Suspended Retribution

Third in the series of the DI Rosalind Kray series, a series not to be missed.

Faceless

This Little Piggy

  Best-selling author, Rob Ashman, is back with a serial killer thriller you don't want to miss.    Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight.   DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas.  After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory - until they discover a third victim.  Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer but this one is different. This one lives in his own private war zone.  With her bosses on her heels, Kray has her work cut out and the body count is rising.   But he’s not going to stop until the mission is complete … and Kray’s not going to stop until she finds him.

Best-selling author, Rob Ashman, is back with a serial killer thriller you don't want to miss.

Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight.

DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas.

After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory - until they discover a third victim.

Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer but this one is different. This one lives in his own private war zone.

With her bosses on her heels, Kray has her work cut out and the body count is rising.

But he’s not going to stop until the mission is complete … and Kray’s not going to stop until she finds him.

The third is this compelling series featuring DI Rosalind Kray can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the previous books, as Roz needs to be understood and warmed to. It is great to see her character grow.

Rob has taken a slight turn and the book isn’t as graphic as the previous two in the series, due to the subject matter. It is NOT any less harrowing for this.

I found myself connecting with the characters from both sides of the law and Rob really did make the emotions and reality of his characters shine and come across through the pages.

Rob proved that life isn’t simply black and white. While the tension heats up and the team are hot on the trail, we learn from the point of view of the protagonist. Clever.

We are also given a mix of humour and insight in to Roz’s life especially how she is moving on and with DR Ding Dong no less…

Another excellently written book by Ashman that shows his diversity and he isn’t one to shy away from a challenge and pulled back the graphic horror, but gave us horrors that live inside us instead.

The Rave By Nicky Black

Valley Park Series = Book 2 

   It’s 1989, the second Summer of Love, and Tommy Collins is doing what he does best: organising all-night raves on a shoestring, and playing a game of cat and mouse with the police. But Detective Chief Inspector Peach is closing in on him, and his dreams of a better life are beginning to slip through his fingers.    DCI Peach finds it all a nuisance, a waste of his force's time, until he finds his teenage daughter unconscious at one of Tommy's raves. Then the chase becomes personal, and his need to make Tommy pay becomes an obsession.     The Rave is a fast-paced, gritty portrayal of life on the edges of society at the end of a decade that changed Britain forever.


It’s 1989, the second Summer of Love, and Tommy Collins is doing what he does best: organising all-night raves on a shoestring, and playing a game of cat and mouse with the police. But Detective Chief Inspector Peach is closing in on him, and his dreams of a better life are beginning to slip through his fingers.

DCI Peach finds it all a nuisance, a waste of his force's time, until he finds his teenage daughter unconscious at one of Tommy's raves. Then the chase becomes personal, and his need to make Tommy pay becomes an obsession.

The Rave is a fast-paced, gritty portrayal of life on the edges of society at the end of a decade that changed Britain forever.

Nicky has really captured the scene of 1989


Looking back at the era, when newspapers were full of headlines warning of the dangers of drugs, raves being held, and one particular story always stuck in my mind - even to this day.


I was actually stopped once by the police on a Saturday evening, when I was making my way home and they were asking if I knew where the local reave was and if I would be attending. I had no clue where it was.


The characters are dark, shady, and multi faceted we get to see how they set up the rave, the involvement it took. We are also given Peach as a character, and although I didn't warm to him straight away, I did have an emotional attachment to him when he had his scenes with his daughter Sally.


I have been waiting for Nicky's second book since reading the Prodigal, and these can be read in either order, and are must reads for grit crime lovers - for those that like d ark edgy books, that are seeped in multi layers and watching Tommy getting hooked and his life spiralling out of control... is a must.


The Summer of Love, wasn't light and fluffy as it should have been, a fun summer of partying and forgetting the angst of youth. Nicky Black definitely caught the reality of the era and made it addictive fiction.

Uncommon Cruelty By Liz Mistry

The stunning fourth addition to the McGuire crime novel series. 

 

  DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.    But that is just the beginning.       As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.     Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.    Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?     Uncommon Cruelty    is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.   

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church. 

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

My Thoughts

From the first page to the last word Liz Mistry does not disappoint.

Gus is one of my favoured characters, and more so now. Uncommon Cruelty is the 4th book in the series. Highly recommend you read them in order, or go back and read after this one. They are too fantastic not to!
Having thoroughly enjoyed and devoured the previous three I was anticipating this great read.

Uncommon cruelty has exceeded the previous three books! I didn’t think Liz could as they are high calibre books, but wow she really did.

The depth of the story is sublime and the undercurrent theme was intense, dark and the plot lines were extremely well planned and brought to life on the pages.
This for me is my firm favourite.

Maybe already knowing Gus and his team helps, or the slight shift in character focus on Alice, was why, but I am not questioning it too deeply.


Liz has brought an intense crime thriller series to a new level and I for one thoroughly enjoyed her devious mind being displayed within this book!

Looking forward to book 5! Especially with the teaser at the end of book 4.

Want an in-depth police series focusing on human nature, you have it here in spades! 

She is contactable on:

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

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Blog: https://thecrimewarp.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: https://lizmistrycrimewriter.wordpress.com/

 

 

The Chalk Man By C.J. Tudor

 It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.  He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.  Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.  Is history going to repeat itself?  Was it ever really over?  Will this game only end in the same way?

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

I have to thank my friend Timi for buying me a copy of The Chalk Man for my birthday, and then attending First Monday in London to get the book signed. 

I read the first few chapters on the way to the event, and was hooked straight in. 

I haven't read much of Stephen King, however I used to watch his films as a child and this book has reminiscing of his work, the author admits she is a big fan of his. 

Did this put me off the read? No, I found the era, setting, and characters drew me in. 

It is an extremely well written debut novel, it had elements of creepiness that kept me turning the page and I wanted to unravel the truth. 
The book is written in chapters that are headed 1986 and 2016, these are easy to keep track of the timelines. You know where you are. The main character narrating the story has his own agenda to weirdness and although I didn't warm to him, he sure made the story telling develop in a chilling way. 

The Chalk Man has much hype around it, and I usually wait for the hype to ease off before reading. This time I didn't. I did enjoy the book and have already recommended it to friends, but it isn't quite a 5 star read for me. C.J. Tudor is an author that I will be having on my radar and reading her next book if the blurb draws me in.