#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 20/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is from a series I love, but only read the first book last year!

DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James
Published; May 6th 2005, Pan Macmillan UK

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“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune… Dead simple…


“We don’t rise to the level of our abilities, we fall to the level of our excuses.”

This book is exactly the reason I will continue to read UK crime novels until I can no longer read!

I read this as part of the 2016 Reading Challenge under the prompt of ‘A book that brings you joy’. An odd prompt some may think – it brings me joy for the following reasons;

– A tough as DCI in charge of an investigation
– A serious crime with twists and turns throughout
– Second guessing all of the key players
– A fast paced investigation with a great climax
– Left open for subsequent stories and further character development

‘Dead Simple’ introduces us to DCI Roy Grace, a 39-year-old whose wife has been missing for nearly 8 years after leaving with only her handbag. Grace is a great character – he is hard, fair, respectful of colleagues and a at heart, a bit soft.

Grace is roped into helping colleague Glenn Branson investigate the disappearance of Michael Harrison – who was last seen being buried alive in a coffin as a prank on a stag night for four of his friends. I don’t want to give too much away as there are so many twists and turns…there are two major twists in this story that made me so mad I wanted to throw furniture around!

If you like gritty UK crime novels – this book is a must read. This is the start of a long standing series from James, with twelve instalments following Roy Grace.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

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#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 13/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

MISERY by Stephen King
Published; July 7th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton

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“Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That’s when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn’t the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news was that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn’t like it. She didn’t like it at all.


MISERY is only the second Stephen King book I have read, but I’m already seeing a trend in his writing. It’s all about the suspense, leaving parts to your own imagination. This was an excellent read…not sure I’m ready to watch the movie.

UPDATE – I watched the movie and although I enjoyed it – it also upset me so much as there are key scenes written in the book which we were not played out how I imaged on the big screen. The hobbling scene for example!
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 06/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

In aniticpation for the release of THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE, my pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz
Published; August 27th 2015, MacLehose Press

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“She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .


For a moment I was thinking that this was “The Girl Who Only Shows Up in Cameos” rather than the title to this book!

We spend the first half of the book understanding why the crime has taken place and who are the key players.

Then all of the drama starts and we read more of our two heroes building to a big finale which for me was over a little too quickly. (I do love a good Mexican stand off!)

Saying all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had my reservations of a new author taking on somebody else’s work/characters, but Lagercrantz did very well. He explored further the origins of Wasp and also what became of Lisbeth’s’ twin sister; Camilla.

I would wonder whether Lagercrantz had access to Larsson’s unpublished fourth Millennium novel? There was a great mixture of action, suspense and mystery – tie that with a subject matter which most people are interested in – then add Salander and Blomvkist and you are onto a winner.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday | 29/06/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
Published; February 13th 2014, Sphere

“When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger.

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The classic ‘whodunnit’ mysteries are my favourite. I love suspecting ALL of the players in the game and trying to figure out who did it!

The Cuckoo’s Calling did not disappoint! I must admit that I was starting to feel like I had read this book before….down on his luck lawyer, small dingy office, receptionist who cannot be paid properly (if at all), famous case that would make him famous and more successful…… yep….I have read this before…. John Grisham’s ‘The Litigators’. (which is an excellent read!)

With this aside, the story is great. Young model; Luna Landry is found dead on her upmarket London street as an apparent case of suicide. This verdict does not wash with Luna’s brother; John who hires Cormoran Strike to investigate the incident. What John doesn’t expect is that Strike uncovers lies and secrets to discover the grizzly truth.

A great read from Galbraith/Rowling. She certainly has a knack for this kind of writing. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the Cormoran Strike series; The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.