Book Review: Perfect Harmony by @K_RhodesWriter @Bloodhoundbook #Review

Perfect Harmony

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Adrian Stone believes he is a genius. A narcissist, with a psychotic desire to pursue his ambition to become the world’s most revered pianist, Stone joined London’s Royal College of Music as a child prodigy, believing his path to fame was secure. But when his parents decided to send him back to school, he slaughtered them and his older sister in their Richmond home, landing himself in Rampton’s high security unit.

 

Nine years later Stone escapes with two goals in mind: to kill those who denied his destiny and pursue his musical ambitions.

As bodies start to appear around London Dr Alice Quentin is brought in from the Met’s Forensic Psychology Unit. But when she realises her name is on Stone’s list of potential victims, the case becomes personal.

Working alongside her boyfriend, DI Don Burns, London’s most successful murder investigator, Alice must stop Stone to save her own life.

Alice realises that there is logic to the music left at each murder scene, and thinks she’s cracked the case, but little does she know what Stone has in store for his grand finale…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Perfect Harmony and it’s different take on the police procedural I read, write and enjoy.

The story follows Dr Alice Quentin and her place in the investigation as to where convicted psychopath Adrian Stone has escaped to. But Alice has a problem he might be also after her.

I liked a lot of the characters in this book and also found myself liking Adrian and the relationship he forms with X a nurse he meets and begins to manipulate to only find himself failing for her and her pure innocence.

I also enjoyed the fact that Alice’s boyfriend, DI Don Burns, London’s most successful murder investigator, is also working on the case, at times in the novel he was there to explain the “police stuff.” We also got a peak at how being related to or in a relationship with a DI affects his family and how Alice tries her best to pick up the pieces.

The murders themselves weren’t written in a gruesome way and left a lot to the interpretation of the reader and description of how the bodies were found.

I really enjoyed this book and plan to seek out further Alice Quentin books in the future.

 

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Kate was born in London and tried many jobs before starting to write. She spent time as a cocktail waitress, a theatre usherette, and more recently as an English teacher before writing two prize-winning collections of poetry. Her crime novels have been translated into ten different languages, and have received high acclaim from the press. The Guardian described her books as ‘beautifully written and expertly plotted, a masterclass in crime fiction.’ Her Hell Bay series set in the Isles of Scilly has been optioned for TV.

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Book Review: Toys In The Dust @normthewriter @Bloodhoundbook #Review

Toys In The Dust

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Two seven-year-old girls, Tina and Suzy, are playing in a dusty creek when a stranger appears and strikes up a conversation. He is sad that he doesn’t have a doll to play with, like the girls do, so Suzy hurries home to fetch one. When she returns, Suzy discovers both Tina and the stranger have vanished.

A short while later, traffic officer Leighton Jones, who is fighting his own demons, is driving home from the scene of a near-fatal accident. When Leighton sees a young girl race out in front of his car and vanish into the countryside, he reports the sighting. Unfortunately, his superiors, who are increasingly concerned about Leighton’s mental health, doubt the child exists.

But after Tina’s mother confirms her daughter’s disappearance, Leighton risks his job by pursuing his own investigation of the case.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the Californian countryside, a child killer is relentlessly searching for the one who got away.

Leighton has his work cut out. Can he prove his sanity and find Tina before the stranger does?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading “Toys In The Dust” which is told from 3 / 4 points of view. Tina, The Stranger, Angela Tina’s mother and Detective Leighton, a traffic officer whose juggling work and a young daughter, on top of struggling with the lose of his wife and unnecessary concerns for his daughters safety.

After being taken Tina manages to escape from the strangers car and a cat and mouse game begins as the Stranger hunts Tina.

While Leighton struggles to convince his captain that he did see Tina run across the road and it wasn’t his over active imagination. He ends up conducting his own search for Tina.

The book kept me interested all the way through, and when I read another review by accident that said they were disappointed with the ending, I failed to see how they were disappointed until I read the epilogue….

I did kind of feel things should have been left up to reader’s interpretation.

A good solid read while communing to and from work.

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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always considered a combination of decent fiction and good coffee as providing the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jones at least two more outings.

Aside from his family, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his stories.

 

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Book Review: Reach of Shadows by @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook #DIBliss #Review

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Recovering from injuries sustained in a road collision, DI Bliss is taken directly from hospital to a fresh crime scene and ordered to investigate the vicious stabbing and murder of Jade Coleman.

When Bliss realises the victim had reported being stalked, and that two of his own team had been drafted in to take her statement, he is given the unenviable task of interviewing both of his detectives.

Increasingly it appears that the stalker may be their killer. However, several other people soon become part of the team’s suspect list.

Bliss also finds himself being questioned about his own past, and has to battle to defend himself whilst continuing to investigate the murder.

Soon more questions arise.

Why would anybody target Jade Coleman?

Why are the team unable to identify the victim’s close female friend?

And why did Jade recently leave her job without any explanation?

With his work cut out, and his team under pressure, can Bliss solve the case before more victims show up?

Or will the shadows of his own past reach out and drag him under before he can succeed?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Tony J Fodler and I enjoyed it, through reading it I felt that this book was the ending of a series. Tying up lose ends so I’ll be interested to know if the author plans to continue this series?

I liked and could relate to the characters. Though DI Bliss is going through a tough time his team rally around him and almost carry him through the case. I could feel the depression and almost desperation the character felt when things were starting to spiral out of control. Part of me wished that the DI would take the offer of help from his team but I guess he is stuck in his own ways.

I especially enjoyed the relationship between DI Bliss his partner Penny Chandler. At times they came across more as father and daughter than partners but it works.

One criticism I did have though was at times the book seemed to drag on. Whether this is because I am more used to more “action” lead novels I don’t know. The novel served its purpose in passing time on the way to work especially since my change in transportation.

I will certainly be looking out for more books from Tony  and I’m certainly tempted to get hold of past DI Bliss and Detective Penny Chandler books.

 

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Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first three books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, and If Fear Wins, are now joined by The Reach of Shadows, published in January 2019.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone novel. Another book that was written as a stand-alone was Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. Before it had even been published, Tony had decided to write a sequel, and Cold Winter Sun was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author.

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