Edition :Paperback via Amazon uk.
Luther meets The Wire, this is the first Detective Harry Virdee novel
The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.
Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.
Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…
I somehow stumbled across an older review for this book by the fantabulous #CrimebookJunkie. I knew then I needed to read this book, and I decided it was time I treated myself to the paperback, because come on, a girl can never have enough books.
I'm so glad I got this, what a superb read it was. I enjoyed every single page of this book. It's easy one of those reads that leads to just one more chapter, then each chapter leaves you wanting one more.
This is easy one of my best reads of 2017. Even better as I finished this one, I was approved for book 2 via Netgalley. So guess what my next read is.
Drugs, violence, racism, Corruption my goodness this book has it all.
Set in Bradford we are introduced to Harry Virdee. Harry is a police officer who has been suspended, Detective Hardeep "Harry" Virdee.
Disowned by his family, kicked off the job. Married with a child on the way, trying to redeem himself and save his career turns into so much more through this book.
When Shakeel Ahmed is murdered, the police have a suspect in mind, Harry is asked 'off the record' to find him. He is to work the case, strictly off the books.
Harry knows the streets of Bradford better than anyone, and is set off on his crusade to find Lucas Dwight. Dwight a crazy fascist who when imprisoned was as deadly with his mind as with his fists.
Harry has his work cut out for him. Learning who can and can't be trusted is going to be difficult, and the more he figures out, the more things escalate. Can Harry get the baddy and save the city.
Fast paced, this book kept me hooked the whole way through.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Harry.
The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning?
It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart…
Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husband Joe, Dora is finally building a future with her children.
But then an unexpected knock at the door rips her family in two.
To Dora’s horror, Carol is taken away by a welfare officer to live with Joe. She is determined to fight for her child, but when a tragic accident leaves her mother in hospital, and shocking news from Joe breaks her heart again, she struggles to cope.
With her family in pieces and her marriage over for good, will Dora ever manage to get her daughter Carol home where she belongs?
It's an honour as always to be part of a blog tour.
Another Bookouture beauty. Before reading this book I need to give you a little bit of advice.
Lock the door, unplug the phone, turn any laptops, mobile phones off. Make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a bar of chocolate, then find the comfiest seat in the house. Then get going, once you start this book it's difficult to put it down, I felt like I was traveling back in time, and going on another journey with Dora. A journey of life, the ups and downs of family life. What an amazing story this was.
Dora is facing life as a single mother, trying to work and juggle child care, her life is ripped apart again when one of her daughters is taken away from her, Carol has to go and live with her father Joe. Someone has reported Dora and she doesn't know who.
The fight is on, Dora wants her daughter back, and she'll fight tooth and nail to do so.
I loved the suspense through this book, wondering how things were going to turn out, which decisions would change things for ever.
A fantastic story, a family saga that I just loved. A real change for me as I read so much crime fiction, this was a refreshing change. After reading the first book in this series The Lost Daughter of Liverpool I was really looking forward to this one, and when I received an ARC of the book I couldn't wait to start it.
I really was dragged into this story, the characters are done just perfectly, you love the ones that need loving and hate the ones that need hating. There were times in this book that I could just imagine being there.
I think I'm going on to much now, so I'll just say again 'This book is well worth reading'
Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book. I guess you could read it as a stand alone, but personally I would advise that you read the first book before starting this one, but that is just my personal opinion. And I know I'm right.
Pam Howes - I can't wait for the next one.
Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of this book.
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The clock is ticking on Erasmus Jones’ deadliest case yet…
Jaded lawyer Erasmus Jones has been hired to protect the footballing world’s latest protégé – and while it’s a job he may not like, he can’t refuse. Thrust into the hedonistic world of the football elite, Erasmus discovers a sinister underbelly to the beautiful game, riddled with corruption, deceit… and murder.
It’s his most high-profile case yet… and it should be enough. But when the only woman he has ever loved appears, begging for him to help her, Erasmus finds himself caught between two deadly cases: and his professional instincts tested more than ever before.
With mere seconds on the clock, Erasmus must make a choice: put his client’s life on the line, or turn his back on his past. Because there can only be one winner… and the penalty could be death.
This book seems to have been on my kindle for ever, lost in ever revolving carousel of my kindle fire, while mooching about on amazon, I decided to list the books I'd got in date order and not yet read, and this one is one of the books I've had the longest, so that's the reason I started it. I've decided for the next couple of weeks now to do one old (as in I've had it a while and not read) and one of my newer, alternatively.
Erasmus is working a case to protect a high profile footballer. He's a bit like me and not at all a football fan.
Erasmus and Pete seem to get along great, a good working duo.
It is an interesting story, and in parts you want to keep reading, but there was something in this book that just didn't 'get me. I couldn't engage with the characters, I really don't know what it was, as I say interesting story line, maybe just not for me.
I didn't realise when I started this book that it was Book 2 of 2 in Erasmus Jones series.
Secrets of the Dead:
Detective Robyn Carter - Book 2
‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn't want to put it down – it’s one of the best I've read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog
Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and bloodshot eyes wide open.
When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and a second victim with a receipt confirms her worst fears.
There are no witnesses. The victims had no debts. With the body count rising and the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime in record time. But her team can’t find a link between the victims, and the cracks are starting to show.
Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers photographs in two of the victims’ houses, which she thinks could unlock the case. But as she hones in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.
Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?
I have recently finished the first book in this series, 'Little Girl Lost' and convincing myself that when I read a book, I must then read any other books I have outstanding on my TBR pile by that author. so far I've stuck to it (kind of) it was right onto this book 2.
So I get to learn a little more or Detective Robyn Carter right after meeting her in the first book.
Robyn is certainly growing on me, and I think she is going to be one hell of an interesting character.
This book kicks off great with what appears to be a death at a health spa. It's only when someone who Robyn Knows asks if its possible for her to look into the death of her late brothers partner, that it seems it may not have been just a heart attack that killed him. The only problem is Robyn would be stepping on toes of fellow officers if she was to investigate.
But that doesn't put her off. It soon becomes apparent that maybe there was more to it. Robyn enlists the help of her cousin to do a little digging around for her.
Robyn is certainly a bit of a workaholic, and doesn't let the grass grow under her feet, if she has a job to do then she does it.
The plots are well thought out with twists and turns through out the book and this really does keep you turning the pages, It didn't take me long to get through this book. I'm enjoying Carols writing, and this one was a thoroughly good read. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more in this series. I would have no problems recommending this book to any crime thriller fans.
Many thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture and NetGalley, for the ARC.
Her breath rose and fell in fearful gasps but it was too late. She could already see what she dreaded most. The back seat was empty.
Her little girl was gone.
Abigail lives the perfect life with her doting husband and adorable baby Izzy. But someone knows a secret about Abigail and they want the truth to be told.
When Izzy is snatched from a carpark, it becomes a case for Detective Robyn Carter. Someone has been sending threatening messages to Abigail from an anonymous number. What is Abigail hiding?
Robyn’s instincts tell her there’s a connection between Izzy’s abduction and two murders she is investigating. But the last time she acted on impulse her fiancé was killed. To break this case and earn her place back on the force, she must learn to trust herself again – and fast. Robyn is on the hunt for a ruthless serial killer. And unless she gets to the twisted individual in time a little girl will die …
Still playing catch up with my reading pile, so lucky for me I have book one and two that I can happily read back to back.
I've been looking forward to reading this book, and finally got it to the top of my TBR pile.
I believe this is Carol's first book writing as a crime/thriller author. That alone needs applauding. It's a very well written book, interesting storyline and keeps you gripped throughout.
DI Robyn Carter going back to work after the loss of her husband, but she hasn't been idling about at home, she has been helping her cousin with some PI work.
Robyn is faced with a difficult and complex case, and it takes some figuring out to discover the who and whys with this story.
You are kept interested and gripped throughout the story, it is very well put together and flows effortlessly. Everything in the story finally comes together.
The amount of secrets that are revealed through this book is brilliantly done.
I will be starting the next book shortly and look forward to reading more from this author.
Detective Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying case of his career
Alex Cross’s niece, Naomi, is missing. Cross fears the disappearance could be linked to a string of recent abductions and murders. Two brilliant and twisted killers, operating on opposite sides of the country, are collaborating and competing, encouraging each other to perpetrate increasingly horrific crimes.
Cross must hunt down these two brutal masterminds – not only to rescue his niece, but also to save the lives of the many others still in danger…
It's no secret that I am a huge James Patterson fan, and when book 1 and 2 come up on netgalley for reviews I decided it was time to re visit the early Alex Cross series.
I had previously read these books years ago, way before I even thought leaving a book review was something important.
So after being approved to read them I dived right in. Getting to know the wonderful Alex Cross all over again has been great, but I have to admit I like the more mature Alex Cross in his later books. He's the sort of detective if you were ever to need a crime solving you would like to think it would be by a real life Alex Cross.
I've secretly wanted over years, Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and Lyndsay Boxer to work a case together. How awesome would that be.
I love the short chapters is JP's books, as it makes it easy to say just one more chapter, just one more chapter. You fly through these books no problem. The stories, the cases, the personal lives of the characters really draw you in to each page.
This book like most of his others are brilliant. I would recommend anyone who likes a good crime thriller to read this series. And to make things even better I would start right at the beginning, that way you would have over 20 books to get stuck into. And it's great fun following Alex on his life journey.
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON'T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
Wow. I've really had a Caroline Mitchell binge this week. This is the 3rd book I have read and I am really annoyed with myself that I left it this long. On the plus side I got to finish book 2 and dive right into book 3, so as they say 'every cloud'
Well what did I think. #Mindblowinglybrilliant I really did enjoy this book. I would have no problems what so ever recommending this series. It's very well written and put together. I just got lost in the story.
I've had two hours sleep in the last 32 hours, which although I'm physically exhausted it's done wonders for my back log of books. I have read the last 75% of book 2 and gotten to 45% of book 3 before my eyes completely gave in on me and I fell asleep. I awoke after 3 hours and made a cuppa and got stuck right back into the book.
I loved learning more about Jennifer and her team. And the paranormal aspect of the story really had me hooked.
Twins Abigail and Olivia are out playing hide and seek when Abigail goes missing. This has to be every parents worst nightmare.
Detective Jennifer knight is brought in as the Family Liaison Officer. It isn't long before Jennifer is gaining knowledge on this family and the trust of Olivia, the twin who since her sister has gone missing has become mute. Not uttering a word to anyone. That is until she starts to talk to Jennifer.
Jennifer for me really grew on me more in this book, I'm loving her character and her paranormal tendencies.
The story is certainly one that has you turning the pages, wanting more. It really does grab you by the throat.
I guess it could be read alone, but for me to have a better understanding of the back story of Jennifer, I would suggest reading from the beginning.
Another unputdownable read from this very talented author with some very cleverly done twists.
He will predict your life… and your death.
Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON'T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
Book 2 in the Detective Jennifer Knight series.
Well, well what can I say. I was kicking myself for falling being in reading Caroline's books, so I'm on a #CMBinge at the moment, and I have to say I'm loving it. How good it feels to be reading awesome books back to back.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found the supernatural aspect of the book both freaky and interesting. It really does add to a seriously thrilling story. Grabbed from the word go, I managed to read this bad boy in just over a day. I only had 2 hours sleep, so instead of fighting it and wrestling to get to sleep I just picked up my kindle and got stuck in. Then throughout the day in between doing 'grown-up' stuff, I just kept sitting in the garden reading just one more chapter, before I knew it I was almost at the end, and then it just wasn't possible to put the damn thing down anyway so had to carry on until I'd finished it.
Absolutely fascinating. I couldn't wait to see what was happening. What was to come next.
I'm really beginning to like the character Jennifer and I can see a bright future for her. Working alongside Will, they are investigating a new case that seems to linked to a Tarot card reader who is names as The Raven. called upon to investigate strange deaths as part of the elite Operation Moonlight team, Jennifer and Will waste no time. They make a great team. As well as the on going operation, I felt I really got to know the characters a lot better this time, I can see how this series could grow and grow.
And I've now decided that instead of feeling guilty for falling behind in these books, I think my sixth sense made me not read them, because as I reached the ending of this book, I really wanted more and I'm now able to dive right into book 3. So as they say 'Every Cloud, has a silver lining'
The story itself and the very clever way it has been written drags you right into the book, you could almost be their as part of the team. It's an easy book to get lost in, and the twists are very cleverly done.
I can't praise this series of books enough so far, and I'd love to stay and tell you some more, because I feel I could waffle on about this all day, but sorry I have book 3 to dive into, so that's all from me folks. All I have left to say is this is a must read of series.
Title - Buried on The Fens
Author - Joy Ellis
Format - Kindle
Source - Netgalley
Description:A SKELETON IS UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE IN THE CHURCHYARD. BUT THIS WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL BURIAL. THE VICTIM WAS MURDERED DECADES AGO.
At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they’ve got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth.
Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late seventies and eighties a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population.
When more women from the The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop the killing.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.
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.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
I really can't decide what it is about this series that I love so much. I have enjoyed each and every one of these books, It's been a great ride with Nikki and Joseph, getting to know them both, seeing the changes in them both.
Also learning about the other team members, there really are some fantastic likeable characters in these books.
The stories have grabbed me from the start, and I've been hooked ever since, I now find myself eagerly awaiting the next book each time. And I have to say Joy Ellis has certainly managed to get these books out in real quick time. I'm sure it's only around 12 months and here we are at book 7.
Another exceptional read. The book kicks off with an unofficial body found in a cemetery, a body that has been their for years. Then a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch is found dead. The two cases are being investigated separately but could there be a link.
Well it's down to Nicki and her team to find out who and why. It seems no one is telling the truth, we have plenty of twists through this book and I have to say it really does keep you guessing the whole way through. Old secrets come out and new secrets discovered. Not everyone is who they seem to be. And sometimes when you want to keep everything you do a secret cooperating with the police is not something you want to do.
I guess this book could be read as a standalone but for me personally I was glad that I had read all the previous books first. I was by this book well used to the characters and their ways and I think it really helped me reading this one.
I can't shout loud enough that everyone who enjoys crime fiction should be reading this series, It really has fast become one of my all time favourites. With each book I can't wait to see what is going on with the characters just as much as I want to see what the story line is about.
I look forward to reading many more books by this author and wondering what she has planned next.
A fantastic read.
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