Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards

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The Coffin Trail is the first book in the Lake District Series, even though it’s called a series I don’t think any of the books carry on the story so they make good reads in whichever order you read them in. This one is quite a short read at 350 pages and I felt it took quite a while to pick up pace and develop characters. Having said that, once the story had gotten going it was great, it had a fantastic plot and an even better twist at the end, I found I couldn’t solve the crime before the story told you who it was which for me made it a good book.

The Book is as the series suggests and is set in the Lake District and revolves around the cold case review of a murder committed some time ago, many of the locals are happy to let sleeping dogs lie but for DCI Hannah Scarlett and newcomer to the Lakes Daniel Kind that is not an option. Having asked a few too many probing questions Daniel stirs up the past and ruffles a few feathers things start to take a turn for the worst. The killer has gone unnamed for so long that they are willing to kill again in order to keep the past where it should be.

With people unwilling to speak to the police or frightened into lying in their statements can the police figure out who the murderer is before any more lives end up at risk? A great read, like I said slow to get off the ground but once the momentum had built up the suspense was great and the mystery was enthralling.

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Alice Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

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This is the second book in the White Rabbit Chronicles and dare I say it, even better than the first. It can be read as a standalone book but I wouldn’t advise it as it makes reference to the first book quite a lot. I got these two books from a friend and though oh well I shall give them a try, and well I am certainly glad that I did.

Alice Through the Zombie Glass continues with the life and times of Alice Bell and all her cohorts from the first book. It also lays out more detail about the Zombie spirits that they are fighting and their other nemesis Anima Industries, who are helping the zombies for some reason! amongst all the zombie fighting are Alice’s’ teen angst and her developing romance for über bad boy Cole Holland.

Cole Holland is supposed to be the hottest guy on the planet but from what vibe I get from the book, his mates are all pretty hot too. There is also a new hotty in town called Gavin who comes from Georgia with another slayer to help out Cole and the gang.

Whilst being free of bad language and sex (for now!!) the book is very engaging and well-developed, I can safely say that I am looking forward to the third in the series. It is a fantastic book for its intended market and for anyone who likes a good zombie romance, I really recommend a read.

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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This is book number one in a series of three so far and this is the first book by this author that I have had the pleasure of reading. Whilst I don’t usually pick out teen fiction to read I do quite like the zombie genre and I loved other adaptions by other authors such as Pride Prejudice and Zombies. However other than vague references to Alice in Wonderland that you will only pick up on if you know the story very well, the book has no tie to its name sake.

I found it quite an easy to read book not because of the content but mainly because of the fact I am an adult and not the indented market for the story. I also found it had a novel take on zombies as the hurt their head thing and hungry for brains bit has been done over and over again, so this book focuses on the fact that they are spirits instead of undead humans, they are however just as hungry for human flesh.

The main characters are Alice and her family, Kat her best friend and a group of troublesome teens that are led by Cole. Who by the way is described as being quite fit! There isn’t much I can say without spoiling the book for those of you who want to read it so I shall leave it at that and while you enjoy reading this I shall be moving on to the next book in the White Rabbit Chronicles.

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The Killing Room by Richard Montanari

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This is the first book I have ever read by this author and while I think it was a good read, I felt it had the potential to be a lot longer. The plot itself was great but could have been fantastic with a few more twists, better detailed murders and more personalised characters.

The book is part of a series about the two main characters detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano whilst they work through homicides in Philadelphia. The Killing Room shows two detectives facing a strange and seeming motive less murders, all the victims are found inside disused churches. This killer is trying to make a statement but can the detectives work out the message before more people are murdered.

The book’s plot has religious themes throughout but it doesn’t over do it or force any one particular religion down your throat, if anything I found that it enlightened me to what extreme religion can do to someone! The quote on the back is apt for the entire story “…If you believe in God, you’ve got to believe in the devil”.

Whilst not as in-depth for me as some of the books I read, people who prefer the less gruesome and realistic side to crime should definitely give this book a try.

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