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Taboo (CSI Reilly Steel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Casey Hill
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Book Description

The international bestseller...
Forensic investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew.She's arrived in Ireland to drag the Garda forensics team into the 21st-century plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who's increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a past tragedy.
But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. A young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggesting a suicide pact. But as Reilly and the team dig deeper, and more bodies are discovered, they soon realise that a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most sickening way imaginable...

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With this well-paced out-and-out crime story, featuring an attractive and intelligent new heroine, [Melissa Hill's] gone the whole way and looks set to find a whole new audience. --Irish Independent

About the Author

Casey Hill is the pseudonym of husband and wife Melissa and Kevin Hill. Melissa is already a number 1 bestseller in her native Ireland with her novels about contemporary women's lives. A desire to delve into darker aspects of fiction led her to team up with Kevin and create the Reilly Steel series. The couple live in Dublin with their baby daughter, Carrie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058BVJWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Casey Hill is the pseudonym of husband and wife writing team, Kevin and Melissa Hill. They live in Dublin, Ireland.

TABOO, the first title in a series of forensic thrillers featuring Californian-born CSI Reilly Steel was an international bestseller upon release and nominated for Crime Thriller of the Year at the 2011 Irish Book Awards. The series has been translated into multiple languages.

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For book updates, news and competitions, check out the Casey Hill Facebook Page at or follow on Twitter @caseyhillbooks.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth trying but rather overhyped 5 Aug. 2011
This book came highly recommended on several book sites so I had high expectations, perhaps too high. While it was an enjoyable read I did feel that it had been somewhat over - hyped. Reilly Steel came across as a character one could enjoy following through several adventures but the protagonist in this book was telegraphed from fairly early on. I also felt that the way in which the protagonist was tracked down was very contrived, decidedly amateurish compared with other parts of the novel. An issue with one of the main characters was dangled throughout the book and unresolved at the end. Now whether this is to encourage you to read the next novel I do not know but the inclusion of an excerpt from the draft of the next novel makes me suspect this is the case.

The book is definitely worth reading but if you are a fan of the serial killer genre you may find this is not up to the standard you are used to.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid title 10 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I love a good crime novel and whilst this is seen as a debut, it's the writing team of Melissa Hill and her husband Kevin. What works extremely well in this book for me were the characters, they were vibrant, they were intruiging and they had real world problems that interfered with the investigation that really made them feel fully rounded. Add to this a cracking serial killer whose clues mystified the hell out of me as well as a great overall arc and it was a story that satisfied on so many levels.

All in, the writing style kept it bubbling along with sharp prose, decent dialogue and of course an overall arc that keeps, as Poirot would say "The little grey cells" ticking. Great stuff.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely fulfilled my need for a good thriller 12 Sept. 2011
Riley Steel is a forensics investigator who has recently moved from California to Ireland to lead the Dublin forensics team and teach them some modern methods.

Her father, who was born in Ireland, had moved back a few years before, and Riley being near him means that she can keep an eye on her bottle-loving father. Something in his past has left him unable to cope with life and Riley herself has problems dealing with it too.

Then a young man and woman are found dead on a bed, and Riley is called in to investigate. This is the beginning of a number of horrific crimes by what's obviously a very sick-minded serial killer. The killer is leaving clues that seem to lead to something. But what exactly?

This is a wonderful debut novel of a husband and wife writer team. I didn't quite connect with Riley, although I was curious as to what could have happened in her past that was still haunting her at night.

However, I really liked Chris Delaney, a policeman who was on the case together with his partner Kennedy. Chris warmed to Riley quickly, while Kennedy was unimpressed by the American forensics expert who was hired to tell the Dubliners how to do their jobs.

Chris was a very nice person, good colleague, and he too had something bothering him, a physical problem but he didn't want to go to the doctor. I hope to read more about it in the sequel.

The story was built up well and although I had some vague ideas about what type of person the serial killer could be, it wasn't until just before Riley and Chris found out, that I realised how matters stood.

The setting, Dublin, made a nice change from other thrillers I've read although I only got a good feel for the location once the story moved to a seaside town nearby.

A fast, compelling read that completely fulfilled my need for a good thriller. A book for anyone that loves mysteries and thrillers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down. It was a ... 13 Nov. 2014
I couldn't put this book down. It was a disappointing ending and I hoped for a bit more romance, but that aside, it was full of twists and theories that had you thinking all the time. I picked this book up in an antique shop and thought it a absolute bargain buy!! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good suspenseful read. 8 Feb. 2015
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All a bit mysterious to start with . Vague hints of dark secrets. It becomes clear before the end who is responsible but still uncertainty about the end til right at the end. Very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down 9 Jan. 2015
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A fast paced storyline quickly draws you into this book. The twists and turns coupled with intriguing, likeable characters make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Reilly Steel is a Quantico-trained forensic investigator who's moved from San Francisco to Dublin to be with her alcoholic Irish-born father. Her job's to teach the Garda's forensic team the most recent forensic methods and their training's put to the test when a young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room. The evidence suggests a suicide pact but when Reilly and her team discover that the victims were brother and sister, it's only the start of a terrifying campaign by a twisted serial killer keen to challenge society's worst taboos. Assisted by detective Chris Delaney, Reilly must find the killer before the murders strike close to home ...

Casey Hill's (the pseudonym of Melissa and Kevin Hill) debut thriller is a limping, dull affair filled with clichéd characters and hampered by a plodding plot that struggles to hang together. It's the first in a series but based on this effort, I won't be reading on.

Reilly Steel is a clichéd addition to the crowded field of female forensic scientists. The reader has to be told repeatedly how brilliant she is at her job, she has a troubled past and an alcoholic father who she feels obligated to look after to the extent that she's moved to Dublin in order to do so. Tasked with bringing the sexist dinosaurs in the Garda, she battles outmoded forensic methods to teach her cowed workmates 21st century forensic methods. I found her utterly dull and predictable and the inevitable romance with the one detective who believes in her - Chris Delaney - lacked spark and tension. Chris himself is hiding a mysterious illness from his colleagues, which is presumably supposed to make the reader care about him but didn't work for me.
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