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)

Sacrifice – DS Heckenburg #2 by Paul Finch

Audio Edition Narrated by Paul Thornley

REVIEW

DS Heckenburg is back in this chilling tale of brutal, ritual murders and grotesque sacrifices.

Following in the wake of the Nice Guys Club, Heck and the SCU team are still catching bad guys, or at least putting them out of commission, when a series of ritualistic murders comes to their attention.  As the crimes become more gruesome, the public more demanding,  and the ritual dates ever closer, Heck knows they need to work hard and fast to stop more fatalities especially when one of their own goes missing.

This story is fantastically graphic in its descriptions with some very detailed imagery that gets stuck inside your head, at least it does mine.  This author has a great knack for bringing characters to life, and then ultimately killing them off in some hideous fashion! There is always a great deal of detail given to every character, victim and villian, which pulls the reader into the story and makes you feel connected to them.

DS Heckenburg is by far my favourite detective (I will probably say this in every review because, quite frankly, it deserves to be said).  Although he is not old, he also knows that he is not young either and running around the countryside chasing the bad guys takes it toll on him.  Being bitten by an attack dog didn’t help matters either, however in this case Heck seemed to gain the least injuries out of the lot of them.  I’m still hoping for a little bit of loving to come Heck’s way, he deserves some tenderness in his life, and I’m secretly cheering for Gemma. She may be a lioness but I think she still has a very big soft spot for our Heck, only time will tell.

Next in the Heckenburg series – The Killing Club

Synopsis

A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly—and gruesomely—murdering his victims.

When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine’s Day— each with an arrow through the heart—something more sinister becomes clear. A ‘calendar killer’ is on the loose.

Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is up against it. With a rising body count and the public’s eyes on him, Heck must find the killer before he executes more victims.

Because this killer has a plan. And nothing will stop him completing it.

A heart-stopping and grisly thriller that will enthrall fans of Stuart MacBride and Katia Lief.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17926971-sacrifice)

Stalkers – DS Heckenburg #1 by Paul Finch

Audio Edition Narrated by Paul Thornley

REVIEW

I first read this book in June 2013 and was hooked from start to finish.

The series is based around the Serial Crime Unit in London and in particularly DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg. Heck lives for his job, or rather his job is his life.  Working on a series of missing women cases, Heck finds himself teaming up with the sister of one of the missing women, but what they uncover is worse than either of them could image.

There are some great twists as the story evolves and you get a real sense of the characters and their feelings as it is told from multiple points of view. One thing I really liked about this book was that no one was safe, they might be a small part character or a main character, and you won’t always see it coming.  Word of advice – don’t get attached to a character because you just never know!

With unexpected turns throughout the story is exciting and action-packed with some heart-stopping moments.  The author does not hold back on the gruesome moments which are told in full graphic detail so if you are a bit squeamish you have been warned.

I decided to get this on audio and I’ll be honest that it took a while to associate the narrators impression of the characters voices with those I previously had in my head. The female characters where the worst to get accustomed to but I did struggle with Heck as well, I think it was because I had him a bit deeper and I can’t do a Manchester accent in my head.   By the end though, Heck sounded as Heck should and I was so caught up in the story that the change in voices just flowed.  I am pleased to see that the rest of the series is narrated by Paul Thornley as well.  I have read the first five in the series and am looking forward to listening to them now.

Synopsis

Time’s up. You’re Next.

“All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work.”

Detective Sergeant Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenberg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace.

Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck’s help. Together they enter a seedy underworld of gangsters and organised crime.

But when they hear rumours about the so-called ‘Nice Guys Club’ they hit a brick wall. They’re the gang that no one will talk about. Because the Nice Guys can arrange anything you want. Provided you pay the price…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17268840-stalkers)

Luke – The Callahan Brothers – Callahan Brothers #1 by Emily March

DEA agent Luke Callahan has suffered one loss too many and a fishing trip with his brothers is just what his broken spirit needs to heal. What he doesn’t need is a gorgeous stowaway harboring secrets and running from killers. Never mind that he does his best work undercover… 

Maddie Kincaid is accustomed to trouble, but she’d hoped to leave it behind when she settled in peaceful Brazos Bend. Who would have guessed that helping a gentle old man would land her in the middle of an attempted murder—her own? Now she’s running for her life—straight into the arms of the infamous Luke Callahan. 

Lucky for her, he’s deadlier than the men chasing her. Unfortunately for him, protecting her means breaking a vow he holds dear. When the nights heat up and the secrets start to spill, Luke faces a brand new danger—losing the woman he loves. What’s a mad, bad, and lethal Callahan man gonna do?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22922284-luke—the-callahan-brothers)

REVIEW

Exciting story with some interesting twists and turns.

When his quiet break with his brothers is interrupted by a strange and stubborn woman, Luke Callahan tries his hardest to not get involved but his inherent need to solve a mystery gets the better of him.  Maddie Kincaid is the source of the mystery, as much as she wishes she wasn’t. Being in close quarters with Luke can be very bad for a woman.  Not only is he terse, unapologetic and often rude, he is also sexy as “Sin”.

The pair make an interesting match.  Maddie with her fiery, red-headed temper and Luke with his cool, bad-boy attitude, although his soft side does come through on occasions (Oscar springs to mind).

I enjoyed the twists the story took along the way. The pace was well set and kept me interested with the action and adventure that the pair found themselves embroiled in.  The romantic connection between the two was exciting and there are a few steamy moments that will get the pulse racing.  I will admit that it was different hearing a steamy sex scene read out in a deep male voice instead of how I normally sound in my own head when I enjoy these moments. It wasn’t bad, just different.

I listened to this book via Audible, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.  It was well read and the voice fitted well with the image I had of Luke and I loved the way his voice went higher for Maddie’s parts.  Would definitely listen to another book by this author and narrator.

 

 

Deadly Secrets – The Kinncaid Brothers #5 by Jaycee Clark

 

REVIEW – Updated 07/05/18

The last of the books on the brothers, but not the last in the series, focuses on Quinlan Kinncaid.

It has been a year since Quinlan was hospitalised thanks to a woman and life just hasn’t been the same. A trip to New Orleans with his brothers is set to change things again for Quin.
Ella Ferguson appears carefree and full of life when she literally bumps into Quinlan in a store. One thing leads to another which results in a drunken weekend in Vegas.
Ella has been here before, married to a rich boy, and can’t face the hurt it will inevitably bring, so instead she leaves. Everything spirals out of control when Ella learns she is pregnant, the FBI wants her help, and her work want her baby. When all else fails, Ella finally gets the courage to contact Quinlan but it could be too late.

This book is slightly different to the rest as it is written in a non-linear format, giving twists and turns as you read.
Ella’s character isn’t as strong-willed as the other female leads but this works well with Quin’s character because, let’s face it, he isn’t as forceful as his brothers.
Once again Ian shows his true character (love him).

Although this is the final in the Kinncaid Brothers series there is a prequel/sequel novella based on the meeting of Jock and Kaitlyn. Definitely worth a read to finish off the series.

Previously read on Kindle. Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Johanna Parker

Synopsis

Secrets can hurt . . .

Bitter and resigned to a life alone, Quinlan Kinncaid swore he’d never marry—until the eccentric Ella Ferguson barged headlong into his life. But before he can trust his own feelings and build a new life with Ella, she’s gone, and he’s left with a secret so big he can’t even bear to tell his own family.

Some secrets can destroy. . .

Ella Ferguson is as independent as she is beautiful, and though she knows rich boys never last in the long run, she doesn’t see the harm in a fling with Quinlan. After their amorous weekend threatens to become a lifelong commitment, she runs, figuring it’s better to put Quin and her past behind her. Then Ella discovers a secret of her own, and telling Quin may rip both their worlds apart.

And some secrets can kill . . .

What neither of them realize is that a malevolent man knows Ella’s secret, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Afraid for her life and more alone than ever, Ella must learn to forgive herself before she can beg the forgiveness of the one man who can save her. Now it’s up to Quinlan to overcome his stubborn pride in time to save Ella and the only thing that matters.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17253239-deadly-secrets?from_search=true)

Deadly Games – The Kinncaid Brothers #4 by Jaycee Clark

 

REVIEW – updated 07/05/18

This story is based on the second and most elusive son, Ian. We have seen him crop up in several disguises throughout the previous books but now we delve deeper into his world, and be warned, it is not pretty!

Ian Kinncaid is working undercover when he finds out he has been targeted by the Raven.
Rori is not convinced that her mark is who he is supposed to be and decides that some surveillance is called for.
When Ian and his partner, John, stumble across a child porn ring and find a little something that was left behind, they enlist the help of Rori to get the girl out of the country. Needless to say the leader of the ring is not particularly happy and vows to bring Ian to his demise. Unfortunately for the Kinncaid clan, Ian has decided it’s time to go home and his problems follow him.

I really do have a thing for the ‘bad boy’ and Ian is most definitely a bad boy! He knows what he wants and he gets what he wants. In this book we find out why Ian left home and wonder what exactly goes through Jock Kinncaid’s mind sometimes. Ian and Rori’s characters work great together. Rori is tough and anyone softer for Ian just wouldn’t work. Pasts are explained and a few questions from earlier books are answered.

This is my favourite of the series.

Previous read on Kindle. Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Johanna Parker

Synopsis

The stakes are higher … the risks are steeper … the chances more fatal…. Rori Maitland has lived her life the way she’s wanted it. After retiring from MI6, she’s her own woman, few friends, no husband and that is the way she bloody well prefers it. After all, her job is hardly normal. Ian Kinncaid, master of disguise, has been estranged from his family for well over a decade. With his deep cover blown, he now needs a safe place to put the little girl he saved from the Prague underground. But the shadows cloak enemies and trust comes at too high a cost. When Rori’s latest mark goes awry and she finds herself helping the intense man–instead of killing him–she’s thrown into a world she’d hoped to leave behind. Now Ian and Rori must work together before someone marks them both for death and kills everyone they both hold dear. Rating: Contains violence and graphic sexual content.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2313530.Deadly_Games?ac=1&from_search=true)

Deadly Obsession – The Kinncaid Brothers #3 by Jaycee Clark

 

REVIEW – Updated 07/05/18

This one is grittier than the last and focuses on an unhealthy obsession towards, what was at the time, an underage girl whose cries for help endangered those around her.
Christian is a strong character who has been fighting demons, one in particular, from a very young age. Brayden is a Kinncaid, enough said!

Christian Bills and Brayden Kinncaid have been platonically co-inhabiting for years since Christian turned up at the Kinncaid estate and was taken under their wing. Working at Brayden’s antique shop and taking care of his daughter, Tori, has brought the couple closer until a night together ruins everything. Unfortunately, Christian’s past also catches up with her and, as she knows, it can be deadly.

Another great plotline and although I do feel that the ending was a bit weak (you will know what I mean) we had to have a final confrontation somehow.

All the family re-appear in one way or another with more interaction from certain members that leads nicely onto the next book, which if I’m honest is my favourite.

Previously read via Kindle. Listened to on Audible. Narrated by Johanna Parker

Synopsis

She’s his angel.his love.his obsession.. He knew she wasn’t dead, and he’s finally found her. Christian Bills has created a new life for her self with the help of the wealthy and powerful Kinncaid family. For almost nine years, she’s been hiding, but dark secrets from her past threaten to rip her safe world apart. Brayden Kinncaid doesn’t know what’s wrong with Christian. He’s known her for years and only recently discovered his feelings for her go beyond friendship. The changes in the once strong-willed woman are startling. Her haunted gray eyes and darting looks lead him to believe something is drastically wrong. No matter how hard he pushes her, she won’t confide in him. But when Christian is attacked, Brayden vows to discover what she is hiding-before it is too late. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2313531.Deadly_Obsession?ac=1&from_search=true)