crime · Detective · mystery · suspense

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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mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Cell 7 – Kerry Drewery ★★★★★

Blurb; Should she live or die? You decide

An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.

Now Justice must prevail.

The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a phone call.

Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

My Review; This is book one in a young adult trilogy and it was brilliant. I devoured at least 70% of this in one go. It focuses on a new justice system where the viewers and innocent get to decide if the criminals are guilty or not guilty for their crimes by voting for the criminals to be put to death, making it into a game show. A deadly, fun game show. The prisoners have 7 days until their execution and when the votes are in there’s no going back? But what if someone is innocent but still voted guilty you say? Then that’s where it gets tricky but in this story we see exactly that happen. A reversal. A case that makes the viewers rethink the whole new system. I cannot wait to see what happens in book two already. Its an addictive, fast paced read. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Detective · mystery · suspense

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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