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The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

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Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and Richard Osman for my ARC of ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ in return for my honest review

This is based on four residents who live in an affluent retirement village on the south coast: Elizabeth (ex-spy chief), Joyce (former nurse), Ibrahim (retired psychiatrist) and Ron (ex-trade union boss). They amuse themselves by trying to solve cold case murders.

Then two real life murders happen to people they know who are involved with the retirement village so the four of them, who belong to the Thursday Murder Club, decide to find the truth.

I struggled and nearly gave up a few times, but I always feel obliged to finish the books I receive on NetGalley. I was pleased I hadn’t paid for this.

I Follow You

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It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author’s novels, having read most of them including all of the Roy Grace series.

This is a stand-alone and is utterly chilling and evil. Georgie is an avid runner and keeps all of her running times and circuits on her app, uploading it so that she can compare her times. On one of the runs the driver of a Porsche, Marcus Valentine, nearly runs her over, not paying attention, at a crossing. She reminds him of a girl from his past, Lynette, who treated him badly.

Marcus and his wife are having a dinner party and one of those invited is a pilot, Roger, who brings along his new fiancé, Georgie. Marcus is a famous gynaecological oncologist and discovers that Georgie is pregnant.

The story twists, snakes and turns in all directions with unbelievable consequences. There is true evil at work but I thoroughly enjoyed the rollercoaster ride.

Thank you to NetGalley, Pan Macmiilan and Peter James for my ARC of ‘I Follow You’ in return for my honest review.  

Another brilliant read from Peter James.  Highly recommended.

Pulpit Rock – Kate Rhodes

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Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster UK Fiction and Kate Rhodes for my ARC of Pulpit Rock in return for my honest review.

This is the fourth in the DI Ben Kitto series and the author takes us, once again to the Scilly Isles.  This can easily be read as a stand-alone but all of the books in this series have been brilliant. I do think they are getting better.

The novel begins with Ben and his team out for a swim as they intend to compete in the annual swimathon around St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles. They see a body, dressed as a bride, hanging from Pulpit Rock. On closer investigation it is found to be a murder, so Ben shuts down the Island to prevent the killer from leaving. Everyone is a suspect.

Ben and his team begin to investigate and they are desperate to avoid another casualty. The diverse characters, many with eccentricities fill the story with wit, passion, rage and romance. Of course, the most amazing of all is Shadow.

Cleverly plotted with an ending I didn’t guess. The author has the ability to lead the reader down different paths with numerous twists and turns throughout. I suspected pretty much each one in turn but there were clues along the way. 

Exceptional read.  Highly recommended.

The Dying Light – Joy Ellis

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I have read all of the ‘Fenland’ books by Joy Ellis.  I am an avid fan of this author and love her portrayal of the fens and those who live there.

This is the third in the Matt Ballard series but can be read as a stand-alone. Matt is an ex-detective and his wife, Liz, is an ex-sergeant. Their friends Will (who is also and ex-detective) and Kate move into Holland House which is a few miles away from Matt and Liz.

Kate and Will have lost a child and Kate’s mental health is getting worse leaving Will frustrated and needing help. He speaks to his close friends about some strange things happening on the Fen. One of their neighbours, Emilia, is having her house vandalised and they are trying to help.

As usual Joy Ellis handles some delicate subjects with care. Cleverly plotted, with characters who bring the story to life as the storyline twists and turns towards a surprising ending.

Thanks to NetGalley, Joffe Books and Joy Ellis for the ARC in return for my honest review.

Another excellent read and highly recommended.

My Darling – Amanda Robson

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This is my second read of Amanda Robson and, for me, did not live up to the previous novel, ‘Guilt’, which I found exceptional.

This is the story of two couple who live next door to each other. Tomas and jade move in to a new home and are watched by Alastair and Emma as they move in.  there are several twists and turns as Jade believes Tomas is fond of Emma, who is a dentist. Tomas has problems with his teeth.

It is a bit of a roller coaster ride but I struggled with the format and flitting between narrators, sometimes mid-paragraph.  Having said that it is sinister and clever in many ways.

Thank you to NetGalley, Pan MacMillan, and Amanda Robson for the ARC of ‘My Darling’ in return for my honest review.

Recommended.