I am continuing to catch up on my reviews and this group of Police Procedurals/Crime Thrillers/Detective stories were read/listened to over the last few weeks. All were very enjoyable. They are all part of different series and with these, I do recommend you read the series in order.
A Line to Kill (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #3) by Anthony Horowitz, Rory Kinnear (Narrator)
Published October 19th 2021 by HarperAudio
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another wonderful, entertaining addition to the Hawthorne and Horowitz mystery series. Anthony Horowitz’s publishers get ex-detective inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England. They are promoting the book series they are writing together. The last thing they expected was to find themselves involved in a murder investigation while trapped with a killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past. There is an eclectic bunch of authors including a celebrity chef, a blind psychic, a French poet and an author of children’s books. The inhabitants of the island are in the midst of a feud over a new powerline. When a local grandee is killed the island is shut down. Will they find the murderer? How long will they be stuck on the island.
The synopsis says it perfectly in this paragraph: “Both a brilliant satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable locked-room mystery, this audiobook is a triumph – a riddle of a story full of brilliant misdirection, beautifully set-out clues, and diabolically clever denouements.:
The characters always intrigue me. Of course Hawthorne and Horowitz are always interesting. There are times, I dislike Hawthorne due to his arrogance and haughtiness, but he is smart and uses his great powers of deductive reasoning to solve his cases. We did get to learn a few more things about his past that had me softening a bit towards him. Horowitz is great. He keeps trying to get out of his agreement to write these books, but is always pulled back in. He is methodical, but still can’t solve the cases before Hawthorne. The secondary characters in this one were a hoot. They were a bit of a caricature, which adds humour to the story. The murder victim is Charles le Mesurier, a wealthy man who finances most things on the island including the literary festival. There are so many suspects, red herrings and twists that I had no idea who the killer was. I thought I knew why, but wrong again. This was another fun addition to this series and although you can read it as a standalone, I recommend you read the full series as it is so much fun. If you enjoy a locked room mystery, as well as a well plotted, clever mystery, then this is a book for you. Once again, Rory Kinnear does a wonderful job narrating this one. He does the voices well, with some being a bit over the top, but they fit the characters well. I definitely enjoyed this format and recommend the audiobook to those who enjoy listening to a good story.
Fatal Promise (D.I. Kim Stone #9) by Angela Marsons, Jan Cramer (Narrator)
Published October 19th 2018 by Hachette UK – Bookouture
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I continue to enjoy the D.I. Kim Stone series and Fatal Promise, book #9 is another great addition to the series. This book has a crime or two to solve, but the team is also dealing with the loss of one of their members at the end of the previous book. In this story, the first victim Kim and her team are dealing with is Dr. Gordon Cordell, a man linked to a previous case. They are also looking for a missing teenager who had some serious medical issues, so Stacey is heading up that investigation. When more bodies turn up, Kim and Bryant are working against the clock to find the murderer before someone else is killed.
This book has a few storylines happening simultaneously. Kim was off work for awhile dealing with an injury from the previous case, but also undergoing counseling to be sure she is fit to return to work after the death of one of her team. While she is off, Stacy was assigned elsewhere and is still working on that case. Kim and Bryant are stained in this story due to the emotions they are both dealing with and are at each other like never before. I was hooked from the beginning of this one and did not stop listening until it was finished. There were several crumbs dropped along the way, but I had no clue who the killer was until Angela Marsons began to reveal it. The POV from the killer in the book was creepy. Was it a male or female? What was the reason for the murders? The addition of Penn to the team in this story helped us to see the human, imperfect side of the characters. He was treated badly due to the mental health and grief of the team, even though he was integral to solving the missing girl case. I will say that I had that one figured out relatively early, but still enjoyed the process. Once again, we get to know a little more about the characters, like peeling an onion, a bit more is revealed in each book. I definitely recommend this book and series and although each crime is solved in each book, I recommend you start at the beginning of this series to get the full character development. I have been listening to this series narrated by Jan Cramer. Once again she adds her talented voice with expression, tone, inflection, voices and pacing to make this an excellent listening experience.
See Her Die (Bree Taggert #2) by Melinda Leigh
Published September 15th 2020 by Montlake
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
SEE HER DIE by Melinda Leigh is the second book in the Bree Taggert romantic suspense/police procedural series and this is one I recommend you start with Her Second Death, the first book in the series. This book takes place a couple of months after the end of the first book in the series and three weeks after Bree becomes the sheriff of Randolph County in upstate New York. Bree is called to a shooting at Grey Lake campground, but when she gets there there is no victim, no blood and no shooter to confirm the report of the sole witness. The witness is also squatting in the cabins and she is a questionable witness. To be sure, Bree calls former investigator Matt Flynn and his K-9 for help. If there is a body, they will find it. What is going on? Was there really a shooting or is the witness lying? There is also a secondary case of a missing college student that is the grandson of a family friend. Are these cases connected?
Bree is a great main character. She is dealing with her home life as well as trying to adapt to her new position as sheriff. Her job is a huge part of who she is and her identity. I also enjoy Matt’s character as well as Brody, his K-9. He is a smart investigator and he and Bree work well together. I am hoping that their personal relationship develops over the next few books as there is definitely an attraction there, but I like that Melinda Leigh is not making that the main focus right now. I always enjoy seeing characters from her other series pop up in these books with Morgan and Stella Dane both making an appearance. The mystery/crime is very interesting and the plot is well developed. When bodies of unrelated victims start turning up, things get more interesting, and more sinister. The book is told from both Bree’s POV and the killer, which makes it a bit creepy, but interesting. I liked seeing how Bree and Matt put the clues and evidence together to solve the crimes with two teams searching for the killer. I did not know how this was going to end and I loved the suspense and action as the story is wrapped up. I definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of crime thrillers/police procedurals.