Book Review: Ragdoll (Fawkes and Baxter #1) by Daniel Cole

“One body
Six victims
No suspects”

Published in 2017 and the first book in Daniel Cole‘s Fawkes and Baxter series, Ragdoll follows controversial detective William Fawkes, known as The Wolf, who has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet–a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes.

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Book Review: Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter

The first book in Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series an published in 2006, Triptych sees Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team travel to Atlanta to support police detective Michael Ormewood in his investigation of a series of murders. The latest victim has just been found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated. As a one-off killing it’s shocking, but when it becomes clear that it’s just the latest in a series of similar attacks, Michael is forced into working with a man he instinctively dislikes.

Twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And it seems the mystery behind Monroe’s death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried…

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Book Review: The Devil’s Advocate (Eddie Flynn #6) by Steve Cavanagh

“A deadly prosecutor
A former con-artist
A twisted ritualistic killing
A small town boiling with rage”

The sixth book in Steve Cavanagh‘s Eddie Flynn series and published in 2021, The Devil’s Advocate sees New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to take on Randal Korn, the King of Death Row, known for sending more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States. Flynn is there to defend Andy Dubois, who was forced to wrongly confess to the murder of a young woman. Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defence attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared. Flynn plans to destroy the prosecutor’s case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair. But the murders are just beginning. Is Eddie Flynn next?

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Audiobook Review: Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

“This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years…”

Published in 2018, Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier follows successful Georgina Shaw whose best friend, Angela Wong, was murdered 14 years ago. Now, Angela’s remains have been discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. Their old friend Kaiser — now a detective — finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who Geo dated back in highschool. The same Calvin Hames who has since murdered at least three other women.

For 14 years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For 14 years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison. But while everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows.

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BOOK TOUR: All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood

“I don’t need a lawyer. I am one.”

Set to be released on 21st July, All I Said Was True by Imran Mahmood is set in the aftermath of the death of Amy Blahn who was murdered on a London office rooftop. Layla Mahoney was there. She held Amy as she died. But all she can say when police arrest her is that ‘It was Michael. Find Michael and you’ll find out everything you need to know.’

The problem is, the police can’t find Michael – there is no evidence that he exists. And time is running out before they have to either charge Layla with Amy’s murder, or let her go. As a lawyer, Layla knows that she has only forty-eight hours to convince police to investigate the man she knows only as ‘Michael’ instead of her. But the more she attempts to control her interviews with police, the more the truth leaks out – and how much of that truth can Layla risk being exposed?

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Book Review: The Getaway by Ross Armstrong

“One private island. Seven guests. One killer…”

Released on 7th July, The Getaway by Ross Armstrong follows multimillionaire Robert Rathwell and his entourage who arrive at their private Greek island. White sand, turquoise water, the perfect place to relax. But this is no ordinary family, and this holiday will be their last.

The next morning, a scream shatters their peaceful world. Someone has been murdered, his body arranged to make it look like suicide. Everyone has a motive and, under the burning sun, secrets quickly simmer to the surface. Soon the guests see a darker, more violent side to paradise. Because the Rathwells don’t just own the island; they own the people on it. And they can do whatever they like – maybe even commit murder…

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Book Review: The Retreat (Detective Elin Warner #2) by Sarah Pearse

“Most are here to recharge and refresh. But someone’s here for revenge…”

Set to be released on 21st July, The Retreat by Sarah Pearse is the second book in the Detective Elin Warner series is set on a wellness retreat known as Reaper’s Rock where a woman’s body has been found at the bottom of the cliff beneath the yoga pavilion. Staff believe her death was a tragic accident, but DS Elin Warner has arrived on the island to investigate.

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BOOK TOUR: The Woman On The Bridge by Holly Seddon

“A stranger in need – would you invite them into your home?”

Released on 7th July 2022, The Woman On The Bridge by Holly Seddon follows lonely Charlotte Wilderwood who, in the middle of nowhere, saves a runaway bride from falling to her death. Soon, Maggie is staying in Charlotte’s home, safely hidden from the man that she was so desperate to escape. The immediate bond between the two women eclipses anything they’ve ever known and before long they will go to extreme lengths to protect each other. But is Maggie the best friend Charlotte has always dreamed about? Or the nightmare she never saw coming?

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Book Review: The Cabin In The Woods by Sarah Alderson

“In the middle of nowhere, there’s no one to hear you scream…”

Set to be released on 7th July , The Cabin In The Woods by Sarah Alderson is set in a cabin in a wood, where a woman stands by the window, fearing the night. For what’s done in the dark will come to light. She must run fast to escape her lie, or she’ll be the next to die…

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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins

“It’s not over until the mockingjay sings.”

A prequel to Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games series and published in 2020, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set around the 10th annual Hunger Game, where 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined, as he must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive, no matter what it takes.

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Book Review: The End Of Her by Shari Lapena

“It starts with a shocking accusation…”

The End Of Her by Shari Lapena follows recently married Stephanie and Patrick who have newborn twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain – she has everything she ever wanted. Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a shocking accusation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident – but she says it was murder. He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

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Book Review: The Binding Room (Inspector Anjelica Henley #2) by Nadine Matheson

“In this room, no one can hear you scream…”

Set to be released on 7th July and the second book in the Inspector Anjelica Henley series, The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson follows Detective Anjelica Henley who is called to investigate the murder of a popular preacher in his own church, she discovers a second victim, tortured and tied to a bed in an upstairs room. He is alive, but barely, and his body shows signs of a dark religious ritual.

With a revolving list of suspects and the media spotlight firmly on her, Henley is left with more questions than answers as she attempts to untangle both crimes. But when another body appears, the case takes on a new urgency. Unless she can apprehend the killer, the next victim may just be Henley herself.

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Book Review: Deep Water by Emma Bamford

“This summer, prepare to visit paradise…”

Set to be released on 7th July, Deep Water by Emma Bamford follows newly-wed couple Jake and Virginie who leave behind their busy lives in London behind and buy a yacht, looking to travel and explore. During their time in Malaysia, they hear of an isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with an alternative community of sailors, living a back-to-basic lifestyle. But is life there as idyllic as it seems? Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare.

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Audiobook Review: The Beresford by Will Carver

“Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city, until the doorbell rings…”

Published in 2021, The Beresford by Will Carver takes place in a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford. And at The Beresford, there’s a routine. For Mrs May, every day is the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers. And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

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Book Review: Perfect Prey (D.I. Callanach #2) by Helen Fields

“There will be blood…”

The second book in the D.I. Callanach series by Helen Fields, Perfect Prey sees DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach take on a new case after a charity worker is sliced across the stomach in the midst of a rock festival. But in a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf. Luc and Ava have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim. And the more innocent, the better.

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Book Review: Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

“DON’T TRUST ANYONE
DON’T TRUST YOUR MEMORIES
DON’T TRUST THIS STORY…”

Published in 2021, Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone follows twin sisters Cat and El. When El disappears, Cat is sure that her sister isn’t dead. She would have felt it. She would have known. To find her sister, Cat must return to their dark, crumbling childhood home and confront the horrors that wait there. Because it’s all coming back to Cat now: all the things she has buried, all the secrets she’s been running from. The closer Cat comes to the truth, the closer to danger she is. Some things are better left in the past.

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Book Review: Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

“The island of Parris: paradise or poison?”

Set to be published on 28th June, Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow follows Luca who lives in Parris, the beautiful island plagued by the unsolved deaths of young women – most significantly, Luca’s best friend. All Luca wants is to heal from the traumatic loss and leave her feelings of guilt and helplessness behind. Then Luca comes home to find the police at her house. Her sister, Whitney, is dead. Will Luca’s search finally reveal the truth about her sister’s murder? And will she unravel and escape the clutches of the curse and survive Parris?

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Book Review: The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor

“He framed her. Now she’ll destroy him.”

Set to be published on 23rd June, The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor follows Olivia Sutherland who, five years ago, was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she’s finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…

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Book Review: The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

“KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.
WHATEVER THE COST…”

Set to be released on 23rd June, The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley follows Jamie and Victoria who are expecting their first baby. With a few weeks to go, they head off for a final weekend break in a remote part of the North Pennines. The small and peaceful guesthouse is the ideal location to unwind together before becoming parents. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Barry and Fiona, the older couple who run the guesthouse. They cook them dinner and show them to their room before retreating to bed themselves. The next morning, Jamie and Victoria wake to find the house deserted. Barry and Fiona are nowhere to be seen. All the doors are locked. Both their mobile phones and car keys have disappeared. Even though it’s a few weeks early, Victoria knows the contractions are starting. The baby is coming, and there’s no way out.

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