#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.

Dirty Little Secret cover

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.

 

 

Yes, I Killed Her By Harry Fisher @HFwritesCrime @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #ReadingCommunity #BlogTour

Yes, I Killed Her
By Harry Fisher

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

High on intrigue and chilling to the bone, I am delighted to share all my thoughts on the police procedural with a difference – Yes, I Killed Her By Harry Fisher on the blog tour. See more below…
Thanks, firstly to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review and for the book.

Yes, I Killed Her cover

Blurb

In the 21st century, is the perfect murder remotely possible?

Edwin Fuller is convinced it is. He’s cunning, calculating and chilling. He makes a plan. He carries it out. And he kills his wife.

His plan has worked; he’s got away with murder. Case closed.

Until he makes a big mistake.

Review

Set in Leith, Scotland, DI Mel Cooper and her team have their work cut out. They are a likeable workforce, with a bit of dark humour and prepared to do a lot of legwork to crack a case.

Yes, I Killed Her has suspense and becomes quite the page-turner as the unravelling of his master plan begins…So, you know the whom for the who committed the crime, there’s the confession right there in the title, but it’s interesting watching how Edwin Fuller is so chilling, so calculated and so convinced that he committed the perfect murder, he has the audacity to feel highly confident about this; as well as each piece of the deconstructed puzzle come together.

The sharp-writing keeps you hooked until the end. It’s certainly different already knowing who the murderer is in advance, but the how and direction and mindset is what makes this a fascinating read.

#Review by Lou of Blood Lines By Lin Le Versha @linleversha @HobeckBooks #TeamHobeck #CrimeFiction #BookRecommendation #BlogTour #BloodLines #Thriller #ReadingCommunity #Blogger

Blood Lines
By Lin Le Versha

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Today I am on the blog tour for the compelling and thought-provoking crime fiction thriller – Blood Lines By Lin Le Versha, which I most certainly recommend. Thanks to Hobeck Books for inviting me onto the blog tour and for a copy of the book.
Discover more about it in the blurb and my review below.

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Blurb

Set within the mysterious beauty of coastal Suffolk, this gripping new crime series is a dark murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end when the final shocking twist is revealed. Lin Le Versha is not to be missed, the brilliant new talent on the British crime writing scene.

Eighteen year-old Darcy Woodard appears to have it all – intelligence, good looks and artistic gifts. His teachers adore him, as does former policewoman Steph Grant, who is now the receptionist at Darcy’s college.

But beneath the surface – all is not as it seems.

Darcy is convinced he doesn’t fit in with his peers and tries to ignore their online taunts.

There’s Darcy’s dysfunctional mother Esther who is trapped in a literary time warp.

Then there’s his sister Marianne, who Darcy desperately wants to protect from the dark forces that surround her.

Then tragedy rocks Darcy’s life when a drugs gang forces its way into his life and all the people he cares for.

What can Steph and her former boss DI Hale do to protect the local community? And can they really trust Darcy to help them defeat the county lines gang?

Blood Lines is the second thrilling book in the Steph Grant murder mystery series by the brilliant Lin Le Versha.

Review

Set in scenic surrounds with elegant Edwardian houses becomes a twisty, involving read as deep, dark crimes ensue that former police woman Steph Grant and DI Hale have to crack.

There are drugs around the college campus and online bullying, questioning the accountability of social media and its users. There is however, more to it than first meets the eye, which really sets the beautiful scenery at a juxtoposition of what is really going on.
It gets deeper when it is discovered there are drugs gangs, part of County Lines. It holds a lot of intrigue as Darcy gets caught up in it all as he wants somewhere to fit in. His his sister, Marianne wants to do is protect him. It’s compelling as the consequences unfold.

Esther and Mike’s story adds another layer to the book, adding even more to the family battling with  MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Esther is also stuck in a bit of a world of her own when it comes to literary works. Ingeniously, woven into their life story, classic literary references are plentiful.

It’s a fast-paced read, right up to an unexpected, intriguing ending.

All in all, I very much recommend this book.

 

#Review By Lou – Fatal Hate By Brian Price @crimewritersci @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #BlogTour #FatalHate

Fatal Hate
By Brian Price

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

First came the successful, enthralling Fatal Trade and now it is time for Brian Price’s latest book -the spine-tingling, gripping crime fiction book – Fatal Hate. Thanks to Hobeck Books for gifting me a copy for their blog tour in exchange of an honest review. Find out more in the blurb and the review below…

Fatal Hate

Blurb

DC Mel Cotton is back with a brand new case, the murder of Duncan Bennett. But who would want an unassuming warehouse worker dead?

The case soon becomes far more complex and dangerous, with terrorists, a paedophile network and a hitman in town. And against a background of rising hatred and violence, one woman pursues her deadly revenge.

Mel and her colleagues face their greatest challenge yet. Mel’s own courage will be tested to the limits. No-one is safe.

Fatal Hate is the thrilling sequel to the much-acclaimed Fatal Trade by the brilliant Brian Price.

Review

This is turning into a compelling series, with its intrigue and quality writing. Each mystery is complete within itself, so it is okay to start at Fatal Hate, if you wish. There is an interesting, short informative note from the author at the beginning, which may enhance your reading of this novel.

The story starts in 2010 and then transports readers to Mexton, 2019 and 2020. Mexton, as the author states, is an imaginary place. This, I reckon is absolutely fine. There’s still enough gravitas as it could be a real place due to all that seems familiar and relatable to it.

It’s good to get back to DC Mel Cotton and DCI Gale. They have a murky case on their hands and not all is sweetness and light when it comes to a chocolate company. There is quite the political bent, making the case not so straight-forward as it may have been, as time moves on and more is uncovered.

Getting to know the victim is interesting and turns out not all is black and white and not all was good and wholesome about Duncan Bennett, as what may have been presumed, until his background is checked and dug up.

There’s plenty for readers to get their teeth stuck in, with undercover operations, which are presented with somewhat humorous, albeit serious proposition for Karen, with things then taking a spine-tingling darker turn, with drugs and counter-terrorism being called upon to work in what is a spiralling dark underworld, showing up certain corners of evil undercurrents of society.

#BookReview By Lou of The Chemist By Lewis Hastings @istheauthor @HobeckBooks #TeamHobeck #CrimeFiction #Thriller #JackCade #BookRecommendation

The Chemist
By Lewis Hastings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today I am on the blog tour for The Chemist, thanks to the publisher, Hobeck Books for inviting me to review.

The Chemist is Lewis Hasting’s best action-packed, darkly twisted book yet!
Discover more in the blurb and my review below.

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Blurb

Fans of Line of Duty will be utterly gripped by Lewis Hastings’ Jack Cade novels. The eagerly awaited follow up to the Seventh Wave Trilogy and The Angel of Whitehall, The Chemist sees the return of Jack Cade and his team to fight a deadly nemesis, one who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. This time, it really is personal.

“Then, with his wrist trembling under pressure, he carved the names of two men into the paper, ripping the surface…

Jack…

The Seventh Wave organised crime gang is long defeated, its members dead or jailed. Their London-wide campaign of terror a fading memory.

Jason…

Or is it? An old foe is released from his maximum-security prison cell, with dreams of revenge and a score to settle.

…You. Just. Watch.”

He calls himself, The Chemist, and he’s determined to make anyone who’s crossed him pay. To him, death is just a game of chance, and he’s stacked the odds in his favour. Can Jack Cade save those closest to him from the twisted plans of The Chemist?

Review

The Chemist brings Jack Cade to a dark, thriller of a case, that has great descriptions with added historical and architectural descriptions, creating interest, as does what is happening in the rest of the force and the stakes are high. 

The intrigue is really surrounded by The Chemist himself and the threat he poses creates a chilling atmosphere pretty early on. Unusually, there are classical music references, adding a bit of class in the creepiest of sense that this book generally inhabits.
Cutting through the darkness is some well-placed humour, adding to the entertainment, amongst also the class and speed of the roulette tables.

 The difference (letters instead of numbers) on the roulette table then adds puzzlement and curiosity to want to know more and what’s going to happen next. It creates a darker and less typical use of the roulette table, making it more of an important item in itself and puts a twist on the norm for its usage.

There is high trepidation as to who really committed the crimes. The police are certain they know who it is, but the issue is, there is a lack of evidence to prove it and who is to say they are right. It poses many questions throughout that keeps you guessing.

#Review By Lou – Silenced By Jennie Ensor @Jennie_Ensor @HobeckBooks #Thriller #CrimeFiction

Silenced
By Jennie Ensor

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour, thanks to Hobeck Books who invited me, with my review of the powerful thriller – Silenced by Jennie Ensor. Take a look at the synopsis and my review below, as well as the stunningly creepy, dark, yet atmospheric cover. Find out after all that, a little about the author too.

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Synopsis

gang culture, gang culture fiction, urban fiction, crime fiction, urban crime

gang culture, gang culture fiction, urban fiction, crime fiction, urban crime

gang culture, gang culture fiction, urban fiction, crime fiction, urban crime

DI Callum Waverley of the Met’s Major Investigation Team 55 is put in charge of his first murder investigation after a 15-year-old girl is stabbed outside a council estate controlled by the Skull Boys gang. Callum believes that the gang leader, V, ordered the murder. Witnesses are scared to come forward and he struggles to make headway.  Luke, who lives in the estate’s shadow, is drawn into the Skull Boys. Excluded from school, he befriends Jez, a troubled girl being exploited by the gang’s hitman, Zom. Callum becomes the target of escalating intimidation, seemingly from the Skull Boys. He suspects someone in his team may also be involved. Silenced is a gritty crime novel set in north London which delves into the heart of gang culture in 21st-century Britain.

Review

A teenage girl is brutally and shockingly murdered, shaking up the North London community to the core and becomes DI Callum Waverley’s first case. All the teenager was trying to do was try to get home. This a book with pace and so many layers. On the face of it, it’s a standard police procedural, but when you really get into it, there’s much, much more. This is about a community that feels silenced from talking to the police, not even the victim’s own mother wants to. They are all perpetually scared of the Skull Crew and what they might do to silence them. It takes a lot of work for the new DI to penetrate through the wall of silence and unravel the clues as to what happened. DI Callum Waverely also has his own demons to battle and has to push through them to solve the case.

There are themes of exploitation too and as well as exploring this, it also explores people within families who just don’t seem to care enough that their kids are being taken in by gangs when they are at their most vulnerable or acting out or thinking this would be a better way of life etc. This really goes deep into the depths of society, not just with this aspect, but also just how easy it can be for some to fall into being used by gangs and how hard it is to change your life around and escape, once so deep into them. There’s so much depth into the behaviours, morals and injustices that are created by society and are still in existence in Britain in 2021.

There are also themes of love, family, betrayal, violence, alcoholism, loss. The writing is dark, yet has an air of sophistication in all that it deals with, including the impact of crime, not just on the victims and witnesses, but also on those working in the police force, especially those investigating it, which brings a different angle to a police procedural. 

This is one powerful and intensely gripping and gritty book!