A fast-paced short story thriller in the bestselling Justice series.
In a race against time, with the life of a young woman at risk, DI Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs find themselves in an impossible situation which puts them in mortal danger.
Can the dynamic duo rescue her before she draws her final breath, or will they fall victim to a diabolical killer?
Well I've said it before, Mel Comley is a writing machine. This author flies books out like there is no tomorrow, and each one just seems to get better.
No secret I'm a huge fan of this author, and it's again a privilege to get an ARC of another superb book.
This is a short story/Novella as part of the Justice series. In this instalment we go back in time to Lorne's earlier days on the police force. Partnered up with the wonderful 'Chunky' aka Pete Childs.
For a short story it was a quick easy read but with lots going on, it holds your attention the whole way through.
Well worth reading for any Lorne fans out there.
The Justice series in order are:
Cruel Justice #1 in Police Procedurals and 1# Women Sleuths.
Impeding Justice #1 in Police Procedurals
Final justice #1 Action and Adventure
Foul Justice #1 Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Guaranteed Justice #1 Women Sleuths
Ultimate Justice - #2 Women Sleuths
Virtual Justice - #1 Hard Boiled/#2 Psychological Thrillers
Hostile Justice - #1 Police Procedural
Tortured Justice - #1 Vigilante Justice
Rough Justice - #1 Women Sleuths
Dubious Justice - #1 British Detectives
Calculated Justice - #2 Action and Adventure
Twisted Justice - #1 Women Sleuths
Prime Justice - New release
Short stories to accompany the series involving Lorne and Pete are:
Blind Justice - introduction novella to the series.
It's a Dog's Life - 20,000 word novella
Justice at Christmas - a 10,000 word short story.
Unfair Justice - a 10,000 word short story
Mortal Justice - a 15,000 word novella.
Irrational Justice - 10,000 word short story.
Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room....
Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It's clear early on in this book that secrets are being kept, What those secrets are, are not going to jump out at you right away. To know what secrets are being kept you have to read on, and then read on some more, and a little more and before you know it you are almost at the end.
It was quite an interesting story, It didn't grab and make me love it, it was just happy I plodded along with it. An easy read, although I have to say, quite a few times it got a little repetitive.
I believe this is a debut novel, so we should hopefully see this authors talent come out more in the next books. I will certainly read them. I have two more books on my TBR pile by Ruth Ware so I'm about to see what she has to offer.
I've given this a3.5 star.
What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.
I was looking forward to reading this, I love getting stuck in with a new author for me. I really wasn't sure what to expect having not read any of her previous works.
The writing is great, it's very well done and put together. I just had one niggle through the book.
Nina. At times I felt for her, I could have opened my arms and given her a great big cuddle, and then as the book went on, by god she grated on me. Once or twice I could have happily given her a slap. But saying that, her life did change dramatically and it was interesting to see how she and her family coped.
Once past my dislike for her I began to really enjoy the book again. I guess for an author to have you feeling so strongly about a character, then they have done their job brilliantly.
Nina, Connor and Declan really do go on a journey of discovery. Learning a whole new life after the tragic loss of Finn, Husband and Father.
I finished the book feeling proud of how everyone had changed. I especially liked Tiggy, she was a real Character.
This book really does make you think how different life could be, how things can change so quickly.
It's safe to say I will read more from this author.
BLOOD DAUGHTER sees the Miller sisters' loyalties put to the ultimate test in a gripping thriller, perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.
They say blood is thicker than water.
That's not going to stop it being spilled.
Life hasn't been easy for the Miller family. Finally, mum Babs has had one bit of luck. She plans to share the profits with her daughters. She thought they'd be pleased...
But money always causes trouble, especially when it's desperately needed. Jen wants to make a better life for her kids. Tiff owes a lot of bad men a lot of money. And Dee is worried that her husband is getting back into the criminal life.
As the sisters fall out, a gold bullion heist brings more opportunities - and many more dangers. None of them are giving up without a fight...
Before I say anything else, I have to say this is certainly the best book in this series. I have loved all 3 of them, but this by far is a clear winner in my eyes. I want to shout and scream and let everyone know how good it is, I think everyone everywhere should read this series.
DSM can certainly write a bloody good book, this one had me gripped from the first to the very last page.
I was getting a little concerned towards the end of the book that I was going to have unanswered questions, but I didn't, I don't know why I worried, because Dreda managed to answer them all, I loved how it all come together, how things were pieced and fell into place and I loved the big surprise right at the end. Bravo, awesomely put together.
It was great being back with the Miller family. And going through the book, It became quite worrying as to who you could and couldn't trust. Who can you go to when you are in need of desperate help if it's not your own family.
I think I have enjoyed each and every one of these strong female characters in these books, especially loved Dee, and could often picture her kissing her teeth with a certain look on her face. I could imagine her is some of her way out crazy outfits.
I think every character in this book was brilliantly thought out, I feel like I have been on one hell of a journey with them. And I know they are only fictional characters, but getting to know them so well over 3 books, I feel I should be saying 'I'd like to wish them well in their futures.
I would love maybe at a later date to see some more of the Miller family, maybe in a few years time a catch up with what is going on in life would be brilliant.
All Dreda Say Mitchell's books are fantastic and anyone who enjoys reading books by Kimberley Chambers would certainly enjoy these.
I really cannot praise this series of books enough.
A gripping and fast-paced crime thriller by a NY Times best-selling authorSuccessful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.
DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.
However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.
It still amazes me at the speed in which this author can write and produce a book. Mel Comley is a writing machine. Book 4 here in the Hero series is another great addition to the Comley Library of books.
Ross Spalding has been killed and found in a field 8 miles away from his work place.
It's down to Hero Nelson and his team to find out what has happened. How a man can be brutally murdered and why? The case seems to go off in all directions, with numerous things happening for the team to tackle.
Hero is a great character, one I've grown to like, he can be a little bit, lets say 'stuck in his ways. He loves his family and really is a family man. We see his family life hit problems and you can't help want to help put things right.
Another first class read and Mel's fans will certainly not be disappointed.
Its no secret that I am a huge Mel Comley fan and have to admit I didn't even read the synopsis on this book before starting it. I knew it was from an author I trust and about a character that I enjoy reading about. So for me that's all I needed to know. I certainly wasn't disappointed, in fact I've never been disappointed with any of Mel's books and would happily recommend them for anyone who likes to get lost in a great read.
This book could very well be read as a stand alone, but for me I find it always better to read a series from the beginning, but that is just my personal liking.
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.
I would recommend this for anyone who likes psychological thrillers.
Oh my dayzzz I'm so far behind in my book reading and reviewing, I'm doing my best to correct it. And looking at books wondering what to read next I decided to just go for alphabetical on my kindle. It shows any books that have numbers in the title first, which is how I got to choosing this one.
This is a fast paced book, an enjoyable and interesting read. Keeps you wanting more. It's set as the title says over 24 hours.
Who is trying to kill Laurie? And why?
Over the course of 24 hours Laurie has to try and find her daughter before whoever is trying to killer realises she's still alive. Following a hotel fire that Laurie was caught up it, it seems everyone thinks she's dead. Only she isn't.
Interesting characters, a very well told story. This is the first book I've read by this author and it certainly looks like I've got plenty more to go at.
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.
Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.
And now the police are watching them...
This is the first book I have read by this author. I really liked the sound of it, and was quite pleased when I was approved on Netgalley to read to it. So thank you to the publishers for that.
Syd and Jack have been trying to buy a house in London, and they finally seem to have found what may just be their forever home. They couldn’t believe they got it after the amount of interest there seemed to be at the open day.
But here they are finally on their moving in day. The house needs so much work doing it, and also the last owners belongings need getting rid of, but that can be done over time, they are just eager to get in there.
It doesn’t seem long before mysterious things begin to happen. Jack is hearing noised in the middle of the night, is there something going on, or is it just a case of learning then noises of a new home?
Then a body is found in an alley way behind their home, it turns out to be someone they know. We soon start to see a strain on Jack and syd and is their relationship going to suffer with things that are out of their control.
This is one of those stories, that I feel if I say to much about it, it would give to much away so I’m going to stop mentioning what was going on, and say what I though about the book.
For me it was a good and enjoyable read for the most part. I don’t know what it was but I just felt like something was missing. As I said I don’t know what. Maybe it was the way the story was told from different points of view. I’m really not sure. It was a decent read, but it didn’t have me gasping and wanting more at any stage. I have seen some great reviews for this book, and I think many will like it, as I said I did enjoy the story but it didn’t grip me. So for me it’s a 3.5*
Do you love a gripping mystery with a huge twist? Then try this book by a best-selling author now. You won't be able to put it down. By an author everyone's talking about.
TWO GIRLS GO TO A PARTY, ONLY ONE RETURNS ALIVE
Toni, the surviving teenager, is found deliriously wandering the muddy fields of the fens. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive . . .
Meanwhile the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach.
And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case.
FOUR GIRLS. FOUR DAUGHTERS. FOUR FAMILIES WHO NEED JUSTICE AND CLOSURE.
DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland police are stretched to the limit as they try to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice.
There is evidence of an illegal drinking club run by a shadowy group of men who are grooming teenagers. And the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush which seems to house many dark secrets. A sinister man works on the property alone, but the owner appears to be the perfect gentleman.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.
What readers are saying about THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
“Absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. I loved the story.” Sue Wallace
“This is a really good! It had some twists I never saw coming and the story was very original and yet not so far-fetched that it was unbelievable.” J. Copeland
“Lots of twists and turns.” Cathie Salva
“Another excellent read from the author.” S. Meikle
"This book had me hooked from the very first page and I read it in almost one sitting." G. Halliday
DS Marie Evans lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. DI Jackman leads the team. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team.
THIS BOOK IS NOT PART OF THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES BUT TAKES PLACE IN THE SAME STUNNING AREA
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE 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
JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
No secret, I'm a huge Joy Ellis fan, and after reading this book, I can now officially claim, I have read all of her books. Joy has done absolutely amazing, the amount of books she has published in such a short time is phenomenal.
I absolutely love THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES, and now this book 2 in THE JACKMAN & EVANS SERIES, well it's looking like I'm going to be adding another must read series to my list.
This certainly proved to be a complex case for DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland police. Missing girls, Illegal drinking clubs and then the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush it seems to house many dark secrets. This story is expertly told, the characters are real and likeable. well most of them are.
It's full of twists and turns that will certainly keep you on your toes, and keep you guessing the whole way through.
Once I started this I found it difficult to put it down.
I especially like DS Marie Evans who lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. She's a true likeable character, she has her flaws, but I just seemed to bond with the character. I can see her doing so much more in future books.
London 1988: PC Mike Pannett, fresh out of training school, had suspected life in the Metropolitan Police was going to be a bit different from rural North Yorkshire, but the 23-year-old had no idea by just how much. Sent south of the river to Battersea, then top of London’s crime league tables, Mike was thrown straight into the deep end – during his first drugs raid he ended up staring down the wrong end of a double-barrelled shotgun.
Mike’s arrival in London coincided with the explosion in crack cocaine use. In the early 1990s, Yardies – criminal gangs from Jamaica and the USA - flooded into the capital, starting in Battersea, where they brought all manner of guns with them, along with a live-fast die-young attitude. Rivals were ruthlessly eliminated and whole neighbourhoods fell under the control of drug gangs. Mike and his police colleagues fought back with extraordinary valour and inventiveness and with the support of the local community they started to turn the tide – but then came the unthinkable crime: the murder in 1993 of PC Patrick Dunne, one of Mike’s colleagues, by Gary Nelson, aka ‘Tyson’, a criminal the national press described as ‘the most dangerous man ever to walk to the streets of Britain.’ Mike was drawn into the long and exceptionally dangerous hunt for Nelson that would go on to cost the life of another police officer.
Crime Squad takes readers on an unforgettable ride as Mike, an innocent lad from the Yorkshire Dales, learns to grow up fast and stay alive on the mean streets of London.
A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go to Care of Police Survivors (COPS), a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. ukcops.org
A fascinating insight into policing of London in the 80's, how things seemed so different then.
It's one of those books, you can't say to much about what it is about for spoiling it for others, but the look back over policing in a very different time was interesting.
This is not a fictional story, but does read like one in parts. This is about a police life through some of the tough policing times of the 80s.
This is interesting, when you want something a little different to read.
It's also an easy read, and didn't take to long to read, being just short of 300 pages.
It seems these authors have written quite a number of books between the, and looking into them, I'd say they are probably some books there I will read at a later date.
Like A Streetcat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide…
In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.
As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.
Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.
One of those books animal lovers across the world will love. Having seen an interview regarding this on TV, I knew i'd want to read the book. There is also social media pages on this amazing Journey of man meets dog.
The book is about a ultra marathon runner and a stray dog he finds on his way.
In June 2016 Dion Leonard - Extreme Runner and a little stray dog, female approximate age 18mths to 3 years, (later named Gobi) paths crossed during a 6 stage/7 day 250km ultra marathon across the Chinese Gobi Desert where their lives would change forever.
And this is what the book is about, a great journey to follow and a really interesting read.
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