#BookReview By Lou of The Homes By J.B. Mylet @JamesMylet @ViperBooks #CrimeFiction #Thriller #FictionBasedOnTrueStory #Lesley #Jonesy #TheHomes #mustread

The Homes
By J.B. Mylet

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The Homes – fiction based on a true story, is a Must Read, breath-taking phenomenal thriller. It’s a fabulous Scottish Crime book that is hard to put down, and I don’t use that term lightly. Find out more in the blurb and more of my thoughts in my full below. Thanks firstly to Viper Books for sending me a lovely hardback copy to review from. Chris Brookmyre reckons it’s ‘Set to be one of the Scottish crime books of the year’. I can totally see that happening with its original story-telling and setting.

Blurb

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There were good people in The Homes. But there were also some very, very bad ones…

The HomesA thousand unwanted children live in The Homes, a village of orphans in the Scottish Lowlands on the outskirts of Glasgow. Lesley was six before she learned that most children live with their parents. Now Lesley is twelve, and she and her best friend Jonesy live in Cottage 5, Jonesy the irrepressible spirit to Lesley’s quiet thoughtfulness.

Life is often cruel at The Homes, and suddenly it becomes much crueller. A child is found murdered. Then another. With the police unable to catch the killer, Lesley and Jonesy decide to take the matter into their own hands. But unwanted children are easy victims, and they are both in terrible danger…

Inspired by a true story, and introducing readers to the unforgettable voice of young orphan Lesley, The Homes is a moving and lyrical thriller, perfect for readers of Val McDermid, Chris Whitaker, Jane Casey and Denise Mina.

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Review

The Homes is an orphanage village in Glasgow called The Homes. The book immerses you into this with its fast-paced chapters. I read this in a couple of days. Chapter after chapter went by. I was utterly hooked. It would have been one day, but the need for sleep eventually defeated me. The characters within The Homes are great to know as you follow their daily lives, especially Lesley, Jonesy and Eadie. Then murder strikes and then there’s a mysterious disappearance and everyone is in danger, and could there be someone else who is next? Everything changes!
How safe are the people in The Homes?
Detective Walker is then deployed to be on the case.
It’s told from the children’s point of view, which is perfectly and exquisitely executed as their personalities shine through, right to the way they speak and interact with each other, especially the main characters – Lesley and Jonesy as they try to guess who the murderer is, so off Lesley trots to The Homes Library, which sounds great in this complex of homes, to see what they could find out. This also reveals more about their differing personalities, but also their connections to each other.

Readers will get the feel of what it is like to be in an orphanage through Lesley and Jonesy and also the friendship that’s developed between them. In this sense, it is heartwarming, but there are emotional elements that would break your heart too, apart from the murder, there’s a gran who is pivotal to their story too and some real questions are asked as there’s much pondering from Lesley about grown-ups in general and why her mum didn’t want her, or how this is percieved. The gran is simply wonderful and also brings a heartwarming element to this story that has the darkest of undertones. It’s a thought-provoking crime book as well as absolutely all encompassing and enthralling. Read the Postscript at the back too. It’s utterly fascinating about how this story needed to be told and how it came about.

This is a book I absolutely highly recommend!

 

 

#Review By Lou of Murder At The Summer Fete By Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters @HeraBooks #CrimeFiction #CosyMystery #SummerRead #Mystery

Murder At The Summer Fete
By Victoria Walters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Victoria Walters has branched out from romantic fiction in this book and lept into cosy murder with Murder At The Summer Fete. A book for fans of Richard Osman, S.J. Bennett and The Marlow Murder Club and Agatha Raisin. Find out more below in the blurb and my review below. Thanks first to Hera Books for a review copy.

Murder At The Summer Fete

Blurb

A fete worse than death…

After finding the killer of Lucy Roth six months ago, life has settled back to normal for bookshop owner, Nancy Hunter, and her grandmother, Jane. The annual Dedley End village fete is just around the corner, and Nancy is delighted when bestselling author, Thomas Green, agrees to launch his first new novel in ten years there.

But then a series of sinister events lead Nancy to realise someone is trying to sabotage their fete, so she, along with Jane and their journalist friend Jonathan, must turn detective to discover who isn’t at all thrilled about the return of Thomas Green.

When a body is discovered at the summer fete, the death scene mirroring that in Thomas’ latest bestseller, they realise that there’s another killer in Dedley End, but can they outsmart someone who appears to have pulled off the perfect crime?

The clues are right under Nancy and Jane’s noses, if only they can find them. Because the answers to life’s questions can always be found in a book…!

A twisty, unputdownable cozy mystery that fans of Richard Osman, S.J. Bennett and The Marlow Murder Club will love.

Review

A touch of murder in the summer makes this great for a crime fiction book for the summer. Beneath the lightness of summer and the climax of the summer fete in the Cotswolds, just around the corner, it lulls you into that fun summer carefree vibe. Not all is well though and a cosy murder ensues, with humour, nothing too gruesome, but sabotage and murder follows in this Dedley End mystery. It’s second in this series but reads perfectly well as a standalone too.

The bookshop owner and bookish events will pull readers in further and then the mystery itself as the death seems sinisterly famliar, which adds a twist to the plot, which has amateur detectives and a DCI in the form of DCI Brown who also has to join the dots to find the murderer.

It is overall an entertaining read with life mimicing art.

#BookReview By Lou of Local Gone Missing By Fiona Barton @figbarton @penguinrandom #CrimeFiction #Thriller

Local Gone Missing
By Fiona Barton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Everyone's a suspect when a local goes missing

I am on the penultimate day of the blog tour today for Local Gone Missing By Fiona Barton. A small town with intriguing secrets enveloped within, until the seal breaks…
Thanks to Random T. Tours and Penguin Random House for the invitation to review.
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Blurb

THE TENSE AND COMPELLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WIDOW AND THE CHILD.

Everyone watches their neighbours.

Elise King moves into the sleepy seaside town of Ebbing. Illness has thrown her career as a successful detective into doubt, but no matter how hard she tries to relax and recuperate, she knows that something isn’t right.

Everyone lies about their friends.

Tensions are running high beneath the surface of this idyllic community: the weekenders in their fancy clothes, renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. A town divided, with the threat of violence only a heartbeat away.

Everyone knows a secret.

This peaceful world is shattered when two teenagers end up in hospital and a local man vanishes without trace. Elise starts digging for answers, but the community closes ranks, and the truth begins to slip through her fingers. Because in a small town like this, the locals are good at keeping secrets…

Everyone’s a suspect when a local goes missing.

Review

Fiona Barton takes readers to a quiet town, which is so sleepy and unassuming, except there are secrets that have been buried for quite some time and rifts and divisions that bubble up to the surface, and the simmering of tempers can no longer be contained and boil over, especially when a local goes missing. The whole town is shaken up and things get very dark as tensions become more to the fore and life in the town is about to become more twisted; which makes for a compelling and tense read.
The case leaves DI Elise King with a meaty case to handle, now that she has returned to work after cancer treatment and she is an interesting character to get to know, as are the rest of the residents as more gets revealed.

The story itself, is set in 2019 and introduces the town well, and fools you into thinking it’s cosy, so there are elements of cosy murder within it, and then bam… it becomes gritty as certain events happen and revelations start to emerge; so what readers get are two atmospheres and tones, which makes it interesting as it mixes things up. There are many strands that have a resolution in the end, so it is worth sticking with it.

About the Author

Fiona Barton Author PicFiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most
Twitter @figbarton

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#BookReview By Lou of Kiss Of Death By Adam Croft @adamcroft #CrimeFiction #RutlandSeries

Kiss of Death
By Adam Croft

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kiss of Death is absorbingly intriguing in this fourth book in The Rutland series, that can be read as a stand-alone or part of the series. Take a look further down at the blurb and my review as well as a little about the author.
Thanks firstly to Adam and Joanne Croft for asking me to review and for a copy of the book.

About the Author

Adam CroftAdam Croft is one of the world’s biggest-selling authors of crime fiction and gripping psychological thrillers.

His books are known for their quick pace, thrilling plots and believable characters, and have sold in more than 120 countries around the world.

His books have topped the Amazon storewide chart seven times, and in February 2017 Amazon’s overall Author Rankings placed Adam as the most widely read author in the world, with J.K. Rowling in second place.

In March 2018, Adam was conferred as an Honorary Doctor of Arts, the highest academic qualification in the UK, by the University of Bedfordshire in recognition of his achievements.

Adam presents the regular crime fiction podcast PARTNERS IN CRIME with fellow bestselling crime writer Robert Daws.

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Blurb

An elderly woman collapses and dies during a Sunday morning church service in Oakham. But things aren’t quite as innocent as they seem.

Within hours, there’s a second unexplained death in Rutland. Then a third. But the victims appear to be completely unconnected.

With the body count rising by the day, DI Caroline Hills and DS Dexter Antoine need to uncover the link before more innocent people die.

Only one thing is certain: a killer walks the streets of Rutland. But no-one knows who the next victim will be, when they will be killed – or why.

Review

Don’t be fooled! The book starts off so peacefully and captures a sense of a relaxed holiday type vibe and it gives further insight into DI Caroline Hills, her family and life. It’s rather a sedate atmosphere. with some welcome mild humour that is created in the beginning, until it changes with a rather odd death. It is so mysterious, this death is, in Oakham, that it grips and does so further as another two deaths occur in Rutland, but look seemingly unconnected. This brings Caroline right back into the office to get stuck into the investigation. The cause of deaths is different and may not be what readers will immediately expect.

At the beginning of the book is a map of Rutland, as there has been in previous books in this series and Adam Croft expertly ensures the reader can picture the lay of the land as he weaves his story of criminal activity.

This is a series I highly recommend. It can be read alone as the crime threads are all tied up within one book. There is also the thread of Caroline’s family that runs through, but there is some detail that ensures readers, if they start with this book, gets a taste of what went on before.

#Review By Lou of Dirty Little Secret By Jonathan Peace @JPwritescrime @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #Thriller #LouiseMillerSeries #Debut #readingcommunity

Dirty Little Secret
By Jonathan Peace

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dirty Little Secret is gritty, entertaining and packs a twisty punch. It’s a great police procedural debut novel.
Find out more in the blurb and my review below. Thanks to the publisher – Hobeck Books for inviting me to review and for gifting me to book.

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Blurb

March 1987
Ossett, West Yorkshire
A town of flower shows, Maypole parades and Sunday football games. Behind all the closed doors and drawn curtains live hidden truths and shameful lies.

A body is found
WDC Louise Miller’s first case as detective in her hometown is hampered by the sexism and misogyny of small-town policing. Her four years on the force in Manchester have prepared her for this. Along with ally WPC Elizabeth Hines, the pair work the case together.

What truths lie hidden?
As their inquiries deepen, the towns secrets reveal even darker truths that could lead to the identity of the killer. But when a second girl goes missing, Louise realises that some secrets should stay hidden.

Review

Be prepared to be transported to the 1980’s, an era captured well by Peace, with its telephone boxes (one which a body is found) and terminology. This is Jonathan Peace’s debut novel and also his main character’s first job in her new location in West Yorkshire – WDC Louise Miller. She had perviously been working in Manchester, so the transfer is quite a change of scene for her.
The year is 1987 and the opening date is Friday the 13th, adding a bit of a chill to the spine and even more so with some gruesome murders.


WDC Miller works with WPC Hines, the only other female on this West Yorkshire force. They get a bit of flack from the male officers, but they’re strong women and it’s nothing that they can’t handle. WDC Miller is compassionate, hardworking (since she has to give 110% at the very least) and is full of tenacity. She’s a great character to follow for a series of books.


There is a lot of authenticity to the writing, which immediately draws you in with its style. It’s a bit like Life on Mars like in characterisations which makes it quite entertaining and there are several twists in its grittiness. There are also references to real-life past cases, which adds to the atmosphere and interest in this fast-moving plot where all sorts of secrets begin to unravel, some of which were hidden for quite some time…

I recommend this book and there are more to come from Jonathan Peace.

 

 

#Review By Lou of The Syrian Heart By Les Rowley #TheSyrianHeart #Blogger #Bookblog #BookTwt

The Syrian Heart
By Les Rowley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Syrian Heart is a book that I came across one day on social media. I had a gut feeling it was going to be a fascinating read, and I wasn’t wrong, when I made a comment about it. Les Rowley kindly then sent me a review e-copy after asking if I would like to review it, which of course I accepted. Discover more in the blurb and my review of this thought-provoking and revealing book.

Blurb

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Wealthy philanthropist needs a heart transplant but with his rare blood type, he knows the wait will be long. When his search finds a match there is one problem – the donor is a migrant from Syria and she’s still alive. AA Roxan must dupe the NHS into bringing the heart to the UK and use his family and friends to commit the biggest sin in order to save a more worthy life. Is his life worth more than that of a poor migrant woman? Can money gloss over the ethics of the NHS? AA Roxan is not a man to be stopped and his villainous past pushing everyone to the edge of illegality and death. The is set in London.

 

Review

James Roxan is a rich philanthropist, whilst Dr. Catherine Morgan is his chief medical officer, who readers meet in a chauffeur-driven car on the way to NHS hospital – St. Thomas in London for an event, a bit of a tour and to persuade them to take on a new Organ Care System (OCS). Readers also get to know Dr. Hain.

The book takes readers into the world of rare blood types, hospitals, foundations, philanthropy. It’s all interesting and written in a compelling way. It all sounds good at the beginning, but then the atmosphere of the book changes, becoming frostier between Dr. Hain and James. The book also notches up in becoming even more compelling, and more truth about James Roxan and his heart health is revealed too, which makes James even more determined to do whatever it takes for a transplant, no matter what the cost and no matter what lengths of travelling for a blood match there needs to be, and to entice people onto a programme, studying rare blood, but with an expectation money can buy anything… Bit by bit, crimes and questionable ethics are revealed. It’s affecting and emotional at times. This is a good thing that the heart isn’t stone cold.

The book questions, challenges and the deeper you get in, the more compelling it becomes in its originality and depth. It is perhaps not the fastest paced book, but it most certainly grips from the start and grips even more, with a strong desire to know what happens next as it twists and turns in unexpected ways.