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Saturday, 29 October 2011
His first case is very reminiscence of what we know of the Golden Age, as beautiful elegant, upper-class Kate Graveney hires Danny to investigate the death of her lover – she says she is not certain whether she killed him, or if it was the bomb that ravaged the flat in which they were both staying.
Danny set’s out on this his first investigation, but Danny is still subject to black-outs that are a result of his head injury which account for his loss of a year’s memory. As he sets off on a hunt through bomb-ravaged
, he meets Valerie who seems to be on his side, something he dearly needs – someone on his side. But Valerie is elusive giving no address and just turning up out of the blue and disappearing just as abruptly. London
As Danny attempts to establish whether Tony, Kate’s lover died in a bombing, his blackouts raise for him questions, as he reads about a brutal killer stalking London's red light district, and he wonders of just what he could be capable of when out of it.
Gradually, he begins to piece together the events leading up to his arrest in
and as he does so he becomes a threat to someone, someone who cannot risk him recovering his memory. With his handicap of not knowing Danny is stabbing around in the dark and the fact that an Inspector Wilson has it in for him doesn’t help. France
This is an excellent mystery with a wonderful ambiance of the mysteries of the late 1940’s. It has a truly wonderful surprise ending, and is highly recommended.
Gordon Ferris is an ex-techy in the Ministry of Defence, and ex-partner in one of the Big Four accountancy firms. He writes about the important things in life: conflicted heroes and headstrong women embroiled in tangled tales of life, love and death. Other books are The Unquiet Heart and the highly acclaimed The Hanging Shed.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Published by Sphere,
6 October 2011.
6 October 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
Monday, 3 October 2011
To try and get in the mind of the killer Alex and Mike explore various religious beliefs trying to get a handle on the message being left by the killer. With Mike being Catholic and Alex of Jewish decent there are many interesting discussions. Tackling a religion is never an easy subject but Linda does it in an interesting and non confrontational way
As with all the books in this acclaimed series Linda’s research is meticulous and we learn much about the history of
landmarks. In this book we learn of the many churches in the city and in particular the New York the Devine –the largest cathedral in the world. Church of St John
Mercer Wallace completes the trio of pursuers of justice which take them to a stunning climax on
A marvellous entry in this excellent series.
Fairstein is an honors graduate of
(1969) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1972). In 1998, several of Fairstein’s law school classmates established a scholarship fund in her honor at their alma mater. The Fairstein Public Service Scholarship supports law school students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector. Linda Fairstein is married to Justin Feldman. She lives in Vassar College Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.
Earlier books in the series are Final Jeopardy (1996) Likely To Die (1997) Cold Hit (1999) The Deadhouse (2001) The Bone Vault (2003) The Kills (2004) Entombed (2005) Death Dance (2006) Bad Blood (2007) Killer Heat (2008) Lethal Legacy (2009)
Hell Gate (2010)
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Published by Robert Hale,
Soon DJ and her trusty companion Gorgonzola, DJ’s Persian cat are re-assigned, this time DJ is to infiltrate the home of Sir Thomas Cameron-Blaik the wealthy and respected owner of Sron Dubh distillery on the island of Islay, by posing as a butler to locate the whereabouts of one Louis Moran.
Of course nothing goes to plan, and as ever Gorgonzola has her own agenda, as she puts her exceptional nose to good use.
A good romp with plenty of twists and turns along the way, as DJ attempts to remain alive and undetected long enough to attain her goal.
An excellent entry in this popular series.
No Suspicious Circumstances (2007)
Under Suspicion (2008) Suspects All (2011)