crime · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Hitman Sam – Morgen Bailey ★★★★

Blurb; Having been made redundant as a photocopier software designer, Sam Simpson is lured by a cryptic advert. As he learns it is for a trainee hitman, will he be tough enough to see the job through? Even James Bond had to start somewhere and Sam, as his alias Josh Bradley, looks forward to enjoying James’ lifestyle, although soon embroiled in a love triangle, Sam hadn’t expected things to get so complicated so quickly.

My Review; I have read a few short stories by Morgen in the past so this was a must read for me. It’s short (171 pages). So perfect for those readers with busy lives, but it is still a brilliant story and well written set in a cute little town.

I surprisingly liked Sams character he was willing to give it a go and even found himself part of a love triangle at one point! Oops… The dog! Loved the dog. This story has a little bit of everything in it.

Can easily be devoured in one sitting. The ending was a shocking, jaw dropping, unexpected outcome. I found the story did end suddenly, a bit rushed but it all made sense and maybe it was cause I wanted more. I enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

Play Dead – Angela Marsons ★★★★

Blurb; The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next? As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?

My Review; We finished book four! This series is soo soo good. Throughally enjoying it. Another fresh case for Kim and her team which may just link to an old case. Oooh.

This case proves that sometimes people will never forget whatever happened in the past no matter how long ago it was and grudges can be deadly… The setting of the story was an unexpected, unusual place… A BODY FARM! OMG. A first for me to come accross this. Shocker.

I apologise if I seem I am repeating myself but all the books in this series so far are so brilliantly written including this one and they’re real page turners. Tense. Fast paced. Thrilling. Edge of your seat. Race against time cases. Brilliant. I already cannot wait to dive into book five. Eee.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. They all read perfectly as standalones but do make the odd reference to previous cases in the previous books. As you know I have been buddy read this series alongside Kate. So go check out her review too which can be found here;

Kates Review (Portable Magic)

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*BLOG TOUR* Breakers – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation . . . unless he drags her down, too.

My Review; Oh My Heart! Where do I start? I easily devoured this within a day! Such a brilliant story and I will explain why…

TYLER! Oh my. He’s trying his bloody hardest and is the best big brother ever to little bean. My heart. Those two have such a cute, special bond. I felt Tyler was trying to protect everyone around him and make everyone happy which sometimes isn’t possible. He’s a good lad really bringing his sister up.

BEAN! The youngest of the family, the cutest, innocent and doesn’t have a clue about the world she is in really. What she does know is that she loves her brother Tyler more than anyone. We all need someone to lean on. Such a sweet little girl.

Now don’t get me started on Barry and Kelly, especially Barry. While reading this book I found my anger building up and hating Barrys character to the point well, he got what he deserved. Such a horrible character. Grr. Kelly wasn’t much better either but I reckon there was another side to her underneath.

Brilliantly written, thrilling, fast paced and a page turner of a read which I actually didn’t put down for once well, until the end. A happy outcome for all. I actually got so emotionally attached to some of these character specifically Bean and Tyler, theyre both still kids. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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