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Deadly Tasting (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 4)
Deadly Tasting (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 4)
Price: £5.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First published in 2005 as Saint Petrus et le saigneur Translated by Sally Pane & published and released in English in 2014, 16 Oct 2014
Benjamin Cooker, on a strict cabbage diet, thanks to his wife’s belief (true!) that he was overweight is busy enjoying (unsweetened) Darjeeling tea when he is interrupted from his revelries of being overweight by Inspector Barbaroux asking for his help to solve, what at first appears to be random murders, of elderly men. The only thing linking the murders is that at each scene, twelve glasses have been left with a very special wine from Pomerol, known as Petrus.

I loved this book! Not only is it full of information on wines, their vintages, the regions they are grown in France, but Benjamin Cooker and his very able assistant, Virgile Lanssien are wonderful very human characters. Even Inspector Barbaroux is a person who you can get a perfect picture of in your mind’s eye.

This is the first book I’ve had the privilege to read in this series, but hopefully will not be the last.

If you want a really quick, clever murder/mystery book to read – then do yourself a favour and read this. If like me, your knowledge of French wines is very limited, then this will certainly help you to understand the complicated business of wine making and tasting. -Treebeard

Rating: 4 stars. was provided a copy for review.

Horoscope: The Astrology Murders
Horoscope: The Astrology Murders
Price: £2.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Twist to Astrology, 16 Oct 2014
Dr Kelly Elizabeth York, is a practicing Astrologer and Psychologist. She’s been able to help many clients both through the books she writes as well as seeing clients, but when her children, Jeffrey and Julie leave home to attend university, she develops a terrible fear of venturing outside her brownstone. Making matters worse, she finds that she is not able to discuss this problem with those closest to her.

While she is trying to hide this debilitating problem, she is drawn into an investigation of a serial killer who is targeting single women. He rapes and kills them, leaving a sign of their zodiac sign carved into their flesh.

When she starts getting phone calls in the early hours of the morning on both her office and private phones, she knows that she has to take action and calls the police. Detective Mike Stevens is given the task of trying to identify who the caller is. He is furious when the FBI (with Agent Mary Ann Winslow taking charge) remove him from the case (because she's convinced that the caller is also the rapist). But something keeps niggling him about the connection between the two cases and carries on with his own investigation.

This is a fascinating book combining a really good story: hunting a serial killer and trying to discover who is behind Kelly’s frightening calls. Kelly is forced to use her knowledge as an intuitive astrologer with her study of psychology to try to help the FBI and police in tracking down the killer.

This is a very interesting look at astrology, psychology and how both can help police solve this vicious series of murders! Equally interesting is the story of the author and how this series of books have come to be written. Georgia Frontiere must have been an exceptional woman, well ahead of her time and its thinking!

I see that there are going to be more books in this series and will be eagerly awaiting their publication.-Treebeard

Rating: 4 stars. was provided with a copy for review.

The Question of the Missing Head (Asperger's Mystery)
The Question of the Missing Head (Asperger's Mystery)
by E. J. Copperman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a clever book! Highly recommended!, 16 Oct 2014
Samuel Hoenig has started a small business called Questions Answered. The business is relatively new when Ms Janet Washburn arrives to ask him a question. She’s fascinated to find him with a baseball bat trying to work out the trajectory of where a ball would go in the new stadium and offers to film him doing various swings.

While they are still busy with this, Dr Marshall Ackerman CEO of The Garden State Cryonics Institute comes rushing in demanding that Samuel solve his problem: A head has gone missing from the institute. When they arrive to get an idea of the layout and how this (loss) could have happened, they discover that one of the senior doctors, working at the institute has been murdered. Detective Lapides is put in charge of the murder and when he realises that he’s out of his depth, asks Samuel and Janet (who initially tagged along with Samuel out of curiosity, but soon proves to be a very competent assistant) to help him solve the murder.

In this book the author has absolutely captured the personality of Samuel Hoenig and thanks to all sorts of asides and we the reader are not only entertained to an excellent murder, with the perpetrators only coming to light at the end (in a very clever twist!), but also how people with Aspergers think and act. Janet Washburn proves to be the perfect assistant for Samuel, who up till this time, has had to rely on his mother for help. (They have a wonderful relationship and up till the arrival of Janet, she has been his only support).

I sincerely hope that this will lead to a new series because Samuel Hoenig is too special and too clever, not to be given lots of cases to solve in the future.

Thank you EJ Copperman/Jeff Cohen for writing this wonderful, clever and highly entertaining murder/mystery. -Treebeard

Rating: 5 stars. was provided with a copy for review.

The Life and Times of William Boule: Serial Killer
The Life and Times of William Boule: Serial Killer
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finally – the end!, 16 Oct 2014
Carla Black, who we first met in THE SISTER, is determined to write the life story of William Boyle/Boule and if possible, help towards his capture (or demise!).

Bruce Miller’s intuition once again kicks in and he knows that Carla is not going to be able to accomplish her driving ambition to taunt William Boule into being captured (and survive) without his help. Stella, is furious that he’s once again fallen into her trap and trouble between them is made worse because of Carla’s insistence to taunt Stella as well. Bruce follows Carla to Morocco where he discovers that she has managed to entice William to his former hunting ground (where he was a mercenary).

Max China is a brilliant author, making you, the reader, feel part of the story with his very clever use of words. However, and I feel guilty about doing this as I absolutely loved THE SISTER I wish in a way that he hadn’t written this book. We’re left wondering what happened to this evil monster at the end of THE SISTER, but in this book, the author has not left much to our imagination and my senses were subjected to descriptions of utter brutality.

I never liked Carla Black in the first book. She’s a very pushy journalist, determined to "get her story" regardless of how many people she hurts along the way. In writing a book and goading William Boyle/Boule is she actually any better than him? Does she care whether other people get hurt?

Max China, I think that you have an exceptional talent as a writer, and I look forward to you creating another masterpiece, however, this final "chapter" featuring mainly two really nasty people, just didn't cut it with me, mainly because I found it too violent. -Treebeard

Rating: 3 stars was provided with an copy for review.

Dark Tides
Dark Tides
Price: £4.19

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tides by Chris Ewan, 15 Oct 2014
This review is from: Dark Tides (Kindle Edition)
The book has a chilling start with the main character, Claire Cooper, armed only with a can of CS spray, searching a derelict cottage. The date is 31st October 2014 and it is the Isle of Man’s festival called Hop-tu-naa, their equivalent of Halloween.

This date is central to the book, and although the timeframe moves around a lot – present-day to 2001 to 2003 to 1995 etc – it is well worth the reader concentrating that little bit more to follow this unusual time shift. Far from detracting from the plot, this particular style focuses the reader’s mind more closely on the events of the story.

Claire loses her mother at Hop-tu-naa in 1995, and subsequently the date dogs her footsteps. In 2001 she and five friends start an annual event where a dare must be carried out, but with each succeeding festival, something dark and evil follows them.

Chris Ewan’s plot is taut and tortuous, and he tantalises us with ever-increasing intensity of action. It is very cleverly written, and the reader is drawn into the world of the Island’s people by his sheer descriptive writing.

This is a fine thriller written by a very accomplished writer. His style is fluid and easy-to-read, and yet he conjures up a dark and threatening scenario, full of evil and malevolence.

Chris Ewan has written a superb thriller in ‘Dark Tides’ that sends tingles down your spine from the very beginning to the final page.

Chris Ewan is a name to look out for.

For those of you who love a good thriller, this is a MUST! -Sméagol

5 stars out of 5 was provided with an advanced copy for review.

The Missing Place
The Missing Place
by Sophie Littlefield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield, 15 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Missing Place (Paperback)
RATING: 2.5 stars

The story opens with Colleen Mitchell flying out to Lawton, North Dakota, where Paul, her missing son, has been working for one of the many mining companies. She meets up with Shay Capparelli, another mother whose son, Taylor, is also missing.

The oil boom experienced in North Dakota led to many short cuts in the area of Health & Safety, and no more so than with Hunter-Cole, the company for whom Paul and Taylor have worked. The company has also been involved with leasing land from the local reservation under rather shady circumstances.

This book is rather a thin-veneered thriller. Indeed, to my mind, most of it appears to focus on the contrasting life-styles of Shay & Colleen - the former Californian “trailer trash”, and the latter, middle-class Massachusetts.

The two women deal with the problem of missing sons in different ways. Shay uses her wile and wits and Colleen uses her money. Nevertheless, both of them are desperately anxious to find their sons, and usually combine well to use the best of their talents.

For me, the action is a little too slow and a lot of the characters are under-developed. It would have been nice to have had some more background on both of the boys, if just to put a little more flesh on the bones. -Sméagol

2.5 stars out of 5 was provided with an advanced copy for review.

An Intimate Murder (The Catherine O'Brien Series)
An Intimate Murder (The Catherine O'Brien Series)
Price: £3.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate Murder by Stacy Verdick Case, 7 Oct 2014
Main character Detective Catherine O’Brien and her partner, Detective Louise Montgomery, of the Saint Paul Police Department, Minnesota, are called to the gruesome homicide of a husband and wife.

The wife, Susan Luther, has been stabbed, while her husband, Jonathan Luther, has been killed with a shotgun. The bodies were discovered by their son, Chad.

Stacy Verdick Case has written a thriller which is much more than that. The reading style is pleasant and easy, and Ms Case brings a great deal of human interest and humour into the plot. Indeed, I found myself laughing out loud in many places in this book, entertained by the insightfulness of Case’s writing style.

Catherine is a cop with compassion while Louise is the perfect foil for Catherine’s slightly headstrong character.

Jane Katts is the ‘dog with a bone’ terrier of a reporter who doesn’t care who she hurts as long as she gets a front-page story.

These three characters are forced to work together to solve not only the case of the Susan and Jonathan Luther’s homicides, but an historic case as well, which also involved the Luther family.

An Intimate Murder is well worth reading and will probably hook you onto the Catherine O’Brien series. -Sméagol

Rating: Four stars. was provided with an advanced copy for review.

Only the Dead (Minnesota Trilogy)
Only the Dead (Minnesota Trilogy)
by Vidar Sundstol
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you have patience & enjoy hunting then this book will definitely appeal., 7 Oct 2014
Only The Dead - Vidar Sundstol

Lance Hansen and his brother Andy are starting their annual hunt for deer. From the beginning, there is tension between the two brothers as Lance suspects that Andy has killed a tourist. As a US Forest Service Officer, he should be telling his superior his suspicions, but even though an innocent man has been arrested and charged with the murder, Lance feels he has to stay loyal to family and keep his suspicions to himself, but can he trust his brother to not silence him?

Running parallel to these hunting trips (taking place over three weekends), the author tells the story of the disappearance in 1892 of Swamper Caribou, a great Ojibwe medicine man.

The author obviously knows the area he's using as a backdrop to this story. He also knows how the hunting season operates and his descriptions of the countryside and the actual method the brothers use to try to find deer is well written and I was fascinated to see a Norwegian writer set his story in the USA. However, I found the incredibly slow pace of the story tedious and found that my concentration kept wandering and I would have to go back and re-read whole chapters in the hope that I'd find something that would make me more interested in following these two very boring brothers trying to bag at least one deer for all their efforts of walking for miles, through freezing rain.

The mystery of Swamper Caribou's disappearance/encounter with a fanatic Christian Norwegian immigrant was interesting and in a way, I would have preferred more information about this bit of history. -Treebeard

Rating: Two Stars was provided with a copy for review.

Crude Carrier (Touchstone Agency Mysteries)
Crude Carrier (Touchstone Agency Mysteries)
by Rex Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant book!, 7 Oct 2014
Crude Carrier – Rex Burns

James Raiford and his daughter Julie Campbell (partners in the Touchstone Agency) are asked by Mr & Mrs Rossi to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death of their son, Third Officer Harold Rossi aboard SS Aurora Victorious – a bulk oil carrier.

They start running into problems with the agency in charge of the carrier from the start and when Bert Herberling, is murdered shortly after speaking to James Raiford about a claim he is looking into – the lost of another of Marine Carriers vessels – The Golden Dawn, James and his daughter realise that there is a lot more going on than they can uncover on land, so James gets himself assigned on board the carrier as a replacement for the electronics officer, who is taking two weeks leave.

Rex Burns has done a superb job of not only managing to explain to a layperson like myself, how oil/crude carriers operate, but also tell a story that sounds totally authentic and I wondered after reading it, whether such a situation could ever arise. The characters are real and I found myself feeling particularly drawn to the crew who are employed under the most shocking conditions.

There are other books in the Touchstone series, but thanks to Rex Burns’ excellent writing, you don’t need to have read them to fully appreciate this story and the relationship between James and Julie.

Thank you Rex Burns for an excellent novel that has made me understand in more detail, the intricacies of transporting oil from one side of the world to another. -Treebeard

Rating: Five Stars was provided with an advanced copy for review.

Crossing the Line (Paris Homicide Book 2)
Crossing the Line (Paris Homicide Book 2)
Price: £6.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very quick, easy read, 2 Oct 2014
Crossing The Line – Frederique Molay

First Published In French In 2011 – Released In English 2014

Chief Nico Sirsky has recently returned to work after being shot in the leg. He is working on a major jewellery heist and is all set with his team to make arrests, when he’s called to the Paris Descartes University by Dr Patrice Rieux after students discover a note under a tooth saying: “I was murdered”. The doctor who first attended the scene at the home of the dead man, had concluded it was suicide, however, after Nico Sirsky's team start looking at all the facts they realise that Bruno Guedj, has been murdered and now they have to difficult task of trying to find out why and by who.

This is a quick read with some wonderful descriptions of Paris and its surrounds. Nico Sirsky and his team are all “rounded” and real people. The plot is very clever and you are left guessing right to the end as to why Bruno Guedj, a perfectly innocent man, has been murdered.

I’m giving the book 4 stars is because the author has managed in only a few hours of reading, been able to give the reader an excellent plot, believable characters and lots of beautiful descriptions of Paris. -Treebeard

Rating: Four Stars was provided with a copy for review.

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