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Imago – Celina Grace

Imago

I have been eagerly awaiting the third instalment in the Kate Redman series written by Celina Grace. Kate a policewoman with a difficult past is called to investigate the murder of a young prostitute found stabbed on wasteland outside a disused warehouse. Kate is determined to find the killer but with few clues left at the scene her and the team have to put in plenty of leg-work interviewing known associates.

Interestingly, the book is punctuated with excerpts from the killer’s diary which gives us a fighting chance of working out which of the characters is the killer. On the down-side there appears to be a few candidates.

Celina Grace plots have proved to be interesting and well thought out with all the loose ends neatly tucked up by the end of the story, and Imago is no exception. The book moves at a pace, and although this is a fairly short book I didn’t feel cheated as there had been plenty to keep me entertained along the way.

As in the previous episodes there is plenty of interaction between Kate and her colleagues although I can’t help but think she may just have stored up a whole load of problems with one of them….

Imago is published today 10 November 2013 link to Imago at UK Amazon

Although you could read this as a stand-alone book I suggest you start at the beginning of the series with Hushabye.
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Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery) (The Kate Redman Mysteries)

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Morning Frost – James Henry

Crime Fiction 4*'s
Crime Fiction
4*’s

Published 7 November 2013 by Bantam Press

The year is 1982, the place Denton, England and a foot is found in a nearby field while Frost buries his wife Mary. As his colleagues and a large contingent of the Masons in attendance at the wake the criminals in Denton go on a crime spree. With no time to mourn the loss of his wife, a wife who by his own admission he hadn’t put at the top of his priorities, Frost is soon investigating a rape at a school, the shooting of a small-time crook and coming to terms with the fact that a new computer system is being installed in Denton Police Station.

This is the third prequel that James Henry has written to the brilliant R.D. Wingfield books featuring Frost. This last one takes us up to Frost at Christmas the first in the original series. James Henry does a fantastic job of recreating Frost and the writing of R.D. Wingfield, so much so that I forget that it this isn’t the original. The crimes are sufficiently bizarre enough without being unrealistic, Frost is instantly identifiable, if a little younger and the references to the England of the eighties subtly inserted. I had forgotten how Radio Rentals and Rumbelows were ubiquitous in many towns, how life before mobiles meant the police would stake out telephone boxes and that once upon a time renting a video was the height of the technological revolution.

A great read for those of us who mourn the passing of R.D. Wingfield but Frost really couldn’t have been put into a safer pair of hands.

Morning Frost: (DI Jack Frost 3)

R.D. Wingfield’s books were first published in the United Kingdom in early 1989, and in 1992 Frost first appeared on television in A Touch of Frost, played by David Jason. Wingfield was never enthusiastic about the TV adaptation of his detective, once saying he had nothing against David Jason but “he just isn’t my Frost”. Wikipedia

With three prequels written by James Henry the books in order are:

First Frost: (DI Jack Frost 1) (James Henry)
Fatal Frost: (DI Jack Frost 2) (James Henry)
Morning Frost: (DI Jack Frost 3) (James Henry)

Frost At Christmas: (DI Jack Frost Book 1) (R.D. Wingfield)
A Touch Of Frost: (DI Jack Frost Book 2)  (R.D. Wingfield)
Night Frost: (DI Jack Frost Book 3) (R.D. Wingfield)
Hard Frost: (DI Jack Frost Book 4)  (R.D. Wingfield)
Winter Frost: (DI Jack Frost Book 5) (R.D. Wingfield)
A Killing Frost: (Di Jack Frost Book 6)  (R.D. Wingfield)

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The Moment Keeper – Buffy Andrews

Contemporary Fiction 3*'s
Contemporary Fiction
3*’s

I’d like to start by saying a big thank you to the publishers Carina for giving me a copy of The Moment Keeper in exchange for an honest review.

A Moment Keeper is someone who has died who takes note of each of the moments in a living person for them to see at the end of their life. The flashback of key events is made up from their faithful recording of events over the years.

In The Moment Keeper Sarah is assigned the job of recording Olivia’s life and so the book starts with the naming of baby Olivia by her parents. Olivia is adopted but clearly adored by her parents, however it becomes clear that Sarah’s life wasn’t quite as full of love and affection. Sarah’s mother died and her father Matt appears to blame her for the loss of his wife.

At first I found the large amounts of dialogue in this book a little off-putting and it took a while for me to get into this style of writing. The story continues as along with Sarah we watch Olivia grow up, through childhood into the teenage years where Olivia peruses her ambition to become a dancer while Sarah’s wonderful Grandmother longs for her to have opportunities at college and to better herself. Needless to say everything does not go to plan.

I found myself rooting for Sarah, longed to know why she died at such a young age, and wondered at the sheer contrast of Olivia’s life. I did find the difference in attitudes of young American teenagers quite different to those portrayed here in the UK but I think that is probably just due to my lack of exposure to the cultural differences.

Be warned this is a tale about choices, bereavement and relationships in this book which may cause a few tears to fall…

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