The Dark Iceland Series by Ragnor Jonasson . Books 1 & 2

Snow Blind

This has to be one of my favourite books of last year (2020). I had some really good reads last year, and this one is up there.

Ari Thor Arason has just taken a posting up in Siglufjodur as his first job as a fully trained police officer. It’s a small cut off fishing village in Northern Iceland, where everyone knows everyone else, NOTHING ever happens, and if you’re not from the village you are an outsider to be wary of.

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Kill The Father – Sandrone Dazieri

Published August 10th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

AMAZING.

I don’t really know what to say about this one other than that it is a fabulous book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is tasked with covertly investigating a child abduction case by her boss Captain Rovere. The case has been pretty much closed by the investigating magistrate and so Caselli has to look into it on the down low as a favour to Rovere. He tells her to bring in a man he knows has some experience with child abduction, being ‘The Boy In The Silo’ – Dante Torre.

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Eeny Meeny – MJ Arlidge

Published May 8th 2014 by Penguin UK| ISBN1405914874 (ISBN13: 9781405914871)

I was blown away by this one. I kept stopping reading to make it last longer.

My favourite books are thrillers – and my favourite sub genre of this, is a good police procedural. I love a gritty nuanced detective to get to know and a difficult case to solve, preferably with a serial killer at the helm. Eeny Meeny had this, and more!

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Pigeon Blood Red – Ed Duncan

This is the first in a series of books featuring Rico, an enforcer, who whilst proficient at his murderous job, strangely has a conscience and is quite likeable.

Rico is sent after a thief, by his boss, on orders to retrieve a necklace and dispatch the offender. What he doesn’t count on are two witnesses to his crime. This presents a new challenge and new set of targets. As always, a love interest muddys the waters and Rico is torn between doing his job and protecting the one he’s grown to love.

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From Highlights to Lowlifes – Alyson Chattoe and Jilly Clarkby

Hall Good Books/2017

Goodreads Synopsis

What had seemed the answer to Tilly’s problems had now turned into her worst nightmare. A happily married mother-of-three, Tilly was not the stereotypical criminal – in fact, she’d barely warrant a second glance if passed in the street.

“No one will stop you, Tilly. You’re Mrs. Average. Why would any­one suspect you?”

She’d only wanted to protect her family. If your whole life was under threat, would you make the same decision?

Based on actual events and real-life diary entries, Tilly’s story shows how quickly life can turn…

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The Crucifix Killer – Chris Carter

Simon & Schuster Ltd|ISBN1471128210|2009

Chris Carter was a new author to me when I bought this book. I bought it based on the blurb and the cover. I am NEVER ashamed to say that I buy a book based on it’s cover, and I generally find that I can’t go wrong if I have been drawn in this way.

I like to read a series from the start, so if I know that I am likely to enjoy a book then I won’t read it until I can start from the beginning. Luckily for me, this one was number one, so I was all set to go!

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Mini reviews: A Mixed Bag. Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer – MC Beaton 2*. An Act of Defiance – Irene Sabatini 2.5*. Meet me in London – Georgia Toffolo 5*.

Goodreads synopsis

The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin.

As the village gets ready for the Bishop’s visit, the twins get overly-excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse . . . so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he ‘felt like killing them’!

When the twins’ home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer.

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The Minders – John Marrs

Del Rey, Penguin Random House/ISBN-13: 9781529100655/ISBN-10: 1529100658/17th September 2020

Happy paperback publication day (17/09/2020) to this fabulous book from John Marrs. The Minders tells the story of four people who have been given the task of holding the nations secrets – in their brains! Hypothetically, their heads are unhackable and so our secrets are extra safe in there….

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Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish – Bethany Turner

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish – Bethany Turner

Revell/ISBN-13: 978080073865/ISBN-10: 0800735234/Publication date 5th May 2020

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is a new romantic comedy from the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. It tells the tale of two chefs who start out as rivals and, through competitions, self reflection and plenty of banter, end up becoming a lot more than that.

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