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Silent Scream by Karen Rose

I adore all of Karen Rose’s books so far, they contain all of the sections from my favorite genres. They have gruesome crimes, brave heroes, exciting plot twists and a good portion of sex and romance whithout being too over the top.

Some of Rose’s novels contain some of the same characters but I haven’t read them in order and I have not found the story confusing or disjointed at all.

Silent Scream is about many different criminal activities like arson, murder, blackmail and adultery. It highlights throughout the story that you can never be too careful about who is listening or watching your every move! A fire is set by a group of teenagers, who realising there is someone in the building, just walk away leaving them there to die. The only problem is someone else watched them do it and has it all on video tape, determined to make them pay and to be the master who pulls their strings the voyeur begins blackmailing them.

Can detectives Sutherland and Kane figure out who is behind all of this before it all comes crashing down and people get hurt? Can detective Sutherland find love with handsome fire fighter David?

Well read the book to find out! Written in a diary type style you follow the plot day by day and time slot by time slot slowly unravelling the story. Strongly suggest a read if you jave never tried Karen Rose before.


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Insomnia by Stephen King

As always Mr King never fails to completely enchant me with his novels. Even though most are very long they dont feel like they are hard to read, they just flow across every page dragging you deeper into the plot.

For me this is a romance novel the only way King knows how, lots of horror, magical beings and the idea that we are only part of what is on this earth and in this reality, mixed in with some heartbreak and love for good measure. As usual the book also covers some difficult topics like domestic abuse and abortion, never gratifying either it is used as a tool to represent how inflammatory topics can spiral out of control.

Also as with some others of Stephen King’s books this on makes reference to the dark tower series and the power that seems to run through Derry. If you haven’t read the Dark Tower books I suggest you do and if you are a fan of King then you will be aware that the Dark Tower features in a few of his novels like IT, The Eyes Of The Dragon just to name a couple.

King is one of the best authors around and if you haven’t ready any of his stuff please give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

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Eddie The Beast Hall My Story

For lovers of Strongman everywhere this is is a great book. Who better to follow and to be the peoples champion other than the great Eddie Hall!

After following Strongman for a few years now to suddenly have this man burst onto our screens with a huge personality to go with his giant size. Anyone could see he also had potential to actually win the competition and become the World’s strongest man, the first Britain for years. What was not to love?!

The book shows how much actual work goes into preparing for these competitions and how much of their personal life they give up to entertain the masses. It also highlights just how far strongman competitions have come and how many injuries these guys suffer.

Terry Hollands has always been a favorite of mine and my dads, that was until we came across Mr Hall. While Hollands is still a legend there is a new master in town and that people is Eddie Hall.

Well worth a read for anyone who has a passing interest is strongman, and a must for people who really love strongman competitions.

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Polo by Jilly Cooper

Another fantastic bonk buster from one of the greats Jilly Cooper. Polo is the third book in the series and while a great stand alone novel, it is much better if it is read in order. The books have some reoccurring characters who certainly bring the story to life if you know their full story.

As usual this book is also about horses, this time polo instead of show jumping. The story twists and turns through romance, hatred, betral and unrequieted love making it a turbulent read.

It is exciting from the start but with all the bed hopping and change of bad guys to good guys you will need to pay close attention to the plot or you might just get confused.

A fantastic read, even if you know nothing of polo and you just fancy a good romance this might just be the perfect book for you!

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The Graft by Martina Cole

I absolutely love Martina Cole for her hard hitting and very real novels, full of gangster life and their code of conduct. The rules of business, from drug dealing to prostitution, to violence and retribution and to the little “clueless” wives at home.

The Graft shows that even gangsters have their secrets and they are willing to pay the highest price to keep them secret. Especially if those secrets would be inexcusable to even the most hardened criminal in your world!

After all is said and done, the wife is seen as just a victim, a woman cluless to how her husband ran his business from day to day. She may never have known his secret, but we should pity the person who doesn’t think that she was the real brains behind her husbands entire empire.

This book is not for the easily offended of the squeamish. It is full of swearing and depictions of violence, child prostitution and heroin addiction. If however you like a bit of meat to get you teeth into then Martina Cole is the author for you.

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Mistress by James PattersonĀ 

However much I enjoy a James Patterson book, I have taken the decision to stop collecting his works. This is purely on the basis that there are just to many to keep up with, the man churns out far to many books a year and I just dont have that kind of income! With the other authors I collect they produce one, maybe two books a year and I am happy with that.

Mistress is a stand alone Patterson novel and is standard Patterson format, short chapters cutting to the heart of the plot without messing around. A plot that isn’t too inconceivable in real life and a story that often puts you on the edge of your seat.

James Patterson is a great read for any lover of crime books, they can be devoured easily in any surrounding. The reader can also try at being detective as the twists and turns of the story line never become to confusing. It can be fun to beat the main character to the punch!

Mistress is a book full of goverment conspiracies and one plucky journalist who just wont give up the fight without learning the truth, in his effort to uncover the truth who can he trust? The road to the truth never did run smooth but how many will lost their life in this fight to the end? 

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Cause of Death by Dr Geoffrey Garrett and Andrew Nott

This book combines two of my favorite things to do; reading and crime scene investigation.

The idea of using science to figure out how someone died, how people robbed a bank, kidnapped a child or defrauded millions of people really interests me. So much so that I am a fairly avid reader or anything crime, while it might seem morbid or weird to some it completely enthralls me.

For anyone similarly interested in criminal cases this book is fantastic, written by a criminal pathologist the book tells of the awful crimes he has been asked to work on. How he uses certain tools and machines to carry out postmortems, what he believes causes people to comit murder and how when faced with multiple deaths a pathologist will need as system to identify every fatality.

The book isn’t overly long and has a nice flow to it. It also mainly uses lesser know crimes which is good for a crime buff like me. Most of the Dr’s stories are from the Manchester area as that was his domain.

I highly recommend this book to all crime lovers and for people who just like learning things, it is a great read.

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