M-9: A Chelmin and Spaulding CID Mystery
Chelmin & Spaulding CID Mysteries Book 1
by Marvin J Wolf
Mystery & Thrillers , Police Procedural
Pub Date 20 Aug 2019
Who killed Kendra Farrell and left her bound, dehydrated body on a boxcar loaded with Army boots? Army CID agents Rudy Chelmin and his rookie partner, Will Spaulding, trace the train’s route back to Barstow, CA, and the Marine Corps Supply Depot. Before they can begin a joint-service investigation, they come under attack by a determined and heavily armed international gang. As they try to unwrap the mystery of Kendra’s death they must take out a sniper, escape from an RPG attack that levels a city block, and dodge a car bomb—and that’s just the first few days. To find Kendra’s killer they must learn why she was killed. As they unravel a mind-twisting snarl of nefarious, intertwined networks, they must also battle the bureaucracy—The FBI, Homeland Security, and the Barstow police want their share of the case. Then Chelmin vanishes and Spaulding has only three days to learn if his partner will suffer Kendra’s agonizing fate.
This is a complex story that might confuse so you need to
keep your wits about you when reading it! I thought it was interesting in the way
that the Army, Navy, FBI and local PD were interlinked in solving the murders
and the rationale for them.
Keep the story straight and the various characters involved, and you will enjoy the book…
Dead Remaining Book 1
Fiction. Mystery, Suspense, Murder, Female Sleuths, Ghosts
Thomas & Mercer
July 23, 2019
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility. When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they're quick to pin the crime on a convicted criminal who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she's just getting started. Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia--or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan's instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI's closing in. Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric's hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?
Is this a ghost story or a murder mystery? It is up to the reader to decide
but it encompasses both. We have a ghost – a very persistent and quite forceful ghost; but we also have a murder and mystery. Who is the ghost? And what happened to him? He was murdered, but how and by who, and where?
Set in small town USA with a very small policeforce and not much money, we have female police officer with stickability and persistence and curiosity. All of which gets her into serious trouble as she tries to find out about the ghost boy.
As she delves into his case, the FBI find a graveyard and that is where
things begin to get strange for our heroine – and a professor (college
lecturer) with his own mental issues that having a ghost visit doesn’t help
I thought the suspense was well carried and it isn’t until the final stages
of the last chapter that it all comes to be resolved and the final pieces of
the puzzle fit together.
The issues with schizophrenia were well narrated and explored and it was
refreshing to find a character with these flaws who wasn’t a psychology expert as so many books seem to write them up as.
The story is a little short and we should really have found out more about the other children – the live ones as well as the dead ones. It would have helped fill out the story – perhaps someone could have list of lost children, ages, sexes; surely the FBI would be involved before the graves came to light? What about the FBI officers? Could we know about them?
This novel seems rather like a preliminary / prequel tale for a series that is longer and more involved. It is good – as far as it goes.
This is the first in a new series with our female detective and I look
forward to reading further books.
Breaking the Lore
Inspector Paris #1
by Andy Redsmith
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
15 Apr 2019
A magical, mischievous mystery perfect for fans of Douglas Adams and Ben Aaronovitch How do you stop a demon invasion... when you don’t believe in magic? Inspector Nick Paris is a man of logic and whisky. So staring down at the crucified form of a murder victim who is fifteen centimetres tall leaves the seasoned detective at a loss… and the dead fairy is only the beginning. Suddenly the inspector is offering political asylum to dwarves, consulting with witches, getting tactical advice from elves and taking orders from a chain-smoking talking crow who, technically, outranks him. With the fate of both the human and magic worlds in his hands Nick will have to leave logic behind and embrace his inner mystic to solve the crime and stop an army of demons from invading Manchester!
Love the introductory sentence as it
really sets the scene for a very different novel.
Inspector Paris and Manchester seem to go
together well. This is book 1 in a new series that I really want to read more
of. The Sergeant is wonderfully dumb and
there is plenty of grisly and sarcastic humour to keep me interested. Fairies
being crucified is new to me, but then it was new to everyone as Paris says ‘How
do you kill somebody who doesn’t exist?’ ie a fairy!
We are then introduced to a talking crow,
a female baby rock troll princess, an elf, and the Vanethria and yet more such
creatures who shouldn’t exist. All of which with a sly humour and great writing
Rivers of London
crime fiction, mystery, thriller, Greeks, and Romans,Urban fantasy
| 13 Jun 2019
Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.
Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history.
. . . so long as that history doesn't kill them first.
This book takes us away from the usual London magic haunt
and Peter to Germany and a new character who was apprenticed to a Mistress Practitioner
of Magic – in the police of course.
Germany suffered badly after the war and its initial need
for practitioners was to eradicate the werewolves, it was only once that task
had been completed that it was possible to look at the strange occurrences from
a policing viewpoint. But as in Britain, the official practitioners had been
decimated by the magical battles and ‘magic ‘ police were still learning and
had not yet linked up with the more established London police.
Nonetheless, it was rivers and their goddesses that were
causing issues. Or perhaps one could say more accurately the lack of such
goddesses and their worship. Especially
as some rivers had ‘birthed’ baby goddesses, who being toddlers really had
little control of their powers. So we get wine growing, rivers and some very
strange deaths and perhaps a new apprentice.
Nice but not quite as original and atmospheric as the London
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.