Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse - until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed.
When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect.
To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence.
With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer.
But who really did murder Paul?
The truth is never straightforward
I have read quite a few Leigh Russell books and always enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to getting started with this one.
Finding out her husband Paul was having an affair took it all out of Julie, after looking through his mobile phone It seems that he's seeing someone called Bella. It seems he's seeing her when he's supposed to be going to his squash game. It seems it's not shuttlecocks that are being played with.
When Paul is killed, it then becomes a case of who wanted him dead, and enough to actually kill him. It's a race against time for Julie to prove that she didn't kill her husband.
This was an interesting read, one of those books where you find yourself really feeling for the characters. Julie was one of those characters that you wanted to help, yet at times you could happily slap her. I found a lot of what she did and the way she went about things a little stupid at times. It was almost like she was just trying to make things worse for herself. It seemed to far fetched.
This one was very different from other books i've read by this author. I liked it, but it wasn't, to me as good as I know she can write.
Book 1 of 2 in Pereira & Bain (2 Book Series)
Revenge is a dish best served ... sliced.
The new cold meat option in the sandwich shop isn't chicken, and it isn't pork. It's Kevin Moyes, missing for two weeks, now presumed dead.
The Serious Crime Unit are notified, and the hunt for the macabre butcher takes detectives Aliya Pereira and Marc Bain to the meat-processing factory where the human flesh entered the food chain. They are followed by a media frenzy, with Pereira's boss demanding immediate results. But while the factory is clean and no one is talking, some of the players have gone missing, people are still dying, and the butcher's work is not yet done.
Cold Cuts introduces DI Pereira and DS Bain, Glasgow detectives on the trail of a killer through a sordid underworld of deceit, vengeance and murder.
Tartan Noir never tasted so delicious.
Investigating a case of how human meat has gotten into the food chain, are Detectives Aliya Pereira and Marc Bain. Kevin Moyes has been missing 2 week when he turns up on someones pork sandwich. Nice!
The book has mystery and gore but no more than any other book i've read, the human meat side of it although it made me go yuck and not want to get a sandwich from anywhere doesn't put you off reading the book.
It felt like something was missing to me, (and I don't mean salad cream with the sandwich) maybe it was just a little to short, maybe a few more chapters could of ironed out the story a little so it felt less rushed.
It was an interesting read, I liked the idea behind how things were found and traced and how we got to the conclusion. I'm going to say it was to short, as I can't say I hated the book, but I cant say I thoroughly enjoyed it. it's a down the middle 3/5 from me.
I have noticed that there is now a book 2, and i'm intrigued as to how that one will be that I probably will purchase it to find out.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
I hate to say this, but as much as I enjoyed this book it really did feel predictable.
It kind of felt you just knew right away the way it was going to go. As I say I did enjoy it to some degree, but it wasn't gripping and to be honest I read bits of it in between reading other books.
Covering domestic abuse has got to be difficult, but if I'm honest I though Grace who is held captive by her husband, was really annoying. To all on the outside they are the absolute perfect couple. But inside, behind closed doors things are very different.
Jack is a serious control freak, and on more than one occasion I wanted to stick a knife in his head.
I feel that Grace certainly had a handful of opportunities to get away from her husband, but she never seemed to attempt it and just seemed to go along with everything that was thrown at her.
I really have mixed views on this book, on one hand yes I kind of enjoyed it, but not to the extent that I couldn't put it down. On the other hand I feel it could have been done so differently.
I was also a little lost with the sudden end.
But it is a readable book, and don't let all the 1 and 2 star reviews put you off, if you want something readable, that is a little different yet predictable then I think you'd enjoy this. If you want a page turning psychological thriller, then I'm not sure this is the book for you.
HE’S WATCHING HER. SHE DOESN’T KNOW IT…YET
When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.
But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.
And the killer has a very special part for George to play…
A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!
Flicking through my kindle wondering what to read next, I realised I had purchased this book back in August 2015, so I thought it high time I read it. As I also have the next book I thought it would be good to catch up on a series I hadn't started yet.
I had read a few reviews on the books a good while back, and decided I needed to go into it with an open mind.
While it was an interesting read, I found I struggled quite a bit with some of the pronunciations, but tried not to let this put me off.
Set mostly in Amsterdam, The Girl Who Wouldn't Die is the first of what I believe is so far 4 books.
It's a readable read, but I didn't find myself drawn in, or really needing to keep picking up the book. It didn't seem to grab me or hold me and I found I continued reading for the sake of reading it.
I will however continue with the series as I am hoping the next book will draw me in some more, and being a little more familiar with the characters should help me along.
A violent attacker is on the loose. His calling card: a tattoo on his victims’ skin. With no witnesses and no evidence left at the crime scenes, it will take all of the National Crime Agency’s resources to track him down.
At the head of the investigation, codenamed Operation Juniper, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart knows that the clock is ticking. The time between abductions is decreasing and the perpetrator grows ever more brazen. She fears it won’t be long before his assaults turn deadly.
As the hunt closes in, Jo’s already troubled personal life is put under further pressure. With danger closer than she thinks, just how far will Jo go to solve the case—and at what cost?
I was looking forward to reading this book, because Bill Rogers is a reletivly new author for me. I recently read the first book in this series, The Pick, The Spade and The Crow. Secondly because it's based around Manchester. I always seem to enjoy a book when I can actually visualise the places that are mentioned, I find I like books that have familiar locations in them. And enjoy reading how the author describes those places.
I said of the first book, that it could be the start of a promising series of books. And having read this one, the second book, I still feel it could become a really great series.
The National Crime Agency are investigating what looks to be a serial rapist on the loose.
Operation Juniper. Its Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart (Jo) who is heading up the team.
A team who know they have their work cut out to find who this person is. The attacks are becoming more frequent, so the Attacker seems to be gaining confidence in what he is doing. The team are concerned if they don't catch him soon, he could become more violent or even kill.
Jo's private life is also causing her problems. This continues from the first book, and things really don't seem to be getting any better for her.
A good interesting read, leaves you thinking and wondering where it's going. I'm looking forward to following this series as more books are added.
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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Title - THE RIVER IS DARK
Author - JOE HART
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster.”
Enter former homicide detective Liam Dempsey, whose estranged brother fell victim to the killer. Dragged into the investigation as a suspect, Dempsey vows to solve the case and clear his name. But two things stand between him and the truth: a web of local politics, and the grim secrets the victims held close. All the while, a murderer with boundless hatred continues to raise the body count.
As the troubled ex-cop tries to pull justice from the town’s emotional wreckage, he realizes that his could be the next life lost to the killer’s ruthless, twisted plan for revenge.
I had had this book on my kindle for a while, and after reading some great books couldn't decide what to read next, so I checked which I'd had the longest, and started there.
I hate it when I realise I've had a good book waiting for me for so long, but then I like it, that I have just discovered something good to read when I just didn't know what to start.
Joe Hart is also a new author for me.
As this story develops the jigsaw starts piecing together. Liam Dempsey is an ex detective, and has gone to find out why his brother has died. Or more importantly why his brother has been brutally murdered. there is enough going on in this book to keep you guessing, and keep you interested. But for me I felt something was lacking. I just don't know what. It was quite a quick read only being 242 pages.
Joe Hart grew up on a lonely 91 acres of farmland in northern Minnesota and without many playmates or company, began writing when he was 9. His first literary love was Stephen King (and still is) but he has expanded his scope to other influential authors. He published his first poems at age 17 and his first collection of short horror stories at 29. He is currently working on a novel. He lives with his wife and two children in northern Minnesota. Joe loves hearing from readers, feel free to email him at email@example.com.
Title - The Spider in the corner of the room.
Author - Nikki Owen
Format - ebook
Source - Netgalley
Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez has Asperger’s. Convicted of killing a priest, she is alone, in prison and has no memory of the murder.
DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she’s innocent. Then she starts to remember…
A strange room. Strange people. Being watched.
As Maria gets closer to the truth she is drawn into a web of international intrigue and must fight not only to clear her name but to remain alive.
I found this quite a difficult book to get into. At one point I almost put it down, but after readings such good reviews I wanted to carry on with it.
It is a very well written book, and I think the Aspergers side of it, seems to have been very well researched. ( I have family members who have Aspergers so I could relate to some things) Although some of it felt a little far fetched, it did keep me wanting to know what was going to happen, how things would work out.
I just feel although it has great reviews, and well written book, it just wasn’t for me. I really did struggle reading it, and trying to understand some of it.
This was one of those books, when I saw it. It just sounded good. Fun, different.
As I read an awful lot of crime, mystery thrillers. Occasionally I like something a little different and that is what I though when I saw this.
Abigail, is a wife and a new Mummy. She seems determined that she wants to lose weight. As Its new year I was thinking maybe this is something that thousands of people are going through, trying to follow a new diet. I must be honest, i'm not sure I could diet If my life depended on it. But would like to lose a pound or two after Christmas, so thought it might be fun doing a little of Abigails diet.
Unfortunatly Abigail is a delt a blow she wasnt expecting when Husband Thad decides marriage and babies are not really for him.
Abigail is shocked and saddened, after having had no idea anything was wrong, she is thrown in to some life changing decisions. Abaigail leaves the marital home, with her little one, and she ends up moving back in with her parents. looking for work, child care and all the things she thought she would not need to be doing. She is also still trying to follow her Diet.
Abigails Diet is probably not the best thing to be trying whilst going through her break up. but she's not exactly sticking to it, and with her imaginary diet friend talking to her, it does make some funny parts in the story. There are more than a few laugh out loud moments.
It was rather repetative in parts, but very easy to follow, i got a little bored reading it, and finished off listening to it via text to speach on my kindle, which did help pass a little time while doing housework, and ironing. I can only listen via the text to speach when the story is very easy to follow.
It wasn't fantastic but it wasn't bad, and was a nice change from my normal reads of crime thrillers.
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