The Burning Men
DI ALEX FINN AND DC MATTIE PAULSEN. #1
Noir Crime, Heist Crime, Serial Killers
Hodder and Stoughton
February 6, 2020
THE FIRST IN A PHENOMENAL NEW PROCEDURAL SERIES FEATURING DI ALEX FINN AND DC MATTIE PAULSEN. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson. When a high-rise development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters tackle the blaze. The building should be empty, but they find a man, unconscious, next to several cases of money. The fire crew make a fateful decision; leave the man, take the money, quit the service and never speak of this again. But five years later one of them is set alight in the toilets at his own wedding. Soon after, a second is found in the burnt out remains of his Maserati, nothing but a smoking corpse. It appears that someone knows what they did. And there are still three firemen left to go. . . DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen are an unlikely pairing, but they need to discover who is behind these killings before the last man burns. This is first in Will Shindler's Finn and Paulsen series - a British detective series that ranks with Mark Billingham, M.J. Arlidge, Staurt Macbride.
A definite 5 star read. With a great
twist on the final page.
A well written, well plotted story
that makes you wonder what would you have done? If you were the firemen, in
that fire, and you had personal problems? And how would you have rationalised
do take our firemen and first responders for granted and forget just how
dangerous their work is and how little they are rewarded in the scheme of
Little Boy Lost
by J. P. Carter
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Avon Books UK
Pub Date 23 Jan 2020
Innocence is no protection against evil… One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it. Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi. As Anna starts digging, she soon learns that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father. But would any of them go so far as to take his son? And is the boy’s abductor closer than she thinks?
A very disturbing story. very well told and believable after previous London riots.
My husband has always pointed to the regular occurrence of riots in the UK's history, and the fact that social ills were addressed afterwards, as a reason, possibly, that unlike most of Europe, we still have a monarchy. And have not had a real Revolution.
I saw a play created from interviews with our last London rioters, and it is clear that a significant portion of our youth feel very disenfranchised. And the increase in knife crime in 2019 emphasises this.
So the social unrest that is the background to this story is a viable a believable extrapolation.
I am not sure if Chloe's back story added a great deal apart from muddling stories up. I would have left it out. Its riot experience was enough.
And the final twist was one I never saw coming. Excellent.
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!
Do You Hear What I Hear?:
A Detective Shelley Caldwell "Hot Christmas" (A Detective Shelley Caldwell story Book 5)
Dangerous Love Publishing
(13 Nov. 2017)
The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War with Russia. Now Christmas is around the corner and live-in lovers Detective Shelley Caldwell and Jake DeAtley are in a cold war of their own. Shelley has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise that she can decorate “her half” of every room, but there can be no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree. With her woo-woo instincts ablaze, Shelley can’t resist bringing home the tree, heating up the war with Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. Will it bring them back together or push them farther apart. Shelley and Jake met in the novel “Hot Case,” deepened their relationship in “Hot Trick,” and appeared in short stories “Hot Corpse” and “Hot Song.” Each case has a different paranormal/urban fantasy bent and villain. And a little much needed humor.
specialises in romance so her foray into crime fiction is an aberration, but a
good one, and she should continue this series in my opinion.
I started this
series with the last book rather than the first as part of my Xmas reading but
rdalised I wanted to find out the history between Shelley and Silke her twin
and how Shelley met Jake so needed to go back to book 1 and others.
But then found
out that I had a problem – Patricia Rosemoor has written over 90 books (and
counting) and the detective series is not one of her most recognised and thus
it was tricky to track down the book I was looking for. I did find it
What we find out
from the first book is that Shelley is a Sensitive and thus can sense ‘woo woo’
as she puts it in the course of her work. She finds that many of her crime
scenes have non-human creatures involved and also that Jake is not quite human
either! Silke involves herself in the magic world and gets herself into a lot
of trouble as a result and takes her ‘woo woo’ aspects and attributes much more
seriously than Shelley. But over time and crime scenes Shelley gets less
sceptical and more understanding.
contains the following novels:
Hot Case; Hot
Trick; Hot Tales; and Hot Corpse.
But Rosemoor now
uses the ‘Hot’ pre-noun for another series, which could be confusing…
I shall read some
of Rosemoor’s other books at some time, but I read the entire crime series and