Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lucifer's Tears- James Thompson

Inspector Kari Vaara returns in this book.  A woman is found murdered in her lover's flat with her lover beside her claiming he has been hit over the head.  Vaara is under great pressure to wrap up the case quickly and arrest the lover.  However, he feels this is all too convenient and pursues the case more.  He is also told to investigate the war crimes committed by a now 90 year old man and these implicate his grandfather also.
In his private life Kari's wife Kate is 8 and a half months pregnant and her brother and sister from America are staying with the couple leading to cultural and family tensions.  All in all I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be another one in the series. A few times I felt that the translation seemed a little clumsy but on the whole it read well.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Only the innocent- Rachel Abbott

 Sir Hugo Fletcher is found murdered in his home, tied to the bed in such a way that the police are convinced that the perpetrator of the crime must be a woman.  Sir Hugo's charity work made him famous for rescuing eastern european girls from prostitution and prociding somewhere for them to go but what of his private life?  This begins to be revealed to us through a series of letters his second wife Laura wrote to her childhood best friend Imogen.  The public figure and the private man don't match up.  DCI Tom Douglas has no shortage of women he could consider to be suspects but he finds it very difficult to penetrate the tight circle of loyalties that exist for Sir Hugo and between one another. 

This book is told in a clever way because there is the ongoing police investigation into what has happened but this doesn't dominate the storyline and there are also the letters written from Laura to Imogen as well as the discussions these letters provoke between the two friends.  As the book progresses there are more and more layers evident.  I was very slightly disappointed by the ending and for this reason I have gone for 4* and not 5.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Impeding Justice- Mel Comley

After being impressed with cruel justice I downloaded this one and it does not disappoint at all. The book opens with Pete, Lorne's partner, being shot and from there on it is a battle against the clock and against the "Unicorn" a criminal Lorne has been hunting down for 8 years. He is a master of escape and has no end of people that he is controlling. Lorne is desperate to catch him particularly after he starts targetting members of her family.

Tensions still exist between Lorne and husband Tom about the amount of time she is spending at work but these tensions don't seem to be as severe as in the first book. It will be interesting to see whether they have further improved by the time the third book is read.

My only criticism was the ending...guess I'll just have to download the next book though

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Blood line- Lynda La Plante

Anna Travis is approached by a man whose son has gone missing.  Eventually DCS Langton tells her to start investigating it.  When Anna questions the man's girlfriend she admits he has gone missing but says she thinks he has run off with another woman.  Anna finds herself in a strange situation trying to work out what has happened. A pool of blood is discovered under the bed but there are very few personal belongings at the flat so obtaining DNA samples to compare to the blood is not possible.  All the reports received about Alan Rawlins say that he is a hard working, polite, quiet man and there appears to be no reason for him to have disappeared or been killed.  Travis finds herself getting very frustrated by the amount of interference by Langton and it is unclear for a while whether their shared past is going to jeopardise the case.

I really enjoyed this book.  I found it really easy to read and was realy interested to find out what did happen to Alan Rawlins.  There weren't too many characters in the book so it was easy to "get to know them".  In this case Anna worsk with a new team of detectives so will be interesting to see if this team continues next time or whether Mike Lewis et al return