Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

Yet again another fantastic read from Cornwell, it is the fourth book in the Kay Scarpetta series. This book is a fine stand alone novel but I have personally preferred to read them in order.

Cruel and Unusual is about a series of crimes that for some horrific reason are tied to a murderer that was given the death penalty over ten years before. On the night he is executed Kay performs the autopsy. After that everything seems to go down hill with people she knew being killed, people surrounding the death row inmate are also getting killed and for some unknown reason people are suspicious of Kay. Can she prove her innocence and still help solve the crimes with her well-known friend Detective Marino?

After everything that has happened they need to prove that the right man actually went to the death chamber that night and that a convicted murderer is not at large. unfortunately every obstacle possible is standing in their way, stopping them from uncovering the truth!

A great read totally gripping from the start. For readers that enjoy the suspense and suspicion of a good crime novel then Patricia Cornwell is the author you should read!

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Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

Another fantastically chilling book from Gerritsen, this book will have you hooked from the second you read the blurb. I found it hard to put down whenever I got the chance to actually pick it up to read.

Again, it’s part of the Rizzoli and Isles series but it does make perfect sense as a stand alone novel.

Body Double is about a woman who turns up murdered outside Dr Maura Isles’ house, she is so strikingly similar to Maura that all the police, even Rizzoli believe that she has been murdered…..until Maura herself appears at the crime scene.

Such a startling resemblance cannot be ignored so Dr Isles begins the unpleasant task of looking into her past, unfortunately this may not be a path she wants to travel down.

Revealing secret after horrid secret about her past Maura confronts the idea that the womans murder might have had something to do with their shared past, if however the death is in no way linked with the past can Detective Rizzoli solve the crime before it’s possibly too late!

A fantastic read, I cannot recommend these books enough to people, for crime thrillers they are at the top of their genre.

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Stolen by Tess Gerritsen

Stolen was the book originally known as Thief of Hearts in case some of you recognise the characters but not the title of the book!

This book is great, at only 330 pages it is fast paced and action packed from the first page. The book is true to the Gerritsen style by being quite chilling and dramatic but in Stolen she also heats up the plot with a nice romance that might just withstand all the drama and excitement.

The story focuses on the life and lies of Clea Rice, who is trying to expose a powerful man for the criminal he is. Unfortunately the man in question isn’t going to sit back and watch her try to expose him so he sets about to have her destroyed and anyone who helps her, including Jordan Tavistock. Tavistock ends up entangled in the middle of what seems like a dire situation, but he cannot help himself as through all of her lies he finds himself still attracted to Miss Rice.

Can they trust each other enough to find the truth and stay alive? This is another great read from Tess Gerritsen.

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The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

Another brilliant book from Tess Gerritsen, if you love a good crime thriller then these books are right up your street. Nothing is ever as it seems with her stories and because of that the book is totally captivating and hard to put down. This is the sixth book in the series but it is a fantastic standalone book as I haven’t been reading them in order and they are still great.

The series of books are about two main female characters,  Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Medical Examiner Maura Isles. In my opinion it makes the book better for having good strong female characters as the main plot of the book.

In The Mephisto Club the story is about whether evil in the truest sense of the word can exist, and the Mephisto Club believe themselves to be demon hunters. Not entirely convinced Jane is positive that the perpetrator of the crimes that have been occurring is a flesh and blood psychopath, but she still may need the Mephisto Club’s assistance as they seem to be at the center of it all.

Can Detective Rizzoli put the pieces of this extremely gruesome puzzle together in order to catch the killer or will the killer beat her and achieve his final goal?

This book was a great read full of great characters and plot twists, definitely worth a read for crime fans everywhere.

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Innocent Foxes by Torey Hayden

Well I have to say I am totally disappointed with this book, compared to the other books Hayden has written this one lacks a good story and a good set of characters. Every character is selfish and mean on occasion but the story never expands on why!

Another thing is that for all the bad things that happen throughout the story, it gets explained away and forgiven which just makes me angry. The whole book is based around the premise that people who do bad things aren’t always bad people, which is not true some people are horrible people just because they are and they shouldn’t be excused or their actions forgiven.

I found it so hard to get into the story as there wasn’t one character that I really connected with so it was a good job it was only a short book and the plot wasn’t very gripping either.

All Torey Hayden’s other books are fantastic and well written which I would suggest people try reading but I honestly wouldn’t suggest people read this one.

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