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Desolation Point
Desolation Point
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super read, 22 Mar 2014
This review is from: Desolation Point (Kindle Edition)
Sarah and Alex have both been through life-changing events which were fraught with physical and emotional challenges. When Sarah is stranded by violent storms while hiking, Alex goes off in search of her. However, Sarah and Alex are not alone, somewhere in the mountainous park land is an escaped convict.....and Sarah has something he is more than willing to kill for.
Desolation Point is a crime thriller that certainly punches above its weight with intricate plotting, plenty of twists-and-turns and some great characters. From the first to the last chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was equally pleased by the sequel “Tumbledown”. I have no hesitation in recommending both as goods reads.
.... and if you enjoy Desolation Point you might also like to try the Justice Series penned by Radclyffe (start with “Shield of Justice”) or Rose Beecham’s Jude Devine series. All, like Desolation Point, are published by the excellent Bold Strokes Books and available from Amazon in paperback or kindle formats


REQUIEM
REQUIEM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ending to make you scream, 20 Mar 2013
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In Scotland new management of a hospital and centralisation of the pharmaceutical supply system appears to be having great results and reducing costs. However, the investigations of a journalist supported by a local GP cause them to suspect the unthinkable.....have some patients been selectively killed off and if so how do they prove it?

This is a classic McClure novel; fast paced, full of action and builds to a gripping climax. Readers beware though...the last couple of paragraphs produce a scream-worthy ending!


The Beekeeper's Apprentice (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful blend of the old and the new, 5 Mar 2013
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The story opens with a recently orphaned teenager meeting Sherlock Holmes. Recognising the girl's intelligence and powers of observation Holmes strikes up an acquaintance with the girl and as their friendship develops begins to subtly tutor her in the skills of observation and detection.

I found this a delightful blend of the old and the new. Yes, the author takes what might be deemed as liberties with Conan-Doyle's characters but their personalities were well explained and I found the new take on them came over as refreshing rather scandalous. The structure and use of language was very reminiscent of the original Holmes stories so in some respects the book felt like an old friend. All in all a very enjoyable read and the format of relating several separate cases which Holmes and his new cohort embarked upon made it very pick-up-and-put-down-able too.


EYE OF THE RAVEN (A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller Book 5)
EYE OF THE RAVEN (A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller Book 5)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 24 Feb 2013
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Having received a call, a cleric crosses the moors in driving rain to attend to the last rites of a prisoner. However, rather than meeting a dying man seeking absolution, the detainee confesses to killing another young woman; the only problem is that another man has already served eight years of the sentence he received for her brutal murder......

I've read several of Ken McClure's well researched, fast-paced, easy-read thrillers but this is one of my favourites. Featuring the charismatic Dr Steven Dunbar as lead investigator both the richness of the plot and characters make this a very satisfying read.


Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 17)
Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 17)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy-read 'cosy-mystery', 24 Feb 2013
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Re-united with ex-husband James, Agatha is happy to accompany him on holiday to the sea-side resort he visited as a child. This turns out to be less than the ideal reunion: The hotel and weather are dreadful, one of the guests is found strangled and James travels to warmer climes leaving Agatha to her own devices.....

This is number seventeen in the Agatha Raisin series and whilst it's not one of the best amateur-sleuth mysteries I've read (or indeed one of the best in this series); it is easy-reading in its genre. The regular `supporting' characters of Mrs Bloxby et.al ensure this is a pleasant enough read for a wet weekend when you don't want anything too challenging.


White Death: A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller: Book 7
White Death: A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller: Book 7
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining, 8 Feb 2013
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Dr Steven Dunbar, a member of the elite Sci-Med investigators is called upon when the widow of a medic voices the opinion that her husband's reported suicide was in fact murder. As the case unfolds the charismatic Dunbar finds himself suspecting he too has become a target and solving the deepening mystery requires him to draw on his military as well as his medical skills.

This is another thoroughly entertaining read from the ever reliable McClure. His easy-read thrillers have fast become one of my favourite ways of unwinding after a busy day.


The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully crafted but very bleak tale., 27 Jan 2013
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This beautifully crafted story is centred around the discovery of a peat-preserved body and its possible connection to local inhabitants. The plot, which I don't wish to 'spoil' for anyone by giving too much away, is complex and offers the reader many very satisfying twists and turns before reaching its conclusion.

I wouldn't hesitate to praise this book for its readability but for my personal taste, the combination of the remote setting and harrowing storyline made it too bleak a read to enjoy.


RESURRECTION
RESURRECTION
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read and enjoyable thriller, 6 Jan 2013
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Trying to escape Iraq, a lone solider is apprehended and subsequently dies from an extreme reaction to a smallpox vaccination. Having been eradicated as a disease, there seems no reason that the Iraqi soldier should have been vaccinated against it, unless, of course, Sadam's regime has obtained supplies of the pathogen.
Terrified by the possibility of the recurrence of smallpox, WHO/UN officials demand a check on all research institutions which are entitled to use fragments of the smallpox genome in their research. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, an Iraqi research student is discovered to have committed suicide. Enter Sci-Med Inspector Alec Dewer to begin an investigation that could be the key to saving the lives of millions...

This is another easy-to-read, medical based thriller by the ever reliable Ken McClure. There are a few editing/transposition errors in the kindle version and some aspects of the plot were a little hard to believe e.g. would those charged with fumigating a flat really leave bottles under the kitchen sink? Overall though I would recommend Resurrection - I found it a very enjoyable read.


The Mill River Recluse
The Mill River Recluse
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sentimental tale, simply told., 30 Dec 2012
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Set in a small town in Vermont, the story opens with the death of Mary, an elderly recluse who rarely ventured from her mansion house. As the story unfolds, so does Mary's story and those of the Mill River residents whose lives have touched or been touched by Mary's life-long presence in the town.

Chan's writing has a simple, almost naive style but it flows with ease and suits this sentimental tale. The Mill River Recluse definitely has the `feel' of a debut novel but if you've enjoyed books by Charlotte Bingham or Maeve Binchy then it's well worth a try.


The Ghost Marriage
The Ghost Marriage
by Peter May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but very short story, 23 Dec 2012
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This is an entertaining short story centred on the disappearance of a young woman. The Chinese setting adds interest to the story and provides the cultural background for the twist-in-the-tale ending.

The downside here is the price - it is a very short story and took me well under an hour to read. On a positive note, as a result of reading The Ghost Marriage, I would definitely be happy to try more by this author.


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