Eeny Meeny by MJ Arlidge

eeny meenyBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
They were going to spend the rest of their lives together. Soul mates. But when a young couple wakes up alone together, disoriented and trapped, they are yet to grasp the true horror of their situation. They have no food, no water. Instead there is a gun loaded with a single bullet and a mobile phone with enough power only to deliver a short message: ‘when one of you kills the other, the survivor will walk free’. For their captor it’s simple: set the scene, watch, wait and leave the victims to do the killing. Tortured by fear, desperation, starvation and thirst, there’s only one way to end their ordeal: one of them must die.

DI Helen Grace and her team know they are hunting a complex predator whose broken survivors must endure their role as living calling cards. And killers. The victims – work colleagues, a mother and daughter, a pair of dancers – appear to be chosen at random and yet the planning is meticulous.

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The Abortionist´s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde

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Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never more so than the day of her death. Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA’s office; her daughter Megan, a freshman in college; the Reverend Stephen O’Connell, founder of the town’s pro-life coalition: all of them quarreled with Diana that day and each one has something to lose in revealing the truth. Meanwhile the detective on the case struggles for the answers — and finds himself more intimately involved than he ever could have imagined.

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Can Anybody Help Me? By Sinéad Crowley

can anybody help me

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It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin.

Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.

When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?

But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?

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Irene by Pierre LaMaitre

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For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène.

But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him – his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before – that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel – the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname… The Novelist…

With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner – whoever has the least to lose.

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Before you die by Samantha Hayes

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The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You’re Mine. 
Oh God, please don’t let me die.
It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.
Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.
Is history about to repeat itself?
DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?
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November Echo by James Houston Turner

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Every spy has a beginning, and for Colonel Aleksandr Talanov of the KGB, that moment occurs one summery night in 1985 on the Costa del Sol, at the height of Cold War tensions between the Americans and Soviets.
As a signatory to the Biological Weapons Treaty of 1972, the United States had already destroyed its military stockpiles of weaponized pathogens. The Soviet Union, however, responded differently to the signing of that treaty. They created a network of forty-seven top-secret production facilities spread across Russia. Called Biopreparat, it was the largest biological weapons program in history.
So when a scientist from one of those facilities decides to defect, Talanov has the assigned task of bringing him back. But after tracking the scientist and his family to Spain, Talanov is betrayed and the scientist and his family are murdered.

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Special Book Review – Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

never coming backHere we are again, at the time of the month where my online book group discusses the book of the month. This month´s choice is Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver. I had never heard of this author before until I was browsing on the Richard and Judy´s book club and I came across their autumn list.

blurb from goodreads.com scroll down for the good stuff

A SECRET THAT WILL CHANGE LIVES FOREVER

It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone.

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Entitlement (An Angela Masters detective novel) by Mike Worley

entitlementblurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review. A young woman is reported missing. Her car has been abandoned on a major highway and the interior is in disarray. However, there is no evidence that a crime has occurred and adults are free to ‘disappear’ if they choose. Still, Detective Angela Masters’ believes the woman may have been kidnapped. There is no ransom demand but also no indicator that the woman may be living somewhere else.
The woman’s life was filled with questionable characters, including her self-described fiancé, a local lawyer; his dedicated secretary; and a paroled convict. Was her disappearance related to her brother’s untimely death three years earlier, or the highway death of her friend?
Angela Masters must determine if a crime has even occurred and try to locate the missing woman. If her disappearance was the result of criminal activity, who was responsible and can she make a case that will hold up in court?
“Entitlement” is filled with twists, dead ends and clashing egos that will keep the reader engrossed as the case nears a conclusion.

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Barely a Spark by Donna McNicol

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Police Sergeant Jim Sanders has been appointed the Acting Police Chief while his boss takes a vacation in Montana. Jim thinks two weeks will be a breeze, crime isn’t a big thing in the small town of Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Was it an accident? Maybe suicide? Or could it have been something more sinister. John Crocker was not a well liked man. He smoked too much, drank too much, and gambled too much. But even he had a family and they deserved to know the truth.
Small town Klondike, up the hill from Bradford, suddenly sees a spike in vandalism. Cabins ransacked, cars trashed – who is responsible? Summer tourist kids or someone more menacing?
Sometimes, two weeks can seem like a year…
[Book two in the Klondike Mystery Series]

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City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris

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The body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach; soon afterwards, a strong-minded American woman finds herself alone and afraid in the most repressive city on earth when her husband suddenly disappears.

Investigating police officer Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, sure-footed and thrilling, this novel paints in dazzling colours a city of veils in which more is hidden than is revealed, and nothing is what it seems.

Another hit from Zoe the second in the Nayir and Katya series. This book is a little darker than the previous book, Finding Nouf, and you learn a little more about life in Saudi Arabia and it´s way with women.

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Caught in a Web by Jason Carter

caught in a webBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review. It’s been two years since his wife, Victoria, vanished, and single father, Steven Pierce has now found the strength to move on. But after spending his first night alone with a new love, a mysterious letter offers a chance to draw him back into the search for his missing wife.

Torn between pursuing his new love or his first, Steven chooses to secretly pursue the new information by recruiting his sister, Susan, a Huntington Beach detective, to aide him in his search. But when clues are unearthed that reveal another side to Victoria, Steven
finds himself suddenly caught in a web spun of murder, lies, and deceit.

Will the truth Steven is so desperate to find save him,  or will it only serve to destroy him instead?

Published in May 2013, this is the author´s second novel.

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A Question of Proof by Joseph Amiel

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A spell-binding legal thriller from Joseph Amiel, best-selling author of Birthright, Deeds, and Star Time. A Question of Proof is a profoundly moving courtroom drama in which a lawyer struggles to defend the woman he loves against the accusation that she murdered her husband.

Tough and street-smart, a principled rebel against an establishment he has always scorned, Dan Lazar has risen from the working class to become one of Philadelphia’s top criminal defenders. But now divorced and badly missing his young son, disillusioned by years of representing vicious criminals, humiliated by the politically ambitious DA’s charge that he bribed a witness in a brutal rape-homicide case, Dan is burned out, depressed, and ready to call it quits. On the surface he would seem to have nothing in common with Susan Boelter, the beautiful and patrician wife of Peter Boelter, who runs the city’s dominant newspaper and heads one of its most powerful families. But when Peter deserts her and files for divorce, moving to seize everything that is precious to her, including custody of their thirteen-year-old daughter, Susan turns to a reluctant Dan for help. Suddenly, Peter is found dead. Susan becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Driven by his love for her and by an inner need to defend someone in whose innocence he can truly believe, Dan starts to investigate. He soon discovers a maze of conflicting evidence and of growing doubts and mystery about the woman he thought he knew and loved. And he realizes that the truth he desperately seeks – especially about Peter Boelter’s death – depends on finding the answer to a question of proof.

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Theodore Boone The Activist by John Grisham

theodore boone the activistTheodore Boone, the Activist by John Grisham

The blurb from Goodreads.com. scroll down for my review.

Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right.

This is the fourth instalment of the Theo Boone series, a young wannabe lawyer, in which Theo gets involved with the opposition of the planning of a by-pass where he lives.

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Two Thursdays – C. Martin Stepp

two thursdaysHitchcock Brown is a private investigator. In Two Thursdays, the Chief of police asks him for his help routing out a major drug problem in Cincinnati. It’s a problem which may involve members of his own department. They both learn it involves a lot more than that. Part two of the series.

My Review. Hitchcook Brown the coffee loving PI is back with another case, but this time he is helping his long time friend Grildpork, the chief of Police. In Cincinnati. Yet again it is a hilarious novel with loads going on, with plenty of coffee stops for Brown, written from the point of Hitchcock, this second book in the series, can be read as a standalone book or not, that depends whether you get a hold of Walking Backwards first. It is a shortish with only 139 pages, so it can be read quickly.

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