Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

First Blood is the latest in the Angela Marsons Kim Stone series, and it goes back to Kim’s roots. Have you ever wondered how did Kim end up with her current team and what were the dynamics between them at the start? Well, wonder no longer, because this book shows Kim’s first case ever working with D.C. Stacey Wood, D.S. Bryant, and D.S. Dawson. Things didn’t start all that well with the new team. Each of them displaced from other teams, they all have to work together and find a rhythm that doesn’t disturb the rest and gels with the others, but that […] Read more »

Book Review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton came out on the Kindle a few days ago, so I picked it up as I couldn’t wait to read it. So far I’ve read all the Sharon Bolton books in order, and I was eagerly anticipating The Craftsman‘s release.  And wow what a book this was! The book’s main protagonist is Assistant Commissioner Florence ‘Flossie’ Lovelady, who tells her story from two points of view: the present (end of the 1990s) and the past (end of the 1960s). We first meet her as she is standing at a funeral where apparently people hated the dead […] Read more »

Book Review: Fire Damage by Kate Medina

Fire Damage Kate Medina

When one of my Goodreads friends sent me a book recommendation for Fire Damage by Kate Medina, I checked it out right away because she never failed in her suggestions before. I always love discovering new mystery and thriller authors, and gripping books that can keep me up to the wee hours of the morning reading. Having just finished reading the book, I can say that it ticks all the boxes for me. It is an engaging read, it has some gruesome crime scenes, and the main characters are well-fleshed out, not to mention the sparks that fly when the […] Read more »

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza (DCI Erika Foster #5)

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

I have been reading the Robert Brynza books in order for his DCI Erika Foster series from the very first book, The Girl in the Ice, and I was looking forward to pick up his latest novel, Cold Blood as well. After clearing my backlog on books to read and review, I finally managed to pick it up as my 4th book to read in 2018. In Cold Blood, we meet Erika once again, this time dealing with a ruthless killer who, after murdering his victims, cuts them into pieces and stuffs them in big suitcases, leaving them in various outdoor […] Read more »

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #17)

Garden of Lamentations is the latest book by Deborah Crombie in her Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James crime mystery series. I have read all Deborah Crombie books so far, but it took me a while to get to this latest novel as my TBR shelf was quite high. In this book, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are separate in their investigations. Gemma has to work with DI Kerry Boatman in solving the murder of a young woman, Reagan Keating, whom Gemma actually knew from before. Reagan was the nanny of a child who went to the same dance studio as her child, Toby. […] Read more »

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons (D.I. Kim Stone #7)

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

In Broken Bones, the latest Kim Stone book by Angela Marsons, two seemingly separate cases will intersect in an explosive ending. One heavy-snowing and extremely cold Christmas day, DI Kim Stone finds outside their police headquarters an abandoned baby all nicely tucked in, which shows care for the baby. So what kinds of difficulties can a mom find herself in for her to leave a baby that she seemingly loved so much? Kim is responsible for the baby until Child Protective Services can take care of the newborn. Kim’s Christmas Day proves to be a very strange one, indeed. On […] Read more »

Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge (Helen Grace #6)

Hide And Seek M. J. Arlidge

In Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge, Helen Grace is in prison for a crime she didn’t commit (we know that). Sadly, except for her loyal readers, the only other person who believes Helen is DS Charlie Brooks, who is her loyal teammate and friend. Everybody else was quick to believe Helen’s guilt and forget all about her. All stories in this series are dark, but I found Hide and Seek to be, so far, darkest of all. I couldn’t believe to imagine life in prison, especially not for someone who used to put others behind bars.Now, as she’s sitting in […] Read more »

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath is a look into the dark past of the main character, an older gentleman with retrograde amnesia, and his struggles to remember the horrible secret he knows he harbors somewhere in a deep corner of his mind. Alastair Cunningham finds himself in the hospital with no clue as to how he got there. Or who he is in the first place. He just can’t remember anything at all. In the hospital he is told that he had fallen down the stairs, hit his head and lost his memory in the process. Clémence, a family friend, is […] Read more »

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (DCI Erika Foster #4)

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Erika Foster, the tough as nails detective in Robert Brynzda’s thriller series, is back once again. This time, however, she is not working murder cases because she’s out. She has been away from her team for a while now, ever since she left the Murder Investigation Team when she got, once again, passed over for promotion. But the itch to solve cases remained with her ever since. When she is called to a gruesome crime scene, she can no longer deny her calling. She has to solve this case even if she has to grovel for her place back on the […] Read more »

Blood Lines by Angela Marsons (D.I. Kim Stone #5)

Blood Lines by Angela Marsons

When two people with seemingly nothing in common are murdered in the same manner, D.I. Kim Stone feels in her gut that the same killer’s work is involved in both cases. But there is a problem. The two people are as different from each other as they come. The first victim is a well-dressed woman who is seemingly a victim of a robbery gone wrong. The second one is a druggie, who apparently got the wrong end of her last deal. Both were killed with a single precise and efficient matching knife wound, which puzzles Kim to no end. The […] Read more »