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Cold Kill
Cold Kill
by Neil White
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unmemorable characters and a slow start, 26 May 2013
This review is from: Cold Kill (Paperback)
Took me a while to get into this story and i had to perservere. I had to keep going back to see who some of the characters were......i didnt particularly 'gel' with them. I understand this to be about the authors fifth book....i would not read previous ones but may give following ones a chance in the hope that there is less description of the area and more solid characters. The actual storyline was okay .....serial murderer on the loose with ds laura mcgainty and her fiance reporter jack garrett on his trail. The plot was a bit weak in some places and confusing in others but i can see a good series with laura, her colleagues and boss, joe and carson and jack in the future if the writing improves. Didnt hate this book but didnt love it either. It was okay.


Open Season (Joe Gunther #1) (Joe Gunther Mysteries)
Open Season (Joe Gunther #1) (Joe Gunther Mysteries)

3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read, 11 May 2013
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This story is the first to introduce the detective joe gunther and i guess not too bad a start. I did find myself skim reading some of it..couldnt remember sometimes who he was referring to which, for me, means i didnt really feel an infinity with those characters. there was a bit of action with the 'cops' chasing the villain and i found hard to going to get a feel of exactly where they were and what was happening. This is not a gripping read in my opinion. I was glad it was free. i would read the next book in the series as i think this author and this story line a lot of potential to develop into something much more. One thing i did find really disappointing was the relationship between joe and his boss come friend....he should have retired the older guy off or maimed him and sent him to an invalids home so this could be developed further into the series.


Shatter (Joe O'loughlin 3)
Shatter (Joe O'loughlin 3)
by Michael Robotham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Dont start this book if you have deadlines unless you phone in sick!, 29 April 2013
Clinical psychologist joe o loughin is inadvertently drawn into what appears to be a suicide of a naked woman. Her daughter appears on joes doorstep adamant that her mother would not commit suicide. I am giving no more away of the storyline. Trust me. Its very good. I will read all this authors books and wish i had come across them earlier. Short chapters which is always good but in this instance makes no difference as you just want to read the next and next and next.


A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak Book 1)
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak Book 1)
Price: 0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says 'on the tin', 21 April 2013
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Pity the author didnt write this story as well as she did 'a word from the author'! Starts off with two men who arrived on a black and silver ski doo lt. they are referenced as the "big man" and the "smaller man" and i can only guess that this is supposed to create an air of mystery around them but it doesnt....its irritating. Then we learn their names and still they are refer to big man, smaller man. Gets confusing. Park ranger goes missing, fbi guy sent to look for him goes missing. Girl with a scarred neck goes looking blah de blah de blah. Most of this book is around alaskan culture (be it real or otherwise i cannot comment) but i bought it (hope it was free!) as a crime thriller. There was a crime but there was no thrills. Saying all this, if the author wrote less about the landscape and maybe not so many characters this could have potential to develop into a good series of stories. I would not pay to take the chance though. Ti e is to precious to waste!


Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor start but gets good, 14 April 2013
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Did not enjoy the start of the book with monster mother but dont let that put you off as it does become clear what is going on. The very short chapters are great .. For me. though i did end up with "just one more" quite often. DI jack caffery, great character, has two cases to deal with. One in a secure unit and an 'old' unresolved case. I found it fascinating how someone can write such a story with such imagination with twists and turns and various characters and not lose the plot but leave it with the expectation that there will be a follow up. I will be hugely disapointed if not. Ive read all this authors books. With the exception of tokyo, i have really enjoyed them. Its unfortunate that Authors cant write as quick as we can read! Longing for the next book from this author.


Blitz
Blitz
by Ken Bruen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.06

3.0 out of 5 stars Could be so much better, 1 April 2013
This review is from: Blitz (Paperback)
I liked the storyline of ds brant as a tough cop who can be as violent as the criminals he goes after. The other characters were quite good too and the black humour in the book appealed/amused me BUT the style of writing i did not like...short and sharp....ie.
"Barry gave a resigned shrug, said,
Who's got time
Brant was back, said,
Nothing"

Forget the comma, use 'he' or 'and'!!

A couple of times the author did say 'brent said' and it was a welcome treat!

Fortunately it was a short story as i couldnt bear much more of that style of writing as it detracts from the story for me. Might check out the film though.


The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller
The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i would call a psychological thriller, 31 Mar 2013
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The story is okay. Its about a crime reporter and i quite liked how one chapter explains events in his childhood and then the next chapter is about the present time. A psychologial thriller to me though leaves a lot to the imagination and should be scary. This was neither. The story is about a crime reporter, his bad childhood experiences and how he investigates the kidnapping and murder of a toddler many years previously. Half way through the book, i had guessed the outcome but continued reading hoping i guessed wrong....i did not. Am not sure what i paid for this book but i hope it wasnt much. Id only give this author another read if it was free....too many much better authors out there.


The Hunter (Wyatt Hunt 3)
The Hunter (Wyatt Hunt 3)
by John Lescroart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.85

2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a crime thriller, 28 Mar 2013
A crime is indeed committed, more than one in fact, but the story line seems to be more about private investigator wyatt hunt's family, how he was adopted and then had to face this fact forty odd years later which led him having a breakdown. The characters were weak. And once wyatt's relationship with one of his colleagues developed there was so much "i'm scared to lose you" ..."you wont lose me" stuff which was repetitive and boring. A crime thriller this was certainly not. I doubt i would read any further books by lescroart.


Partners in Crime: Two Logan and Steel Short Stories (Bad Heir Day and Stramash)
Partners in Crime: Two Logan and Steel Short Stories (Bad Heir Day and Stramash)
Price: 1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Steel and logan....fab pair, 24 Mar 2013
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Two short stories from the fabulous stuart mcbride giving us the hilarious logan and steel with guthrie thrown in the mix also. Well worth buying. Though some folk may be disappointed in that a fair bit gives a preview of his new book "close to the bone" (which actually was a disappointment) it is still worth downloading and reading.


A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa Mysteries 1)
A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa Mysteries 1)
Price: 3.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Look forward to reading the rest in the series, 24 Mar 2013
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Ive already read one of david hewson 'nic costa' series and enjoyed it so thought i would start at the beginning. Once you get your head round the italian names and places it becomes a very good read. The descriptive aspects of the book must be good because i could visualise in an instant without having to read and reread. Its not a who dunnit as the killer is identified about half way though. Its more of a why. i think this is a very good start to a series which i am very much looking forward to reading.


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