July 31, 2017

Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

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     Let me begin my review by pointing out that I normally do not do novels set this far back in time. Matter of fact, I try to avoid them at all cost, especially if I'm reading it for the purpose of a public review. Also, it didn't say anywhere in the description that this story took place in 1881.
     However . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Edinburgh Twilight from the very first page to the very last.
     Honestly, I can't say enough, it's well thought out, well plotted, and well written. All the characters are enjoyable and developed right. There is an escalating tension as the story progresses, which only adds to the mystery.
     And the dialogue is absolutely hilarious at times. Though, I'll openly admit that I am quite fond of the Scottish people; my very best friend is one. Which was fantastic, because I understood the wordage perfectly. In saying that, I'm certain that even if I wasn't familiar with the phrases and words, it would have still been enjoyable to read and easy to understand.
     Because it's that well written.

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T I T L E: Edinburgh Twilight
S E R I E S: Ian Hamilton Mysteries (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Carole Lawrence
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 05, 2017
I S B N: 9781477848814
Mystery, Thriller, General fiction (adult)

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

July 27, 2017

The River Is Dark by Joe Hart

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     There is plenty of fasted paced story in this novel to keep you moving through the story fluently. The writing is great. The story enjoyable. The story holds just the right amount of description in the right places. I did figure out the early on who the killer was, but it didn't deter me from the desire to keep reading. Liam is a great, well-developed character. Matter of fact, all the characters are very well developed.
     Hopefully, soon I'll get my hands on the second in this mystery series.

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T I T L E: The River is Dark
S E R I E S: Liam Dempsey Thriller (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Joe Hart
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 23, 2014
I S B N: 9781477825778
Mystery, Crime, Thriller

In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster.”

Enter former homicide detective Liam Dempsey, whose estranged brother fell victim to the killer. Dragged into the investigation as a suspect, Dempsey vows to solve the case and clear his name. But two things stand between him and the truth: a web of local politics, and the grim secrets the victims held close. All the while, a murderer with boundless hatred continues to raise the body count.

As the troubled ex-cop tries to pull justice from the town’s emotional wreckage, he realizes that his could be the next life lost to the killer’s ruthless, twisted plan for revenge.