It’s been five years since Detective Zac Boateng’s daughter was murdered, and her killer was never found. Now Zac is back working for the Metropolitan Police and is more determined than ever to bring the city’s killers to justice. When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown south London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. Two years ago, the victim helped send him to prison. And he’s just been released.
Great first book. Zac is an interesting character. I'm looking forward to reading more from Chris Merritt and following Zac's career. Great narration from Damian Lynch
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.
You is an extremely bizarre book. Joe falls in love at first sight with a customer in his book store called Beck. But Joe's kind of love isn't to everyone's taste. There's no doubt Joe is weird from the moment he opens his mouth, but his weirdness gets progressively worse as the book goes on. A little bit freaky and somewhat disconcerting. Certainly made me look at shop assistants more carefully. Great narration by Santino Fontana
UCLA art professor Coco Rhodes knows little about her family's association with the ancient clandestine organization The Allegiance and wants to keep it that way. She dislikes secrets - they're a painful reminder of her childhood experiences that were erased as a result of her parents' tragic deaths when she was four years old.
Not an unenjoyable book, but pretty much standard for what we've come to expect from vampire stories. Not hugely keen on the sex scenes, or the euphemisms used. Found my mind wandering a few times, but missing out 10 minutes here and there didn't impact on my understanding of the story. Pleasant enough, but I doubt I'd buy another in the series.
When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.
I loved Fiona Barton's book 'The Widow' and was so hopeful I'd enjoy this book as much. If possible, I loved it even more. What a clever story. So many twists and turns that I'm surprised I didn't meet myself coming back in the opposite direction! The only negative for me, (and it's not really a negative), is that I didn't really see the need for so many narrators. They didn't detract from the story at all, but I don't feel they particularly added anything huge. They are all great voice actors in their own right, and I felt it was almost a waste of their talents. But this is one audio book that I really highly recommend. You can thank me later!
How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
This was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and really felt for Ben, pulled between the two women in his life. The twist was incredibly clever and definitely twisty and turny enough for me to think, "OMG!". Well done to K L Slater for a brilliant idea, fabulously executed. Great narrating from Lucy Price-Lewis, as always. I highly recommend this one
Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.
In Elizabeth Cage I felt we were being introduced to a character not hugely dissimilar to Dr Maxwell in Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series. Maybe it was the narration, I'm not sure. I enjoyed the tale, and would probably buy another one, but felt in was very much in the same vein as St Mary's.
The murder and sexual assault of the young model Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992 was particularly horrific. Her two-year-old son sat next to her dead body, telling his mum to wake up. After a series of police errors, her real killer was finally brought to justice 16 years later, allowing him in the process to take away two more lives. Real Crime retells the story, bringing to life the controversial police tactics to find Rachel's killer.
This is the final episode and the only one that I thought was disappointing and didn't enjoy. I felt, at times, that Ms Nickel's husband was getting blamed for suing the police service. Also, I have no interest in hearing the voice of that weirdo Colin Stagg. Definitely a real crime that rightfully belongs within this series; maybe this one should be dealt with slightly differently
On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen's finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.
I'll start with a disclaimer; I never read historical fiction. I love history and always chose non-fictional history books over fictional stories. Having said that, I enjoyed Song at Dawn hugely. I wasn't really expecting to as I do get frustrated when there are inaccuracies in historical fiction books. Jean Gill has kept a very close line to the true nature of the politics of the time. I highly commend her for the huge amount of diligent research she must have undertaken to get this story so accurate. It was also fascinating to learn about the life of a troubadour, as their role in Royalty's court is not fulsomely documented. Jake Urry provides exquisite narration, and what a task he had, providing voices for female singers as well as the troubadours, French aristocracy and the Jewish and Muslim characters. What an enormous and overwhelming challenge this must have been. Mr Urry rose to the occasion and must be congratulated on his success with so many difficult roles.
Am I a convert to historical fiction? Will I now be adding it to the list of genres I will read? Honestly, no, I like my history completely factual, even though I appreciate this makes me sound like an old curmudgeon! I will however be looking out for the next in this excellent series. If I'm going to break out of my comfort zone, it can only be with a writer who exhibits high standards and class, and Ms Gill is certainly that writer. Felicitations all round!
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Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.
Absolutely loved it. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are a match made in heaven. Perfect
Marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress.... Four very different people are named in a will. Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer’s block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos.
An interesting story, if a tad long winded. Good narration by Nicolette McKenzie.