Review of ‘The Demeter Code’ by Russell Brooks

The Demeter CodeThe Demeter Code by Russell Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another action packed story involving CIA Operatives, Ridley Fox and Dr Nita Parris. The story begins with Dr Parris in a hotel in Washington attempting to move Timothy Weyland into witness protection. Meanwhile Ridley Fox is in France, having taken on the identity of David Conlon a mercenary. Both Fox and Parris are ably assisted by super hacker Dewan, who keeps in touch with both of them by earpieces. It becomes a race against time to prevent a catastrophic event, which could wipe out the entire USA. As with Brooks’ previous thriller, Pandora’s Succession, the Demeter Code is again packed with technical detail, and needs to be read in large chunks so as to keep up with the complicated plot. The idea of the story is both clever and terrifying. Brooks has managed to create an excellent thriller, which leaves readers imagining a ‘what if it could really happen?

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Review of ‘Going Home Alone’ by Justin P Lambert

Going Home AloneGoing Home Alone by Justin P Lambert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Derrick is struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife Reena. Following the funeral, Tim, an old friend of Reena’s contacts Derrick to say that he has Reena’s will. Derrick is mystified, he didn’t realise that Reena had written a will. He goes over to Tim’s to collect it and Tim hands over a package wrapped in brown paper. Derrick doesn’t want to open it in front of Tim so takes it home. He unwraps the package to find a pair of sunglasses, a camera,a journal and a yellow three-ring binder. It is Reena’s special way to help her husband come to terms with his loss, but what do all these items mean? You need to read this story to find out!

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Review of ‘The Strategist’ – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell

The Strategist - A ThrillerThe Strategist – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping read, right from the first chapter. I was hooked. Camille is heading home after leaving the FBI, a career that she had loved until something traumatic happened, which she was unable to come to terms with. We find out what it was later on in the story. She feels a failure. What will people think of her? What will her father think of her? The best part of returning home would be spending time with her friend of many years, Julie, but sadly it was not to be. We already know from the first chapter that Julie has a terrifying secret, but she is murdered before she can tell Camille about it. Instead, she leaves instructions for her friend to carry out in the event of her death. Not satisfied with the way the investigation is going, Camille is drawn into the case. Her FBI training kicks in as she delves deeper and deeper into the homicide. The characters are real, the reader can’t help but be drawn in. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. Not at all predictable. I thoroughly recommend this book

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Review of ‘Sweet Tea and Secrets’ by Nancy Naigle

Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel, #1)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first in the series of Adams Grove Novels.
A very easy to read book. Jill has returned to Adams Grove for a surprise party for her grandmother, Pearl, who had brought Jill up. She is not looking forward to meeting Garrett, her boyfriend from schooldays, who broke her heart, forcing her to move away to the city and taking a job working for Bradley. Things don’t work out as Jill expected. She has to face up to the sudden loss of someone she thought would always be there for her. Then Pearl’s secrets come to the surface and things suddenly become dangerous for Jill. It is quite a predictable read; a bit far-fetched in places. I think we all know how the story will end, but as I said it is easy to read, ideal for holidays when you don’t want to read anything too taxing.

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Review of ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ (Wouldn’t it?) by Sophie Ranald

It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?)It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ellie and her younger sister, Rose, share a flat. Anyone looking at them could tell they were sisters, but there the similarity ends. Rose is slim, elegant, and attractive and spends an inordinate amount of money in keeping up her appearance. She attracts a succession of wealthy men, but the relationships never last. Ellie on the other hand, has no real interest in her looks and thinks it wrong that her sister makes so many sacrifices to keep her looks. Ellie also has Ben, who she tells everyone – Is Not Her Boyfriend!
Ellie has never shown any interest in Rose’s boyfriends, that is until Rose brings Oliver home. Ellie is immediately bowled over by him. He takes her breath away. Ellie confides in her best friend, Claire, who suggests she try to lure Oliver away from Rose. Ellie loses weight, buys a new wardrobe of clothes, changes her job, keeps track of where Oliver goes, all to make herself more attractive to Oliver. Without giving away any more of the plot away, the story then follows Ellie’s ups and downs in her quest to bag Oliver. It is an entertaining, funny story, well written.
Now comes the ‘but’ and in my opinion, a very big ‘BUT’. Why the need to use the ‘C’ word? Was it really necessary to enhance the story? I personally find this word offensive. There are so many other descriptive words to use. I felt that this word was dropped in here and there just for the fun of it. It spoilt what was an otherwise good read and is the reason why I have only given it 2* when it could have warranted more. I am also surprised that a female author feels the need to use such words. The ‘F’ word seems to be creeping in everywhere and seems to be coming acceptable. How soon before the ‘C’ word unfortunately becomes just as acceptable?

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Review of The Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac

The Truth Will OutThe Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eva and Naomi are discussing over the internet, something that they had been unfortunately drawn into. They are both scared. Suddenly Naomi hears a sound behind her and a gloved hand appears on the screen. Naomi is obviously being attacked, but by who? Eva panics, takes a few seconds to call for an ambulance then rushes to her car and heads north towards Scotland, all the while ringing Naomi on her mobile, hoping for a reply, hoping that her friend is alright. Straight away, I was left wondering why didn’t Eva just go straight to the police? Why just run away when she doesn’t know if her friend is alive or dead.
DCI Helen Lavery is called in to lead the investigation. I liked the character of DCI Lavery with all her baggage, being a widow, bringing up 2 teenage sons, coping with a stressful job. Lavery is suddenly removed from the investigation as it is handed over to an ex lover of hers – DI Dean Fitzpatrick. She can’t understand why.
It is basically a good story, with many twists and turns, but most of the time I was ahead of the plot, with the background being drip fed out. By the time I read the reasons for Eva and Naomi to be in such a dangerous situation, I had already guessed why, which was a bit annoying and did spoil it a bit for me.

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Back off Holidays!

We had a great holiday travelling to New York on the Queen Mary 2, which was a wonderful experience. Then 4 days spent in New York visiting all the touristy places. Thank you New York for being such a friendly place. I read several books while away, a mix of good and bad and am now getting my reviews ready. Watch this space over the next few days!

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Review of Paint Me Gone by Molly Greene

Paint Me GonePaint Me Gone by Molly Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another case for Private Investigator Genevieve Delacourt to solve. This time a new client, Sophie Keene, asks Gen for her help in tracking down the woman in a painting that has come into her possession. The woman bears an uncanny resemblance to Sophie’s sister, Shannon, who went missing twenty years ago and everyone presumed she had committed suicide after being accused of a murder. Gen is soon on the trail, ably assisted by her friend Oliver Weston. The painting is unsigned, but together they manage to track down artists from the same era who painted in a similar style or maybe would recognise the artist. The story gets more complicated, dangerous too, as Gen and Oliver dig deeper and deeper. There are twists and turns and the reader is kept guessing the identity of the artist until the dramatic ending. Running through the story, there is a ‘will they, won’t they’ relationship with Detective Hackett. This is a good story, well written, the characters are likeable and believable. I enjoy Molly Greene’s style of writing and look forward to more cases for Gen to solve

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A new photo of Bailey

Me & Ballcock!

My mum is having difficulty writing anything at the moment. Too many things going on in her life she says! I think it’s just an excuse myself, so I thought I would let you see this photo of me. I destroy any ball I am given – I’m a terrier, that’s what we do isn’t it? – anyway, I was given this ballcock to play with – how frustrating – I can’t pick it up, I can’t chew it, all I can do is chase it round the garden and now I am worn out!

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Review of Home Grown by Ninie Hammon

Home GrownHome Grown by Ninie Hammon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fact that this book is fiction, but based on events that actually took place makes it all the more gripping. It just proves how harmful marijuana can be, how it ruins lives, leads to suicides and murder. I was hooked from the very first chapter. It is a great story, a bit gory in parts, but necessary to show the drug trade as it really is.
Sarabeth Bingham returns to her old town for the funeral of her father, a newspaper editor, who has been murdered. She vows to carry on his newspaper business, but in doing so sets off an horrendous chain of events. When we meet Bubba Jamison for the first time, he sends shivers down the spine. What a truly awful character.
This is the first book of Hammon’s that I have read. I shall definitely be reading her others.

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