Reviews

Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown

Author: Sandra Brown Publisher: Hodder Stoughton Copyright Year: 2008 Reviewed By: Phyllis King Book Synopsis: Sandra Brown’s books are always a good read and Smoke Screen doesn’t disappoint. Britt Shelley, investigative newswoman, wakes to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a long-ago, sometime lover. So, while she can’t quite remember how she ended up

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Genesis by Karin Slaughter

Author: Karin Slaughter Publisher: Century Reviewed by: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: This is Karin Slaughter’s ninth book and three great characters from her previous books reappear. Special Agents Faith Mitchell and Will Trent get to meet Dr. Sara Linton, and Will is infatuated while Faith is jealous. It’s fair to say all three are still

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Slights by Kaaron Warren

Author: Kaaron Warren Publisher: Harper Collins Reviewed by: Angry Robot Book Synopsis: Slights opens with the death of Stevie’s mum at her own hands. This death was an accident – Stevie overindulged at a dinner with her mother, celebrating a lottery win and crashes the car on the way home. Stevie’s mother dies and Stevie

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Shadow by Karin Alvtegen

Author: Karin Alvtegen Publisher: Text Reviewed By: Tanya King Book Synopsis: Karin Alvetegen’s biography provided by the publishing house states that she is the great-niece of the author of Pippi Longstocking. Don’t start reading this complex and grim novel with that smiling protagonist in mind – there is a dearth of pigtails, striped stockings or

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Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen

Author: Tess Gerritsen Publisher: Bantam Press Reviewed by: Rose Mercer Book Synopsis: This early novel of bestselling thriller writer Tess Gerritsen, is alleged to be the one where she crossed over from writing romance to thriller/mystery. It is a stand-alone and was originally published in 1994 as Peggy Sue Got Murdered but in 2009, it was

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U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Author: Sue Grafton Publisher: Penguin Reviewed by: Rose Mercer Book Synopsis: This is a story exploring what is lie, recall and perception which starts when Michael Sutton hires Kinsey for one day to dig (sic) into a memory he has of two men digging a hole 11 years in the past. He is convinced it

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Cold Case by Faye Kellerman

Author: Faye Kellerman Publisher: Harper Collins Reviewed By: Rose Mercer Book Synopsis: The 17th novel in the series featuring LAPD Lt. Peter Decker and wife Rina Lazarus is, as the title suggests, a cold case. Genoa Greeves promises a large donation to the police department if they agree to reopen and solve the murder of

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A Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper

Author: Chloe Hooper Publisher: Random House Reviewed by: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: Do not be deceived by the title or the animals on the cover – this is certainly not a book for children. It is a stunning debut novel, a look at a true crime by a girl who thinks she has stopped being

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Blindman’s Bluff by Kaye Kellerman

Author: Kaye Kellerman Publisher: Harper Collins Reviewed By: Rose Mercer Book Synopsis: Highly experienced homicide police officer, Lieutenant Peter Decker of the LAPD, knows a 3am call means something serious. Blindman’s Bluff begins with a multiple homicide: three members of the wealthy Kaffey family, two bodyguards, and a maid; two additional security officers are missing.

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Beautiful Death by Fiona McIntosh

Author: Fiona McIntosh Publisher: Harper Collins Review by Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: This fast paced story is the second book featuring Chief Detective Inspector Jack Hawksworth of New Scotland Yard. The setting is multi-cultural London and the many different cultures and customs are well-drawn and play a vital part in the book. The story takes

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