The Body in the Snow
DCI Craig Gillard Crime Thrillers Book 4
Fiction, crime, suspense,
January 31, 2020
Money, success, family? All deadly... The new unputdownable DCI Gillard thriller. A young detective is out for a jog on a snowy winter morning. Then she sees something terrible: a murder in the park, sudden and inexplicable. A woman has been killed by a passing hooded cyclist. It’s just DCI Craig Gillard’s luck that he’s on duty. The body is that of Tanvi Roy, one of the richest women in Britain and matriarch of a food empire. With a tangled web of family and business contacts and jealousies, Gillard’s job just got even more complex. As he delves deeper into the Roy family, it’s clear that everything is not as it seems. As the investigation threatens to unravel, Gillard realises it's only the beginning of his problems. Trouble of a different sort is brewing close to home... Perfect for readers of D.K. Hood, Patricia Gibney and Mark Billingham, The Body in the Snow is a remarkable and gripping crime thriller.
This is good
solid British crime writing from a reliable author who thinks up devious plots
and believable characters.
Always a good
This book also
brought up 2 very interesting snippets – the first in location 2619, which is
54% of the way through, is a conversation between a mother and her very
precocious 11 year old daughter. The second is better and most women will love
this one. Location 2911. A discussion on ‘wrinkled bits’ left over from
universe building and what happened to them!
Nothing to lose
Ziba MacKenzie #2
police procedurals, psychological thrillers
Thomas & Mercer
26 Mar 2019
He’s looking for his next victim. She looks just like his last.
Primrose Hill, London. Offender Profiler Ziba MacKenzie arrives at the scene of a gruesome murder with a disturbing sense of déjà vu. Nine days earlier, another woman’s body was found: same location, same MO, same physical appearance. For the police, it’s clear a new serial killer is on the loose. But for Ziba, it’s even more sinister—because the victims look just like her.
Ziba has been the focus of a killer’s interest before, and knows that if she gets too close again this case could be her last. Still, she’s not one to play by the rules—especially when her secret investigation into her husband’s murder begins to attract unwanted attention.
With someone watching her every step, can Ziba uncover what connects the two victims before she becomes one herself?
This is number 2 in this series about a profiler looking for
her husband’s murderer and the reason why he was murdered. Even going so far as
to bring in Wolfie for extra help.
Our profiler is still grieving and as such is perhaps not as
clear-headed as she should be and so makes mistakes. Ones she should know
better than …
For me, the writing style had improved over book 1 and so
was the story-telling. As with all these genre of books, red herrings abound
and there is a great twist to the ending.
Where the Truth Lies
DI Redpath #1
M J Lee
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers, Detective
Pub Date 22 Oct 2018
The case was closed. Until people started dying… The unputdownable first DI Ridpath crime thriller from bestseller MJ Lee
A killer in total control. A detective on the edge. A mystery that HAS to be solved.
DI Thomas Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID: a promising young detective whose first case involved capturing a notorious serial killer. But ten years later he’s recovering from a serious illness and on the brink of being forced out of the police. Then people start dying: tortured, murdered, in an uncanny echo of Ridpath’s first case.
As the investigation intensifies, old bodies go missing, records can’t be found and the murder count grows. Caught in a turf war between the police and the coroner’s office, digging up skeletons some would rather forget, Ridpath is caught in a race against time: a race to save his career, his marriage… And lives.
When a detective goes missing everything is on the line. Can Ridpath close the case and save his colleague?
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES is a nail-biting crime thriller, full of breathtaking twists and turns in this fast-paced and extraordinarily original novel. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Faith Martin
new detective for us to consider – set in Manchester this story is full of the grey,
wet, dull, and dreary feel that Manchester novels often have. Which to be fair,
is what Manchester often resembles – a very wet city every time I visit, when
is an interesting take as here we see what the role of a Coroner is and their
investigative powers as against the police.
A Coroner [also called a Medical Examiner] has a number of specific
tasks/roles to determine the
manners and causes of death – they w also visit death scenes, identify
human remains, supervise the transportation of corpses, operate crime scene
equipment, complete death certificates and notify the next of kin.
Coroners have Investigators or Officers
attached to them who inquiry into the circumstances of deaths that are:
sudden and of unknown cause; are due to unnatural causes;
or deaths that occur in custody.
officers are often the main point of contact for the coroner’s office and will
liaise or speak to:
bereaved relatives and family representatives;
doctors and other health professionals;
police, and other emergency services;
registrars of births and deaths;
pathologists and mortuary staff and others as relevant depending
on the case.
the Officer undertakes the bulk of the work and takes on a role that mimics
what we assume the police might do, or may in fact be the prime investigative
officer for a sudden death deciding whether or not the case requires a Coroner
to call it a homicide and thus require a formal police investigation.
reading this novel I had notrealised just how much work this Office undertakes
and can see how it would be an excellent role for an ex-police or officer
needing lighter duties.
we find Ridpath allocated to this role as he recovers from his cancer.
is not quite as angst ridden as we now expect our police to be and thus makes
for a different storyline which is refreshing. He is not an addict or alcoholic
nor suffering from a traumatic divorce, though his wife is none too pleased with
him and his attitude to work and looking after his health.
think his has the makings of a nice series as the characters develop and
Ridpath becomes more familiar with his role.
Keep Her Close
crime fiction, police procedurals, female sleuths
March 7th 2019
When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?
In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…
A British police procedural set in Oxford and its dreaming
spires. The previous book explains why the lead female detective has PTSD but
this one can be read as a stand-alone as enough of the back story is given. I have
not read the previous book.
I found the story interesting and compelling reading and the characters involved were complex enough that I never guessed who the villain was, let alone why, although the clues were there.
A good tone of voice by the author made this reading easy enough to follow and to be interested in the characters. I enjoyed this book.
The Taken Girls
Thrillers, Crime, British Detective, Police Procedural
Avon; Digital original edition
(21 Feb. 2019)
Someone is watching them…
When a missing teenage girl reappears unharmed but pregnant, the case falls to DI Edina Ogborne, the newest recruit of Canterbury Police. But Ed’s already got her hands full with a team who don’t want her, an ex who won’t quit, and terrible guilt over a secret from her past.
As Ed investigates the case, she discovers Canterbury has seen this crime not once, but several times before. And when Ed and her detectives encounter missing historic police files, falsified school records, and Ed’s new lover as a prime suspect, it becomes clear that the system has been corrupted.
Can Ed find the kidnapper behind these depraved crimes before he strikes again? Or has time already run out?
This is a solid police procedural with the frustrations of modern policing and the requirements for solid evidence well portrayed. Not to mention the fact that the senior officers want good press coverage even when what you have is more speculative than fact and contradicts the above … I found this new DI (a debut novel) to be a believable character – and fallible too, and was intrigued by the perpetrator and motives. This is a series I think that will develop well and I look forward to reading more.