Posts Tagged ‘Police Procedure’

The Fourth Victim by John Mead

September 6, 2019 - 5:48 am No Comments

The Fourth Victim by John Mead

Published by The Book Guild by 24th October 2018

207 pages

When a teenager was murdered whilst jogging through the park, the police thought it was an isolated incident. How wrong they were. Inspector Merry is the officer in charge, can he find the person behind the killings.

I always like to read police procedures if you get to follow the case step by step, so this was a good book for me to read. Inspector Merry was good at his job, thorough in his investigation and sympathetic to the victim’s family. Whilst I liked Merry, there were times that he did something stupid and I sat in amazement, as I could not believe what he had just done. His partner Julia Lukula was a no-nonsense cop, working in a man’s environment she always strived to be the best. Throughout the book I had the feeling that she did not like working for Merry, as she thought he was past his prime but then she would do something surprisingly good for him.

Whilst there were quite a few characters, I found the story easy to follow and some of my favourite scenes were the police interviews with “Leanne”.    

This was a quick-paced book that I read in one sitting. The author led you throughout the case and it felt that you were watching the story play out on a TV. Whilst I had my suspicions, the twist in the book had me second-guessing myself. This was well written thriller and whilst this book was not graphic, it was well detailed.

This was the first story I have read by this author and I will lookout for more of his books.

SLOW DRiP: by Gary Polisano

July 11, 2019 - 5:34 am No Comments

SLOW DRiP

When a beautiful and highly intuitive small town police detective is presented with a third related murder, she tries to follow conventional police procedure, while the teenage boy who discovered the body possess clues of his own that may lead directly to the killer, a mysterious figure with seemingly advanced medical knowledge who like to torture his victims in a particular sick manner.  Clues and taunts left by the killer along with the knowledge held by the teenager, cause the three characters to intersect in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

SLOW DRiP: by Gary Polisano

Published on 21st January 2019

301 pages

From the opening page, you are met by the killer’s work, the victim is tortured to death and left for someone to find them. With not much to go on Detective Tina Patterson, is up against it, not only does she want to get a dangerous killer off the street but her boss doesn’t like that she is good at her job.  

Starting off with a kill, I knew exactly what I was getting into and devoured this book, reading it fairly quickly. Tina Patterson was good at her job and learnt to trust her instinct, so when she got help from an unlikely source, she eagerly took it. However, the story followed 3 characters, enabling you to follow the story from a different POV. As you follow Tina as she is on the hunt for the killer, you are also following the killer as he stakes his prey and goes in for the kill, adding to the story was Jeff a teenager, who got involved in the case after finding one of the victims.    

This story flowed fairly quickly as you wonder whether Tina as more and more clues are revealed is going to catch the killer. I enjoyed reading how Tina’s mind worked and how she went about eliminating suspects. The involvement of Jeff was a surprise and the reasons behind his help were unexpected. The story was explained in details which helps you follow the story with ease, my only niggle was the amount of detail that the baseball games went into, but that was probably me not understanding how the game was played. However, this did not stop me enjoying the story and it did enforce the struggle Jeff was having.

This was a good thriller and if you are looking for a new thriller series, then look no further. I hope it won’t be long for the next one in the series to be released.

Amazon  UShttps://www.amazon.com/SLOW-DRiP-First-heart-racing-thrillers-ebook/dp/B07N15Z57Z

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/SLOW-DRiP-First-heart-racing-thrillers-ebook/dp/B07N15Z57Z

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Author Bio –

Originally from Los Angeles, California, earning an MBA in Business Management. Now, relocated to Northern Utah, Gary Polisano is a baseball fanatic and avid golfer.  He currently works in the medical field of pain/spine management.  SLOW DRiP is the FIRST in a murder/mystery series with an overtone of the paranormal.

Social Media Links –

WEBSITE – gpolisano.com

Twitter – @polisanoj

Instagram – garypolisano

LinkedIn – Gary Polisano

Facebook – gary j. Polisano – author

Children in Chains by Lorraine Mace

May 30, 2019 - 5:09 am No Comments

My turn has arrived for Children in Chains blog tour, 2nd in the DI Paolo Sterling series by Lorraine Mace.

 Children in Chains

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

Children in Chains

Published by Accent Press Ltd on 21st February 2019

245 pages

Following a few months after Retriever of Souls, Paolo is still his ex-wife’s no1 enemy. Katy is still in trauma after her kidnapping and showing no sign of recovery, but when a child is found dead from an overdose and signs of abuse, DI Paolo has to put his family on hold.

If you have read book 1 then a lot of the characters were familiar. Whilst Paolo is still the star of the story, you learn more about the other offices on the case.  Dave Johnson is becoming a fine officer, but as you read this story, you soon learn why he finds this case so hard. CC, the only woman on the case, is her usual confident self and with her wild hair colourings, she did give some light relief to the story. Dr Carter a new character, gives more of an insight into Paolo’s family life and just what a struggle he had with normality.

As in book one, you are hit with graphic scenes from the onset. The story of child trafficking and abuse is not an easy subject to read and whilst you hope it would not happen, you only have to turn on the news to see that it is going on. Saying that the author does write about this difficult subject with sympathy and sensitivity. As a mom to a daughter, my heart went out to all the girls.

From the start you know who is behind the trafficking and the person behind the abuse, the story follows Paolo as he tries to solve the case. This story was well plotted and I enjoyed the intricate plan of the trafficking explaining how the gang to pull it off.

This was another great gritty read which was riveting to the end. With Injection of Insanity out soon, I wonder how many more harrowing cases DI Paolo Sterling can solve. A must read for any fans of dark gritty thrillers.  

Price Drop Alert! 

Children In Chains is on offer at 99p/99c across all Amazon stores until June 15.

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Retriever of Souls by Lorraine Mace

May 12, 2019 - 5:23 am No Comments

It is my turn on the Retriever of Souls blog tour, a new to me author but when I read the blurb it grabbed my attention.

Retriever of Souls

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

So here is my thoughts on the book.

Retriever of Souls by Lorraine Mace

Published by Accent Press on 13th December 2018

253 pages

The story follows DI Sterling as he tries to stop a dangerous killer. When the mutilated body is found and IDed, he thought he had got his man, but trying to make a case against him was harder than he thought. Not only had he got more bodies turning up, he was also trying to get used to being separated and still being a good dad to his teenage daughter.

The story alternates between DI Sterling and the killer, without being confusing. Reading the killer perspective shows you just how sadistic and troubled the killer was. As you follow DI Sterling you realise just how much of a mess his home life and when more pressure is put on him by his wife, it is a wonder he doesn’t crack. His working relationship with his partner DS Dave Johnson starts off a bit rocky and it did come across as he did not want to work with him, but as the story continues you see him more as a mentor.

As soon as you start the book you know what you are getting into. From the 1st scene, you are taken on a dark journey. There are some topics and scenes that some readers may find disturbing but this adds to the grittiness of the story. The hunt for the killer is hidden with twists and red herrings, that kept me guessing to the end. The plot was well thought out and was fast paced.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers. As soon as I finished it, I one clicked the 2nd in the series and have pre-ordered the 3rd.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N

US – https://www.amazon.com/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Blog Tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

February 21, 2019 - 6:21 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin…..Here is the blurb

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

Published on 11th February 2019

315 pages

When Paul Ray, a 12-year-old boy goes missing at school, all that’s left is a high quantity of blood and it doesn’t look good. Tasked with the case, DCI Yorke had history with the family, but can he put his prejudice aside and find the boy alive?

Even though I have finished this story I could not tell you much about DCI Yorke, he kept himself to himself and had a few close friends. He was good at his job and ran a tight ship. Throughout the story, there were hints about his past life and I hope that I get to know more about him in future books  

The history of the Rays is revealed throughout the story and with every generation having an evil streak, the suspect list gets longer. As you find out more about the Rays you can understand why the residents of Salisbury despise them.

Whilst the book had a lot going on, it was an easy story to follow. From the abduction, you are following DCI Yorke as he investigates the crime and it did feel like you were watching a police drama on the TV. Scenes were described in detail and some readers may find some of the torture scenes a bit gruesome. However. these scenes helped enforce how dark certain members of the Ray family were. Other scenes had me shouting at the characters as I was getting so involved in the story. One of my favourite scenes was the car chase in the multi-storey carpark.

There were enough twists in the story to keeping me guessing to the end and as more clues came out about who was behind it, I found myself emotionally torn between feeling sorry for them and wanting them to be caught.

Being so involved in the story this was a fast read as I wanted to find out who was behind the crime. If you are looking for a dark thriller than pick up this book and I will look out for more books by this author 

Buying links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

US https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

Author’s Bio

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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