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Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath  has been described a smart, sexy and fast-paced……with the reader is hooked from the first page.

 

download (34)Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

Sizzling chemistry and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.

‘I loved this book. It’s quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters. Mycroft and Watts are smart, sexy, flawed detectives. The tension between them is electric. I was hooked from the first page.’ – Cath Crowley, author of Graffiti Moon

Every Breath has also been nominated in both the 2014 Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing (Best YA and Best Debut Book categories), and the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, (First Fiction category).

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September 12, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Relationships | | Leave a comment

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

In Mari Jungstedt’s spine-tingling novel, The Dead of Summer, the most isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Gotska Sandön, north of Gotland, serves as the setting for her perfect crime story!

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The fifth in the Gotland series is not only well up to standard, but it is a good entry-point for those who have not read the earlier books. The main themes of the novels concern Anders Knutas and his colleagues of the Gotland police; and Johann Berg, a reporter for local TV who usually becomes involved in the same cases as Knutas but from the journalist’s perspective, leading to tensions but also to cooperation that has helped to solve crimes on previous occasions. The men’s personal lives also form a significant chunk of the narrative.

THE DEAD OF SUMMER is a classic tale. A family man goes running early one morning and is later found shot dead on the beach. Knutas is on a rare holiday so his deputy, Karin Jacobssen, begins the investigation, as usual enrolling the assistance of the Swedish national crime squad from the mainland. After 24 hours, though, Knutas is back, unable to leave his colleagues to themselves. Karin is not too happy about this apparent vote of no confidence, but is conflicted about Knutas, who has left his wife and children to continue their holiday so is temporarily single.

The police investigation is getting nowhere, but Johann and his photographer Pia are working on the story, too. They seem at first to make more progress than the police, but their efforts also seem to lead nowhere. For quite a long section of the book, we therefore follow the characters’ personal lives: Johann’s failed relationship with Emma and attraction to a colleague, and the strange tensions between Knutas and Karin. I enjoyed these themes, but if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, this novel is not it. Eventually, the action is kick-started by two events: that of the docking of a Russian tanker whose crew are suspected of various types of illegal activities; but more crucially, a second murder. At this point, Knutas knows that he has to find a link between the two victims and the crime is likely to be solved. Readers, however, have had the opportunity to put the story together long before the police or the journalists, because we have information denied to both of them. Hence, the resolution of the crime plot is not a surprise, but the final chapters are brought to life by Karin and the inadvertent revealing of her own mysterious past that coincides with the denouement.

Review by 

Maxine Clarke http://www.eurocrime.co.uk/reviews/The_Dead_of_Summer.html

October 18, 2013 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Scandinavian crime | Leave a comment

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Heartbreaking and heart-pounding at the same time!

“Slide” had me hooked. Cynthia Hand

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes.  She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.
Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
review by Good Reads

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Crime, Good and evil, Suspense | | Leave a comment

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

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Another fantastic book by the very talented Jodi Picoult.Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way — and fails those who don’t.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger’s, Jacob has an obsessive focus on one subject-in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do-and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, and at the extremes of love and loyalty a family must call upon to help each other overcome impossible circumstances.

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Crime, Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment