Posts Tagged ‘Police Procedure’

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

June 28, 2018 - 6:12 pm No Comments

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Published by Cornerstone Digital on 29th June 2017
323 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read the Temperance series I was interested to read something different by her. Sunday Night is a woman with a past, now living in isolation, all she wanted was a quiet life. However after a bombing at a Jewish school resulting in fatalities and a missing girl, she is hired to find the bombers.
From page 1 you knew Sunday was damaged, and as you read more of her story is revealed. She is head strong who found it hard to trust and does not take to authority figures. I liked her, Sunday she was one of those people who got the job done and didn’t care how she went about doing it. With her uniform background, she was definitely up for the job. I found at the start she was a bit disjointed and it seemed that she had not got a clue and was winging it a bit. But this made her feel more real. However as soon as Gus joined her, it seemed to click and you felt that they would get the job done.
I felt that it started a bit slow but soon picked up pace as more information was found. With Sunday being so paranoid there was a lot of fine detail put into her style and habits and you knew exactly what she was doing. Information about the terrorists were drip fed throughout at the story and this made you want to carry on reading as you wanted to find out whether Sunday found the missing teenager. The author had a way of leading you in a different direction and the scenes in italics was not about who I thought they were
For a 1st in which I hope will be a new series this was a good start and I hope there will be more of Sunday Night

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder

June 24, 2018 - 8:47 pm No Comments

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder
Published by Bloodhound Books on 29th April 2017
350 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When the skeletal remains of a young woman are found in the woods, DI Bliss is called in to investigate. Coming back from a suspension, Bliss knows the case is going to be tough one. Not only are the bones old but the senior officers are breathing down his neck.
A crime thriller is not the same without a trouble MC and boy was Bliss troubled. Haunted by the past, Bliss always wanted to see justice done even if it meant him clashing with his superior officers. His only true friends were DC Penny Chandler and DC Bobby Dunne, both who work with him closely. The relationship between Bliss and Chandler was as close as siblings, the only one who knew about his past Chandler was always there for him, keeping him grounded when he had a wild idea. There were a couple of characters that I took an instant dislike to, one was “The Bone Lady” as I found her to forward, especially as she knew some of Bliss’ past
From the moment the bones are found, Bliss and Co get down to action. Starting from nothing, you wonder how the body can be identified let a lone who murdered her. The plot was well written and it felt like you were watching one of those true crime documentaries. There were red herrings throughout to throw you off track, and I could not get over how good the ending was as I never saw it coming.
Whilst it was a slow start, due to the amount of information that had to be found, the pace soon picked up as Bliss was putting the pieces together. Set in Peterborough, this was a good example of UK Police procedure. One thing I was glad about was that Bonnie and Clyde were ok. I will definitely carry on with this series, cause who does not love a troubled cop.

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh

May 30, 2018 - 4:59 am No Comments

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh
Published on 25th January 2018 by Orion
368 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Before I started this book, I had never read any of the other books in this series. What grabbed me was the blurb and a lot of recommendations from my friends.
Eddie Flynn is a defence lawyer, good at what he does, he has made a name for himself, whilst annoying the NYPD. When Robert Solomon gets arrested for murder, Flynn gets an invite to be on the defence team. With all the evidence stacked up against Robert, Flynn knows he has a fight in court. But the further Flynn investigates, he quickly comes to realise that it is not a simple case of murder.
From the start you know that Joshua Kane was a master of his work. Everything he did was planned to finest detail. He was one of the cleverest serial killers I have read about and I did have an admiration for him.
The story swaps between Flynn and Kane’s story, there is no confusion as Kane is in 3rd POV. This helped the story flow and you learn about the character’s in detail. This story is fast paced and the tension builds throughout. I do not read many court room drama but I found this intriguing, even down to the jury selection and after I found out what they have to go through to get selected, I admired Joshua more.
When I am reading thrillers I like to guess where the story was going, but with this story I was wrong in every case. The story was well plotted and there was a lot of detail to the story. Even if you have not read the others in the series, you do not miss out on any of the story as this can be read as a stand alone and for me a good introduction to this author’s work. An intriguing plot and a must for thriller lovers and you will get to find out why thirteen as there are only twelve on the jury.

A Life Removed by Jason Parent

July 6, 2017 - 6:35 pm 1 Comment

A Life Removed by Jason Parent

Published by Red Adept Publishing LLC on 23rd May 2017

284 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A serial killer terrorising Fall River, a city in Massachusetts and it is up to Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette to capture him and stop these violent killings. Officer Aaron Pimental was the   first to respond to one of the crime scenes and from the start did not make a good impression on the detectives, but the further this case goes on, the more he found himself involved.

The partnership between the detectives was strong and they were good at bouncing ideas of each other. Due to Bruce’s time on the job, he took the lead in this case, however throughout this investigation he always took Jocelyn’s views into consideration. They felt so comfortable together that Jocelyn was not afraid to question Bruce’s decisions.

Officer Aaron Pimental was how most people image a beat cop, over weight and a lover of doughnuts. Low in confidence, he did feel that the world would be better off without. However, as the case progresses, his true self comes out and he is not as nice as everyone thinks.

Written in the third person, gives you the whole story from everyone POV, as the story changes between the Detectives, Officer Aaron and the killer. As you are reading this story, you get to know the characters in depth and whilst there is a religious theme to the killings, this story concentrates more on the characters and the reasons for their actions. The story follows the investigation step by step and it feels like you are watching a documentary on police investigations, until the author adds a mind-blowing twist which I did not see coming. The twist made the story darker due to who was involved. This is a page turner which you won’t want to put down. This is the 1st book I have read by Jason Parent and I will make sure I look out for more of his books

Jackals by Stuart R Brogan………. The Jackals book blog tour

April 18, 2017 - 12:28 pm 1 Comment

We are honoured to be part of the Jackals book blog tour. I had the pleasure of reading it and below is my review. Theresa interviewed the author and if you want to know more than carry on reading past the review:

Jackals by Stuart R Brogan

Published by Midgard Books on 23rd January 2017

243 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

Whilst out with her husband celebrating their anniversary, Jesse Reid come across as group calling themselves Jackals, meeting them changes her life for ever. When a Police station is brutally attacked DI Class is assigned to the case, a police officer who is not afraid to bend the rules and lives life on the edge, but is he the right man for the job.

When Jesse Reid is introduced she was a meek woman happy in her marriage, suffering with a mental health problem. What surprised me was when her life was in danger she turned into a woman possessed, putting the Jackals to shame.  Overseen by 13 influential men and pillars of the community, the Jackals are part of a secret society, a society that wanted to go back to primitive ways, who believed they would make the world a better place by murdering people. Their only rule is that they can’t use firearms. I liked DI Class as even though he knew that he was on a case that could wreck his career, he still put all his efforts into the investigation and to protect Jesse.

From the early scenes, you are subject to the graphic and horrific scenes of the Jackals handy work. Some of the death scenes were genius and one of my favourites was the death by guillotine. Jackals is full of action and fast paced. The thrill of the chase made this book exciting and it gave me a book hangover as I was reading into the early hours as I wanted to know what happened. The twists in the book added intrigue and emphasised the conspiracy of the secret society. Although this book is categorised as Horror it will also appeal to readers that like their thriller dark and bloodthirsty. For all you lovers of conspiracy groups this is Dan Brown on steroids. A brilliant book that has left me wanting to know more about the Order.

 

Interview with Stuart  Brogan

 

1) Tell us a bit about yourself! And about Jackals.

Hi there and thanks for having me. My call sign is Stuart R Brogan, author of fast paced action / horror fiction and Heathen / Pagan nonfiction. I currently reside in and torment Glastonbury, UK where I own a Viking / Heathen shop called Shield Maiden.

JACKALS is a pacey cross genre action / horror novel in which the reader is thrust into a violent and brutal world where killers stalk people to further a hidden bloody agenda. The protagonists are just normal people who have their own personal demons to deal with, but have bigger problems when caught in the cross fire. A cat and mouse game ensues as the Jackals and their superiors hunt down the already downtrodden couple, beginning in rural England and then spreading across the rest of the country as the chase continues. Jackals is my first novel and I am humbled by some of the reviews it is receiving. Fans of horror or boys own action will enjoy the visceral intensity and relentless nature.

2) The book appears to blur the edges between horror and police procedural. How important is genre to you?

It’s strange, when I started writing Jackals, I always thought of it as a horror / thriller but people have been labelling it under different genres. To be honest action / horror is closest to the mark. My style is a hybrid between genres and I enjoy blurring the lines. For me, writing realistic and intense stories is the basis and I let the story take on a life of its own, I let it breath and grow organically, even if it takes me away from the original idea. As far as I am concerned the story writes itself. I have always been a huge fan of the classic 80’s action / horror movie; I try to recreate that sense of adventure as well as impending doom. For me, human nature is far more horrific than any monster living under the bed and as such my books are intense and relentless in nature, some may find them brutal but the violence is there for a reason, never just for the sake of it or to shock.

3) I know writers hate this question, but I’m going to ask it anyway. Where did the idea come from?

I have had the idea for some time now and to be honest, I can’t really say where my ideas come from. It’s like a moment of clarity, I might hear a news story or see something when I am out and about and start to ask myself “What if”. I think all authors will know what I mean by that. Every good story starts with that simple question, swiftly followed by “What would I do?” From there it’s just a case of letting the imagination run with it. Inspiration can come from anywhere and at the moment I have ideas for two other novellas, one stand-alone novel and two more books using the Jackals. So I am not going to run out of ideas any time soon.

4) What else are you working on right now?

I am currently nearly finished a novella entitled SCALLYWAG; it is an intense thrill ride taking place over twenty-four hours. I have created a character that I hope will become somewhat iconic. I don’t want to give too much away as I like to keep an air of mystery but rest assured, it will have my trade mark cross genre brutality and will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

5) If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?

That my friend is an easy one, John Twelve Hawks. Author of my all-time favourite book The Traveller, he uses a pen name and little is known about him but I just love his social observations regarding the Orwellian world we now find ourselves in. In his books the antagonists are very powerful business men who wish to enslave us all and have us sub-servient. It has an excellent pace and is full of superb action sequences. The characters are also well fleshed out. I would love to sit and chat with Mr Hawks because we would agree on many issues.

Like me, he believes that mankind and his actions is the greatest evil of all!