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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 5 Jun. 2017
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River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 4)
River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and tantalising, this is a good and enjoyable mystery., 5 Jun. 2017
Aggie Mundeen, she of the ‘Stay Young with Aggie’ column, has arranged a rendezvous with Detective Sam Vanderhoven at the San Antonio River Walk Hotel. They have booked the penthouse suite, and Aggie is looking forward to a blissful crime free romantic long weekend. The news of the body of a dead girl found in their penthouse puts paid to Aggie’s romantic ideas.

The girl is identified as a regular guest during Fiesta Week, and she is known to Aggie. While chatting to the maid Sara who found the body Aggie learns that the victim was a member of the Fabulous Femmes who are holding their convention at the hotel. They are split into sub-groups - the Madhatters, the Foxy Fixits, and the Flamboyants, who, Aggie learns are party girls, and they do get around. As she chats by the pool she learns a lot about the Fabulous Femmes and some of what she learns is disturbing. Even more disturbing is a conversation with her friend Grace.

Aggie learns that the victim had booked the penthouse for a ten day stay but decided to leave on the Sunday, hence the penthouse becoming free for Aggie and Sam or not as it turned out! What was her reason for cutting short her stay?

The story is told from the point of view of both Aggie and Sam. Both investigating using different approaches. But most fascinating is the murder weapon which is ingenious and despite the clues, it came as a real surprise. Clever and tantalising, this is a good and enjoyable mystery.

Always good to catch up with Aggie and initially it looked as if things would go well with her and Sam, both have traumatic experiences in their pasts and have danced around each other for some time. Would they this time move their relationship on to a deeper level?
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Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett


Treacherous Strand (Inishowen Mysteries Book 2)
Treacherous Strand (Inishowen Mysteries Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This intriguing mystery gripped me from start to finish., 6 April 2017
‘Treacherous Strand’ by Andrea Carter
Published by Constable, 4 April 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1854-7

Treacherous Strand is the second book in the series featuring Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe. I see that I said in my review of the first book, Death at Whitewater Church. ‘This one of the most intriguing mysteries I have read in a long time.’ And delightfully nothing has altered this author’s ability to weave a fascinating mystery.

The news of the discovery of a woman’s body on a beach in the Inishowen peninsula has Ben in a panic to learn the identity of the victim. When she does she is overcome with remorse. Marguerite Etienne was her client and for the second time in her life Ben has let someone down.

After a brief investigation the local police Sergeant Tom Molloy records Marguerite's death as a suicide. But Ben cannot let it go at that. Although her initial investigation shows Marguerite to have been a quiet woman with no friends she is determined to find out the truth behind her death.

Spurred on by the casual and indifferent way the people that Ben speak to have reacted to Marguerite’s death Ben digs deeper and discovers that she had been brought up in a French Doomsday cult - The Children of Damascus. The unexpected delivery into Ben’s hands of some overlooked possessions of Marguerite’s discloses that she had escaped the cult some 20 years earlier leaving behind her baby daughter.

Despite discovering many odd coincidences and connections, nothing makes sense, but Ben doggedly continues to question anyone who had contact with Marguerite. This brings her into contact with Simon Howard, the sculptor who lives in the cottage next to Marguerite, and whom she said was a friend. But when Simon begins to pay Ben attention she is not certain that she can trust him. The one person she does trust is Sergeant Tom Molloy, but what had been for several years a good working relationship had changed nine months ago and Ben had no idea why, but was surprised at how much she cared about that.

As Ben continues to investigate Marguerite’s life she finds there are people that could have a motive to kill Marguerite to keep their secrets just that – secret, and so the possible suspects mount up.

I loved this clever and ingeniously plotted book, but then I love a good mystery. And this intriguing mystery gripped me from start to finish. Most highly recommended.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett


The Chosen Dead (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series Book 5)
The Chosen Dead (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 Jan. 2017
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Sisterhoods (DS Johnson Series Book 2)
Sisterhoods (DS Johnson Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, fast paced a page-turner., 7 Jan. 2017
Fighting for a better life seventeen year-old Alysha formed a band of girls to rid the Aviary Estate where they live in South London of the gangs that control the estate. Eventually, the girls who called themselves the Alley Cats, with the help of DI Georgia Johnson managed to obtain a council grant to rebuild the run-down community Hall and the grounds. Thus providing a place for the youngsters to meet and play rather than sell themselves and drugs to survive. Could the residents of the Aviary Estate one day live normal lives?

However, the help from the police came with a price tag and the girls are now paid informers, which carries a death sentence from all the gangs should the information become known. So Alysha and her trusted lieutenants, Panther, Lox and Tink walk a tight rope, but one they are willing to do it in the hope that their children can live a life free from drugs, starvation, stealing and prostitution.

As the book opens, the community centre has been burnt down. Was it the work of the EIB’s, East is Best gang run by the ruthless Zhanf family, or the RIP’s Rifles in Peckham gang, both determined to take over the Aviary estate, to peddle their drugs.

Whilst the girls have agreed as part of the deal with the police not to be involved with anything unlawful, it is proving difficult. With the community centre burnt down the council are unwilling to put their hand in their pocket again, so to hold onto what they have achieved the girls need money to rebuild the centre themselves. When an opportunity presents itself they agree it is worth the risk. But with two rival gangs gunning for them, can the AC’s hold off the vicious EIB’s and RIP’s, keep the police onside, and rescue one of their own who has been kidnapped by one of the gangs.

It’s a tall order but one that makes for a riveting, heart in your mouth read as the ACs try valiantly to keep control of the situation which is spiralling totally out of control.

Gritty, fast paced, this page-turner harshly illustrates life on a South London Estate terrorised and controlled by drug dealing gangs. The action mounts to a terrifying climax as the differing fractions collide. Not to be missed.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 28 Dec. 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 28 Dec. 2016
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Jane Doe January: My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice
Jane Doe January: My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice
by Emily Winslow
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story of a search for Justice, 28 Dec. 2016
One winter evening when Emily Winslow was a drama student at a prestigious college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was subjected to a painful and humiliating rape by a man who chose her at random and followed her into her apartment. Unlike many rape victims, who are so traumatized that they need to put as much distance as possible between themselves and the horrific experience, Emily sought help right away. She received nothing but sympathy and support from the police, the hospital nurses who helped assemble DNA and other evidence, and the staff and students of her college. But the man was never caught, and she was obliged to put the incident behind her and get on with her life.

But that kind of experience never really goes away. Twenty years later, out of the blue, having built a life, a family and a career five thousand miles from Pittsburgh in Cambridge, she was notified that the DNA sample which had been stored ever since the night of the rape had been matched to the perpetrator of another similar crime, and the man was in custody.

Jane Doe January is the story of what happened next: the convoluted legal process, the delays and frustrations, the hopes and fears, and most of all the maelstrom of emotions which Emily went through as she gathered information about her attacker and police and lawyers across the Atlantic prepared the case for trial and picked their way through the procedures which had to be followed.

Of course throughout the year the process took to play itself out, real life had to be lived as well: trying to support her husband, who is badly affected by seeing her in pain; protecting her two young sons from her own emotional state, and going on being a good mother to them; finishing revisions on a novel her publishers were waiting for. In the middle of it all she received a huge blow when she lost a close friend and her main source of emotional support; and towards the end of the legal tangle, a surprise development gave the story a twist to rival anything in a crime novel. With the sure hand of a natural writer, Winslow recounts all of this, and brings to life the differences in attitude and approach she discovered among her English friends and the people in America whose job it was to bring the rapist to justice.

They say that every writer observes his or her own life as well as living it: something that Jane Doe January shows that Emily Winslow is adept at. Her own see-sawing emotional state is often painful to watch; she has the knack of drawing the reader in, and the very fact that she is such a skilled writer, coupled with the knowledge that everything on the page really happened, made the book a difficult read.

But in the end it was worth the effort. I can’t say it ended on an entirely positive note; how could it? But Emily Winslow emerges as a strong woman with the capacity to rise above this heavy emotional burden and move her life forward.
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Reviewer: Lynne Patrick


Crooked Street (A Joanna Piercy Mystery)
Crooked Street (A Joanna Piercy Mystery)
by Priscilla Masters
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly plotted, and thought provoking., 10 Dec. 2016
‘My husband hasn’t come home’ says Eve Glover to the duty officer at Leek police station. ‘He’s never late’’ Although three hours isn’t regarded as a serious for an adult man, DC Hesketh-Brown logs the call and takes details. The following day Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy having established that Jadon Glover has still not returned to his home, visits his wife. Jason Glover, according to his wife is the perfect husband. Working for a professional company, they are comfortable, and relatively newly married. However, as DI Joanna Piercy and DS Mike Kopanski investigate they turn up information that suggests that Eve Glover doesn’t know her perfect husband all that well.

As in previous books I like following the investigation and how different enquires provide new leads. Some are a dead end and some bear fruit. In this instant they find themselves in a poorer part of the town, where the houses are terraced - small and poky. An air of poverty and uneasy silence pervades. It would appear that Jadon Glover has dark secrets. Does the truth of his disappearance lie behind the faded net curtains of these cramped dwellings?

Priscilla Masters has a gift for creating interesting characters, that leap of the page to you and you just want to know all about them. I enjoy the working relationship that Joanna Piercy has with her sergeant Mike Kopanski, although it wasn’t ever thus. This is the thirteen book in the series and it has taken sometime for their working relationship to evolve to its present camaraderie. Although she and Matthew are now together at Waterfall
Cottage, tensions still exist between Joanna and Matthews daughter by his first marriage, and sadly also with her new in-laws, but as time passes, things change.

A fascinating mystery that kept me guessing; and an uncomfortable look at the situations one can fall into when times are difficult. Clever and thought provoking this book is highly recommended.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett


Girl In Danger (A Lucy Hall Mystery Book 2)
Girl In Danger (A Lucy Hall Mystery Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A roller-coaster of a ride which will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the dramatic ending., 13 Nov. 2016
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The second book in the series featuring Lucy Hall finds her in a new job in Paris as an investigative reporter. Keen and eager for her first ‘big’ story, twenty-four year old Lucy is hungrily putting out feelers, or as her boss puts it more succinctly, ‘pestering people for stories.’ ‘It’s got to stop’ he says, ‘It’s not professional. So when Lucy gets an anonymous call from a possible source who suggests a questionable meeting place, she decides to ‘go it alone.’

Her anonymous contact tells her that he is giving her the story of her life, and Lucy is buzzing with excitement. Although his words that, ‘if those watching him see him talking to her they could both be dead by nightfall’ would have had me shivering in terror, they don’t have that effect on Lucy.

But when she returns to her apartment she finds it trashed and her friend Nina, who was staying with her for the summer, is missing. As expected, the police are not prepared to class Nina as a missing person until 48 hours have passed, so Lucy is on her own.

From the state of her apartment it is clear that it was a thorough search but for what? And where is Nina who knows no one in Paris? With scant to go on. Lucy determines to find her friend, but things look black when she discovers that her informant is dead. Despite the fact that Lucy now realises that she has become involved with some seriously bad people, and just how bad she learns when she meets up with a private investigator, she continues to rush headlong into trouble.

There are some harrowing and brutal scenes and the story moves along at a cracking pace, brilliantly plotted with many twists and turns. Lucy knowingly puts herself in danger several times and when you are holding your breath knowing that she cannot get out of this one, she somehow manages to always emerge relatively unscathed. But eventually you know her luck will run out.

A roller-coaster of a ride which will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the dramatic ending.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes


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