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Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Black Hornet (James Ryker #3) - Rob Sinclair

The Black Hornet (James Ryker Book 2) by [Sinclair, Rob]
Black Hornet is the next instalment for Ryker AKA Carl Logan, and continues on immediately from the previous book Red Cobra.  If you haven’t read The Red Cobra I would suggest starting there first to help you understand this book.   
In this book we are reminded of what happened at the end of Red Cobra and see Ryker returning home to his partner Lisa, who for some reason isn’t there.  Ryker is concerned and after some investigation work that we know Ryker has the resources to hand to do, are transported to Mexico six months later where Ryker is intent on finding Lisa.  However, on arrival in Mexico, not all works out as planned and we end up seeing Ryker captured and sent to prison.  The prison as you can imagine is not pleasant and is logically run by one man, who is part of the Mexican Cartel and known as the Black Hornet.
The parts set in the prison I found to be a bit of an uncomfortable read.  However, if you have read the previous books by Rob Sinclair then you know that there is always a reason why these scenes are written as they are, and I always think that if they are uncomfortable for a reader to read then the author is doing his job.    
We are given further insights into the JIA and introduced to two new characters who each want to help Ryker but of course nothing is as easy as it sounds.  However, as you can expect nothing else matters to Ryker but finding Lisa and he will stop at nothing to ensure he does just that.
We are treated to the fast-paced chapters, each one wanting you to turn the pages quicker to find out what is going to happen.  You are given snippets that leave you wanting to know more and have you saying just one more chapter time and time again.  
Rob’s books are another of my go to books and I am always keeping an eye out for the next release so I can pre-order in readiness.  I even go to great lengths to recommend these books to family and friends and have even made sure that my husband downloads on to his kindle and reads. 

Prepared to Die - Peter Dudgeon

Prepared to Die by [Dudgeon, Peter]

Prepared to Die has been a book I have been waiting patiently for the author to release.  I have read previous books by Peter Dudgeon and have loved every one of them, so couldn’t wait to see what this book had in store. 

Prepared to Die is a psychological thriller and starts off with a family outing of a grandmother and her grandson enjoying a day at the zoo, however, things quickly take a drastic turn with the grandmother throwing herself into the rhino enclosure under duress and the person who was responsible for making her do this then shooting themselves. 

We are then transported three years later to the murder of Sebastian Fallon found at his home, along with another body found nearby, which seemingly looks like suicide.   How are these two bodies linked?  Are they linked? 

DI Daniel Sheppard has been off work for a period of time, due to nursing his dying wife but now feels that he needs to get back to work and get the old grey matter working again.  Daniel feels that the murder of Sebastian Fallon is not a clear murder-suicide and wants to investigate this further, and does his best to try and solve the case with a team assigned to him that don’t think he should be back at work yet, don’t like the way he runs the investigation and feels that he is not the right man for the job. 

Due to this book being completely different to other books of Peter’s I have read, I found it very difficult to understand what was happening, and found that the first few chapters seemed to be jumping around and wasn’t sure where the story was going.  However, once I started to understand the characters and connected some of the dots, I could get to grasps with the story and found it a good read. 

I am looking forward to seeing if this is the start of a series and if so what is next in store for DI Daniel Sheppard.

My thanks go to Peter Dudgeon for contacting me and allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cragside - L J Ross


Cragside is the latest instalment in the brilliant DCI Ryan series and one I couldn’t wait to start and I wasn’t disappointed. 

DCI Ryan and Anna (his fiancée) are temporarily living in a cottage situated in the beautiful grounds of Cragside.  The Gilberts, owners of Cragside throw a murder mystery evening known as a staff party, to which they are both invited and attend, all dressed up in Victorian refinery.  As can be expected, Ryan is not impressed and feels uncomfortable all dressed up but attends nevertheless.
The evening seems to be a success and Ryan even somehow seems to be enjoying himself, when suddenly the lights go out in the room.  Ryan offers to go and sort this out but a member of the Cragside staff goes instead and the next thing we are aware of if that member of staff lying dead.  On preliminary investigations, it is initially ruled as accidental but as can be expected something niggles away at Ryan to the point that he is convinced it is something more. 

Are Ryan’s suspicions right? 

This book is just as good as all the other books, even though it seems this time more of a comfortable mystery.  We are given insights into how they are all coping following the dramatic ending of the last book, how Ryan and Anna are preparing for their wedding day, how Denise (MacKenzie) and Philips are coping with what happened to them both and how Lowerson is coping and become a valuable member of the team.  This was a nice side line to the story, and one I enjoyed reading in order to be able to see how all parties were coping after High Force, yet still enough of the mystery and thrilling moments to keep me turning the pages with ease.    

I was riveted throughout the book and as per usual the final few pages had me gasping for more and willing the next book to be loaded on to my kindle in readiness.  I can’t wait to see what is next in store, however, I will just have to wait patiently for Louise to release the same. 
L J Ross has that brilliant writing style that draws the reader in and I for one look forward to each new book that is released as I cannot wait to see what is next in stall for Ryan and his team.  L.J. Ross is fast becoming one of my favourite authors whose books seem to get better and better and I always look forward to the next saga.  

My extreme thanks go to Louise Ross for the review copy and allowing me to read and review the same.  

On second thoughts, all that’s left to say is hurry up with the next one! 😊

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Broken Branches - M Jonathan Lee

Broken Branches by [Lee, M. Jonathan]

Broken Branches is a story which had me intrigued from the fantastic cover set in black and moody grey tones of a tree sat on what appears to be a hill, with a red door in the tree.  The book had that mysterious feel to it and one I would instantly pick up for closer inspection in a book shop etc. 

On opening the book, the first few chapters had me wondering what this book was going to be about.  We are given insights into the main character Ian.  Chapters of him now married with a child, along with chapters of a younger Ian, his brother and their parents.  The present day Ian is looking into his family tree and he has become seriously obsessed with this to the point, that with his every waking moment he spends time locked in his study trying to work out the family tree and “the curse” that he has heard so much about, withdrawing from his day job and neglecting his family.  You are given vivid descriptions of how much time and effort he has been putting into finding out as much as he can about this family tree, and these descriptions had me imaging myself sat in the study with him frantically working through each piece searching for that missing link!       

I found myself drawn into this book, however, at time was not entirely sure where the story was going, but was a book that had me intrigued but not riveted.  I was interested in trying to figure this out (as I do with any book I read) and found myself reading more and more of this whenever I got a chance and this was one of the quickest books I have read in the last month.  

I felt that the book jumped around too much with various timelines and as the alternating chapters / timelines progressed was more and more puzzled where the book was going.  I wasn’t sure if it was a ghost story or a psychological thriller.  The author, however, has a great writing style and it was this that had me picking up the book to read more as well as wanting to know how the book was going to pan out.  

The conclusion of the book had me questioning how the author had found writing this book, however after reading an Q&A session on another book blog, found out the reasons behind this and now can fully understand and appreciate why it was written the way it was, and made me understand and appreciate the book more.  

My thanks go to M. Jonathan Lee and also to the publishers Hideaway Falls for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.  I look forward to seeing what Hideaway Falls have up their sleeves next.