Book one of a new crime series set in Wales. Noelle reviews A Final Regret by @JeffreyJWarren, for Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Noelle. She blogs here https://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading A Final Regret by Jeff Warren

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A Final Regret: A Pembrokeshire Murder Mystery is the first in a planned series featuring Sergeant Alys Carey and Detective Inspector Matt Vincent. It is set along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast in England, which the author has described very evocatively.

The story: A sergeant in the neighborhood police force of Madoc’s Haven, Alys Carey, is reunited after many years with a childhood friend, Matt Vincent, who is now a Detective Inspector and brought in to investigate the disappearance of a young mother. The reader learns just how Rianna Hughes disappeared in a tension and action-filled prologue.

After her body is discovered, there are no shortage of suspects in the story: the husband Dylan is an immediate suspect because they are separated. She was awarded custody of their baby daughter and also the home where they lived and he is bitter. There are also the people she is blackmailing, the men with whom she had affairs or who wanted to have an affair with her, the women scorned by these men, even the local vicar. Red herrings abound.

Matt Vincent had left Madoc’s Haven after the tragic death of his girlfriend, which he witnessed. Alys Carey, while somewhat younger at the time, liked him, His return creates an awkward relationship between them, not improved by their immediate attraction to each other or by the attitude of Vincent’s embittered sergeant, Beth Francis, who harbors animosity toward Vincent since she wanted his promotion to DI.

The relationships in this book are incredibly complex, so readers have to stay on their toes, especially after another murder occurs.

I greatly enjoyed this mystery and, bouncing between suspects, I wasn’t sure until the end who the murderer was. The dialogue was spot on and smooth and the descriptions of the countryside and coast were stunning. Readers can easily place themselves in the scenes. 

The prologue adds additional tension to the unfolding investigation since the reader is made to ask: When are they going to find Rianna?

The novel is written in third person omniscient, so it shifts between scenes and characters. This approach can be confusing (and occasionally is) but it also enables the reader to be introduced to various untidy aspects of Rianna’s life.

My one complaint is that some of the female characters could not be distinguished.  They seemed to run to a common type (except for Sergeant Beth Francis, who was spiteful and headstrong) and could have used more distinguishing features. Matt Vincent, despite being a DI, seems a little less than forthcoming when it comes to dealing with the women in his life. Hopefully he will find a clear path ahead in the next book!

There is romance (but no sex) and humor but no graphic violence, so this qualifies as a true cozy. It should appeal to everyone from YA to adult readers. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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A missing mother, her baby’s father a suspect

Young single mother Rianna fails to return from her cliff-top run. Did she have an accident, or did someone want her dead?

Neighbourhood Sergeant Alys Carey and Detective Inspector Matt Vincent are thrown back together when Matt returns to Pembrokeshire and takes on the case. There’s no shortage of suspects: Rianna’s blackmail victims; the men she beguiled; the women who loved them; the father of little baby Meg.

Can Alys and Matt unravel the complex web of relationships within the local community and ensure that justice prevails? Will Matt’s embittered detective sergeant, Beth Francis, derail the investigation? And what will become of Rianna’s baby daughter, Meg?

A Final Regret is a murder mystery set on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, with romance, humour and no graphic violence, sex or swearing.

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#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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‘There are amusing anecdotes as well as terrifying moments.’ @LizanneLloyd reviews #CrimeFiction A Final Regret by @JeffreyJWarren

Today’s team review is from Liz. She blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz has been reading A Final Regret by Jeff Warren

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It is always good to find a new murder mystery story which is well plotted and intriguing. Set in a beautiful part of Wales it begins with a nail-biting account of the murder. You naturally empathise with the victim, a young mother running along the clifftop to keep fit, but later we discover that her scheming nature had made her rather unpopular.

The investigation brings together one time school friends, Alys and Matt. Alys is the neighbourhood police sergeant while Matt has just transferred to the local police as a Detective Inspector. Events in the past make their relationship difficult while Matt’s detective sergeant, Beth, does her best to undermine Alys.

After another local is killed in suspicious circumstances the police are under pressure to find the killer and to stop a spate of theft of farm vehicles. Alys makes a foolish mistake but also puts herself in danger. She is keen to become a detective and to prove her abilities to Matt, while he begins to have feelings for her despite his determination to remain professional.

There are amusing anecdotes as well as terrifying moments in an entertaining story with no gratuitous violence. I am looking forward to further investigations involving Matt, Alys and Beth.

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A missing mother, her baby’s father a suspect

Young single mother Rianna fails to return from her cliff-top run. Did she have an accident, or did someone want her dead?

Neighbourhood Sergeant Alys Carey and Detective Inspector Matt Vincent are thrown back together when Matt returns to Pembrokeshire and takes on the case. There’s no shortage of suspects: Rianna’s blackmail victims; the men she beguiled; the women who loved them; the father of little baby Meg.

Can Alys and Matt unravel the complex web of relationships within the local community and ensure that justice prevails? Will Matt’s embittered detective sergeant, Beth Francis, derail the investigation? And what will become of Rianna’s baby daughter, Meg?

A Final Regret is a murder mystery set on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, with romance, humour and no graphic violence, sex or swearing.

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A Case For Detective Antonio Vargas. Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Murder On The Gold Line by Muzaffar Khaleeli

Murder On The Gold Lone by Muzaffar Khaleeli

3 stars

Murder On The Gold Line is a crime fiction story which begins in California with the murder of a man on the Gold Line train route. Detective Antonio Vargas takes on the case which expands across multiple continents and draws in a rich cast of characters.

The story dots back and forth as it follows the trail of those who are involved in the case, each time building up useful background stories. Russians become heavily involved and it is up to Detective Vargas to sift through all the clues to solve the murder.

I was drawn to the book by the opening chapters and the concept. The story had a lot of characters and at times it was hard to remember who they all were. This was a medium-paced book and at times it dragged; with just a little more fine tuning it could have felt more edgy and thrilling. Overall, an okay story; it would benefit from another run through with a good proofreader as I picked up quite a few grammatical errors, but if you don’t mind these and are interested in the subject matter then this may be the book for you.

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I was murdered on the Gold Line. By the time the train reached Lake Station, I was dead. No one noticed as it appeared that I was sleeping. A little awkwardly. My head was sunk in my chest, my eyes rolled back in their sockets, only the whites visible, hidden behind my mirrored sunglasses.

But who would want to kill the Director of a polling institute?  Someone who thinks the Director has found out too much and could jeopardize his access to the highest office in the county. In his debut novel, the author, Muzaffar Khaleeli, links the story of three spies, two national leaders and a pair of faith crossed lovers who are entangled by this murder.

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A #MurderMystery set in North Devon. Rosie’s #Bookreview Of The Long Call by @AnnCleeves

The Long Call (Two Rivers, #1)The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

4 stars

The Long Call is a murder mystery set in North Devon and is the first book in The Two Rivers series by Ann Cleeves.

This book introduces the reader to Detective Inspector Matthew Venn.  We meet him at his father’s funeral, although he only makes it to the churchyard; this is as far as he feels comfortable with after becoming an outcast from his family and their strict religious life.

The funeral is interrupted, for Matthew, by news of a body found at Crow Point, a place close to the house that Matthew now calls home. Murder is rare in this part of the country and it is an opportunity for Matthew and his team to put their skills to good use. They discover that victim Simon Walden volunteered at the Woodyard, a space for art and a centre for adults with learning disabilities. The Woodyard plays a major role in the story, and Matthew’s homelife connects to it through his husband’s work, making Matthew uncomfortable with how close he is to the situation.

I enjoyed the setting, having had a holiday in the area a few years ago. It helped to place pictures in my mind as the story evolved. I liked the methodical police work, and Venn’s approach to his job and the contrast with his home life made this a very readable book.

There is just enough detail to of the main secondary characters to keep the story interesting and one or two red herrings that kept me guessing right to the end. This is my first Ann Cleeves novel and I shall look out for more from this author, especially the next one in this series.

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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.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

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Book Review Challenge – Book Review by Susan Nicholls

Next we have a book review from Review Challenger Susan Nicholls.

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She chose to review “Business As Usual” by E.L. Lindley

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Business As Usual – E.L. Lindley

Here is Susan’s Review.

Business As Usual by E.L. Lindley

Book Review for Rosie’s Challenge: S.K. Nicholls

This was a refreshingly clever change from typical police procedural, detective, private investigator type crime fiction. Georgie Connelly’s business is making documentary films with some seriously dangerous subjects. A British woman in Los Angeles, she is a bit of a loose cannon and tough as nails, but has a soft and vulnerable side wherein she displays her insecurities. Her heart is pure, even though she can come off as brassy, sarcastic and insensitive, she means well. The cast of characters that surrounds her is well rounded and interesting. James Finn, a former military man assigned to protect her, tries desperately to predict and understand her behaviors. Her friends are like family, loyal and supportive. The antagonists are ruthless and cruel, despicable.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It started off slow for a crime thriller and I thought it was going to be more of a cozy mystery, but around 10% the action kicked in and it DID NOT lull at all throughout the entire book. There is a camp that says all crime novels should start off immediately with a bang in the midst of an action scene. It is a tradeoff, really. The character development in this novel was superb. The plot is an intelligent weave of colorful threads with both knots and bows. There are a few typos and repetitive adjectives, but the story was very well written and well organized. I highly recommend if you are looking for a fast paced, interesting, and absorbing read.

Five out of Five Stars.

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