When a young teacher asks genealogical investigator, Jayne Sinclair, to look into the history of his family, the only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old photograph. Her quest leads her to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.
Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?
The Somme Legacy is the second book in the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mystery series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.
I found the blurb really intriguing, about a genealogical investigator searching for answers to why there is no evidence to support claims that a couple married in Gretna Green during WW1. Jayne Sinclair is contacted by Mark Russell to find out if it true that his great-grandmother Rose Clarke married Captain David Russell, the eldest son of Lord Lappiter in 1916. They have only a couple of days to find out the truth before the property and the money will pass to the crown since the line became extinct in 1986.
As a long-time fan of mysteries in the past did I not hesitate when I got the chance to read the book. I also really liked the idea of a genealogical investigator as the main character and I loved reading about how Jayne Sinclair conducted her search. The plot in this book is interesting, with a young woman marrying a man above her status and the Captains family's resentment to her. I was fascinated to read about the suffragette movement and how involved Rose Clarke was with it. It's a sad story, Rose Clarke's story is not a happy tale, she claimed she married the man she loved, but when questioned couldn't she prove it and no until present time is someone trying to find out the truth.
However, there was one thing that just didn't work for me for me in this story was the laughable villain Herbert Small, I'm sorry I just couldn't take him serious one bit. His constant drinking of warm milk to soothe his stomach was just ridiculous. Sorry, but as a villain in a story was he really bad. I would have liked a more interesting and threatening person to try to stop Jayne Sinclair to find out the truth.
But, all and all is it an interesting story. The storyline from 1916 was moving, especially reading about how belittled women were at that time. What they had to go through to get the chance to vote is horrifying. Sitting here writing this review makes me think of all the women who fought and went to prison for their beliefs. It's something that we should be thankful for, and proud!
Dimman ligger kusligt tät över Larvik tidigt en kall höstmorgon. Mitt på stadens torg har ett avhugget huvud placerats, spetsat på en påle.
Kommissarie William Wisting ställs inför det mest groteska fall han stött på under sin poliskarriär. Det brutalt mördade offret är en mycket ung flicka och hela Norge är skakat av det blodiga dådet.
Medierna kräver en snabb lösning. Men de viktiga timmarna efter fyndet passerar utan några ledtrådar om vem flickan är, och pressen blir inte mindre när ännu ett lik hittas, uppdraget ur den djupa älven …
Snart står det klart att trådarna i det här nätet sträcker sig långt bortom landets gränser och att fallet har kopplingar till betydligt tyngre kriminalitet än någon kunnat föreställa sig.
Nattmannen är bok 5 i William Wisting serien och för mig innebar denna bok ett hopp tillbaka i tiden då boken före denna som översattes till svenska var Blindgång som är bok 10. Men det gjorde absolut inget då det var väldigt kul att få en inblick i William och hans dotter Lines liv några år tillbaka. Nu fick jag lite mer bakgrund till dem men jag måste erkänna att jag blev lite besviken då jag såg fram emot att läsa fortsättningen efter Blindgång. Men fallet i denna bok var oerhört intressant så i slutändan så gjorde det inte så mycket då handlingen var så fängslande i Nattmannen.
Nattmannen är en mörk berättelse där utnyttjandet av barn står i fokus. Det hela inleds med att huvudet av en ung flicka hittas spetsat på en påle. Förr i tiden spetsades brottslingarnas huvuden på pålar av nattmannen, men det var länge sedan den typen av straff utdelades i Norge och vad kan en ung flicka ha gjort för att förtjänade detta öde? Medan William Wisting undersöker fallet så skriver hans dotter Line som är journalist om fallet för en tidning. I sin efterforskning kommer hon fler fall på spåret i andra länder, kan detta fall vara den senaste i raden?
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Introducing Oxford-based private investigator Jennie Redhead in the first of a brand-new mystery series.
'My daughter's not just run away - she's dead!' When Mary Corbet walks into private investigator Jennie Redhead's rundown Oxford office one pleasant spring day in 1974, she is a desperate woman. Although she's convinced her daughter has been murdered, she can get neither the police nor her husband to agree with her.
Jennie is not convinced either, but more out of compassion than conviction agrees to take the case. The only clue she has to go on is a fragment of an obscure 17th century poem she finds in Linda's bedroom: Or will you, like a cold and errant coward/Abandon all and make a shivering turn. But from that one clue Jennie's investigations will lead her beyond the city's dreaming spires to Oxford's darker underbelly, in which lurks a hidden world of privilege, violence and excess.
I was a bit doubtful when I started this book. I had some problem getting into the book (sometimes going from one book to another quickly can be a bit hard), however, slowly as the story progressed I really started to enjoy the book. As a big fan of British crime TV series did the sound of a book series set in Oxford really appeal to me and I really loved that the book is set in the 70s.
Jennie Redhead is a PI, she is also red-haired which makes her name quite fitting. She recently left the police force after some problem that will be revealed in the story and now she is trying to find her footing as a PI. When the women of a missing girl approach her is she a bit hesitant to accept the case, but there are things with the case that doesn't sound like the girl just up and left. And could the17th century poem she finds in the bedroom have something to do with her disappearance.
The Shivering Turn is the first in the Jennie Redhead series and as a detective novel did this book feel refreshing. As I mentioned before is the book set in Oxford in the 70s and that was a nice change from all the present time crime novels I tend to read. The music, the events of the time and the lack of technological progress that we have today made this book feel quite nice to read. I also came to like Jennie Redhead quite a lot. She is a gutsy woman. The case took turns that I did not expect, and there is a moment when I together with Jennie realized the truth about something. A sad, sad truth.
The Shivering Turn was very refreshing to read and I will definitely read more books in this series!
What would you do to pay the bills; to survive, or to just get rich, would you compete against other teams in a quarantined town filthy with zombies wanting to bite out your throat?
Emma and Lewis sign up for the race, they need the money to save his life. But they won't just be racing the dead, the surprise blizzard or the other contestants.
Because anger and vengeance know no bounds and like everyone in the blighted town they become pawns in a game of retribution.
The contestants become nothing more than live entertainment to viewers who watch and judge their every move in the town of Prideful as they race each other to arrive alive to a final flag. The team that makes will get airlifted out alive and go back home richer for it, the others walk back to a pittance and if they are not careful. They won't get out at all.
This is actually how I imagine the zombie apocalypse to be, a way for people to earn money. Both, those that can profit from it by even thinking of a TV show where people must go through a town full of zombies to find flags and people that can earn "easy" money fast.
The Last Flag, is just as the title describes a book about different groups fighting for flags and their lives. I found the book to be very refreshing to read because it felt very different from what I'm used to when it comes to zombies. Instead of people getting surprised by zombies and are trying to hide from them are the people on the teams' hellbent on winning cash. And, don't get attached to the people in this book. It may start off slowly, not much interaction with the zombies, but there comes a moment when everything starts to go to hell, not for the people on the teams, but for the ones behind the show. That's another thing I really liked about this book. There are a lot of things going on behind the camera that, well screw things up for some people.
This is the third book I have read by Wren Cavanagh and just like Arachnohazard and Bits and Pieces were this book a great read. I liked the humor in this book, and the action and I especially liked that Cavanagh manages to make a trite subject like zombies interesting again.
Det är en varm dag i slutet av augusti när kriminalreportern Ellen Tamm lämnar Stockholm för att åka till sitt föräldrahem i Sörmland. Hon kan inte längre fly från det förflutna och de mörka minnen som väcktes till liv när hon rapporterade om fallet Lycke i början av sommaren. Nu ska hon tillbaka till platsen där allt började, när hon var åtta år och hennes tvillingsyster dog. När Ellen stannar för att tanka i Stentuna, utmed riksväg 52, får hon höra att en kvinna har hittats brutalt ihjälslagen vid en åker en bit därifrån. Ingen tycks veta vem hon var eller vad hon gjorde i trakten, och mordet skakar många i byn.
Jag läste Lycke nyligen och den var en snabbläst bok, dock så fann jag storyn inte speciellt komplicerad eller anmärkningsvärd. Men den var underhållande att läsa, en perfekt bok när man vill ha något inte alltför djupt men inte för lätt att läsa. Sådär alldeles lagom. Liv, däremot, nu börjar det lika något, den boken handlingen kändes mycket mer spännande och intressant. Men så är den lantliga idyllen ute i Sverige och vad som kan döljas där ibland klart mer intressant att läsa om än vad som händer i storstäderna. För vem vem vad som döljer sig bakom de fina husfasaderna med den välklippta gräsmattorna.
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If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened--could they happen again--on a global scale?
Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor's body--while he was still alive.
His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.
Are those plagues starting again?
The Seventh Plague is the 12th book in the Sigma Force series and Painter Crowe, Grey Pierce, Seichan, and Kowalski, etc. are back trying to save the world from a deadly threat. This time it seems that they deadly plagues from the Bible could happen again.
This book did not have intense and wonderful thrilling feeling that the last book had. However, it was interesting to read, the idea that the plagues could have happened for real and the theory for it and I loved the historical part of the book that Rollins' included Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla in the story, although they did not have a large part in the whole story (unfortunately).
Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things --dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne's premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone's Jazzmakers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she's wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne--especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.
The dance competition is trailing into its last hours when suddenly, in the middle of "Bye Bye Blackbird" a figure slumps to the ground. No shot was heard. Phryne, conscious of how narrowly the missile missed her own bare shoulder, back, and dress, investigates.
This leads her into the dark smoky jazz clubs of Fitzroy, into the arms of eloquent strangers, and finally into the the sky, as she follows a complicated family tragedy of the great War and the damaged men who came back from ANZAC cove.
Phryne flies her Gypsy Moth Rigel into the Australian Alps, where she meets a hermit with a dog called Lucky and a wombat living under his bunk....and risks her life on the love between brothers.
The Green Mill Murder is book five in the Phryne Fisher series and you can read them as stand-alone's, although you probably will get a better insight into the characters by reading from the beginning. I have so far read all but one prior to this book, but I have also seen the TV-series. And, have you seen the TV-series will you definitely both have a familiar feeling reading these books, but also feel that so much is different. And, the one thing I miss most of all is the flirtatious relationship between Phryne and Detective Jack Robinson. In this book, at least he was present for a little while, although I would have loved for him to have had a larger part.
As for the murder case at the Green Mill was it pretty easy to figure out how the man was murdered and I had an inkling to whom the murderer was. But, I was still a bit surprised when it all came together at the end. I may have guessed the murder weapon and the murderer, but I did have the whole picture. But, the part that I found myself liking the best was the later part of the book when Phryne flies into the Australian Alps looking for a man who wandered off years ago, left his family and civilization and become a hermit. The milieu that was described made me yearn to travel to Australia.
Spänningens mästare levererar en chockerande thriller om lögnens makt och förbannelse.
Främlingen dyker upp från ingenstans. Hans identitet och motiv är okända. Men informationen han bär på är obestridlig. Han viskar några ord i ditt öra och försvinner medan din värld rasar samman. Adam Price är gift med en vacker kvinna, har två underbara söner, ett välbetalt jobb och ett stort hus. Han har ett perfekt liv tills han möter främlingen. Snart inser Adam att hans äktenskap är baserat på en mörk lögn, och han dras in i en konspiration där människoliv står på spel.
Främlingen skildrar på ett skrämmande sätt vilka krafter som kan släppas lösa när den lögn som våra liv bygger på plötsligt avslöjas. Det är en mörk thriller om människans behov att uppnå sina mål till vilket pris som helst.
Harlan Coben har lyckats igen. Det skulle jag kunna inleda varje recension med har jag en känsla av. Men så är Harlan Coben en av mina favoritförfattare och det finns ett väldigt bra skäl till till varför det är så och det är för att han om och om skriver fantastisk bra böcker. Främlingen är inget undantag, den börjar kolossalt bra med att en främling kommer fram till Adam Price och berättar en hemlighet som Adams fru har och Adam vill inte tro på främlingens ord men långsamt förgiftar det hans sinne och till slut måste han konfrontera henne och det blir starten på en spännande och förbryllande thriller.
Nu vill jag inte på något sätt avslöja handlingen i denna bok, Främlingen är en bok som bör läsas utan tidigare vetskap om vad som kommer att hända. Men jag vill poängtera att boken är oerhört intressant och att Harlan Cobens förmåga att skapa intressanta karaktärer är som vanligt på topp. Jag läste nästan klart boken samma dag jag fick boken, men tyvärr var jag tvungen att arbeta dagen efter så jag fick vänta med slutet till dagen efter. Det enda med boken jag saknade var ett mer wow slut. Inte för att slutet på något sätt var dåligt, men jag kände att det saknade det lilla extra.
Främlingen kan sälla sig till resten av Harlan Cobens grupp av fantastiska thrillers. Personligen så anser jag att om man ska välja en thrillerförfattare att läsa så är Coben val nummer 1!
Thanks to Bookmarks förlag for the review copy!
Archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms thoroughly enjoys digging up old skeletons.
But when she is called home from Egypt after a family loss, she has to sacrifice her passions for the sake of those around her.
Attempting to settle into her new role as a librarian, while also missing her boyfriend, Elizabeth is distracted from her woes by a new mystery: a royal Olmec cemetery, discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, with a 3000-year-old ballplayer who just might be a woman.
She soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than those covered in dirt and dust.
Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful cosy crime series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.
A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.
In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.
Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.
When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.
The Fire by Night is a book that really shows the dark side of WW2. The book as two POV, first we have Jo McMahon who is stuck tending six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. She had to do this all alone after bombs destroyed the hospital convoy she would have traveled with and to make it all worse is the unit close to the Germans. Her friend Kay is trapped in a Japanese POW camp in Manila. Both of them have gone through so much and in flashbacks we get to see what happened to them, both during the nurse training as well events before the predicaments they are in now. It's a story about heartache and of losses, but it's also a story about friendship.
I found The Fire by Night to be an engaging and strong book. The characters are well-developed and it's hard not to feel for them and all they have gone through in life and all they have to go through before the war is over. There is a moment in the beginning of the book when Jo realizes that the American soldiers are not as they appear in the movies, they are not always a charming Gary Grant type, they can be quite unpleasant and rude and that felt so good to read. Well, not that they can be assholes, but that not everything is black and white. It doesn't feel like a glamorized WW2 novel with no depth and flat characters. This book feels real and everything the go through feels real.
I'm deeply impressed with this book and I hope that Teresa Messineo writes more books like this.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
West of France, 1989.
A weeping killer deposits the unconscious body of nineteen year old Lucie Martin, her head wrapped in a blue plastic bag, into the water of a picturesque lake.
Fourteen years later a summer heatwave parches the earth, killing trees and bushes and drying out streams. In the scorched mud and desiccated slime of the lake a fisherman finds a skeleton wearing a bag over its skull.
Paris, October 2011.
In an elegant apartment in Paris, forensic expert Enzo Macleod pores over the scant evidence of this, the sixth cold case he has been challenged to solve. In taking on this old and seemingly impossible task he will put everything and everyone he holds dear in a peril he could never have imagined.
Once again I read the latest book in a series, and part of my wonder why on earth that I have not read any of the previous books? Especially since I love Peter May's Lewis trilogy.
Cast Iron is book six in the Enzo file series. Forensic expert Enzo Macleod made a bet to solve cold cases that journalist Roger Raffin has written about in a book, which includes the murder of Roger's wife Marie. In this, the sixth book is the murder of nineteen-year-old Lucie Martin that Enzo is trying to solve. However, it's a difficult case, and it gets personal when someone goes after someone Enzo loves.
I think that Peter May really have a talent for creating interesting characters and the Scottish-Italian Enzo Macload is a really fascinating character. He is a very good forensic expert with a very messy family situation. A baby with a woman that seems to loathe him (for some unknown reason), two daughters, Kristy who has a child with Raffin and Sophie who is not really his daughter after they found out that Enzo's ex-wife had an affair with his best friend. So, Enzo must also deal with a lot of personal stuff during the books progress.
I like the progress of the story, how Enzo starts off with Lucie Martin's murder, but soon realize that the case is bigger than just the one killing and the man suspected of killing Lucie, a serial killer who killed three prostitutes may or may not be Lucie's killer. The ending was really thrilling and intense. And I loved that there was a twist in the end that I did not foresee. I did think that the ending felt a bit too easy that there must be a game change and I was right, I just didn't see the one coming.
I really like the book and I hope to get the chance to read the previous five books some day!
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.
Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.
First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.
Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.
A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series