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Review: ‘The Heist’ by Shaun Jeffrey

Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Length: 87 pages

I have awarded this novella 5 stars. 

Summary: After a vicious robbery at a theme park, callous gang leader, Greg Armstrong blows up a rollercoaster to aid their escape, resulting in eighty-seven deaths. Months later, Kurt Vaughn and his family are enjoying a day out geocaching, but Kurt is about to discover that there’s more to the treasure hunt than he realises as the caches supposedly lead to the stolen money, and the crooks are on the trail. Now Kurt and his family find themselves pawns in a far more deadly game.

Review: Having enjoyed both The Kult and Killers, I knew that I wanted to read this the second it was released. I wasn’t disappointed. With an explosive start, a fast-paced story line, believable and nicely rounded characters, and a little geocaching thrown into the mix, this is one novella I couldn’t put down!

Kurt Vaughn and his family are enjoying a day out geocaching (something I’d never heard of until I read this book!) when they realise that this is not a normal treasure hunt. They are being followed by the perpetrators of a crime committed a few months previous, resulting in 87 deaths! Suddenly, it is not about whether the Vaughn family find all the caches, but rather if they survive!

As with The Kult and Killers, Jeffrey has you on the edge of your seat and your heart rate soaring. Who knew geocaching could be so deadly? A great story from beginning to end. Plus, the web-based puzzle game (linked at the end of the novella) was a pleasant surprise!! The games are hard enough to keep you entertained, but not impossible.

★★★★★ – a gripping novella, with added games!! (no, seriously! Check out the link at the end of the book!) 

Where to buy:
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Review: ‘Foul Justice’ by M.A. Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 238 pages

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Summary: In the fourth instalment in the Justice series, DI Lorne Simpkins is back. This time, she has a new partner; DS Katy Foster. Before she can get comfortable with her new partner, newly-promoted DS Katy Foster, the two are assigned a tragic murder case that looks like a robbery gone wrong. However, when another wealthy footballer’s family meets the same deadly fate within twenty-four hours, it is clear the crimes involve something far more sinister.

Review: I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about this book. After all, no one will ever replace Pete Childs and his obsession with Kit-Kat Chunky’s! However, I found myself really liking Katy by the end of the book. I felt that I was learning about Katy right beside Lorne!

As well as getting to know her new partner and solving crimes, Lorne also has to deal with her fiance, Tony, being in Afghanistan! I found my heart breaking for her. First a mentally abusive husband, then a loving fiancé with a dangerous job? Lorne sure has some bad luck! Foul Justice is superbly written, and interesting throughout. There were parts where I laughed, and parts that had me on the verge of tears.

While Katy Foster is no Pete Childs, I feel that she compliments Lorne’s personality greatly, and is just as stubborn as she is! I hope to see more from these two characters in the future.

★★★★★ – Lorne has a new partner, and they’re both as stubborn as each other! 

Where to buy:
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Amazon UK (Paperback)
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Review: ‘Timeline’ by David Wailing

Genre: Sci-fi
Length: 38 pages

I have awarded this short story 4 stars.

Summary: This is the second instalment in David Wailing’s Auto series.It’s always risky, meeting a strange man for the first time. But not for Joanna O’Donnell. Not in the year 2022. Her auto – a digital assistant – has scoured his history, his entire timeline. Working for a detective agency, Joanna knows how to unearth secrets. Joanna’s auto calculates that her date is 85% compatible with her. At last, she’s found her match! And then, moments before they meet, Joanna’s auto reports there is a 24% chance this man will kill her.

Review: Having enjoyed Relationship Status, I decided to continue with the series. Have my eyes been opened to the world of short stories?! Is this an exception due to the quality of work? Only time will tell. Like Relationship Status, this short story is also set in the year 2022. In this story, the main character, Joanna, is using her ‘auto’ (an electronic assistant) to help her find a date; like a dating website, but without having to trawl through thousands of profiles! Joanna thinks her auto has found the perfect match, until it announces that there is a 24% chance that her date will murder her.

Another brilliant story from Wailing, and utterly disturbing! What would you do with the information that a man you have a 84% compatibility match with may murder you? Does the 84% compatibility mean you’ll overlook the 24% chance of murder? While 24% is quite a small number, I’m not sure I would take the risk! Not even if true love was at stake!

★★★★ – a gripping read with creepy story line! Highly recommended.

Where to buy:
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Review: ‘Relationship Status’ by David Wailing

Genre: Sci-fi
Length: 28 pages

I have awarded this short story 4 stars.

Summary: Relationship Status is the first instalment in the Auto series. Set in the future, the year 2022, Relationship Status tells the story of a society dependent on technology; so much so, that they have an online presence (an ‘auto’) to do the mundane things, like replying to emails, for them. Amy’s auto, however, begins to malfunction, and take on a life of its own!

Review: I have to admit, I don’t read a lot of short stories; I like being able to get to know a set of characters, and don’t feel that short stories allow for that. Having said that, I am really glad that I decided to give this story a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

This is such a clever story, and completely plausible. How many of us can say that we don’t rely on technology to do everything for us? From waking us up each morning, to sending automatic ‘I’m busy’ texts/emails? I know I rely on technology to do a lot for me. I don’t know anyone’s phone numbers any more, as it’s all in my phone! I even read using technology in the form of a Kindle!

★★★★ – a very clever story with a disturbing story line!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
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Review: ‘Killers’ by Shaun Jeffrey

Genre: Crime / Suspense / Thriller
Length: 283 pages

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Prosper Snow is back, in the second book of the Prosper Snow series.

Warning: This book is a follow on from The Kult rather than a standalone book, so if you haven’t read The Kult, please start there. Without knowing the parts of Prosper’s past that were uncovered in The Kult, I don’t think you would get the same impact from the book.

Summary: Following on from The Kult, Prosper and his family are dealing with the aftermath of the Oracle. Getting thrown off cases with no explanation the second he uncovers an answer, Prosper is going out of his mind. Left unable to trust the other members of his team for fear of being kicked off another case, Prosper is forced to go undercover. There are certainly a few surprises in store!

Review: While The Kult was brilliant, I do think that the author has really outdone himself with this instalment in the series. The underlying parts of the main story-line were really complex, and kept me on my toes while I was reading. I also think we got to see more of Prosper Snow in this book, and more about what he’s like as a person.

★★★★★ – a thoroughly gripping read! Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
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Amazon UK (Paperback)
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Review: ‘Final Justice’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 236 pages

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: This is the third instalment in the Justice series, following the lead character, Lorne Simpkins. While the pace of this novel is slower than the first two in the series,  it is still just as gripping. Set a year after the events with the Unicorn, Lorne has quit the Police force. However, she receives a phone call telling her that the Unicorn is back, and with the help of MI6 Agent Tony Warner, Lorne tracks the Unicorn through France. I really liked the growing relationship between Lorne and Tony.

Review: In this book, Lorne has suffered a mental breakdown. While this breakdown was expected, due to her close relationship with the deceased DS Pete Childs, her failing marriage, her work commitments, and guilts for what happened with her daughter, I feel that it added another dimension to the character, making her seem more human. Who wouldn’t break down after witnessing all that?!

This is another well written and well thought-out book by M.A Comley. My 4 star review is not a reflection of quality; it is written to the same high standard as the previous two books. I awarded 4 stars because I wanted more from the ending – I wanted Lorne to really make the Unicorn pay, especially due to her mental condition at the start of the book.

★★★★ – a nice insight into the mind of Lorne Simpkins!

Where to buy:
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Amazon UK (Paperback)
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Review: ‘Impeding Justice’ by M.A. Comley.

Genre: Thriller / Crime
Length: 324 pages

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Summary: In the second instalment of the Justice series, DI Lorne Simpkins, along with her partner DS Pete Childs, is facing up to her long-term nemesis; a serial killer nicknamed The Unicorn, intent on her destruction. Their feud is kicked up a notch when things get really personal, leading to some horrific outcomes.

Review: Again, Lorne is trying to get the balance between her home life and her work life right. Although, her work life and personal life cross over in a way that I didn’t see coming; her partner, Pete Childs, is murdered, and her daughter, Charlie, is kidnapped, drugged, raped and beaten. However, Comley deals with both matters with a high degree of sensitivity. Having said that, readers may still find the situations difficult to read, due to their subject matter.

While a few have complained that the scene in the hospital between Lorne and Charlie is wooden, I would have to disagree. Yes, Lorne is not acting as distraught as many people would, but she is a police officer, and is trying to comfort her teenage daughter. Would you break down in front of a teenager who had been through a dramatic experience, or would you put on a brave face?

The novel is fast-paced, with a tight plot. Furthermore, it ends in a cliff-hanger that had me desperate to read the next book!

★★★★★ – even better than the first novel in the series! I will definitely be reading more!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
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Amazon UK (Paperback)
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