Tag: Books: Mystery


Review: Strip Jack

Posted 17 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Strip Jack (John Rebus #4)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

MP Gregor Jack is caught in an Edinburgh brothel with a prostitute only too keen to show off her considerable assets. When the media horde begins baying for political blood Jack’s friends rally round to protect him. But some of those friends – particularly his wife’s associates – are not so squeaky clean themselves.

Initially Detective Inspector Rebus is sympathetic to the MP’s dilemma – who hasn’t occasionally succumbed to temptation? – but with the disappearance of Jack’s wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why …

Okay, I’m guessing the John Rebus novels are just slowly going on sale on Kobo or something because I saw this was on for a low price and picked it up almost immediately: the premise sounded really interesting as the case involves a prominent politician. I thought it would be interesting to see how Rebus would fare investigating such a case.

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Review: Tooth and Nail

Posted 16 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tooth and Nail (John Rebus #3)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Sent to London to help catch a vicious serial killer, Inspector John Rebus teams up with a beautiful psychologist to piece together a portrait of a depraved psychopath bent on painting the town red—with blood…

Just my luck, apparently the third John Rebus novel was also on sale for eReaders a while ago. So naturally I picked it up 🙂

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Review: Hide and Seek

Posted 15 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hide and Seek (John Rebus #2)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind…

I immediately started reading this book after finishing Knots and Crosses (review); I wanted to read more of John Rebus’ cases, and it’s always nice to have a number of books in the same series reading and waiting to be read in your TBR pile 🙂

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Review: Knots and Crosses

Posted 13 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Knots and Crosses (John Rebus #1)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he’s tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain’s elite SAS. Now he’s an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn’t just one cop trying to catch a killer, he’s the man who’s got all the pieces to the puzzle…

I had long seen Ian Rankin’s books on the bookshelves at bookstores but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually picked up a book of his. I enjoyed his Malcolm Fox novels (see author tag) and the glimpse into the Complaints division of the police force, but of course the author is more famous for the John Rebus novels. I finally picked up a few a couple of months ago, which was pretty exciting 🙂

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Review: Stranglehold

Posted 24 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Stranglehold (Detective Greene #4)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

It’s just after Labour Day and the city is kicking back into gear. All eyes are on the hotly contested election for Toronto’s next mayor and crime is the big issue. Greene is no stranger to the worst of what the city has to offer, but even he is unprepared for what happens next when he stumbles upon a horrific homicide.

In one nightmare moment his world is flipped upside down. Soon he is pitted against his young protégé, Daniel Kennicott, who arrests him for first-degree murder.

Tied down on house arrest as he awaits his trial, Greene has to find a way to not only clear his name but to face some very hard truths: that he didn’t really know the people he believed in most; that there are unseen forces at work prepared to see him take the fall; and most of all, that he should never underestimate the price people will pay for love.

Okay, ideally I would’ve read Stray Bullets, the third book in the Detective Greene series, but as I don’t have a copy of it on hand and I had picked up this book first, well now, here we are 😛 I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series (see author tag) so naturally I was looking forward to reading this one. This book in particular came out at a very interesting time as it was during the time the Rob Ford scandal emerged in the news.

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