Captive on the Fens is a solid police procedural that has quite a number of surprising twists. If you are looking for a gripping, gritty read, you can’t go wrong with any of Joy Ellis’s books. One thing I love about her novels is the strength of her female characters, and the effort she puts into developing the entire investigative team. They are real, as opposed to two dimensional. The cases are dark and disturbing, but they are well done. In this case DI Galena is tasked with uncovering a murderer who kidnaps and mutilates young women. The narration alternates between the experiences of a captive woman and Galena and her team’s investigative efforts. Also, Freddie Carver is back, and Galena is determined to make sure he doesn’t set up another of his criminal enterprises.
If you like dark, realistic police procedurals, Joy Ellis’s novels are a fantastic cho...
Marjorie Eccles can always be counted on to provide a mystery that is complex but at the same time utterly believable. A Sunset Touch is a well done thriller where Gil Mayo and his team must solve two cases - one of murder/arson the other an unexplained attack on the wife of an elderly vicar. It comes as no surprise to the reader that the two cases end up being related. Everything is related to two Polish refugees who fled Poland during WWII and fought alongside members of the RAF.
While the mystery is competently composed and the background is intriguing as well as well thought out, somehow A Sunset Touch is not as compelling as Eccles other novels. It didn’t generate the emotional involvement that I’ve come to expect of her novels. Mayo and his team go through the motions, but they are cardboard versions of the characters I enjoy. On the whole,...
Linda Huntingdon is beautiful, vapid and extremely bored - but she isn’t smart enough to target someone other than her neighbor’s husband. Her death appears to be an accident, but aspects are suspicious, and alcoholic former actor Aubrey de Lamplugh sees an opportunity to profit. He dies not long after, crushed in a landslide which definitely looks like murder. Suspicion natural falls on Kenneth, a man who once fell for Linda’s charms. The case is given to Inspector Borges, who reminds me of Christie’s Poirot, clever, nattily dressed, well mannered and focused on the psychology of the suspects. His self effacing manner and easy, open charm make him a likable inspector. Although I guessed early on who the killer was, I enjoyed reading about the various British expats living in the small Spanish village. One passage I found particularly amazing was the de...
Inspector “Percy” Peach combines the genius of Morse with the cleverness and humor of Inspector Frost. Reading Murder at the Lodge was an absolute pleasure. Readers get not only a well thought out murder mystery, but a lead who has a distinct talent for unnerving suspects (and “taking the piss” with (aka taunting) his less than competent superior, Superintendent Tucker) I had to smile every time Peach out thought and out spoke both those he questioned and his boss. The supporting characters were also well developed, even those with small roles such as Tucker’s Brunhillde of a wife. The murder itself was intriguing - lots of suspects, lots of different motives and little physical evidence. I was glued to the page as each layer upon layer was revealed.
Murder at the Lodge has everything a lover of British police procedurals could want: a c...
I am always attracted to novels written by actual detectives, so it is no surprise that I picked up a copy of Bodily Harm. It wasn’t your run of the mill British police procedural. Instead, Bodily Harm is a complex crime thriller that demonstrates just how much media can affect policing. Readers can expect a number of surprises.
The novel begins with an attack on two teens (ostensibly a robbery motivated by drugs), one of whom is the niece of the current mayor. As a result of media and political pressure, the police are desperate to lower crime in the Effingell Estate. Detective George Elms is in charge of investigating the attack, but his boss has other priorities. Ambition and desperation lead Huntingdon to accept a risky plan for undercover infiltration of the Effingell Estate, an action that will have far reaching consequences.
Little Kids and Their Big Dogs by Andy Seliverstoff
Arts & Photography
Pub Date 10 Jan 2017
Little Kids and Their Big Dogs is an absolutely charming photo collection that animal lovers and families will greatly enjoy. Each of the breathtaking action shots showcase the sheer joy that comes when children and dogs play together. These beautiful gentle giants are playmates, loving companions and protectors. It is easy to see the love they have for their young friends. The text that accompanies each set of pictures is wonderful. The children and dogs speak sweetly and gently with each other. There is love and respect. The dogs are noble, as well as generous of heart.
Seliverstoff’s photos are amazing. The photos eloquently capture the magnificence of these large exotic breeds as they joyfully run, leap and frolic with small children. I especially loved the wiry furred wolfhound and the puli with the long gorgeous dreadlocks.
If you are looking for a fantastic British police procedural, Michael Hambling’s DCI Sophie Allen mysteries are amongst the very best. Each case is unusual and complex, but at the same time utterly believable. His characters are extremely well developed, particularly Sophie and her team. Twisted Crimes focuses on the puzzling murder of an elderly couple. Not long after a mistake leads them to attend the wrong funeral, the pair are found dead. Though it looks like suicide, the forensics clearly makes the case for murder. Is the murder the act of a family member, or is it somehow linked to the funeral of the head of Woodruff industries, a business that walks the edge of legality. A leak complicates matters. One thing that I like about Hambling’s novels is that he can give readers a look into the opposing side without giving everything away.
The Bear and the Nightingale is a gorgeous fantasy that takes the reader deep into the mythos of old Russia. It is a tale for anyone who loves fairy tales, for their magic, mystery, beauty and danger. It is a novel fueled by firelight and dreams, seasoned both by hope and despair. The Bear and the Nightingale is one of the best fairytale fantasies I have read. It is a pleasure to experience the Russia of the past through the eyes of Katherine Arden.
Russia is changing, slowly leaving the old ways and accepting Christianity. The beings of myth and imagination are growing less powerful and are slowly fading away. Vasilisa, like her grandmother, is a girl gifted with the ability to See what others do not. It is with her that hope for the future lies. The Bear, the god of hunger and destruction is eager to awak...
Bizenghast is a beautifully illustrated gothic fantasy that has just the right blend of surreal fantasy and horror. Dahlia is a young woman haunted by ghosts and memories. Her visions disturb and confuse her. Her main comfort is her friend Vincent. Together they discover a strange graveyard where restless spirits dwell. Each night they are forced to return and do what is necessary to bring the souls peace - a dangerous task that means risking both life and sanity.
But to ignore the nightly summons means certain death. They travel through the dreams of the various spirits, and through them come to understand themselves.
Like a reader's nightly dreams, the puzzles faced by Dahlia and Vincent linger, at once troubling and somehow compelling. Le Grow's artistry is gorgeous, particularly the plates at the beginning of each chapter. If...