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*BLOG TOUR* The Child Before – Michael Scanlon ★★★★

Blurb; She began to sing, the girl. Her voice was soft, so soft it was almost of the wind. It was a lullaby. She cradled her arms, rocking them gently back and forth. As if she was holding a baby. But she was not. Her arms were empty.

On a cold morning a cyclist finds the brutally-slaughtered body of a woman in her car, on a remote lane leading to the long-abandoned Irish village of Kelly’s Forge.

But when Detective Finnegan Beck arrives from the nearby town of Cross Beg to investigate he notices there’s a baby’s seat in the back of the car. A bottle of baby’s milk lying in the footwell. And no child.

Little Róisín isn’t the first child to go missing from that same remote location though. There was another baby girl, taken more than fifty years before, who was never found. Has too much time passed for there to be a connection, or does something – or someone – link these two crimes?

Beck claims he does not want to stay in Cross Beg. His heart is back in Dublin, with the woman he loves. But, knowing that a child’s life depends on him changes things. He knows he has to find the missing baby girl. Because if he doesn’t, he fears there’s a chance everyone will give up the baby for dead, just like they did before…

My Review; Happy Publication Day. The Child Before is book two in the Detective Finnegan Beck series. It reads perfectly fine as a standalone as I haven’t read book one, but I will be going back to it after reading this one.

The story is fast paced, dark, thrilling and gripping. Had me well and truelly hooked as they say. A real page turner that I devoured. The story is told through short chapters too which I prefer. I loved the work relationship between Claire and Beck, they make a great team. But does this current case relate to something from the past? Something unfinished? You’ll have to read it to find it. Brilliant. I really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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*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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