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The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven

June 6, 2018 - 8:11 pm No Comments

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven
Published by Constable on 7th June 2018
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After a body turned up with Washington Poe carved in it. Cumbria Police knew they needed extra help. This was the 3rd body to turn up. Brining in the NCA, they needed one man. The problem was he had left under a cloud and living in isolation.
Washington Poe was not a typical police officer. Not one for lip service he was not afraid to ruffle feathers to get the job done, usually resulting in angering the higher ranking officers. He had high regards for justice and would always fight for the little man. He would follow the clues and his ability to think outside the box got the results.
DI Flynn was your typical officer trying to do her best in a man’s world. She did let Washington a free rein as she knew how it worked. As a boss, she was fair and was always the one to try and keep the peace.
My favourite character throughout the book was Tilly Bradshaw. The technology whizz kid with an analytical mind.. Whilst it was not mentioned I had the impression that she had autism. It was so refreshing to read about a character who did not think what people thought about her. She was blunt and straight to the point and not afraid to speak the truth. Having lived a sheltered life, everything she did in the field was new and she reminded me of a kid at Christmas.
From the beginning of this story, you are hit with a gruesome killing and you knew what to expect. The story was fast paced whilst you follow the investigation. As the story progressed you get to find out about Poe’s previous case and you soon realise what sort of man he is. The story is well plotted and even though I tried to guess I had not got a clue who the serial killer was. The reasons behind the killings was tragic. The harrowing scenes were broken up with some witty moments, thanks to Bradshaw. This thriller was fast pacing as there was always something going on.
This is my first read by this author and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely look out for more in this series. A must read for thriller lovers.

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.

Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) and Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

September 12, 2017 - 9:53 pm No Comments

Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 8th July 2017

166 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The story starts 6 months after book 1, Jimmie has been trying to fight his cravings and FBI agent Florel Ross has placed her ad, but with no success. Still bullied at work Jimmie decides to do something for himself and opens his own Ice cream shop, well his does like ice cream.

The story followed the same format as the first, changing from Jimmie’s exploits to Florel’s investigations. Jimmie writing in his journal, explained more of his story and his thoughts on each of his things. When he opened his own shop you just knew it would succeed as whatever he does he plans it in minute detail. I would have loved to see his bosses faces when he resigned and they had to do all his work. In book one I liked Florel, however in book 2 she was egotistic, she thought she could capture Jimmie by herself, her motives were to get inside his head all for science. Not relying on anyone for help got her into a life and death situation and due to a stupid mistake, I lost all interest in her.

Whilst I did not like where Florel’s story was taking me, there was a reason for this and as the story progressed, you could see Jimmie starting to crack. When Jimmie was reminiscing of his kills, there are reminders of book 1 and if you read book 1 when it 1st came out, it is a nice reminder of what happened. Whilst the ending was not what I expected, it does lead nicely into book 3

 

Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 5th August 2017

121 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

 Jimmie has been arrested and now serving his time in a mental institute and he still apart from his favourite thing number 15. I like that this book was slightly different to the others as the author selected Jimmie’s favourite thing to tell the story.

Beverley number 15 had always been Jimmie’s favourite and her side of the story went into more detail on how she ended up in the freezer, her narration showed real hatred of Jimmie ending her life and how she was going to get her revenge. I enjoyed reading the story from her POV as you got to understand more of what Jimmie did to her on their Thursday date nights. When she was alive she was quite a quiet individual but did like to shock people, and she did like the attention from Jimmie.  Jimmie story was mainly him writing his journal going back over his kills and you could sense he was still getting a kick out of what he did. Never did he once show remorse.

I thought this was a better read than book 2 maybe because Florel did not pay a big part in it. I felt I understood more about Jimmie from his journals and Beverly’s introduction to his mom. There were a few funny moment when Beverley was taking the mick out of Jimmie and she did like being in control of the situation. I am glad I read book 2 and 3 after each other as the story seemed to flow smoothly. The epilogue was thought provoking as Beverley even with everything she did had not found peace and there was still not closure. Once you have finished this book carry on reading as it was interesting to see all the research that was done to write these books and there is also an interview with the author done by Amy Bernal.

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

Just Things by Erin Lee

May 17, 2017 - 6:42 pm No Comments

Just Things by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press 14th May 2017

196 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jimmie loves ice cream, he also loves collecting things. The difference between his collection and others are his used to have a heartbeat. Detective Florel Ross, a forensic psychologist in the FBI, knows that at least 13 women have gone missing and although she can’t prove it, she thinks the Ice Cream Killer is behind it.

Jimmie was a quiet man that tended to be walked over, either by his ex-wife or his bosses. A man not to draw attention to himself due to his speech impediment.  Jimmie was meticulous in his home life and with his collection and I think that was why he had not got caught. He was not a character that I disliked, even though I know what he did, I did wonder whether if he had a better childhood would he have been different. This question is probably asked about the majority of serial killers.

Detective Florel Ross was a woman on a mission. Pushed on to be the best of the best, she did not want any other family to go through what her family went through when her twin sister was abducted. Not liked by her colleagues, she had no social life and was very focused.

The way the author wrote this book was a lot different to other books I have read about serial killers. The majority of the book was written as a journal either by Jimmie or Florel, this told the story from a different perspective. The story concentrated on the whys and the how’s, but not the actual killings. Jimmie wrote in detail about each of his Things, telling their story through his journal and the newspaper cuttings he also collected. Florel’s journal was her research into tracking him down. What I enjoyed was they both showed some of the same characteristics which enforced my view that it was their upbringing that took them down their path. The story flowed smoothly making it a quick read and it was just like you were following this story via a news channel. My only complaint was that the ending was abrupt and I had to flick back a few pages to see if I had missed anything. However, reading on after the story there will be book 2 so I will be able to know whether Florel caught the Ice Cream killer.