Anna Smith - Blood Feud. #BloodFeud #Review by @Ilovereadinguk #Netgalley @annasmithauthor @QuercusBooks
They came for her family. Now she's coming for them. This nail-biting thriller introduces Glasgow's newest gangland mistress, Kerry Casey - a gripping read perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.
Kerry Casey thought she'd made a life away from the dirty dealings of her gangster family. Her father wanted to make them legit - her brother Mickey had other ideas, and now it's got him killed. When Mickey's funeral turns into a bloodbath at the hands of a group of anonymous shooters and Kerry's mother is killed in the crossfire, Kerry finds herself at the head of the Casey family, and desperate for revenge.
Running a crime empire is not a job she ever asked for, and not one she wants, but Kerry is determined to fulfil her father's wishes and make the Caseys go straight. First, though, she will find the men who murdered her mother, and she will take them down, no matter what it takes.
I really couldn't wait to get started with this book. I have read and loved all of Anna Smiths books. Loved everyone of them.
A sperb writing style that really does grab you into those pages, and keeps you wanting more right up to the end.
We are introduced to some great characters in this book. A mix of characters you'll either love or hate.
I have to admit I was a little sceptical when I realised this wasn't going to be a 'Rosie Gilmore book' I love the Gilmore series, and knowing this was something new had me nervous and exited.
Anna's style of writing is first class.
Kerry Casey is now the head of the Casey Empire. From Lawyer to criminal in the blink of an eye.
When everything goes tits up at Mickey Casey's (her brother) wake, Kerry's life is changed forever.
We have a whole mixture of criminal characters come together in this superbly written story.
Anna Smith certainly has this genre nailed. She is one of the best authors about. Nothing I can say about this book is going to do it the justice it so deserves.
This is certainly a must read and has made it to my must read books of 2018.
The really good news is that there is going to be a Blood Feud 2. It's available now for pre order.
Rosie Gilmour is hot on the trail of a ring of baby-sellers and people-traffickers. The problem is, her main suspect is a dead man. Or is he?
A money-laundering accountant disappears in Romania. The hitman hired to disappear him is found dead in a Glasgow flat. And the owner of the flat, the accountant's widow, claims she knows nothing about it.
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour isn't convinced by Helen Lewis's innocent facade - she is convinced Helen was the one who ordered the hit on her husband, and she's going to prove it. But when she discovers that Helen's husband worked for a ring of gangsters selling babies from Romanian orphanages, her focus shifts. Now she has two sets of criminals to bring to justice - she'd better pray they don't catch up with her first.
A nail-biting thriller for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Dreda Say Mitchell and Jessie Keane
I have now caught up with this series of books, after recently doing a Rosie Binge.
I'm worried of repeating myself, but I really do like this series, I have enjoyed each and everyone. I will say (again) that these books really would be best enjoyed if read in order.
I love Anna's style of writing, she has a gift of dragging you into the story. Rosie now feels like a friend, albeit a fictional one. Have I just said that. I thought I'd stopped having imaginary friends years ago.
This story is no different to any other for Rosie, It's her story and she's going to get it and publish it at all costs. Often it does cost Rosie dearly, but that's what makes her such a likeable character.
Another brilliant, and interesting read from a very talented author.
A beautiful model's death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour's darkest case to date.
When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn't jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell - alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that's not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets...
Back in Glasgow, Rosie's research into Bella's life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella's early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she's dead.
As Rosie's drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she's about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment...
Oh my, I'm managing to catch up slowly with this series, and you know what, i'm thrilled I've had the chance to read these last few books back to back, because each one just leaves me wanting more.
I absolutely love the character Rosie Gilmore. I think the fact that she's a journalist rather than a detective really helps make Rosie stand out. Each book just shows tat for Rosie there is no boundaries, If she needs to get the full story, she had no limits, she will go all out to get it. It doesn't always do her any good, and sometimes she ends up in a bit of a scrape or two.
This really is a first class gritty thriller, and really does leave you wanting more. This could be read as a stand alone, but I really can't recommend enough how much better the books are, when read in order.
This book really does deserve more than the 5 stars given. Each time I finish one of these books, I just think there is no way Anna Smith can improve with another story, yet each one really does get better and better. This author is by far one of the best around for pulling you into each and every page, keeping your attention the whole way through and throwing in one or two things you just really wasn't expecting. I really can't stress how much this series of books needs reading.
When a young Pakistani bride falls to her death from a window, Rosie has to navigate the story with care, trying not to upset the girl's devastated family or the local Pakistani community. After talking to the family, however, Rosie becomes convinced that there is more to the story than a tragic accident, and that something is being kept from her and the police.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Glasgow, Nikki and Julie, two prostitutes, find themselves in trouble when a client dies during an assignment and it looks like one of them is to blame. Their problems become far worse though, when a briefcase they steal from the dead man turns out to contain some very valuable rough diamonds and several fake passports. It's clear it belonged to some serious criminals, and now they have much more to worry about than a dead body.
Investigating the Pakistani girl's death, Rosie has been talking to Laila, another young girl from the community, who has voiced her fears of being forced into marrying a much older man in Pakistan. When Laila disappears, Rosie is sure her fears have been realised. Then Nikki contacts her asking for help, and Rosie senses a parallel with her current case.
Sure enough, as Rosie flies to Pakistan to try and rescue Laila, it becomes clear that the 'accidental' death, Laila's disappearance and the briefcase are all linked - and once back in Glasgow, she, Julie and Nikki discover just how much danger they are in...
I just love a good Gilmore book and here I am finally catching up. According to good old Amazon I purchased this in August 2016, so why the hell has it taken me so long to get around to reading it. Well I'm certainly catching up now as I have book 7,8 and 9 to go at over the next few weeks.
I recently finished book 5 so it was great going on another journey with Rosie so soon. She's one hell of a character and certainly manages to find trouble. I think she's a bit of a trouble magnet. Anything to get that juicy story, then Rosie will do it.
We kick off this story with a young Pakistani bride committing suicide and a death in a hotel that a prostitute needs a friends help to get away. This was early on in the book - how it all comes together then is superbly done. A truly nail-biting ride.
Anna Smith certainly knows how to write a damn good book and I'm hoping this series goes on for a long time yet.
For me personally I would say these books are best read in order. But that is just my personal opinion.
Rosie Gilmore Book 5
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour returns from hiding in Bosnia to a story of a brutal execution. University lecturer Tom Mahoney was shot at point blank range, the killing has all the signs of a hit. But who would want to kill a retired lecturer?
Rosie throws herself into the investigation, looking for a witness that has gone missing. A witness that might hold the key to the story. But she has her own reasons to stay hidden.
As Rosie digs deeper, she finds the story has connections to the Ministry of Defence and MI6 and Mahoney's past is darker than anyone could imagine.
Rosie's running out of time to find out the truth, before Mahoney's killers silence her for good
I've fallen a little behind in this series, but I am slowly putting that right by catching up. Here we have book 5 in the Rosie Gilmore series. This really is a fantastic series of book and one I have no problem recommending to anyone.
Journalist Rosie has a super knack of getting into trouble, sometimes it just seems to find her.
But one thing Rosie can certainly do is, get her story. And it seems she will go to any lengths to do that.
When a university lecturer is shot at close range, this gives Rosie a new story to get her teeth into and she certainly does that.
It's great to see Rosie's pal Adrian turn up again, I'm thinking it's about time he became a more permanent fixture in Rosie's life, not just there when she's in trouble.
Another great read by a very talented author and I can't wait to dive into the next one.
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