October 2013

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Thrillers Of The Month – October 2013

This month featuring

- Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes, published by Myriad Editions

- Time Fall by Timothy Ashby

- Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman

- The Pact by CN Bring, published by Assent Publishing

- Forbidden Fruit by Ronda Caudill

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 Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes
Review by Wendy Cartmell

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes is a dark crime thriller. Annabel is a lonely girl who lives for her cat, her mother and her work as a civilian police analyst. But in all three relationships she feels inadequate and unfulfilled. One day at work she begins to notice a pattern in unexplained deaths/suicides. A pattern that seems to have been overlooked by her police officer colleagues. This is a book about lonely people, their despair, their isolation and their invisibility. Oh and there are also murders. But are they really murders? I don’t intend to say any more about the plot for fear of spoilers.

Human Remains is the first book I have read by this author and I’m very glad I did. To be honest it took a few chapters to get used to the writing style and I think that was because this isn’t a crime novel written from a police perspective. It is very much a character driven book – mostly the characters of Annabel and Colin – and it charts how they deal with the curve balls life throws at them. But as I continued reading, the story and the characters drew me in so much that I really was unable to put it down. This was a fantastic read, full of twists and turns and a book I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

Rating: A fantastic read!

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 Time Fall by Timothy Ashby
Review by RR Gordon, author of the bestselling Gull Rock

Firstly let’s get the Suspension-Of-Disbelief thing out of the way: this thriller is about a team of paratroopers in the second world war who jump out of a plane, fall through a tear in the fabric of the space-time continuum and find themselves landing in modern day Germany. They continue with their mission: to wreak havoc and maximise disruption wherever possible. A modern-day anti-terrorist unit assume that they are modern-day terrorists and attempt to track them down.

I mentioned the premise of this story to some friends and they all thought that it was fairly preposterous. However I liked it, so there.

I like war stories, science-fiction stories and time travel stories so Time Fall was right up my street. If it sounds like your cup of tea then you’ll be pleased to hear that I also liked the characters in this book, enjoyed the plot lines and found the story well-written. All in all, I was a happy customer.

Sometimes you just want someone to tell you a cracking good yarn!

Rating: A cracking yarn!

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 Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman
Review by Paul Morris

Ever wondered what would happen if someone discovered the secret of eternal beauty and happiness? Well for one couple the dream becomes reality … or does it?

To be honest I thought this book wouldn’t be my proverbial cup of tea. But I was pleasantly surprised with this quirky, off-the-wall story which is the right side of weird and fascinating. A recommended read.

Rating: Weird and fascinating.

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 The Pact by CN Bring
Review by Leslie Gardner 

Set among military folk, this story is latest in a series featuring high level intelligence officer, Celia, plain and tough, still suffering after accidental death of her husband. In this novel following a highly secretive case for her boss, she conflicts with the Pact, a dangerous mission gone wrong involving the FBI and a great deal of money. Her life in danger, chasing the man with blond hair in the Middle East with a team of unique soldiers, she comes across events in past, and collusion in the Navy of father and son, that explains it all.

Bring is nothing if not ambitious and deployment of flamboyant characters, even if not always fully fleshed out, in situations we may have come across before, but which issues we set aside in following the velocity of the plotting. The constraints on military intelligence particularly investigating your own are authentically raised in a timely way. For me, this author is someone to watch.

Rating: Someone to watch.

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 Forbidden Fruit by Ronda Caudill
Review by Misty Martin 

Forbidden Fruit by Ronda L. Caudill PhD is a unique spin on Jack the Ripper.  You will be surprised by the identity of Jack as well as the reasons behind the ghastly murders that set Victorian London on its heels.

Rating: Unique and surprising.

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Penance by Dan O’Shea
Review by Leslie Gardner…Dan O’Shea has written a big, ambitious and intricate story set in the big city of Chicago. What struck me most powerfully is the sheer verbal dexterity of the writing, and deft energy of the dialogue – at centre is detective John Lynch. He’s tough and well-connected, knows right from wrong…and you need to in this story! Wow: we get a sense of people’s personalities and character through their talk in a way reminding me of the great American crime writers (thinking here of George V Higgins for example).O’Shea also manages to propel us through a complex plot uncovering deep, pervasive corruption in the city. In fact, the implied theme about the way crime spreads and infects a city and just everyday people (and its consequence demonstrated in opening sequence as an unrolling discovery of murder is brilliant – a major criminal’s mother is assassinated on her way home from her usual round of good works for the church) – his theme is immediately conveyed compactly and without commentary. Our perspectives are manipulated but there is no sense of contrivance. I suppose the only downside is its density makes it a chewy read – but what is wrong with that? This is a great book to dig into.

Rating: A powerful read.

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Killing With Confidence by Matt Bendoris
Review by Leslie Gardner…‘Killing with confidence’ is an authentic, robust and fast-paced funny crime story. The least persuasive character is the killer himself actually – but the politics of a newsroom, and the killer instincts of the journalists and the complicit criminals is sophisticated and hilarious when it isn’t tragic – and despite his showing off, the worst criminal is not the serial killer!There are kicks and twists throughout – a bit too repetitious about the overweight journalist who makes good, April, and the jokes about alcoholic journos, but all in all, really captivating, funny and engaging. very impressive. Hopefully this author will do more.

Rating: Captivating, funny and engaging.

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