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Published by Head of Zeus, 1 June 2017. ISBN:
The Dark Isle is the third book in a series featuring Sam Coyle. In
this book Sam is in her early 20s and working in the Orkney Islands on an
architectural dig when she spots a face from her past. Pierce, a colleague of
her father, disappeared in 1976. Sam’s father and Pierce both worked for the
intelligence service as spooks. The story is really a rite of passage as Sam
comes to terms with the death of her father who died five years previously,
tries to uncover the truth about why he was killed and whether the rumours that
he was a traitor are true.
alternates between two-time zones; the hot summer of 1976, when Sam was a
child, and 1989 when she is twenty-three. Sam begins to question her memories
and understanding of the world as a child. Underlying themes explore the legacy
a parent’s behaviour leaves on their children and how growing up as the
daughter of a spook makes them suspicious of everyone, struggling with
relationships and constantly on their guard.
is a story teller who loves myths and legends so as a standalone novel the
reader is never quite sure whether what she is saying is actually true or all
in her head. From the comments on Amazon and Goodreads about the other books in
the series I think that although this can be read as a standalone novel it
probably works much better as a series as the preceding books help to establish
the character so that there are levels of understanding that are missing for
the standalone reader.
The Dark Isle is a book that will appeal to lovers of descriptive
writing rather than fast-paced twisting plots. Lengthy descriptions create a
vivid sense of place between the contrasting remote wildness of Orkney and the
stifling claustrophobia of London in a heat wave. And delicate touches of
detail from the periods of the 1970s and 1980s will appeal to readers who can
remember the eras.
Reviewer: Chris Hammercott
Clare Carsonis an anthropologist who has
worked for many years in international development. She lived in rural Zimbabwe
when she was doing fieldwork for her PhD and has also lived and worked in the
United States. She now lives on the south coast of England with her husband and
two daughters. Her first book, Orkney Twilight, is a thriller
about a daughter who wants to find out about her father’s life as an undercover
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design
consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book designer
and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that
deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.
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Published by Corsair, 6 July
2017. ISBN: 978-1-4721-5243-5
In the city of York, a young gentleman, Fletcher
Rigge, is rescued from Debtors prison by a gentleman who has offered to pay his
debts if he will solve a murder. We are in the Georgian world of 1799 in
a very snowy York. The novel is an epistolary one - the letters and
depositions contain conversations and thoughts which move the story forwards
very well. The characters and their quirks of behaviour make for a
Rigge attempts to trace the people whose shades the murdered man had produced
in the several days before his death. The term shade describes what is
more commonly referred to as a silhouette, black on white paper usually.
The victim was a talented man and he was stabbed with the scissors he used for
employer is the son of the artist, captain Robin Harvey, who lives in a
tumbledown house with a manservant and a lady called Esther - a very irregular
household. The victim had his own house, run by his sister, Susan.
The layers of confusion, accidental or deliberate, proliferate as the book
proceeds. Who can be trusted? Will Rigge identify the murderer or
is the point of the story elsewhere? In such a cleverly written
book you don't know whose story to trust.
background of the debtors’ prison in wintery York is perfectly delineated as is
the process of doing a shade or silhouette.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Andrew Martingrew up in Yorkshire.
After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year
Award, 1988. Since, he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday
Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among many other publications. His
columns have appeared in the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. His
Jim Stringer novels – railway thrillers – have been published by Faber and
Faber since 2002.
PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction
has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in
the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of
closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly
therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous
by Orenda Books, 15 March 2017. ISBN: 978-1910633663 (PB)
Author Matt Johnson was in the military and then
became an officer serving with the Metropolitan Polices force. These
experiences have provided him with the absolutely authentic material which he
uses to such good and gripping effect in Deadly
a group of officers from varying departments as they attempt of flush out the
ruthless family of criminals running a sex-slave industry trafficking gullible
girls from Romania into England and keeping them in the utmost squalor.
They have absolutely no regard for human dignity or life, male or female, and
the girls themselves are expendable, there being so many more where they come
from. The officer in charge is Robert Finlay, aided by various
colleagues, a man damaged by the earlier danger which his profession had put
his family into.
same. time, former soldiers are being exterminated one after another.
Why? Something of enormous value has been stolen, something heavily
involved with ISIS-style terrorism and the killers are determined to recover
it. But Finlay and his crew aren't sure exactly what they're looking for.
Johnson ratchets up the pace as the book progresses until the last few chapters
make it impossible to put the book down until the very last page.
Reviewer: Susan Moody
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and
Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the
London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993,he was one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982
Regent’s Park bombing. Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in
1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne
Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was
discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst
undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his
career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening,
Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of
fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own
condition. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create a fast
paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing. Matt Johnson is
living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with
the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an
inspiration to fellow sufferers.
Susan Moodywas born
in Oxford is the principal nom de plume
of Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née
Horwood, a British novelist best known for her suspense novels.Susan Moody began writing crime
novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels. She has a second series
of six books featuring bridge player Cassie Swan.In all, she has published 29 novels, most of them crime and
suspense. Susan spent two years as a Creative Writing Tutor in Her Majesty's
Prison, Bedford. She is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association,
serving in all as a CWA Committee member for seven years. She is a
long-standing member of the prestigious Detection Club and served for three
years as the President of the International Association of Crime Writers.In 2016 Susan Moody began a new series
featuring Alex Quick. Click the title to read a review ofQuick
and the Dead