Blog Tour: Wolves in the Dark (Gunnar Staalesen) @OrendaBooks

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Welcome to my stop on the Wolves in the Dark, by Gunnar Staalesen, blog tour! Today, I have a review for you!

I was incredibly hesitant when I decided to read this novel, as it is actually the twenty- first novel in the Varg Veum series! I usually like to read a series from the beginning so I get to really know the character. This book was easily read as a standalone, but I wish I had read others in the series so I had more background. Varg Veum was very complex and well written; I wanted to know more about him!

The novel opens with Veum answering the door to police. They are bringing him to the station due to content found on his computer. Finding out that the content is child pornography and the police are operating under the assumption he belongs to a paedophilia ring, Veum desperately begins to search into his past to find out who could have framed him.

As mentioned, Veum was a very complex character. The ultimate anti-hero type, he is the type of character that gets under your skin. Abrupt, damaged and dark, Staalesen uses his character centred narrative technique to drive the plot and hook the reader. And let me tell you, this worked. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how Veum was going to get out of this mess and hoping there would be no truth to it.  Even though it was my first experience with this protagonist, I immediately felt connected to him.

However, I did find the number of secondary characters to be a little confusing at times, and, perhaps, this was because I was unfamiliar with any reoccurring characters or their relationships from the previous novels.   I had to read back and cross reference some of the names and try to figure out how they were connected.  This is, of course, a small complaint.

Wolves in the Dark ended on quite the cliffhanger, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

I feel that any readers who relish in Scandinavian crime fiction or old school detective style novels will love this one!

Thanks to Orenda and the author for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Blog Tour: One to Watch (Rachel Amphlett) @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr

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Welcome to my stop for the One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett blog tour! Today, I have my review for the book and an extract from the first chapter to share!

My favourite novel in the Detective Kay series, thus far, One to Watch was different from the series previous novels. Instead of following Detective Kay as she hunts a rampant serial killer, this one honed in on one case and one dead teenager.  I loved being able to focus solely on a single murder and to be able to play the “whodunit” game with the detectives. Each character, more interesting than the last, reminded me of a game of Clue.

When a teenaged girl, Sophie, is found dead at her purity party, Detective Kay arrives at the scene. Her boyfriend is arrested, her family is questioned, and as Detective Kay digs deeper and deeper into Sophie’s life, she begins to expose a web of twisted motives, religious fanatics and family secrets.

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Book Review: The Chalk Pit (Elly Griffiths) @HMHCo @ellygriffiths @RaincoastBooks

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The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths is ninth in the Ruth Galloway mystery series, I had no idea what to think when I went into this book. I had not read any of the previous novels and, truthfully, had never even heard of this series! I was a little bit worried it would be the same old police procedural style novel and I was ready to throw it into my DNF pile when this story completely sucked me.

Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, is called to investigate a set of human remains found in an old chalk mining tunnels that run underneath the city of Norwich.   Meanwhile, DCI Nelson and his team are hunting for a missing woman. Could the two cases be connected? As Ruth investigates, she begins to discover signs of cannibalism on the remains and when rumours of secret societies and ritual killings begin swimming, they realize that their quest to find the killer has just begun….and he is just getting started.
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Book Review: Block 46 (Johana Gustawsson) @OrendaBooks ‏@JoGustawsson

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Well, I am going to cut to the chase people. Block 46, by Johana Gustawsson, absolutely blew me away. This book will end up being one of my favourite reads of the year. Hands down. No questions.

This book wears so many hats; it truly is a book for everyone.   Fans of historical fiction will love its general premise rooted in the Second World War and the Holocaust. Suspense and mystery fans will devour its ominous tone, it’s red herrings and intricate, meticulously weaved storyline. Thriller fans will be impressed with the pace, the jaw-dropping plot twist, and the creepy nature of the serial killer character.

In this story, multiple things are happening right from the first pages. In 2014, in Sweden, a body of a woman is discovered and investigators begin to hunt down the perpetrator.   Not far, in England, the bodies of young boys are being discovered in shallow graves, the work of another serial killer.   Emily Roy, an RCMP (yeah Canada!) and a profiler on loan to the Scotland Yard begins working alongside true crime writer Alexis Castells to investigate these cases. Meanwhile, the novel flashes back and forth to 1944 to Buchenwald Concentration Camp where Enrich Ebner is suffering in the midst of the Holocaust.  Continue reading “Book Review: Block 46 (Johana Gustawsson) @OrendaBooks ‏@JoGustawsson”

Book Review: The Fourth Monkey (J.D Barker) @jdbarker @RaincoastBooks

 

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I can barely contain my excitement over this book any longer!  The Fourth Monkey, by J.D Barker, was one of my most anticipated summer reads. Any book that draws a comparison to Silence of the Lambs and Se7en immediately had my attention.   After I have finished my reading, one thing stands clear regarding this title- this book lives up to the hype.

Fast paced, complex and filled with twists and turns, once I picked up this novel, it was incredibly hard to put down.

When The Fourth Monkey opens, we meet Detective Sam Porter, who seems to be on a leave from the police force when he is suddenly called back to the scene of an apparent suicide. Not truly understanding what his purpose it at this crime scene, his questions are soon answered when a box is found containing an ear. The first signature of The Four-Monkey killer (4MK), a serial killer case that Sam has been the lead investigator on for over five years.   When he finds a diary in the pocket of the deceased, Sam is given entry into the mind of a psychopath and must begin to unravel a twisted history in order to try to find his latest victim…a victim they hope is still alive.

Crazy right??

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Blog Tour: Watching the Bodies (Graham Smith) @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Watching the Bodies, a Jake Boulder novel, by Graham Smith!

I have been very open on Clues and Reviews with my police procedural struggle. In general, I find them to be redundant and slow moving. However, Watching the Bodies broke all of my previous thoughts. Throughout my reading, I kept thinking to myself “this is what a police procedural style serial killer thriller is supposed to feel like!” (try saying that three times fast!).  Mind you, Boulder isn’t technically a police officer, but it was close enough.

Fast paced, suspenseful, action packed and led by a stellar, brooding protagonist (Jake Boulder), I found myself unable to put this novel down. I finished it in a single sitting.   I can tell you right now that my introduction to the work of Graham Smith will not be my last; I couldn’t get enough of Smith’s writing style!

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Book Review: The Trophy Child (Paula Daly) @RandomHouseCA

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The Trophy Child, the newest release by Paula Daly, was not your typical mystery story. Part police procedural, part psychological drama and part suspense, I devoured this one in the course of a few sittings.

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Blog Tour: The Trophy Taker (Sarah Flint) @SarahFlint19 @Aria_Fiction

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Thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for The Trophy Taker!  Since I am an over achiever, I have an excerpt and a review for you today! Stay tuned because this book was also a #cjsreads pick!

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Blog Tour: Will to Live (Rachel Amphlett) #willtolive @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 9.46.34 PM.pngThrilled to one of the stops today on the Will to Live blog tour! Rachel Amphlett’s Scared to Death was the first novel I was ever approached to review when I started blogging, so, needless to say, I was more than thrilled to be welcomed back into the world of Detective Kay Hunter!

This novel could easily be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading the first in the series before diving into Will to Live. Not only is Scared to Death an awesome book, but it really helps to set the stage for the secondary plot and characters in this story.

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