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Book Review – Garage Sale Stalker – Suzi Weinert

Published 07/09/2013 by julierkendrick

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I started this book expecting a cosy crime however this story was far from it. The main character Jennifer turned out to be a gritty determined older woman who is kidnapped by a serial killer and has to try to escape before his uses for her run out.

The author tells the story from Jennifer’s perspective but also of Ruger the killer as the book is as much about how be became that way as about the crime itself.
Although I was rooting for Jennifer and her family, I also felt sorry for Ruger (and his dog) which made for a nice confliction in my reading experience here.
This book was going to have a 5 star review but for two small things. Firstly, the sappy ending had me rolling my eyes a little but mainly it’s the title of the book. It doesn’t do it any justice and completely detracts from the actual style of the book.
However the writing was great and pulled me in, exciting me and keeping me reading late into the night. I look forward to reading more from this author.
4/5 Stars

Book Review – Murder by the Book – Eric Brown

Published 04/07/2013 by julierkendrick

Murder by the bookI enjoyed every minute of reading this book. I loved the authenticity of the 1950’s as written by Brown. I am not old enough to have lived at that time but I really felt I was there with Langham et al. The story was a true old fashioned whodunit which kept me guessing until the end.

Brown’s style of writing is very easy to read, his characters are well rounded as are the locations he describes. Once again I praise him for transporting back to a time before mobile phones, internet and women’s lib.

The chaste relationship between Langham and Dupre is beautiful and a welcome change from the modern descriptions of love and sex (especially in the wave of the erotica movement sweeping the world at the moment).

I absolutely loved this book. I hope there will be more Langham/Dupre books to come because I for one will definitely be buying them.

5/5 stars

Book Spotlight – Cold Killing by Luke Delaney

Published 22/06/2013 by julierkendrick

ColdKilling_CoverSynopsis: 

After a young man is found brutally murdered in his own flat, DI Sean Corrigan, responsible for one of South London’s Murder Investigation Units, takes on the case. At first it appears to be a straightforward domestic murder, but immediately Corrigan suspects it is much more and it soon becomes clear he is hunting a particularly clever and ruthless serial killer who changes his modus operandi each time he kills, leaving no useable forensic evidence behind…

Excerpt

ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY was the sudden way it disappeared around the edges. One minute you were down on Sunset Boulevard surrounded by glass and concrete, and the next thing you knew you were up on Mulholland Drive, alone in the rough country. From a high window or a rooftop almost anywhere in Los Angeles you could see the mountains, and there was always something ravenous up there looking down.

I was up among the hungry creatures, standing at the edge of a cliff, with Hollywood and Santa Monica far below me in the distance. One step forward and I would be in midair. I was looking down and wondering if Haley had considered how suddenly you could go from city to wilderness. Then I wondered if it was a distinction without a difference, if the city might be the wilderness and the wilderness the city, and maybe Los Angeles’s edges seemed to disappear so suddenly because there really was no separation between sidewalks and mountain paths, buildings and boulders. Up in the mountains or down in the city, either way the carnivores were in control.

I imagined Haley, out of her mind, running full speed off the cliff. I wondered what it had been like, that final second or two before she hit. Had she realized what was happening? Did she recognize the city lights below for what they were, or did she really think she was flying toward the stars? And did she think of me?

Stepping closer to the edge, I slid the toes of my shoes into the air. I looked down two hundred feet, toward the spot where she had broken on the rocks. I stood one inch from eternity and tried to imagine life without her. I could not summon up a single reason why I shouldn’t take that final step, except for one. I thought about the kind of animal who would drive someone to do what my wife had done. Predators like that were everywhere. I should know. I had trained for half my life to be one of them. I was hungry, looking down on the city. If I was going to live, the hunger would have to be enough, for now. But I would sink my teeth into him, sooner or later. I would do that for Haley, and for myself, and then maybe it would be my turn to see if I could fly.

I stepped back from the edge.

Buy Cold Killing here.