Anne Bonny Top 5 #TranslatedLit picks from the TBR pile #KeigoHigashino @AbacusBooks #TetsuyaHonda @TitanBooks #UnSuKim @4thEstateBooks #SørenSveistrup @MichaelJBooks #StinaJackson @CorvusBooks #Japan #Korea #Sweden #Copenhagen #Denmark

***My top 5 picks from my TBR pile, either translated literature or originally written in another language. In no particular order***

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The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Available in PB/Ebook/Audible
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Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered.

When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime…

One of the biggest-selling Japanese thrillers ever, and the inspiration for a cult film, The Devotion of Suspect X is now being discovered across the world. Its blend of a page-turning story, evocative Tokyo setting and utterly surprising ending make it a must-read for anyone interested in international fiction.

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The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda ~ Reiko Himekawa #1
Available in PB/Ebook/Audible
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When a mutilated body wrapped in a blue tarpaulin is found in a quiet neighbourhood, Lieutenant Reiko Himekawa and her squad are assigned the case. As the youngest female detective in the Homicide Division, Reiko has a lot to prove, but she has an undeniable ability to solve crimes. When she uncovers more murders with the same signature, she knows there is a serial killer at work. What is Strawberry Night, the dark web group that links all the victims? And how long will Reiko survive, now the killer knows her name?

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The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
Available in HB/Ebook/Audible/PB
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Plotters are just pawns like us. A request comes in and they draw up the plans. There’s someone above them who tells them what to do. And above that person is another plotter telling them what to do. You think that if you go up there with a knife and stab the person at the very top, that’ll fix everything. But no-one’s there. It’s just an empty chair.

Reseng was raised by cantankerous Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs. To anyone asking, it’s just an ordinary library. To anyone in the know, it’s a hub for Seoul’s organised crime, and a place where contract killings are plotted and planned. So it’s no surprise that Reseng has grown up to become one of the best hitmen in Seoul. He takes orders from the plotters, carries out his grim duties, and comforts himself afterwards with copious quantities of beer and his two cats, Desk and Lampshade.

But after he takes pity on a target and lets her die how she chooses, he finds his every move is being watched. Is he finally about to fall victim to his own game? And why does that new female librarian at the library act so strangely? Is he looking for his enemies in all the wrong places? Could he be at the centre of a plot bigger than anything he’s ever known?

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Translated by Caroline Waight
Available in HB/Ebook/Audible/PB
Synopsis ~

One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. But the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars and the case long since closed.

Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

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The Silver Road by Stina Jackson
Translated by Susan Beard
Available in HB/Ebook/Audible/PB
Synopsis ~

Three years ago, Lelle’s daughter went missing in a remote part of Northern Sweden. Lelle has spent the intervening summers driving the Silver Road under the midnight sun, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Meja arrives in town hoping for a fresh start. She is the same age as Lelle’s daughter was – a girl on the brink of adulthood. But for Meja, there are dangers to be found in this isolated place.

As autumn’s darkness slowly creeps in, Lelle and Meja’s lives are intertwined in ways, both haunting and tragic, that they could never have imagined.

Anne Bonny #BookReview Under The Harrow by @flynnberry_ 4* #CrimeFiction #Psychological #Thriller @wnbooks ‘A very clever ending’

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Under The Harrow by Flynn Berry
My Own Copy ~ Hardback Book

Synopsis ~

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.
Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.
A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

My Review ~

Under The harrow is the tale of two sisters and the lengths one will go to, to get justice for the other. It reads as a psychological thriller, but I was also emotionally pulled due to the relationship between the sisters and the savage nature of the murder.

Nora is travelling to Oxford from London to spend some time with her sister Rachel. She is full of the excitement of her future, having just received news of an art residency in France for 12wks. She is also filed with happy memories of the time the had a Cornish let for Christmas. When Rachel is not at Winshaw train station to collect her, she is not alarmed. But nothing could have prepared her for what she is about to stumble across.

Nora discovers the violent scene of Rachel’s murder. It is a scene that will come to haunt her every waking moment and compel her to solve the murder. With DI Moretti, Nora works over Rachel’s past. Her ex Stephen Bailey who lives in Dorset, her occupation as a nurse. And the attack that Rachel endured at just 17yrs, with Yorkshire police refusing to believe an assault took place. But before Nora can settle on a theory, she is about to uncover Rachel was exhibiting some odd behaviour of her own.

Nora remains at Oxford and attempts to mix in amongst the locals. But Nora is becoming more and more obsessed…

‘I might have just met her murderer’ – Nora

A very clever ending 4*

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***I also snapped up the others second novel on Kindle Ebook deal (currently £1.99) in the UK. I shall add the details below***

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A Double Life by Flynn Berry
Review To Follow

Synopsis ~

Some wounds need more than time. They crave revenge.

Claire’s father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him.

But when he becomes the prime suspect in a horrific attack on Claire’s mother – an outsider who married into the elite ranks of society and dared escape her gilded cage – fate and privilege collide, and a scandal erupts.

Claire’s father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat.

Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth, and she knows that the answer is held behind the closed doors of beautiful townhouses and country estates, safeguarded by the same friends who all those years before had answered the call to protect one of their own.

Because they know where Claire’s father is.

They helped him escape.

And it’s time their pristine lives met her fury.

Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview Twisted by @SSCav Steve Cavanagh 4* #NewRelease #Psychological #Thriller #ThisBookIsTwisted @orionbooks @orion_crime

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Twisted by Steve Cavanagh
Review Copy

Synopsis ~

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted

My Review ~

With the novel Twisted we see ‘king of the legal thriller’ Steve Cavanagh move into a more psychological thriller narrative. This title surrounds a mysterious author known only my his author name J.T Lebeau. Very few people know exactly who this author is and that is the way the author intends to keep it.

‘Don’t believe a single word you read’

The novel opens with a character known only as Paul Cooper planning a murder. He is attending the memorial service for J.T Lebeau and I began to wonder, if not JT who does he plan on killing? But all will final be revealed…

‘Dead writers can’t do signings’

The novel then jumps backwards to four months previously and shows the reader exactly what took place in the months leading to the attempted murder. And my god, does it make for one hell of a twisted ride!

The novel details a toxic marriage where both spouses are hiding secrets from one another. But with a large amount of money at stake, things are about to get deadly…

‘Twenty million dollars was more than just money’

By the end of chapter 21, I was completely hooked! The lengths people will go to with secrets and lies, makes for fascinating reading. The reasons for the secrecy and the authors past are slowly revealed. With the pace and the consistent twists in the tale, I was completely gripped the entire read! 4*

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***Don’t Miss the other bloggers on the blog tour, especially my blogger buddy for the day Steph, Over at Steph’s Book Blog***
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Q&A with @Jamalthewriter #Author of, Project Terror @ProdigyGoldBks #CrimeFiction #AmericanNoir

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Project Terror by Jamal Lewis
Synopsis:

In a street war, there’s always a body to be discovered.

Lamar Dunken is a dedicated monster who presents the perfect image of a street terrorist. He knows how to respond when a desperate crisis threatens his operation, and he exacts horrifying tactics to get things under control.

FBI Special Agent Livingston is faced with the serious task of investigating Lamar’s tactics while connecting killings start to terrorize Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Also, a violent criminal locked behind bars a year before Lamar was even born is back on the streets and looking for him. Lamar is forced to call on his deepest strength to face his accusers and ensure that the values that he holds most dear will survive.

The nightmare has begun.

Again.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I have a military background. United States Army, precisely. I was a military brat and then I enlisted myself. But I also have a poverty-stricken background. It wasn’t pretty in either place, leading to the setting of PROJECT TERROR. The housing project where the story takes place is a place that my mother forbid me to hang, but of course, I did anyway. I watched the FBI and DEA take out whole communities with drug busts and sought to cover that in PROJECT TERROR. But I add a twist. I wondered what that big drug bust would have looked like if an undercover agent moved into an apartment in the project months before the bust. So, I tossed him into the book and crafted a plot around him, making for a delightful crime thriller (if that is possible).

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) It was an process like no other. I am not a typer, so I hand wrote the book on notepads and blank paper. I then had it typed before submitting it to publishers, and ultimately signing with Prodigy Gold Books. The team there was similar to boot camp instructors. They warned me of the process before signing me and assuring that I was ready for the editing process and the pre-publication promotion, and even this interview and publicity phase. I didn’t know that so much went into this process, but I am here and looking forward to getting my second novel all typed up.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are Iceberg Slim and Walter Mosley. I like the way they depict stories about the struggle and success of urban communities. They played a role in forcing me to write a story from my angle.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) My teenaged reads were text books and the early Dr. Suess and Bernstein Bears classics.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) My favorite moment was finally being signed and the start of the editing process. Having a professional point out plot holes and character flaws were a gut-punch, but worth it. I am an amateur boxer of sorts, so I can take a punch.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My support comes from my family and friends, and my Prodigy team. My mother is my rock, along with one of my sisters.

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Jamal Lewis 
Author Bio:
Jamal Lewis was born in Philadelphia, a former boxer, and military brat. He pursued a writing career while serving a federal prison term after allowing his life to take a terrible turn resulting in him being shot four times. His debut crime thriller, PROJECT TERROR (Prodigy Gold Books, 2017) was released Halloween 2017 on his birthday.
Author links:
https://prodigygoldbooks.com
Twitter: @Jamalthewriter
Book: PROJECT TERROR by Jamal Lewis releases on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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#BookReview Innocent Blood by @DStuartDavies #2 #DIPaulSnow #Trilogy

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Innocent Blood by David Stuart Davies
Synopsis:

A child’s body found in woodland. Parents torn apart by grief. But this is only the first victim in a series of apparently motiveless crimes. Detective Inspector Paul Snow, heading the enquiry, must discover the pattern and reveal the chilling truth as a cunning and violent murderer becomes desperate and even more unpredictable. Haunted by secrets of his own, the complex DI Snow races against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads all the way to a dark and shocking climax.

Innocent Blood, set in Yorkshire in the 1980s, is the second in the gritty series featuring DI Paul Snow and maintains the high level of tension and dramatic surprises of the first, Brothers in Blood.

My review:

Innocent Blood is the second novel in the DI Paul Snow trilogy! The plot follows a series of child murders in Yorkshire in the 1980s. Snow is still battling to keep his secret and the case grows more and more intense.
The case will strike close to Snow’s secret. Can he maintain his cover?

The prologue opens in autumn 1984, with a drunk driver involved in a coach crash. There are a series of children’s screams and you quickly become aware, this is no ordinary crash!

Spring 1985, Snow is leading the arrest on a violent murderer. When a call comes in about a missing little girl! Snow arrives at the parent’s house to discover their nine year old daughter Gillian has been missing overnight. It isn’t long before a call comes in and a body matching the description has been found at Mollicar woods.

The body is badly beaten and bruised. Pathologist Chris McKinnon ascertains the death is via strangulation, with no obvious sexual motive.
What is the motive? Who murders young girls and leaves their bodies in the woods?

As the reader we become aware Snow, is still battling his demons. To hide his homosexual feelings, this is something that will lead Snow, down a dark path! There are a series of chapters from the killers perspective, they make for haunting reading but offer little in the way of motive. What is it, that this killer wants the police to see?

A week passes with no progress and then the killer strikes again! Snow needs to fine the motive and quickly before more young girls are snatched and killed! Eventually, through further investigation Snow uncovers the pattern/motive. When he does, it becomes apparent it ties in with the coach crash! With two survivors left, Snow must protect their lives at all costs.
But deep in the shadows, another disturbed man lurks and he wants revenge on Snow……..

This novel sets the series up perfectly for the third in the series Blood Rites. Which is set to be released this November 2017.
A thoroughly good historical crime fiction read! 5*

*My review for Blood Rites, the third novel & new release was blogged earlier today!*