Blurb; Jean Angus pours the last of the lukewarm tea into her chipped cup, shivering as she looks outside into the dark night. Her eyes are drawn to a slow movement not far from her cosy farmhouse. She’s not expecting visitors. And as the back door opens with a bang, she doesn’t even have time to shout for help.
On a dark winter night, the bodies of Malcolm and Jean Angus lie cold and still in a pool of blood in their kitchen. Detective Jessie Blake is called in to find out what happened to the reclusive pair.
Searching the couple’s property, Jessie learns about a vicious dispute with a nearby landowner, Rachel Ferguson, and when Jessie looks into Rachel further, she doesn’t expect what comes up. Rachel isn’t the person everyone thinks she is and a previous murder conviction just made her Jessie’s prime suspect.
The small Perthshire town begins to gossip about the double murder and Jessie’s own past comes back to haunt her when her abusive ex-husband begins to interfere in her new life. As the town starts a witch hunt against Rachel, Jessie is under pressure to find out what really happened in the farmhouse that night. Because if it isn’t Rachel, then who is the murderer living among them, waiting to kill again?
My Review; This is book three in a series, but it reads perfectly fine as a standalone. It took me a while to get into this one as it flicks between the past and the present (two separate cases, but very similar). This is a who dunnit and race against time to stop the killer. I loved the main detective, Jessie, who is dealing with her own problems while investigating. It is a story packed with twists, turns, and suspense. I honestly thought I’d guessed the plot, but I was so wrong. A jaw dropping ending. I enjoyed reading this. A well-deserved four stars from me. Would recommend the series as a whole.
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.
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.