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The Heretic Liam McIlvanney 5* #Review @LiamMcIlvanney @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam #BookReview #TheHeretic #DuncanMcCormack #CrimeFiction #ScottishCrime #1975 #HistoricalFiction

Glasgow 1975

A deadly fire
An arson attack on a Glasgow warehouse causes the deaths of a young mother and child. 
Police suspect it’s the latest act in a brutal gang warfare that’s tearing the city apart – one that DI Duncan McCormack has been tasked with stopping.

A brutal murder
Five years ago he was walking on water as the cop who tracked down a notorious serial killer.  But he made powerful enemies and when a mutilated body is found in a Tradeston slum,
McCormack is assigned a case that no one wants. The dead man is wearing a masonic ring, though, and Duncan realizes the victim is not the down-and-out his boss had first assumed.

A catastrophic explosion
As McCormack looks into both crimes, the investigations are disrupted by a shocking event. 
A bomb rips through a pub packed with people – and a cop is killed in the blast.  The cases are stacking up and with one of his own unit now dead, McCormack is in the firing line.

But he’s starting to see a thread – one that connects all three attacks…

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My Thoughts…

This is an atmospheric, disturbing crime thriller. I like the menacing ethos created by the author, where anything could happen. Vibrant characters draw the reader into their world through excellent characterisations, and it’s a frightening place to be. The setting is vividly described and intrinsic to the plot. The sense of forbidding and hopelessness keeps the reader engaged throughout.

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Queen Bee Nina Manning 4*#Review @ninamanninguk @BoldwoodBooks #Psychological #Suspense #Friendship #Secrets #Lies #PsychSuspense @rararesources #QueenBee #BookReview

In the quiet village of Helesbury, Miranda Wallace prides herself on being the most popular member of her small social circle; the perfect friend, the best mum – the queen bee.

Until one day, Verity arrives. Cool and indifferent, Verity is everything Miranda isn’t, but she threatens to shatter Miranda’s picture-perfect life.

Suddenly plagued with insecurities, Miranda is certain Verity is hiding something. And Miranda knows all about secrets and the damage they can cause because she’s hiding some of her own.

So when Verity threatens to reveal the truth about Miranda and destroy the perfect life she’s built, Miranda knows she has to act to protect the people she loves – even if the results are deadly.

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My Thoughts…

I like the immersive quality of this story and the claustrophobic setting. Miranda has secrets, but her obsession with being popular draws her into village life until she earns the title of Queen Bee, which she loves. A newcomer threatens Miranda’s status and anonymity, and it’s hard to keep secrets in a village.

Miranda isn’t likeable. Her insecurities manifest irritatingly, but her story is suspenseful with surprising twists, and it’s an absorbing read. I like the relatable characters and imaginative scenarios that make this psychological suspense resonate.

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Posted in Book Review, Crime, Detective, Historical Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery, Mystery, New Books

A Fatal Crossing Tom Hindle 4*#Review @tomhindle3 @centurybooksuk @penguinukbooks #MurderMystery #AFatalCrossing #BookReview #historicalcrimefiction #1920s

November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail from Southampton carrying 2,000 passengers and crew on a week-long voyage to New York.

When an elderly gentleman is found dead at the foot of a staircase, ship’s officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare it a tragic accident. But James Temple, a strong-minded Scotland Yard inspector, is certain there is more to this misfortune than meets the eye.

Birch agrees to investigate, and the trail quickly leads to the theft of a priceless painting. Its very existence is known only to its owner . . . and the dead man.

With just days remaining until they reach New York, and even Temple’s purpose onboard the Endeavour proving increasingly suspicious, Birch’s search for the culprit is fraught with danger.

And all the while, the passengers continue to roam the ship with a killer in their midst. . .

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My Thoughts…

This is an atmospheric murder mystery set on a transatlantic voyage in 1924 with a complex plot and numerous suspects. Two detectives, Temple from Scotland Yard, travelling on the ship, and a ship’s officer Birch conscripted to help with the investigation reluctantly work together to solve the murder before the ship docks in New York.

There are many suspects and twists with complex and vibrant characters.

Immersive and rich in characterisation and historical detail, this is the perfect read for classic style mystery lovers.