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INNOCENT BLOOD: a John Jordan Mystery Book 7 (John Jordan Mysteries)
INNOCENT BLOOD: a John Jordan Mystery Book 7 (John Jordan Mysteries)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty strange, 15 Aug. 2016
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Crikey this is an odd one. Reading this I found myself thinking 'only in America'... Where to start?

John Jordan himself is a precious teenager who can't decide whether he wants to be a Baptist minister or a detective. Obsessed with an old series of child murders, he takes himself off to an unregulated Bible college which happens to be located in the town where the murders took place. What were his parents thinking? There are long sections where he muses on how best to 'do good' ( I skipped these.) In between Bible study classes, he investigates the unsolved case. He gets all sorts of assistance from the local police who are impressed by his diligence and enthusiasm . Oh yeah?

It's not all bad - the ending was unexpected, if not entirely believable. But the sheer horror of child murders doesn't come over.


Rise of the Enemy: A gripping international suspense thriller (The Enemy Series Book 2)
Rise of the Enemy: A gripping international suspense thriller (The Enemy Series Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of an endurance test, 15 Aug. 2016
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The mission in enemy territory goes terribly wrong. Carl Logan (super spy) is taken prisoner and subject to (a very long) interrogation in the depths of Siberia. Not really one for me: too much lingering on physical torture and mind games as Logan becomes increasingly unsure of who to trust and who is telling lies. It goes on for rather too long and by the end I found I didn't care one way or the other. Others have liked it so maybe this one is a matter of personal taste. As someone else has summarised: 'I wouldn't pay for it but I did finish it.'


Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1)
Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this if you want to be cheered up, 4 Jun. 2016
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Quite grim reading on power and violence in relationships. DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick Noah visit a women's refuge to try and persuade a reluctant witness to testify against the brother who partially blinded her. While they are there they come across another brutal assault in progress. Hope stabs her estranged husband in the chest. But why did she do it? Who's the real abuser here? Can Marnie unravel the toxic mess of violence, sex and control?

All the women - and most of the men - we meet in this book have been stunted and corroded by violence. There is some redemption in the end, but overall it's a pretty grim picture of the human condition.


Cleaver Square (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 2)
Cleaver Square (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 2)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have done his homework, 29 May 2016
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Very disappointing that the author spent all that time and effort writing this yet didn't bother to do some basic research on how children's social services and fostering works. Basing his key plot elements on something he didn't understand kicks a big hole in the credibility of the book. Which is a double shame as the plot is the only thing this story has going for it. All of the characters are clichés: grumpy cop with troubled marriage, smooth lawyers, weaselly fence etc.

Feeling irritated with myself for spending time reading this.


Dark Waters: A Crime Thriller (Deborah Jones Crime Thriller Series Book 2)
Dark Waters: A Crime Thriller (Deborah Jones Crime Thriller Series Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Muddled, 27 May 2016
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Deborah Jones, investigative reporter is on the trail of secret info, when the hacker who illegally obtained it, is killed. Good set up, but plot gets more and more muddled. I lost track of who all these people were, and couldn't figure out why I should care about them. None of it made sense to me. There are plots within plots, and CIA cover-ups, but no feeling of tension or jeopardy - and given the number of people who came to a sticky end, there should be. I kept turning the pages out of curiosity, but it was a relief when I came to the end.


Spy Thriller: The Fourteenth Protocol: A Story of Espionage and Counter-terrorism (The Special Agent Jana Baker Book Series 1)
Spy Thriller: The Fourteenth Protocol: A Story of Espionage and Counter-terrorism (The Special Agent Jana Baker Book Series 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Published reviews must have been written by friends and family, 16 May 2016
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Really pretty bad. Cade is just a humble geek in the server room who gets involved in uncovering a terrorist conspiracy that threatens America. Gets more and more implausible as the story progresses and the body count rises. The tone gets increasingly hysterical. The FBI are involved! It's all the CIA's fault! The FBI are fighting the CIA! With a helicopter gunship! The terrorists have got a nuclear bomb! Blame the President!

This is the kind of book Donald Trump would like. Overblown, fearful of foreigners and at heart just bonkers.


The Innocent (Ryan Lock Book 5)
The Innocent (Ryan Lock Book 5)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big trouble at college, 8 May 2016
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Lots of themes in this book: systematic child abuse, college sport, loyalty and cover ups, mass shooting at an educational establishment. It would have made a much better book if the author hadn't tried to cover so much ground. As it is the story gets more and more outlandish as Mr Black tries to stick all these different elements together.

Buried in here somewhere are some good points about how institutions cover up child abuse, by choosing not to see it. Which certainly resonates with what we've found out about how Jimmy Savile was able to get away with his crimes. However the real horror of this gets lost in all action shoot outs, which paradoxically seem quite mundane by contrast.

Professionally written and properly produced, I did keep reading to the end, but it was hard to keep believing it.


Corridor Man
Corridor Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amoral hero, 8 May 2016
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Bobby is just out of jail having done four years for fraud. He's penniless and has lost everything from his previous life: job, home and licence to practice law. At first it seems that he's determined to go straight and to do the right thing. He seems like an OK guy, cynical and wryly amusing. Only gradually do we realise that Bobby will do anything to protect his own position. Murder, betrayal - for him they're just as valid choices as choosing to be punctual and polite.
I quite enjoy an amoral hero - think Patricia Highsmith's Ripley. While this book is nowhere near that standard, it's quite fun to watch Bobby rise from his minimum wage job and scuzzy bedsit to a proper job and flashy apartment. A lot of the story doesn't hold together that well, and there are several storylines that start but don't go anywhere. I suspect this is to set up other books in the series. This one ends rather abruptly with an invitation to buy volume two if you want to find out what happens. At the moment I'm passing on that.


A Choice of Victims
A Choice of Victims
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3.0 out of 5 stars Village murder, 6 May 2016
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Rather plodding traditional English village-based murder mystery. Supposedly written in 1984, but reads like something written 30 years earlier. Elizabeth Doyle, unlikeable wealthy woman, is killed while out delivering meals on wheels. Inspector Hasted conducts a meticulous investigation. Full of detail about village life; under the rural exterior the place is riven with petty feuds and resentments.
As a free book it was OK. It's got a certain period charm. There is no sense of menace, but it does conjure up a particular atmosphere of a tight community, where everybody knows everyone else's business, and gossips about it. Pretty glad I don't live there.


Hell Is Empty
Hell Is Empty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Things were very different then, 30 April 2016
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A real period piece for fans of popular crime stories from the 1950s. Here three men who have just robbed a bank hole up in a remote Scottish cottage, and disturb the fine balance of the sheltered middle class family who they impose on.

Read this for the historical and social detail - and the clash of classes.


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