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Belfast and the IRA wants to deal with an undercover British police officer.
Joseph Kennedy, a rising star of the movement, recruits his teenage girlfriend
Maire Anne McCartney as a honey trap. She is told it is a simple job to entrap
him and there would be no violence. She is lied to. To save herself she has to
flee across the border and change her identity.
Present Day London and human rights
lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is elected as an MP and is given the job of
Minister of State for Security and Immigration.
As Anne-Marie takes up the post,
police in Belfast receive an anonymous call with a password from the Troubles
that is soon verified. The call leads DCI Jon Carne to a field in Northern
Ireland and a body.
When the new minister gets a message
from her old boyfriend Joseph Kennedy, she realises that all she has worked for
could come crashing down around her. And when Carne’s investigation brings
Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie.
Simon Berthon is an award-winning
investigative film-maker who spent many years in Northern Ireland, and this
gives Woman of State authenticity and originality. We know we are in safe hands
with this intelligent and layered thriller. Corruption and deception run all
the way through its twists and turns as we follow Maire Anne McCartney’s
journey from 1990s Belfast and Dublin to London in the present.
The plot is multi-faceted and unfolds
at a breathless pace, but it is the character of Maire that holds the novel
together. She is intriguing - both in her naïve teenage years and in adulthood.
It is through her eyes that we see and feel the themes of love and betrayal. We
are there at the death of her idealism, and we feel her pain when she is betrayed
time and again. I thought the path she chose at the end of the book was perfect
for the story.
If you enjoy a really well-written,
well-plotted political thriller, then look no further than Woman of State.
has spent much of his working life delving into the secrets of state. He is an
award winning and highly acclaimed investigative film-maker whose scoops
include a number of stories set in Ireland.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It
was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she
soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote
about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and
became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many
life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two
decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get
in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines
and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help
charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing
psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was
published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer Reads in April 2016. To read the review of Killer reads click here http://promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/after-she-fell-by-mary-jane-riley.html
Published by Penguin Random House. 4 May 2017. ISBN:
What a great premise for a world set in the very near
future: it’s recently been discovered that everyone has a gene that’s shared
with only one other in the world, and that person is their true love Match.
This has the effect of changing the developed world, as more and more men and
women take the simple DNA test to discover their Match, and don’t consider a
serious relationship with anyone else. It leads to the prospect of a
happy-ever-after scenario for the majority and the prospect of a divorce-free
world in the future. But in the meantime it also leads to a lot of divorces and
broken relationships, as people break up to go and be with their Match, so not
everyone is happy.
the novel we follow five characters, two men and three women. As with any multiple
viewpoint novel where viewpoints swop over with every (short) chapter, at first
this is disorienting and the opposite of involving. However, all the very
individual stories soon catch hold, and after that it becomes a race to see
what happens. It’s not a book I’d like to only be able to give 5 minutes a day
to – I needed to speed through.
commercial with those short chapters, the book’s plotting was clever as the
storylines constantly threw up surprises and unexpected developments; the
situations were each original and evolved in what felt like very credible ways,
at least for most of the way through. To be honest, my only reservation was how
two of the storylines played out at the very end, which I didn’t quite buy, but
that’s possibly more a matter of personal taste than indicative of any flaw in
the novel. Intriguingly, the storylines for the two characters whose situations
I had felt least empathy for at the beginning, Mandy and Nick, were the most
original and had the most satisfying denouements.
does the crime come in? The most obvious is with one of the characters,
Christopher, who’s a serial killer. We discover this very early on, so that’s
not a spoiler. And intriguingly, he is Matched with Amy, a police detective. Juicy
stuff, and if there’s one thing that can be said of this author, he maximises
the inventive opportunities he gives himself. Given the confines of the style of
this novel, the characters are well drawn and defined – for the book to work
effectively we have to be interested in each of the five personalities, and I
certainly was, even if I didn’t inhabit them fully. The varied settings are
competent too. But it’s the story that carries this intriguing novel, and the
way it is told. I enjoyed the ride.
Reviewer: Dea Parkin
is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20
years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for
national newspapers and magazines. He has written for publications including
The Guardian's Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q;
GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World's
Sunday Magazine. His debut novel The
Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, he released his second
book, Welcome To Wherever You Are. In May 2017 came his third book, The
One. It was chosen as the book of the month for BBC Radio 2's Book Club. The Wronged Sons was re-edited and re-released in July 2017 under a new title, When You Disappeared.And his fourth book, The Good Samaritan, is set for release in November
DeaParkinis an editor with her consultancy Fiction
Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association. She writes
poetry and occasionally re-engages with The Novel. When she isn't editing,
managing or writing she is usually to be found on the tennis court – or
following the international tour at home on TV. Usually with several books on
the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction, history, and novels with a
mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual struggle to find space for
bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.
by Allison & Busby, 22 June 2017. ISBN: 978-0-7490-2186-3
As the twentieth anniversary of the disappearance of
moderately successful Crime Writer Roger Norton Vane approached, it was
proposed that a memorial service should be held. Crime writer Ethelred
Tressider, also a moderately successful writer, was commissioned to write his biography,
presumably in what Vane’s publishers hoped would be renewed interest in his
Norton Vane’s disappearance twenty years ago, when he went for a walk in the
Thai jungle and never returned had at the time sparked much interest and
speculation. However, the years passed and when various sightings’ of him all
over the world proved fruitless, it was finally decided to make his death
official, not least for the person or people who would inherit his accumulated
so, it was that a slightly late Ethelred Tressider, found himself wedged into a
pew in the back row for Vane’s memorial service.He initially paid scant attention to the old
gentleman sat next to him, except to notice he was somewhat oddly attired in a
heavy overcoat and open sandals. After surveying the congregation, some things
meeting with his approval and some clearly not, he finally turned to Ethelread
and announced in a loud voice that he had just that morning flown in. After the
old man had passed several less than complimentary comments on his journey from
the airport, and matters in general, Ethelred, in an attempt to quiet things
down, introduced himself.The old
gentleman returned the compliment and so it was that Ethelred met Roger Norton
Vane at his own memorial service.
fall-out of the re-emergence of the dead man has considerable ramifications for
Tim, Vane’s partner, his niece Cynthia, Vane’s agent, and as Ethelred finds
out, himself.All was not quite as it
should be with his commission to write the biography. As readers of this marvellous series will know
Elsie Thitkettle, Ethelred’s agent, is not above stitching Ethelred up if it’s
in her interest to do so.
course, it’s not long before the waters get well and truly muddied.Elsie, amazingly, is still employing her assistant Tuesday, whose mission is to try and cut down Elsie’s chocolate
intake.Might as well push water up a
murder raises its head the plot well and truly thickens.
prose, fascinating characters and a complex plot, what more could you want. But
can you unravel it?Most highly
L. C. Tylerwas born in Southend, Essex, and educated at
Southend High School for Boys, Jesus College Oxford and City University London.
After university he joined the Civil Service and worked at the Department of
the Environment in London and Hong Kong. He then moved to the British Council,
where his postings included Malaysia, Thailand, Sudan and Denmark.
Since returning to the UK
he has lived in Sussex and London, and was Chief Executive of the Royal College
of Paediatrics and Child Health for eleven years. He is now a full-time writer.
His first novel, The Herring Seller's
Apprentice, was published by Macmillan in 2007, followed by A Very Persistent Illusion, Ten Little
Herrings, The Herring in the Library and Herring on the Nile. The first book in a new historical series, A Cruel Necessity, was published by
Constable and Robinson in November 2014. Since then he has published two
further books in this series, A
Masterpiece of Corruption (2016) and The Plague Road (2017)