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Scorpion
Scorpion
Price: £5.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Espionage thriller in the desert, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Scorpion (Kindle Edition)
Scorpion is a typical eighties based espionage thriller with the main character an independent spy / mercenary named after the stinging desert insect. He is given a mission from the CIA to rescue a kidnapped daughter of a U.S. Senator. The novel follows the Scorpion on his travels to the Middle East to try and discover where Kelly has been sold into slavery. It is clear from the beginning the Kremlin is involved in this abduction but to what end?. Andrew Caplan has written a very good Cold War style thriller but is also relevant for today's world with the middle Easter location. I enjoyed the book however it would have been better had the author not dwelled so much on painting the Scorpion's background and childhood. This information could have been delivered in a more discrete and minimal way to avoid the appearance of padding and distracting from the story.


Mother
Mother
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Natalie on song, 9 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Mother (Audio CD)
Excellent everything you would expect from the vocal star of the Dixie Chicks


The Night Hunter: An Anderson & Costello police procedural set in Scotland (An Anderson & Costello Mystery)
The Night Hunter: An Anderson & Costello police procedural set in Scotland (An Anderson & Costello Mystery)
Price: £9.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the hills above Loch Lomond, 9 Nov 2014
Missing girl story set in the picturesque hills above Loch Lomond and that's about as nice as it gets. Elvira McCulloch has taken a year out of her medical degree due to her sister Sophie having gone missing. Determined to find her, she teams up with a scruffy retired detective Billy Hopkirk. What a team they make, Billy the scruffy slob and Elvira the proverbial minger. It all kicks off when "Elvie" heads off up to the hills to her job as a nanny for a local wealthy business man and a naked body appears from nowhere. The author builds the tension throughout but minimises the clues you need to unravel the mystery. As it the tension reaches the point where you need to know or you will stop reading, it goes up a few gears and an ultra exciting ending is revealed. One of the best stories this year and would have got 5 stars had the author not used the first person style. For Anderson and Costello fans they are hardly in the book to merit a mention.


Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch 4)
Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch 4)
Price: £4.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Maine wildlife crime thriller, 26 Oct 2014
This my first read in this series with Maine warden Mike Bowditch. The wardens appear to be a strange mix of wildlife warden and country policeman that don't have an equivalent in the UK making it difficult to relate to. I found it pleasantly refreshing for the hero / central character to be the lowest rank warden and not the sheriff or lieutenant. The storyline is is triggered by a wildlife massacre however this leads to other crimes to be investigated. Dealing with his own personal issues Bowditch has also to contend with being sidelined on the investigation of the crime he discovered. Not a bad book however not a riveting read either.


Rollover: A Dan Mahoney Mystery (Dan Mahoney Mysteries)
Rollover: A Dan Mahoney Mystery (Dan Mahoney Mysteries)
Price: £5.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Never accept a lift from a stranger, 12 Oct 2014
Getting a lift after a breakdown was never expected to turn into a can of worms. Dan Mahoney an insurance investigator is sent to resolve a claim for a necklace insured for half a million dollars, following a robbery at the Wagon Mound bank. Prior to his arrival in the remote town things start to go wrong when his car unexpectedly breaks down, a nice old man in his beat up truck offers a lift and before you know it he is in hospital. To follow on the author adds suicide / murder and all sorts of deception and lies mixed in with a tiny bit of romance. This book has been very cleverly crafted to keep feeding you excitement and information to retain your interest whilst keeping the climax for the end. Sometimes you find authors struggling to fill the pages, resorting to giving lectures or adding an irrelevant second storyline, not here Susan Slater sticks to the plot faithfully. The view is always from the investigators perspective, you are privy to all his meetings and also hearing his thoughts, so can you work it out, I couldn't.

This is the first book I have read from this established author, her second Dan Mahoney mystery, but is now into double figures as a whole. I now plan to read the first Dan Mahoney mystery and thoroughly recommend Rollover to any crime, mystery and thriller reader.


Crude Carrier (Touchstone Agency Mysteries)
Crude Carrier (Touchstone Agency Mysteries)
by Rex Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.47

5.0 out of 5 stars High seas unexplained death, 12 Oct 2014
I don't often reward a book with 5 stars but when it meets all my criteria the rating is simple. This is my first Rex Burns novel and was very pleased when I found out he was a "no messing about author". He starts straight in with the plot, an unexplained death at sea to which the parents of the sailor understandingly wants some answers. James Raiford of the Touchstone Agency is hired it investigate and provide the answers. Assisted by his daughter Julie they decided some undercover work is required to find the truth about Harold Rossi's death.

The author does not waste in words in flashbacks, unnecessary background, history lessons or any of the other ploys some authors use to fill the book. Rex Burns just gives you gripping action, mystery and just enough clues to keep you entertained up to the climax of the book. Excellent high seas adventure which will make me seek out other Rex Burns novels


Sons of Sparta: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery
Sons of Sparta: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery
by Jeffrey Siger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

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4.0 out of 5 stars Greek murder mystery with humour, 12 Oct 2014
At times this seemed more of a Greek comedy rather than the billed murder mystery. The relationship between the principal characters all police employees is very entertaining, almost telepathic and aids to lighten the reality of the murder itself. Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis allows his colleague Detective Yianni Kouros to investigate the mysterious death of his uncle not long after a family get together in the isolated southern region of Mani. With a tradition of family feuds going back centuries, things are not quite what they seem and soon Kaldis is guiding the investigation from Athens. This is a very entertaining murder mystery full of lighter moments, and minimal Greek history to set the background and atmosphere. This is the sixth in this series of cases for Kaldis written by Jeffery Singer as a frequent visitor to Greece uses his personal knowledge to great effect.


Hell's Fortress (Righteous Series Book 7)
Hell's Fortress (Righteous Series Book 7)
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalypse thriller with religion, 12 Oct 2014
Post apocalypse thriller, but not your normal one, this is by the grace of God. In a world ripped apart by a mega volcanic eruption a religious cult in southern Utah, USA tries to defend their town and survive. You would expect a religious group would be welcoming and helpful, not this one. The story quickly splits in two with Eliza and companions seeking to rescue her fiancée Steve in LA, with her father Jacob Blister Creek's leader organising the defence. The author clearly illustrates how far people will go to survive regardless of religion or creed. It is an entertaining read however a little irritating with continual referencing to their religious beliefs and lifestyle which I find totally alien.


Seven Wonders
Seven Wonders
Price: £5.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones your thing? Try this, 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: Seven Wonders (Kindle Edition)
If mystery and adventure in the style of Indiana Jones is your thing then this book is for you. The Grady twins are poles apart however when Jack the adventurer discovers his brother Jeremy has linked the seven wonders of ancient and modern, he tries to discover what it all means. The excitement builds by solving the ancient puzzles whilst avoiding the booby traps and the competition who are hunting Jack and his companions to steal their secrets. Travelling around the world you do get a bit of a history lessons and some science lectures but it does add to the understanding. Quite predictable but none the less it is like Indiana Jones and reasonably entertaining.


Private India: (Private 8)
Private India: (Private 8)
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars The Private series goes to Mumbia, 30 Sep 2014
When asked about James Patterson is he any good? I always say he is reliable and will always give you a good read. This is my first book in the Private series I have read and I am pleased to say that Private India hits the same mark. Santosh Wagh is the chief of the Mumbia office who lands a good old ritual serial killer case to solve. I think Ashwin Sanghi as co author has done an excellent job in adding the Indian flavour to this thriller making the circumstances of the murders feel more real. He also adds the right amount of background of Indian culture in explanation helping to crank up the atmosphere and is not without humour. My favourite line to describing Indian civil servants "It is a well known fact that Indian government servants reached their offices late and made up for it by leaving early". This atmosphere combined with Patterson's expertise in thrillers has produced a very fast paced and entertaining story.


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