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Summer of Ghosts – P.D. Viner

Crime Fiction 4*'s
Crime Fiction
4*’s

This is the sequel to The Last Winter of Dani Lancing and I wouldn’t recommend reading this one until you have read the first because the background to DI Tom Bevans, who loved and was desperate to catch the killer of his love Dani Lancing is all in the first book. Dani’s parents Jim and Patty feature in both novels too and as readers you see the consequences following the events in the explosive first book. Even the title is linked to the first book where Jim is comforted by Dani’s ghost, and she’s still haunting him in this episode but maybe because he misses her when she’s absent.

The book starts with Tom Bevan opening a cold case where three young girls were killed in a horrific manner. Since Tom is told he isn’t to spend time on the case he enlists the help of the Lancings who look through the files for clues, visit still grieving parents, siblings and friends trying to find the person responsible.

As well as the previously met characters one of the key protagonists in this tale is Franco, a drugs lord form Zimbabwe with a compelling back story. Franco is the man featured in the synopsis, who hears the news of his daughter’s murder over the telephone, although this event actually occurs some way into the novel. I liked Franco’s character who wasn’t your typical crime baron, being much more complex than the normal stereotype but I’m afraid I’m not a big fan of reading about gangs, and the number of henchmen and rivals all got more than a little confusing in places. Despite that I thought this part of the story was well-plotted and added some depth to the overall story. Unfortunately the two halves of the book didn’t always connect as well as they could have and although the plotting behind the serial killer was fantastic, the conclusion seemed to be rushed and this part not given the attention it deserved as it was almost swamped by Franco’s story.

Neither of the two stories were for the faint-hearted, there is a lot of violence, blood and worse. I found the ghost aspect more annoying in this book than the last, and unfortunately despite being well-written the combination of gangs and ghosts meant that I didn’t enjoy the sequel quite as much as I did the first in the series, and yes, I believe from ending there will be another outing for Tom Bevan making this a series.

If you like your thrillers with plenty of action and some original characters then P.D. Viner is an author you should try I could only admire some of the complexities of the plotting in this tale.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Amazon Vine in return for this honest review.

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Teaser Tuesday (October 7)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from Summer of Ghosts by P.D. Viner the sequel to The Last Winter of Dani Lancing.

Summer of Ghosts

Blurb

‘Beautiful skin.’
It begins with a father calling his daughter, but whoever answers is not Pia but his daughter’s killer. He must listen, horrified, to the sounds of his only child being murdered, powerless to intervene as the killer utters two chilling words.
Most men’s thoughts would turn to vengeance but Pia’s father is far more resourceful than most. And he is not the reserved businessman his daughter always believed him to be, but Franco, a notorious London drug lord who will call in all his debts to find his daughter’s killer. Including the one owed to him by DI Tom Bevans.
Only Tom is a man haunted by grief; every unsolved case weighs heavily against his soul. And Tom has heard the killer’s words before. Amazon


My Teaser

‘Some people have called me the Sad Man, in the past. Fewer now and never to my face,’ Tom tells the psychiatrist.
Harrison smiles; he can see why Detective Superintendent Tom Bevans has that nickname – he looks as if he is filled to the brim with life’s pain, like the figure in Edward Munch’s painting The Scream.

Please leave the link to your teaser in the comment box below.

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Friday Finds (September 5)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

I have found some great books this week and I’m going to start with The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion due to be published on 25 September the sequel to The Rosie Project which I loved.

The Rosie Effect

Blurb

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it’s not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it’s time to embark on a new project . . .
As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him into trouble. To make matters worse, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for marital happiness. As Don’s life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable, he needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as practical expertise. NetGalley

I also have a copy of This Little Piggy by Bea Davenport which is due to be published on 1 October 2014.

This Little Piggy
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It’€™s the summer of 1984 and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate. The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby and tension is growing due to the ongoing miners’€™ strike. Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as police bungle the inquiry and struggle to contain the escalating violence. Haunted by a personal trauma she can’t face up to, Clare is shadowed by nine-year-old Amy, a bright but neglected little girl who seems to know more about the incident than she’€™s letting on. As the days go on and the killer is not found, Clare ignores warnings not to get too close to her stories and, in doing so, puts her own life in jeopardy.

I have a copy of Summer of Ghosts by P.D. Viner, a physical book courtesy of Amazon Vine and chosen because I enjoyed The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Summer of Ghosts

Blurb

It begins with a father calling his daughter, but whoever answers is not Pia but his daughter’s killer. He must listen, horrified, to the sounds of his only child being murdered, powerless to intervene as the killer utters two chilling words.
Most men’s thoughts would turn to vengeance but Pia’s father is far more resourceful than most. And he is not the reserved businessman his daughter always believed him to be but Franco, a notorious London drug lord who will call in all his debts to find his daughter’s killer. Including the one owed to him by DI Tom Bevans.
Only Tom is a man haunted by his own grief and every unsolved case weighs heavily against his soul. And Tom has heard the killer’s words before. Goodroads

After reading a fantastic post about this A Hank of Hair by Charlotte Jay on Confessions of a Book Novelist entitled In The Spotlight: Charlotte Jay’s A Hank of Hair

A Hank of Hair
Blurb

Gilbert Hand hasn’t been the same since his wife died. He’s moved to a dull but respectable hotel where silence seems to brood in the hall and stairway. In a secret drawer he discovers a long, thick hank of human hair, and his world narrows down to two people – himself and the murderer. Goodreads

To read more about this book read Margot’s review here

After reading an excellent review of The Guardian by Matthew Iden on My Train of Thought Karen informed me that the first in the Marty Singer series, A Reason to Live by Matthew Iden was free on kindle, so I quickly downloaded a copy.

A reason to live

Blurb

In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer watched the murderer walk out of the courtroom a free man.
Twelve years later, the victim’s daughter begs for help: the killer is stalking her now. But Marty has retired to battle cancer. A second shot at the killer–and a first chance at redemption–Marty has A Reason to Live. Goodreads

What have you found this week? Please share your finds with me in the comments below.