Hex-Rated is an electrifying blend of pulp noir and horror. Jack Brimstone, LA’s newest Private investigator is looking forward to leaving a life of magic behind and spending his days chasing cheating husbands and finding lost dogs. Burying his mentor means freedom from all things strange and wondrous- at least until a beautiful woman shows up after an attack by a vicious demon. Naturally Jack wants to help, besides he’s flat broke and Bee’s locked him out. A paying client is just what he needs. From nazis to porn stars, fist fights to hot sex, Hex Rated has it all.
Armed with a flash wit, the ability to take a punch and a way of leading the ladies purring in satisfaction (not to mention knowledge of the uncanny), Jack charms readers and supporting characters alike. Jason Ridler has a way of making even...
Oxford with its longstanding history and traditional disparity between classes makes for an excellent mystery setting. (Morse anyone?). The followup to The Shivering Turn is equally as good. Dry Bones is skillfully plotted, showing just how long hidden murders can affect the present (in this case 1974). Jennie Redhead’s friend Charles, the bursar of St Luke’s College, begs her to investigate when two skeletons are discovered walled into the cellar of St Luke’s - one from the First World War and one from the second. Who were the murdered men? What links the two to St Luke’s? Sally Spencer moves adeptly between past and present revealing a complicated tale of evil deeds, long hidden secrets and honor. Jennie’s investigation will tax her belief in the ones she loves most and will challenge long held friendships. Not only that it will lead to murder....
by Sally Spencer
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2017
It takes a lot of courage to sideline the lead character of a successful mystery series. Sally Spencer has done just that in The Hidden, placing DCI Monika Paniatowski in a coma after being attacked by a teen’s killer. Monika knows who the killer is but is unable to share that knowledge with her team. Monika’s attack and the ritualized murder of a teen found nearby is given to DCI Rhino Dixon’s team, pushing Monika’s team to the side. Dixon is more interested in fast results rather than in finding the truth, so Crane, Meadows and Beresford decide to risk their careers by mounting their own investigation. The behavior of the families associated with the young girl are strange, leading to the discovery of a peculiar cult and a killer who may try to ensure Monika never wakes up.
Sally Spencer's new series featuring private investigator Jennie Redhead is off to an auspicious start. The Shivering a Turn is a compelling mystery set against the rapidly changing culture of 1970s Oxford. I like Spencer's other novels, but I think The Shivering Turn is her best thus far. It does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of the time.
Jennie's investigation into the disappearance of a young woman leads her into the murky world of Oxford's privileged classes. Before her disappearance, Linda was spending time with members of an exclusive Oxford student club - The Shivering Turn. Money and connections make the young men practically unassailable, but Jennie is convinced they were involved and is determined to prove it.
Jennie is far from perfect, but she is principled and determined - part of the reason she i...
Why would a glamorous New Yorker come to Whitebridge, purposefully dressing dowdily, wearing a wig and makeup to appear less attractive? Why was she using an assumed name? Who is she and why would someone want to murder her? The case is made even more sensitive, and unusual in that the murder occurred at the Royal Victoria Hotel, where many of Whitebridge's more prominent residents come to make arrangements, both business and personal. Evidence suggests that the victim was interested in a 50 year old murder case, but what bearing may it have on her murder?
I liked Death in Disguise a great deal. The murder was exceptionally well-plotted, and the killer came as a complete surprise. Alternating the victim's diary entries with the progressing investigation made for an enthralling narrative.