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Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead – Tony Faville

24 Jun

Started: 15/6/13

Finished: 22/6/13

Format: Kindle e-book


Synopsis – In homage to the pulp fiction and hard boiled detective dime store novels of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Tony Faville brings us a new look on those stories of the past. It is 1959, in New York City, the Cold War is in full bloom, and the Red Scare is everywhere. Private Investigator Avery Nolan is hired by the daughter of a missing research scientist to find him. What he finds instead is the KGB, possible government coverup, and the undead ready to tear the United States apart from the inside.


My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when I first had my kindle as it sounded like the sort of book that I would like. A bit of mystery, suspense and the Cold War! What could go wrong?


This book is about Avery Nolan, a private investigator that is hired to try and find a scientist who has gone mossing by his daughter. Not only has her father gone missing but he was working on a massive project that could impact the United States. Also Avery is trying to win over a girl in the library with the amount of information that he knows.


Well It is actually a very short book, just at over 150 pages on the Kindle and for the amount of story crammed into it it felt like it could have had an awful lot more inside it. I thought that the overall plot was good however I didnt like the massive amounts of fighting and beating people up for the answers.


Also the ‘virus’ part. This kind of just went away on its own so it would have been nice to have this expanded on a lot more as I felt this part was left hanging a lot.


This book was ok. Its not a genre that I read all that much so that could be why I couldnt get into the book very well.


Rating – 2/5


In The Company of Ghosts – Stephen A. Hunt

18 Feb

Started – 12/2/13

Finished – 16/2/13

Format – Kindle e-book


Synopsis – Agatha Witchley used to be a spy in the Cold War, but now she’s locked up in the UK’s premier maximum-security mental institution. She believes that the ghosts of the celebrity dead visit her padded cell and whisper the world’s secrets in her ears. Which is a big problem for the British
government, because she’s the only one who can help them when an American billionaire is murdered in London in one of the strangest killings yet.

The Home Secretary needs the case locked down and solved before the entrepreneur’s death becomes public knowledge and economic chaos ensures.

The woman he has in mind for the job might be paranoid, she might be lethal, she might half-insane and drawing a pension, but it’s amazing how you can forgive that in a genius when it’s a genius’s help you need.

Yes, the security forces need Agatha Witchley again. It’s just the ghosts of Churchill, Elvis and
Groucho Marx they could do without.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when i first had my kindle as the synopsis sounded quite good. Spying, ghosts, cold war, famous peoples ghosts whats not to love?

This book is about Agatha Witchley, an elderly lady who can see the ghosts of famous people awho is recruited to try and help to solve the particually strange murder of a buisnessman. However, this is really all i can tell you about the book. It seemed to have two very different plot lines to it, the murder and that part and the ghost part. They didnt really seem to interact with each other at all and i couldnt really understand or follow what was going on.

This is the first book in a series of books and maybe this is why i didnt understand it much but i dont think ill be in a rush to read anymore i really did not enjoy this book at all.

Rating – 1/5

The Labyrinth of Osiris – Paul Sussman

16 Oct


Started – 8/10/12

Finished – 15/10/12

Format – Paperback Book


Synopsis – Since they last met, life has moved on for Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roe. About to become a father for the first time, Ben-Roi finds himself investigating a gruesome murder in Jerusalem’s Armenian Cathedral. The victim, a journalist named Rivka Kleinberg, had been researching an article into the Israeli sex-trafficking industry. When a link emerges between Kleinberg and an English engineer who disappeared from Luxor in 1931, Ben-Roi turns for help to his old friend and sparring partner Khalifa.


Khalifa’s life too has changed, although in his case not for the better. Preoccupied with personal tragedy and immersed in an investigation of his own – a series of mysterious well-poisonings in Egypt’s Eastern desert – he agrees for old time’s sake to do some digging for his Israeli colleague. In the process Ben-Roi might just be giving Khalifa his lust for life back.


Inexorably the two investigations entwine, drawing Ben-Roi and Khalifa into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and anti-capitalist terrorism. And at the heart of the web lies the Labyrinth – a three-thousand year-old ancient Egyptian mystery that has already taken Rivka Kleinberg’s life – and hers will not be the last…


My Thoughts – I was sent this book from the Transworld publishers as part of a reading challenge. Although i dont really read a lot of thrillers, this is a genre that i would ideally like to read more of.


This book is about Yusuf Khalifa a police detective based around Eygpt and also Arieh Ben-Roe based in the Jerusalem police force. These two have been friends for a long time and as fate would have it end up working on the same murder case again.


To start with i did find this book a little confusing. It has about 15 different points of view and to start with i was struggling remembering who was who and following the storyline. I couldnt really figure out how they all tied in with each other. However, after about 150 pages in i really started to get into the story and it all started to come together.


This book is very full of twists and turns, i did try and figure out as i was going along who the suspect for the murder was and i kept changing my mind. I just couldnt figure it out and when it was revealed at the end of the book i just couldnt believe it and it all slotted into place a bit more.


The only downside that i could really find was this was book three in a series. Although it worked quite well as a stand alone book i would have liked to have read them in order but thats just one of my stange habits.


This was a good thriller i really enjoyed reading it and i would recommend it!


Rating – 4/5

Sin and Sacrifice – Danielle Bourdon (Daughters of Eve #1)

10 Apr

Started – 2/4/12

Finished – 8/4/12

Format – Kindle e-book



Evelyn Grant, along with her four sisters, have a secret. A secret the Knights Templar want for themselves. It all went back to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge and Life. The Knights will do anything to exploit the girls and their access to that sacred place, but one man, government agent Rhett Nichols, is set to the task of saving the women from torture and even death.

He succeeds—and he fails.

After centuries of being hunted, would Evelyn ever be able to trust the one person who might be able to help her? On the run, Evelyn and Rhett face off against their adversary and she’s left with no choice but to put her life in his hands.


My thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on amazon, along with the other books in the trilogy. I really enjoyed this book.


This book is about Evelyn and her four sisters, who although they seem normal on the outside, they are hiding a huge secret. A huge adventure happens when an event unfolds ( i dont really want to say what it is incase others want to read the book!) Due to this event, the lovely Rhett makes an appearance. Now Evelyn is not the only one hiding a secret, Rhett is too. This book is a great mystery story, a little like the Dan Brown books, a bit of romance, but not too much, suspense and lots more thrown in.


This book was a little bit gruesome in places, personally I’m not a fan of two much blood, but i think that this story needed the odd part to illustrate a few points. For once i think that violence in a book was just about right.


There were several other twists and turns in this book, some that left me gasping and at a couple of points i couldnt believe what was happening, i really liked these parts.


The synopsis above doesnt really do the book justice, it was much better than that. I have the other two books also on my kindle, so i’ll be reading them soon, i just want to ration them a bit so that i enjoy them more.


I really enjoyed this book and i would recommend it to other people.


Rating – 4/5

Cuckoo – Julia Crouch

25 Nov

Synopsis – A dark, juicy, deliciously unsettling, read-it-in-one-sitting psychological drama.

Rose has it all – the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose’s cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams – her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted – is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it’s very difficult to get her out again…

My thoughts – I read this book as part of a book ring, i had heard many good things about this book and when the chance came up to read it, i jumped at the chance. The book centres on a family, who seem to have it all. And then, Polly comes to stay. Polly has lost her husband, in seemly a tragic car accident leaving her and two young sons behind. When Anna invites her to stay, Polly agrees. Once Polly gets her feet under the table however, things start to happen. Everyone seems to have a secret (or three!) and during the book these all come out. I thought it was brilliant how these all came out.

I dont want to say to much more and ruin the plot for anyone that hasn’t read the book, but its safe to say everything was good until Polly came along.

This book is creepy, in a good way. There are so many twists and turns and it is so nice to read a book that is nor predictable. It is very fast paced, and once i had picked the book up i found it extremely difficult to put down again. The writing style was a little different to what i am used to, but i settled into it very easily.

I didnt expect the ending, what a brilliant end. I even had to read it a couple of times over to make sure that I had understood it and read it correctly.

This is a brilliant book, highly recommended. Its a book full of twists and turns, a page turner and very difficult to put down!

Rating – 5/5


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

8 Nov

Challenges – BCF November Reading Circle
1001 Books to Read
501 Must Read Books

Synopsis – Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death!

My Thoughts – I read this book as part of the November reading circle on the BCF. I was a little apprehensive to start with as my nan is a huge fan of Agatha Christie and i didnt know if it was my type of book. Well, this just goes to show how much you shouldnt judge a book before you read it. I enjoyed this book so much, Agatha Christie has now gone into my top author list!

The story centres on Dr Sheppard who discovers a murder has taken place, when it looks like the wrong person is going to get the blame, Poirot is asked to investigate the crime. I had heard of Poirot before, mainly due to the television series, so i had a bit of an idea of how to picture him.

The book had so many twists and turns to it. I couldnt keep up on who was the suspected murderer, and when i did have a guess, i got it totally and utterly wrong. I couldnt help but try to work out the clues in my head as i went along, but I’m not ashamed to say i got it wrong most of the time. I think this enhnaced my enjoyment of the book a lot more!

I was so shocked by the twist at the end. i actually had to read it several times just to make sure that i had read it correctly. i would say that it was the best twist that i have read in a book for a long time.

This was my first Agatha Christie book and i really want to read more of them. A brilliant book recommended for crime/thriller fans faithful and also to those new to it.

Rating – 5/5

The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

26 Apr


Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object – gruesomely encoded with five symbols – is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipient towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon’s revered mentor, Peter Solomon – philanthropist and prominent mason – is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend’s life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him.

Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the facade of America’s most historic city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there. All that was familiar is transformed into a shadowy, clandestine world of an artfully concealed past in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth.

A brilliantly composed tapestry of veiled histories, arcane icons and enigmatic codes, The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced thriller that offers surprises at every turn. For, as Robert Langdon will discover, there is nothing more extraordinary or shocking than the secret which hides in plain sight…

My thoughts – to start with I was a bit weary about picking up this book, mainly because I had found Angels and Demons the same as The Da Vinci Code. While some of the themes in the books were the same, I found this book much more enjoyable. I found it very difficult to put down at times and would highly recommend it! I found the plot very interesting and also liked how the story changed perspective all the time, its a very fast paced book! A very enjoyable read, and anyone considering reading this do :D

Rating – 4/5