Book reviews, Crime thriller

Nothing To Hide by James Oswald -Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland’s foremost crime writers. 

‘THE NEW IAN RANKIN’ Daily Record 

‘OSWALD’S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE’ Express

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .(Courtesy of Goodreads)

‘CRIME FICTION’S NEXT BIG THING’ Sunday Telegraph 

‘A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER’ Michael Wood

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MY REVIEW

This is the second book in James Oswald’s series featuring DC Constance Fairchild.

Con is suspended, while awaiting the trial of Roger DeVilliers, a paedophile, and the corrupt detective Bailey.

She is being harassed by the media, with paparazzi camped on her doorstep and she is known as the ‘posh’ cop.  Returning home after a break in Scotland, she finds the mutilated body of a young man, he’s still breathing…so she is back in the thick of it again.

Poor Con is still the pariah to other cops, so she sent back to Scotland to do a little investigation there, away from the press.  DC Karen Eve, is helping and they form a slightly fragile friendship. We also meet the marvellous character, Rose, who I have to admit is one of my favourites…..with her air of mystery and glamour…I’d love to read more about her. ( I have read other of James Oswald’s novels that also feature Madam Rose…).

Meanwhile Con is also dealing with her brothers impending wedding and meets her mother, who is now part of The Church of the coming light and the disturbing Reverend Dr Masters…..

When further bodies turn up, also mutilated, Con finds herself in danger in a claustrophobic drama….

Can they find out the link between the victims, and why they are being so horrifically mutilated? 

I really like Con, she’s strong, independent and certainly feisty and dogged in her determination to find the truth. I’ll certainly be looking out for the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free, this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

 

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

 

Book reviews, Horror

The Brotherhood Of The Dragon by Phil Hore – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Strange things are happening at Stamford House. 

“It was not that Mr Fortey was particularly loved, but that he died in such a horrible way, and in the presence of almost the entire household. We must have been only a few feet away, yet no one heard or saw anything. If it could happen to a strapping veteran like the footman, it could happen to any of us.”

Phil Hore’s debut novel crackles with thrills and chills as two unlikely allies join forces with two of history’s greatest writers, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker, to save England from the ancient Brotherhood of the Dragon and the horrible secret they protect.
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MY REVIEW 

Amun is investigating the missing young man, Jerome De Gois, he pretends to have been attacked, suffering amnesia, so the Stamford family offer him their home while he recuperates.

But there are further deaths, all exsanguinated …just who or what is the murderer ?

This is a tale of vampires and other ‘monsters’, with many battles against them and the Knights of the Brotherhood of the Dragon. 

I love the sarcastic humour of Amun, the expressive Vulk and the use of factual names, Abberline, Stoker, Doyle and even Churchill. With the references to Jack The Ripper, Dracula – Vlad Tepes and even a hound it appealed to the geek in me. A clever, entertaining gothic horror thriller…I love it and will be looking out for the further adventures of Amun and Vulk.

My thanks to Henry Roi At Odyssey Books for a free copy of the ebook as I may not have come across this marvellous book otherwise. This is my honest and unbiased review.