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review 2017-04-26 15:20
Rezension | Ragdoll. Dein letzter Tag von Daniel Cole
Ragdoll - Dein letzter Tag: Thriller (Ein Daniel-Cole-Thriller, Band 1) - Daniel H Cole,Conny Lösch

Beschreibung

 

Nachdem Detective William Oliver Layton-Fawkes aus seiner Suspendierung zurück in den Dienst der Londoner Polizei kehrt, wartet ein ziemlich persönlicher Fall auf ihn. In unmittelbarer Nähe zu seiner neuen Wohnung wartet eine aus sechs Körperteilen, von sechs verschiedener Opfern, zusammen genähte „Lumpenpuppe“ auf ihn. Der Kopf der so genannten „Ragdoll“ gehört ausgerechnet zu dem Fall, der Detective Layton-Fawkes für einige Zeit seinen Job kostete und den Aufenthalt in einer psychiatrischen Klinik nach sich zog.

 

Kaum hat die Polizei die Ermittlung der weiteren Opfer aufgenommen, wird eine Todesliste mit sechs Namen durch Detective Layton-Fawkes Ex-Frau übermittelt. Obwohl alles daran gesetzt wird die genannten Personen vor dem Killer zu schützten, scheint der Täter immer einen Schritt voraus zu sein. Die Zeit wird knapper und der Täter nährt sich langsam dem Ende der Todesliste auf der zuletzt der Name des Detectivs selbst steht.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Daniel Coles Debüt „Ragdoll. Dein letzter Tag“ ist ein gelungener und spannungsgeladener Thriller ganz nach meinem Geschmack. Der temporeiche Handlungsverlauf kann mit überraschenden Wendungen überzeugen und die Charaktere haben Ecken und Kanten. Da ist es kaum ein Wunder, dass bereits eine Verfilmung der Geschichte geplant ist. Ich bin auf jeden Fall schon gespannt was sich Daniel Cole für seinen nächsten Thriller einfallen lässt, denn dies ist erst der Beginn zu der New Scotland Yard Reihe.

 

Das Cover ist ein richtiger Eyecatcher und die glänzenden, leicht hervorgehobenen Buchstaben schreien geradezu danach berührt zu werden. Nur leider passt die Abbildung überhaupt nicht zum Inhalt der Geschichte. Zumindest ist mir während des Lesens kein einziger schwarzer Vogel aufgefallen. Meiner Meinung nach trifft es das Cover des englischen Originals, bei dem eine Nadel, Faden und Bluttropfen zu sehen sind deutlich besser.

 

Detective William Oliver Layton-Fawkes, oder kurz „Wolf“, ist der Hauptprotagonist der Geschichte und zeichnet sich vor allem durch seine unbändigen und unkontrollierbaren Charaktereigenschaften als ein wahrer Anti-Held aus. Solche Figuren mag ich sehr gerne, denn sie heben sich deutlich vom Einheitsgrau ab und bergen ein großes Potential, für Überraschungen zu sorgen, in sich. Die Protagonisten sind zwar durch einige Klischees behaftet, wie z. B. Wolfs ehrgeizige Ex-Frau die eine Journalistenkarriere anstrebt, seine alkoholkranke Kollegin Bailey und und und. Am meisten herausgestochen hat Edmunds, der „Neue“ im Team, der durch seinen Instinkt und Arbeitseifer sich schnell einen Platz in meinem Herzen erobern konnte.

 

Bei „Ragdoll. Dein letzter Tag“ konnte mich vor allem der rasante Plot begeistern. Geschickt reiht Daniel Cole die einzelnen Szenen aneinander und sorgt durch Abwechslung von Rückblick in die Vergangenheit und Erzählung der gegenwärtigen Ereignisse für explosive Spannung. Man sollte also definitiv genügend Zeit für das Buch haben, wenn man zu lesen beginnt, denn man kann es einfach nicht mehr aus der Hand legen.

 

Fazit

 

Ein gelungenes Debüt, doch ACHTUNG, hoher Suchtfaktor inside!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-ragdoll-dein-letzter-tag-von-daniel-cole
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review 2017-01-07 05:43
Scotland Yard's First Cases
Scotland Yard's First Cases - Joan Lock

See my full review at Mystereity Reviews

Scotland Yard's First Cases is more than a story about Victorian crimes, it's also a fascinating look at the beginnings of Scotland Yard and the first detectives to come aboard and pioneer the finest law enforcement agencies in UK. It highlights not only their fight to create a detective force, but also their struggles to modernize, deal with corruption in the ranks and to standardize crime cases across the UK. Their legacy is still lives today, as Scotland Yard is recognized world wide as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the world.

I particularly enjoyed the focus on the methods of detection used, their abilities were admirable, considering the lack of technology and training. Really, it's a wonder that so many crimes were solved and the compelling cases highlighted in the book are a testament to their tenacity. The author's thorough research in the archives is apparent in the details, with each case presented in a concise but very entertaining manner and one story about the robbery of a stamp office was particularly amusing. Their legendary exploits even made it into literary works of the time, including stories by Charles Dickens.

Scotland Yard's First Cases is an entertaining first-rate history of one of the world's most prestigious and recognizable agencies in law enforcement and its captivating cases will appeal to fans of history and/or true crime.

Thank you to Endeavor Press and Netgalley for a copy of the book in return for my honest review

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review 2016-04-26 01:10
Lost and Gone Forever (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad) - Alex Grecian

#LOSTANDGONEFOREVER  AVAILABLE 5/17/16  EXCELLENT READ!  5 STARS!  @alexgrecian @PenguinPbks  Wow, wow, wow. This was I think the best one so far of the Murder Squad books. I just could not put this one down. The hunt for Jack the Ripper continues, or is he dead? They are also missing one of their best detectives, Walter Day, or is he dead?

This one has murderers coming out of the woodwork as two hired assassins are brought in to take care of Jack the Ripper and they are not your average assassins.

There are lots of plot twists and twists to the plot twists. I just absolutely loved it and sped right through this book. Jack was on a mission and no one or nothing was going to stop him. There are definitely pulse generating thrills and a few shouts to the characters "don't go in there". I just love when I get involved in the story. HA!

If you haven't tried Alex Grecian, this is definitely a great one to start with, you will definitely be hooked!

Thanks Penguin Group Putnam for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-12-24 22:39
The Mentor
The Mentor - Aaron Maines,Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

The first chapter was great.

The rest of the book not so much. Right from the second chapter, the characters & the writing felt obvious and flat.

I ended up skimming some and reading some. There were parts where I got the flashes of the really great that I had seen in the first chapter, but again there were more places where the book felt plotty and obvious. The last chapter was one of those 'all is revealed' dealies and ended in such a way that I suspect there may be a sequel? Because although the mystery was solved there were things that were left really unresolved.

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text 2015-09-21 16:55
Scotland Yard in Romance Novels
The Scandalous Mackenzies - Jennifer Ashley
Scandalous Wager - Christy Carlyle
A Private Duel with Agent Gunn - Jillian Stone
The Throwbacks (The Scotland Yard Exchange Program) - Stephanie Queen
A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-Takers Series Book 1) - Alissa Johnson
Rabbit Heart - Colleen Hitchcock
Tempted at Every Turn - Robyn DeHart
A Bride by Moonlight - Liz Carlyle
Improper English - Katie MacAlister
Where the Heart Leads - Stephanie Laurens

What a little fog, a great coat, a mystery, Londontown?

 

These romances involve the Scotland Yard which by the way isn't in Scotland. Go figure.

 

My lists are never in any particluar order. Enjoy!

 

1. The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

 

To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet--and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa's so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa-and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she's innocent, he recognizes he's falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa's only hope of restoring her family's honor--and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder...

 

2. Scandalous Wager by Christy Carlyle

 

Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a spinster strikes a scandalous bargain with a detective caught up in the investigation of the Ripper mystery. 

Elizabeth Ainsworth has decided she will never marry. Years spent on the shelf have taught her plain looks and a distinct lack of ladylike talents won't win a proposal from any of the eligible young constables or inspectors her Detective Chief Inspector father invites to their home. Most of them are too busy staring at her younger, prettier sister anyway. And Lizzy is content to be a spinster, especially if it means she can continue with her charity work in Whitechapel. But she has one lingering regret. She wants to experience passion at least once in her life and, most of all, she wants to experience it with Ian Reed. 

Detective Inspector Ian Reed has aspirations to ascend the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, and he hopes proving himself to his superior, Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth, will help him get there. A series of brutal murders plaguing Whitechapel have him working long hours, so when Ainsworth's daughter shows up on his doorstep and offers herself to him, he fears he might be dreaming. Fascinated with Lizzy from the moment he meets her, Ian is determined to spend more than one night in her arms, despite what it might cost both of them. 

 

3. A Private Duel with Agent Gunn by Jillian Stone

 

Cunning, reclusive Yard man Phineas Gunn is as skilled at capturing surly criminals as he is at charming beautiful women. But the dashing agent’s latest assignment is really testing his mettle. Officially, he’s investigating beguiling prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia Willoughby, a suspected anarchist. Unofficially, his attraction to his devilish former flame is hotter than ever. 

Unsure whether to trust the enigmatic lover who betrayed her once, Cate nevertheless enlists Finn’s help to recover some priceless family jewels. Their pursuit erupts into a cross-continental adventure that begins with a double cross and crackles with secrets, lies, and sexual tension. The crime is clear—breaking and entering each other’s hearts—but as the clock ticks down, who will be the first to surrender?

 

4. The Throwbacks by Stephanie Queen

 

She’s a vivacious, light-hearted young beauty from Beacon Hill 
He’s a world-weary not-so-young exile from Scotland Yard. 
She’s an orphaned decorator who longs for a family of her own. 
He’s a rogue detective with a superhero complex. 
She’s smitten with this superhero who is the last man she sees in the picket-fence picture of her future. 
He’s smitten with this fluffy young romantic who he sees as kryptonite to his career and well being. 
But if you saw Grace and David in a room full of people, and you had to pick one man and one woman who belonged together, you would pick them. They would be The Throwbacks.

Vivacious young decorator Grace Rogers sets her sights for that picket-fence life she longs for with the unlikely world-weary British exile, the not-so-young David Young. The ex-Scotland Yard detective joins the Boston Police Department to salvage his career. He hires Grace to decorate his Beacon Hill townhouse to salvage his life. 
But this rogue detective’s plans for a new beginning are threatened when he can’t resist the seemingly unseemly romance with his too-young bombshell decorator. Grace turns out to be a key witness in his high-stakes kidnapping case--and like Kryptonite to his career and his well-being with her romantic notions of family life. 

David put his life on the line to save her from the kidnappers, but now is Grace willing to put her dreams on the line to save her real-life superhero from himself?

 

5. A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson

 

Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim-and a title-for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard's most famous detective was working alongside London's most infamous thief...and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker. 

 

Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.

 

Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie's life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he's near, Owen has a way of making things complicated...and long for a future that can never be theirs.

 

6. Rabbit Heart by Colleen Hitchcock

 

Rabbit Heart is a wildly original and sexy debut novel set in Victorian England, Rabbit Heart tells the story of a French temptress who literally loves men–to death.

Nicollette Caron is every man’s ideal mistress. Pity, then, that all of her lovers die trying to satisfy her insatiable appetite. Forced to flee town after town so that no one will discover her terrible secret, Nicollette is haunted by the ghosts of her dead lovers as England’s top crime inspector circles ever closer.

Renowned for his tenacity, handsome detective Jackson Lang will stop at nothing to prove that Nicollette is a murderess. Powerful Lord Baston is equally determined . . . to make Nicollette his mistress despite her breathless warnings. Only one man is strong enough to save Nicollette. But how will she know which man to trust–until it is too late?

 

7. Tempted at Every Turn by Robyn DeHart

 

Proper, sensible Willow Mabson will do anything to protect her family. So when she finds out that James Sterling—a dashing, arrogant aristocrat working for Scotland Yard—suspects her mother in a recent murder, Willow will do whatever's necessary . . . even solve the case herself! Of course, this will bring her into a most uncomfortable proximity with the very tantalizing Mister Sterling. And try as she might, she finds resisting him her most difficult challenge.

 

James has always preferred gritty crime scenes to elegant balls. And he can immediately deduce that straight-laced, whip-smart—and exceedingly delectable—Willow isn't your average vapid, shallow socialite. He longs to release her carefully restrained sensuality and tempt her into losing control. But James doesn't count on risking his own heart in the process.

 

8. A Bride by Moonlight by Liz Carlyle

 

Faced with murder charges, Lisette Colburne never imagined aligning herself with Scotland Yard—not with the scandalous life she’s led. But when Commissioner Royden Napier proposes—that in exchange for her freedom—she pretend to be his wife so he can unravel a brutal mystery, she agrees. What neither counts on is their sizzling, undeniable attraction.

 

9. Improper English by Katie MacAlister

 

American versus Englishman—will it be a war of wits, or a battle to find their hearts? Alix hasn’t had much luck in her life, but a trip to London, a matchmaking landlady, and the handsome Scotland Yard detective living above her indicate her luck is about to change. Has she truly found her perfect man, or will the disasters that dog her steps destroy everything she’s hoped for? 

Alexandra Freemar should be in heaven—she’s just been handed everything she’s ever wanted on a silver plate: a three month stay in London, the time to write the book of her heart, and the chance to finally prove to her mother that she’s not the miserable failure her past indicates. Free-spirited, unconventional, and able to find the absurd in almost any situation, Alix finds that heaven isn’t what it’s cracked up to be when fate, in the form of a matchmaking landlady who promises to fix her up with her perfect soul mate, hands her the devilishly handsome man who lives upstairs. Her perfect man? Hardly! Her perfect man is not a workaholic, straight-laced detective inspector from Scotland Yard who wouldn’t recognize fun if it bit him on his (extremely attractive) behind. 

Alexander Black is a man with a mission, and no one is going to distract him from that, not even the uninhibited, carefree American who personifies everything he dislikes in a woman: she belittles his devotion to work, insists on dragging him into the most unlikely of situations, exudes sexuality that makes his mouth go dry whenever he’s near her, and teases him with a brashness that’s utterly foreign to him. But underneath that sassy mouth and devil-may-care exterior, he senses a wounded woman who’s calling out to him, and try as he might, he just can’t refuse answering.

 

10. Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens

 

Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage—wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown—forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London's sooty and seamier streets.

But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her—Barnaby Adair.

Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills—or perhaps because of them—he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.

 

Barnaby is intrigued—both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he's in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour. 

 

Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London's notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.

 

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