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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1 – Mike Wells

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August 6, 2018

Revenge

Lust, Money and Murder are a series from Mike Wells, but let’s think about them being a trilogy for now: Lust – Money – Murder. Book 1 has the subtitle Lust and deals with the events that shaped Elaine Brogan’s decision to become a Secret Agent, the training required…


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The Weight of Shadows – Karl Holton

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August 1, 2018

Culpability

The Weight of Shadows is a hugely entertaining thriller in an uncompromising game of cat and mouse between law-enforcement, criminal gangs and cold-blooded killers. Each encounter leaves a climate of unnerving consequences and terror. Karl Holton has written one of the best thrillers and detective characters that I’ve read…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Dark Fire – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Duplicity

Matthew Shardlake returns as the London lawyer reluctantly linked with Thomas Cromwell during Henry VIII’s reign. In 1540 King Henry is about to seek an annulment from Anne of Cleves, a wife he claimed he couldn’t consummate his marriage with because of her bad appearance. This was a marriage…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Dissolution – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Dissolution

Dissolution is the first book from CJ Sansom in the Matthew Shardlake series, set during the reign of King Henry VIII and his Chief Minister, Thomas Cromwell. The Catholic Church in 1536 is being eradicated in Britain and the Dissolution of the monasteries has begun – by 1540 no monasteries…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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July 27, 2018

Foreboding

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, … ‘Daniel you mustn’t tell anyone what you’re about to see today’ my father warned.”

That wonderful opening line sets the scene for an…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

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July 27, 2018

The Lovely Bones was a beautiful book that exposed deep feelings due to its very sad backdrop. The story relates to the child murder of Susie Salmon, and how from beyond the grave she watches how her family and friends come to terms with her death, and also how the…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Dead Ex – Jane Corry

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July 25, 2018

Deception

I was held spellbound from the first page to the last by this intricate and devious mystery. In a genre where it is difficult to stand out, The Dead Ex conjures up a captivating plot with plenty of suspense and surprises.

Vicki narrates the story as one of 3 women that will…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Savage Garden – Mark Mills

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July 23, 2018

Prevarication
What was so appealing to me about “The Savage Garden” was first, a very engrossing and intriguing story, and second, to add extra spice, the very clever links with neoclassical literature, especially Dante’s epic poem Divine Comedy, and the soul’s journey towards God from Inferno (Hell), through Purgatorio and…


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Crime Literary Fiction Mystery Thriller

See Her Run – Peggy Townsend

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July 23, 2018

Persistence
Hayley is an endurance runner, but now she is running for her life, running through a desert, suffering from exhaustion, heat exposure and dehydration. When death comes it is ruled suicide, yet Michael Collins from Novo, an independent newsroom, doesn’t believe it is. Reaching out to Aloa, a one-time…


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Crime Fantasy Mystery Thriller

Bloodline – Eric J. Gates

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July 23, 2018

Hunted
There are two factors in my review of this novel; firstly the story and secondly the narration. This is my first audiobook, other than trying Alexa for reading. The genre and scope of the story just hit the mark with me in terms of this being a mystery thriller…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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