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The Pledge has arrived!

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks back when I received a review copy of THE PLEDGE, book 3 in the Detective Betty series of crime novels from the wonderful author, Kathleen Kent. Well, it’s official, The Pledge went out on release today.

Many of you might know Kent for her historical novels like the award-winning HERETIC’S DAUGHTER and the equally successful follow up, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE. But I am so glad Kent decided to turn to a ‘life of crime,‘ bringing us the tough as nails Betty Rhyzyk, a Brooklyn born and bred cop who finds herself transplanted to Dallas PD. 

“Things are looking up for Detective Betty Rhyzyk. She’s settled into a happy marriage and been promoted to Sergeant in the Dallas Police Department. But when a hostage stand-off puts her on the phone with legendary cartel leader The Knife, things take a turn. The Knife has heard a rival is making a play for the streets of Dallas—none other than Evangeline Roy. The matriarch of a ruthless cult, Evangeline also happens to hold a personal vendetta against Betty. So who better to draw Evangeline out of hiding? Betty’s got two weeks to catch her. Or else.

With Betty’s young charge Mary Grace already missing—having left her seven-month-old baby behind in Betty’s care—and the drug dealers of Dallas donning strange red wigs and delivering cryptic messages, Betty’s in a race for answers. With the clock ticking down, it will take everything she’s got to finally put an end to Evangeline’s reign of terror, and to keep her beloved Dallas—and her own family—safe at last.”

I’m really excited to be able to read and review The Pledge and catch up with what Betty, and the crew of dedicated cops she works with, get up to next.  

Oh, and here’s a bonus for you all, a trailer for THE DIME (book one) giving us a glimpse of what the TV series might have looked like had FOX not been bought out by Disney. 

Who knows, maybe further down the line, Betty will have her day on the small screen. This reader certainly hopes so.

For more, check out my review of THE DIME.


The Dime by Kathleen Kent

Author: Kathleen Kent
Publisher: Mulholland Books
ISBN: 9780316311038
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Crime | Suspense | Mystery


Brooklyn’s toughest female detective takes on Dallas—and neither is ready for the fight.

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she’s from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf.

Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she’s deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organisation, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit.

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Before & After

Well, Fall has taken hold here and after last weeks gales and storms and this weekend’s constant rain, my favourite park—Parc du bois de coulonge—now looks naked.

Here are the before and after shots. One taken earlier this summer, the other last week.

We’re waiting on the snow to come next. It’s late this year, usually we get at least 2 light dustings in October, one around our Thanksgiving and the second around Halloween. But, as yet, we’ve only seen a single flurry … last week.

So either it’s going to be a wet, warm winter or, snowmageddon will be arriving soon.


The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: Hardback, 448 pages
Genre: Murder-Mystery

Back Cover Blurb

You’re a coward.

Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

It starts innocently enough.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

And the madness of crowds.

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