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review 2017-03-24 07:27
Review: The Cold Hard Truth by Amanda Leigh Cowley
The Cold Hard Truth - Amanda Leigh Cowley

Self-published (27 February 2017)


ISBN: 978-1520380247




Rating: 5*



Nothing could prepare Emily for what she witnessed that day. With no money to support herself and suffering from panic attacks, she reluctantly moves in with her estranged mother and half-sister overseas. But as fractured relationships start to heal and a new one threatens to blossom, she uncovers a disturbing secret. When the truth hurts this much, would you prefer not to know?



I'd previously read and reviewed the author's Soul Protector The Betrayal, which I'd really enjoyed, so I couldn't wait to get stuck into this. I did have a slight worry of 'what if it isn't as good as...' which only happens when I've absolutely loved an author's previous books and I'm worried that I'll be disappointed! In this case, however, I needn't have worried at all!


The Cold Hard Truth is an utterly compelling mystery full of engaging characters and packed to the brim with intrigue. I picked it up first thing in the morning, intending to read just a few chapters, but found myself unable to put it down; I was just finishing the last chapter as i went to bed that night! Amanda Leigh Cowley has a beautifully evocative style of writing that grabs your attention from the very outset. 


Full of twists and turns, including an almighty, unforseen shocker at the end, The Cold Hard Truth has all my favourite elements. I'd recommend it to readers of crime, mystery, romance, women's fiction. In fact, anyone who reads!

I'd like to thank Amanda Leigh Cowley for providing an ARC in return for my honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 18:30
Zerbrochen: True-Crime-Thriller - Michae... Zerbrochen: True-Crime-Thriller - Michael Tsokos,Andreas Gößling

Klappenbroschur, Knaur TB 


01.03.2017, 432 S.



Diese Ausgabe ist lieferbar



Der dritte True-Crime-Thriller von Deutschlands bekanntestem Rechtsmediziner und SPIEGEL-Bestseller-Autor Michael Tsokos - basierend auf echten Fällen, authentischen Ermittlungen und der jahrelangen Erfahrung des bekanntesten deutschen Rechtsmediziners.




Ein besonderer Tag für Rechtsmediziner Dr. Fred Abel: Viele Monate, nachdem er bei einem brutalen Überfall fast zu Tode kam, tritt er erstmals wieder seinen Dienst an. Sofort wird er vom täglichen Wahnsinn der BKA-Einheit »Extremdelikte« in Beschlag genommen: Der sogenannte »Darkroom-Killer«, ein Psychopath ohne Skrupel, hält Polizei und Bevölkerung in Atem. 


All dies verblasst jedoch, als Abels gerade neu gefundenes Familienglück auf dem Spiel steht: Seine 16-jährigen Zwillinge, Kinder aus einer längst vergangenen Affäre, besuchen ihn in Berlin – und werden Opfer einer Entführung. Wer hat mit Abel noch eine Rechnung offen?



Meine Meinung:

Ich habe die beiden vorigen Fred-Abel-Thriller ja auch gelesen und war daher sehr auf den 3. Teil gespannt. 

Es ist in Mehrteilern ja immer so, dass es ein Wiedersehen mit den Charakteren gibt. Das find ich gerade bei dieser Reihe toll, da ich Fred Abel als Charakter wirklich sehr gelungen finde. Das hat der Autor wirklich gut hin bekommen. 

Man erfährt als erstes, dass Fred Abel sozusagen über Nacht Vater von Zwillingen im Teenageralter geworden ist. Sie wollen ihn das erste Mal in Berlin besuchen und werden prompt entführt. 

Schade fand ich an diesem Teil, dass es nicht wirklich um Mordfälle ging, sondern mehr um die Entführung der Zwillinge. 

Von den drei erschienenen Teilen hat mir der zweite Teil am besten gefallen. Im zweiten Teil wurde nach meinem Empfinden am meisten das Thema Rechtsmedizin behandelt. 

Alles in allem war dies wieder ein solider Fred Abel-Thriller, der spannend zu verfolgen war, für mich aber auch leichte Schwachstellen hatte. Ich kann dennoch eine Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für alle Thrillerfans und insbesondere Thrillerleser, die sich für die Rechtsmedizin interessieren, aussprechen. Aufgrund einiger genauerer Schilderungen sollte man aber nicht zu zart besaitet sein. Für mich selbst war es völlig okay. 

Von mir bekommt das Buch 4 Sterne. 


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review 2017-03-13 02:31
Review: Blood Lines (Detective Kim Stone #5) by Angela Marsons
Blood Lines: An absolutely gripping thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 5) - Angela Marsons

Published by: Bookouture (4 November 2016)


ISBN: 978-1786810991


Source: NetGalley


Rating: 4*



A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…



As a fan of Angela Marsons' previous novels featuring Detective Kim Stone, I was eagerly awaiting this latest publication, her second to feature Kim's nemesis, the evil Dr Alex Thorne. I was expecting high drama, emotionally charged scenes and a compelling plot...


It took me far longer to read Blood Lines than anticipated, purely because I wasn't plagued by my usual insomnia, so I read until I fell asleep every night, until I dropped my kindle and it hit me in the face or dropped onto the floor! The plot is enticing, it grabs you from the outset and winds itself around you, nudging at you to peek at the horrors within.


Kim is one of my favourite police characters; although she's sarcastic and a bit ferocious on the outside it's all a bit of a front to protect that vulnerable damaged part of her that she's so desperate to keep inside. I think we can all identify with that to a certain extent. I'd like to get to know more about Kim's team members; maybe that'll come in time. One thing I found annoying, and that stopped my flow of reading, was the phonetic spelling of Stacey's accent. Whenever I got to one of those words, I stopped and (unsuccessfully) tried to work out how to pronounce the word. I'm still none the wiser! When I read a book, if I know a character is from a particular place or has a certain accent, when I imagine them speaking, they automatically have that accent. Maybe other readers find it useful but I found it more of a hindrance, to be honest.


Having said that, I did really enjoy this book. The end few chapters felt a little rushed, as though nothing much happened for a while and then all of a sudden there was a buzz of activity and everything happened at once. But I guess the end of a case can be like that when everything falls into place.

Special thanks to Angela Marsons, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.

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review 2017-02-28 15:49
A Deadly Sin - Tracie Podger
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Again, jumping straight in. And again, struggling to word what I need to say, so bare with me, ok?? Also, I'm writing this review on the back of writing the review for Gabriel. So if I repeat myself, I'm sorry.
This book is told from two people's point of view, both in the first. Mich, as the main character, tells what's going on, but also we get the bad guy. And boy is he bad! I love getting the bad guys, but this one is just a little too creepy for me. Or I thought so, til he told me more, about what he was doing and more importantly WHY. Yes, it is not an easy thing to read, but you understand him more, as time goes on. Not sure if understand him is the right phase though, cos that makes me one sick puppy if I can understand WHY he does what he does! But do you follow?? Things make more sense as to the why, when his past begins to reveal itself.
I loved the seamless melding of Gabriel's story into this one. LOVED how it all started to come together. LOVED how much I did not see coming at me, not at all.
I read this almost back to back to Gabriel. While I didn't think you NEED to read Gabriel first, if you like thriller, especially ones with some very twisted minds, some very deep rooted beliefs, you should read Gabriel first. I would, really I would. Especially as Gabriel plays a much bigger part in the next book.
While looking forward to it isn't quite the right word, I hope to read the next one, A Deadly Mission. I want to see just how far Mich and Gabriel will go to rid the world of this group of people who have destroyed so many lives.
A very VERY different read to my usual romances, but crime/thriller was my go-to, (that and some good old horror!) pre-kindle days and I really did enjoy getting back to my roots.
Staying up way past your bedtime, full of a cold, it can only get...
5 full stars
**same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-02-28 15:40
so bloody good!!
Gabriel - Tracie Podger
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted a copy of this book.
Jumping straight in!
I just...I...Oh this is so hard to write!
*deep breath, you can do this! Its only a review!**
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book, other than it was a thriller, but I didn't expect this!
It's told entirely (here you go, you know what I'm gonna say, right??) from Gabriel's point of view, in the first person, and I freaking LOVED IT!! (HA!!) This book is just so bloody good!
Gabriel's wife was killed while his daughter was in the bathroom. The case went cold and Gabriel and his daughter, Taylor, are left hanging. But then things start happening, weird, odd things, people turning up, shoving folders at him. And as the story unfolds, Gabriel realises how little he knew of his wife's background.
Without giving anything away, Gabriel opens a can of freaking big ass snakes, let alone worms, and the level of betrayal is so high, I did NOT see that coming.
Gabriel gets his revenge, some closure but assured, he will always be looking over his shoulder.
Totally blew me away.
First I've read of Podger, I have A Deadly Sin to read next. I'm told they are kind of linked, but we'll see how.
5 full stars
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