Seven Degrees by Lewis Hastings (Seventh Wave 2)
Books / January 2, 2020

An Eastern European crime syndicate has appeared on the radar of the British authorities. Known as the Seventh Wave they have arrived in the heart of the most important financial centre in the world. Systematically they target the banks and financial institutions before fleeing the city for the safety of mainland Europe. Their leader, a man who calls himself the Jackdaw has sent a clear message. Interfere with our operation at your peril. The group carry out one last task – striking at the heart of London’s jewellery centre. What they leave with is worth more than any jewel and capable of impacting on the future of Europe. John “Jack” Cade is recruited as the Metropolitan Police’s answer. Newly promoted, out of his depth but quick-witted, skilled and surrounded by a dedicated team who fall under the banner of Operation Breaker, he faces two choices, both of which he knows will lead to serious harm. Protect the city or protect his team. He cannot do both. ›Review‹ Thank you to Lewis Hastings for my copy of the 2nd In his thrilling seventh wave trilogy ‘Seven Degrees’ Picking up from book 1, it’s 2004 and John ‘Jack’ Cade is now working…

The Advent Killer by Alistair Gunn (DI Antonia Hawkins 1)
Books / December 22, 2019

Christmas is coming. One body at a time. Three weeks before Christmas: Sunday, one a.m. A woman is drowned in her bathtub. One week later: Sunday, one a.m. A woman is beaten savagely to death, every bone in her body broken. Another week brings another victim. As panic spreads across London, DCI Antonia Hawkins, leading her first murder investigation, must stop a cold, careful killer whose twisted motives can only be guessed at, before the next body is found. On Sunday. When the clock strikes one . . . Review Seeing as it’s December, I decided I had to read some Christmas themed crime and what better place to start than with The Advent Killer by Alistair Gunn. This one and a couple of others by this author have been on the TBR for a little while. In this first investigation , Gunn introduces DCI Antonia Hawkins, as she takes up the case of the aptly named advent killer, a serial killer savagely killing his victim’s at 1am every Sunday on the lead up to Christmas. … I read a lot of crime and police procedurals and have to to say this one was just missing a little something for…

The Damage Done by James Oswald (Inspector McLean 6)
Books / December 22, 2019

No good deed goes unpunished…   When a police raid in Edinburgh goes horribly wrong, the only silver lining for Inspector Tony McLean is a discovery that could lead to a long-lost girl from his early days on the beat. Haunted by the mystery of what happened to her, McLean begins to dig into a case he thought long buried. But the shadows of the past are soon eclipsed by crimes in the present as a series of strange and gruesome deaths shock the city. As McLean’s investigation draws him ever deeper into the upper echelons of Edinburgh society, it will not only be his career on the line – but his life as well…   Review This is the 6th book in the Inspector  McLean series. If you haven’t read any, they are crime fiction with a bit of super natural fantasy twist. Being a big fan of John Connolly these books are very much up my street, yet very different to Connolly’s Parker series. This time around McLean is now working in the sex crime unit. He finds himself picking up the pieces after a botched raid on a Brothel. Embarrassed and confused by his teams failure, McLean…

Death at Eden’s End by Jo Allen (DCI Sattherthwaite 2) #BlogTour
Books / December 22, 2019

  When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden’s End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District’s Eden Valley it’s tragic, of course, but not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes… that of pure terror.DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it’s clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again… Review Thanks to Arla Fiction for my e-arc and invite to the blog Tour for the 2nd in Jo Allen’s DCI Sattherwaite mysteries, Death at Eden’s End. The Eden’s End in the title is in fact a nursing home. Home to 100 year old resident Dr Violet Ross. When she dies, it becomes apparent that it was not of natural causes, and DCI Jude Sattherwaite and DS Ashleigh O’halloran investigate. Who and why would anyone murder a 100 year old lady, for what end? Alongside the murder investigation, there is the story of the relationship forming with Jude and Ashleigh who is currently going through a messy divorce from her obsessive husband. Well written with a strong plot, decent characters…

Who’s There by Kerena Swan #BlogTour
Books / December 18, 2019

  Appearances can be deceptive… Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends. Meanwhile a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations. Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can in fact be deadly enemies. The question is: can he break free?     ›Review‹ Thanks to Sarah at BOTBS Tours and Kerena Swan for my copy of her book ‘Who’s There’ Arnold Eastwood wants to leave home. Mollycoddled by his over protective mum, he is offered a place in a downtrodden estate. But nothing is going to stop Arnold from taking the flat and setting up his new home. Arnold has Down’s Syndrome, so this fight for independence has taken its time and he’s not going…