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London Calls for Justice

London Calling Book Cover London Calling
Inspector Carlysle
James Craig
police procedural, crime, mystery, thriller
(4 Aug. 2011)

Can you win an election and cover up murder at the same time?

When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top.

In the middle of a General Election, a murderer is stalking the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. With power almost in his grasp, Edgar Carlton will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.

Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton takes the law into his own hands.

A complex story that involves politics and an election and privilege.

The Old Boys’ Club that seems to exist amongst certain rather wealthy young men appears to encourage and support an amount of youthful high jinks that can be rather more serious in nature than just fun and games. Sometimes they include what amount to serious crimes, but that are covered up by members of the club, as (almost) part of their rights and dues for their societal positions.

In this story a crime committed long ago, in university, comes back to haunt the Club in the most macabre way.

It is the job of the police to unravel the clues and to find out just what is being hidden, by whom, and who are the guilty parties.

I enjoyed this, my first Inspector Carlyle novel. I enjoyed the writing style and the storyline set against the complications of an election and party politics.

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Talking Cats

Crazy Cat Ladies: Cat Scratch Fever Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: Cat Scratch Fever
L.C. Alleyne
paranormal, romance, crime
11 Oct 2016

Inspector Rafael Montigue detects the scent of a potential mate during a delegate meeting. Kristin Wallin is working undercover to bring down the Brazilian Minister’s drug ring. When terrorists attack, Rafe exposes his panther shifter identity in order to protect Kristin, but she surprises him with secrets of her own that make him look like an innocent kitty cat.


A shifter story – panther who is now a policeman and a political assassination attempt – falls for someone he meets there.

Here we also have a Norwegian forest cat – forestvery intelligent here – it can converse with a panther shifter. (And, yup, they are rather large cats…) I didn’t realise cat language was quite so universal – in fact I have read that it is very specific and that each domestic cat speaks a language it has developed to its human, that is different to every other cat.  This might be the case here?

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Cafe Life

Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse Book Cover Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse
The Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery Series
Sheri Bryan
cozy mystery, romance, food
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
23 Sept. 2015
Kindle, Paperback

Charlotte Denver runs her marina front café in the bustling fishing town of St. Eves, nestled in the south-west of England. While Charlotte loves the tranquility of St. Eves, where crime is almost unheard of, and nothing really exciting ever happens, her good friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is longing for a good, juicy crime to get his teeth into. When the arrival of newcomers to St. Eves triggers a chain of events that ends in tragedy, Nathan enjoys the thrill of investigating his first murder case while Charlotte turns amateur sleuth to help solve the case and restore peace and harmony to the town as quickly as possible. Twists and turns abound in Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse, the first book in the Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery series.

A nicely written cozy mystery with a twist at the end that I didn’t guess even though I knew who the murderer was by mid-way through.

It’s often the reasons that are kept hidden of course, just to give the story that bit extra. Which it certainly did here.

The story is set in a (thinly) disguised St Ives UK – where the sun does certainly not shine as often as it appeared to do so in this story. [July is the hottest month in St Ives with an average temperature of15°C (59°F) and the coldest is January at 6°C (43°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 7 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 132mm of rain.] But yes, Cornwall is very popular indeed with surfers and St Ives with artists, though it is now a very expensive town to live in comparatively (average price of £336,925 and in  Cornwall generally terraced properties had an average sold price of £191,790 and semi-detached properties averaged at £208,693. Cornwall, with an overall average price of £242,252, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Devon (£237,641), but was cheaper than Somerset (£260,778) and Dorset (£294,877).

I wondered why the cafe should shut on a Saturday when the area has a lot of tourists. Surely a Monday closing would be more sensible – if you must close at all – why not hire staff? Or have a limited menu after 3pm  so the owner could go off. Seemed a very poor business decision to me.


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Spying Elvis

Crazy Cat Ladies: North Pole Unlimited Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: North Pole Unlimited
Elle Rush
suspense, crime, romance,
11 Oct 2016

Jaded P.I. Decker Harkness must track down a missing prototype if he wants a shot at a corporate security contract. Sexy cat shelter manager Joy McCall has her own investigation running - she needs to figure out who broke into Kitten Caboodle and made off with her foster kittens. They'll have to work together to get the happy ending they both deserve.

Cop Decker and cat lady Joy meet up and solve a crime.

I loved the whole premise of this story with the prototype Elvis going missing and the NPU corporation.

A fun, light-hearted and different story  with cats of course!




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Cold Case Murders

Concealed in Death Book Cover Concealed in Death
Eve Dallas
JD Robb
Fantasy, crime fiction
July 2104

There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property - but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another - in fact, twelve dead girls concealed behind a false wall.

Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police lieutenant in town. Eve Dallas is determined to find the killer - especially when she discovers that the building used to be a sanctuary for deliquent teenagers and the parallel with her past as a young runaway hits hard.

As the girls' identities are slowly unravelled by the department's crack forensic team, Eve and her staunch sidekick Peabody get closer to the shocking truth...

I am rationing my JD Robb, Eve Dallas and Roarke. I love these stories and Nora Roberts always writes a good novel, but I stopped reading them for a while as I found the JD Robb series getting a little ‘samey’.

Not so here.

This is a different ‘take’ on a multiple murder. And to my delight we have some wicked references to TV Series  – we have a dog called Bones, owned by a forensic psychologist, who wears sky high designer heels, and flashy duds to crime scenes. All a nod to Rizzoli and Isles and of course Bones and Body of Proof (Jordan may also feature in this character sketch too).

The murders happened 15 years ago and so we have Cold Case also referenced, whereby we have to trace everyone concerned back in the time that the deaths occurred.

I also thought that Nora Roberts had really got into her stride and the book read well with good characterisations, and enough storylines of who and what and why to keep the interest.

Now I am pleased to have bought the rest of the series to date and pre-ordered the next – but am keeping them in a ‘mustn’t binge’ reading pile!

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