Category Archives: 1st in series

“From the cradle” by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards

A gritty and disturbing, character-driven, police procedural! “From the cradle” is my first novel by this duo of authors and I was very impressed. I am always amazed at how two people can write one story and make it seem … Continue reading

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“The Detective’s Daughter” by Lesley Thomson

I’ll start out this review by saying that the writing reminded me a lot of that of Ruth Rendell.  You can’t get much better praise from me, as she was one of my favorite authors EVER! “The Detective’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: March 29, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Blood in the water” by Gillian Galbraith for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2007 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“Death at Whitewater Church” by Andrea Carter

“Death at Whitewater Church” marks my first time reading the work of Andrea Carter and my 6th title for “Reading Ireland Month“. This mystery, a first in a new series set in Inishowen, is a well wrought novel with likeable … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 15, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Snared” by Ed James for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in April of 2015 and was, for me, a 5 star read. … Continue reading

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“Dark game” by Rachel Lynch

There is nothing quite so satisfying to me as reading a British police procedural crime thriller.  When it has an engaging protagonist, a Lake District setting, and a compelling and well rendered plot, then it is for me, reading bliss. … Continue reading

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“Left for dead” by Jane Casey

For some time now, this police procedural mystery series by Jane Casey has been on my radar.  I thought I’d finally give in to my desire to read it by beginning with the series prequel novella that introduces the protagonist, … Continue reading

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“Three weeks dead” by Rebecca Bradley

We join the protagonist DC Sally Poynter as she has just been recruited to the Major Crime Unit of the Nottingham Police. Still insecure and feeling her way, she is attempting to settle in with the team.  Most are welcoming, … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2007 and was, for me, a 5* read. Blurb from … Continue reading

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“His third victim” by Helen H. Durrant

I was excited to see this title offered on NetGalley because I’ve read this author before and really enjoyed her work. . “His third victim” introduces a new protagonist, and is set in Yorkshire, England. “All she had to do … Continue reading

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“A Cotswold Christmas” by Kate Hewitt

Having only read one other Kate Hewitt novel (“Rainy day sisters”) which I loved, I was keen to try another of her works.  I purchased “A Cotswold Christmas” because it is the first installment in her Willoughby Close series – … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Kitchen” by Stephen Puleston

A double murder in the Snowdonia Mountains. A police procedural, prequel novella that introduces a freshly promoted Detective Inspector. A stunning cover.  All of these things attracted me to this book. Ian Drake has only been a DI for a … Continue reading

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“The shivering turn” by Sally Spencer

“The Shivering Turn” introduces ex-policewoman turned private investigator, Jennie Redhead, and is set in the historic British city of Oxford.  From the northern county of Lancashire, she studied at Oxford herself and got her degree in English Literature. And guess … Continue reading

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“Quick and the dead” by Susan Moody

“Quick and the dead” is the first in a mystery series featuring art expert and ex-copper Alexandra Quick. Alexandra is thirty-three years old, divorced, and on her second career. She, and her friend and business partner Helena Drummond, work jointly … Continue reading

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“Devil’s trumpet” by Mary Rosenblum

This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O’Connor. It has been awhile since I’ve read a ‘cozy’ mystery and this one was a delight. The blurb: All Rachel O’Connor … Continue reading

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