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Wendy Cartmell "Author of the Sgt Major Crane military crime thrillers" (Spain)
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I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller of a read, 18 Jun 2014
This review is from: I Am Pilgrim (Kindle Edition)
I Am Pilgrim has already received hundreds of rave reviews, justifiably so. Most of the history of the two main characters is told as backstory and so the narrative moves backwards and forwards in time. This increases the suspense of the initial investigation to find the killer who has left a body with absolutely no identifying marks.
In Pilgrim Terry Hayes has created the perfect anti-hero. A killer who wants to stop killing, but can't. His masters won't let him and anyway he's rather good at it.
This book seems to be a mixture of a thriller (think Lee Child) and a spy novel (think John le Carre). It's gripping, fast paced, full of action and one of the best reads I've had in a long time.


A Pleasure and a Calling
A Pleasure and a Calling
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever!, 26 April 2014
A deliciously creepy novel, very clever, very different. As the blurb says, ‘William Heming's every pleasure is in his leafy community. He loves and knows every inch of it, feels nurtured by it, and would defend it - perhaps not with his life but if it came to it, with yours.’
William is a very complex character, who excels in being charming, yet invisible in order to worm his way into the lives of his estate agency’s clients. Worming being the operative word, as he literally worms his way into their attics and cupboards to revel in their lives as he watches them unobserved. But how far will he go to protect his way of life?


The Lost Testament
The Lost Testament
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great escapism novel, 26 April 2014
The Lost Testament by James Becker is one of those edge of the seat thrillers that you can’t put down, a la Dan Brown. Perhaps not as detailed or intricate as some of this type of thriller, but certainly the pace is kept up. The story flows effortlessly between Cairo and London and you can feel the rising panic in the pages as the plot progresses. A great escapism novel.


Morning Frost: DI Jack Frost series 3
Morning Frost: DI Jack Frost series 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic crime novel, 26 April 2014
Morning Frost, written by James Henry is as good as those written by R D Wingfield. It was so well written, so true to the Frost books and the tv series that I could see everyone in my mind’s eye as they played out the book before me. I loved the early part of the book dealing with Frost’s reaction to the death of his wife and his reaction to the rest of the family members. Classic Frost. Classic R D Wingfield. Classic crime novel.


The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1)
The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter a murky world of spies and double dealing, 26 April 2014
Robert Goddard’s The Ways of the World was up to his usual storytelling standard. The setting, just after WW1 is very topical at the moment and examines how an ex RAF pilot copes with coming out of the air force. He finds his father’s death difficult to cope with and begins his own investigation into his death. This draws James ‘Max’ Maxted into the murky world of spies, negotiations and double dealing. Various agencies have bit parts along the way as Max defies his family and continues to press for the truth.
This is a novel as good as any other Goddard work. However, I have to say I feel the same as some other reviewers and wonder why it wasn’t made plain that this book was only Part 1 of a longer story, which left a rather sour feeling at the end of an otherwise excellent book.


Rubbernecker
Rubbernecker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding crime novel, 26 April 2014
This review is from: Rubbernecker (Kindle Edition)
Since reading Badlands I’d been looking forward to another Bauer novel and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed. This time her protagonist is somewhat older than in Badlands. Patrick Fort struggles with Asberger’s as he sets out to learn anatomy. But his struggles are only just beginning as he finds out that the body he was working on didn’t die of natural causes. But no one believes him. What can he do to convince people he is right?
This is interspersed with scenes from the ‘coma’ ward in a local hospital where a man trapped inside his body sees a murder taking place and does everything he can to let someone know what’s has happened. But are his efforts going to be enough? Or will he himself turn out to be one of the victims?
The plot of Rubbernecker has an unusual premise but in the skilled hands of Bauer she has turned it into an outstanding book.


Like This, For Ever: Lacey Flint Series, Book 3
Like This, For Ever: Lacey Flint Series, Book 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart stopping climax, 26 April 2014
My first foray into SJ Bolton’s books was Like This For Ever and I immediately wondered why it had taken me so long to find her books. The book focus is on three main parts: the killer; detective Flint and her personal psychological problems together with her strained relationship with DI Lacey; and Barney a young boy who is fascinated by the murders and is also unsuccessfully trying to find his mother who disappeared a few years ago. The killer is hunting young boys, killing them and draining their blood. It doesn’t take long before the tabloid press are screaming for blood in their own way.
Bolton weaves these threads seemingly effortlessly as the reader is drawn into the heart of the book and the characters. I don’t often like books which contain a child’s point of view but here the character of Barney is so real and his anguish so sharply drawn that anyone would want to take him into their arms and tell him everything is going to be alright. But this is a crime novel after all, and so Barney has to learn that sometimes everything is not going to be alright.
I loved the descriptions of London and the twists and turns of the plot, complete with several red herrings. I kept changing my mind about who was the killer. Not wanting to give a spoiler, the most I’ll say is that this book has a heart stopping climax.


Gentleman Traitor
Gentleman Traitor
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine spy thriller, 26 Mar 2014
This review is from: Gentleman Traitor (Kindle Edition)
Gentleman Traitor by Alan Williams is a spy novel mixing the styles of Ian Fleming and John le Carre. Always a sucker for this type of book, I was intrigued and looking forward to the read. I was not disappointed. Mr Williams creates an explosive opening to the book with a massacre in South Africa. However, the reader has to keep reading to find out the relevance of this attack within the plot.
The story centres around the legendary spy Kim Philby, in exile in Russia and wanting to come in out of the cold, as it were. The book examines Philby’s relationship with journalist Barry Cayle who wants to write a book about Philby. But Philby is more interested in using Cayle to explain to the British public his thoughts and reasoning behind his defection. Philby’s ace card is that he knows the names of high ranking officials within the British establishment who are also Russian spies. Philby is described in somewhat sympathetic terms so much so that the reader actually begins to feel sorry for the old spy. It examines his daily life in Russia, the things he misses from England and the power he has in Russia, being a high ranking officer in the KGB.
Throughout the story is the additional thread of the British Intelligence contingent who are more than a little jittery about Cayle’s involvement with Philby. There is a great deal of politics in the book, but that doesn’t make it a dry read. If anything the examination of the figures in MI5 and MI6 help build an understanding of the attitudes and ideas of the day, greatly enhancing the plot.
There are many twists and turns, with the pace in keeping with the setting, the 1970’s. This is not a high octane read, but a complex plot, with the emphasis on strategy rather than violence, with character always at its heart.
Mr Williams has done a fine job with this novel and clearly writes from a position of knowledge and firsthand experience, making it a powerful read.


DEADLY SECRETS: The Fight for Justice can be a Dangerous Game
DEADLY SECRETS: The Fight for Justice can be a Dangerous Game
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful romantic novel, 19 Mar 2014
This was the first book I've read from this author and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this suspenseful romantic novel.
The book, which introduces Anna Pefanis, is realistically drawn, with an action/adventure type opening. But then comes the problem. When Anna lands in Greece to meet her Godmother, the normally reliant woman is nowhere to be seen. After battling her way to her Godmother's house, Anna finds her unconscious on the floor with a life-threatening head injury.
The book then chronicles Anna's quest to find out what happened to her Godmother. Willing to take on anyone who gets in her way, Anna is determined to leave no stone unturned as she fights for the truth. Throughout the book is a liberal dose of romance and romantic tension which I'm sure will satisfy Ms Harrington's normal readership. The plot moves along at a clipping pace with a wealth of well drawn characters. A very satisfying read.


Shades of Death
Shades of Death

4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying crime novel, 23 Feb 2014
This review is from: Shades of Death (Kindle Edition)
When Tom Ward has to solve the murder of a child, whose skeletal remains are found after twenty years, he is plunged into the lives of a group of people all determined to lie. There were parts of the book that were particularly well written, namely the relationship Juliette has with her husband but having said that, all of the characters were strongly drawn and completely believable. A good read for fans of murder mysteries with a supernatural twist.


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