My Book of the Month for January 2014

My first book of the month is Poppet by Mo Hayder



Death bed by Leigh Russell. Read January 2014.

“DI Geraldine Steel relocates to London to join the Met and takes on another thrilling murder investigation. Trailing a racist murderer with a prediliction for removing victims’ teeth, Geraldine has little time to investigate her birth mother and with the death toll mounting and no sign of an arrest of the killer the papers are calling ‘The Dentist’, Geraldine must act fast to ensure she doesn’t become the killer’s next victim. From the author of the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel thrillers comes another enthralling read.”
This is the 4th book in the DI Geraldine Steel series and each one is more enjoyable than the last. I would say you definitely need to read the books in chronological order, otherwise Geraldine’s complex back story would be too confusing.
One slight criticism (for the publisher?). I read the Kindle version and there were breaks in the text in random places that spoilt my enjoyment a little.
Highly recommended.


Poppet by Mo Hayder. Read January 2014.

The most disturbing and scariest of Mo Hayder’s books to date, Poppet is a real page-turner. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is that I thought the perpetrator was clearly signposted early on in the book so I felt a little cheated out of any surprise twist. Recommended but I think you need to have read the other books in the series in order to understand the back story connecting some of the characters.


Dead End by Leigh Russell. Read December 2013.

Feeling smug because I “solved” this one early on, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment. There is so much going on in this story that it grabs your attention and keeps you wondering what could possibly happen next. I enjoyed learning more about the back story of the main character, DI Geraldine Steel and I’m looking forward to the next instalment, although there are a few on my To Be Read pile ahead of it. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.


Like This For Ever by Sharon Bolton. Read December 2013.

“I used to think the hardest thing in the world was to watch your child getting older… …until I had to face the possibility that I might never watch him grow up”.
The best book I’ve read this year, and that’s a year when I’ve read “We need to talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver and “Shatter” by Michael Robotham (I tagged those as best book and best crime thriller respectively).
The ongoing relationship between reader and the lead character in the series, Lacey Flint, developed intriguingly but the central character of this book is 11 year old Barney. Part way through I wanted to scoop him up and adopt him myself.
This book keeps the reader guessing throughout – I think I was convinced that at least 3 characters were the killer (all wrong). I was also pleased that there wasn’t a single loose end left dangling which can be a frustration with some writers. I’m looking forward to reading Sharon Bolton’s next book (A Dark and Twisted Tide) impatiently and will have to divert myself by catching up on the rest of my To Be Read pile which threatens to overwhelm me.
Highly recommended.


Dead Man’s Time by Peter James. Read August 2013.

“A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying, and millions taken in valuables. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one item, of priceless sentimental value, that her powerful family care about, above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.”
The 9th in the Roy Grace series and the best so far. One of those books you couldn’t wait to read but wish you’d read slower so that you had longer to savour it.
The amount of research the author does for each book shines from the pages as he paints a picture of gangland New York in the 1920s and policing in modern day Brighton.
Highly recommended for all crime fiction fans, though I would strongly suggest you read this series in chronological order to enjoy the fascinating back story of its main characters.


Forward Slash by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards. Read July 2013.

I’ll be recommending this book to any friends who say they’re contemplating online dating. I enjoyed the fast pace and maintained tension of the book. It keeps you guessing throughout and is a real page turner. Several times while reading it I thought this story would lend itself well to a movie screenplay or TV mini-series. I’m looking forward to catching up with the authors’ other books.


The Devil’s Ribbon by D E Meredith. Read May 2013

An enjoyable, informative and exhilarating read. As someone who failed History O’ Level, the fact that I have now been inspired to find out more about some dark days in Irish history surprises me – but my lack of knowledge prior to reading The Devil’s Ribbon was shameful.
I enjoyed being reunited with Professor Hatton & Monsieur Roumande and learning more about what makes them tick, having enjoyed the previous book, Devoured, so much.
Finally, to add to the “Paper vs e-book” debate, the copy of The Devil’s Ribbon I read was a hardback first edition and a thing of beauty! Thank you again to @crifilover & the publishers for the competition prize.
Highly recommended.