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Book Review – Capture or Kill by Tom Marcus

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Capture or Kill by Tom Marcus

Official blurb 

From the bestselling author of Soldier Spy, former MI5 officer Tom Marcus, comes the first in a thrilling new fiction series.

Matt Logan is an MI5 agent for the British government. Working on the frontline of counter-terrorism in the UK he’s trained to protect its citizens against all threats.

When two brothers known operationally as ‘Iron Sword’ and ‘Stone Fist’ are suspected of plotting a major terrorist event, Logan and his team work undercover to track them down. If they fail, an attack will be unleashed that will rock the country to its very core.

Frustrated by always needing to obey the rules, Logan yearns for a way to break through the red tape that hinders their progress. His wishes seem to come true when he is offered the chance to join a new, deniable outfit known as ‘Blindeye’.

Then devastating news reaches Logan, throwing his world into turmoil. But one thing remains certain, he will join the team and become their fiercest, most ruthless operative . . .

Capture or Kill is the first in Tom Marcus’s breathtaking series featuring tortured MI5 operative Matt Logan.

My Review 

Matt Logan is an MI5 agent and when a mission goes ‘wrong’ and they lose the subject of their observations, he’s frustrated at the powers that be. There is then a terrorist attack and his family are gone. He almost loses the will to live and contemplates suicide but because of his sheer dedication to get some sort of revenge he decides to carry on.

He and some members of his team are recruited into a sort of black ops team, with full deniability and all sorts of tech at hand to try to stop further atrocities in this incredible, fast paced, breathtaking novel. The writing is so attention grabbing you really cannot stop reading, as you just have to know what on earth is going to happen next. 

There are twists, some insights in to politics of undercover operations, politics in general and sheer brutal violence at times. In my opinion a more modern day cross between Robert Ludlum and Le Carre. I can thoroughly recommend it.

My thanks to The Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read Capture or Kill.

Published in May 2018 by Macmillan 

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Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Book Review

I would have absolutely adored this book as a young teen but as an adult I also loved it.

Daine has wild magic, she can talk to and with all animals, but had left her home due to horrible circumstances. She is taken on to help with horses and trainee ’ soldiers’, it’s here she really comes into her own. With training from Numair she can control her magic and can heal.

I don’t want to spoil any of the story, but it’s full of wonders, monsters and magic, there’s even a dragon.

Tamora Pierce has written a stunning Fantasy novel and created a world full of strong female characters with grown up relationships. I realise this was first published some time ago and I’m sorry it had passed me by, but now I’m truly smitten and will be reading more of this series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

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The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

“ As for the townhouses on the square, they glitter like new diamonds strung round an heiress’ creamy neck”….such lovely descriptive writing in this engrossing historical fiction. Reading in staves on Pigeonhole. Which is fantastic, an online, interactive book club, where you can leave comments and interact with other readers (and the author at times).

Thoroughly  enjoying this

 

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The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

I’ve  just started reading this via The Pigeonhole, it’s only Stave 1 but this is so good. The writiting just flows, yet builds the atmosphere of the time brilliantly. I have a feeling this is going to be some great historical fiction and one of the upcoming must reads.

 

Due for publication on December 3rd by Endeavour Quill

 

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From the Dark by KA Richardson – Book Review

Published by Bloodhound Books on 21 November 2018
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OFFICIAL BLURB
Antonia Baillie is a true Romani gypsy – she has the gift of foresight and uses this to help people.
When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?
Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple.
But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city.
Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out.
Can they stop him before he strikes again?
Will they discover who is responsible?
And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?
MY REVIEW
“It had taken him months to finally choose something apt to leaveq behind. That card would be his signature. The one thing he would leave at all of his kills. This was his first but it wouldn’t be his last. It couldn’t have gone more to plan.”
This first paragraph had me hooked in this gruesome, horrific, brilliant police procedural.
Mark McKay is obsessed with ensuring a murderer, Francis Wright, who had been found not guilty, due to errors in the chain of evidence, is finally convicted of his crimes.
However, new murders are committed with young men being tortured first, brutally killed then left for the public to find in the dark vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh.
Mark meets an old ‘flame’, Toni, an ex-Romani with the sight, who gives him specific details of the murders and who he falls for all over again with some frightening consequences for both of them.
Is Francis the murderer or is it someone closer to home?
There are some insights into the Romani culture and the gay scene in Edinburgh, with some, at times graphic, descriptions of both.
K A Richardson has created an atmospheric, dark thriller and the descriptive writing makes you almost as claustrophobic as DS McKay in those dark vaults. A fast paced, page turning, heart thumping read, brilliant.
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About K.A. Richardson:
KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involving dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre.
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Thank you to Emma Welton from Bloodhound Books and the author for inviting me to take part in this exciting Blog Blitz for From The Dark

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa-Book Review

4B83BF46-1849-4C8C-8BC9-96FD2DFD6EB9This is a YA fantasy tale and is the first of a trilogy.

This is a world where the mythical creatures of Japanese legends are real and alive. So humans, demons and samurai walk the land with other wonderful beings.

There are two main characters, Yumeko, a young girl who has lived all her life at a temple, after being found in a basket at the temple, raised by monks, She is a very special individual, part Kitsune, part human.

Kage, a young man, a special kind of samurai, Who has a powerful and very dangerous weapon and is able to slay demons and monsters.

The two are thrown together by fate and travel together on their quests and the great Dragon is rising.

The language is beautifully poetic and the atmospheric world building is stunning and imaginative. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Murder at the Manor Hotel by Betty Rowlands – Book Review

 

 

A cozy crime novel

Melissa Craig is a successful crime novelist who lives alone in the Cotswolds. She is friends with her neighbour, Iris, who is an artist.

Melissa is asked to write a play for the local drama group to be staged at Heyshill Manor in honour of the owner, Rich Mitchell.

During rehearsals, one of the troupe is found injured in the cellar, unfortunately he dies and it’s initially believed to be an accident, but Rich Mitch isn’t so sure. And so the mystery begins.

Melissa starts delving into the events and finds much more than she bargained for in this charming, yet thrilling tale with some great twists along the way. I did miss the interactions between Melissa and Iris in this one though as Iris was away in France.

A cosy mystery just perfect to read, snuggled on the sofa with a good cup of tea.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ing – Book Review

D1D3E936-2F9F-4E2B-8F4B-2227DF2B1FE3.jpegI know this has been out for a while, but it’s taken me a little while to get round to reading it as not my usual genre. BUT

What a masterful piece of writing. The story of two very different lifestyles, one nomadic, artistic and thrifty, the other the sanitised all American dream of big house and money to burn.

It’s a story of family, of children and being a parent with all its glory and mistakes thrown in, of race and acceptance. This will touch your soul a little. A beautiful, thought provoking modern classic

 

i love it

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – Book Review

 

 

 

 

D73A1CBC-0DB1-486B-A3C3-10A95727DEEFAlicia Berenson’s husband Gabriel had been murdered, shot in the face while tied to a chair. Alicia was found stood by him, covered in his blood, a gun close by.  Alicia doesn’t speak a word.

She is then found guilty of the murder and institutionalised, silent.

Theo, a psychotherapist, joins The Grove and shows an interest in helping Alicia, to get her to speak again. Maybe she wasn’t guilty after all. He is given her diary, which tells of an unknown man, watching her, but no one believes her as something similar had happened after the death of her father.

The story is cleverly written, by Alex Michaelides, with chapters from Alicia before the murder, and from Theo’s perspective as her therapist, along with his own personal issues. Wow, the ending…..

I know this is a cliche, but I really couldn’t put it down and finished it late at night. There are some really original twists and turns with great characters in this fast paced psychological thriller. Brilliant.

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Domini Mortum by Paul Holbrook – Book Review

86043983-FDB3-409A-8F57-738F370EF98FIf you like Victorian, gothic horror then you will love this. Sam Weaver is an artist for a newspaper, who visits crime scenes to document the evidence in pictures. He’s also obsessed with an evil criminal, Sibelius Darke. This leads to some truly horrific murders and I wouldn’t advise reading this while eating ! There are many twists and turns, with betrayal and murder to the fore. The writing is so well done, it just flows and you certainly lose track of time. I thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks to the author and Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this and give my honest review

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Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings -Book Review

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#netgalley #codename illanelleVillanelle is a sociopath, who feels nothing but the thrill of killing. She is an assassin employed by an unknown organisation. She is ruthless, strong and very good at her job.

Eve Polastri, is recruited to work for a secret group within the British Government, she has the determination to catch the assassin using any means possible with her small team.

Luke Jennings has created a stylish, glamorous and completely deadly character in Villanelle and while she is quite evil, it’s hard to dislike her. 

This is a fast paced thriller, which reminded me of Robert Ludlum’s books, with the espionage and world travel, but with strong female characters that are at times relatable, such as when Eve cuts herself shaving and has to attend a meeting with a stinging armpit. 

Some great writing, with murders, blood, gore and some heart rending moments. I just couldn’t put it down. Brilliant stuff and I’m looking forward to the next one.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Seventeen by Hideo Yokohama – Book Review

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Seventeen by Hideo Yokohama is a story of a journalist, Yuuki, who is part of the North Kanto Times, newspaper. There is an awful plane crash and a lot of people lost their lives. This plane crash is true, it really did happen in Japan in August 1985.

Yuuki, is not a very likeable character, who has beaten his wife and young son Jun, due to his anger and inability to speak to Jun or feel any love from him. 

Yuuki has a friend, Anzai and they are planning on climbing a tough mountain, but Yuuki is scared and is glad when the plane crash put a stop to the trip, as he has to work. 

There is a lot of details about mountain climbing and how a newspaper is run, with the politics and ego’s alongside the Japanese culture. A lot of this is really engrossing, but I did find myself a bit lost by some of it and admit to skipping a few pages. 

“You have to Climb up to step down” is the theme to this, what did Anzai mean and will Yuuki finally understand and come to terms with his fear and personal demons.

Overall this is well written but a little overlong and wordy in places

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Murder in Mind by Faith Martin – Book Review

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Number 16 in the Hillary Green series.

Set in Oxford, Ex-DI Hillary Green is still working cold cases as part of of the Care Review Team (CRT). Her boss and lover Steven Crayle is about to move to a new job, so she is getting used to a new boss and two new young civilians on the team.

Sylvia Perkins and elderly lady, had been found dead in her home after being hit with a poker, back in 2010, so the CRT are looking into the case again. Also one of the young civilians on the team seems to be doing some sneaking around, which makes them wonder what the young dot.com millionaire is up to.

Faith Martin has created a great, believable and likeable character in Hillary Green, she’s a mature woman, respected by all her peers with an enviable reputation and still living on The Millers on the Oxford canal. While the story is relatively gentle, it is an in depth investigation and police procedural with a nice twist at the end.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published by Joffe Books