The Curator by M.W. Craven #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the third book in the Washington Poe series by M.W. Craven, The Curator.

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It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6

Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Detective Washington Poe and crime analyst Tilly Bradshaw are back in M.W. Craven’s latest thriller, The Curator. I love, love, love this series. Now that I’ve caught up, I’m going to have to wait until the next book in the series as well. M.W. Craven has created another complex case for Tilly and Poe to crack.

What I absolutely love about this series are the characters. Tilly and Poe are some of the most original characters I’ve come across in crime fiction. And what I really like about M.W. Craven’s writing is that he also manages to write humour into his books really well. One scene, in particular, had me in stitches at the beginning, when Tilly is trying to persuade Poe to go to their boss’s baby shower. And Tilly is also fighting a losing battle in this book in trying to get Poe to eat more healthily.

When you read a book by M.W. Craven, you know the case Poe and Tilly will be investigating will be a grisly one. In this case, it takes place over the Christmas period. Body parts start turning up, and Poe and Tilly have to try and identify the victims. This is without the rest of the body. They have to try and see if there is a link between them. If there even is a link.

I was instantly hooked. I wanted to know what was going on here, and M.W. Craven does a fantastic job in keeping the tension turning up a notch. The plot moves forward really quickly, and as Poe and Tilly grow closer to understanding what is going on, it becomes even more horrifying. 

M.W. Craven really knows his characters and strong characterisation is, I think, one of his strongest writing skills. When I start one of his books, I’m rooting for Poe and Tilly. Poe always fights Tilly’s corner, and woe betide anyone who tries to make fun of her when he is around. This is what I really like about Poe. He is willing to stand up for Tilly when not many other people will.

I couldn’t believe the final reveals which come towards the end. It was something I was totally not expecting. My eyes were just fixed to the page as everything unfolded.

M.W. Craven once again creates a very atmospheric setting, particularly in the final scenes, but I don’t want to give too much away here. He draws on the atmosphere of the surrounding landscape so well in his writing, making you feel as though you are right there where the action is taking place.

The Curator is another utterly chilling read in this series, and I can’t wait to see what M.W. Craven has in store for Tilly and Poe next.

Publisher: Constable

Publication date: 4th June 2020

Print length: 351 pages

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Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest novel in the Tom Douglas series by Rachel Abbott, Close Your Eyes.

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Don’t let him under your skin. He’ll destroy you.

Don’t fight him. He’ll win.

Run. Never let him find you.

I thought I was safe here, but I’m not. I’ve stayed too long. Now Genevieve is dead, and the police are on their way. It’s time for me to go.

I must stick to the plan – the one I made the day I arrived in this city. My bag is packed. It always is. I will destroy every shred of evidence of my existence. The police must never find me. If they do, so will he. 

I made a mistake, and someone had to die. But I’m the one who has truly lost her life.

I need to make a choice. If I keep running, I’ll never stop. If I go back, he will make me suffer. 

How many lives can one person ruin?

MY THOUGHTS

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reading the Tom Douglas series by Rachel Abbott. I’m always wary about starting a series several books in, but I am so glad I decided to read the latest, Close Your Eyes. It can absolutely be read as a standalone, so if you’re new to this series as well, you don’t need to have read the previous books. But I’ll definitely be catching up on them.

In Close Your Eyes, the body of the wife of an up and coming businessman is found not far from their home. Her husband has set up a company that is currently developing an app that can accurately predict what will happen in your day. But what is really going on here? When Tom Douglas and his team arrive at the offices, a young woman, an employee of the firm, Martha Porter, flees, hoping to avoid speaking to the police. But why does she run? Has she got something to do with the murder? And what is the connection between what is happening now and a cult formed twenty-odd years earlier?

This was such a pacy and an addictive read. As soon as Martha flees the premises, I wanted to know what prompted her to do so. What was it that she didn’t want the police to know? I absolutely loved this premise, and it kept me asking what was really going on here.

The scenes told from Martha’s point of view are very tense. She knows that the police will be looking for her, and she tries everything possible to stop them from tracking her down. And Martha also has her son to worry about. Then Rachel takes us back in time when we see a young family moving into a new home in Liverpool. Not long after they move there, a mysterious man moves in with them who makes India, who is a young girl at the time and her father, feel very uncomfortable. But her mother is adamant that he stays and that he will be a good thing for them. But what is his purpose and how is he connected to events unfolding in the present?

I loved the different strands in this book; it made it such a gripping read as I wanted to know what was really going on here. If you haven’t yet started this series, and if you love crime fiction, then I highly recommend it. I only wish that I’d got round to reading the books sooner.

Publisher: Black Dot Publishing

Publication date: 11th February 2021

Print length: 408 pages

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Roses for the Dead by Chris McDonald cover reveal @RedDogTweets @cmacwritescrime #RosesForTheDead

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for the third book in the DI Erika Piper series by Chris McDonald, Roses for the Dead.

But before I reveal the cover, let’s take a look at the blurb.

MURDER CAN BE MAYHEM.

2013
Rockstar Johnny Mayhem sits on his bed, holding a bloody baseball bat. On the floor, clutching a lavender rose in her fist, is his wife, Amanda, who he has just beaten to death. Erika Piper knows this because she is one of the first on the scene. Mayhem is arrested and led away, screaming that they’ve got the wrong man. But the evidence is irrefutable and when Mayhem is sentenced to life in prison, no one is surprised.

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Thanks to new evidence, Johnny Mayhem is a now free man. During a television interview, he issues a thinly veiled threat to those involved in the original case before seemingly disappearing off the face of the Earth. When the body of Mayhem’s dealer is found, Erika Piper is pulled from the safety of her desk job and thrown into the hunt for the Rockstar. Can she find Mayhem before he can enact his revenge on everyone involved, including Erika? Or, has he been telling the truth all along? Did the police really get the wrong man?

Now for the all important cover!

Roses for the Dead (DI Erika Piper Book 3) by [Chris McDonald]

Roses for the Dead is published by Red Dog Press on the 13th April 2021 and you can pre-order your copy by clicking on the link below.

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An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer #bookreview #blogtour @carolewyer @AmazonPub @DamppebblesBTS

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the first book in the DI Kate Young series by Carol Wyer, An Eye For An Eye, on my blog today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Emma Welton from Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young Book 1) by [Carol Wyer]

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A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, what a brilliant start to a new series. Having been a fan of Carol Wyer’s previous crime novels, I was really looking forward to seeing what she would come up with in, An Eye For An Eye. This is the first novel to feature DI Kate Young, and I can’t wait to see what Carol has install for Kate and the series next.

When we first meet Kate, she is just returning to work having recently gone through a traumatic event. Thoughts about that day still plague her mind, but she is determined to get back to work. And she is thrown headfirst into a gruesome new case. The body of a man, a wealthy businessman, who has also been tortured, has been found by his secretary. The part I found the most gruesome about this case was that the victim’s eye had been removed. This shows that whoever is carrying out the murders is doing this for revenge. This also becomes quickly apparent to Kate and her team.

There were so many intriguing characters and potential suspects in this book. It’s certainly fair to say that the first man to end up dead could have attracted a lot of enemies. Soon Kate finds herself in a race against time as more people are killed. But what is the motive here? When Kate finds a connection between the men who have been targeted, she uncovers an unnerving, dark secret. I really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening here, and I was invested in the plot.

I really felt for Kate as I was reading this book. I could feel her grief as she attempted to come to terms with what has happened in her recent history. She is trying to push on with things, but she is struggling, and there are some heartbreaking scenes, which I think will make readers really connect with Kate.

Carol Wyer tells a devastating story here. It makes you feel for all of those who are involved, especially the people who are left behind. There is a very powerful scene right towards the end of the book, which even makes Kate stop and think, and I thought it was very well done.

An Eye For An Eye is very well plotted, and the different avenues which Carol explored hid the real motives and the killer really well. Some of the twists which came towards the end of the book knocked me for six.

I was gripped right the way through, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. DI Kate Young is a character who, I am sure, will become a firm favourite of mine in the crime fiction genre. If you’re a fan of Carol’s books, then you are in for a treat. I can’t wait to read more!  

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 1st February 2021

Print length: 426 pages

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Out in the Cold by Stuart Johnstone #bookreview @story_stuart @AllisonandBusby

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the chilling novel by Stuart Johnstone, Out in the Cold.

Out in the Cold: The thrillingly authentic Scottish crime debut (Sergeant Don Colyear Book 1) by [Stuart Johnstone]

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Intuition is everything in the police force, something that Sergeant Don Colyear knows better than most.

When a superior officer’s decision not to respond to a routine disturbance has fatal consequences, Colyear finds himself sent away from Glasgow to work in a remote Highlands town.

Despite not wanting to be there, a feeling shared by his commander, Colyear soon settles into life investigating petty crimes. But it isn’t long before he discovers something strange about the town. A string of teenage disappearances seems to have been ignored by the authorities. And when a groundsman from the local sporting estate is gruesomely murdered, Colyear suspects that long-held secrets could be coming to the surface.

As he delves further into the town’s history, it isn’t long before his own life is at risk.

MY THOUGHTS

I loved Out in the Cold by Stuart Johnstone. If you’re a fan of Paul Finch’s DS Mark Heckenburg series, then you need to give this a go. It’s pacy, addictive and really atmospheric.

When Don Colyear arrives in a remote Highlands town, after being transferred there from Glasgow, he isn’t exactly given a warm reception. In fact, his new boss tells him from the start that he didn’t want him there, and his placement in the town does seem strange as well. The police station is due to close within weeks, so what will happen to him after then? But there is a disturbing reason why he isn’t made to feel particularly welcome. Soon, Don finds himself very close to danger.

I love a crime novel set in an isolated location. There is tension right from the moment Don arrives in the town, and the setting made me feel very uncomfortable. I wanted to know why there was so much animosity towards Don when he first arrived. If I was in his position, I would have wanted to leave on the first day, particularly as the station was closing down soon anyway. There are times as well when Don himself questions why he stays.

But Don immediately feels that there isn’t something right about the town. Soon he becomes aware of reports of teenagers going missing. It is presumed they have run off to get out the town where there isn’t much going on. But Don thinks there is something more going on here. He also seems to be the only person interested in the disappearance, apart from the teenager’s parents. This I found really disturbing. I wanted to know what was going on here and I was rooting for Don to get to the truth. It’s what makes him stay as he knows that there is something here which he needs to get to the bottom of.

The pace in this novel flowed really well, and I loved the dialogue. I wouldn’t say it was, on the whole, a fast-paced read, but there are some taut scenes which had me on the edge of my seat. Stuart Johnstone describes these moments in the book really well, and the writing makes it feel as though the action is happening right in front of you. We also learn some intriguing things about Don as well, which does, in a way, give the novel a hint of a supernatural element to it as well.

Out in the Cold is a must-read for police procedural fans. I’m hoping that there are going to many more books to come in this series.

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Publication date: 19th November 2020

Print length: 320 pages

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Cut to the Bone by Roz Watkins #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the third book in the DI Meg Dalton series by Roz Watkins, Cut to the Bone.

Cut to the Bone: A gripping and suspenseful crime thriller full of twists (A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 3) by [Roz Watkins]

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A beautiful young social-media star goes missing.

But who took her?

When controversial internet celebrity Violet Armstrong vanishes in the middle of a scorching Peak District summer, the case sparks a media frenzy.

The clock is ticking for DI Meg Dalton and her team to find Violet before online threats explode into real-life violence. And then the blood and hair of a young woman are found in an empty pig trough at the local abattoir…

The more Meg finds out about this unnerving case, the more she becomes convinced that something very, very bad has happened to Violet. With temperatures rising and the press demanding answers, the case is about to take a terrifying turn…

MY THOUGHTS

Roz Watkins has become an auto-buy author for me. When I read her debut novel, The Devil’s Dice, I knew her character, DI Meg Dalton, was one I was going to want to keep coming back to. The latest book, Cut to the Bone, is another brilliant addition to this series which keeps getting better and better.

What I really like about Roz’s work, is that there is always the touch of the supernatural, which gives her books a very chilling atmosphere. And the story of the Pale Child in this book sent shivers up my spine as I was reading it. It made me want to find out more about what was really going on here and if there was any truth in the claims, or if it was just people’s imagination.

The character at the centre of Meg’s new investigation is Violet, a teenage vlogger who has gone missing. Violet has become the poster child for the meat industry. She posts videos of herself, semi-naked, while cooking with meat and has gained a large following and fan base on social media. Two storms are gathering around her disappearance. Animal rights activists are angry at Violet for how she has behaved, and some are saying she got what she deserved. Then there are Violet’s fans. They accuse the activists of having something to do with her disappearance as she was a supporter of the meat industry. Meg finds herself at the centre of this storm as she comes under fire from both sides. Soon she starts receiving threats.

This turns into a really difficult investigation for Meg and her team. They have to get to know the real Violet while angry voices shout at them from all directions. As they investigate further, they begin to find out that she isn’t quite the person who she portrayed herself to be.

When I first learnt about who Violet was, I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for her, but I grew to like her as the book progressed. I wanted Meg and her team to find the answers to her disappearance, but I kept thinking that their efforts would be undermined, by the two groups at war with each other. This is what makes the book a very tense read. Also, I worried about Meg’s safety as well, as she comes under intense scrutiny.

It’s quite a gruesome book. Some parts may make some readers uncomfortable, particularly the sections relating to the meat industry, but it does make for a very gripping read. I love Roz Watkins writing, and I love Meg’s character. There is some tension between her and her colleague, DS Jai Sanghera, who is going through a rough patch in his relationship with his girlfriend.  

I love this series, and I can’t wait to read what Roz Watkins comes up for DI Meg Dalton and her team next.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 25th June 2020

Print length: 416 pages

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What You Pay For by Claire Askew #bookreview #crimefiction

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the second book in the DI Helen Birch series by Claire Askew, What You Pay For on my blog today.

What You Pay For: Shortlisted for McIlvanney and CWA Awards (DI Birch) by [Claire Askew]

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DI Helen Birch faces a terrible choice – family or justice? – in the gripping second novel from the author of All the Hidden Truths

DI Birch joined the police to find her little brother, who walked out of his life one day and was never seen again. She stayed to help others, determined to seek justice where she could.

On the fourteenth anniversary of Charlie’s disappearance, Birch takes part in a raid on one of Scotland’s most feared criminal organisations. It’s a good day’s work – a chance to get a dangerous man off the streets.

Two days later, Charlie comes back. It’s not a coincidence. When Birch finds out exactly what he’s been doing all those years, she faces a terrible choice: save the case, or save her brother. But how can you do the right thing when all the consequences are bad?

As she interrogates Charlie, he tells his story: of how one wrong turn leads to a world in which the normal rules no longer apply, and you do what you must to survive.

From one of the most acclaimed new voices in crime fiction, What You Pay For is a brilliantly tense and moving novel about the terrible disruption caused by violence and the lines people will cross to protect those they love..

MY THOUGHTS

I can’t believe I missed What You Pay For by Claire Askew when it was released in 2019. I was a huge fan of her debut, All the Hidden Truths. This time around, things are about to hit far too close to home for DI Helen Birch, and everything for Helen is about to change. It’s been fourteen years since her younger brother, Charlie disappeared. The reason she joined the police force was because she wanted to try and find out what had happened to him. When Charlie turns up on her doorstep out of the blue, Helen has no idea, how much of an impact this will have on her career as a police officer, and the current case they are working on.

Claire Askew brilliantly builds up the suspense in this book, and she opens it in a very dramatic way. As the fourteenth anniversary of Charlie’s disappearance approaches, Helen starts receiving strange calls. No one speaks. All she can hear is heavy breathing. Helen’s first thought is that this is someone’s idea of a joke, but her whole life is about to be turned upside down. In some chapters, we also hear from the voice of an unknown individual. I thought these scenes, in particular, were very chilling.

What You Pay For makes for a really gripping read. I wanted to find out what Charlie had been up to in the fourteen years since he first went missing. I wanted to know why he was willing to put his family through the pain and misery of not knowing where he was for all these years. His mother would never know as she died a few years before his return. And during that time, Helen had convinced herself that her brother was dead, and the most she could hope for was for some form of closure.

Claire Askew’s writing pulls you into the story, making this a very difficult read to put down. I needed answers to the questions that were buzzing around inside my mind as I was reading it. I wanted to know just what exactly Charlie had got himself involved in. Why did it mean that he could never return home to his family when he knew they were searching for him? I wanted to see how much of an impact his return would have on his future relationship with his sister. Would she be able to forgive him for staying away for all this time? It seemed impossible that things could go back to just how they were before he went missing. Too much time had passed, and Charlie had changed beyond recognition for Helen.

The DI Helen Birch books are turning into a must-read crime series. If you haven’t yet discovered it, then you need to read these books as soon as possible.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date: 22nd August 2019

Print length: 329 pages

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The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the second book in the DCS Frankie Sheehan series by Olivia Kiernan, The Killer in Me.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan does not wish to linger on the grisly scene before her eyes. Two mutilated corpses. In a church. In Clontarf. Her profiling background screams one fact: this is just the beginning of a sickening message.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old case is playing out on a TV documentary, the convicted professing his innocence and historical police errors being exposed daily in the media. Frankie’s superior, commissioner Donna Hegarty, makes no bones about who she expects to clean things up – both in terms of past mishandlings and the present murders.

But not everyone working the cases wants the truth to come out. And the corridors of power have their own vested interest. Soon Frankie pinpoints just what is making her so nervous: the fact that anyone could be the next victim when justice is the killer.

The Killer In Me is a fast-paced thriller in which lies are safer than the truth, the past is never far from the present, and the ability to kill could well, it seems, live in everyone.

MY THOUGHTS

The Killer in Me is the second book in Olivia Kiernan’s DCS Frankie Sheehan series. In the opening pages, Frankie is asked to look again at a seventeen-year-old case by her sister-in-law, Tanya West. Sean Hennessy was convicted of the murder of his parents and the attempted murder of his younger sister. Now, with the help of a new documentary and a charity, Justice Meets Justice, he is trying to appeal his earlier conviction. But Frankie is still convinced of his guilt. However, this still doesn’t stop her from taking an interest in the case and looking at it again. Now, with Sean’s return to his hometown, a series of new murders take place. But is Sean responsible as the media and the police come to believe? What would make him commit these murders when he is trying to protest his innocence for the murder of his parents?

Olivia Kiernan’s engaging writing draws you into the story from the very first page. I really liked DCS Frankie Sheehan in the first book, Too Close To Breathe, and she’s fast becoming a favourite character of mine in crime fiction. She is also one of the most intriguing characters I’ve come across recently. There are many different strands to these investigations that Frankie has to navigate her way through to get to the truth.

In the opening pages, a fresh investigation launches when the bodies of a man and woman, husband and wife, are found outside a church. The priest is one of the first to shoot to the top of the list of suspects. But it isn’t long before a link is drawn to Sean Hennessy. The crime scene has been designed to send the police a message. But what message?

I was really intrigued by both the fresh murders which have taken place and Sean Hennessy’s appeal to overturn his conviction. Like Frankie, I couldn’t really see how his new case could be presented, especially after the damming evidence against him the first time around. I could see there would have to be something pretty spectacular that would need to come to light, to be within a chance of having his guilty verdict overturned.

The plot really makes you think about the characters, especially those who are involved in the crime. I found that I was studying those who came under suspicion even more as I was reading. The police procedural aspect of the plot feels really authentic. I particularly liked the small-town setting on the coast of Ireland as well. Olivia Kiernan brings to landscape life, and she makes you feel as though you are there. It’s what makes this book really atmospheric.

Olivia Kiernan has created another brilliant, addictive read. I’m really excited to catch up on the third book. This is turning into a top crime series, and I would highly recommend it to crime fiction lovers.

Publisher: riverrun

Publication date: 4th April 2019

Print length: 352 pages

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The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson #bookreview #crimefiction

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the debut crime novel by Nadine Matheson, The Jigsaw Man.

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There’s a serial killer on the loose.

When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there.

The race is on before more bodies are found.

She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind . . .

Will it take a killer to catch the killer?

Now all bets are off, and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first – Henley, or the Jigsaw Killer?

MY THOUGHTS

Nadine Matheson’s debut crime novel, The Jigsaw Man, is a tense, gruesome serial killer thriller. I first heard about this book at the HQ Fiction Showcase back in January 2020, and I wanted to read it as soon as possible. For fans of Chris Carter, this is a must-read. This is for you if you like your crime books dark and with plenty of tension. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for what Nadine Matheson writes next. 

We’re thrown headfirst into a grisly case when body parts are found along the banks of the River Thames. A link is instantly drawn to the ‘Jigsaw Killer.’ Peter Olivier was convicted and handed a life sentence, after committing a string of murders, giving him the nickname the ‘Jigsaw Killer,’ several years earlier. But these new murders are a cause for concern. Do the body parts belong to old victims of Peter’s who were never found? Or are the police now dealing with a copycat? This is a case which has haunted DI Henley as she was the officer who put Peter Olivier behind bars. She hoped never to see him again, but now it is clear she may have to. It also seems that Peter has a particular interest in DI Henley.

Nadine Matheson certainly doesn’t shy away from gruesome details. This is what made this novel particularly tense. I absolutely loved Nadine Matheson’s voice, and it hooked me into the novel from the very first page. There’s a real sense of a race against time to catch the killer. The police need to bring this case to a successful conclusion quickly. There is also the fear that the killer isn’t finished and that more lives will be lost if they aren’t caught. Nadine Matheson kept the pace flying forwards as the investigation heated up. There were more than a few moments when I couldn’t bear to turn my eyes away from the page. I was desperate to know what was going to happen next. Nadine Matheson also delivers several jaw-dropping twists, DI Henley and her team certainly aren’t given an easy ride here.

What makes this book really interesting is that the motive behind the copycat killings isn’t entirely clear. Is the killer trying to do this to impress their ‘idol’, Peter Olivier? Or are they looking to upstage him? It’s the unknowns that makes this case terrifying for DI Henley and her team. They don’t know what turn the killer is going to take next.

Nadine Matheson is a writer who I can’t wait to read more from. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their backstories in this book. She has left the ending of this open for a possible continuation of this story and I’m hoping that there will be more books in this series. The Jigsaw Man is a compelling debut crime novel, and it is an entertaining read that will keep you reading.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 18th February 2021

Print length: 400 pages

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Shed No Tears by Caz Frear #bookreview

I’m a huge fan of Caz Frear’s DC Cat Kinsella series. I’m sharing my thoughts on her latest book, Shed No Tears on my blog today.

Shed No Tears: The stunning new thriller from the author of Richard and Judy pick 'Sweet Little Lies' (DC Cat Kinsella) by [Caz Frear]

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Four victims.
Killer caught.
Case closed . . . Or is it?

Christopher Masters, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’, strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found.

Until now.

Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the Major Investigation Team are called in. But immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, no one to answer them.

Did someone get it wrong all those years ago? And if so, who killed Holly Kemp?

MY THOUGHTS

DC Cat Kinsella is back in Caz Frear’s latest novel, Shed No Tears. I’m a huge fan of this series, and I love Caz Frear’s writing, but after finishing this book, I’m wondering what will happen next for Cat.

In 2012, a serial killer, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’ murdered three young women. The body of his fourth victim was never found. Now, years later, his final victim, Holly Kemp, is discovered in a field in Cambridgeshire, miles from where she went missing. But Cat isn’t convinced that ‘The Roommate Killer,’ is responsible for Holly’s death and that the real killer is still out there.

This case is about to hit far too close to home for Cat. As they begin to look into Holly’s past, they realise that she is not the type of girl who everyone once thought she was. It soon becomes clear that Holly could have made several enemies, and this instantly broadens the search field.

DC Cat Kinsella is one of my favourite detectives in crime fiction. What I have really liked about her since the first book is her sense of humour. This is what keeps me engaged, and I like how she interacts with her colleagues. Cat isn’t without her own troubles herself. Her father is a criminal gangster. She has tried to distance herself from this side of her family as much as possible. But it looks as though she may have to put her family first after her father has an accident. This may not bode well for her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden. He is also connected to her family’s past. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, this book does contain some spoilers about a previous case, but the storyline itself can be read as a standalone.

The plot in Shed No Tears is really engaging. Caz Frear keeps the pace flying forward with realistic dialogue which is often witty as well. I thought Caz Frear wrapped everything up really well. Cat learns some hard-hitting and shocking truths as they begin to understand just what happened to Holly the night she died. It did make me wonder what I would do if I was in a similar position as I was reading the final chapters.

This is one of my favourite series of books in the crime fiction market, and I am a huge fan Caz Frear’s writing. I can’t wait to see what Caz Frear writes next.

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication date: 24th July 2020

Print length: 321 pages

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