Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Books

Here's what I've been reading in April:

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve** I took part in the blog tour for this brilliant read this week. See my review HERE.

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis** - This is a great fast paced read which is due to be published on 1st June - I'll share my thoughts in my May roundup.

The Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #4)** - the next instalment of the Detective Erika Foster series is brilliant and I just couldn't put it down. Fast paced, interesting and enthralling I devoured it in 3 sittings. Definitely the best one yet!

Erika is whiling her time away on another team desperate to get back to Murder Squad. She's at the scene of a murder with Peterson and is desperate to be involved in solving the crime.

She suddenly finds herself SIO and hand picks a great team which includes friends and colleagues Peterson, Moss and Crane. The cunning murderer is using social media to search for dark haired beauties, befriending them before going in for the kill. We know who the killer is and Erika and the team have a couple of false starts before racing to a stunning edge of the seat conclusion. There are also some romantic moments for Erika which hopefully develops into something more in the next book in the series.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall** - this brilliant fast paced book which I read in two sittings isn't published until 27 July. I'll share my thoughts in my June or July book roundup. It's a cracker.

Running Blind by M J Arlidge - A Helen Grace Short Story - I love these novellas where we find out more about Helen when she's climbing the career ladder.  

Helen's just out of Police College, a rookie cop keen to solve crime and seek justice for those wronged. She's working in different police departments and is working in traffic when she comes across someone who is scared and running from something or someone. She's determined to find out and does some investigating on her own which leads to her being noticed from above. A great short story which I enjoyed.

The Diego Masciaga Way by Chris Parker - this is a fascinating read (many years ago I used to work in the Catering Industry so this book definitely interested me). Chris Parker interviews Diego Masciagna, who has worked for over 25 years as Director and Restaurant Manager at The Waterside Inn in Bray. We find out a bit more about Diego, where he came from and how he climbed the career ladder as well as how he defines and creates exceptional customer service.  It's a really interesting read which I recommend.

Random by Craig Robertson (Tony Winter #1) - the story is set in Glasgow and told through the eyes of "The Cutter" as named by the local media. He's a complex character who has marriage difficulties and can't get over the death of his daughter who was the light of their life. He hears all the problems of the day from those who get in his taxi cab.

"The Cutter" randomly selects his victims and DS Rachel Narey and the team have a difficult job trying to work out if they are connected and why he's choosing them. He makes a mistake and kills a small time crook and the big boss is also out to get him.. A fast paced read which had me on the edge of my seat with a racing heart. Absolutely loved it and have since bought the next in the series.

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards** - this isn't published until 15 June so I'll share my thoughts next month.

Here are reviews from two reads from last month:

Well of the Winds (DCI Daley #5) by Denzil Meyrick*** which was published on 6 April. 

This is the 5th in the DCI Daley series which opens in 1945 with a murder on the shore at Kinloch which is connected to the present day. Daley and the team DS Scott and Chief Superintendent Symington are called to the island of Gairsay to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Bremner family. He's still reeling from the death of DC Mary Dunn but finds that throwing himself back into the job is helping to take his mind off her and his marriage breakdown. 

They find something unexpected at the farmhouse in a secret room and with Daley's discovery of his wartime predecessor's diary they realise there is more to this case than expected. A fast paced story with many twists and turns which I think is the best one yet!

Love me Not (Helen Grace #7) by M J Arlidge** which is published around about 18 May. A fast paced read which is captivating from the very first page. The story is told over a breathtaking 24 hour period and is full of twists and turns and edge of the seat moments.

DI Helen Grace has been released from prison and is struggling to come to terms with things that happened inside. She's finding it hard to bond with her team again, and in particular DS Sanderson.

The opening chapters set the scene for the whole book. I was both horrified with what took place as I was hooked on reading on. It's fast paced and you just don't know where the killer is going to strike next. The race is on to find out why and find out who's next...

What have you been reading this month?

**copy from Netgalley
***copy from LoveReading

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