Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Last Straw is a thrilling crime novel by Ed Duncan. It is the second book in his Pigeon Blood Red series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking.  An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead.

A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.

Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job.  But there was a problem. He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers.  The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo. There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.

Rico and the girls lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.

 

Praise:

 

“This Chicago set thriller is a pacy read, written with an edge and style… For me, this is even better than the first in the Pigeon-Blood Red series and it does work well as a stand-alone… Ed Duncan’s series will sweep up fans as it goes along.” – Crime Thriller Hound

 

“The Last Straw is a Hugely Satisfying Crime Novel by Ed Duncan.” – Best Thrillers

 

“With danger looming in every chapter, The Last Straw is an action-packed and nerve-racking read. Duncan skillfully draws the reader into a complex web of characters… A few key twists within the storyline keep the reader intrigued in this fast-paced thriller…The Last Straw is an outstanding crime thriller…” – 5 Stars, Red City Review

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MY REVIEW 

This is #2  in The Pigeon-Blood Red series, but I found it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

It starts with two seemingly unrelated stories, Jean has been beaten by a ‘client’ and boyfriend Rico is not pleased…..at all!

Meanwhile, Paul, a lawyer, is working on a case of carjacking, where a young man, Jeffrey, had shot the car owner. The witness, a young woman is walking with Paul and her father, when her father is shot and killed…..who was the target? And is Sandy next?

It turns out Rico and Paul know each other, not friends but acquaintances that had been involved in a shooting before…..who is looking out for who here?

Rico is a violent man for hire…..he has one rule, he doesn’t hurt kids….but he does have a set of morals, while these are still violent he is a bit of an anti-hero.

With some great characters, twists and secrets, this is a compelling and engaging read… I can recommend it for anyone who loves an edgy thriller.

Thank you to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the third installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red series. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

 

Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Art Of Murder by Rebecca Muddiman – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

How do you catch a killer who thinks murder is art?

Michael Fisher sees himself as an artist rather than a killer and poses his victims to resemble famous paintings.

Detective Nick Kelly is called to attend the latest crime scene and finds himself at the centre of a media storm. But while the rest of the police department feels under pressure, Nick relishes the attention.

Karen Kelly, Nick’s soon to be ex-wife, watches in horror as this brutal game of cat and mouse plays out. But Karen has secrets of her own.

And when another body is found, Nick is disturbed to discover he knows the victim and things start to get a little too close to home.
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MY REVIEW 

Detective Nick Kelly loves being the centre of attention, his personal life is a mess, his marriage has broken down due to his constant cheating, not that he wants anyone to know it’s his fault !

Karen, his wife, is angry, lonely and worried she’ll lose her home when they divorce. So one evening, when Nick’s parents want to take her out for her birthday, she has had enough of playing to Nick’s tune and goes out alone to a bar…here she meets Michael, he’s seem’s kind but she doesn’t want an awkward situation, so she leaves by the back door….what she doesn’t know is that Michael has her in mind for his final project….

Michael is a serial killer, who murders women and then leaves them in poses to represent famous works of art……he just wants his art to be acknowledged and appreciated !!!

This is an utterly compelling thriller, all the characters are devoid of any redeeming features but the writing is so good you just have to keep reading to find out how this is going to end…..Will Michael finish his work, Will Nick’s narcissism get the better of him finally? Will Karen survive?….Twisty brilliance from start to finish.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

You can buy a copy here (it’s only 99p for Kindle at the moment too 30/7/19)

 

https://amzn.to/2YnRLnR

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published six crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, Murder in Slow Motion, No Place Like Home, and The Art of Murder. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.

Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

 

 

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