Detective Gemma Monroe is back in the fourth installment of this series. This time it’s Halloween in Cedar Valley and not everyone is giving out treats!
When Gemma stops in to say hello to a retired judge, Caleb Montgomery, in his offices, she finds him upset and tells her about threatening letters he has been receiving. Gemma is still thinking about his odd behavior when his car explodes with him in it. Who in the world would have wanted Caleb dead?
Suspects abound and just as quickly as Gemma and her team clear one, another pops on the scene. As her investigation takes her into the judge’s old cases, there is one that sticks out. Making the trek to Belle Vista Penitentiary, Gemma doesn’t know what to think about the supposed stone-cold killer and the way he takes the news of Caleb’s death.
Soon enough another body is added to the pile and a major clue. This isn’t the first murder like this. Gemma and her team have themselves what looks like a copycat killer.
And if history repeats itself, there will soon be a lot more bodies! With the new playhouse in town, the opening night would be the perfect time for the last send-off.
Will Gemma and her team uncover the killer as it uncovers a lot of secrets and corruption right here in the police department?
You’ll have to read it! And then wait for the next one.
NetGalley/ December 10th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
(Two Rivers, #1)
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Ann Cleeves is a favorite of mine. I love the Vera and Shetland series! And I can tell this one is going to be good.
The story opens with Detective Matthew Venn standing outside of a chapel where his father’s funeral is taking place. He doesn’t go in. He would not be welcome. He left the Brethren and married his love, Jonothan.
As he is leaving he receives word of a body found on a nearby beach. A man no one knows has been stabbed. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck of an albatross.
The more Matthews team investigates, the more frustrated they become. Someone is lying and when girls from the Woodyard Day Centre for people with special needs start to go missing, Matthew is afraid he will have to hand over the case as his husband runs Woodyard.
He is also about to have his past return with a shocking twist!
I really enjoyed all of the little subplots in this story. The subject matter was handled so well. I look forward to more of this series!
NetGalley/September 3rd, 2019 by Minotaur Books
A Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash Mystery
When Constable Hazel Best stops a confrontation between a local gang member and a harmless looking fellow on the train, a chain of events ends with bodies and everyone she loves in danger.
As she begins finding things on her doorstep, she at first believes she may have a secret admirer. Her full attention isn’t on the flowers and chocolates, as Trucker, the local gang member is found dead. As Hazel tries to find a link between the dead boy and then a dead journalist, it’s beginning to look like the secret admirer may have taken that next leap to stalker. And when Ash is brutally beaten and warned to stay away from Hazel while at the same time Saturday shows up again, Hazel is determined to find the culprit. But it may cost her life.
I love the characters in this book. They aren’t perfect. Bad things have happened to them And one is a talking dog. But they are a family in the truest definition of the word.
Very Well Done
NetGalley/ May 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers
The first in a series, A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis, introduces us to FBI Agent Elsa Myers. Elsa is a complex character with a dark past and a lot of secrets.
Right now her father is dying and she is by his side when she receives a call for help from New York City. She has been asked for personally because of her track record finding missing people.
Ruby, a teenager, has gone missing. With a lot of misdirection from friends hiding their own secrets, the case is becoming more difficult and putting her own family in danger as well.
Working with Detective Lex Cole is proving difficult. Elsa is a very private person and Lex is trying to find a crack inside that hard shell she has put in place to protect herself. But for this case, she is going to have to face the darkness of the past and find these girls before it’s too late.
A new police procedural thriller series is always a welcome gift. While we didn’t get a lot of Elsa’s past and how she became an agent, it’s a series and since I’m now reading the second one, I can tell you it just gets better!
Netgalley/ January 2nd 2018 by Mulholland Books
Sarah Bailey follows up her thrilling novel Dark Lake with Into The Night. I think all of us who read The Dark Lake were hoping there would be another and soon!
DS Gemma Woodstock has had more than her fair share of knocks and has left her young son to move to Melbourne. A big city with big city problems. Personally and professionally she is feeling out-of-place and very much alone.
Her new partner, Nick Fleet doesn’t seem very friendly and talks less than Gemma. When they pick up a case of a homeless man, stabbed to death in an alley, the full impact of her own lonely and almost invisible life hits her. Even after being pulled off the case when a high-profile case is suddenly thrust upon them, she can’t stop thinking about the homeless man.
Why would someone want to stab actor Sterling Wade? During a filmed scene? With so many people involved, the suspect pool is growing bigger each hour. Every one of them have secrets they would rather not share but are they worth killing over? It would seem so.
Gemma is such a flawed character. At times I want to shake her and other times make her a nice cuppa and find her a boyfriend. I actually like the fact that she is a hot mess. Haven’t we all been at one time or another? So Gemma, I’ll stick with you and see what you get up to next!
Netgalley/ December 4th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
Joona Linna Book 3
DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.
So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.
In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.
Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?
We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!
Good Job on the translations too!
Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018
Detective Gemma Monroe #3
An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.
Lost Lake. A beautiful hidden gem close to the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. The history of the lake and the history of the town are closely linked. A beautiful place, popular with campers and hikers in the summer. In the winter it’s a very different and unsettling place.
It’s early spring now and Detective Gemma Monroe has responded to a missing person report at the lake.
Two couples have camped overnight and in the morning one of the girls is missing. Sari Chesney is also the assistant curator at the town’s museum and now she and the founding fathers diary are missing. Are the two connected?
When the bodies begin to pile up Gemma isn’t sure who to believe. It seems the tiny town is bursting with secrets and even someone in the department is leaking info to the local paper.
With so many different mysteries to solve, will our Gemma pull through in the end or will this one be the end of her?
I am a fan of the series and this was a really good one with murder, supernatural vibes, and a great group of suspicious characters!
Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books