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Monday, January 29, 2024

Glenrock

 Glenrock

Lee Christine



Reviewed by Helen


I do love a good mystery thriller and Lee Christine does them so well, this one is set around Newcastle New South Wales and is filled with suspense, wonderful characters and I loved it from page one, this really is a fabulous book to dive into and you are not going to want to put it down.

Justice Maurice Tempest has a routine he follows every morning a run in the Glenrock Conservation Area, he starts out this morning with a lot on his mind a big decision has to be made, but he never got the chance to make it, he is found shot, by his driver hours later. When another body is found questions follow is it revenge? Newcastle detective Sergeant Callen O’Connor is called to investigate the murders.

At the same time two young lawyers, Goldie and Nicola working for a big law firm in Parramatta go missing, have they discovered something related to the murder are their lives in danger?

Angela Avery who was a political journalist in Adelaide is now living in Newcastle and reporting for a weekend magazine has been interviewing a soon to be released inmate, Benjamin Reid at the local jail about the murals he has been painting around Newcastle, Angela and Callen have met a few times and when Callen is looking into Ben, Angela is determined to not let her relationship get mixed up.

This is a fabulous book, fabulous characters, I loved the setting and trying to tie all of the clues together kept me turning the pages, I loved getting to know Callen and Angela, but will he be able to discover the killer and why it happened, before there are anymore deaths what where people trying to keep cover up?

I do highly recommend this one, and I am hoping that there will be more stories to come that involve Callen and Angel set around Newcastle. Thank you MS Christine for another awesome story.

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

5 stars
January 30, 2024 by Allen & Unwin AU

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Foul Play

 Foul Play

DCI Jack Hawksworth #5

Fiona McIntosh



Reviewed by Helen


Jack is back at his best again, I am loving this series, charismatic Jack is one of the best at his job, as an investigator there are none better and with the fabulous team he has, this series and this book are a must read.

Superstar footballer, Luca Bruni is happily married to screen star Ally and they are expecting twins and they are media darlings but when Luca gets an incriminating photo in the mail and a letter demanding half a million pounds, he is determined to stand up to them and calls in the police he will not cave to the black mailer’s even if it does put a lot of pressure on his marriage.

Detective Superintendent Jack Hawksworth is called in, when it appears that this is not the first case that there has been an extortion racket going on aiming at rich sportsman for some time, an op’s team is started, Jack calls in most of his past experienced team, and the investigation starts.

When another team, run by Jack’s good friend Geoff investigates a brutal murder, there seems to be links and now two teams working in conjunction uncover clues, Jack requests help from a close friend and soon the threats are mounting and lives are in danger they need to shut these people down quickly before there are more murders, but the big question is, is it one group or is there a copycat out there as well?

This is fast paced, filled with intrigue, suspense and was very hard to put down, not only do the readers have Jack and the case to solve, but we have Jack’s personal life as well that really adds to Jack’s story, they mix well together and with Kate back in his team, where it all end this time around.

I do highly recommend this story and the series, they are fabulous must reads and I eagerly await the next installment.

5 stars
January 9, 2024 by Penguin Random House Australia

Friday, January 12, 2024

The Search Party

 The Search Part

Hannah Richell



Reviewed by Helen


I do love Hannah Richell’s stories and this one is a change of genre but so very good, this one was unputdownable for me, a fabulous setting, so many characters come to life on the pages some good some not so good, what happens when five friends and their families get together for a glamping weekend in the wilds of Cornwall?

When Annie and Max Kingsley and their twelve year old son Kip decide to leave the rat race of London and start a glamping business in Cornwall, they want to have a dry run before opening and ask their friends and families along for a long weekend of fun, it has been a while since they have all caught up, should be fun and it was at first, Friday night BBQ everyone was laughing until an incident that could have caused a catastrophe.

Things settled down and Saturday three of the woman went up to the farm house, one went shopping in town and the men sat around talking having a drink and watching the children, some serious talking by a couple of the men soon had tensions running high and the kids went off on their own for a while to explore, when the kids return frantic, one of them is missing and a bad storm is coming the air is thick now with tension and worry, they must find this child, people are pointing fingers and tempers are rising.

This book had me turning the pages, the tension heated up not only between the children but more so between the adults, with accusations thrown around and secrets discovered, everyone is on edge, when the storm hits it just gets worse, power is lost, what else will happen will anyone else go missing, will they finally get help to search?

I can highly recommend this one, it will not disappoint, a cast of characters who all added to the story even when they weren’t so nice but I did really like young Kip and Annie and Max, if you love a good mystery, thriller then this is one for you, don’t miss it.

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
January 3, 2024 by Simon & Schuster Australia

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

First Victim

 First Victim

A Sally Fairburn Crime Thriller #3

L.A. Larkin



Reviewed by Helen


I am thoroughly enjoying this series, I really like Sally she is caring and empathetic to everyone and now she has been asked to come back to the Franklin Police Department as a detective for three months to solve a cold case and that is the murder of an old man and the attack on his wife, Sally is keen to show she can do this.

Sally and her partner Clarence start investigating what appears to be a burglary gone wrong but the more they investigate the more they uncover it appears to be a murder of revenge but by who? Why was Joseph Austin brutally murdered and his wife Fiona left in a coma in hospital Sally is hoping that Fiona will awake and have some answers and when another two neighbours are murdered Sally is really put under pressure.

To make things worse her ex-husband has arrived back in town, with a new wife and young son to resume work as a cop and he is doing his best to destroy Sally’s reputation as he puts the pressure on her and their son Paul and the man she put behind bars is also pushing her with questions and offers of help, will Sally uncover all the answers she needs to convict the killer or killers and how will things go with her ex Scott.

This is another compelling story in this series, one that I highly recommend, it kept me turning the pages I wanted to know all of the answers and I do look forward to more Sally Fairburn stories.

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

4 stars
October 3, 2023 by Bookouture

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Kill Your Husbands

 Kill Your Husbands

Jack Heath



Reviewed by Helen


This is a twisty story that had my mind going in all directions, I thought I had it worked out and then no I didn’t, what happens when six friends go away for a weekend together, four of them had gone to high school together two married into the group, the house is in the mountains, no internet, no phones a weekend of drinking bush walking and fun, lots of discussions but when partner swapping is bought up, will it happen?

The answer is yes, with rules three woman will pick a room all lights are out and then the men will enter a room, there is to be no talking no one will know who they slept with, all should be good afterwards that is until one of them turns up dead.

The five reaming realise that the phone isn’t working and the keys to the car are missing, suspicion abounds they need to leave but it appears that the killer is not finished yet, what will they do?

Enter new detective Kiara Lui and the investigation begins Kiara questions all witnesses and is not yet clear on what happened but she will not give up, two weeks later Kiara takes her partner Elise for a romantic weekend at the same house and soon Kiara is thinking this wasn’t such a good idea but she is also discovering some facts while there.

This is a fabulous story truly I changed my mind so many times on who the killer is, is it just one or more and why, why did this all happen, were there plans in place before the weekend started or did it just happen because of things that happened on the weekend?

So many questions to be answered, you need to read this one to discover the answers, Elise and Kiara were in Kill Your Brother and I loved that one as well and they are fabulous characters. This is such a well written story, with a awesome ending that I do highly recommend to any reader who loves a good mystery thriller, fabulous character, a must read.

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

5 stars

November 28, 2023 by Allen & Unwin

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Song of the Starlings

 Song of the Starlings

T M Clark



Reviewed by Helen


I have been eagerly awaiting a new T M Clark book and it has arrived and can I say it is brilliant, what a story, set in South Africa this one is about child trafficking and for anyone who loves a story filled with suspense, danger and awesome characters then this is the book to pick up, a must read.

When eleven year old Akina Curtis is kidnapped in Cape Town her father Curtis a corruption fighting tycoon wants her found and he hires a friend of his Rowan Zachery to find her at any cost, Rowan needs help as this is his first visit to South Africa and he wants the best and that is Chrystal Booysen retired security contractor, who is now happily working on her family game stud farm, Chrystal agrees to help, how can she not and together they uncover a child trafficking ring, but every day brings danger to Akina and the many other children who have been kidnapped and they must find her.

Chrystal and Rowan with their team uncover so much, there are so many illegal rings all over South Africa from poaching to gun running and it appears that some are connected with the child trafficking, but what they turn up also throws doubt on Chrystal’s once childhood best friend Stella-Rose now Mother Stella-Rose Naude, could she be linked as well and who else?

This story is awesome and I do highly recommend it, Chrystal is a fabulous character her strength, courage and determination had me cheering her on as I did for Rowan as well never giving up, but will they get Akina before it is too late? There are so many characters in this story, Busi the Sangoma plays a part, I thought she was fabulous as well, and I am really looking forward to more stories to come from MS Clark, set in South Africa, she does them so well as it is her home country. L loved this one from start to finish.

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

5 stars
December 1, 2023 by Wilde Press

Friday, November 17, 2023

Lest Bridges Burn

 Lest Bridges Burn

Detective Liz Mooreland #2

Phillipa Nefri Clark



Reviewed by Helen


I have been waiting for this one and was not disappointed, wow what a story, Liz Moorland is one of my favourite characters I love her determination and strength but also her empathy and caring nature to do all things right and solve cases, a fabulous story that was very hard to put down.

When a five year old girl, Eliza goes missing in the park that another five year old went missing in eighteen years ago, who was never found Detective Sergeant Liz Mooreland from homicide feels that there is a link but convincing her bosses is not easy, but Liz will never give up doing what she can to bring this little girl home and perhaps learn more about Ellen from eighteen years ago and this is personal so she must do everything right to stay on the case.

With missing person bought into the case as well as homicide there are some tensions between the two departments but Liz is very happy to be working with Pete again and the investigation is leaning towards a serial kidnapper, and both well planned, with links to people living in Liz’s apartment block, things are heating up and when the kidnapper calls and wants only to speak to Liz, the pressure is on, will they get their man and save Eliza and discover more about Ellen?

MS Clark had me on the edge of my seat with this one there are twists and turns and revelations uncovered will keep everyone on their toes, I was so invested in this story I was speaking to the characters along the way, Phillipa Nefri Clark knows how to pull her readers in, I do highly recommend this one and I am really looking forward to more in the series, bring them on.

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

5 stars
November 28, 2023 by Amazon Digital Services