Book Review-Not-Really-Dead

Not Really Dead

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #5)

Not Really Dead (Tess Winnnett, #5) is a novella and the most recent of Leslie Wolfe’s books.

Tess has just wrapped a case and, much to her disgust, is handed an insurance fraud case.  In usual Tess fashion she only gives this case a cursory glance before being drawn into an off-the-records sexual assault case.  Like a moths to a flame Tess draws her colleagues into her world to track down this murdering rapist.

Tess even uses herself as bait.  This is where Leslie Wolfe’s writing style comes to the forefront as the end is abrupt; however, the ending leaves us with many, many questions and wanting more of Tess Winnett.

I am usually not a fan of novellas and short stories however, Not Really Dead is better than many and it is Special Agent Tess Winnett again.

I have rated Not Really Dead as a four 4 star, which is one star more than my usual rating for short stories and novellas.

If you are a Tess Winnett/Leslie Wolfe fan you will love Not Really Dead

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Not Really Dead

an average of 

4.30 stars

from 92 ratings and 24 reviews 

 I have rated 

Not Really Dead

aread.

Not Really Dead (Tess Winnett Book 5)

Not Really Dead

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears Not Really Dead is not available

at Booktopia, and Fishpond 

Book-Review-Bad-to-the-Bone

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Bad to the Bone

by

Tony J. Forder

 

 

Bad to the Bone, is the first book in the DI (Jimmy) Bliss series and my second Tony J. Forder read.  Initially I was a little reluctant in taking up bad to the Bone as I have found some British set novels and television not to my taste.  However this was not the case with this book and I thoroughly enjoyed Bad to the Bone.  The story, the plot and the characters were all interesting and kept me reading well after dark.

 

There were only two negatives, one of which I will attribute to the editor.  Why was this book published with so many (often) unexplained abbreviations in it?  Abbreviations such as DI, DC, IPA, IC1, just to name a few.  I remember asking primary age student to explain anything they were going to abbreviate in their text at least once.

An unearthed shallow grave is the basis for this intriguing who dunnit!  Jimmy Bliss and his sidekick Penny (Pen) Chandler team up with one of Jimmy’s former colleagues (Bobby Dunne) to investigate the bones in the grave many years after the hasty burial.  Not an easy feat to accomplish.  There is quite a pile of present day bodies which mount up and they are all linked to the initial grave of bones in one way or another.

Those readers old enough to have watched the American television series Perry Mason, will remember that hot shot lawyer Perry always won the unwinnable trial in the last ninety seconds by explaining what he had seen, heard or done…off camera.  So it is with Bad to the Bone.  The bad dude was revealed and the rest of the book is devoted to explaining how Jimmy deduced who was bad and who was good.

Because of the Perry Mason ending

and the abbreviations

I only rated Bad to the Bone as a

four star read.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Bad to the Bone

an average of 4.24 stars,

from 1,533 ratings and 151 reviews.

Bad to the Bone (DI Bliss, #1)

Bad to the Bone

can be purchased online at

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Unfortunately Bad to the Bone is not available from Booktopia. 

However there 7 other Tony J. Forder books listed.

Book Review-Drowning-Instinct

 

Drowning Instinct

by

Ilsa J. Bick

 

 

Drowning Instinct was my first Ilsa J. Bick read and initially I thought it was not a book I would like as it was little slow at the beginning and is told through the eyes of sixteen year old Jenna.  Jenna’s mother is borderline alcoholic and her father (called ‘phsyco-dad’) is a workaholic doctor.  In other words Jenna’s family is barely functioning as a family.  Not a good beginning in my opinion.

Jenna is a troubled girl who has few, if any, friends her own age at school.  However, one of her teachers (Mr Mitch Anderson) goes out of his way to make her feel comfortable in her new school.  This friendship develops….and develops, to a stage where it is no longer just a friendship.  Lack of friends and a functioning family life all combine to make grooming this impressionable teenager fairly easy.

As a novel it was enjoyable.  However, as a ‘late to formal teaching male’ I cringed when I realised what was going on between Jenna and Mitch.  I have always believed in building on a good teacher-student rapport for better teaching outcomes, no matter where I have been training/working/teaching.  However this rapport went too far.

 

After the initial few pages Drowning Instinct moved along a cracking pace, which made it an easy read.  I think Drowning Instant was worth at least 3.5 stars…probably 4 stars.

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Other Goodreads readers have rated

Drowning Instinct

an average of 

3.94 stars

from 4,267 ratings

and 759 reviews 

 I have rated 

Drowning Instinct

solidread.

Drowning Instinct

Drowning Instinct 

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Glimpse-of-Death

 

Glimpse of Death

by

Leslie Wolfe

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Glimpse of Death (Special Agent Tess Winnett, #3) is the third of the Tess Winnett books and by far the best in the series and definitely a five star thriller.

I think most of us at some time or another have seen a stranger on multiple occasions and wondered…

And so the story begins with Tess in hospital recovering from a knife wound and women are being abducted.

Again we find Tess bucking the system and protocol as she works from her hospital bed, to save more young married mothers falling victim to this cold calculating perpetrator.  To go into any more depth would spoil the plot.

While I like the crime genre of novels I always wonder if this is totally the author’s imagination at work, or is the story written based on actual events.  I hope it is the latter because I would hate to hear that an author’s fertile imagination provided ideas which were translated into reality.

Glimpse of Death is definitely a five star read as long as you like this genre.

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Other Goodreads readers have rated

Glimpse of Death

an average of 

4.34 stars

from 1,808 ratings and 134 reviews 

 I have rated 

Glimpse of Death

solidread.

Glimpse of Death: A Riveting Serial Killer Thriller

Glimpse of Death 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Crimson-Lake

 

Crimson Lake

by

Candice Fox

 

Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox sees a then teenage girl convicted of murdering another teenage girl and an ex-cop accused of abducting and assaulting another teenage girl join forces in an interesting murder mystery set in Australia’s Far North Queensland’s city of Cairns.   Although a convicted murderer Amanda is a licensed private investigator who takes ex-cop, Ted under her wing while they investigate local deaths.

Because Ted has been accused of abduction and assault (no conviction) of a teenage girl he draws a fair amount of attention from both do-gooders and two ageing cops who have not been promoted during their years of service.  Ted wonders why the beat cops have not been promoted?

 

Amanda notices inconsistencies with Ted’s case and quietly looks into that, with fresh eyes.  Together they try and solve a local disappearance which may have been murder or accident.

 

Narrator Lani Tupu does a good job of narrating Crimson Lake.  His vocal range captures everyone from hot headed, disrespectful teenagers and Ted’s gravelly cadence, to the oozing slime generated by the aforementioned cops.

 

I thought Crimson Lake not quite a four star audio book.  However, a half star for the narrator’s contribution and it scrambles into the four star category.

I have rated

Crimson Lake

 as aaudio book.

Three and a half for the story

and half a star for

the narrator’s  contribution.

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Crimson Lake

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Crimson Lake

an average of 3.98 stars

from 4,839 ratings

and 854 reviews.

Book Review-Becoming-Rain

Becoming Rain

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Becoming Rain is the second (of four) in the Burying Water Series and my fourth novel by K. A. Tucker.  Unlike some other authors Tucker has let a respectable amount of time pass between Burying Water and Becoming Rain while still retaining most of original characters at least in the periphery of the plot.

I really enjoyed two things about Becoming Rain.  First, it did not rely on all the same characters and second, it could be read as a standalone novel. While there are references to the main characters from Burying Water they only have cameo appearances in Becoming Rain.  Russian organised crime which, from memory, was alluded to in Burying Water, also plays a major part in Becoming Rain

Becoming Rain features a new heroine and expands the role of one the younger males in Burying Water.   Becoming Rain is again well paced with no obvious lulls in the action.  Was it plausible?  Possibly, possibly not!  However, it was an entertaining read and that is what I look for.  Enjoyment while reading!

I rated Becoming Rain as solid four star read.

I think

Becoming Rain

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Becoming Rain

 an average of 4.18 stars

from 5,560 ratings

and 643 reviews

Becoming Rain

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-Burying-Water

Burying Water

(Burying Water #1 of 4)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Put a very attractive girl, a troubled youth, and the Russian mob together and what do you have?  Answer….Burying Water.

Burying Water, the first book in a series of the same name, is a well-paced romance which combines all three elements to form another enjoyable read from K. A. Tucker.

One rainy night Jesse plays Good Samaritan and stops to see if a fellow driver needs assistance.  HER car has a flat tire.  Jesse changes the tire and receives a big kiss for his effort.

 

Shortly thereafter a customer asks if he would fix an aging classic car.  Jesse jumps at the chance only to discover that the customer, a Russian mobster, is married to the mystery lady.  From there the plot thickens.

Burying Water is written in ‘then’ and ‘now’ chapters.  When I first came upon this style of writing I wasn’t sure that I liked it.  However, in this instance it provides an excellent link in time and a means of unravelling the past and how it links to the present day story line.  To go into any more detail would spoil the plot.

The only other thing I will add is that I often opt for crime books….good guys and bad guys.  Burying Water does include this element, however, while the criminal aspects of the plot are central to the story it is mainly limited to violence and inferred criminal activities.

I have rated Burying Water as a solid four star read.

I rated Burying Water as solid four star read.

I think

Burying Water

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Burying Water

 an average of 4.15 stars

from 12,165 ratings

and 1,396 reviews

Burying Water

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon