River Clyde

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow. Lost in the afterglow of this book, sneaking up on you with its originality and quiet brilliance, until all of a sudden, whoosh, you’re basking in it so deeply there’s no escape till you’ve sucked in every last glimmer and ray. The fifth in the Chastity Riley series…

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The Rising Tide

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 As dependable a treat as the coldest, sweetest, ice-cream on a summer day, any book by Ann Cleeves, including this hot-off-the-press installment (#10) in the glorious #Vera series, will not disappoint. Vera, back with all the brash, brave, headstrong (and unabashedly offensively-leaning) determination she brings to any crime-solving venture,…

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The IT Girl

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Like sinking into the softest pillow, reading this book takes you into a world so compelling that you will find it impossible to leave behind. With a story told in an alternating β€œBefore” and β€œAfter” timeline, centering around a horrifying murder committed in the opening pages, this reader was…

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The Sky Turned Black

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The second installment of the Callum Burke series comes back with a wallop, every bit as intense, gripping and unputdownable as its brilliant predecessor. Rich with raw and well-drafted characters, this book (and this series) reads very much like an authentically gritty behind-the-scenes look at police procedure, banter, rivalry…

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Cold Grave

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 The sixth installment of the addictive and immensely enjoyable DI Gaby Darin series, (the second this reader has had a chance to read so far) this story works well as a stand-alone novel. Based in North Wales, DI Gaby Darin is a petite yet fiercely-driven woman, a leader who…

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The Burning Question

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A tricky and twisty police-procedural that draws you into its web quickly, leading you down a complex path, leaving you convinced, at last, that you’ve figured it all out - until of course, you realize you haven’t. Not even close. Leading me astray not once, but twice, this…

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The Family Man

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A profoundly chilling thriller, seamlessly blending horror, suspense, police procedure, somewhat-unpredictable twists and turns, and a masterful smattering of characters, including a strong and interesting female lead - Detective Senior Sergeant Veronika Pope. Head of the Special Crime Squad, which investigates cold cases in and around Perth, Australia,…

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Mouse Trap

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Clay Wolfe, the nattily-dressed, roguishly-charming, ex-Boston-homicide-cop-turned-PI, is unfurling; growing up - expanding his reach (both emotionally and professionally) into thornier, darker and more challenging arenas - a fascinating budding shift for this already top-notch PI crime series. Book 3 in the Clay Wolfe story, - situated amongst miles of…

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The Lake Templeton Murders

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A smartly sassy ride-along with an awesome new female Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, - a coffee-loving, bear-spray-armed, no-holds-barred powerhouse, with a healthy disregard for all things pink and sparkly, as well as pretty much all authority and convention. Based in Lake Templeton, a fictional small lakeside community in…

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Murder on Oxford Lane

🌟🌟🌟1/2 Intricate, tightly-plotted mystery yarn with plenty of twists, red herrings, and deliberate misfires guaranteed to keep you shaking your head and guessing. The first in the β€œMidlands Crime” series, set in and around Worcestershire, Birmingham and Warwickshire, centering on a crime-fighting squad known as β€œHeart of England” Police, the…

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