The Chosen Ones – DI Robyn Carter #5 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

Really enjoyed this gripping episode in the DI Robyn Carter series.

When a young man is murdered and left in a field in a ritualistic type pose, DI Carter is called to investigate.  With friends and family of the victim withholding information or out-right lying, Robyn finds that everyone seems to have a secret they do not wish to share.  When more bodies start turning up, the pressure is on to find the killer.

Unlike in some detective stories, DI Carter is not a one-man band, she uses the full force of her team and relies on their individual skills.  This book was not filled with an abundance of technical jargon which made it easy to read and follow the progress on the investigation.  I liked the flashback sequences that helped add to the suspense and mystery, they also provided some insight into the thinking of the suspects.

This was the first book I had read by this author and as such I had not read the previous books in this series. There is definitely an underlying backstory around the main characters, however this did not detract from my enjoyment of this book and has piqued my interest to find out what has happened before.  I will definitely be reading the other books in this series. I’m also keen to find out what is going to be next for DI Carter following her recent unexpected visitor.

An intriguing murder investigation that will keep you guessing.

Synopsis

They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten …. 
When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter. But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery. 

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets. Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed? 

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims. Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target? 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39349291-the-chosen-ones)

The Killing Club – DS Heckenburg #3 by Paul Finch

REVIEW

Since reading the first Heckenburg book I was hooked on this series.  Now I am addicted to listening to them on audio.

Killing Club sees the return of the Nice Guys but with a little International influence.  Once again DS Mark Heckenburg finds himself in the center of the action despite his superiors’ best attempts to keep him well away.  As Heck starts to put the pieces together on some rather gruesome murders that are happening all across the country, others closer to home are keeping him in the dark.

We see the return of some familiar characters and find an unsuspecting hero in the most unlikeliest of places.  Engaging and action-packed, this story has us roaming from the south to north, even to the far reaches of Scotland in an attempt to prevent The Nice Guys from claiming any more not-so-innocent victims.

A surprise is in store at the end, I did not see that coming!  Love Heck and will continue to read/listen to any future books in the series.

Narrated by Paul Thornley

Synopsis

DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But nothing can prepare him for this.

Heck’s most dangerous case to date is open again. Two years ago, countless victims were found dead – massacred at the hands of Britain’s most terrifying gang.

When brutal murders start happening across the country, it’s clear the gang is at work again. Their victims are killed in cold blood, in broad daylight, and by any means necessary. And Heck knows it won’t be long before they come for him.

Brace yourself as you turn the pages of a living nightmare. Welcome to The Killing Club.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21059082-the-killing-club?ac=1&from_search=true)

Deep Fear – DI Kelly Porter #2 by Rachel Lynch

REVIEW

This is the second thrilling installment for DI Kelly Porter and is just as exciting as the first.  When a spate of gruesome murders take place with a very unique calling card, it is up to DI Porter and her team to track down the culprit and prevent them from striking again.  When someone close to Kelly becomes the possible next victim it is a race against time, time Kelly does not have.

Following on a few months after “Dark Game”, Kelly and her team have just settled back to normalcy when the nightmare begins all over again.  The same characters are back, as well as some new ones.  Nikki is still causing problems and it’s troubled water for Kelly and Johnny.

The suspect list is high and there is at least one unanswered question, which as I write this is bugging me more and more, but there are plenty of twist, turns and dead-ends to keep the story fresh and moving.

I love the descriptions of the views.  Ok, they are generally when someone is about to find a victim but I can still picture the sweeping hills, rocky terrain and deep valleys of the area.  Living somewhere completely flat I sometimes wish we had a little more elevation, which is why it is so nice to find some beautifully descriptive landscapes in this book.

Although the murders are not graphically described there are sections, finding the bodies and the morgue scenes, that some readers may find unsettling.   However, these scenes are essential for the overall story and add to evil, psychotic tendencies of the antagonist.

Thrills, chills and hills make up the exciting continuation of the DI Kelly Porter series.

Synopsis

DI Kelly Porter is back. 
But will this new case push her beyond her limits?
On a peaceful summer’s morning in the Lake District, a woman’s body is discovered outside a church. She’s been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. 
DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39864278-deep-fear)

 

Passion Rising – Original Sin #4 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

What an amazing journey this has been and I’m so pleased that I shared the ride with Maddie and Tyler.  Because that is what we do, as readers we immerse ourselves into the worlds of the character and the lives they live.  If a book is written well then we can get completely lost in another time and space…an alternative reality, and that is exactly what I got through the course of these four books.

I felt the emotions, although slow to begin with, as Tyler and Maddie grew closer only to be torn apart, either through their own actions or by some evil drug lord! The pain and heartbreak of losing friends and loved ones, the joy and happiness of finding that one person who makes your life complete.

Often I forget that I am on a journey through life, that this is the one and only shot I get at being here with those I love.  It does not mean that I can’t escape every so often into the realms of the fictional, more that the time I spend here, doing whatever I am doing, is what leads to the life I choose for myself.  That is essential what Tyler and Maddie discover. Each choice they make leads to the next and decisions will lead in different directions.  I loved the use of the “choose-your-own-adventure books” they are a great metaphor for life, except maybe where if you choose the wrong path you don’t get to start back at the beginning, you have to keep moving forward towards the end of the book.

Going to miss Maddie and Tyler but that is the great thing about books…they can be reread!

The EOBS is great.  Johnathan has a really wonderful outlook on life and I could hear Tyler in some of the things he says.  Julie is a fantastic author in her own right and I have read many of her books (The Mister Series are a particular favourite of mine).  I eagerly await to see what the next creation is that this duo will bring us.

Synopsis

Old demons are back.

Maddie’s dealing with the fallout of her choices. Safety and happiness are relative, elusive things she’s desperate to have. But they will forever remain out of reach until the demons of her past are laid to rest.

Tyler’s mistakes resurface to haunt him and he’s just beginning to understand that money can’t fix a broken relationship. He must open his heart and search for answers he’d rather not find.

She wants peace in a world made of chaos.

He wants to rid himself of a lifetime of guilt.

They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee.

They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after.

Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38605802-passion-rising?ac=1&from_search=true)

 

 

Dark Game – DI Kelly Porter #1 by Rachel Lynch

REVIEW

Twists and turns send this detective deeper into a world she would rather not know exists.  A thrilling story based in the idyllic countryside of northern England, Dark Game provides a plot that is filled with suspense and intrigue.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it.  The story seems to follow different threads but then finds them interlinking as the main character, DI  Kelly Porter, begins uncovering new leads and information.  DI Porter is a strong character, having previously worked in London, she knows that life is not all sunshine and roses.  Moving back to her hometown was supposed to give her a quieter life but when she reopens an old case, new information and current incidents soon shine a light on an underworld in human trafficking.

This story is well written and engaging, providing some great characters and interesting plot changes.  I hope to see more of Kelly and Johnny’s relationship growing over the course of the series (but that’s just me being  hopeless romantic!),  I just feel that she could do with someone to care for her and look out for her after everything life throws her way….including her sister (don’t like her at all).

This book does contain some violence and sexual related scenes, elements of human trafficking, prostitution and child abuse.

Looking forward to reading the next in the series – Deep Fear

Synopsis

Kelly’s gut turned over as she realised the danger she was in. She heard no sirens. She knew that she was simply collateral. To these men who made a lot of money from the suffering of others, they’d have no problem snuffing her out.

After a scandal forces D. I. Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37067922-dark-game)