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review 2016-07-24 09:29
From the Cradle - Louise Voss,Mark Edwards

If you want a slow burner, then do not read this book! Drawn in, quicker than a moth to a flame, from the very 1st page as we follow the team trying to get the three missing children back. Who has taken them and why? I read it at every opportunity in my haste to find out what happened. There are plenty of twists and turns, enough to keep anyone happy with thrills aplenty - a great book!

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review 2015-10-09 09:27
The Blissfully Dead
The Blissfully Dead (A Detective Lennon Thriller) - Louise Voss,Mark Edwards

I was never a teenager who became obsessed with a band, pop star or actor but have heard about those who do in the media. From what I picked up from that source over the years The Blissfully Dead is chillingly accurate.
Teenage girls who worship a boy band are being tortured and murdered. Lennon and his team at desperate to find the killer before more die. They have to find a connection between thousands of forum and social media posts to try and find a link. And then the killing gets much closer.
I like the group of detectives who feature in this series with the exception of one, Winkler. He is just as obnoxious and infuriating as he was in From the Cradle. The only difference was that I could laugh at him as well as snarl. There wasn't as much focus on Lennon's private life which I was slightly disappointed in. I hope that we find out more in future books, as well as more about Carmella and Suzanne.
The band and all the people associated with them were believable, some of the fans not so but I did enjoy reading about their antics. I really enjoyed the parts that's involved Kai, he was very entertaining.
I am looking forward to reading more in this series, I have read both books in the last couple of weeks and enjoyed them very much.
With thanks to Marks Edwards and Louise Voss for the copy received via netgalley.

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review 2015-09-29 12:09
From the Cradle
From the Cradle - Louise Voss,Mark Edwards

From the Cradle is intense right from the opening chapter. We often read a crime novel where a lead police officer has a troubled private life but l think that Patrick Lennon must be very near the top of the list for having the most difficult and unusual one.
Along with Carmella, Winkler and Suzanne he is trying to find three young missing children. Very much aware that time is against them they are desperate to find a link and reunite the children with their frantic parents. Not all the team are working together. Winkler is not a team player and resents Lennon being in charge of the investigation. Lennon himself is struggling to stay in control. His private life is very close to the investigation and at times he questions his ability.
I had no idea which way the tale was going to go. There were a lot of twists throughout, especially in the final third, maybe if I've any gripe, a few too many. But it didn't ruin the book at all.
I would love to know how writing a book as a joint project works. I have read books by Mark Edwards before but I've never read any of the books that are also written by Louise Voss. I was quite impressed and I am happy that I have the second book in the Patrick Lennon series to read. Incidentally the second novel The Blissfully Dead is released today.

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review 2015-09-23 10:03
The Blissfully Dead (A Detective Lennon Thriller) - Louise Voss,Mark Edwards

I have several books by these authors in my TBR pile but this is the first one I have read. Popular boy band with fanatical teenage followers - all nice and normal until some of them are found murdered. This would have been a 4 star book but I just found the character of Winkler to be unbelievable and unconvincing. The story was fast paced with plenty going on and I thought it was great. I'm now looking forward to reading the other books by this talented pair.

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review 2015-09-16 19:55
The Blissfully Dead
The Blissfully Dead (A Detective Lennon Thriller) - Louise Voss,Mark Edwards
Series: A Detective Lennon Thriller (Book 2)
ISBN: 9781503947474
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date:  9/29/2015
Format: Other 
My Rating:  4 Stars  

 

A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The dynamic duo, partners in crime, Louise Voss & Mark Edwards return following the thrilling From the Cradle, with their second DI Patrick Lennon Thriller, THE BLISSFULLY DEAD —dead girls, fans, obsessions, pop icons, social media madness, and suspense.

DI Patrick, mid-thirties is back, with all the problems we discovered in his personal and business life in book one. (adds lots of spice) His wife, Gill, returns after her two year stint following her mental illness breakdown, when attempting to kill their young daughter Bonnie.

In The Blissfully Dead, a group of girls, all huge fans of an English boy band, OnTarget. The girls start turning up dead, the first in a London hotel room and the second in a deserted photo studio. The only thing they seem to have in common is their fascination and obsession of the band.

A woman was beaten to death at home. A youth knifed in the street. A young girl murdered in a hotel room. Patrick liked indie and rock music, even though he does not watch much TV, and being he does not read the tabloids or entertainment magazines, he did not know much about OnTarget. Who is targeting the fans, and why?

When the body is examined it appears there are small cuts similar to another case from three months earlier, and perfume? It was Winkler’s case. (lot of history here).

Lennon’s wife has been out of the mental hospital for six months. He may never forget Gill’s purple fingermarks on their baby’s neck, her tiny limp body within seconds of eternal lifelessness. How can he go back to sharing his bed, his heart, and his life with someone he wasn’t sure he even loves her any more. Bonnie was now a normal two-and-a-half-year old. Years ago his wife had been in the grip of a devastating bout of postnatal psychosis. Got to love the guy!

His colleague DS Carmella Masiello of three years, can read him, and the traumatic events of their last case had served only to strengthen their bond. Patrick and his young daughter are cooped up in his parent’s house, while Gill has the entire house. At least he knows Bonnie is safe with him. His mom and dad had been great to help out with the childcare. DI Winkler, still continues to be a perennial thorn in his side at work. Of course there is the attraction to Suzanne.

Two girls, both fifteen, living close to one another. White, middle-class, both massive fans of OnTarget. Attended the vigil for Rose. Had the killer been there too? The cuts, the perfume, the fact that their clothes had been taken.

The girls were active on Twitter, and social media so it appeared more visible and amplified than in years past— when teenage girls (in my day in the sixties of Elvis, and the Beatles) and always American Bandstand---wrote in their diaries, of their secret obsessions of idols and celebrities, dances, and other crushes, without thousands of eyeballs as social media today. (except nosy little sisters, who like to blackmail you).

After the third teen slaying . . . the pressure is on. When Lennon makes a terrible mistake that ends in disaster, he finds himself in a race to save not only the lives of more teenage girls but also his own career.

Mystery, suspense, intrigue – action, twists, turns, and juicy secrets. Very timely, trendy, and well-developed. From online social media drama, internet bullying, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, to the darker world of entertainment business, and the disturbing consequences.

Am always amazed at the successful collaboration, (six published novels) the process, and how two authors form a partnership, and facilitate such a project. Readers will be excited to discover not only the inspiration behind the book, and as an added bonus, —tidbits of how the two started co-authoring, their strategy, and how it flows, living hundreds of miles apart in separate households, while not killing one another.

I am loving DI Lennon! Can’t wait for round three.

 

 

  

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!The-Blissfully-Dead/cmoa/55ca6e530cf26d0f7e9eb839
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