Paula Maguire Book 2.
Stolen. Missing. Dead...
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she's asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital.
Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.
When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...
Firsly I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a paperback copy of this book for review. I also ended up buying the book on kindle so my Mum could enjoy it. And as I don't always have room to store books, it's a good way of getting to keep a copy.
Book 2 in the Paula MaGuire Series. I recently read book 1 The Lost And really enjoyed it.
You can read my review of that on my blog. or clicking here.
So here we are again back with the wonderful Paula. She's a little mixed up this time, with things going on in her private life that she is so unsure of.
She is faced with helping on a kidnapping case, as a forensic psychologist she works very closely with the police in the missing persons unit. Sometimes a little to closely.
This case soon turns into a murder case, and its down to the team to figure out what the hell is going on, and why babies are being taken from their parents.
Is there a link somewhere of is it just some mad Man/Woman taking them randomly.
Time is running out, if they are to save other babies, and save themselves then this team needs to act and act fast.
As I said this is the 2nd book I have read from this author featuring Paula McGuire, and she's a character I'm really beginning to like. I keep rooting for her, want to tell her off when she makes the wrong decisions, and root for her in what she does.
I was gutted I didn't get the answer to the one question throughout this book, that I wanted to know. ( I wont say as I don't want to spoil it). But I am so glad I now have book 3 to start, and I'm sure then next book will have to answer those lingering questions.
Overall - An interesting read, you can get lost in the story, and feel a part of it. I would recommend reading the first book for the character background. But all in all a good book and a 4/5 from me.
Review & Giveaway
Three years and eleven months. That's how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.
Six months. That's how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.
Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie . . . and to make them pay.
THE BUSINESS MAN. THE COPPER. THE MADAM.
The first gripping book in The Organised Crime Team series by NY Times bestselling author of the Justice series, M A Comley and co-author Tara Lyons, author of In The Shadows.
When The Caller rings... what would you do? The Organised Crime Team is a newly-formed unit with one of the toughest tasks in London.
Led by DI Angie North, their first investigation is a cold case that has foxed several officers in the Met for months. After Angie holds a TV appeal regarding the case, a number of similar aggressive attacks are brought to her attention. The team call on their contacts on the street for help. Their interest is sparked when several local names surface. To bring the criminals to justice a member of the Organised Crime Team is asked to risk their life in a dangerous covert operation.
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Mel and Tara for sending me an ARC of this book. I bloody loved it.
And I am so looking forward to reading more from this crime writing duo.
Well this is the start of a new series, and I have to say it's a series I am really looking forward to. And all ready eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
I was really excited about this book coming out. Mel and Tara seem to make a pretty damn good writing duo.
I have read books by both of these authors previously and really enjoyed them, and I read this one in just 2 sittings. Once I started it I just knew I was going to enjoy it, and was soon hooked and drawn right into the story.
It must be difficult for authors when starting a new series, to try to make it unique and fresh, and Mel and Tara have certainly done that with this book.
A newly formed crime team in London is headed by DI Angie North. A character that I think will now just grow from book to book. She's determined and gutsy. And not scared to get stuck in.
Taking on an old cold case, it doesn't take the team too long to get stuck in, and as a new team, we start to learn about them as well as the story. I think it's been brilliantly put together.
A book to get stuck into and stick with right until the last page. Be warned, once you start this you won't want to do anything else but read, read and read. Then as you get towards the end, you won't want it to finish.
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Nobody likes Mrs Pryce.
Meddling, miserable and small-minded, she is the Scrooge of the square where she lives in Bath.
Her neighbours are weary of her constant allegations — the latest being that someone is stealing her plants.
When Joanna McKenzie, ex-policewoman turned private detective, is called to investigate, she finds she doesn’t care for Mrs Pryce either — but a minor source of unpleasantness turns major when Mrs Pryce is battered to death.
If this was not challenging enough, Joanna is forced to work alongside her former colleague and old flame, Inspector James Carrick.
Heat begins to build on all fronts when a young red-headed nurse, mistaken for Joanna, winds up murdered, and the eccentric characters living in the square begin to show their true colours.
Joanna and James must put their feelings on hold and unite to catch the killer before the killer finds them.
Dressed to Kill is a gripping murder mystery set in the cosy town of Bath.
A thief and a murder. A nosey, busy body of a neighbour has hired a Private investigator to find out who is taking her plants. So Private investigator Joanna McKenzie, who is an ex policewoman begins to investigate. She soon finds out why not many of the neighbours like Mrs Pryce. But is shocked when Mrs Pryce turns up dead. Battered to death it seems on her own doorstep.
As the police are brought in Joanna realises and its her old work colleague and old flame Inspector James Carrick, and she is forced to work alongside him again.
This was quite a quick read compared to some books at just over 220 pages, so it something you could easily get through on a long journey, or full day sat in the garden.
I did occasionally get a little confused within the story. And went back to re read what i'd read.
It just seems like a typical whodunit type of book.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC of this book.
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Published 16th June 2016
Welcome to the Velvet Hotel Barbados where money and sex go hand in hand with murder ....
When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame…
Sutton: Sheridan’s long-suffering wife was permanently pushed aside for his younger lovers. Was it time for her to make a stand?
Kassidy: Sheridan’s assistant longs to be wealthy in her own right. Employed for her sexual and organisational skills, could she have had her eyes on a bigger prize?
Nikki: Sheridan’s oldest daughter has done something really bad that her dad has discovered. What price will she pay to keep his silence?
Heather: The apple of her father, Sheridan’s eye. But her father was responsible for a terrible tragedy that turned her world upside down. Is the time ripe for revenge?
Four women, each with a cross to bear – all waiting for the perfect moment to get even...
This summer, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and escape with the elite to the golden beaches of Barbados for a sexy, scandalous romp that you won’t be able to put down.
Let me just start by saying if you have not read any of Nigel May's books, then you really do need to start right now.
His books are just freaking awesome. I was persuaded shall we say to read Nigel's books after reading a fellow bloggers reviews on them, and as we have such similar tastes in books, I'm glad again that I trusted his judgement.
I have to laugh though when this one became available on Netgalley, I down loaded it ASAP, and after receiving a message off my blogger friend I knew I wouldn't settle until I had read it. I actually stopped reading the book I was half way through so I could start this, and by god I'm glad I did.
The problem with a book like this is once you start it, you have to carry on reading it at every opportunity. And you really are gutted when it finishes.
Boom... this is one explosive book. Money, Murder, Sex, Scandal, Betrayal, Glamour.... it has it all. (are you running off to buy it yet?) well you should be.
I think it is safe to say I loved this book.
The details the descriptions everything about this book is just freaking awesome.
Just picture yourself on a beach, sun beating down on your body, with this book in your hand.
In the last week we've had a day of the worst snow of the year, followed by a mini heatwave, it's cold and miserable then crazy hot. But while reading this I could have been anywhere because nothing else mattered.
You really are in for a treat with this read, and sorry if I've all ready said it, but it really is a must for this summer. Just like the other books I have read by NM you are dragged right into the pages as soon as your set off reading, thrown about a bit, messed up and then spat out right at the end. It's a book you keep thinking of even after you have put it down.
Just like my perfect cuppa, Hot and Steamy and thoroughly enjoyable.
There are some amazing characters, some I liked a lot, and some I really didn't like. Some that I started off liking and then changing my mind part way through.
I really can't praise this book enough, and like the Velvet Hotels it features, It needs 6 stars, but I can only give 5, so it's got to be 5 Big fat huge golden stars.
Certainly one of my best reads of 2016.
Super big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC of this book.
Format - Paperback
Publisher - Headline.
Available from Amazon.co.uk in Kindle, Paperback, Hardback and Audio.
Not everyone who's missing is lost
When two teenage girls go missing along the Irish border, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire has to return to the hometown she left years before. Swirling with rumour and secrets, the town is gripped by fear of a serial killer. But the truth could be even darker.
Not everyone who's lost wants to be found
Surrounded by people and places she tried to forget, Paula digs into the cases as the truth twists further away. What's the link with two other disappearances from 1985? And why does everything lead back to the town's dark past- including the reasons her own mother went missing years before?
Nothing is what it seems
As the shocking truth is revealed, Paula learns that sometimes, it's better not to find what you've lost.
Firstly I would like to thank the publishers for a review copy of this book. I've been fighting to get through my huge pile of books I need to read and decided to start with this one as it's the beginning of a series.
Book 1 in the Paula Maguire series.
This book gets a 4/5 from me. It's an interesting read, and more than enough to keep you gripped and guessing.
After leaving her home town in Ireland, Paula was certain she would never go back, yet here she is heading back. As forensic Psychologist , Paula is working with a team to find 2 missing girls.
I can't help thinking Paula's character should have been a copper, as she does seem to think she is one from time to time.
That said I mostly liked her character, and I look forward to reading more from this series and getting to know Paula some more.
She has history and baggage, but she is a likeable character and I'm hoping she will grow and develop into something special over the next few books.
I have since bought this book for the kindle so that my mum could read it, I think she'll enjoy it too.
If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.
1. THE GIRL IN THE ICE
2. THE NIGHT STALKER
A huge great big 5/5 from me
Wowzers... another awesome read.
I thought the Girl In the Ice was good, but this series of books is just getting better. I always worry when I have read the first book, if the second book can be anywhere near as good, but I didn't need to worry this is a 5* + read.
Here we are back again with Detective Erika Foster, A lady who seems to have her own set of rules, and doesn't always do things by the book.
This story is set in a heatwave, which seems appropriate to me at the minute as while writing this review i'm sat in the garden eating icecream, and melting.
Erika and team are tasked to find a killer, and a horrible killer it is. It doesn't take long to realise we have a serial killer on the loose. But what have the victims got in common if anything. A Dr, an Author. Did the victims know each other? Something somewhere must link these victims. Or do we had a disturbed killer that is just killing random people.
One or two creepy moments in this book, and i'm sure most people reading this, will check at least once that there is no one hidden under their bed.
This book is certainly one of those books you get lost in, eager to read and find out what is going on, but then as you get towards the end, you don't want it to finish there is so much packed into the pages of this book it's breath taking, heart pounding stuff.
I've enjoyed getting to know Erika more in this book and think this is going to turn into one hell of an amazing series of books. I just hope Robert can continue to produce books this good.
Super big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. It was freaking awesome.
Drive. Keep quiet. Don’t touch the boss’s wife…Well, two out of three ain’t bad.
Sam Riley leaves the army disillusioned and lonely, but alive, and finds work as a bouncer at an Essex nightclub. After defusing a particularly nasty situation, Sam is employed as a personal security guard for Monica, wife of local gangster Benny, and their young son, Brando. Seduced by glamorous, manipulative Monica, Sam is persuaded to help Benny find his way to a shallow woodland grave.
But even as Sam and partner Joe leave the crime scene, the plan takes an unforeseen twist, and everything begins to unravel; Monica disappears, leaving Sam to babysit Brando, while every Essex villain lines up to take over Benny’s empire.
One killing follows another as Monica desperately clings to power, and Sam is forced to confront the ghosts of a traumatic youth in order to protect Brando from a similar fate.
I need to start this by saying a great big thank you to Tomas & Mercer and Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I'm so glad I read it.
This book started off brilliantly, Lesley Welsh is a new author for me, and one I will certainly be watching out for.
Right from the first few chapters we had action, and a few OMG moments. one of which I had to go back a few pages and re read to check I had read it right.
Brilliant opening. Grips you and drag's you right into the story line, leaving you wanting more, and needing to read on.
Monica I decided early on was a cow, and she really got on my nerves, But Sam was just a brilliant character, A character I was rooting for, one that you just want everything to turn out good for them. I liked how Sam was left to baby sit Brando, Monica's son. And I liked the cheeky little shit, even though you didn't want to, to start with.
Sam wasn't babysitting through choice, it just so happened that Sam ended up the only person home and had no choice but to look out for him, and as he starts out a proper little stuck up his own arse child, you soon see another side to him, when he is with Sam it's like he's just a normal child, and some of his protective walls come down. He turned into one of my favourite characters.
Having a mother like Monica raising you would be enough to make any child turn into a brat.
But I loved how we got to see another side of him.I just so didn't want this book to end. I could have read about Sam, and the other characters forever. I loved following them on one hell of a journey. There just seemed to be something going on at every turn, at one point I thought ok, well that concludes the story, when off it went again. Absolutely brilliantly written, with more twists than a bloody twister.
An amazing book and well worth reading. But I really was gutted when it ended.
Certainly an author to watch out for.
About the Author
Lesley Welsh was born in Strawberry Field children’s home and raised on a notorious Liverpool council estate. Later she moved to London, where she studied English and drama and worked as a freelance writer specialising in alternative lifestyles. Her articles appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare, Red, Bite, Forum, Time Out and many others before she established Moondance Media, a magazine publishing company. Her dark and compelling short story Mrs Webster’s Obsession was turned into a film. She now lives and works in Spain.
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