Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen

I enjoyed Old Friends and New Enemies, the second PI Charlie Cameron novel and give it a thrilling recommendation to all.

The book is mainly set in Glasgow, as was the first novel – Games People Play.  This should be read after the first book but can also be read as a stand alone novel. The author knows his way around Glasgow and brings the city alive in his descriptive writing.

This gripping instalment had me hooked beginning to end. Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron is shocked when he realises the body in the mortuary is not the man he was expecting, instead its an old friend…

Thank you Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review the second Charlie Cameron novel.  It was gripping and I look forward to the next!

Synopsis

An explosive new crime thriller

The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.

But it wasn’t a stranger.

Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.

Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.

Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.

There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

AUTHOR Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE Old Friends and New Enemies
SERIES PI Charlie Cameron
PUBLISHER Bloodhound Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 21 February 2017
PRINT LENGTH 336 pages
ASIN B01N9UTTBE
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When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, andhad a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.

Games People Play by Owen Mullen

MoMo Book Diary enjoyed Games People Play, Owen Mullen’s brilliant novel set in Glasgow.

The book is mainly set in Glasgow and I loved the way the author used the language, and could even hear the rough glaswegian accents coming through.

This well written story had me hooked from the introduction and on tender-hooks through to the nail-biting conclusion.

Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron is a complex character which the author demonstrates though the telling of his back story and look forward to reading more of his investigations.

Thank you Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review this breath-taking novel.

Synopsis

On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.

The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

AUTHOR Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE Games People Play
SERIES PI Charlie Cameron
PUBLISHER Bloodhound Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 16 January 2017
PRINT LENGTH 305 pges
ASIN B01MS8FQDC
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When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, andhad a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.

The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this emotional family tale.

This is the first Amanda Prowse book I have read. My first impression is that Amanda Prowse is an exceptional novelist who has deeply researched this storyline. In this heart-wrenching novel we are introduced to Freya and Lockie and their two daughters, Charlotte and Lexi and taken on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey with them as they are plunged into a nightmare situation.

What starts out as a perfectly ordinary family living a happy domestic life soon is rocked to the core. No-one understands. No-one has the answers. No-one knows what to do. Mistakes are made. The one thing you can feel from the first page to the last is the love the characters have between them.

This is a MUST READ novel which tells the story of how an eating disorder can invade any family. It is about the importance of love and honesty within the family. It is about sticking together to get through whatever crisis is in front of us.

I knew nothing about anorexia before and whilst I understand it may not be factually perfect – everyone’s experience is different – but it is a novel not a self-help book.

Once I started to read this book I couldn’t put it down, even after finishing it a few days ago, I still find myself thinking about the characters and what happens next. I highly recommend this novel to everyone.

Thanks to Amanda Prowse, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel prior to publication.

Synopsis

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

AUTHOR Amanda Prowse
BOOK TITLE The Food Of Love
SERIES  n/a
PUBLISHER Lake Union Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION 01/12/2016
PRINT LENGTH 364 pages
ISBN 9781503940048
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Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twelve novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world.

Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments.

Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio, but her first love is and will always be writing.

Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Ian Rankin’s “Rather Be The Devil” and highly recommends this excellent new release.

I have always been a huge fan of Ian Rankin and his “Rebus” novels so you can imagine my excitement at finding this book available for review on NetGalley.  Thank you NetGalley and Orion for approving me to read and review.

The book begins with Rebus, now retired, having dinner with Deborah Quant in the Caledonian Hotel.  Being there reminds Rebus of a 40 year old unsolved murder. As expected, the mystery plays on his mind long after the dinner has ended. This fantastically constructed novel includes our favourite characters from previous cases, well known gangland criminals, aging rock stars and money laundering.

The way in which Ian Rankin brings Edinburgh to life, the language used and character progression and makes this such a compelling series.

It amazes me that there have been so many Rebus novels, this is number 21, and yet there are still more surprises, twists, turns ahead. I started reading as soon as I downloaded the book and didn’t want to stop until I reached the final page. I hate when I reach the end and know I need to wait so long for the next part!

Synopsis

Ian Rankin returns with his superb new novel, set in the dark heart of Edinburgh.

John Rebus, now a couple of years into his retirement finds himself drawn into a cold case from the 1970s involving a female socialite, found dead in a bedroom in one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels.

It’s a crime over forty years old, but no one was ever found guilty.

Now, Rebus has his own reasons to investigate . . . but it is going to set him against some very dangerous people.

AUTHOR Ian Rankin
BOOK TITLE Better The Devil
PUBLISHER Orion
DATE OF PUBLICATION 3 November 2016
FORMAT ARC mobi
PRINT LENGTH  320 pages
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Private Investigations by Quintin Jardine

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Quintin Jardine’s Private Investigations and eagerly recommends this as a thrilling read.

I have read most of the “Skinner” books, starting from the first one published back in the early 90s when I lived in Edinburgh.  Now I live in the northern isles but am always drawn to books about southern and central Scotland.

In this instalment we find former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has moved into the world of private investigation.

Eden Higgins is Bob Skinner’s first client.  Eden, the brother of an ex-girlfriend of Skinner, wants him to look into the police investigation into the theft of his very expensive, luxury yacht.  The police were unable to trace the very large yacht and the insurance company are refusing the pay out the full amount.

Whilst on his way to meet Eden Higgins, Bob’s car is bumped by another as he is reversing from a parking space.  The driver of the other car leaves the vehicle and takes off immediately on foot.  Bob Skinner then finds the body of a young girl in the otherwise empty boot of the now driverless car. Bob quickly finds himself involved in both cases.

There are many twists and turns in this fast paced instalment where each chapter brings new developments in one or other of the cases. There is reference to the changing Police Force set-up we have faced in Scotland over recent years and this fits with the bigger picture of Skinners backstory and the tension between him and some of his ex-colleagues.

The author cleverly leads the reader through the investigations and has a way of bringing each character to life with enough backstory that even if you have never read any other “Skinner” book you will be able to relate to the characters and the personal and professional relationships they share with Bob Skinner.  I would say that if you have never read any other Skinner book you will want to change that after you have read this one – I am now going to go back to my bookshelf and re-read them again. If you can, then do read them in order – it adds to the enjoyment being able to follow his private life and life within the Police service.

I would like to thank Headline and BookBridgr for the ARC received prior to publication.

Synopsis

Quintin Jardine’s twenty-sixth Bob Skinner mystery sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling new case in which no score will go unsettled.

Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes over his thirty-year career. But few have affected him quite as much as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

As his former colleagues investigate, Skinner takes on an unusual commission of his own.

The body count rises, motives appear, the hunt goes global, and potential conflicts surface. In his new guise, is Skinner is on the side of the angels…or working against them?

 

AUTHOR Quintin Jardine
BOOK TITLE Private Investigations
PUBLISHER Headline
DATE OF PUBLICATION 3 November 2016
FORMAT Paperback
PRINT LENGTH 440 pages
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The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this as one of the best crime thriller books I have read this year!               

Mel Sherratt’s crime thriller “The Girls Next Door” is a thrilling mystery full of suspense which I was lucky enough to read in one day (as a back-seat passenger on a six-hour journey).

I had not read any of this author’s books previously and found myself captivated by her style of writing. The characters, mostly part of the story from the beginning, are introduced lots of names and relationships to get to grips with but the author leads you through perfectly.

I especially loved feisty Detective Eden Berrisford and look forward to more of her story in future books.

Sincere thanks to author, Mel Sherratt, and publisher, Bookouture, for opportunity to read this fantastic book via Netgalley prior to its release date. I am already recommending it to everyone!

Synopsis

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

AUTHOR Mel Sherratt
BOOK TITLE The Girls Next Door
SERIES Detective Eden Berrisford #1
PUBLISHER Bookouture
DATE OF PUBLICATION 27 October 2016
PRINT LENGTH 296 pages
ISBN 9781786810915
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