Not so much a break as

The Breakdown Book Cover The Breakdown
B.A. Paris
suspense, thriller, psychological
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9th Feb 2017

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Bestselling author B A Paris is back with a brand new psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

There is currently a minor sub-genre of stories about (paranoid) women losing their short(ish) term memory. With always a suspense supposed – building up to a crisis – and never are they really ‘mad’ – always someone trying make them seem so.

So, when I started this book, my suspicions were immediately aroused. I know that such memory losses can be caused by drugs – see other similar stories – was her husband drugging her? The oh so wonderful Matthew who can’t have children – I wonder why not?

Now we come to the phone calls – we get some kind of an explanation as to why she doesn’t contact the police – but in the UK, he first thing you do is contact BT who put a trace on your line and can change your number. This to me was a big plot hole.

  • Due to my disbelief at the story-line right from the very beginning it was clear to me that I have read too many stories with the same plot!

Or

  • there are too many stories out there with the same plot;

or

  • the writing and story-telling in this book are too derivative;

or

  • I am too cynical and need to read with a more open mind;

or

she really was losing her memory and going mad ….. and something nasty happens…..

Choose any one answer. from above. I’m not telling you which is correct.

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And it floods

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones Book Cover Inspector Hobbes and the Bones
Unhuman (Inspector Hobbes)
Wilkie Martin
Fiction, humour, fantasy, cozy
The Witcherley Book Company
December 16, 2016
328

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.

Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.

This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of cosy comedy crime fantasies.

I felt I didn’t read to read the previous 2 books to appreciate this rather unusual mystery tale.

Inspector Hobbes is not quite human and thus he and his friend tend to encounter criminals who are also not quite human. The Inspector’s long suffering housekeeper knows exactly what to do when he is stumped – hence the bones.

One is never quite certain what the Inspector looks like, but we do know he is very strong and has a strange appetite. He is also very clever and has been a member of the police force for rather too long for a normal person.

In a funny way, I rather enjoyed this book and have debated over what I would rate it.  as i am not inclined to read any more of this series I am grading it a 3. A 4 would have meant looking for more to read and I didn’t like it quite that much.

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Sapphires and Tunnels

Moonglow Cafe Book Cover Moonglow Cafe
Deborah Garner
Fiction, Women's Literature
2014-04
252

New York reporter Paige MacKenzie has a hidden motive when she heads to the small town of Timberton, Montana. Assigned to research the area's unique Yogo sapphires for the Manhattan Post, she hopes to reconnect romantically with handsome cowboy Jake Norris. The local gem gallery offers the material needed for the article, but the discovery of an old diary, hidden inside the wall of a historic hotel, soon sends her on a detour into the underworld of art and deception. Each of the town's residents holds a key to untangling more than one long-buried secret, from the hippie chick owner of a new age cafe to the mute homeless man in the town park. As the worlds of western art and sapphire mining collide, Paige finds herself juggling research, romance and danger. With stolen sapphires and shady characters thrown into the mix, will Paige escape the consequences of her own curiosity?"

An interesting Western story with the discussion about Yogo sapphires thrown in. Now Yogo sapphires in Montana are a real thing. They were first mined some 100 years ago having been discovered in 1860 but not really considered to be worthwhile. They come n a multitude of colours not just blue but also green, pink, pale red, purple, yellow and orange.

People now pay to dig in the mines as a hobby.

In 1980 Thailand developed a heat treatment which enabled white and yellow sapphires to be turned into blue  thus making these coloured sapphires more commercial.

I have not read the previous book in the series so was coming at the character of the reporter from new and rather liked her style. Although who goes into a basement without a really good torch with good batteries? I know she had one but…didn’t last long did it? The tunnels didn’t surprise me much for 2 reasons. I had already guessed that the hobo (name?) was looking for something and also from my experience of mining towns in the UK – they all have tunnels / mines under them!

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When Words are Bad

Murdered by Words Book Cover Murdered by Words
MidWest Cozy Mysteries
Dianne Harman
cosy mystery
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 April 2016)

This is supposedly a novel where life imitates art. I just wonder about calling it that as it is a rather obscure quote –  from Oscar Wilde, who gave as his opinion,  in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.

But the story did not live up to this quote.

It is a ‘cozy’ and I found rather reptitive and slow. The sentences were very precise – somehow too precise as it means that the story moved very slowly with out the use of emotional adjectives or humour.

Although the storyline is about an author who writes racy novels – this novel was far from racy – indeed it was staid.

I failed to get invested in the heroine and her life.

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Dark is the hidden

The Darkest Secret Book Cover The Darkest Secret
Alex Marwood
crime, thriller, mystery, psychological
Sphere
2016-06
400

Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help. My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old. When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea. But what really happened to Coco? Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed... Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, an unputdownable 'ripped from the headlines' novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.

Yes, it’s true, Madeline McCann has, sort of, been involved in the concept of this story-line – not that the book attempts to write her story, but rather the idea of a 3 year old child going missing and never being found despite intensive and extensive searches is.

The father is truly a horrible man and you realise why he has so many wives and yet, when it comes down to it, he has a lot of power that he wields to his own benefit despite what it might do to others, including his family.

i enjoyed the way the narrative went from past to present – which is a conceit that id currently being used by many writers as they move the story along through different eyes and different times. Truth is definitely in the eye of the beholder in this story and it takes for the reader to be able to distinguish these truths from reality. and so it hooks the reader in and keeps you reading. The ending has twists you may not guess, which is always, for me, a sign of a good plot.

A well crafted novel. And an author to read.

 

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