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Wrecked
Wrecked by Joe Ide ~ IQ #3
Synopsis:

Isaiah Quintabe – IQ for short – has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognized. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ’s PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook page, and IQ’s promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services.

So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it’s not just the case Isaiah’s looking for, but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can’t see coming.

Waiting for Isaiah around every corner is Seb, the Oxford-educated African gangster who was responsible for the death of his brother, Marcus. Only, this time, Isaiah’s not alone. Joined by a new love interest and his familiar band of accomplices, IQ is back – and the adventures are better than ever.

Wrecked/IQ Playlist:

For the US release of Wrecked, knowing I couldn’t blog a review. I decided to host something a little bit different and I HOPE unique!
This is my Wrecked/IQ playlist…………

1) 2pac – Never Had A Friend Like Me
Perfect IQ & Dodson track.
To me this was the easiest choice, The series had to have a 2pac track and this one perfectly sums up the relationship between IQ & Dodson!

2) Drake – Take Care feat Rihanna
Perfect IQ & Grace song! ~ Don’t wish to accidentally provide spoilers, so I guess you’ll have to check back once you’ve read Wrecked!

3) Warren G – Regulate feat Nate Dogg
This would illustrate the world IQ lives in.

4) Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest.
This is the perfect track for WRECKED as an individual title.
I LOVE this song!
This is my favourite on the list!

5) Dr.Dre – The Message feat Mary J Blige
Perfect IQ & Marcus track.
Covers the pain of bereavement of a brother.

***This playlist is NOT endorsed by the author/publishers, nor was I paid to compile it.
It is simply just a blogger/fan playlist to share on social media platforms, to celebrate the release of Wrecked and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations too***
*please feel free to add song titles/artists to the comments section below*

Other Titles in the series…..
IQ
IQ by Joe Ide ~ IQ #1
Synopsis:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA JOHN CREASEY (new blood) DAGGER

THE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘Full of humour, originality and high-quality writing’

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t – or won’t – touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new set of tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. Then there’s the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If not it won’t just be the hit man coming after him …

WINNER of the ANTHONY AWARD for Best Debut, the SHAMUS AWARD for BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL. the MACAVITY AWARD for Best First Novel; SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD and STRAND CRITICS AWARD.

Righteous
Righteous by Joe Ide ~ IQ #2
Synopsis:

‘In a way, the hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice . . .’
Super-smart sleuth Isaiah Quintabe – IQ to his friends – has built a mostly respectable life for himself, helping out friends and neighbours when he can and taking the occasional case to make ends meet. But there is one mystery that still haunts him almost ten years later – did his brother really die in a hit-and-run or was there more to the story behind his death?

IQ has been approached by his brother’s former girlfriend Sarita, whose younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas – with a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. Accompanied once more by his fast-talking, don’t-call-me-a-sidekick partner Dodson, IQ heads off for the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas. His quest takes an unexpected turn when he meets a criminal mastermind who knows something about the murky circumstances that surrounded his brother’s death. But when Isaiah learns the truth, what will he do with it?

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Wrecked

***Wrecked is released in the US today in BOTH hardback & audio format ~
Ebook format is available from 11th Oct***

***Wrecked is released in the UK in BOTH Audio and Ebook format on 11th Oct ~ Hardback is available on 21st Feb 2019***
*At time of blog post*

HAPPY READING! 

Anne Bonny #BookReview Murder At The Grand Raj Palace by @VaseemKhanUK 5* Genius #CosyCrime #CrimeFiction #India @MulhollandUK ‘Perfect escapism and a cracking cosy crime mystery!’

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Murder At The Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan
My own copy
Synopsis:

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate a murder at Mumbai’s grandest hotel.

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world’s elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.
The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder…

When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead – the day after buying India’s most expensive painting – the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in – and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.

Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

My Review:

‘It was said that the Grand Raj Palace owed its existence to an insult’

The novel opens with the history of the Grand Raj Palace. A history that is rotted in the British colonialism. The hotel was then and is now, revered as a symbol of India’s ambition and self-worth. I love how the author has cleverly weaved historical details into the story and the novel itself is scattered with them.
It really adds to the beauty of what makes this series to great!

What also makes this series so great is the brilliant characterisation of Chopra and Poppy. They compliment each other perfectly and in this particular case poppy gets a mystery of her own to solve.
Their relationship and the way it flows from the page, makes for brilliant reading. With them both playing the role of ‘investigator’ in this novel, we the reader are in for a double treat!

‘The thought of confronting his wife when her temper was up was as attractive to him as placing his head into the mouth of a ravenous tiger’

Chopra is summoned to the hotel by a former police colleague Rohan Tripathi. After the death of American billionaire and hotel client Hollis Burbank. It is a case that will lead Chopra into the murky side of the side industry. Burbank was found with a knife in his chest in his hotel room. On the wall written in blood are the words ‘I am sorry’.
But what is Burbank sorry for? What is his motive for suicide?

Irfan, Chopra and Poppy’s adopted son and previous street urchin, makes a brief appearance in the novel. He is still tainted by his previous life and at 10yrs old has experienced far too much for a child. We hear Poppy’s thoughts on parenting and they every much echo my own.
‘The true definition of parenthood was the ability to love, to care, to put the welfare of another before one’s own’

Whilst Chopra persists to look into hotel security and deal with Lisa Taylor of the art auction house. Poppy determined not to be forgotten on her 25th wedding anniversary, makes herself and Irfan guests of the hotel. Where she stumbles upon a mysterious case. The case of the missing bride.

‘Everything is illusion,
and no one is who we believe they are’ – Chopra

It would appear that Burbank’s secrets lead deeper into India’s past and deeper within the ruthless and competitive art world.
But can Chopra solve the case?

There is a brilliant opening to a chapter on page 222. Where the author details the colonial history and India’s railway system. It is some of the finest writing, I even took a photo of it on my phone to save. I think that has been the niche of this particular novel, Vaseem Khan’s ability to merge the past and the present and write a brilliant story.

There is also a devious monkey, which adds a comedy element into the plot!
I found myself giggling whilst poor Ganesh shoulders the blame.

My favourite part of the novel is Poppy’s development as a main character. There is a particular scene where Poppy sticks up for herself and Irfan and it just reminded me that Poppy can hold her own. Poppy is a modern woman and the mystery she solves suits her character perfectly.

Perfect escapism and a cracking cosy crime mystery! 5* Genius!

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Anne Bonny #BookReview Take Me In by @SabineDurrant #Psychological #Thriller #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @MulhollandUK ‘Loathsome characters, but yet, insanely gripping’

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Take Me In by Sabine Durrant
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Synopsis:

The sensational new thriller from the author of the Richard & Judy bestseller Lie With Me.

A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention…

And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives.

Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face.

He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything.

He’s in the streets they walk down. He’s at the office where they work. He’s at their front door, leaning on the bell…

If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything.

Before Dave.

But it’s never how it starts that matters. It’s always how it ends.

My Review:

I know I really shouldn’t but every so often, I love a creepy stalker type novel. I know they’ll freak me out, yet I can’t resist.
I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of this novel.

The novel opens on the beach of a Greek Island. Parents Tessa and Marcus are on holiday with their 3yr old son Josh. As Tessa nips to the changing area and Marcus loses focus for a moment, Josh is in danger!

‘I stood there, redundant, helpless, a father without skin, as another man saved his child’ – Marcus

Due to the quick actions of holiday hero Dave Jepsom, Josh is saved. The families then lunch together; and the usual mundane questions are asked. What do you do for a living? Where do you live? Answers given without any real thought of consequences.

Tessa remains angry at Marcus for his failings with Josh and it suddenly becomes very clear, there is a few cracks in this marriage. Upon returning from holiday, those cracks are blown wide open and who Tessa and Marcus really are laid bare for us to read. The mistakes, ugly secrets and inner thoughts, we known it all.
Then Dave starts to appear EVERYWHERE!

‘I wanted suddenly to run away, away from this party, and this man, and his unwanted intrusion into our lives’ – Tessa

Words alone cannot describe how much I truly despised this couple. That being said, it made it even more insanely gripping!
This is not one for readers, who like their characters to have ‘redeeming qualities’. I couldn’t name one thing about Tessa or Marcus I liked. Yet I couldn’t take my eyes from the page and watching their lives unravel.

This novel is really hard to explain, because I truly mean to take nothing away from how GOOD it is and as said above insanely gripping! I actually read this book in 3hrs straight!
But I was internally enjoying their lives falling apart.
I don’t even feel the slightest guilt at this, I know that I perhaps should. But there is something smugly satisfying about watching the lives of ‘perfect people’ implode.
At least they are fictional!

Loathsome characters, but yet, insanely gripping. 4*

SD
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Anne Bonny #BlogTour #Review Scorched Earth by @davidmarkwriter 5* #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @MulhollandUK #DSMcAvoy The ultimate betrayal requires the ultimate revenge. . .

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Scorched Earth by David Mark
DS McAvoy #7

Synopsis:

The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall…and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

My review:

Scorching Earth centres around a complex police investigation with ties in the past. Starting the reader at the Calais refugee camp and ending on the streets of Hull. It is cleverly written and has brilliant diverse characters. I have read other books in the DS McAvoy series and I have huge respect for the author and his ability to bring alive a broad-range of characters. The Hull the author brings alive is a real reflection of society, something sometimes lacking in modern crime novels.

The novel opens in the Calais migrant camp and the inhumane conditions make for shocking reading. The jungle home to thousands of desperate souls, is far from an easy life. It is at this camp that we first meet Manu, Golgol and Aishitia. Whilst one of the men is fearless and cruel, another has a heart full of betrayal and an appetite for revenge.

‘There are men here who prey upon the weak’

Meanwhile in Hull, young Primrose Musgrave is with her pony instructor Crystal when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers leave behind a sinister warning…..

‘Tell him I have come to repay his betrayal’

‘Tell him he is going to pay’

Across Hull city centre, Detective Sargent Aector McAvoy is with his wife Roisin and two young children. He is visiting the Autumn Days care home and ex-copper resident Perry Royle. Perry is alone in the world and via a twist of events, has come to rely upon McAvoy’s visits. However, when the visit takes place, Perry is full of details of suspicious behaviour at a local abandoned building.
Unable to investigate on his own, he urges McAvoy to pursue his leads.
It isn’t long until McAvoy smells the distinct stench of human remains…….

At the scene the body of Mahesh Kahrivardan is discovered. The body is secured in the wall, with the brutal use of nail guns. Which reminds the surrounding coppers of the local criminal gang the ‘headhunters’. The criminal gang is known to be merciless and professional, the nail gun their signature. But how has Mahesh gotten himself mixed up with a criminal gang? Why did they see fit to have him murdered?

Further investigation reveals that Mahesh had a possible captive at the abandoned building. With an equestrian knot in the ropes and a missing persons case on Crystal, it isn’t long until McAvoy connects the dots….

Manu and Aishitia’s past is explored and in their childhood, they have known extreme suffering, brutality and death. Former child soldiers, they have their own form of brotherhood and unique style of correcting betrayal.

‘The only memories that matter are the ones in your heart’ – Aishitia

The case has various spin-off investigations, with McAvoy even investigating horse neglect at one point. Nothing gets past McAvoy and his coppers nose.

There is a broad list of police officers that take part in the multiple cases. I think this gives the novel a realistic feel. The main themes of the novel cover so many areas of policing, such as organised crime, dirty cops, immigration, people trafficking and the drugs squad. The novel creates room for debate on themes of vigilante justice, violence & power, crime & wealth and international crime.

‘Greed is just hunger under a different name’

DS McAvoy has so many strong feelings towards the abuse of individuals and power of fear. He questions his own instincts. Is he motivated by stories in her own past?
What happens when you treat people as commodities?
How do people value human life as worthless in comparison to money?

‘When a man has tired of killing, he has tired of life’

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and loved the unique insights into the various themes. The author has clearly researched well, and it shows.
This is a brilliant edition to the DS McAvoy series! 5*

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#NewRelease #Review 5* Genius #Righteous by @JoeIdeTweets @wnbooks @mulhollandbooks #FanGirl

*I received an arc via the publisher in the USA in return for an honest review*

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Righteous by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

‘Joe Ide is the best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time’ Michael Connelly

‘In a way, the hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice . . .’
Super-smart sleuth Isaiah Quintabe – IQ to his friends – has built a mostly respectable life for himself, helping out friends and neighbours when he can and taking the occasional case to make ends meet. But there is one mystery that still haunts him almost ten years later – did his brother really die in a hit-and-run or was there more to the story behind his death?

IQ has been approached by his brother’s former girlfriend Sarita, whose younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas – with a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. Accompanied once more by his fast-talking, don’t-call-me-a-sidekick partner Dodson, IQ heads off for the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas. His quest takes an unexpected turn when he meets a criminal mastermind who knows something about the murky circumstances that surrounded his brother’s death. But when Isaiah learns the truth, what will he do with it?

I am a huge fan of Joe Ide’s writing style and his IQ series. I am most definitely a #FanGirl of this author & protagonist!

Link to my review of IQ, Joe Ide’s debut novel and #1 in the IQ series here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/02/12/review-iq-by-joe-ide-5-genius/

Link to my Q&A with Joe Ide, after reading IQ here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/03/16/qa-with-edgar-award-nominee-joe-ide-author-of-iq/

My review:

This novel had me gripped and from page 57, I already knew, Joe Ide has written another 5* Genius novel! Isiah aka IQ, for readers new to the series, is the complex protagonist of Joe Ide’s genius novel. IQ is the Sherlock Holmes from the ghetto, with a golden heart and an intellect that outwits and manipulates, to bring justice within his local community of LA. IQ is articulate and was destined for Harvard University when tragedy struck! I am a huge fan of crime fiction and IQ is easily on my list of favourite characters.
Righteous is the second in the IQ series.

Isiah Quintabe is back, the novel picks up right where it left off. With the discovery of the car used in the hit and run that killed Isiah’s big brother Marcus. This leads Isiah into a path of revenge and the dying need for vigilante justice. Within this plot we see another side to Isiah, one not yet explored we see his self-reasoning and questioning as he struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding his brother’s death.

Aside from his own personal situation, he has an ongoing case, one that will similarly lead right to the heart of the consequences of violence! After receiving a call from Sarita (Marcus’s girlfriend at time of his death); he is thrust into a complex case involving gambling debts/addiction, human trafficking, gangs, violence and ultimately gang warfare. The characters surrounding the many different gangs are exceptionally well written. They all have depth, a back story and are incredibly iconic. This is a case where we see IQ with his back against the wall. Gangs are notoriously known for being built upon secrecy, violence and loyalty.
Where betrayal is a capital crime and violence is meted out with ease.
An environment where gangbangers are always scheming and threatening, so who can you trust?

The novel goes on to explain how and why gangs are formed and the inner working of triads, cartels and street gangs. But this is done within the story telling from a variety of perspectives. I felt as though I was in LA/Vegas watching it all unfold. Throughout this novel, I had an enduring feeling IQ would suffer emotionally upon the discovery of Marcus’s past and the facts surrounding his death.
This kept tension throughout the novel and moved me to tears at times.
Don’t think because this is an action packed read, it lacks an emotional edge!

This novel is not only a sensational read, I found its message rather inspiring.
Violence begets violence and harms all it touches.
I highly recommend this novel 5* Genius!

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Website: https://www.joeide.com/
Twitter: @JoeIdeTweets
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14958880.Joe_Ide
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*Righteous is released in the UK today! I wish the author much success with its release. Happy UK publication day Joe Ide!*