The Killing Time is a dark, disturbing mystery set against the turbulent backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, a city divided by race and nation, teetering on the brink of open conflict. Inspector Danilov, haunted by his son’s death and alienated from his wife, focuses on his job to keep the ghosts at bay. His newest case is deeply troubling. Children are being kidnapped and murdered, their bodies left in prominent locations. The families are reluctant to help, as kidnap and ransom is a common Chinese business practice - but Danilov is convinced this is something very different.
The Killing Time portrays a turbulent time in Shanghai’s history. M J Lee is a skilled writer, but the content will be too disturbing for some. Ultimately it is Inspector Danilov and his Seargent Strachan who bring more of a human aspect to the story. If you like well done historical mysteries, M J Lee’...
Don't go into Death in Montego Bay expecting Death in Paradise. Yes there is a Glasgow detective seconded to the Jamaican force, working with Preddy’s group - but he isn't the lead and this isn't a light mystery/fish out of water scenario. The Jamaica portrayed by Lennon is varied and realistic. The extremes of wealth and poverty are very clear. What also becomes quickly apparent is how little the wealthy think of those “below” them. If there is one take home message it is that wealth makes people think they are better than everyone else and that there is never enough money to satisfy the rich.
Carter and Lester Chin-Ellis are brothers that have everything. The family business, Chinchillerz, has placed the Chin-Ellis's amongst the Jamaica aristocracy of wealth. When Carter is murdered in front of the family home, Preddy and his team are given the case. The extreme...
by Diane Kelly
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Jun 2017
The Paw Enforcement series is delightfully different, depicting the day to day experiences of Megan and her k-9 partner Brijit. As uniformed officers, most of their day is spent on writing citations, investigating robberies and other non-homicide crimes. The stories have just the right balance of seriousness and humor. And Brijit is a dog lover’s dream. I love the chapters that are written from her perspective. Even the romance aspect between Seth and Megan is perfect, neither over nor under done.
Enforcing the Paw is an excellent addition to the series, tackling a difficult case of ex vs ex. The woman insists her ex is stalking her but her ex insists the same thing. The evidence is inconclusive, but the situation is escalating. There is realism in that there are situations which aren’t clear cut. Police officer...
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...
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...
After being impressed by Spencer's new novel The Shivering Turn, I decided to try Stalker. It definitely isn't a novel for everyone. It reads like an American 80s cop drama ala Miami Vice - very stereotyped. Beth Baker is a criminal lawyer trying to make ends meet and care for her children after her husband's suicide. Brody and his partner are assigned to investigate her when a number of cases unexpectedly go her way. There are a few things which got under my skin. Brody is described as a good cop, but he and his partner plant drugs on a suspect and use threats to get him to talk. Once given the case, they automatically assume Beth's guilt looking only for evidence to arrest her. It is only after Brody becomes attracted to her that he believes she could be innocent - jeesh.
You have lots of cop drama stereotypes, an African Ame...
THE MURDERER'S SON a gripping crime thriller full of twists
by JOY ELLIS
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 23 Sep 2016
Readers are guaranteed a terrific mystery when they pick up one of Joy Ellis's procedurals. The Murderer's Son is a stand alone novel, rather than part of the Nikki Galena series. Don't be discouraged- The Murderer's Son is a thrilling read that demonstrates Ellis's understanding of human psychology as well as her ability to craft a challenging mystery.
Twenty years ago, a farmer and his wife were brutally murdered in a remote part of the Fenlands. The crime scene was one of the most disturbing the investigators had seen. Now a woman has been found killed in a similar manner. Suspects are few until a young investigative journalist comes to confess. But things are not that simple. He doesn't know how or why he would have committed the crime, and there is no physical evidence linking him. Is Daniel Kinder a killer, or is he delusional? Despite pressur...
Having lived in New Orleans, I can honestly say Don Brun's depiction of New Orleans with its culture, food and corruption rings true. Bruns introduces readers to a New Orleans where the rich feed on the poor, and African Americans are an easy scapegoat. Politicians, judges, and the police are all looking out for number one, while vast numbers of tourists are only interested in the decadent diversions New Orleans has to offer.
Quentin Archer is a rare cop, a straight cop who had to leave his job in Detroit when an attempt to out drug trafficking cops, including his two brothers went awry. His wife was murdered as a warning, and he daily receives threatening phone calls. Quentin isn't willing to take the easy "out" of accusing a young ex-con for the murder of a judge. He wants to find the truth. Quentin's integrity makes Solange, a talented mambo...
Initially I expected Devil Sent the Rain to be a classic Southern gothic. Instead, it is a realistic police procedural set in a Deep South strongly affected by tradition. Like a building left uncared for, corruption runs throughout, despite the pleasant facade.
When Caroline, the daughter and heir apparent of the Lee family is murdered, it is Detective Billy Able and his partner who seek justice. Caroline's family is more interested in appearances and what Caroline's murder will cost them socially and business wise. The esteemed status of the Lee family hampers the investigation.
Lisa Turner understands the South in a way that most prefer not to vocalize. Although class plays more of a role than race, her explanations are poignant, particularly when the depth of the Lee family's corruption is revealed. Lisa Turner makes judicious use of irony, but does not rub the rea...