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*BLOG TOUR* Sister – Kjell Ola Dahl ★★★★

Blurb; Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.

Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…

A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart, cementing Kjell Ola Dahl as one of the greatest crime writers of our generation.

My Review; I loved this. There was never a dull moment amongst these pages. It was one huge mystery and mess that needed solving and who better to solve that than the mighty Detective Frølick.

Now a private investigator he soon finds himself working several cases and with cash being thrown at him… So what is really going on? I was literally immersed in it all. He even put himself on the line right into the firing line literally. Brave man. But he found the answers and people he was looking for but it wasnt always going to be as simple as that was it?

Brilliant. Highly recommend. A page turner of a read. Something to keep your mind busy in these dark times. A well deserved four stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb ★★★★

Blurb; Fearless Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson travels to Chicago to trap the head of a notorious crime family, in a high-stakes, nail-biting mission that sees her trapped in one of the city’s tallest buildings during a blackout…

‘A real cracker’ Mark Billingham

‘My kind of book’ Lee Child

‘Like Midnight Run, but much darker … really, really good’ Ian Rankin

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.
And that’s just the beginning…

My Review; This is book four in the Lori Anderson series. Another series I have come into late. However, I do have the previous books so can go back to the beginning. So this is a first read of this author. It does refer back to the previous book so probably best read in order. I could tell that even though I came late into this series that Lori has faced a lot before this book…

Her character blew me away. She’s fearless. A thinker. Clever. Determined. Confident. Strong and brave. I love her. It helps and supports her character with how much JT helps and is there for her. Deep Dark Night is tense, fast paced, full throttle, thrilling, gripping and heart pounding. My heart was in my throat many times reading this… I was on edge, gasping. I was flicking the pages for fun. There is never a dull moment in this book.

Things start to turn deadly. It’s literally survival for most of this book. Get out alive. Trust noone. Be prepared for death, blood, guns, secrets, lies and plenty of fights. Face your fears I faced mine… Heights and lifts/elevators. Made me feel a little sick. When Loris got a job she gets it done whatever the outcome. She does not mess around.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend I cant wait to dive into this series now I have had a glimpse.

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*BLOG TOUR* Containment – Vanda Symon ★★★★

Blurb; Detective Constable Sam Shepard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers- she’s got the scars to prove it. Plus a skull in the sand. And a body pulled from the ocean. The undercurrents from one morning’s madness are far-reaching. Who else will be caught in the backwash? Can Sam stem the tide?

“This is a 300+ page cracker of a contemporary crime fiction novel set in and around Dunedin … A compelling whodunnit with all the usual twists and turns so loved by readers of the crime fiction genre… ”

My Review; Containment is book three in the Sam Shephard series. This is a series that just gets hotter and better with each book. Vanda has really upped the stakes in this one. Its tense. Edgy. Thilling and a real page turner. Can easily be read as a standalone. In this case Sam finds herself in a tricky position between work and personal life. She is involved with this case but not in the police way… In other ways.

The way Sam conducts herself in this case will have readers split at her decisions. Did she go above and beyond? Did she do the right thing? Should she have followed protocol? Was she selfish to do what she did? Did she break all the rules? I admit she did a lot she shouldn’t have legally… But it worked. Even if she did feel her bosses wrath. Didn’t like her boss at all, throwing his weight around, demanding what they do etc.

Brilliant story. Great case. Love Sams character and her little team. It’s not just all about the case we get a look into her personal life too and her relationship which broke up this case perfectly throughout. She is brave, determind and a strong woman who knows what she wants and how to get the answers she needs. Brilliantly written.

I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for us in book four. Really enjoyed reading this one. Four stars from me. Highly recommend. Clever case.

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