Category Archives: 1st in series

“Ice Lake” a crime thriller by John A. Lenahan

A compelling thriller with an environmental edge. “Ice Lake” is the first novel in the series featuring Harry Cull, a personable ex-cop whose career has morphed into detecting whether a person is lying… or not. He is a consultant psychologist, … Continue reading

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“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood @KillerReads @MichaelHWood

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday : an old favorite recommended

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” post in quite a while so I thought it was high time I did another one. Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. Today I want to share … Continue reading

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“Murder at Hawthorn Cottage” by Betty Rowlands

Melissa Craig is a mystery novelist in her mid-forties. Single, and the mother of a grown son, she has just moved from London into an isolated Cotswold cottage where she intends to write her next book. One of her other … Continue reading

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“The Body in the Dales” by J.R. Ellis

As a bona fide anglophile, books set in England always appeal to me. My mother was a war bride and I still have a lot of family in the ‘old country’. I’ve read all of the James Herriot books and … Continue reading

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“For the Missing” by Lina Bengtsdotter #PublicationDay @orionbooks

“The award-winning, global bestselling Swedish crime debut about a missing girl, and the detective who must return home and confront her darkest secrets in order to find her.” Charlie (Charline) Lager is a police detective working in Stockholm for the … Continue reading

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Police procedural series I want to start – Part 1

What am I like???  There are SO many wonderful and compelling series that I’ve already begun which I want to finish, SO many that I’m dying to pursue, WHY would I want to start more? It is a terminal sickness. … Continue reading

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The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. “In Irish, Rúin means something hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a long history as a term of endearment.” From the publisher’s blurb: “This unsettling … Continue reading

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“Motherland” by G.D. Abson (official @TheMirrorBooks #blogtour)

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD “Motherland” is a fast-paced, police procedural crime novel set in the beautiful, yet corrupt, St. Petersburg, Russia.  The protagonist is Natalya Ivanova, a Russian police detective with the Criminal Investigations Directorate. (Russian … Continue reading

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“The ice princess” by Camilla Läckberg

This is the first novel in a series that has been on my personal radar for some time.  What clinched the deal for me was the fact that this title was chosen by my ‘in-person’ bookclub as their read for … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – May 10, 2018 #TBT #bookreview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The Birdwatcher” by William Shaw for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2016 by Mulholland Books and was, for me, … Continue reading

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“The woman before me” by Ruth Dugdall

Rose Wilks has been in prison for four long years. Incarcerated for something she didn’t do.  Another tragic part of a life filled with tragedy and betrayal. Rose is serving a sentence for manslaughter. She is charged with setting a … Continue reading

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“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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