by Amanda Bridgeman
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
Normally I enjoy science fiction/noir blends, but I didn’t enjoy The Subjugate as much as I expected.
Amanda Bridgeman does a good job juxtaposing the technology free world of the Children of Christ and the rich in technology world of Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville. The detectives are fish out of water investigating the murder of a young woman of the Children of Christ. Suspicion falls on the Subjugates of the Solme Complex. ( Subjugates are violent criminals or sexual predators conditioned and neurally edited to find violence and sexuality anathema. Those who successfully complete the experimental program become Serenes. Serenes and certain Subjugates are allowed into the town of the Children of Christ to work. )
I quickly became frustrated with the detectives, particularly Mitch, as they stubbornly pursue pet theories and ignore evidence. Boredom followed frustration. Much...
Stone Cold, Stone Dead
A mystery set in Somerset and London
by Margaret Duffy
Severn House Publishers
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Oct 2018
Rarely has there been such a complementary pair as Patrick and Ingrid - intellectually and physically. Patrick Gillard, formerly of MI5, now working for the National Crime Agency, has a long list of enemies, some hopefully dead, but others who have apparently cheated the grave and now have plans to finish what they started.
The Patrick and Ingrid Gillard thrillers are twisty but believable tales, which have a strong human component. Patrick is disabled, but it doesn’t slow him down. (He has two artificial legs). Just as there are evil and weak characters, there are ones who are kind and funny. It varies, and the foibles of individuals impact the plot a great deal. One of the subplots of Stone Cold, Stone Dead, involve a pair of supposed lay readers attempting to intimidate Patrick’s mother into leaving her home. Through promis...
Spencer and Locke by David Pepose
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels , General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
Part noir thriller, part homage to comic classic Calvin & Hobbes, Spencer & Locke is a comic for grown ups who remember what it is to be a child, to need support when none was there. Locke is Calvin as an adult, but this Calvin has a far more tragic history. His Hobbes, a panther named Spencer, has accompanied him through an abusive childhood and is now his partner and fellow detective. Locke may be delusional but his delusions work for him.
When an old flame is murdered, Locke and his partner Spencer have to dig in an unpleasant past to find a murderer and save a young girl. Expect plenty of action - gunfights, car chases, etc..Also, you can expect plenty of images reminiscent of Bill Waterson, but somewhat darker, as Locke does what is necessary for him to cope, from late night wagon rides to boxes that may change everyt...
Grand Passion by James Robinson
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
Grand Passion is a romance novel written with men in mind. More gunshots and explosions than hearts and flowers grace these pages as a small-town cop falls in love with a bank robber. Meeting face to face during a shootout that leaves them both partnerless, they are destined to either kill each other or get it on. Grand Passion is violent, its romance unbelievable and its dialogue corny, but it is a fun ride. It definitely isn't for everyone. If your ideal story has plenty of explosions, bullets, sex and corruption, Grand Passion is the graphic novel for you. The art is sensational, even if the plot is simplistic. This is not for younger or more sensitive audiences.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Grand Passion from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.
Control by Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
Diamond Book Distributors
Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 21 Mar 2017
Control is an action filled thriller that leaps off the page so vividly that you can imagine you are seeing it at the cinema. Between the edgy story filled with politics, police conspiracies, sex and murder and the brilliant illustrations, Control has all that is needed for success.
Detective Sergeant Kate Burnham is good at her job, but doesn't have many friends in the DC police department. When a professional killer is interrupted and several officers are shot in the process, Kate’s decision to save 3 lives leads to her partner’s death. A text to a phone discovered at the scene leads to her discovering a prominent senator in a scandalous poisiton. Higher ups want her to stop investigating. What Burham finds is a web of wealthly and prominent individuals being blackmailed by a powerful media mogul. Those who don't...
I always enjoy reading Margaret Duffy’s novels, and Dust to Dust is definitely one I would recommend to anyone liking a hint of espionage with their crime fiction. Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley are one of the most compelling husband and wife teams in print.
Not long ago I read Margaret Duffy’s first novel featuring Patrick Gillard (former spy turned NCA agent) and his wife Ingrid Langley (writer/NCA partner). I absolutely loved it. Dust to Dust only serves to strengthen my opinion of the series - it is simply wonderful, immersing the reader in a complicated plot filled with both action and suspense. There are quite a few twists and turns that will catch the reader by surprise.
While Duffy is masterful at creating a plot that is both complex and believable, it is her husband and wife team that appeals to me most. Patrick and Ingrid remind me a bit of Agatha...
Next of Kin is an extremely dark novel, and is best suited for adult readers. It is a gritty, realistic police procedural that may be disturbing for some readers as sexual assault plays a major role.
When the body of a teenage girl is found, it is assumed she is only the latest victim of a serial rapist. The case becomes more complicated when police discover that the dead girl’s friend is also missing. Detective Inspector Quinn is assigned the case, but is undercut at every turn. The victim’s father is angry, but refuses to cooperate with Sarah. The Chief Superintendent has assigned another Detective to assist, one who closes cases, but is known to cut corners. Both the Chief Super and DI Brody want Sarah out of the picture, and this case may be the means of achieving that goal.
Caroline King may not be writing for the papers anymore, hav...