Monday, 3 June 2013

Suspense fiction to keep you entralled this winter

Cut short by Leigh Russell

Well I was looking for an easy read that I couldn’t put down and found it with Cut short. A debut novel which appears to be the beginning of a good series, similar to those of Lynda La Plant and Frances Fyfield.

This has a good story and the characters are interesting right from the start. Whilst I was fairly sure of the outcome and the identity of the protagonist this did not deter my connection with the novel.

The story introduces DI Geraldine Steel, recently promoted and newly arrived in the town of Woolsmarsh with baggage she would prefer to work through in private. She's straight into a case and it soon becomes obvious that the first strangled victim will not be the last, so it's a race against time. Scenes of investigation are cut through with chapters from the killer's point of view and it is possible to guess early on what the problem is.

For me Leigh Russell has a powerful ability to sweep you up into the story and produce a cast of cameo characters that all feel real. Needless to say I finished it in two days.

Jackal's share by Chris Morgan Jones

I picked this book up as I love thrillers and a good mystery. It was also to try out a new author for me.

While I did end up really enjoying the story it did tend to start out rather slow for a thriller. However before long I really did get hooked. I was intrigued to unravel the whole mystery behind Mr. Qazai, a very well heeled corporate business tycoon.

The story revolves around private spy, Ben Webster, and the request from Mr. Qazai to investigate his personal affairs. Not before long does Webster become convinced that there is something very wrong with his client. What is the real motive and what does he have to hide?

Set for much of the novel around Dubai and with good characterisation and various personalities woven into the narrative this turned out a really good read.

Death in high places by Jo Bannister

I picked this novel up thinking it would be fairly low key – it’s not a long book and not so striking as other thrillers I have read. However, I couldn’t put it down. Read it in two days!

The storyline focuses on a young carpenter whose passion is mountain climbing.
Four years after the ascent of a pristine Alaskan peak claimed the life of his wealthy friend Patrick Hanratty, Nicky Horn is in serious danger of losing his own. Patrick’s father, druglord Tommy Hanratty, has declared a vendetta against the man he’s convinced let his son fall to his death. Nicky eludes Hanratty’s hirelings until the night when he leaves his flat to find a man with a gun standing outside. Luckily, he’s rescued by the timely intervention of a stranger who identifies himself as merchant banker Robert McKendrick, spirits Nicky off to his home and introduces him to his spirited daughter Beth and his brother William, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. This ‘rescue’ is not as it seems and through exploratory dialogue between the three main characters and different story emerges.

Whilst I felt some of the conversations were lacking in depth and sometimes rather staged the book continues to reveal layers of deception and betrayal—and to strip.


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