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*BLOG TOUR* In Ice – Dave Sivers ★★★★

Blurb; An anonymous call leads DI Nathan Quarrel and his team to a secluded house in a Hertfordshire village and a horrific discovery: three chest freezers containing the naked bodies of five women.

As the painstaking business of identifying the apparently unconnected victims gets underway, it becomes frighteningly clear that a sadistic serial killer has been at work, probably over a long period of time.

With no strong suspects, and no leads, unmasking the killer takes on a new urgency. Because the discoveries at what the media is calling a ‘house of horrors’ may not stop the killer, or even slow them down. Indeed, they may already have targeted their next victim.

My Review; This is book two in a series, but it read fine as a standalone for me. The prologue had me hooked. I devoured this book five bodies in three freezers. What the hell happened? I was playing Detective myself the whole time and never figured it out. A gripping, fast-paced, race against time story with many unexpected outcomes. Plenty of twists and turns, including the Detectives personal life & past event/tragedy. A real who done it. I enjoyed reading this. Would recommend. A well deserved four out of five stars.

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Death Comes To Marlow – Robert Thorogood ★★★★★

Blurb; It’s been an enjoyable and murder-free time for Judith, Suzie and Becks – AKA the Marlow Murder Club – since the events of last year. The most exciting thing on the horizon is the upcoming wedding of Marlow grandee, Sir Peter Bailey, to his nurse, Jenny Page. Sir Peter is having a party at his grand mansion on the river Thames the day before the wedding, and Judith and Co. are looking forward to a bit of free champagne.

But during the soiree, there’s a crash from inside the house, and when the Marlow Murder Club rush to investigate, they are shocked to find the groom-to-be crushed to death in his study.

The study was locked from the inside, so the police don’t consider the death suspicious. But Judith disagrees. As far as she’s concerned, Peter was murdered! And it’s up to the Marlow Murder Club to find the killer before he or she strikes again…

My Review; I absolutely loved book one of this, so ofcourse I jumped on the chance to read book two. Same town, same three old ladies and friends who love to investigate a good murder or mystery and are very clever. The story follows Suzie, Becks & and Judith, who are investigating a death the day before the man’s wedding, but with everyone having an albi, what really happened? Was it all just an accident? This was such a quick and easy read for me. I loved the three ladies they haven’t changed at all. A mystery until the final few chapters and a twist I never saw coming. Again I would highly recommend and I hope to see a book three in the future. A well deserved five stars. A great book to end the year on.

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The Swimmer – Graham Norton ★★★★

Blurb; Helen is a retired teacher living on the Irish coast. She enjoys the peace and quiet – despite the burden of Margaret, her unpleasant sister. Margaret arrived three years ago for a short holiday, but somehow managed to stay and worm her way into Helen’s life.

One day, Helen sees a man struggling in the sea and decides to investigate. She doesn’t quite know what it is, but something about it feels very strange…

My Review; This is a short read at just 80 pages long. A mystery/suspense story which soon turns dark. A very clever crime/story line. Loved how the main character Helen turned into detective mode and didn’t give up even when harm was coming her way for doing so. Very impressive little, quick read. Perfect for readers who don’t have much time for longer novels. A well deserved four out of five stars.

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