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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.

Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen

November 22, 2016 - 8:14 pm No Comments

Death Stalks Kettle Street by  John Bowen
Page Count: 374
Release date: 9th December 2016
Reviewed by Chris Amies

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Greg Unsworth has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Massive, almost-crippling OCD that makes it difficult for him to get out of the house and he has to count backwards from 100 before he can cross the road. His world is circumscribed by drawing comic-book characters, making trips to the local shop, and occasional excursions to the city.
Beth Grue is an aspiring writer. She has Cerebral Palsy but doesn’t let that stand in her way. More of an issue for her at the moment is that the teacher of her Creative Writing class assumes wrongly she’ll be an easy catch.
And in the town they live in, the suburban peace is about to get broken by a series of inexplicable and vicious murders.
I enjoyed this novel. I felt the narrative bowled along. The murders are intriguing and Bowen sets us up from the first to expect what is known as a ‘cosy’ … but then there is nothing cosy about murder, and it has ramifications, not least in this case where Greg seems to be being set up to take the blame. Teaming up with Beth the two of them set off to find out what is going on. There are suitable blind alleys and red herrings and characters who could easily have done it, but did they? The reader has to read and find out.
The two protagonists having respectively OCD and CP was intriguing and convincing especially about the question which all must be asked, without actually saying it: What’s wrong with you? Both are tough characters in their way and their relationship develops interestingly. The secondary characters are well-rounded: throughout there is a theme of people not being reducible to a word or an adjective: that one story tends to become the only story. Your adjective is not your definition or your limitation. A similar lack of definition extends to the novel’s setting: the characters’ home town (‘Northcroft’) is likely Northfield, a southern suburb of Birmingham, and the ‘city’ is clearly Brum, including a good description of the new Library. They aren’t named as such though which allows the writer to take liberties with their geography.
There is no supernatural element to the story, unlike some of John Bowen’s other work. Instead “Death Stalks Kettle Street” marks a strong and confident turn towards the detective genre.

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book 1) by Lily Luchesi

August 27, 2016 - 10:37 am No Comments

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book 1) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing on 17th May 2015

128 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Detective Daniel Mancini has to go into early retirement due a stake out that goes horribly wrong. He is tracking a serial killer who turns out to be a vampire the trouble is nobody believes him and thinks he is crazy due to his injuries.

Two years later he gets a knock on the door and a beautiful agent Angelica Cross invites him to join a secret part of the FBI who investigates paranormal activity. She wants him to help her catch the vampire serial killer and as he knows the case he is the best man for the job. Whilst he gets trained in how to fight all things paranormal a close friend gets killed by the vampire causing Daniel to have an unhealthy hatred of all things vampires. Both Angelica and Daniel has their secrets but can they work together to solve the crime.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great start to the series. I liked how the relationship between Angelica and Daniel was going and the prejudices they both faced. I love the idea of a human working with a paranormal and can’t wait to see how the series progresses. Angelica is one feisty lady and you can tell that she does not taking any nonsense. Daniel is your typical cop, always questioning everything and wants to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I am interested in finding out where their relationship will go but I don’t have to wait long as book 2 is already out