I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster UK in return for an honest review.
Written in Blood is book 11 in the Robert Hunter series but the first I’ve read and it was good. It starts slowly, with Angela, a professional pickpocket with a tragic history. Unfortunately, she steals something from a ruthless killer that he wants back. The dark game begins as she cleverly involves a forensic scientist and ultimately Hunter and Garcia an elite detective team.
The writing style engages the reader from the beginning and layers on the menace, suspense and twists until you’re breathless. Clever subterfuge and authentic psychological profiling coupled with short pacy chapters and multi-person points of view, make the reader part of the story.
It’s graphic but not overtly allowing the reader’s imagination to expand or shut down the descriptions. It has a contemporary edge which makes it relevant and relatable.
This is a well-written noir crime novel. It resonates due to the quality of the characters and the authenticity of the setting.
Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney’s Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London.
With their business in trouble, Mia and Bryn must pull out all the stops to save their shop. Things get sticky when Mia, owner of Classy & Sassy Lingerie, has to go on five blind “dates” to find the right model for the big marketing plan that will save the store. But they aren’t your ordinary blind dates. Mia has to test out the goods to find the perfect “spokespenis” the model for Classy & Sassy’s newest line of lifelike dildos.
Not realizing Mia is on a mission, Oliver Christensen approaches her in a bar and Mia mistakes him for model #1. Oliver decides to play along. But just how far is he willing to take this charade in order to get closer to Mia? And what happens if Mia’s Blind Date #1 turns out to be The One?Amazon UK Amazon
‘Try Me On for Size’ scores highly on the originality scale; Bryn and Mia, struggling lingerie shop owners, desperate to stay afloat, decide to diversify into the sex toys market. To attract quality clientele they need a bespoke product. Decision made. They need the ‘real’ thing and that’s when the fun starts.
Mia and Bryn, friends since school, always look out for each other. Single Mia is guilt tripped by her friend to test out the models. Serendipity plays a major role in Mia and Oliver’s meeting. The resultant heat, generated when they connect, is more personal than professional. Mia’s expectations of love are unrealistic and Oliver is not what he seems, which makes their romantic journey full of potholes.
The fast paced, story takes lots of unpredictable turns and makes entertaining reading. Alongside the humorous, naughty scenes are poignant interludes and contrary to the title, romance. The setting for the story is atmospheric and enhances the story’s authenticity. The characters are easy to visualise and either like or hate, depending on their motivation.
I enjoyed reading this unique, adult story.
I received a copy of this book from the author via Simon and Schuster in return for an honest review.