All posts tagged: Suspense

Book Review: Resurrection Bay

DETAILS Title: RESURRECTION BAY Author: Emma Viskic Publisher: Pushkin Press ISBN: 9781782273622 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Caleb Zelic can’t hear you. But he sees everything. CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER His childhood friend has been brutally murdered—fingers broken, throat slit—at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he’s profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble. HE NEVER FORGETS A FACE Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speaks volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail IT MIGHT JUST SAVE HIS LIFE Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone—including his murdered friend—is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets… WHAT I THOUGHT First of all, let me just begin by saying this debut …

Book Review: The Dark Lake

DETAILS Title: THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 9781538759929 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not …

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which you answer three simple questions about what we’re reading: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What I am currently reading: I picked up a copy of THE PHANTOM TREE by Nicola Cornick yesterday, only to discover that it’s book 2 (typical) in a series. But, what the hell, so far, it’s been an interesting read. Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past—it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son. But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as …

Book Review: The Incendium Plot

DETAILS Title: THE INCENDIUM PLOT Author: A.D. Swanston Publisher: Corgi ISBN: 9780552172387 Genre: Historical Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave—and as Leicester’s chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad. But Radcliff’s own life is far from orderly. His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions. WHAT I THOUGHT THE INCENDIUM PLOT is, no doubt, the first in a new series by British author, Andrew Swanston, who sets his novels in some of the most intriguing moments, in British history. Here his MC, Christopher Radcliffe, carries the weight of the story set amid the turbulent …

Books, Books, and yet more Books

To cheer me up this weekend, and seeing how I was feeling a tad better, my Other Half took me out to the mall. To yes, you guessed, our local bookshop. Where I happily indulged in reading the first chapters of several books before deciding on buying three. Oh, and because of their loyalty programme where I accrue credits, I got one of my books free. How’s that for being cheered up. I ended up with these: THE INCENDIUM PLOT by A. D. Swanston — Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave – and as Leicester’s chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad. [Book #1] SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky — Legendary sleuth …