BROKEN is the second book in the DI Kate Burrows series: the only time Sunday Times bestseller Martina Cole has written from the perspective of the Old Bill. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian), Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.
Children in Grantley are disappearing. At first they are found unscathed, but when one meets a dark end DI Kate Burrows knows the clock is ticking.
Pushed to her limits, Kate needs the support of her lover now more than ever. But ex-gangster Patrick Kelly has troubles of his own.
It's her toughest case yet, but Kate will stop at nothing to solve it. Even if it breaks her.
Broken is the second book to feature Di Kate Burrows. I first read this book Eleventy billion years ago. Or maybe around 17 years ago when it first come out.
I have decided to do a re read of this series so far, ready for Martina's new Book Damaged which is due out later this month. Having just finished the first book in my reread marathon, I couldn't wait to start this one. It's funny how much of a book you actually forget, and it was great being back with DI Kate Burrows and Patrick Kelly.
This is proving to be a tough case for Kate, Children are going missing, It seems their mothers are seen trying to get rid of them.
The children turn up and of course the Mothers deny everything.
Can Kate and her team figure out what is going on, can they get anywhere with such a complex case, when it turns out things really are not as they seem, the case ramps up a level, and finding the answers become a little tougher.
As well as work mounting up and becoming difficult, Kate is faced with problems with here gangster lover Patrick Kelly. Can this bond they think they have together ride out the storm, before the storm turns nasty.
Another gripping read, and onto the next one, Hard Girls for me next.
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A killer is on the loose. It's up to DI Kate Burrows to stop him.
But Kate has a problem. The Grantley Ripper has attacked the daughter of one of London's most infamous gangsters, Patrick Kelly, and now Kate's investigation, along with her heart, are dangerously entwined with him.
As the worlds of crime and law collide, will Kate take down the Ladykiller, or will he be her undoing?
Oh my dayz.... It's difficult to get my head around the fact that I first read this book over 20 years ago. It's actually just over 23 years, as I was reading this around the time I went on my first date with my now Hubby. I remember my mum laughing when I was going out, saying "be careful he drives the same car as George Markham" you'll understand the reference more if you have or when you do read the book.
Anyway back to the book.
I have just done a re read of this book, and you know what, it is just as good now as it was way back then. It's not a book that has dated with time, you don't feel that its an old book if that makes sense. I have read this at least 4 times over the years, but with the amount of books I get through it's easy to forget a lot of what happened. I knew a lot of things that happened but couldn't remember how the story joined, how it all come together. And it was just as enjoyable this time around.
This book is certainly one of my all time favorited reads ever, and definitely my all time favourite of Martina Cole books. I do feel for me personally the older books of Martina's are certainly the best.
George Markham, what a character.
DI Kate Burrows is searching for a killer, a killer that has been named as The Grantley Ripper.
When The Grantley Ripper attacks The Daugher of one of London's well known Faces, Patrick Kelly, He's out for blood. And investigating office Di Kate Burrows is soon caught up with him, mixing her work life and her private life could be the end of Kate.
This is a gripping unputdownable read. And well worth reading this series in order.
Damaged (published Sept 2017)
Can you really buy happiness?
Singer Helen Troy loves being an A-list celebrity.
There are the endless perks, private jets, fancy cars and more money than she’ll ever need.
But when Helen is kidnapped during a night out in London, she discovers there’s a serious downside to being rich, famous and beautiful.
D.C.I Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad, knows that Helen has become the tragic victim of her own success.
His own actress wife Karen suffered the same fate.
As he begins to investigate her abduction, he loses his prime suspect.
But when more are bumped off in gang-style killings – and especially when an execution takes place in a police interview room – it’s seriously embarrassing for the Met and a major headache for D.C.I Quinn.
Helen has been dating philandering Russian oligarch Leon Serova – one of the growing number who have being snapping up the top properties as well as developing some questionable business interests across the capital.
But Mr Serova has a jealous rival in a former business partner who seems only too happy to assist the police.
A picture of Helen’s body pops up on the internet but things don’t stack up for D.C.I Quinn who discovers that five more other glamorous and successful young women have suffered the very same fate.
But is Helen Troy as dead as she looks?
The Depraved is a gripping thriller perfect for fans of Taken.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers Endeavour Press for an ARC of this book.
4/5 Having just recently read Stark Warning, I was eager to start this one. I grew to like DCI Sam Quinn in the last book, and was looking forward to reading more about his car-crash lifestyle. This time around DCI Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad is faced with a new case.
Helen Troy is kidnapped during a night out in London, Rich and famous Helen, a singer is an A list celebrity.
As Sam Quinn begins this investigation, things start to go wrong. The pressure is piled on him, and how he will cope could go anyway.
This is an easy to follow story, an easy read, and will keep your attention though out the book.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and hoping to see a bit more of Sam in the future. I'd love to see if he ever sorts his life out.
Thanks to Endeavour Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
Praise for James Raven
‘It will draw you in and immerse you until the last page.’ – Midwest Book Review
‘…you won't be disappointed’ - Books Monthly
‘... a cracking crime novel.’ - Hampshire View Magazine
James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. During this time, he helped develop the careers for TV personalities including Nick Knowles, Natasha Kaplinsky and Kate Garraway. He now runs his own TV production company and spends much of his time writing and travelling.
Barbara Copperthwaite’s Her Last Secret
Thrilled to be part of this awesome cover reveal. Just how awesome does this sound, and how good does this book sound. This is one I'm certainly looking forward to reading.
There are some secrets you can never tell.
The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.
They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.
But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.
But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.
Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?
This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.
Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?
When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?
Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?
If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?
Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.
An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.
Kerry Wilkinson is by far one of my favourite all time authors. I requested this book within minutes of it going up for review on Netgalley.
It's funny I didn't even read what the book was about, I just know I love Kerry's books so that's all that mattered to me.
And just to keep the suspense going I decided not to find out what the book was about and just read it. So I certainly went in wondering what to expect. Well I can safely say I was not disappointed. It felt a bit like doing a book lucky dip. I was part way through another book when I got this one, but that niggling suspense I had, wouldn't let me finish my other book, I caved right in and started this one.
It's no secret and I keep on saying it, but I am a huge fan of Kerry Wilkinson's, Jessica Daniel series. I am enjoying this stint he is doing of writing stand alone novels, and it's great to see an author show off their talents. Kerry is certainly a very talented author.
We are introduced to Olivia in this book, Olivia went missing 13 years and has just turned up in her mothers coffee shop.
It's very strange learning of the background of Olivia going missing. What and where has she been for 13 long years. Who, what, why.
Obviously her mother is thrilled to see her, but in 13 years a lot can happen, and some people don't seem as keen on her being back.
Some people may just want past secrets, staying in the past.
We also meet Lily, who is being raised by her Widowed father. Lily seems to have one or two issues to over come.
How the story connects is brilliantly done, getting to know the characters little by little, some you will love and like me some you will hate. But the way the story is done, you really do connect with the characters. This is one of those books that once you start you just have to keep going, It's not got something happening on every page, but it holds a mystery that keeps your attention, and you need to know what is coming next.
What I will say is that this book has some great twists, and I have to say an OMG ending. I really wasn't expecting the way it turned out. I just didn't see that coming till it hit me in the face.
It's certainly an attention grabber.
I can't wait for more from Kerry Wilkinson
BiographyKerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.
His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one ebook bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold more than a million copies.
He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thrillers, Down Among The Dead Men and No Place Like Home.
Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.
When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.
Upcoming and recent UK releases:
Ten Birthdays (standalone): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): 8 September 2017
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): February 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): Spring 2018
Find out more at:
http://kerrywilkinson.com or http://facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks
Prepare to be gripped by the heart-stopping new thriller from the author of The Madam.
South London detective Sarah Mason is a single mother. It’s a tough life, but Sarah gets by. She and her ex-husband, fellow detective Adam Boyd, adore their 15-month-old daughter Molly.
Until Sarah’s world falls apart when she receives a devastating threat: Her daughter has been taken, and the abductor plans to raise Molly as their own, as punishment for something Sarah did.
Sarah is forced to stand back while her team try to track down the kidnapper. But her colleagues aren’t working fast enough to find Molly. To save her daughter, Sarah must take matters into her own hands, in a desperate hunt that will take her to the very depths of London’s underworld.
To say I was a little excited when I received a copy of this book through the post, would be an understatement. I was honoured that the Author had read previous reviews I'd done of his books, and then sent me a copy of this to read at my leisure, with no pressure to write a review.
I couldn't wait to get started.
The book starts off fantastically and really had me gripped, Introduced to South London detective Sarah Mason. Sarah is a single mother to 15 month old Molly she's working a tough job and she just about seems to scrape through with the help of childcare from her parents.
Sarah's life is torn apart when she received a message, her daughter has been kidnapped. Sarah is frantic and doesn't know what the hell she is supposed to do. Forced to step back and let her work colleagues investigate, her life is in turmoil.
Sarah needs to know why, who and how. What has she done wrong, and just who is it that as taken her daughter?
What follows is then an emotional roller coaster of a ride, How far would you go to save your child. Follow Sarah and her ex husband Adam on there nail biting journey.
It's a tense read, and very easy to follow and very easy to get lost inside the pages. Written in chapters for each person, Sarah, Adam and DCI Brennan, it was great following each one, and seeing things from different points of view.
I don't feel I've given to much away here as this all happens in the opening pages, we then follow on to find out how Sarah, her husband the team cope with the case and little Molly's abduction.
This was a very interesting read, gripping in parts had me needing to turn the pages as quick as I could as soon as I started it. I read this over a weekend, luckily I didn't have anything planned so I wasn't letting anyone down when I refused to move until I'd read it all. This book really did drag me in.
Tormented to the edge of sanity …
Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.
Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?
Thrilled when I spotted this book on Netgalley, then I had a tense wait to see if I was approved, I squealed with excitement when I was. I couldn't wait to start it. I really did enjoy book 1 & 2 in the this series. DI Matthew Adams is a great character. Full of flaws, doesn't always get things right, but gives it his all when it's needed. I discovered Sheryl Browne earlier this year and now we are at book 3, Sheryl certainly knows how to write a damn good page turner.
So the book... Another gruelling case for DI Matthew Adams. And this case has some aspects that Adams can relate to.
The Connor family lost a child in a terrible car accident, their life seems to then spiral out of control. Not only are the mother and father, Jo and Daniel struggling with each other, and not understanding how each other copes with grief, their teenage daughter Kayla is clearly struggling to, but with her mother and father not seeming to notice, Kayla goes off the rails a little and gets caught up with a known thug and drug dealer, Charlie.
Charlie is one evil little *so and so (*replace with your own words, I couldn't print mine), he thinks about no one but himself, and he really is big trouble.
This book is one hell of a page turner, and like Sheryl's other books I did not want it to end. I found myself picking up my kindle at every opportunity. A damn good page turner.
It leaves you wanting more, and doing your best to find the time to keep reading.
For me personally I would recommend you read these books in order as you will get a much better feel of the backgrounds of the main characters. I guess it could be read as a stand alone but I really feel it's better read as part of the series in order.
Joffe Books is delighted to announce the publication of a new series of crime thrillers by a serving police detective, writing under the pen name Charlie Gallagher. Bringing nearly a decade of experience in the police to his writing, Gallagher’s books are the grittiest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year.
BODILY HARM is the first to be released. An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller starts with a vicious stabbing of a pretty teenage girl and her boyfriend on a local bus. She happens to be the mayor’s niece. It’s the final straw for the local community. The police are desperate to get results and decide on a risky course of action involving undercover infiltration of the notorious Effingell Estate.
Detective George Elms knows this hellish place extremely well, and his sharp investigative mind is put to work to solve the crime. The police are under immense media pressure and conveniently a local lowlife confesses to the attack. But George is not convinced. There are many layers of criminal and police motivation, and few people are what they seem.
Authentic, fast-paced, and with a touch of black humour, you won’t want to put down BODILY HARM to the nail-biting conclusion.
Who can you trust? And when his family is put at risk will DS George Elms go beyond the law?
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.
The books are set in the fictional town of Langthorne, typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK's coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime.
On a roll at the moment, checking out new authors to me and really enjoying some of my finds. This one is another find, that means I've also added another must read author to my list.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Detective George Elms, a likeable and believable character. And learning about him and his family in this book was great. The ups and the downs, balancing home life and work life. There was times in this book I actually cried with or for George. A real likeable character.
I think in this book you can certainly tell it's written by someone who has been a serving officer. An interesting read full of suspense. Twists and turns but I found the ending a little strange, and had one or two questions that hadn't been answered.
Overall not a bad read.
The truth was dead and buried…until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy - and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.
Oh my oh my, where has my head been. I've been a little over excited when I realised Angel Marsons had book 7 in the Kim Stone series due out. And flicking back through my books realised I haven't read book 6... ahhhhhh bad me. But is it really bad me? Maybe it didn't get lost on a carrousel of a million books on my kindle. Maybe, just maybe I have such good will power that I was able to save this book and read it just before the new one comes out, so that I can have a Kim Stone binge. mmmmmmm You Decide!
Loved being back with Kim Stone, what a character she is.
The problem this time around is Kim ends up having to share a case, a joint investigation with someone who, for some reason really doesn't like her, but it seems the feeling could be mutual.
I felt like I'd really gotten involved during this investigation. I was gripped to the pages, I had to read it at every opportunity but then ended up sad as I got towards the end. I think a lot of the characters really shone in this book, it's great getting to know familiar characters even more and I think Angela managed that no problem here.
The only fear I have now is that Angela keeps raising the bar on her books, and she needs to shoot for the sky to better this one, I look forward to finding out what Kim has in store next.
An exceptional story. Fantastically put together.
Publication date: 1st September 2017
One mistake could change your life forever.
Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.
David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.
Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.
In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.
How far would you go to save everything you have?
My Bookouture book blitz continues.
Wowzers, What a read! I started this not having clue what to expect from it. I was pleasantly surprised. It's great to find new authors, and new authors that can write a good book, well its just a Win Win situation. Bookouture are certainly finding some of the best authors around.
When you think you have it all. When you think life just can't get any better, well that's pretty much how life has gone for David and Tara.
About to move into their dream home, David decides to just go and have a final look at their beautiful built new home. Then his life falls apart. Before he has even got the chance to park up and get out of his car, he spots his wife coming out of their gorgeous custom built forever home. His pregnant beautiful wife - with another man.
This is the moment David and Tara's lives change forever.
I was shocked at how quick this story took off, right from the first chapter. It carried on at a gallop the whole way through.
At the start I did actually think, if all this has happened so early on, how can you write a full book to carry it on. But was pleasantly surprised at how it went, and knew early on that we were in for a great treat of a story.
This book had more twists that a big bag of twisty things.
I loved the way this book went, a really interesting and gripping read.
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