Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

December 16, 2018 - 2:18 pm No Comments

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

Published 5th December 2018

328 pages

After surviving their last explosive heist, the team go their separate ways. However, Rook gets a phone call and the team are blackmailed to get back together, pull off the heist of the century or suffer the consequences.

Due to the difficulty of the heist, the planning and execution called on all the team’s talents. This enabled you to know more about the team in depth.Not only what magic each of them possesses,but more about their former lives. Thanks to the extra attention from Stone,Carlos is becoming more comfortable with his gifts and their relationship was becoming more like father and son.     

From the initial phone call,you are taken on an intricate journey. As more elements of the heist are known,you are left wondering whether they can pull it off. As the heist drew nearerthe story intensifies as the pace picked up. I flew through the last quarter of the book as I wanted to see whether all their plotting had worked.

Whilst the book did not end on a cliffhanger, it does leave you wondering what will happen next.  The details throughout, show just how well the story was plotted and this series is improving with every book. I hope to read more about this bunch of criminals. 

Friends List by Rob Watson

December 5, 2018 - 10:39 pm No Comments

Friends List by Rob Watson
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on 2nd January 2018
224 pages

Lexa is raised by her aunt and uncle after becoming an orphan. Spending time with her twin Alex, they had a very unhealthy relationship with each other. Trying to be independent, Lexa with her college friends worked on a successful political campaign and now the Magnificent Seven are up for a celebration. However, the celebrations are put on hold when a serial killer turns up uninvited.
Lexa certainly had her problems, but whilst she was trying to adapt and socialise, you could see that she was still a loner. The only time she seemed happy and content was when she was with Alex. As the killings intensify she relies on a lot more support from her family, friends and Dr.
With Room-mates a social media site like Habbo playing an important role in the story shows just how big a part social media is in most people’s lives.
Whilst they were all supposed to be friends there was quite a lot of bitching and backstabbing. Each murder was different and if you like graphic and gore than you will love this book. There were scenes that will shock you, which you don’t see coming. One of my favourite scenes was set at the Thanksgiving celebration.
This was a quick read as I wanted to find out who was doing the killings. There were red-herrings throughout and whilst I had an idea who was behind it, I could not work out how and why. The unexpected ending tied up this story.
A good slasher read.

Hallowdene by George Mann

November 11, 2018 - 9:42 am No Comments

Hallowdene by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 18th September 2018
336 pages

The Carrion King murders have been solved and Elspeth and Peter are getting on with life. Elspeth’s is still trying to be a success as a freelance journalist and working at the local newspaper. So, when local landowner agrees to the excavation of Agnes Levett’s grave, a 16th-century witch. As a topic of interest Elspeth covered the story from the start. The villagers of Hallowdene were divided about the dig, whilst some thought it was great for business and tourism, others feared the curse. So, when the 1st body turns up, Elspeth is already on the case.
Whilst Elspeth and Pete’s relationship is going strong, both of them have hopes and dreams which they won’t share with each other. Elspeth also starts to make friends in the village, as a social person she still missed her friends in London. One young girl she got on well with was Daisy, the waitress from the local café and whilst she quickly friends she realised that she had something to hide. As you are reading this book, you notice some changes from book 1, the main difference was Pete did most of the investigation by himself, Elspeth only helped with what she learnt from interviewing people for her story. This will please reviewers who did not like the close working relationship they had in book 1. Although them working separately helped you learn more of the story as somethings were told to Elspeth instead of the police.
This story had more of a fantasy feel to it than Wychwood, as Agnes’ curse seemed to affect a lot more people. As you follow the current murder you get to know more about her story from the moment she was accused of witchcraft.
This story was quick paced as there was always something happening, whether it was part of the investigation or the locals kicking off. With folklore and urban legends still popular, this is a series that can keep going and I hope that there are plenty more in the series.

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

October 13, 2018 - 10:05 pm No Comments

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Gollancz on 26th July 2018
128 pages

As a 1st timer to this author’s work, I did not know what to expect. With its mixture of crime and technology I knew that it was something I would enjoy.
Davis is a real-life detective, working an unusual beat. He doesn’t have to catch a criminal but spends his time finding evidence. Him and his partner Chaz worked in New Clipperton, living each day in a snapshot. The government used them to walk in a certain day at a certain time to get incriminating evidence, so the real police can make the arrest.
As a police officer Davis was quite non-descript. He did is job every day without a word of complaint. That was until 1st May when he decided to make a difference. Chaz was the complete opposite, he had a temper and had the same level of enjoyment as a young boy pulling wings of flies. But as a partnership they worked well together.
The story was descriptive, and you could imagine Davis walking the beat, feeling more despondent. The addition of a serial killer gave it a thriller edge. The use of technology played a big part in the story and got me thinking, which days would I want to relive, what did I miss on that day.
As it was a novella it was a quick read and a good introduction to this author’s work. The author writes an ending that was unexpected, which took the story to a different direction.
Whilst it is a standalone I would love for the story to continue to find out what happened next.

Wychwood by George Mann

September 28, 2018 - 9:08 pm No Comments

Wychwood by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 12th September 2017
400 pages

When Elspeth (Ellie) broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job, she needed a plan. Having to move back with her mom in Wilsby-under-Wychwood, an idea is formed when the surrounding woods are cornered off. When a body is found with similarities to a local myth, she thinks she has found her big story.
Elspeth was a likeable character, whilst she was upset with her break up, she did not mope around, and I did not have spend time reading about her constantly crying. Her fascination with myths and legends and her meeting up with her old school friend Peter, a DS in the police force, enabled her to assist the police with their enquiries. Whilst it is unusual for a civilian to go out investigations, it is not unheard off. As a journalist she needed good investigational skills, and this came across when she was digging for a connection between the victims. Some of the other characters were a bit stereotypical, the tortured actor and the doting agony aunt, but I loved this as you can imagine them living in a small village. As for Dorothy her mom, she was just like any mom whose daughter had been away for a few years, doting and feeding her up.
With the local myth the Carrion King playing a big part in the story allowed the author to tell its story and add a fantasy element to the book. However, when Elspeth digs up some history on one of the victims, another mystery comes to light.
Whilst not everything was explained and let’s face it, we can’t explain everything. This was a good read, the pace flowed steadily and before I knew I had finished the story. The twists through out kept me guessing and when the murderer was revealed, it all made sense.
Whilst this is the first book I have read by this author I am off to read Hallowdene, the next book in the series.