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Book Review: The Reckoning

DETAILS Title: THE RECKONING Author: James McGee Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9780007320103 Genre: Historical Mystery BACK COVER BLURB London, 1813: Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to a burial ground and finds the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence. But when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood’s interest is piqued. His hunt for the killer will lead him from London’s backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs. Only Hawkwood’s contacts within the criminal underworld can now help. As the truth behind the girl’s murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty—and that the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined… WHAT I THOUGHT THE RECKONING is not a book for the faint of heart, nor anyone who doesn’t like animal cruelty, violence, or graphic action in a …

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 …

The Scent of Death, by Andrew Taylor

DETAILS Title: THE SCENT OF DEATH Author: Andrew Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9780007213535 Genre: Historical | Murder-Mystery BACKCOVER BLURB New York is a city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agent, where loyalty is a commodity like any other. Manhattan in 1778, during in the American War of Independence, is surrounded by the French fleet and the rebel armies, and packed with refugees seeking justice from the British crown. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city’s notorious Canvas Town. Lodging with the respected Wintour family, Savill senses the mystery deepening. Judge Wintour’s beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own? WHAT I THOUGHT While Andrew Taylor beautifully evokes the stifled atmosphere of New York City under siege during the War of Independence (also referred to as …