Month: July 2017

The Silenced, by Anders de la Motte

DETAILS Title: THE SILENCED Author: Anders de la Motte Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9781443436366 Genre: Thriller BACKCOVER BLURB When a badly mutilated body is found in the waters of a large government-owned estate just outside of Stockholm, Detective Julia Gabrielsson is put on the case. Who is the deceased? And why has someone gone to such lengths to prevent the body from being identified? Officer David Sarac is a man haunted by demons. After a violent showdown that almost cost him his life, Sarac is being treated in a mental facility far from the capital. Recently he’s been saving the sleeping pills given him by his keepers. He plans to take them all at once—twenty-five in total—to permanently silence the accusing voices in his head. That is, until a mysterious offer forces Sarac to reconsider his fate. WHAT I THOUGHT There are, I am sure, plenty of well written books that I have yet to read, but until I discover them THE SILENCED by Anders de la Motte has to be one of the best plotted …

Extraordinary People, by Peter May

DETAILS Title: EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE Author: Peter May Publisher: Quercus Books ISBN: 9781782062080 Genre: Murder-Mystery BACKCOVER BLURB Half-Scottish, half-Italian Enzo MacLeod used to be one of the top forensics experts in Scotland, and now he lives in Toulouse, working as a university professor. Divorced in Scotland and widowed in France, he has an estranged Scottish daughter and a French daughter he has raised by himself. As if his life isn’t complicated enough, he soon finds himself unexpectedly in the hunt for solutions to some vexing cold cases thanks to an ill-advised wager about the power of forensic science. Meanwhile, in Paris, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France. Deep in the catacombs below the City of Light, MacLeod unearths disturbing clues deliberately left behind by a killer. But as the retired forensics expert draws closer to the truth, he discovers he may just wind up the next victim for his troubles. WHAT I THOUGHT I so wanted to ‘like’ EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE by …

Q&A with author Steph Broadribb

The first question has to be, how did a girl from Birmingham (in the UK) end up training as a bounty hunter, in the US? It was all in the name of research! Once I knew that Lori Anderson would be a bounty hunter I knew I needed to find out as much as I could about the realities of that job – and about how it felt being a woman in the largely male dominated profession of bounty hunting – in order to make Lori as a character, and the story itself, as authentic as possible. I researched it online and via books and TV, but there’s no substitute to getting out there and finding things out first hand. By flying over to California and training with a really experienced bounty hunter, and in getting to speak with some great women who do the job for real, I felt better able to write about Lori’s world and all the challenges she faces. What part (if any) of your training as a bounty hunter formed …