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Steps to Heaven (Sgt Major Crane Crime Thrillers Book 1) by [Cartmell, Wendy]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in A Sgt Major Crane Novel (8 Book Series)

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About the Author

Wendy Cartmell has a BA (Hons) degree in English and Education. She is a former teacher, PR manager and editor of a large corporate newspaper, who has always written, either for her work, or stories for her children. Her new crime series features Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch, drawing on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1814 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Costa Press; 2 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U9T20A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great, original story. However, it is spoiled by poor grammar, hilarious spelling mistakes, and an incredible predeliction for mixing tenses within a single sentence. Doesn't anyone proof-read e-books? As I said, a good story, but poor attention to detail spoiled it somewhat for me.
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I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put my kindle down to sleep. I loved the fact it was based in the army which gave the story an interesting twist. I did not like sergeant major Crane though. For the first half of the book he could be very abrupt, but I thought that was because he was in the military. Towards the end of the book he has a row with his wife Tina. He comes home from late from a meeting and finds Tina laying on the sofa drinking a glass of wine. She tells him his meal is on the microwave and to go and get it. He goes to the kitchen and finds the kitchen messy with pots and pans in the sink.Crane totally overreacts and is verbally abusive to his wife and is quite threatening, not a nice trait in a supposed hero.
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This book is the first in the new Sgt Major Crane series, introducing the reader to the British Army Special Investigation Branch detective based at Aldershot Garrison. Crane is investigating a particularly horrific murder/suicide and discovers the dead soldier has links to an evangelical church. He is convinced there is more to the story than a soldier who returned from Afghanistan tormented by what he saw there. He is forced to drop the case until another one rears it's head with uncanny similarities. Meanwhile at home his relationship with his wife is suffering as he struggles with whether he wants to bring a child into a world like his.

I really liked the slightly different setting for this crime thriller and I find the topic of cults and less than mainstream religions quite intriguing. This set it up to be a book I could really enjoy. The story moved at a reasonable lick and some of the descriptions of the crime scenes were a bit gory if matter of fact, which is no bad thing in my opinion. I think there was room for a little more on the subject of how the dead soldiers became involved with the preacher who becomes of particular interest to Crane but otherwise the balance of providing information and progressing the plot was pretty good.

For about three quarters of the book I was really enjoying the read, and didn't want to put it down but Crane isn't always likeable and one particular revelation towards the end really affected the empathy I had with the character. It seemed either at odds with what had happened earlier or suggested he was a much darker character than I had thought. Whichever it was I felt it tainted the ending and I put the book down and started the review with a much lower rating in mind than I had expected from the bulk of the book.
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This military mystery is written in a very interesting style. Most authors write in the the past tense, but Wendy manages to conjure up her story line in the present tense! I am not an English scholar, but this makes the story difficult to read in some ways although after a while it just seems perfectly normal!!
As a first novel it is really great and I have just downloaded 40 days and 40 nights, Wendy's second story. Crane is a genuinely believable hero, and the story background is very true to life.
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I'm so glad I looked at this book. I saw it on twitter and thought the idea was original, so read the blurb and decided to give it a try. I was gripped all the way through. Part of this was the familiarity of the services background (I was brought up on RAF bases) but that was a small part of my reason for enjoying the book. It's written in a no nonsense style which is, none the less, descriptive enough to set the various scenes and portray the characters well. At first I found the use of the present tense strange for the genre, but i soon adapted and found myself caught up in the storyline and the twists and turns of the plot. A thoroughly enjoyable piece of writing with a tough but sensitive hero and a wealth of depth and excitement. I'm thrilled it's part of a series.
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A series of murder/suicides in garrison towns appear to have links to a mysterious religious cult. This is a detective novel with a difference as it focuses on the army's SIB rather than the civilian police.

It's hard to fault for plot, building tension well with plenty of twists and turns. I found it easy to empathise with the main character, Sgt Major Crane, too.

However, the book really needs the attentions of a good editor. The text is littered with tense switches and there are more than a few wrong word choices and the odd homophone too. Shame as this really could be a four or even five star book.
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STEPS TO HEAVEN is the first in Wendy Cartmell's Sgt Major Crane series, with the sixth due out very soon. I have to admit I was caught off guard with this one - it was even better than I had expected.

Sgt Major Crane is a Special Investigation Branch (SIB) Detective in the British Army's Royal Military Police (RMP) Corps, based in the Aldershot Garrison; he's a very experienced and well travelled soldier, who takes his job very seriously.

In our first outing with Sgt Major Crane, there are a number of similar murder cases including families all ending in a suicide by the perpetrator - of whom all are serving soldiers, stationed in different barracks around the UK. Crane painstakingly travels back and forth to connect the cases and find the cause. A collection of religious pamphlets leads him to an evangelistic church - could there be a connection?

Nothing has prepared him or his team for this case.

Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel

Wendy's crime series Sgt Major Crane draws on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army. wendycartmell.webs.com

As reviewed by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald, in the October issue of An Cosantoir (The Defender) - the official magazine of the Irish Defence Force - dfmagazine.ie
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