Category Archives: 1st in series

“Winter Witness” by Tina deBellegarde – Book Review #WinterWitness @tdbwrites @levelbestbooks #NetGalley #BookReview

“For a community so social and connected it seemed that there remained a great many secrets.” An elderly nun walks the convent’s cocker spaniel beside a rural lake. She is struck down with a rock. Another dog walker discovers her … Continue reading

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Love Crime Fiction? Looking to start a new series? #CrimeFiction #TBR #policeprocedural

Despite the fact that I’ve already got several series on the go, my radar is always attuned to crime/police procedural series that sound interesting. I’ve got quite a few series that I’m very anxious to read. In case you also … Continue reading

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“The Syndicate Six Murder” by Geoffrey Osborne – Book Review

Set in the prestigious police college  Bramshill House, the ‘syndicate‘ in this case refers to a course – as courses at Bramshill were all numbered and called syndicates.  Syndicate Six are all high ranking officers who are taking a ‘senior … Continue reading

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“The Last Thread” by Ray Britain – Book Review

“The Last Thread puts the reader in the driving seat of a complex murder investigation with all the political and operational pressures that investigations engage.” In addition to his paid supervisory role, DCI Doug Sterling works as an unpaid negotiator … Continue reading

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“Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell – Book Review

“It’s hard to accept the truth, isn’t it? When lies are all you want to hear”. D.I. Amy Winter – adopted at the age of four by the policeman who arrested her parents for their notorious deeds. A respected policeman, … Continue reading

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“The Crossing” by Matt Brolly – Book Review

DI Louise Blackwell – 38 years old, unmarried, and lonely. She recently had a severe career setback at her previous posting in Bristol due to a betrayal from a co-worker. Now, she lives in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare and … Continue reading

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“Buried” by Lynda La Plante – Book Review

D.S. Jack Warr – 36 years old, recently moved to the London Metropolitan Police from Devon. He moved so that his partner Maggie could pursue her career goals as a physician.  Jack himself has little ambition, though he is loaded … Continue reading

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“Red Means Run” by Brad Smith – Book Review

I originally reviewed this title on January 2nd, 2012. Back then, I didn’t have many followers so the book didn’t get any attention. I thought that since Lume Books have taken over the Endeavor Press catalog, I would try to … Continue reading

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“A Bad, Bad, Thing” by Elena Forbes – Book Review

Eve West is a beautiful, petite, Detective Inspector working for London’s Metropolitan Police.  She is a very private person whose past holds many secrets.  She suffers from insomnia. Though she doesn’t have a serious relationship with anyone, she is having … Continue reading

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“Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the first to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a … Continue reading

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“The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

The Creak on the Stairs is the first in the electrifying FORBIDDEN ICELAND series The Icelandic Police team of criminal investigators include: Hörður Höskuldsson – leader of the Akranes Criminal Investigation Division. With many local connections, he is in charge … Continue reading

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“The Tenant” by Katrine Engberg – Book Review

Esther de Laurenti is a newly retired academic living in the house where she grew up. She lives on the top floor and rents out the three lower floors.  She fancies herself a novelist and is working on a murder … Continue reading

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“Firewatching” by Russ Thomas – Book Review

Set in and around Sheffield, England, this debut novel introduces a unique and somewhat unusual team of police officers. D.S. Adam Tyler – keenly observant and very sharp witted, a taciturn loner, gay, conflicted, and emotionally damaged. The son of … Continue reading

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“Silent Cry” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects. Izzy … Continue reading

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“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

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