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Book Review : The Time To Kill by Mason Cross

Book review. The Time To Kill By Mason Cross.
The time to kill( titled Winterlong in some countries) is the third entry in the Carter Blake series. Following on from the killing season and the Samaritan. Both of which are brilliant. So , is this the difficult third album? No. Absoloutley fucking not.
It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone.
But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing - something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.
Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. And Blake is a very loose end. He's been evading them for years, but finally they've picked up his trace. Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don't want to be found, but Wint…

Book Review : Will To Live By Rachel Amphlett

Will to live is the second book in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. Its the follow up to the brilliant scared to death ,one of the best books i read last year.
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…
Reading about someone getting hit by a speeding train is not for the faint hearted or the weak stomached especially giv…

Book Review : The Samaritan By Mason Cross

Book review: The Samaritan by Mason Cross. The Samaritan is the 2nd book in the brilliant carter Blake series. Carter Blake is not a cop or a PI , Carter Blake isn’t even his real name ,with a past in a government black ops unit few have ever even heard of he spends his time now finding people that don’t want to be found, for a fee of course.
Plot: When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows she's seen this MO before. A sadistic serial killer has been operating undetected for a decade, preying on lone female drivers who have broken down. The press dub the killer 'the Samaritan', but with no leads, the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt. That's when Carter Blake shows up to volunteer his services. He's a skilled manhunter who shares some uncomfortable similarities to the man Allen and her team are tracking. As the slaughter intensifies, Blake must find a way to stop it . . . even if it means bringing his own past …

In loving memory - Sir Roger Moore

In loving memory -  Sir Roger Moore

Its more than likely that the world will never agree on who the best James Bond is. But if you ask someone who their favourite bond is chances are you’ll get one name come up. Sir Roger Moore. That's certainly true of me, as a90's kid Pierce Brosnan is 'my bond' and yet for some reason he just isn't my favourite, don’t get me wrong I love pierce as bond but I prefer Roger Moore. Why? Who knows, I think it’s the fact he quite famously didn’t take Bond too seriously and just embraced it. Even long after he'd left Bond behind. Unlike a certain Scotsman.... It’s for those reasons then and more besides that the news of his death on Tuesday was something of a hammer blow. Celebrity deaths normally just wash over me but Sir Roger's passing? That stings a bit. Which is funny when you consider I never met him as much as I would have loved to. Now I've got to be honest here as with the other fellas I haven't seen much …

Book Title Q+A

A little while ago i was contacted by author Andrea Darby asking me to answer a few questions about book titles . I was included alongside two other bloogers : Sally from Cleopatra from Im reposting my answers here as i have no reviews to share right now. Thanks again to Andrea for asking me. Is the title a significant factor when it comes to choosing a book? Absolutely, but cover art comes first for me I think. What do you look for in a novel title and what do you see as its function?  It must be short and snappy; 5 words maximum. Apart from the cover art, the title helps you to form your first impressions of the book and, fairly or not, determines whether you buy it. What novel titles have particularly impressed you? The James Bond novel that came out in 2015: Trigger Mortis, which is obviously a play on rigor mortis and an obscure Only Fools and Horses reference. I like one word titles too; simple, intrig…

2016 roundup ; physical books

2016 roundup ; physical books The final part of my 2016 roundup, yes, I’m aware that it’s now April. As with the kindle roundup I won’t list everything I read because we’d be here all day so I’ve just picked a few The Recruit by Robert Muchamore  A mate lent me this as well as all the other cherub books. The book follows newly orphaned trouble maker James choke as he goes to spy school and helps stop a terrorist plot. Verdict: good
Echo Burning by Lee Child The 5th Jack Reacher book and for my money it’s the best.  The book follows Reacher wandering around in a Texas summer hoping to catch a lift when A woman stops, and offers a ride. Carmen Greer is young, rich and beautiful.

But her husband's in jail and When he comes out, he's going to kill her. I think if you’ve read Reacher books before you can see where this one is going…. Verdict: cracker
Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin A sort of behind the scenes look into how a Jack Reacher book is written. Andy Martin sits behind Lee Chil…

Book Review : The Kind Worth Killing By Peter Swanson

Book Review : The Kind worth Killing by Peter Swanson
I've heard it compared to the likes of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train which always worries me because books that get hyped up that much tend to fall on their faces abit , so it was with a certain amount of disquiet that I ordered The Kind Worth Killing.
 In truth and to start with at least   The Kind worth Killing has relatively little in common with   The Girl on the Train, I think gone girl would probably be the fairest comparison here.  The Kind worth Killing  starts off with a modern reimagining of  a 50’s classic , Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers On A Train, (it even gets a  small mention )  the main difference being that this starts at the first class lounge at Heathrow.
Ted Severson is an American business man , a .com millionaire who is so rich he really doesn’t need to work anymore , married to the money grabbing but beautiful Miranda . But Ted has his suspicions that Miranda is shagging the man building their new hou…

Book Review : Scared To Death By Rachel Amphlett

Scared To Death is the first of the new Kay Hunter crime thrillers by Rachel Amphlett and for those of you that like a long running series I have good news since there will be at least 4 books, the second of which ,Will To Live comes out in April.
PLOT A serial killer murdering for kicks. A detective seeking revenge. When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised. With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life. For the killer, the game has only just begun...
What a fantastic way to be introduced to Rachel Amphlett, scared to death grabs you from the word go and gets straight to the point, which I …

Q+A Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlett is the autor of the Dan taylor thrilers and also the new Kay Hunter series. I sent these questions over to Rachel yesterday and she was kind enough to answer them . Thanks Rachel.

1.When did you decide you wanted to write this series?
Early 2016 - the story ideas for the first four books came to me in snippets, and I developed the series from those initial meanderings. It all came together really quickly, so by the time I got back to Australia after a trip to the UK in June last year, I hit the ground running and started writing Scared to Death.

2.Is Kay based on a real person?
No one single person, but as her character developed I incorporated tics and traits I've observed in people around and about. With regard to her profession as a detective, I have consulted with a number of working and retired police officers to ensure I have as much accuracy in the novels though, without detracting from the pacing.
3.What can we expect from the next book and the ones beyond …

· Rapid Fire Book Tag

·Rapid Fire Book Tag
Last year I did the reader confessions tag and because it went down so well I’ve been looking out for another tag to get stuck into. This one was created byGirlReading on YouTube so I’ll link in her video somewhere E-Book or Physical Book? Both. But I have started reading a lot more e-books lately and the physical books have been getting a bit left behind. So I need to try and balance that out a bit. Paperback Or Hardback? Purely for convenience reasons it has to be paperbacks but I do buy the odd hardback, usually Jack Reacher books. Online Or Instore shopping? Mainly online but I do go to bookshops whenever I can Trilogies or Series ? Both Heroes Or Villains? Depends on the book but usually heroes, having said that I’m rereading The A series of unfortunate events books at the minute and I’m finding myself liking Count Olaf over the Orphans A Book You Want Everyone to read ? I bet everyone will sa…

2016 roundup: kindle

Time for the Kindle part of my 2016 roundup
I won't list absolutely everything i read on kindle in 2016 as we'd be here all bloody day so I’ve picked a few.
1: Strip Jack by Ian Rankin The fourth book in the Rebus series and my first, I’ve already reviewed it so I won't go into any detail about the plot. Rebus turns 30 this year so congratulations to Ian for that.
Verdict : Good

2: The Defence By Steve Cavanagh Thriller that follows burnt out lawyer and ex con man Eddie Flynn as he tries to save his daughter form crazed kidnappers.
 Verdict; Good
The Killing Season by Mason Cross The first in the Carter Blake series by Mason Cross features Blake and FBI agent Elaine Banner on a cross country man hunt to find a deranged serial killer . You can find my review of the book here…

Book Review : The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

Just before christmas a mate lent me the entire series of cherub books , they're the same sort of thing as the Young Bond and  Alex Rider books but that's no bad thing because those series are both brilliant.

Plot :
A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.
CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.
For official purposes, these children do not exist.

The recruit starts with James Choke , who following beating up a girl in his class and being thrown out of school also ahs to cope with the death of his mother . He ends up in a sort …

2016 Roundup : Audiobooks

First of all : Happy New Year .

I promised a round up of what i read in 2016, starting with Audiobooks.
I'm not doing this in any  particular order and i'll split the books into four catagouries: Poor,Average,Good , Cracker .

First up:

A Necessary End by Peter Robinson  The third DCI Banks novel and I honestly think it's my least favourite , the storyline itself was okay but I felt it was slightly let down by average narration.
Verdict : Average . 
As You Do By Richard Hammond 
Richard Hammond narrates the second part of his autobiography As You Do , the sequel to the brilliant On The Edge , which remains the best autobiography i've ever read . This one isn't quite as good but it's still a good listen ,with wry, honest , interesting and sometimes VERY funny stories about his life and what goes on behind the scenes on Top Gear . 
Verdict: Good
The Man In The White Suit by Ben Collins Yep. The Stig wrote a book. But Stiggy is only a small part of Ben's story a…