#ContemporaryThriller Rosie’s #Bookreview of Double Identity by @alison_morton

Double Identity (Mélisende Thrillers #1)Double Identity by Alison Morton

4 stars

Double Identity is a contemporary thriller and is the first book in the Mélisende series. It follows the events surrounding the shocking death of Mélisende’s (Mel’s) fiancé. Initially the prime suspect for his death, ex-French army specialist soldier Mel joins forces with British police to solve the mystery.

Mel must now work alongside Detective Jeff McCracken, the man who first accused her of the murder; it causes quite a frosty working relationship. However, the pace of the investigation soon picks up and Mel uses her specialist training skills to help the case, though her attitude and work ethic tread on the toes of more than one character.

I have read other books by this author, so I am familiar with her style that uses military-based characters. The author’s own army training shines through in the details of the narrative, but it does make the MC quite a cold harsh character which can be hard to empathise with. There are one or two small moments of warmth from Mel and I did appreciate reading those as they made her a more rounded character.

I enjoyed the mystery investigation, though I did spot the probable culprit early on.  I don’t think it was especially obvious, though.

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Deeply in love, a chic Parisian lifestyle before her. Now she’s facing prison for murder.

It’s three days since Mel des Pittones threw in her job as an intelligence analyst with the French special forces to marry financial trader Gérard Rohlbert. But her dream turns to nightmare when she wakes to find him dead in bed beside her.

Her horror deepens when she’s accused of his murder. Met Police detective Jeff McCracken wants to pin Gérard’s death on her. Mel must track down the real killer, even if that means being forced to work with the obnoxious McCracken.

But as she unpicks her fiancé’s past, she discovers his shocking secret life. To get to the truth, she has to go undercover and finds almost everybody around her is hiding a second self.

Mel can trust nobody. Can she uncover the real killer before they stop her?

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‘An action adventure set in Arizona’. Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regardless Of The Consequences by L. D. Lauritzen

Regardless of the ConsequencesRegardless of the Consequences by L.D. Lauritzen

3.5 stars

Regardless of the Consequences is an action adventure set in Arizona.

A young boy discovers a small aircraft crashed in a remote part of the landscape. The occupants have been dead a long time; only their skeletons remain.

The investigation is given to sheriff Tallbear, a man who walks the uneasy path between the traditions of his native American ancestors and his work in the modern world.

The aircraft quickly gains interest from federal agencies while Tallbear’s investigation is hampered by dead ends and closed doors to his enquiries. It seems that there might have been something on the aircraft of great value, but what and where is it?

Tallbear’s dogged determination to find the truth makes him unpopular, and he is not sure who he can trust.

A very readable storyline, I particularly enjoyed the Native American elements and the parts of the story which took place in the desert. There were a few occasions when I didn’t always understand the story and I would have liked a little more explanation here and there, but overall a reasonable adventure tale.

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Sheriff Lance Tallbear’s half-blood Apache heritage leaves him struggling to find his place in a world where neither white nor Indian wants or readily accepts him. He faces the world his shaman father turned away from and acknowledges the one his shaman grandfather prays he’ll return to.

Tallbear’s new case uncovers a mysterious plane wreck discovered in the Superstition Mountains that turns out to stir both his life decisions and ultimate direction. Along with his troubled FBI partner, Brad Hanley, they face a myriad of obstacles in their journey to the truth.

The skeletons at the site hold the clues to not only who the killers were but also why the people died. Tallbear quickly find the crash site hides a deadly secret that reaches out of the distant past to threaten the lives of all who seek it. He will need to use all his skills and experience to discover the answers and stay alive.

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