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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Exit .45

 Exit .45

Marshall Grade #3

Ben Sanders



Reviewed by Helen


This is the first Ben Sanders book I have read but it won’t be the last, I really want to get to know Marshall Grade even better. This is a fast paced, action packed story a real page turner, set in New York Marshall does everything he can to uncover what is behind the murder of and ex-cop and friend Ray Vilaloux and stops at nothing to get his answers.

Grade Marshall is an ex NYPD undercover cop he is meticulous about how things are done everything has an order for him even doing his jigsaw puzzles, but when an old friend calls him and asks for help, he meets him at a restaurant when he is shot in front of him and Marshall sets out to find out who is behind the murder.

His investigation pulls him deeper into the underworld of the mob and drug traffickers, with more questions than answers coming up at first but Marshall never gives up and is not shy about going in feet first to get the answers he needs, he is determined and knows how to really annoy the cops when he finds the answers they don’t. Death and mayhem seem to follow Marshall but nothing deters him from getting to the truth.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to any reader who loves some action in their stories, this is part of a series but easily read on its own but I will be wanting the read the others in the series. Marshall is a fabulous character set in his ways he goes all out, I loved my tour of New York through the subways. Ben Sanders has created a character who is easy to like he is hard and tough and someone who you would want on your side, I loved his little quirks they added to his personality. A great story.

My thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my copy to read and review


4 stars
Published January 5th 2022 by Allen & Unwin

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Waterhole

 The Waterhole

Lily Malone



Reviewed by Helen


I am a big fan of Lily Malone’s stories and this one differs a little from her other ones but it was so fabulous, set over three time lines this one had me turning the pages, the characters good and bad have been bought to life on the pages, we meet Detective Marley West and his partner Brigit as they dig deep into the past to find the answers when a waterhole being dug up spits out bones.

The small Western Australian town of Cowaramup is pulled into turmoil when neighbours at a BBQ decide to try and dig up an old waterhole and the digging brings bones with it, human bones, the police are called and Detective Marley West is sent to investigate now he and his partner Brigit uncover that the original waterhole was on the farm of the Ross family the matriarch Morag long gone but her two sons Bill and Jack are still here and living on parts of the old farm and they do not get along.

Bill went to Vietnam and Jack had stayed and run the farm with his mother they were popular young boys in the town and were very competitive at everything even with their love lives. There was also the local cop Alan West, yes Marley’s grandfather unfortunately he was a bad cop and controlled the town and some of its citizens back in the day. So when Marley arrives to talk to Bill and Jack they are very wary, but Brigit and Marley work well together and are soon finding some answers.

This story unravels a lot from the past and the people who have lived in Cowaramup for many years, there are secrets and lies that have added to tear a family apart and then add in the corrupt cop and this one is a must read story for any reader who loves to be swept up in a mystery that slowly unravels in the best way. There are some wonderful characters in this one not only the Ross boys but Annette who plays a big part in this story, lots of twists and turns and maybe that hole should have been left as is and secrets kept where they were or maybe it was better for the truth to come?

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it and I also hope that we get to enjoy more stories with Marley West and Brigit. Marley is a fabulous character he has been through a lot because of his grandfather and he is rebuilding his career and I really want to see more of him.


5 stars
Published November 21st 2021 by Lily Malone Publishing

Monday, December 20, 2021

Treasured Hopes

 Treasured Hopes

Treasure Hunters #5

Kendall Talbot



Reviewed by Helen


Another fast paced action packed story as we meet up with Archer, Rosalina, Jimmy Ginger and Alessandro and this time Rosalina’s Nonna comes along for the ride and she adds to the story with her way of saying what she thinks., This time they are hunting for works of art stolen by the Nazis this is for not only Ginger but for Nonna as well and it is a trip that I would encourage you to join.

Archer Mahoney thrives on finding ancient treasure and the danger that comes with the hunt, but his fiancé Rosalina is pregnant with their first baby and he needs to be a more careful these days after the last hunt. But Nonna is really wanting a painting that was stolen by the Nazis during the war returned if possible and with the information Ginger has on some of the stolen art collections a trip to Brazil on the gorgeous yacht Evangeline is organised.

Arriving in Rio they spilt up to search in different areas with Archer and Jimmy taking to the dangerous streets which has them in deep trouble very soon and they are captured and held until they can work their way out of danger, they are shocked to find out who else is involved in their capture but soon Archer, Jimmy and Ginger are taken into the Amazon jungle to search for the missing paintings.

Kendall Talbot has again written a story that will have the reader on the edge of their seat with the happenings that cause so many problems for this family of treasure hunters that I have grown very fond of and having Nonna along for the trip really was so good I do think she is a fabulous character. And now I look forward to the next book in the series here we come the Caribbean and I can’t wait to catch up with them all again. If you want a story that will keep you turning the pages with lots of danger and fabulous characters then this is one that I do highly recommend.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review

4 stars
Published November 30th 2021 by Kendall Talbot Books

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Kill Your Brother

 Kill Your Brother

Jack Heath



Reviewed by Helen


This is the first book I have read from this author, but it will not be the last wow what a roller coaster of a ride, so many twists and turns, hair pin bends this one had my mind jumping all over the place in this fast paced nail biting thriller that I would highly recommend to any reader who loves a good thriller, the characters are strong and believable, whether they are good or not so good.

Elise Glyk, disgraced athlete, has no job and no friends she has broken up with her girlfriend who is a police officer and has been searching for her missing brother Callum for months, she is following leads acting as a private investigator when she discovers a lead and finds him locked in a septic tank on a sheep farm being help by Stephanie Hartnell and she finds herself being offered a deal kill her brother and save herself.

Being locked up with her brother has Elise seeing things differently she could not possible kill him he has always been there for her no matter what she has been through or done but as time goes on maybe Elise is seeing things differently and understanding their jailer a little better so many questions, what are the answers, will she get to the truth?

Through all that Elise has been through in her life she remains strong and determined and fights to the end for the truth of what has happened, I thought she was a wonderful character.

There is lots of terrible things happening in this story, there is danger coming from more than one direction as Elise has to make a decision as to what to do the ending is like and explosion of all things put together in this page turner of a story, I am not going to say too much other than it is a great story if you love a fast paced thriller that had me on the edge of my seat throughout, then this is one to read. I do highly recommend this one.

My thanks to Allen & Unwin for my copy to read and review.

5 stars
Published November 30th 2021 by Allen & Unwin

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Unforgiven

 Unforgiven

Sarah Barrie



Reviewed by Helen


I don’t know where to start, this is an amazing, brilliant story written with heart and caring and lots of suspense as Sarah Barrie knows how to do, she has taken us on a dark journey into child abuse but given us the fabulous Lexi Winter, once a victim herself now she does everything she can to save children, she has become a vigilante and nothing will stop her from saving the children even breaking the law.

Lexi knows what it is like to live on the streets, she knows what it is like to be abused to feel unloved and uncared for, she is now twenty eight and has learnt a lot in the last eighteen years. She was a victim of the notorious paedophile the spider but these days she is an escort and has a roof over her head and loves a good whiskey.

Lexi has learnt to be a great hacker and helps her sister Bailee who works for community services tracking the bad guys, the paedophiles and notifying the cops, gathering information brings her into a situation where she witnesses a murder of someone who is very hard to touch, this leads her to a paedophile ring that needs to be shut down and fast, but memories of the past are surfacing and Lexi is getting more determined but it also brings her closer to danger.

Detective Inspector Rachael Langley was the cop who put the spider away all those years ago but let Lexi slip through the cracks and couldn’t save her and now there is someone claiming to be the spider killing young girls again and Rachael is on the case and is under the hammer not only from the government and media but colleagues as well to prove it is a copy- cat before the spider is let out of prison.

This case brings Rachael and Lexi back together, reluctantly at first they work together to do their best to bring the bad guys down, with a cast of fabulous characters, Detective Finn Carson, Jimmy the IT guy they all work together on this case and I cannot not mention Dawny and Desmond. There are many twists and turns, that had my mind going in all directions. This is a must read book set around Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW.

I loved Lexi she is strong, courageous and so caring after all she has been through she has a heart of gold. The ending is brilliant and I really hope that we will be seeing Lexi again, Sarah Barrie is a fabulous author who brings thriller and mystery together in stories that are page turners and I cannot recommend this one enough, it really is fabulous.

My thanks to Harlequin AU for my copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: December 1st 2021 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Way it is Now

 The Way it is Now

Garry Disher



Reviewed by Helen


This was my first Garry Disher book, it won’t be my last, can I say wow what a fabulous story, a compelling mystery that had my mind going in all directions trying to sort things out, and we meet Charlie Deravin a detective with the Victorian police force currently on suspension and living back in his family home on the coast, this brings back many memories for Charlie mainly the fact that his mother went missing twenty years before and has never been found, the day as a young constable he was out searching for a missing young boy, Charlie’s life has never been easy and care-free and things now are just going to get worse.

Charlie has never given up investigating his mother’s disappearance knowing full well that his father also a cop has always been the main suspect in her disappearance in which his brother Liam is sure of the fact, his father is re-married now and Charlie is close to him and sure of his innocence, but things suddenly change and very quickly when skeletal remains are found on a property very close to where his mother was living. Two bodies that of an adult and a young child, are they his mother and the child he was searching that day twenty years ago how are they connected?

This was a page turner for me there is a lot going on and lots of people we get to know who maybe are connected with both deaths or maybe not and Charlie is more than determined to investigate even while on suspension and he does tend to tread on a few toes along the way people are after him as well, which adds to the story. There are many twists and turns that kept me engrossed in this story and Garry Disher has built a fabulous case that had to be unraveled in a way that kept me and I am sure any reader of a good mystery engaged, the characters come to life on the pages and are real, this is one that I would highly recommend, it is a fabulous read, I must say although I had all the answers I needed at the end it was a little abrupt I would have loved another page or two.

My thanks to Text Publishing and Netgalley for my copy to read and review

5 stars
Published November 2nd 2021 by Text Publishing

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Treasure & Dirt

 Treasure & Dirt

Chris Hammer



Reviewed by Helen


This is my first Chris Hammer story and it won’t be my last, I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller, the death of an opal miner in Finnigans Gap has Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic sent to the small outback town to find the killer, here he meets young and newly appointed detective Nell Buchannan and they uncover a multitude of evidence that could point in many directions.

Ivan and Nell are shocked at what they find in the mine owned by Jonas McGee the murdered miner and there are a lot of questions to be answered, was he dead before he was crucified and now the investigations starts, asking questions trying to find motive, there is a lot to uncover. They dig deep and there are many trails to follow, billionaire mining magnates, new rare earth mines a cult in the town and the leader politically linked, ratters to find, the trails are many.

Ivan uncovers a death from the past that his old partner, now being forced into retirement never found out what really happened to the young man back then, is that somehow linked to this murder? Then a drug bust in the town that puts Nell in a precarious situation, a detective from internal standards arrives investigating Ivan and then Nell as well, this adds to the tension created by the investigation.

This is a very good criminal thriller with many twists and turns, fabulously written it had me turning the pages wondering how everything is linked together, there is blackmail, secrets from the past, family connections, mining companies not to mention pressure from the internal affairs and careers on the line, there is so much happening. It ended with a bang with many of the leads and trails discovered a very satisfactory ending, this is one that I would highly recommend.

My thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my copy to read and review

4 stars
Published September 28th 2021 by Allen & Unwin