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Bad Company (Sean Dillon Series, Book 11)
Bad Company (Sean Dillon Series, Book 11)
by Jack Higgins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some of Higgins' books, 31 July 2005
This is another thriller featuring Sean Dillon, ex IRA operative turned agent for an unnamed British Intelligence Agency headed by General Charles Ferguson. Dillon is a ruthless agent who does not hesitate to kill anyone who is a threat. Other members of the group include Detective Superintendent Hannah Bernstein of special Branch, Harry Salter, former East End gang leader known for having a past as violent as Dillon's and his nephew, Billy. In this novel the villains are a former SS Sturmbahnfuhrer, Baron Max von Berger, to whom Hitler trusted his diary in the closing days of World War II and his son Marco Rossi. The action involves one team pitted against the other. The book is action packed but I feel Higgins recent works do not have the punch of the early ones like Eye of the Storm and The Eagle has Landed.


The Minotaur
The Minotaur
by Barbara Vine
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as Usual, 31 July 2005
This review is from: The Minotaur (Hardcover)
Writing as Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell has excelled herself in this psychological thriller come Gothic Romance. The protagonist, Swedish, Kerstin Kvist, is employed by the Cosway family to look after a middle-aged man, the son and heir of the family, whom Mrs Cosway claims is mad. It is a strange family Mrs Cosway is mother to John as well as his three unmarried sisters and another who is a widow. Kerstin does not believe John is mad but has a disability like Autism or Asperger's. Tension is built up by the narrator, Kerstin's, reference to the tragedy which is going to come upon this strange family.


Sight Unseen
Sight Unseen
by Robert Goddard
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it dow, 31 July 2005
This review is from: Sight Unseen (Hardcover)
Once again Robert Goddard has used a very unlikely hero for his protagonist. David Umber is an itinerant historian working in Prague as a tour guide when he is approached by a retired police inspector who has received an anonymous letter referring to a murder and abduction twenty-three years earlier. Umber was a witness to the snatching of two-year old Tamsin Hall and the killing of her sister Miranda when she runs into the road in front of the escaping van. The unusual pair team up to reopen the case and find out the truth. Umber later married the nanny whose care the children were in. But she died five years ago, her death found to be an accident though most people thought it was suicide. As the sleuths progress with their investigation other murders occur. The man who admitted to the killings was stabbed in prison and Umber suspects his wife too may have been murdered. Goddard weaves his magic and keeps his readers glued to the narrative. An excellent book.


The Accusers
The Accusers
by Lindsey Davis
Edition: Paperback

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A PI in Ancient Rome!!, 8 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Accusers (Paperback)
Falco is an informer. That seems to be the same as an investigator in today's terms. Falco is a Roman during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Gabrielle Lord's style is tongue in cheek but the story is a murder mystery. The Law as an institution in ancient Rome seems to have been the proverbial ass. A wealthy businessman appears to have committed suicide after losing a court case for corruption. The problem is if a man takes his own life his estate does not have to pay compensation so the prosecution lawyer will not get paid. Silius Italicus is the prosecutor so he is all out to prove Senator Rubirius Metellus was murdered. Falco is part of the investigating team trying to find and convict a murderer. An amusing, enjoyable, easy to read novel.


Death delights
Death delights
by Gabrielle Lord
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Australian fiction at its best, 8 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Death delights (Paperback)
Jack McCann has family problems, he has broken up with his wife Genevieve because she is having an affair, eighteen months before the present of this novel his thirteen year old daughter Jacinta ran away from home and he is haunted by the fact that his sister Rosie was abducted when she was thirteen. McCann is an ex-NSW police officer turned forensic scientist with the Federal Police. While on leave his ex-partner asks him to help out on a case. Newly released from prison paedophiles are being butchered. Jack helps in the investigation at the same time as he searches for his missing daughter and the truth about Rosie's disappearance. Lord weaves an intricate plot and brings all the issues to a satisfactory conclusion.


A Trust Betrayed (A Scottish murder mystery)
A Trust Betrayed (A Scottish murder mystery)
by Candace Robb
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual, 8 Feb. 2005
After great success with her mediaeval thrillers featuring Owen Archer Candace Robb has introduced a new investigator and a new series of which this is the first novel. Margaret Kerr is a young Scottish woman seeking her missing husband during the time when Edward I of England is trying to annexe Scotland to his kingdom. Margaret is staying with her husband's mother when her brother Andrew brings home the body of Jack, her husband's cousin. Margaret has a soft spot for this brutally murdered young man who has been looking for Roger in Edinburgh. Margaret sets off to follow his trail and finds herself amidst a nest of intrigue where two factions are trying to support different leaders to become King of Scotland.


We'll Meet Again
We'll Meet Again
by Mary Higgins Clark
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a pleasant Thriller, 29 April 2003
This review is from: We'll Meet Again (Paperback)
This is the first time I have read this author and though the climax is most unexpected the reader knows fairly early in the piece that the accused murderer is innocent and that there is a master conspiracy going on to frame her. The protagonist, Fran Simmons, is a former school friend of the accused, Molly Lasch. Molly has just been released from prison after being convicted for the murder of her husband. Fran is an investigative journalist on a television programme about true crime. Molly agrees to let Fran investigate her case.


The Lying Voices (Fiction - crime & suspense)
The Lying Voices (Fiction - crime & suspense)
by Elizabeth Ferrars
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ferrars at her best, 29 April 2003
Justin Emery, recently returned to England after spending six years in Australia, calls on an old friend, Grace de Long, at her cottage in a country village. Grace is a little late and reveals she has been calling on some friends of hers, Arnold and Hester Thaine, but no-one was home. Later that night Grace calls Justin and asks him to accompany her to the Thaine’s house as Arnold has been murdered. Ferrars weaves a clever mystery around the suspects and their alibi’s, finally Justin realises the truth after another murder is committed and the result is the most unlikely scenario the reader can imagine.


Skeleton Staff
Skeleton Staff
by Elizabeth Ferrars
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and easy to read, 29 April 2003
This review is from: Skeleton Staff (Hardcover)
When Roberta Ellison loses her husband it is obvious she cannot live alone as she was crippled in a motor accident some years earlier. Her half-sister Camilla comes to stay with her to fill the gap while they find a live-in companion/nurse. Roberta is not a very pleasant person so Camilla is keen to get back to London and resume her own life and career. A young woman named Julie is found to take the job but Roberta finds fault with her and she leaves. The replacement is not at all suitable and things start to happen which include the murder, in Roberta’s sitting room, of a well-known crook. The suspects include Camilla’s friend Christopher, who arranged for Joanne, Julie’s replacement, to join the household, the dead gangster’s son and Julie’s brother who has come to Madeira to demand an apology from Roberta and Camilla for accusing Julie of taking some cosmetics. The end result is very twisted and the real murderer quite a surprise.


Honour Among Thieves
Honour Among Thieves
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read, 23 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Honour Among Thieves (Paperback)
Though not Archer's best novel it is still a great read especially if you like thrillers. A plot is hatched by Saddam Hussein to steal the American Declaration of Independence and burn it on national television. Hussein's adversaries are a
teacher and an agent bent on killing Hussein. The action is fast paced and there is no doubt that it is a page turner.


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