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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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Requiem (A Kate Redman Mystery) – Celina Grace

Crime Fiction 5*'s
Crime Fiction
5*’s

I was thrilled that this was free to download the other day, although if you like this review and want to read it too you will have to pay for it as the deal has closed. Thank you Goodreads for alerting me to this offer!

I chose Requiem because I’d recently read and enjoyed Hushabye which introduced me to Kate Redman in her first outing as a detective.

I warmed even more to Kate while reading this. Having come from a dysfunctional family the last thing Kate needs is her brother Jay to have known her latest murder victim. Not only had Jay seen Elodie, the victim, the night she died, he’d painted a scene that looked remarkably like the murder scene.

This relatively short crime novel , 158 pages, has plenty of suspects for Kate and Olbeck to question. At the heart of the book are the questions who killed Elodie and why? In other words a classic whodunit. This book ticks all the right boxes regarding plot, red herrings along with a good mystery to solve.

I was pleased to see that the next instalment, Imago is due out on 30th September 2013.

Crime 4*
Crime
4*
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Free Download of Requiem (A Kate Redman Mystery) – Celina Grace

Requiem

Thank you Celina Grace for offering the latest in the Kate Redman Mystery series for free today. This looks like it will be good – already on my kindle!!

When the body of troubled teenager Elodie Duncan is pulled from the river in Abbeyford, the case is at first assumed to be a straightforward suicide. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman is shocked to discover that she’d met the victim the night before her death, introduced by Kate’s younger brother Jay. As the case develops, however, it becomes clear that Elodie was murdered. A talented young musician, Elodie had been keeping some strange company and was hiding her own dark secrets.

Short Crime Story
Short Crime Story
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Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery) (The Kate Redman Mysteries) Celina Grace

Crime 4*
Crime
4*

Hushabye is a classic whodunit; Charlie, a young baby, is kidnapped in the early hours of the morning the nanny is dead but who has would want to take Nick Fulman’s baby – is it just because he is wealthy or does the mystery lie with his trophy wife Z list celebrity Casey?

Kate Redman has just changed jobs and is now Detective Sergeant, needing to become part of the team she has lots of baggage from her past; dealing with this case brings it all back to her and she has to struggle not to throw away her years of success by making emotional mistakes. Celina Grace has created a great character in Kate, her interaction with her colleagues is as well done as her problems with her mother.

This book moves at speed with a few minor continuity and spelling mistakes but is overall a satisfying short read. I would recommend this book as the perfect poolside read.