#Review of #WhenTheGuiltyCry by @WriterMJLee published by @CaneloCrime

Three severed hands. No clues. A race against time.

Three embalmed hands are discovered in a disused Victorian house. Is it a gangland ritual? The work of a cult? Or just a prank played by Medical Students? And what happened to the bodies?

Meanwhile the Coroner needs to issue a Presumption of Death certificate on a teenage girl who vanished eleven years ago in mysterious circumstances.

As hints emerge the two cases are connected, DI Ridpath pushes himself to the limit to find out what really happened. It soon emerges the house is a former children’s home. When another woman, a local social worker, disappears, he is under immense pressure to find answers. What really happened at Daisy House Children’s Home all those years ago?

He has just one week to discover the truth…

The latest in the #1 bestselling DI Ridpath crime thriller series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Peter James.

I will try not to be too biased with my review of the latest DI Ridpath thriller, When The Guilty Cry by the superbly talented MJ Lee, but I LOVE this book series!

From the opening chapter I just knew I was hooked, I’m trying to pinpoint why I love these books so much….I think it’s in the way MJ writes, every time I pick up one of the DI Ridpath books, it’s like Im being given a virtual hug, being wrapped in a warm blanket….I just know what to expect and I love it!

As with ever story and plot, this one is twisty and engaging, I personally love the Police procedural side and also the Coroner’s Office side…I’m thinking because I’m a frustrated Cop!, anything that details the procedures ticks my boxes! And I think learning about the Coroner’s office is really useful, I would love to have worked in a Coroner’s office, it’s seems so interesting and to be able to give the dead a voice is so powerful! The writing from both these points of view is really sublime, and with each Ridpath book it just gets better and better!

I’m not going to give anything away, but I will say this is a superb book and I also love the personal story that carries thru the books with Ridpath and his Daughter….as always I read this book in 2 days, now I will have to wait another year before I get a another fix of DI Thomas Ridpath!

A solid 5 ⭐️ read.

Martin spent 25 years of his life working for advertising companies in London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai. As a copywriter and a creative director, he has won awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York, the LIAA, and the United Nations.
He’s written four historical crime novels. The latest, ‘The Irish Inheritance’, a Jayne Sinclair, Genealogical Mystery, will be published on June 15, 2016.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, dancing with his three year-old daughter, researching his family histrory, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

You can follow Martin HERE on his Website

Buy the DI Ridpath books HERE

My #Review of #OpalCountry by @hammerNow published by @Wildfirebks….OUT ON 6th JANUARY 2022

OPAL COUNTRY BY CHRIS HAMMER

Opals…

In the desolate outback town of Finnigans gap, police struggle to maintain law and order. Thieves pillage opal mines, religious fanatics recruit vulnerable youngsters and billionaires do as they please.

Bodies…


Then an opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine. Nothing about the miner’s death is straight-forward, not even who found the body. Homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, assisted by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan.

But Finnigans Gap has already ended one police career and damaged others, and soon both officers face damning allegations and internal investigations. Have Ivan and Nell been set up, and if so, by whom?

Secrets…

As time runs out, their only chance at redemption is to find the killer. But the more they uncover, the more harrowing the mystery becomes, and a past long forgotten is thrown into scorching sunlight.

Because in Finnigans Gap, nothing stays buried for ever.

I’ve loved every book so far by Chris Hammer, and am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review Opal Country by the publishers Wildfire Books. Thank you so much. 🙏

We start the story in the outback of Australia, at night, with a team of ratters entering a mine in the dead of night, what they find is a hideously crucified, Christ-like, corpse instead of Opals and makes them retreat pretty sharpish!

We then follow Detective Sergeant Ivan Lucic, who as a homicide, detective has travelled from Sydney to investigate the horrible murder.

Chris Hammer manages to weave a really complex storyline involving Opal mining, family, murder, corporate espionage, revenge and the ending of Police Careers, into a phenomenal story, that had me guessing right up to the end as to whom the culprit was, and more importantly why?

The way Chris writes about Australia, the shimmering heat, the oppressiveness of a small town, the community divided by gossip, fears and history is without a doubt brilliant. I could feel myself getting sweaty and anxious in some parts with the relentless sun beating own onto Finnegans Creek.

There are some players from the previous novels in here, even though it’s a standalone, but that just makes it all the better!

And the inclusion of a Map always means it will be a great book in my experience!

Another fantastic 5 ⭐️ start slice of Aussie Noir from the master or Australian Crime Writing, in my opinion.

Finnegans Gap

CHRIS HAMMER – is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of international bestsellers Scrublands, Silver and Trust.

His new standalone novel, Treasure & Dirt, will be published in Australia and New Zealand in September 2021 and internationally, as Opal Country, from early 2022.

Scrublands was an instant bestseller upon publication in 2018, topping the Australian fiction charts.

It was shortlisted for major writing awards in Australia, the UK and the United States. In the UK it was named the Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019 and won the prestigious UK Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.

Scrublands, Silver and Trust all feature troubled journalist Martin Scarsden and his partner Mandalay Blonde, while Treasure & Dirt follows Homicide detectives Ivan Lucic and Nell Buchanan.

All four books are notable for their atmospheric Australian settings, range of colourful characters, intricate plots, descriptive language and emotional depth.

Before turning to fiction, Chris was a journalist for more than thirty years. He reported from more than 30 countries on six continents for SBS TV. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age and Online Political Editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Chris has written two non-fiction books The River (2010) – winner of the ACT Book of the Year – and The Coast (2012), published by Melbourne University Press.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra, Australia.

Chris Hammer

You can follow Chris on Twitter @hammerNow

Chris Hammer’s website – https://chrishammerauthor.com/

My #Review of #BadApples 🍏 by @willrdean published by @PointBlackCrime


It only takes one…

A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated

A festival

A grim celebration in a cultish hilltop community after the apple harvest

A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story

I am so in Love with Will Deans character Tuva Moodyson for so many reasons, she’s deaf, she’s fearless, she’s gutsy, she’s got a fit girlfriend and she’s funny, so I was really excited to start reading Bad Apples, Tuva Book 4

Tuva has returned to Gavrik ( Toy Town as she calls it! ) and is back in her old job, as a crime reporter, at the local paper. In the smaller Town of Visberg, high on the hill, the old Reporter has retired and Tuva has taken over the patch. To get used to the place and to start to get to know the locals she starts spending time up there, but on her first visit she encounters a headless corpse!

I’ve devoured everything Will has written and I have to say that this is the best Tuva book so far, the setting is SO atmospheric, so claustrophobic and so easy to picture in your minds eye.

The cast of Visberg locals that Tuva meets are so ethnically mixed and a lot are weird to be fair, BUT that only adds to the plot and frankly what a bloody explosive plot it is!

The build up had me feeling like I was on edge and had me thinking of that classic movie The Wicker Man, the descriptive prose of Pan Night is just absolutely stunning, it sets Tuva in the spooky Visberg during October, to a treat! Swedish Folklore and Will Deans devious mind work SO well together, and will have you gripped!

I am not going to give anything away, as normal BUT it’s a brilliant book…another 3 day read for me! And the ending!!!!!! Will please dont leave me hanging for too long I must read Tuvas book 5 soon!!

Any book that makes you have visceral feelings means it’s a brilliantly written one, this will have you anxious, gripped, over-thinking and downright scared shitless!

5 Star Read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife, and Bernie the St Bernard. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

My Review of the exceptional #BlackReedBay by @Rod_WR @OrendaBooks

When a young woman vanishes from an exclusive oceanfront community in the middle of the night, Detective Casey Wray’s takes on a case that leads her in chilling, unexpected directions … A twisty, breath-taking police procedural. First in a heart-pounding new series.

Black Reed Bay had been sat on my To Read shelf for quite a while ( I should learn that any book published by Orenda Books is amazing!) so on picking it up I was quite ambivalent as to what to expect.

WELL….I cannot jump from the trees and shout enough about how bloody fantastic Black Reed Bay is! Firstly, I must explain that not only am I a huge Crime Fiction fan, I also have an unhealthy obsession with True Crime and serial killers…..I will put this down to being a frustrated wannabe Cop/Detective, alas for many reasons I never got to live my dream job, but came close in being a small Town Traffic Warden in the early 1990’s, chasing shoplifters, and facing gunmen along the way!

That’s me, in action as Traffic Warden 33, during a Bomb Scare at the local Tax Office.

SO I totally got from the beginning of Black Reed Bay, that Rod Reynolds had based it on the Long Island Killer, and it is awesome because of that! If you don’t know the story behind the Long Island Killer check it out on Google, then Black Reed Bay will become even more amazing……!

The characters that he introduces us to to Detective Sergeant Casey Wray and her partner Detective David Cullen are both SO well written, and really likeable, in fact all the cast are really written with a great eye for the human psyche.

Anyway after a weird 911 call they are thrown into a strange investigation where things move at a startling pace and trusting anyone but themselves is a dangerous game.

As you know, I never give the storyline away, but I will say this….it took me 3 days to read, I was totally invested in Casey ‘Big’ Wray and the search for the truth. It was gripping and frankly creepy the way the descriptions of the settings were written, small, bleak, lonely places, came alive in my minds eye.

In Black Reed Bay you will find everything a crime fiction fan loves, and frankly much more….it is just a stellar and bloody brilliant book! In fact, if you’re reading this review, Rod, when the heck is the next instalment going to be ready as I’m obsessed and want to read it now!

Another 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read, and dare I say my favourite book of the year! Thank you Orenda books for finding these phenomenal authors and publishing their works! ❤️

Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood Dagger), and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); The Guardian have called the books ‘Pitch-perfect American noir.’ A lifelong Londoner, his critically acclaimed standalone thriller, Blood Red City, is the first book set in his hometown, but he’s crossing the ocean again, with his explosive new thriller, Black Reed Bay. Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters. Chat to Rod on Twitter @Rod_WR.

You can buy Black Reed Bay here https://orendabooks.co.uk/product/black-reed-bay

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

The Blurb! –

At the age of twelve, Eve Black was the only member of her family to survive an encounter with serial attacker the Nothing Man. Now an adult, she is obsessed with identifying the man who destroyed her life.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle has just started reading The Nothing Man–the true-crime memoir Eve has written about her efforts to track down her family’s killer. As he turns each page, his rage grows. Because Jim’s not just interested in reading about the Nothing Man. He is the Nothing Man.

Jim soon begins to realize how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won’t give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first …

This was my first read by Catherine Ryan Howard and I really had no idea what to expect, I had bought The Nothing Man with her latest book, 56 Days. So i started reading…well from the first few pages i was totally obsessed!

The very unique and unusual storyline set my book-reading soul alight! I was up until 3am the first night reading it, and it creeped me out so much i had to go and check the back door was locked (not that that made me feel any safer!). The characters are so well written, the plot of amazing and the descriptions of crimes were so real, that i was physically anxious and felt them, if you know what I mean.

I wont give away any of the storyline, but i must say that the two leading characters are very different, are very real, and gave me a visceral reaction to both! Emotions all over the place in this book. And the underlying threat and creepiness made my anxiety spike, and lead me to pop an extra pill, BUT that is surely the mark of an exceptional book!

The pace is high-octane all the way through and to be honest i never really had any expectations as to the ending, but it was very well done!

An edge of your seat, thriller, so intelligently and brilliantly written, its gone straight into my own Top 10 of the year, and quite frankly, if you’re a Crime Fiction fan it should be on your read list, up there with likes of Silence Of The lambs, a truly superb book. It needs to win ALL the prizes in my humble opinion!

If i could rate this 10 out of 5 I would! Bloody brilliant! I am now a fan of Ms Howard and look forward to reading 53 Days.

You can find Catherine’s website here – https://catherineryanhoward.com/