THE DARKEST DEEDS ARE HIDDEN FROM SIGHT . . .
Bob Skinner is back in the latest gritty mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling series, not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May.
New Year's Day, and Edinburgh lies sleeping. But two men will never wake again . . .
When struggling ex-copper Terry Coats was discovered in bed with an air hostess, his excuse that he was 'going undercover' cut no ice with the force - or his wife. But now he's been brutally killed on Hogmanay night, it seems there may have been more to his plea.
Dragged from the New Year celebrations, Special Constable Sir Bob Skinner is shocked to find Coats' body alongside that of Griff Montell: his erstwhile protégé, and former lover of Skinner's own daughter, Alex. Could there be some dark truth under Coats' cock-and-bull story, after all?
As the secrets start unravelling, Skinner realises he has gravely underestimated someone close to him - and the effects will cost him, and those he loves, dear . . .
This series of books is by far one of the best Crime series available. This needs to be on TV. I absolutely love every single one of these books.
Bob Skinner, I've read about him so much over the years I almost think he's become a family member. In fact I may know him better than I know some of my family. He's Big Bob, a warm cuddly teddy bear or Big Bob, the ferocious, lethal, detective who you don't want to be on the wrong side of.
Why has a car with two dead men in the back seat been left outside a police station. More to the point who has left them here. It's a brazen act, dumping a car with dead bodies in anywhere but why the police station.
Mario Maguire interrupts Bob and Sarah's new year by requesting Bob at the scene of crime. Bob is no longer working for the police, or should I say he's no longer a copper. But his expert advice is always welcomed and he now has a badge that means he can help on cases the top brass feel they need him for. This is one of those cases.
The abandoned car with the 2 dead men in the back is the scene he's required to attend. It turns out one of these men is an Ex police officer and the other one is a current police officer. Why together, what do they have that links them, both.
These men are also link with a whole host of officers, does that mean the wider force are in trouble. The team with the help of Bab have to work out the whys, the how's and the who. The investigation will see them talking to a whole host of people who knew the 2 guys and slowly they need to piece parts of the puzzle together.
Have we finally found a case that doesn't seem solvable.
What an absolutely gripping read, the story flows well and leads you on a great journey. Back with some familiar characters who we have gotten to know through the previous books.
Jardine writes a crime novel like no other. I can not wait each time I finish a book I need the next one. Long may this series continue.
Here is the series in order just in case you fancy giving them a go..
I really recommend you read them all in order.
1. Skinner's Rules (1993)
2. Skinner's Festival (1994)
3. Skinner's Trail (1994)
4. Skinner's Round (1995)
5. Skinner's Ordeal (1996)
6. Skinner's Mission (1997)
7. Skinner's Ghosts (1998)
8. Murmuring the Judges (1998)
9. Gallery Whispers (1999)
10. Thursday Legends (2000)
11. Autographs in the Rain (2001)
12. Head Shot (2002)
13. Fallen Gods (2003)
14. Stay of Execution (2004)
15. Lethal Intent (2005)
16. Dead and Buried (2006)
17. Death's Door (2007)
18. Aftershock (2008)
19. Fatal Last Words (2009)
20. A Rush of Blood (2010)
21. Grievous Angel (2011)
22. Funeral Note (2012)
23. Pray for the Dying (2013)
24. Hour Of Darkness (2014)
25. Last Resort (2015)
26. Private Investigations (2016)
27. Game Over (2017)
28. State Secrets (2017)
29. A Brush with Death (2018)
30. Cold Case (2018)
31. The Bad Fire (2019)
32. The Roots of Evil (2020)
A Hint of Death (2014)
Skinner's Elves (2017)
A spine-tingling standalone thriller of obsession from bestselling author and master of the genre Peter James.
To the outside world, suave, charming and confident doctor Marcus Valentine has it all. A loving wife, three kids, a great job.
But there's something missing, there always has been.
Or rather, someone.
Driving to work one morning, his mind elsewhere and not on the road, he nearly mows down a female jogger on a crossing. As she runs on, Marcus is transfixed. She is the spitting image of a girl he was crazy about in his teens. A girl he has never been able to get out of his mind. Lynette had dumped him harshly. For years he has fantasized about seeing her again and rekindling their flame. Might that jogger possibly be her all these years later? Could this be the most incredible coincidence?
Despite all his attempts to resist, he is consumed by cravings for this woman. And when events take a tragically unexpected turn, his obsession threatens to destroy both their worlds.
But still he won't stop.
Firstly I have to say when I started this book It felt so different to any other Peter James book I had read. A phycological thriller that leaves you wondering who can be trusted and if it's really worth going to my dr appointment.
The build up and suspense behind the story is brilliantly done.
Marcus Valentine is a very successful Doctor. He has the wife, the kids, the car, the money. On paper it seems he has it all. yet Marcus Valentine is a very nasty, evil controlling man.
He has developed a very strange obsession with one of his patients. A very unhealthy obsession at that. It is his patient and friends partner that he has the obsession with, Georgie is feeling a little uneasy when she is around Marcus but can't put her finger on why.
When things start going wrong for Georgie he is there to support her.
There is plenty going on in this story, some of it seems a little far fetched but then it really does add to the story. Marcus is a master at manipulation and this really adds that chilling edge to the story.
an easy read.
The Christmas Killer: The debut chilling new British detective crime thriller series for Winter 2020 (Di James Walker 1)
As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb…
DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey.
But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow.
As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next….
Can James stop the killer before they strike again?
The first in a new series, Alex Pine has written a dark, atmospheric crime novel, set in a snowed-in Cumbrian village, for fans of Val McDermid, Ross Greenwood and LJ Ross
I started with reading a sample/teaser of this book. It was enough to get me hooked and I was thrilled when I got the chance to read the full book.
This is the first I have read of this author and it's the first in a series, that means I know I will have more to look forward to in the near future.
Never knowing what you are going to get when reading from a new author to me, I have to go in with an open mind. This book didn't disappoint, It was interesting, enthralling and gripping.
I genuinely didn't have a clue who was 'the Christmas Killer' and a little surprised when I did find out. Enough twists and turns in this book to keep you on the edge and guessing.
Moving from city life to village life is going to be so different for DI James Walker. He's moving for an easier pace of life. Just knowing that you know that where ever he goes it is not going to be quite. He's going to be dragged into something. That is exactly what happens.
Get a mug of hot chocolate, and put your feet up. get ready for a thrilling read. Enjoy!
Fans of Kimberley Chambers’ Queenie and Martina Cole will love this unputdownable crime thriller from bestselling crime author Emma Tallon.
Sometimes revenge is the only option.
Anna Davies is young, smart and successful, plus she’s the head of one of London’s biggest crime networks. She’s seen off her abusive ex-boyfriend and cut her teeth managing clubs around London’s West End. But nothing could have prepared her for what’s around the corner…
Beautiful, rich and powerful, Sophia Ivanov has been sniffing around Anna’s business empire and she’s got only one thing on her mind – revenge. She’s convinced Anna and her gangster boyfriend, Freddie Tyler, killed her Russian crime boss husband, Alexis, and she’s determined to make them pay.
When Sophia turns up at their club one night, it’s clear she’s not there for a friendly visit and tensions begin to flare. Anna knows Sophia is a danger to their business, but she doesn’t realise how much until Freddie finds himself in unthinkable danger. Can Anna and Freddie get rid of Sophia once and for all… and what will be left when the fighting stops?
I know it's something we all say from time to time but my goodness, I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN!
One that certainly got my heart beating. It was beating that fast my fitbit thought I'd been for a run.
I have just loved this series, each and every book you learn more about the characters their lives everything they stand for. the author here has created a fantastic set of characters that work so well together.
Betrayal, loyalty, Revenge, gangsters, guns this book has it all.
we are Back with the Tyler brothers, Anna and Tanya, these characters feel like they are people I know, I've followed them so far on an epic journey. The author has done a first class job creating such unique and individual characters.
There seems to be so much to deal with this time around, so much going and you don't have a clue in which way things are going. They thought they'd seen the last of the Russians but it seems the wife of missing Alexis is on the war path and thinks that Freddie may have killed him. Will hidden secrets surface and destroy Anna and Freddie's relationship that finally seems to be back on track.
Anna is struggling with what she see's as a betrayal from a close friend, it's tough seeing a great friendship crumbling but sometimes you just can not forgive.
Seeing this story not only carry on from book to book but with each new book we have new enemies, new characters and this flows seamlessly through each book just reeling you in that little bit more. This series is like a drug it's set out to get you and once it has there is not giving up.
These books should come with an addiction warning.
So so good, I can't recommend this series highly enough.
If you can't trust those nearest to you, who can you trust?
‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin
A murdered woman…
When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer. The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else. Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.
A determined detective…
Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger. Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls?
Can Maggie find the depraved killer? Or will Kate become his next living doll?
‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
'Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt
I really don't know what to write about this book. Just buy it doesn't seem enough. Firstly I really was looking forward to reading this book, I have read the authors first two books and loved them. So when I got the chance to read this I was foaming at the mouth to start it.
I did think maybe the author had put to much into the first two books and there was no way she could top those. How wrong was I!
Noelle has delivered again. Being a book blogger, working in publishing and being an avid reader must really add to the authors writing as she just knows what her readers want.
Something Gripping, addictive, chilling yet believable and it's all delivered here. Brilliant and believable characters and I have to say there was a character that appeared in this book that was also in book one and it's good to see her making something of her life.
When the body of a young lady is found DC Maggie Jamieson has a terrible time, she's believing it's someone she knows. She's so grateful when she finds its not her friend Dr Kate Moloney.
It seems the killer has dressed the victim to look like Kate. How sick is that, this shows what sort of monster they are dealing with.
At the beginning of this book it's almost like Maggie is taking Kates stalker more serieously that Kate is. It isn't really to long before Kate seems to grasp how serious the matter is.
I love a book that keeps you second guessing and keeps you on your toes the whole way through.
It's dark and creepy in parts which makes it 'Dead Perfect' I'm loving this authors twisted mind.
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She wanted to save a life. Now she must fight to save herself.
When DC Lucy Murphy meets Debra, wife of feared drug dealer Gerard Jennings, she sees a young woman in urgent need of help. Brutalised by her husband, Debra is too terrified to tell the police what she knows. But Lucy is determined to bring Gerard down – for Debra’s sake, and the safety of the Griffin Estate.
Meanwhile, after the death of one of his drug runners, Gerard is under pressure from his bosses to prove he’s still up to the job. Facing threats of violence as well as police interest, Gerard is getting desperate – and desperate men are the most dangerous of all.
As Lucy prepares to go undercover in Gerard’s gang to get the evidence she needs to arrest him, her beloved grandmother Winnie starts acting strangely. She mentions a man visiting her at night in her care home, but that makes no sense – does it?
Any distraction could prove deadly for Lucy and the people she’s trying to protect. But she has backed a vicious man into a corner, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.
A gritty, shocking, action-packed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane will love this.
Casey Kelleher is one of my all time favourite authors. Most of the time I don't even read what the book is about. I know I'll love it. This one is no different, exciting, nail-biting tension that has you hooked from early on in the book. My personal view is read the first book before starting this one, but If you are someone who doesn't mind reading out of order this could well be read as a stand alone.
I love meeting familiar people again, this is book 2 back with DC Lucy Murphy. This book is set in London on the notorious Griffin Estate, an estate I could read about forever but not actually want to visit. Coping with things from her past Lucy is a brilliantly written character, She has history but is also focused on the here and now. She has a job to do and she will do it. She's a strong and determined lady.
Lucy is set to go undercover and try and bring down a very nasty and dangerous man. Is Lucy really up to this job or is it all a front.
Things could go very wrong here and going under cover is never easy. When you have family issues that are playing on your mind this could be deadly.
Another action packed, gritty page turner from this very talented author.
To catch a villain sometimes you have to become one.
Bailey's Back! From the bestselling author of Jailbird.
Detective Constable Bailey Morgan is back doing what she does best – working undercover.
This time she has to infiltrate the inner circle of a notorious underworld family. Posing as a fellow villain, she is on a one-woman mission to bring the family to their knees.
But things are never that simple. Bailey finds that she is forced to confront shadowy wraiths from her past and will come face-to-face with a set of devastating revelations that will shatter her world and threaten her very existence.
With only herself to trust, Bailey is on her own and the stakes are higher than ever.
Heart-stopping and gripping. Perfect for the fans of hit TV shows such as Line of Duty and Gangs of London.
Another brilliant read from this author.
The main character is undercover Detective Constable Bailey Morgan. This character is fantastic. I love everything about her, the author has done an amazing job Building a character that can do nothing but grow.
Bailey has to infiltrate the inner circle of a notorious underworld family. Posing as a fellow villain, she is on a one-woman mission to bring the family to their knees. But we all know this isn't going to be easy or straight forward and with a family as tight as The Malloy family. This family may contain nuts, if you have an allergy stay away from them. They are not the nicest of families and the lengths they go to, to remain notorious is not for the faint hearted. Twists, turns a rollercoaster of a ride but one that will leave you wondering what the hell can come next for Bailey.
Can Baily get in with them, can she bring them down. Is her personal life going to interfere with her mission or will she lose focus. Reading this book is the only way you'll find out.
Becoming a huge fan of this authors work and I for one can't wait for more. I think this author is well suited to this genre and will be flying high with some of the best very soon.
A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!
Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she's put up for adoption and taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.
Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed adventure cat in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she's able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there's a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is 'Meow'.
Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?
Praise for The Adventures of Ellie & Boo:
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a charming, contemporary conservation tale, and its pages contain numerous life lessons relevant to children and adults alike."
Evelyn Asher, educator and communications strategist
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a unique look at wildlife conservation, through the eyes of a domestic house cat and her owner. The book weaves entertaining, fun facts about dozens of species throughout, including several like turtle doves and badgers that readers may not realize face the effects of deforestation and a rapidly warming planet. Kerr's book helps kids and adults realize that the animal kingdom is an interconnected web; and also delves into common, but complex, communication issues that people face every day. Educational and fun, The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a book every kid should read."
Jenny Adams, author, freelance writer, and photographer
"Right from the get-go, Boo's adventurous spirit captures the reader's imagination. Through storytelling, Kerr does an excellent job of navigating the complex issues central to wildlife conservation in a manner that is accessible and enjoyable. We need more stories like this one to engage young people at a tender age; indeed, stories like The Adventures of Ellie & Boo could change the course of wildlife conservation."
Salisha Chandra, Director of Strategy and Knowledge Management at Lion Guardians
"Conservation biologists and cats are two of my favorite critters and here they are together at last in this delightful, clever story. My daughter and I loved it.
Andrew Bleiman, author of the ZooBorns series
Firstly what pulled me towards this book is the fact that the girl in the book is called Ellie, and she had a cat that she loved and if it had been possible would have taken out on adventures with her.
The difference between this Ellie and my Ellie is just 12 years, I really thought this was going to be about a young girl on an adventure, Ellie is 22 and a conservationist.
This book had a wonderful mix of fun and adventure while getting out there how important conservation is. Its done in such a way you don't feel like you are being lectured about it and it opened up lots of opportunities for us to talk about things while reading the book. I felt not just my daughter but also my self was learning from this read. I fond it informative and knowledgeable but above that I found that myself and my daughter fully enjoyed it. Sat snuggled, taking it in turns to read a page each. My daughter has now taken to book to school so some of her friends can read it, she's hoping she can get the teacher to use it as a class read, so major well done to the author for actually getting a 10 year old fully engaged in a book.
I have to say I loved 'Boo. We lost our cat aged 14 earlier this year but while reading this book it was our cat I visualised and given the chance I believe he would have loved going on adventures with Ellie.
A truly lovely story that I would recommend for all ages. if it's to be read by a child then a good reader would manage this but it can also be read to younger children and I believe they will fully engage with it.
Ellie likes to explore the world around her, the book kicks off with how she comes about getting Boo the cat, and how the cat ends up on an adventure with her.
Boo can talk to the other animals and this is partly how the story is told. It was fun listening to the cat. Talking to the other animals is one thing but Boo has to figure out a way of getting through to Ellie, How can she get Ellie to understand how she is feeling or what she is thinking.
A brilliant adventure to follow and suitable for any keen reader.
The heart-racing new gangland thriller from bestselling author Jacqui Rose, available to pre-order now. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers’ Queenie and Martina Cole.
AS THE OLD SAYING GOES…
Franny Doyle has one thing in common with Wan Huang, head of the notorious Triads gang: they both want Vaughn Sadler six feet under.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE
When Harry Jacobs brings Vaughn into his business and his fold, his life is protected – for now.
AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER
But when Franny finds out the truth about Wan and Harry’s dark dealings, all hell breaks loose in Soho. And Vaughn is the key to helping Franny with the score she now has to settle Together with Alfie Jennings, they were once a formidable trio. But can bitter enemies once again become allies? Because in a life of crime – no one lets bygones be bygones…
THREE GANGSTERS. TWO FUNERALS. ONE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR REVENGE.
Well where do I start. Probably by saying the same thing I say every time I read one of this authors books. Another first class read. A fantastic book, Back with familiar characters. Franny Doyle, Harry Jacobs and Alfie Jennings and of course Vaughn Sadler. Characters you either love or hate, I think they are some of the best fictional characters about.
A fast paced book, once you start this make sure your diary is clear, you will not want to put this down once you open it.
JR certainly knows what her readers want and it's delivered in each and every book.
Chapter after chapter this book has it all going on. Gangland Crime at it's best. It will leave you gasping for more.
If you love Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole you won’t be able to put down this gripping gangland crime from Liverpool’s very own Caz Finlay!A family at war…
Happily married and with two small children, Grace has stepped away from the murky underworld that has shaped so much of her life. Now Grace is leaving the hard work to the boys – her son Jake Conlon and the notorious Carter twins, Paul and Connor.
But Grace can sense danger better than anyone and trouble is heading their way….
She’ll stop at nothing to protect those she loves, even if it means an all-out gang war on the streets of Liverpool. But is this one fight Grace can’t win?
Readers can’t get enough of this series:
‘A compelling story with a heart stopping twist – a cracking read’ Kerry Barnes
'A fast-paced tale of family bonds, treachery, cruelty and love that will have you gripped from the very first page. A must-read for crime lovers’ Amanda Brooke
‘A stunning debut . . . an explosive ending which will leave readers both satisfied and wanting more’ Mary Torjussen
‘A gritty, gripping page-turner of a read! A 5* stonker of a debut . . . Loved it and can’t wait to read more in this series’ Fiona Collins
My head was all over the place with this book. What a fantastic read. Each book I have read by Caz Finlay gets better and better. Just when you think the latest book can't be beaten, Boom it blows your mind.
Get ready to go on the ride of your life with the Carter family. An emotional gritty roller coaster of a read.
Liverpool and the Carter family. Everything is perfect, everything runs smoothly. Now you know I'm telling lies don't you. Grace has a feeling, something isn't right, but what she isn't sure.
Keeping an eye on her family is what she does. Grace is married to Michael and their older sons work at running the business now, the drugs, the illegal side of it all. But it seems someone wants in on the action.
From the start of this book I was lost. Nothing else mattered to me other than the words on my kindle.
Some fantastic twists and OMG moments. A real bumpy, twisty roller coaster read. I loved this book, one of the best books I've read a first class read that I can't recommend highly enough.
Caz Finlay is certainly becoming one of the best in this genre, I'm so excited for what is next.
Deserves way more than the standard 5 stars.
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