Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THE HUNTED: An RJ Fox #Thriller By @jo_mccready

Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Liz has been reading The Hunted by Jo McCready

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When a rich, successful businessman dies in an accident on a large Highland estate, the Kingfisher undercover organisation is called in by his next of kin. For R J Rox it is only her second assignment as a well trained but inexperienced agent. She is reluctant to return to Scotland, her former home, as it is also a place of personal tragedy, but she is keen to prove herself. Unfortunately, she has to work with a man who has reason to dislike her.

Calling themselves Riley and Stuart Black, they explore the Buchanan estate under cover of darkness, but they soon find themselves in serious trouble. They are unsure who to trust but are sure there has been foul play. The characters with whom they interact are complex people reflecting the tensions of the situation. Knowing the west of Scotland personally I enjoyed the authenticity of the midges and the description of the countryside is clear and vivid.

As R J and her partner become closer, the danger increases, leading up to a thrilling, murderous conclusion.  This exciting, taut novel promises more thrills in future volumes of the series and I am hoping that we will learn more about R J’s feelings and her past.

Book description

On the vast Buchanan Estate in the wilds of Scotland, tech billionaire James Sullivan dies a suspicious death. Rookie agent RJ Rox is drawn back to a homeland to which she’d sworn she’d never return. She soon realizes the present is far more threatening than her past as she hunts the killers and the powers that unleashed them.

The close-knit community surrounding the estate is the perfect place to hide secrets and lies. RJ finds herself searching for the weakest link that will allow her access into Buchanan’s sinister world.

Thrown together with a partner who clearly hates her makes RJ even more determined to prove herself to the elusive Kingfisher organization.

Remote, desolate, and beautiful, the hills hide a killer lying in wait. Can RJ close the case before anyone else is subject to the same fate as Sullivan? Before she is hunted herself?

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Rosie’s ARC #Bookreview Of Edinburgh #Thriller THE SHADOW MAN by @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK #TuesdayBookBlog

The Shadow ManThe Shadow Man by Helen Fields

4.5 stars

The Shadow Man is a thriller set in Edinburgh. We are introduced to Dr Connie Woodwine, an American forensic psychologist and crime profiler. She’s been asked to work with DI Brodie Baarda on a kidnapping case. Connie is also interested in a recent murder case, and she adds her own unusual investigation methods into the mix.

When more kidnappings occur, the pressure to solve the case shifts gears; Connie offers a theory which seems bizarre, and which she just has to prove before time runs out for the victims.

I liked Connie, with her flaws and her brazen personality; she acted unexpectedly and it worked well with the story. The narrative goes back and forth between the police investigation and the kidnapped characters.  Some of these parts were particularly brutal, but no more so than what has come to be expected in this genre of fiction. The story moves at a good pace, and the build up to the ending had a twist which I hadn’t seen coming.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and I am still able to say that I can happily recommend her to readers of police crime fiction, or those who like books set in Edinburgh and who don’t mind a bit of  gruesome content.

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Book description

He collects his victims. But he doesn’t keep them safe.

Elspeth, Meggy and Xavier are locked in a flat. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know why they’re there. They only know that the shadow man has taken them, and he won’t let them go.

Desperate to escape, the three of them must find a way out of their living hell, even if it means uncovering a very dark truth.

Because the shadow man isn’t a nightmare. He’s all too real.

And he’s watching.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Of #CrimeFiction BURY THEM DEEP by James Oswald: An Inspector McLean Novel

Bury Them Deep: Inspector McLean 10 (The Inspector McLean Series)Bury Them Deep: Inspector McLean 10 by James Oswald

4 stars

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald is book ten of The Inspector McLean crime fiction series.

Set in Scotland, this story begins with a missing person: Anya Renfrew has worked as a loyal and reliable police administration assistant for many years, but when she doesn’t turn up at work for an important new case, the amount of access that she has to securely held information is as much a concern as her absence.

Detective Inspector McLean is under a lot of pressure from his superiors to find Anya, as her loss is jeopardising the start of the new case. Added to this, a dangerous serial killer escapes from a local psychiatric detention centre and police fear he will seek revenge on those who caught him years ago.

This is the first book that I have read in this series. I liked the Scottish setting and the folk tale theme that weaved its way into the narrative; although horrific, it was very interesting. McLean was a likeable detective and his investigative methods were thorough in an old-school style. The narrative focused on the police procedures and the many leads which the case exposed, rather than a novel that was filled with unexpected twists. There was still plenty of tension as the story moved towards the final denouement; however, there were no surprises for me with the final reveal.

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Book description

When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock-in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate… and the discovery of her burnt-out car in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh sets off a desperate search for the missing woman.

Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation – one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. Is Anya Reynolds’ disappearance a co-incidence or related to the case?

McLean’s investigations suggest that perhaps that Anya isn’t the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can’t shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work here…

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