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Sworn to Silence, by Linda Castillo

DETAILS Title: SWORN TO SILENCE Author: Linda Castillo Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 978-1250161635 Genre: Murder-Mystery, Crime BACKCOVER BLURB Kate Burkholder has recently been appointed Chief of Police of the Amish community of Painters Mill, Ohio, where she grew up before leaving to study law enforcement in the outside world. Her knowledge of the Amish makes her the perfect candidate. When a serial killer whose spree sixteen years before was dubbed the Slaughterhouse Murders returns, Kate is determined to catch him. But she’s also desperate to keep a secret from her past that will make her task harder. WHAT I THOUGHT I finished reading this book late last night having read it in two sessions. I think I would have finished it faster if it wasn’t for a couple of missteps that were irritating and annoying. The first came about a third of the way in. And, up until that point, I would have given this book a 4-Star rating. But it seems, like many writers in not only this genre, but elsewhere, not content to …

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 …