With the Staten Island ferry meandering its way across the harbour, and over 3000 passengers on board, Eve Dallas couldn’t work out what had happened,With the Staten Island ferry meandering its way across the harbour, and over 3000 passengers on board, Eve Dallas couldn’t work out what had happened, and why she’d been called to the scene. She was on a launch with Peabody, heading to the ferry which was stopped halfway across, because a woman was missing. When she was taken to the crime scene, and saw the amount of blood which was present, she had no hesitation in pronouncing the person dead. But the problem was, there was no body…the missing person wasn’t on board, and she didn’t jump!
Eve, along with Peabody, Roarke, and the rest of her team, stepped up the pace to find the body and the killer. She also needed to discover the weird ways and means of how it all occurred. Eve was at her kick-ass best as she set about closing the case.
Another great In Death read, a quick fun novella, with plenty of action....more
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas was suddenly confronted by a naked man who staggered through the doorway of the posh hotel room where the New York elite weWhen Lieutenant Eve Dallas was suddenly confronted by a naked man who staggered through the doorway of the posh hotel room where the New York elite were partying, covered in blood and clutching a blood-stained knife, the least of her problems were the shoes she was wearing. They will killing her, but it seemed someone else had died, and Eve swung into cop mode immediately.
With Roarke by her side, and hotel security staff as back-up while her team made their way to the hotel, Eve discovered violence at its most sadistic. It seemed to be a murder with Satanic overtones, with dark horror overshadowing everything in its path.
A novella which was a quick, fun read, with Eve at her devastating best….when she’s angry, she gets results! ...more
As a long ago student of Professor Theo Parmitter, Oliver had taken to visiting his old friend in his apartment at Cambridge whenever he was in town.As a long ago student of Professor Theo Parmitter, Oliver had taken to visiting his old friend in his apartment at Cambridge whenever he was in town. On this particular visit, Theo decided he wanted to tell Oliver the story of the old Venetian painting which was on his wall and had been in his possession for decades. The painting was an eerie and mysterious vision of revellers at a carnival, many of them wearing masks. The story Theo told and the events which had occurred caused profound unease in Oliver…but worse was to come.
Unease and a deep sense of foreboding travelled through each and every person who had a story to tell about the Venetian painting – there was a power attached to it; an evil presence…
I don’t read horror as a rule, but needed one for a challenge I was doing. So when I discovered The Man in the Picture buried deep in the recesses of books forgotten, and knowing I’d read a Susan Hill before, I thought it would be perfect for the category needed. And it was! Creepy, eerie and sinister – author Susan Hill knows how to make her readers shudder. Recommended for fans of horror and the paranormal. ...more
Iris Turner had been stuck in her civil service role for more years than she liked to remember, and when her best friend Colleen found an adverti3.5★s
Iris Turner had been stuck in her civil service role for more years than she liked to remember, and when her best friend Colleen found an advertisement for a shorthand typist, she decided to take the plunge. The wording of the advertisement - 'Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience' – had her both excited and nervous at the same time, especially when she arrived at the small, but exclusive hotel in the French Riviera.
When Iris first met Hammond Brooke, who was her boss, she had no idea what her job would entail. And it seemed he wasn’t in any hurry to enlighten her. But gradually they came to an agreement of sorts; and when Iris discovered who Hammond Brooke really was she was astounded, shocked and honoured to work alongside him.
The deception and lies that surrounded the residents of the hotel; indeed the owner Vivien – had Iris on edge. But worse was to come. As Iris worked with Hammond to bring his life’s work to some order, she could feel a sense of an ending. What would be the outcome of the tensions and secrets surrounding them all?
The French Perfumer by Aussie author Amanda Hampson is an intriguing and mysterious look at events which controlled people with secrets from the past; war days with the Germans, the Jews and keeping livelihoods going during hardship. But I was completely disconcerted by the constant and continual use of past and present tense in the one sentence; the one paragraph – in fact the whole way through the novel. It broke the flow of the story for me which in turn made it seem disjointed. But the plot was enjoyable and for that reason I recommend The French Perfumer to lovers of historical fiction.
With thanks to Penguin Random House for my copy to read and review. ...more