The Finders – Jeffrey B. Burton

Welcome back everyone, I’d read a few positive reviews about this and decided to request a copy on NetGalley. I’m glad I did!

Going into this book I thought there’d be more about the dogs, their training and actively working as cadaver dogs. Since I’m doing a lot of work with my own dog, I was interested in seeing what techniques would be talked about when training cadaver dogs.

What I wasn’t expecting was to have so much of the story be about tracking the killer by regular police work with the dogs just tagging along and causing havoc. In hindsight that makes sense. The amount of disparity in the dog training industry would mean getting reliable information about techniques that no one could argue with wouldn’t be possible. Even myself reading the few snippets was like “O I know some people who wouldn’t be happy about that technique.”

Moving on to the story and how amazing it was!

Right from the get-go I loved it! It was fast moving, interesting, had enough psychology and action to keep me interested, excited and mentally engaged.

We got to see the story from a few people’s perspective, including the main killers. The great thing about hearing the killers perspective is that we learnt about their motivations, their previous killings, how they operate and yet don’t learn anything personal about them until the cops and Reid put it all together.

The final 20% of the book is Reid and Gimm putting together who it is, us getting confirmation from the killer and then the confrontation. Every chapter changed perspective giving us the perfect blow by blow of the whole interaction. Absolutely amazing!

Given this is the first book in the series I can’t wait to see how the following books develop!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Sunday I’ll be reviewing Venators: Legends Rise by Devri Walls.

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Circle-A Killings – Sean Heary

Welcome back everyone, the last few reviews I’ve done on Monday’s have been fantasy or sci-fi. Now it’s time to go back to Sean Heary and his suspense books!

Some sequels pick up exactly where the previous book left of. Generally speaking, the one’s I’ve read tend to have a bit of a gap. Sean’s created a little bit of a gap, but not much in the grand scheme of things. Yet emotionally, we’re way past where we left The Concordat.

The thing that intrigued me the most about this story was the motivation behind them. In The Concordat, it felt very religious. Looking back, I realise it’s more political than religious so I’m not sure how I missed that. Or maybe I forgot?

Either way, this suspense is stemmed from someone’s wealth. The richer you are, the more likely you are to die. O! And that’s the other thing! This is about a serial killer not a single object!

I think at the end of every chapter I had a suspect in mind. At several points I was partially correct in my theory for the who, why and how. Yet I never nailed it. Sean’s writing sucks you in, gives you all the clues you need (in hindsight I can see this) and yet doesn’t give you quite enough to figure it out.

The information you have to make your theories is exactly what Lorenzo and Cathy have. In several spots I had a brainwave SECONDS before I read one of the characters having the same brainwave. It keeps you involved without ever being obvious which is amazing!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll continue The Boys of Jackson Harbour series with Wrapped in love by Lexi Ryan.

Author Bio

Sean Heary is a former business executive who lived for many years a stone’s throw from the Kremlin. No wonder he writes political thrillers. He also spent several years in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he met his wife. Born and raised in Australia, Sean now makes Germany his home.

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Of Night and Dark Obscurity – Nicola Italia

Welcome back everyone, we went from a regency romance to an erotica and today it’s a Victorian romance with a murder mystery!

It was quite some time ago when Nicola contacted me asking if I’d like to review this book. At the time it was still a work in progress, and she wasn’t sure when it was going to be released. Other than a really brief idea on what the novel was going to be about I didn’t know anything about it when I agreed to read it.

I mean. I’ve read and reviewed two of her other books, The Sheik’s Son and Sea of Revenge and loved both of them. Surely I’d like this book that I hadn’t been told much about. Right?

It took me ages to get to reading this book but I got there! I don’t know what book I was thinking of when I started reading it, but the cover made me think it was something other than it was. But that’s totally on me coz it was ages between getting it and reading the blurb and reading it!

Unlike most romances that I read this one primarily followed Valentine, our male protagonist. While alternating to Caroline for a short stint once a chapter (roughly) to add context and her voice to the story. Given that this book focused around a murder investigation this makes a lot of sense.

Having Caroline drive the story from the victim’s perspective while Valentine drove it from the investigation perspective felt well done. While Caroline’s character was consistently concerned for others, charitable and interested in Valentine, I had a couple of moments of confusion with Valentine’s behaviour. He was always so considerate of Caroline and her safety, yet s couple of times felt aggressively possessive and jealous. It didn’t feel like it fit with his personality.

A few times sporadically throughout the book Nicola included snippets of what was happening with the criminals responsible. I loved this. Not only were no names or details included in these, as Valentine came across a new bit of evidence we were kept in the dark until the last possible moment. I loved this because it allowed me to try and guess who the culprit was right until the very end.

Even when they are caught, we aren’t told who they are. Until literally the last chapter. It made for a bit of a nail biter that I enjoyed every second of.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Wednesday I’ll be reviewing New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Hall.

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Tom Stone: Day of the Dead – Lon Casler Bixby & Don Simkovich

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed the last Friday review for a while with Zoe Ashwood’s Trust the Wolf. When I put out a message on Twitter late last yr for new books and that I was open to suggestions this was one of the one’s that came recommended, and it’s a genre I’ve been wanting to try for a while, but until now have been a bit too nervous to actually try.


Writing Style

This was a new genre for me, so I’m not sure how the writing compares to others in the crime genre. But some dates would’ve been nice because I’m honestly still not sure if this spanned a month or three?

I can tell that time is passing based on the fact that people are at different places, or with different people. But I couldn’t tell how much, and I think that may have helped me get more involved.

There were also some descriptions given about a family interaction or something that didn’t feel like it was adding anything to the story other than breaking up the crime aspect with some romance or domesticity. Is that normal in this type of genre?

I’m not too sure, but I’m not sure I enjoyed it. Maybe it’s just my work brain being in overdrive trying to get multiple projects finished at work and remembering to write succinctly and to only write what adds value. But I got lost a little bit when those moments came up.


Initial Thoughts

I will admit that after finishing the first 3 chapters I had to put this book down and read something else first. It had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with the fact that I’m a massive mood reader. If I’m not in the mood to read that genre or book, it ‘aint happening.

And unfortunately, I realised 3 chapters in I wasn’t in the mood for a crime novel so knew I had to put it down and come back to it when I was more in the mood if I was going to give it a fair shot.

I’m glad I did, because when I came back to it, I was in a much better frame of mind to just absorb it and go along for the ride.


Final Thoughts

In the end I found I enjoyed the book overall, but I don’t think crime novels are the genre I can keep coming back to. At least not this style.

I find that odd since I’ve liked other ones that are a bit more suspense related compared to this one. But I honestly felt like I was reading an episode of NCIS where they actually play by the rules and it takes them a while to catch the criminal. And there’s nothing wrong with NCIS! I actually really like NCIS!

But I think I enjoy that style more visually on the TV rather than in a book. But if you like this style, don’t forget to check out the other 3 books in this series.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing No Place Like Home by Maxine Morrey.

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