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text 2019-12-05 19:36
24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day: Book
White Nights - Ann Cleeves
White Nights - Ann Cleeves,Kenny Blyth

Rather easy choice, this one ...


And notwithstanding the fact that there's a fairly obvious giveaway to the "who" very early on -- and I'm beginning to clue in on Cleeves's approach in terms of construction, writerly perspective and character POV -- I actually liked this at least as much as the first book in the series, if not more.


(Task: Read a book set in Scotland.)



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text 2019-10-19 15:49
Halloween Bingo 2019: Twentieth Extra Square
The Lewis Man - Peter May,Peter Forbes


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text 2019-10-07 15:43
Halloween Bingo 2019: Sixth and Seventh Extra Square
Raven Black - Ann Cleeves,Kenny Blyth
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser



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review 2016-06-21 05:11
Review: Missing
Missing - Ed James

Thrilling, compelling and gritty, Missing delves into the difficult subject of of child sexual abuse and its impact; not only for the victim, but also the family and the police officers assigned to investigate the case.


This will definitely be high on my favorite books of the year list, the finely woven plot unwound bit by bit, with lots of plot twists and red herrings that kept me guessing as the book raced towards the shocking finale.


The main character, Craig Hunter is a likeable guy. I mean, who wouldn't love a copper that would jump out a window into a tree to rescue a cat? I really enjoyed that scene, it made for a great start to the book. I also liked how well the characters from the Scott Cullen series were integrated into the story, adding more dimension to the characters I already knew (and loved.)


Overall, Missing is a dark, riveting, and memorable book with a strong plot that will draw you into the middle of the action. I defiintely recommend to anyone who enjoys police procedurals or just a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled mystery.

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review 2016-06-05 04:08
Divining Murder by G.M. Cameron
Divining Murder: Andromeda Book 1 - Allan G. Cameron

A woman is found murdered in a ritualistic way, and the police have very information to go on.  The victim, a middle aged woman who left her husband to start a mysterious new life is found in an alley in Glasgow with multiple stab wounds.   Shortly after the murder, Andromeda (Annie to her friends)  spies a man at a Glasgow train station whose aura is clearly evil.  After leaving an anonymous tip for the police, they trace the tip back to her, and with no other information to go on, begin to investigate what she saw.   It soon becomes apparent that Annie is the key to unraveling the mystery and stopping a man bent on evil.


I'm a sucker for paranormal mysteries, and I'm a sucker for Scottish mysteries, so I had pretty high expectations just from reading the blurb.  And it was (for the most part) an excellent mystery, with a taut plot, great characters and lots of magic.  


(Continue reading my review on my blog)

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