Tag: Books: Mystery

Review: Forty Words for Sorrow

Posted 26 May, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Forty Words for Sorrow (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery #1)
By: Giles Blunt
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give upexcept Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence onlyserves to get him removed from homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his ownpast and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force, Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career–and his family.

Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of anabandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrible truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. The case as it unfolds proves eerily reminiscent of the Moors murders in Britain, as anunassuming young man and his belligerently loyal girlfriend scout young victimsfor their macabre games.

With the media, the provincial police and his owndepartment questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuousthreads towards the unthinkable. Time isn’t only running out for him, but foranother young victim, tied up in a basement wondering when and how his captors will kill him.

I found out about this book because it was recently adapted into a 6-episode television series, Cardinal, that aired earlier this year. I was intrigued by the trailer–set in Canada, that sort of thing. So I decided to check out the book first before watching it.

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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 redโ€”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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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