Monday, 28 February 2022
Sunday, 27 February 2022
Another half dozen into the collection....
|Hayley Scrivenor - Dirt Town (2022) - Net Galley review site|
Rural Aussie crime? Deal me in.
|Michael Craft - Desert Getaway (2022) - review copy from publisher, Brash Books|
If it's published by Brash Books, invariably I want to read it.
|Ron Potts - Black Moon (1987) - purchased copy|
A book which got a mention in one of my Facebook book groups and the rest is history...
|Bill James - Low Pastures (2022) - Net Galley review site|
|Simon Marlowe - The Dead Hand of Dominique (2021) - review copy from author|
Essex villains, family feuds, a missing wife and mistress... what's not to like?
Steven Mason, a young career villain, needs to find his boss's girlfriend Dominique. Straightaway, he knows things are not going to be easy when he finds a dead hand in Mickey Finn's old fridge.
So begins a series of encounters: St Mary with a limp wrist; Dominique's husband Texas - a semi-retired gigolo; his vicious brother Greg; rent boys; a psychiatrist and a corrupt detective.
As Steven realises he's uncovering a bitter dispute between two gangs, so division and betrayal make him hunter and hunted. He will need to decide whom he can trust, torn between his loyalties and his attraction to his friend's girlfriend ... not to mention what the outcome will be with a caged parrot.
Saturday, 26 February 2022
Friday, 25 February 2022
A couple from Adrian McKinty that have sat on the TBR pile a while.
One is a standalone novel and a bit of historical fiction, which isn't my preferred reading. The other is from the Sean Duffy series and has one of the clunkiest most awkward titles I've encountered on my book shelves. Maybe that explains why I haven't read them. I really need to get over myself sometimes.
The Sun is God (2014)Colonial New Guinea, 1906. A small group of mostly German nudists, known as the Cocovores, live an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members - Max Lutzow - has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions of foul play.
Recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow's death, former British military police officer Will Prior sets sail for Kabakon accompanied by Captain Hauptman Kessler of the German army and travel writer Bessie Pullen-Burry, who joins the mission at the insistence of powerful landowner Emma Forsyth. At first, members of the eccentric Cocovored seem friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist the Lutzow died of malaria. Still, Prior is convinced that the group is hiding something.
With no conclusive evidence that Lutzow was murdered, and preparing to head home to Herbertshöhe, Prior and his companions are invited to a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors, but Prior fears that the intent of the "celebration" is not to fete the visitors but to make them the latest murder victims.
Police at the Station And They Don't Look Friendly (2017)
Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.
Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.
Thursday, 24 February 2022
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Saturday, 19 February 2022
Friday, 18 February 2022
A couple from Canadian author, John Farrow (aka Trevor Ferguson).
Farrow has written nine books in his Emile Cinq-Mars series, mostly set in Montreal. I've only read one to date in the series - Ball Park - which I really enjoyed. I have high hopes of reading my way through the series. We'll see how that works out!
1. City of Ice (1999)
2. Ice Lake (2001)
3. River City (2011)
4. The Storm Murders (2015)
5. Seven Days Dead (2016)
6. Perish the Day (2017)
7. Ball Park (2019)
8. Roar Back (2020)
9. Lady Jail (2020)
Emile Cinq-Mars is an old-style detective - independent, eschewing technology and teamwork in favor of his smarts, his intuition, and a few well-placed informants. But his world is as contemporary and immediate as today's headlines, where pharmaceutical companies will stop at nothing to get a jump on the competition in the battle to find an AIDS cure. This is the world of Ice Lake, where the murder victim's ties to a drug company soon spin out of control into a complex universe peopled by a beautiful native activist trying to save the world, the ruthless members of organized crime sects, and the macho cops of competing police factions. It's up to the beleagured Cinq-Mars to figure out the conspiracies and counter-conspiracies, the difference between would-be frineds and deadly enemies - before it's too late.
Like its predecessor, City of Ice, Ice Lake has raised the bar in the thriller genre, dazzling in its plot and strikingly intelligent characterization.
Perish the Day (2017)A coed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. The killer paid meticulous attention to the artistry of his crime. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead.
While Detective Emile Cinq-Mars and his wife are visiting the area, an epic rainstorm assails the Holyoake, New Hampshire campus. Amid overflowing rivers and downed power lines, a thirs crime scene is revealed: A professor has been shot dead in his home. A mysterious note is found that warned him to run.
Coming up against campus secrets, Emile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder.
Perish the Day is a riveting new mystery that continues the Emile Cinq-Mars series of crime novels, which Booklist has called 'one of the best series in crime fiction' and Die Zeit in Germany has suggested might be the best of all time.
Thursday, 17 February 2022
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Friday, 11 February 2022
A couple from a previously unheard of author, Jimmy Sangster. I would probably have remained in ignorance of him, if Lee Goldberg and Brash Books hadn't re-published all of his novels.
Snowball (1986)Sex, drugs and Hollywood provide the sizzle in this exciting mystery marking the debut of the engaging new sleuth James Reed, a former Scotland Yard investigator now living in Southern California who combines the best qualities of cool British understatement and impetuous American hard-boiled action.
Reed, an aspiring writer, has long since grown accustomed to the nonchalant hedonism of the Southern California film world. From the seductive comfort of his Malibu beach house - a generous gift from his ex-wife, screen supserstar Katherine Long - Reed halfheartedly struggles to sell his scripts. But his discovery of a body on the beach signals an ominous turn of events that draws him away from his typewriter and his beachcomber lifestyle back into the detective work he was forced to abandon years ago.
Reed is soon enmeshed in an old family obligation fraught with lethal consequences. The problem is Caroline, Katherine's sexy, spoiled daughter and Reed's former stepdaughter. Drugs are the issue, and from astonishing information supplied by Katherine's new husband-to-be, the secretive financier Peter Manheim, Reed discovers that Caroline's involvement is much deeper than anyone suspected.Reed's clever investigation soon uncovers an elaborate cocaine network in the movie industry with sinister Mob connections. Another kinky complication is Caroline's ambidextrous boyfriend, a sleazy character whose sexual peccadilloes create havoc.
As Reed pursues his assignment through the glittering cicrcles of Beverly Hills and Hollywood and witnesses needless tragedy, he realizes he is a mere pawn in a thoroughly contemptible game. Through an astonishing act of vengeance, Reed brilliantly strikes back against his manipulative enemies.
Evoking the glitzy amorality and ruthlessness of Tinseltown's fast track, Snowball is a gripping and sophisticated tale of intrigue and murder.
In Blackball, James Reed returns - this time to challenge a sleazy blackmail scheme that has led to his arrest for rape purportedly committed one stormy night in a neighbor's house on the Malibu beachfront. All Reed remembers of the night in question was that he had accidentally stumble across his accuser, a prety blonde, when she was rifling through a safe in the nude. Reed only dimly remembered her facial features, but distinctly recalled that she was a natural blonde. Out on bail, Reed starts to track down the perpetrators of this puzzling frameup and uncovers more than he bargained for when his investigation leads to a reclusive, alcoholic millionaire with significant Las Vegas interests. What started out as a two-bit schemem escalates into an ominous affair with sinister implications. Shuttling between luxurious Nevada ranches, the brightly lit casinos of the Vegas strip, and the seamy venues of the southern Californian underworld, Reed patiently unravels a web of deceit and violence that inexorably leads him to a lethal
confrontation in the desert.
Jimmy Sangster, the author of numerous mysteries and screenplays, is an English scriptwriter, producer and director with extensive film and television experience in Hollywood. Snowball, the novel that introduced the sleuth James Reed, was published by Henry Holt in 1986. Sangster divides his time between London and southern California, where he is at work on a third James Reed mystery.