TWO BRUTAL KILLERS ARE LOOSE ON THE FENS BUT WHO CAN DI NIKKI GALENA TRUST?
A gripping crime thriller with a big twist at the end.
Detective Nikki Galena’s friend and neighbour meets a tragic end but there’s more to his death than meets the eye . . .
And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter’s past is back . . .
A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town
The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for DS Joseph Easter. Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realises that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life.
In a breath-taking conclusion even Nikki begins to doubt DS Easter as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.
I received a copy of Shadow over the Fens from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. And I would like to say a big thank you for that.
I started reading this, Book2 in the DI Nikki Galena series as soon as I finished book 1. I really did enjoy book 1, and was hoping and praying that book 2 would be just as good.
I got to know the main characters DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter in book 1, and I really will say It would help greatly if you read the first book, Crime on the Fens first, as it will really help with the character background and give you an idea of what has happened in both their pasts. Although some of their past is highlighted in this book, I still feel you would get a better feel of it.
I think it's safe to say in this book Joseph's past seems to have come back to haunt him. In the shape of Billy Sweet, who is someone Joseph hoped he would never see again.
In the Fens this time, Nikki's neighbour has committed suicide, but Nikki along with his sister are convinced it was not a suicide even though there were witnesses that saw it.
Nikki has to watch that she isn't showing that she is too close to the investigation or she will be taken off it. But she's hell bent on proving that her instincts are right.
I have to say I gave book one 5/5 because I really did enjoy it, but I can honestly say this one was even better. There just doesn't seem time to catch your breath through this book, there is just something happening all the way through it. And I'm hoping this series continues in this way and can't wait to here more of this odd duo. They just seem to work so well together.
And as I have been writing this review, I have just got book 3, which I am going to start as soon as I finish my current read. I love finding a new series where I can read the books back to back and really enjoy them.
Everyone hates Fiona Methodist.
Her war veteran father shot a young couple in broad daylight before killing himself. The engaged pair had witnessed a robbery and were due to give evidence but, with all three now dead, no one knows the true motive.
For Fiona, it's destroyed her life. It's not just those who whisper behind her back or the friends who pretend she doesn't exist; it's the landlords who spot her name and say no, the job agencies who can't find her work.
But Fiona knows her dad didn't do it. He couldn't have - he's her father and he wouldn't do that . . . would he?
Private investigator Andrew Hunter takes pity on the girl and, even with stolen bengal cats to find, plus an ex-wife who's not quite so 'ex', he can't escape the creeping feeling that Fiona might be right after all.
My Thoughts. 4.5/5
Super Huge thank you to the Author, Publishers and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
I have to say I love Kerry Wilkinson's books. I'm a huge fan of the Jessica Daniel series, and I'm getting that way with this series to.
This is the 2nd Andrew Hunter book. Andrew is a Private Investigator, but he seems to just investigate all those things that no one else would be interested in. And seems that he rarely gets paid for most of his work, as he does seem to have a soft spot for a sob story. He might not always get paid, but he certainly goes above and beyond to find out what he want's to know. It's not always easy finding things out, and sometimes you have to delve further than anyone else to get to the truth, it also sometimes gets you into trouble, which is certainly the case for Andrew. I have really grown to like the character Andrew, but also his office assistant/receptionist/sidekick that is Jenny. She's also turning into a great character.
Andrew in this book, has to face up to things from his past too, he needs to start being honest about how he was able to set up his own business, and afford to live in one of Manchester's quite luxurious
apartment blocks in the city centre. But most of all, he need's to explain all this to his ex wife, who is certainly not going to like it.
I love how in all Kerry's books he always manages to get in a mention or two of the Great Manchester weather. It always tickles me when it's mentioned as only anyone living in and around Manchester will ever understand out great weather. I think you always get that little bit more from a book when you know the area that is featured, being able to clearly see things in your mind while reading is certainly an added bonus.
Kerry seems to be able to get the right balance between the serious stuff and the humour side to.
The only down side to Kerry's books is waiting for the next one. (not really an issue as I'm so patient...NOT)
Release Date 15/07/2016
A 12,000 word Justice short novella to be read between CRUEL JUSTICE and IMPEDING JUSTICE from NY Times and USA Today bestselling author M A Comley.
What would you do if you saw a stranger's life in danger?
DI Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs investigate a violent attack. Lorne becomes increasingly concerned when her star witness, Donna Moran, goes missing. She knew Donna was petrified, but has Donna just gone into hiding, or has she been taken by the offenders?
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author M A Comley presents the Justice series.
Bonus: Includes the first chapter of IMPEDING JUSTICE.
Well it's no secret. The Justice series is one of my all time favourite series of books. I just love Lorne, she's ace. lol.
It was a little weird reading this one, as it's set right back in the beginning, so we see characters that are no longer featured in the later books.
I don't mean weird in an odd way, I just had to keep reminding myself of a few things that had happened (I'm not spoiling it for you)
This is a great Easy and quick read, you'll fly through it in no time.
A young lady witnesses a horrible attack on a man, and is worried and confused as to what she should do. Report it, ignore it. Her friend helps her decide what to do, but is she making the right decision.
And does she have real reason to be as scared as she is.
As I said this is only a short story but don't for one minute think that it isn't full of the usual thrills that come with any of the other Justice books.
Well worth reading.
Thanks Mel for an ARC of this book. Thrilled with it.
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A NEW CRIME THRILLER WITH A COMPELLING DETECTIVE WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO AVENGE HER DAUGHTER
THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She’s got tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she’s been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she’s out.
HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the handsome squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.
THEIR ADVERSARY is a ruthless man who holds DI Galena responsible for his terrible disfigurement.
The town is being terrorised by gangs of violent thugs, all wearing identical hideous masks. Then a talented young female student goes missing on the marsh and Nikki and Joseph find themselves joining forces with a master criminal in their efforts to save her. They need to look behind the masks, but when they do, they find something more sinister and deadly than they ever expected . . .
This is an exciting and absorbing crime thriller that you won't be able to put down from start to thrilling finish
THE SETTING The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.
I received a copy of Crime on the Fens from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Right from the beginning of this book I enjoyed it. It's one of those books that from the opening chapter you know you are going to enjoy. And I had to read at every opportunity.
Joy Ellis is a new author to me, but someone I will certainly be looking out for in the future. If this book is anything to go by then I really can't wait for the next one. Which is good because it's on my kindle waiting for me, and it's going to be my very next read.
The Characters are believable and likeable.
DI Nikki Galena, not the easiest person to get along with, a detective that no one seems to want to work with, and one that goes out of her way to catch drug dealers. She lives alone and has a secret that none of her fellow work colleagues know about. And if she is not careful, she wont have a job for much longer.
She certainly is in a low part of her life. You start off not liking her very much, but I soon grew to really like her.
DS Joseph Easter is a character I really liked. he also has history and a story he doesn't want to share, but has actually asked to work with her. That is a first, someone wanting to work with her.
it's an unusual set up, but as the story goes on one that works very well. I absolutely loved this book, I found it a first class brilliant read.
i'm doing my best not to give to much away, but I want to get across how much I enjoyed this book, and now i'm off to start book two. Happy days.
Well worth reading
My Rating 4/5
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for a review copy of this book.
It's a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.
When Danny's body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny's death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.
As the town's secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it's impossible to know who to trust...
This is one of those books you see and think you want to read, you then have it on your kindle and it get's lost between all the other little books lurking away in there, book's that seem to be spreading like little gremlins and getting out of hand until you forget what you have got.
So While having a nose through said kindle, I spotted I hadn't yet read this. And I started it. So at last having finally read it, although I have to admit I have never seen the TV series. So there will be no comparison from me with that. TV is ok when you don't have books to read. lol
I believe this is based on the first series, and as I said I have not watched the TV series, but I think from talking with other people, the book seems to have a lot more to offer, which I normally find is the case with TV/Book adaptions.
The book is very well written, A page turner for sure. And an interesting storyline keeping you on your toes the whole way through. Although the subject of Murder and Children can be a little upsetting, we have to remind ourselves with a well written story, that the book is only fiction. It really is well put together.
April Wilson is wondering what to do next – her life has been turned upside down after the loss of her husband so she’s hoping to piece herself together again with a visit to her elderly great aunt, Edith. Arriving in the rural idyll of Tindledale, she’s dismayed to find Edith’s cottage and the orchards surrounding it in a sorry state of disrepair. Edith seems to have lost interest completely, instead she’s become desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Winnie, who disappeared during WWII.
April gets to work immediately, discovering that the orchard still delivers a bumper crop each year, and with the help of some of the villagers – including Matt, the enigmatic Farrier – begins to unravel the mystery of the missing Winnie. Slowly,
April can feel things coming to life again – but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?
Whooooooo hoooooooo Loved, Loved being back in Tindledale. This place seems so real when reading this book and others featuring Tindledale, That you could almost be sat on a bench in the Village while reading the book. You are just taken away to this fictional world all the way through the book. It's just amazing. What more can I say.
An easy 5/5 for me. Enjoyed everything about it. Just in case I haven't made it obvious can I just say, I really enjoyed this book. lol.
After receiving a birthday card from her elderly Aunt Edith, April Wilson decides it's time to go and visit her for a few days. April is still trying to come to terms with her husbands death and is still very much going through the grieving process.
But visiting Tindledale fore any reason would warrant more than a couple days, and April ends up staying on a little longer than expected.
I thought the way Alex allowed April to go through her grieving process was wonderfully done. And the subject covered brilliantly. Some tough topics through this book, but so cleverly written and put together.
I loved the characters in this book, the Familiar ones from previous books and the new ones we are introduced to in this book. I especially loved Aunt Edith, and believe that if everyone who had ever lost someone, needs an Aunt like Edith and a Cottage like Orchard Cottage to go and get their thoughts together.
As usual I am worried of giving to much of the storyline away. But I need to let the world know this is a must read. I read mainly Crime fiction, but every now and then I like a change, and I've got that way now that I Can't wait for Alex to bring another book out for me to read, although i'm lucky in the sense I still have a few of her other books to catch up on.
And I'm not afraid to say I had tears in my eye's towards the end of this book.
A Truly First Class Read.
A super big thank you to the publishers, Author and Netgalley for a review copy of this book.
Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?
Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.
Firstly, a massive thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me a review copy of this book.
I need to be careful here, that I'm not giving to much away. It's only a 166 page book, so it is a very quick read, but don't let that put you off because believe me it doesn't stop it being a bloody good read.
This though is one of those stories that grabs your attention, and you know you have to keep going, and like me you'll probably do this in one sitting.
Paige Dawson is the mother of a murdered child, and if that wasn't enough, her husband killed himself. So its understandable that her life isn't very good at the moment, well that might be an understatement. I'd actually say she's pretty well screwed up. She's a mess, Constantly drunk and addicted to prescription pills, it doesn't seem that life can get any lower.
Her mother in law has tried to help, to be honest she's now at a stage of disgust, what more can she do to help her daughter in law.
You really do find yourself feeling sorry for Paige and really rooting for her to get her act together. I felt that strongly towards this character that you'd have thought it was someone I actually know. The Author has done an amazing job with this book.
This is the first book I have read by Jack Jordan, but I'm guessing it certainly won't be the last one.
This is a really interesting read and well worth giving it a go.
A middle-class couple turn to crime to pay the ransom for their children can they evade the cops and save their children's lives? Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas s gambling debts. Penniless and desperate, the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom. Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement, and his replacement, DI John Campbell, is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes. In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. Can they save their children before time runs out?"
What a great read. OK I have to say I was forced at gun point by my buddy Noelle over at #CrimebookJunkie to read this book. Well maybe she just recommended it and I trust her recommendations that much I had to go and buy it and read it right away. Well I'm glad I did. And guess what? My Mum was glad I did too as she really enjoyed it also.
Nicholas Foulkes is in Debt from Gambling. Only problem is, his wife Victoria knows nothing about it until masked men raid their home and Kidnap her 2 children. Every parents worst nightmare. But somehow, some way they have got to find 95 Grand to get them back. How the Hell are they supposed to do that. Beg, steel and borrow is the only way. Or is it? It seems like turning to crime might just get them the rest of the money they need.
I really couldn't decide if I liked DI Harry Evans to start with. At one point he really got on my nerves, but you soon realise it's just who he is, and all he wants is to get the job done, and get results. I did start to grow to like him.
working along side him is DI John Campbell, who is set to be Harry Evans replacement when he takes retirement. I Liked John a little more to start with than I did Evans, although at times he seemed a little to goody goody. Once you start getting through the book, you learn a little more of these two characters, and I did begin to like both of them.
This i'm told is Graham's Debut Novel. Well if that is the case it is a great debut, well written, brilliantly paced and once I got around 30% in I did not want to put my kindle down, I needed to try and keep going.
Certainly an author I will be watching out for in the future.
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