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Sunday, 31 July 2011
Published by Mantle, 26 August 2011. ISBN: 978-0-230-74623-7
After interviewing Kristen’s flat mate alarm bells ring for Enzo, when it appears that Kristen has been dating Antonio Tomaselli, who apart from being some thirty-years older than Kristen is a member of the Red Brigades who were responsible for the kidnap and death of Aldo Moro in 1978, and the death of many others. Whilst they are still casting around trying to get a handle on situation, Anna Carson, Kristen’s stepmother also goes missing.
The main narrators of the story are Enzo Saenz as he struggles to make sense of the two disappearances, and the background to the story which is told by a series of flashbacks from Anna Carson’s past.
So enthralling and descriptive is the writing that I became so immersed in the story that there were occasions when I looked up from the book and was surprised to find I was in the
UK, and not in . Florence
This is a thrilling and heartbreaking story of a doomed love affair, which survived for decades. The stunning climax brings with it repercussions for all parties. I urge you all not to miss this exciting and fascinating tale. I see that there are three earlier books by this author, which I now have to read.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Ava Lee is a forensic accountant - she tracks money owed to people who have advanced money in good faith, but then found that the recipients have reneged on their commitments.
Asked by her elderly
Hong Kong based ‘Uncle’ to locate money that should have been paid to Andrew Tan, Ava sets out to track the money and return it to its rightful owner. But, although she quickly successfully tracks the money, retrieving it is a different matter. Her quest takes her to , and it’s not a place I would ever want to visit, and if you read this book you won’t want to visit it either. But with some fancy footwork Ava sets up deal, but she is dealing with rogues and very influential rogues at that. Can Ava pull it off? Guyana
I was fascinated about the form of martial arts she practised bal mei, not that I was familiar with this form of martial art but interested because it is said to be Taoist, which is close to my heart. It is I think, having done a little Internet research a coincidence that the author Ian Hamilton should have a protagonist who practises a Taoist martial art, that instantly brings to mind J D Salinger’s ‘Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters’ which features on it’s first page a Taoist tale, and that Ian Hamilton wrote a book entitled ‘In Search of J D Salinger’ this is I assume one of those bizarre coincidences.
For whatever reason you pick up this book, don’t put it down unless it is safely in your tote bag and you are taking it home. It is a not to be missed read. I just can’t wait for the next one.
-----Ian lives in
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
As D. D and Bobby try to make sense of the changing story told by Tessa, we learn about Tessa and her life through a series of flashbacks. Despite the many conflicting statements made by Tessa one thing emerges, and that is that Tessa loves her daughter more than anything or any one - but where is she? Did Tessa kill her to protect her and if so from what, and if she did, why now kill her husband?
D. D and Bobby debate these questions as they set in motion a nationwide search for the little girl, although D.D is convinced they are looking for a body, particularly once she delves back into Tessa past and finds damning information about Tessa.
Monday, 25 July 2011
Intrigued by the photograph Flynn conducts some further investigation and discovers that the people in the photograph were the subjects in a murder trial in
in 1875, when an architect was accused of killing his wife and his best friend - the murder case being dubbed ‘The Free Love Murders. Chicago
The story of the 1875 trial is unfolded from trial transcripts and a journal, interspersed with Flynn’s current day investigation of the story behind the photograph, which brings her into contact with several people who have a connection to this piece of history, and also people researching the life of Victoria Woodhull, an American suffragist who was a campaigner for women’s rights in the 19th century.
This is a many faceted work, weaving a real-life character and her beliefs into a credible story of murder, which also has its’ own message for the inhabitants of both centuries. I was captivated by the story, the well-drawn characters, and the insight into The Oneida Community, which was an education in itself. This book is highly recommended.
Michelle Black was born in
and studied anthropology in college, then went on to law school where she graduated with honors. In 1993, she moved to Kansas and began to focus on her fiction writing. For three years, she owned a bookstore in Colorado , a small town nestled high in the Colorado Rockies. Michelle has written six books, they are describes as books of an electrifying mix of history, mystery and adventure. The titles are: The Second Glass of Absinthe, Frisco, Colorado , The Book of Light, An Uncommon Enemy, Lightening in a Drought Year and coming this Autumn, Séance in Sepia which features real-life feminist firebrand, Victoria Woodhull as its protagonist. Solomon Spring
Michelle loves hearing from readers and hopes they will not be shy about contacting her at www.michelleblack.com
Friday, 22 July 2011
A teenage girl walking home along a country lane is attacked, and but for the timely arrival of a van would have been strangled to death. Although she survives she cannot identify her attacker, ‘he wore a dog’s head’ is all she can say. But within a short time another girl is attacked and this time killed.
Investigating is DI Wesley Peterson along with his rather loveable boss DCI Gerry Heffernan who with his new lady love Joyce away, had reverted to type - gravy and baked bean stains abound.
Meanwhile Wesley’s university friend Neil Watson has been summons to the huge edifice
to look at the collection of artefacts belonging to the late amateur Egyptologist Sir Frederick Varley. Sir Frederick’s heir Caroline Varley has asked Neil to have a look at the artefacts with a view to valuation. Already in situ is Robert Delaware who is writing a biography of Sir Frederick Varley. Neil doesn’t take to Robert, but I suspected he has a yen for Caroline and Robert had got there first. Not being an expert on Egyptologist Neil calls in an expert in the Dr Andrew Beredace from the Varley Castle . British Museum
This is a multilayered tale. Interspersed with the current investigation is the narrative of an unidentified person who relates the story of the life surrounding Egyptologist Sir Frederick Varley, in the early nineteen hundreds. As Wesley investigates the current murders we are privy albeit, clandestinely, to series of murders in 1903.
As the current spate of murders continue, at one point Wesley seems awash with suspects, but following his nose he delves back into the past with surprising results.
This is my kind of mystery, the twists and turns had me jotting as in solving a cryptic crossword, to say I loved it is an understatement – for all you puzzle solvers out there this is for you. Kate Ellis just gets better and better, the slow unfolding of the past as the current investigation proceeds is masterly. And also the characterisation as we follow the lives of DS Rachel Tracey and DC Trish Walton, and a visit from the past of Wesley’s old boss Ian Petrie, but more frighteningly is that this investigation touches Wesley very close to home. So very highly recommended, and I don’t even like adverbs.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Her books featuring Wesley Peterson are : The Merchant's House, The Armada Boy, An Unhallowed Grave, The Funeral Boat, The
, A Painted Doom, The Skeleton Room, The Plague Maiden. A Cursed Inheritance, The Marriage Hearse, The Devil’s Priest, The Shining Skull, The Blood Pit, , A Perfect Death, The Flesh Taylor, The Jackal Man. She has a second series featuring Joe Plantagenet, the books in this series are: Seeking the Dead, Playing With Bones, and Kissing the Demons. Bone Garden
Sunday, 10 July 2011
So trying to track down people traffickers and keeping out of the path of Ferek, not to mention his boss Massin, Rocco has his work cut out.
A stunningly atmospheric follow up to Death in the Marais, which introduced Inspector Lucas Rocco, the story moves at a cracking pace, with the tension mounting with every page, I couldn’t read fast enough. A definite entry for your ‘not to be missed’ list.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Monday, 4 July 2011
Joining the ship the first passenger Ethelred sets eyes on is inept Private Eye Herbie Proctor, who imparts that he is there to protect his client, but doesn’t say who his client is. Conversation with a Mr Pirbright takes an odd turn when it appears he thinks that Ethelred is the Ex-MI5 spy turned author Paul Fielder. The two Egyptians tell Elsie they are undercover detectives chasing two criminals, but they won’t say who they are, but to keep it to herself. After overhearing a couple of disjointed conversations, Ethelred and Elsie think all the other passengers also seem a pretty shady bunch.
When the boat’s engines fail, and a body is discovered, there is of course no end of suspects. And Ethelred is in the thick of it.
A wonderful tribute to Agatha Christie, and at the risk of being hunted and tortured by Agatha Christie fans far more fun than ‘Death on the
If you haven’t read any L C Tyler books before you are in for treat. The whole book is a joy – an intriguing mystery with some great characters. And the last paragraph is an utter delight.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
When next day Donny walks up from the lodge for his coffee, she is delighted to find that he is an interesting man, clearly not well, but a good conversationalist and Thea, as she readily admits, is a nosy parker. Donny tells her that he is looked after by his daughter Jemima, who comes in daily. He has a lady friend Edwina Satterthwaite, but she is away visiting relatives at the moment. Donny’s wife Janet, she learns is in a nursing home, visited only, she later learns, by his late daughter Cecilia’s husband Toby, which she finds a little strange.
But as in all classic English villages unexpected death lurks, and Cranham is no exception. Unfortunately, Thea’s reputation for being involved in murderous incidents has spread, and soon she in drawn into the darker side of Cranham.
The strength of this book lies in the fascinating characters, and the wonderful descriptions of the Cotswold countryside as Thea takes Hepzie for her daily walks. As in A Grave in the Cotswolds, Undertaker Drew Slocombe makes an appearance, as he is still pursuing a possible burial ground in Broad Camden, but as he tells Thea, his partner Maggs is against it, and his wife Karen cannot handle any major decisions since her injury which has so changed her personality.
This is an interesting book dealing with the pros and cons of a topical dilemma, and whilst the mystery is resolved, the ending leaves this reader hungry for the next instalment in this acclaimed series.
Rebecca is also the proprietor of a smalll press - Praxis book. This was established in 1992.
Saturday, 2 July 2011
The discovery of a second body killed in an identical manner poses the question for Tartaglia as to whether he has a serial killer at large picking random victims, or is there a link between the two deaths.
Whilst seeking to speak to any of Joe’s friends Tartaglia interviews Anna Paget but with unsatisfactory results – did any one really know Joe Logan.
Cleverly plotted this is an enthralling mystery, as we follow Joe’s friend Alex Fleming as he tries to make sense of his friend’s murder. The characterisation is brilliant, I wanted to follow all their lives, Maggie Thomas who lives a couple of boats up from where Logan was living, and Mark’s boss DCI Carolyn Steele is intriguing – there is a story there I want to know about. And the handsome Mark Tartaglia who clearly has commitment issues – can he resolve them?
Utterly engrossing this intriguing mystery kept me reading into the early hours. Whilst the solution was satisfactorily tied up, there is a good hook at the end to make me want to keep an eye out for the next book. Highly recommended.
She has also worked as a Portfolio Manager for an investment bank. She lives in Nottinghill with her husband and two children.
This is Elena’s third book.
The two earlier in the series are:
Die with Me
Our Lady of Pain.
Friday, 1 July 2011
Published by No Exit Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-84243-356-0
Assigned to the case is DI Geraldine Steel who is still struggling with the knowledge she has just recently discovered - that she was adopted at birth. Geraldine is a good detective dedicated to her job often to the annoyance of her sister Ceila, with whom she is forever cancelling arrangements owing to her job.
The discovery of a second body has Geraldine wondering if she could have prevented it if she has not been distracted by personal concerns. And Matthew Kirby caught up with his own problems is unaware that his daughter Lucy has made an online friend with whom she plans to meet up!
Whilst this is an absorbing mystery, the strength of the book lies in the well-fleshed out characters, and the development of the ones we have met in the two previous books, Cut Short and Road Closed. I did identify the killer but this is no way slowed the pace of the book, rather the opposite, as Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson pursues his own line of enquiry coming to a shocking discovery. Well plotted, and brilliantly executed, with a nail-biting ending.
Cut Short (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel.
Leigh Russell studied at the
gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specialising in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Middlesex. University of Kent