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Evil Games – Angela Marsons ★★★★★

Blurb; The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

My Review; WOW! What a great start this series has been and book two is another gem of a story I sunk my teeth into recently as part of a buddy read. Absolutely loved it. I am seriously loving and enjoying this series so much, I already can’t wait to dive into book three.

Alex’s character in this story has to be one of the worst, devious, twisted, manipulating and dark characters I have read about lately. There are not enough words to describe her character. I absolutely hated her from the start with a passion. We do get a brilliant, in depth look into Alexs character throughout.

Yet again Kim is hot on the case and proves how clever she really is, that woman blows me away! Always one step ahead, always right. We get another more in depth look into Kims past and it is absolutely heartbreaking. She truelly is a strong woman and a hero in my eyes.

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend this series so far. Brilliantly written stories. Outstanding. A must read and buy series so far.

Check out my buddy reading partner Kate’s review. We are working through the series together and starting book 3 shortly;

Angela Marsons : Evil Games

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*BLOG TOUR* Broadland – David Blake ★★★★

Blurb; When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.

As a more intimate relationship begins between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

My Review; NO. NO WAY. That ending and outcome. NO! Shocking. Jaw dropping… Could never see that coming. Broadland is book one in the brand new series DI Tanner…

Tanner has recently moved to another police station and is back to the basics (for now)… However, first day of the job… There’s a body. A killer to be found. There is a lot of tension between Tanner and Burgess who have to share this case with them both being DI’s and both wanting to prove themselves worthy which takes them down some wrong paths along the way…

Tanner and Jenny make the perfect police duo with some laughs along the way. A clever, twisted and dark case emerges. Towards the end it is a fast paced, page turner of a read to find out the outcome.

A brilliantly written story. I enjoyed reading this one. A well deserved four stars from me and I am looking forward to what lies ahead for Tanner next in this series. A great start to this new series. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Ringmaster – Vanda Symon ★★★★

Blurb; Marginalized by previous antics, Sam Shephard is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus . . . Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending . . .

My Review; I am pleased to be one of the blogs kicking off day one of The Ringmaster blog tour. This is book two in the Sam Shephard series but reads well as a standalone with no spoilers to the first book (which I haven’t read yet but want to read asap). The cover is gorgeous, eye catching and relevant to the story.

I absolutely loved and enjoyed every minute of this story. I really lost myself into the case beside Sam the whole time. We get to see a lot of Sams personal life, family and friends alongside her professional/work life in this story which was lovely. I really felt for Sam at times throughout this story as she wasn’t haven’t the best of times personally while having to prove her worth, deal with her bully of a boss and help solve this case.

There is a part of this story I actually cried at. I won’t tell you which bit as if you’ve read this book you’ll probably know which part gave me a tear or two. My heart! Sam is a very clever, brave and determined character, I adored her.

The Ringmaster is a brilliantly written, easy to read story… The outcome to the case was so unexpected. Shocking. Jaw dropping. I could not believe it at all. After all that time. Very clever. Sneaky. Just wow.. You won’t be able to guess it at all. I didn’t. Still thinking about it now… Very impressed. I thought this story ended a bit suddenly after finding out the suspect but it was still a brilliant read.

I awarded a well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. I can’t wait to go back to book one and hopefully see more of this series in the future and where it leads Sams character next.

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