kindle world and disappeared. I have this week been sorting through all my books and putting them into categories and sorting out some kind of reading order, and was well chuffed when I realised I had this to read.
I started it pretty much as soon as I'd finished sorting out.
I have read and really enjoyed other books by Alexandra Brown, so knew visiting Tindledale again was just the tonic I needed. A real pick me up. Again as soon as I started this book, it was like I was back there, Back in a village where you feel you could belong. Shouting Good morning to folk on your way to work or off for your morning paper. Now racing about with your head down, getting knocked about by some Pratt on an IPhone with headphones in.
Tindledale felt a whole lot more community spirited this time, I'm not sure why, but maybe it's with everyone in the village getting together to put on the best Village show of all time, the organisation, the ups and downs, who will do what, will things go to plan. But not only that The local school is being threatened with closure, it's miles away to the next school, and something needs to be done, this school has been here forever, surely they can't just close it down. Well not if deputy head Meg has anything to do with it they wont.
We have more new comers in this book too, and it was great getting to know the new characters. Jess is hoping the move will be a new start for her and her family and soon becomes friends with Meg.
The closeness of the village is just great, it really adds to the warmth of the story.
Another amazing read. I look forward to more books from this author.
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