Friday Finds

…On A Saturday. Yes, I know I’m all topsy-turvy this week, but my parents were over and this laptop’s been misbehaving (i.e. I’ve done something wrong!) Back to normal service next week, I hope.

Okay, bit less of a pile in this week, although still not insubstantial! I balanced the books (‘scuse the pun!) by sending my daughter off with some, including a Nicci French and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, which I think she’ll enjoy, although I don’t know if that’s the correct term for that particular book…anyway she just texted me to say she likes it, so one satisfied customer!

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Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein – I used to absolutely adore the Alex Cooper series, but I felt they lost their way at about book 8 or 9. Of course, I kept buying them (although I still haven’t read them…!), apart from the last couple, then I was offered her latest to review. Strangely the downward turn in the quality of her books coincided with her retiral from the Manhattan DA Sex Crimes Unit, which she led. (Law And Order: Special Victims Unit is loosely inspired by the Unit’s work.) It’ll be interesting to see how I find her writing now, particularly after reading a much larger variety of crime, and other, fiction.

Fever City by Tim Baker – This book seems to be everywhere, with a lot of positive feedback, so I was chuffed to get a review copy.

This is what the blurb says: Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman in search of redemption, is also on the trail. But both men soon become ensnared by a sinister cabal that spreads from the White House all the way to Dealey Plaza. Decades later in Dallas, Alston’s son stumbles across evidence from JFK conspiracy buffs that just might link his father to the shot heard round the world. Violent, vivid, visceral: FEVER CITY is a high–octane, nightmare journey through a Mad Men-era America of dark powers, corruption and conspiracy.

I love conspiracy theories, and JFK is the biggest of them all, so this’ll be getting opened as soon as I can squeeze it in!

The House Of Smoke by Sam Christer – This is one of these what I call “Sherlock Holmes fan fiction” books, but the blurb sounds quite intriguing: Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century. Inside London’s oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England’s deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades’ worth of murders.

Cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty – the most feared criminal enterprise in the world. Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past. Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again…

Follow Simeon’s bloody footsteps through the capital’s cobbled alleyways, wretched workhouses and flash taverns as he crosses swords with Sherlock Holmes and the villainous characters of Victorian London.

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Hunt For The Enemy by Rob Sinclair – The third – and final – book in Rob Sinclair’s The Enemy trilogy, which he kindly sent me. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly at Bloody Scotland, where he gave me the first two (I hope Mrs Sinclair won’t take offence if I say he’s very easy on the eye…) Rave reviews suggest it’s about time I got started on the first in the series, Dance With The Enemy.

The Last Thing I Remember by Deborah Bee (Twenty7) – Now this is a Twenty7 publication which bodes well! There’s no cover image available as yet, but the blurb tells us: Sarah is in a coma. Her memory is gone – she doesn’t know how she got there. And she doesn’t know how she might get out. But then she discovers that her injury wasn’t an accident. And that the assailant hasn’t been caught. Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past. And work out who it is that keeps coming into her room.
A novel that grips from the very beginning and that will live long in the memory, The Last Thing I Remember is Deborah Bee‘s startling debut thriller.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – Here’s the blurb for this one: You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime. Jenny’s wounds have healed. An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack. She is moving on with her life. That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse. Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial. It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack. And that could destroy as much as it heals.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – I treated myself to this when it was 99p as part of the Kindle Daily Deal. I only downloaded the pesky ((lethal) sample, but by the time I was halfway through that I knew I’d end up buying it…I think many of you have probably read it, so I won’t bore you with the blurb!

8 thoughts on “Friday Finds

  1. Oh, all of these sound intriguing! I can see why you selected them. I’ll be especially keen to see what you think of the Fairstein. I hear good things about it.

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    • I used to get them as soon as they came out, but from Lethal Legacy on I didn’t find them as intriguing – having said that, maybe it’s me, not the books? Maybe I was just growing out of them? What I do love is the way she shows us lesser known areas of New York – the parts the tourists don’t see, so the city is almost a character too! I read she recently got married again, to an old friend, after being widowed – it was a really nice story, to see her going on to find love again after a long and happy relationship (it must be Valentine’s Day making me mention this; I’m not usually so sentimental!)

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    • We must be on the Twenty7 mailing list! When I see their logo, I have started to think, “Yes! A good one!” as most of them are pretty good. I’m not quite sure why I was sent The House Of Smoke, but sometimes publicists just send you books they think you’ll enjoy. I prefer it if they e-mail first, personally, so you can decide if: a) you’ll like it (I think I will); and b) you’ll fit it in at some point! I thought the Deborah Bee and All Is Not Forgotten sounded vaguely similar – it must be the attack/treatment storylines. Probably better leave a gap between them otherwise I’ll get confused! It’s great to see my daughter enjoying the same books as me (gets rid of some, too!)

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    • Yes, I’m dying to get into that one! No blog tours next week, so might get into it then, and try and post some of those reviews I haven’t got round to it – be good to get that pile down a bit too!

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