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Book review: Unquiet Souls by Liz Mistry

by Liz Mistry

The first in a gritty crime series based in West Yorkshire, and featuring DI Gus McGuire
The Blurb: What is the link between the abduction of a little girl and a dead prostitute? When the body of a prostitute is discovered DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring. McGuire who is suffering with problems of his own, he must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises. Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with? Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series. About the Author:
Liz Mistry was born in West Calder, Scotland and educated at Stirling University before moving to Bradford for her PGCE, where she settled with her husband, Nilesh, her three children, Ravi, Kasi and Jimi and her two cats.Liz taught…

#Theakstonscrime: Comic Gems from Harrogate

Every year I attend The Theakston's Old Peculier crime writing festival in Harrogate and every year I am introduced to new authors, old authors, new forensics and new ways of killing somebody.  But, the part I love most about Theakston's is the way I end up laughing throughout the weekend.  Here's just a few of the laughs from this years festival...

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Blurb

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

I See You is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning psychological thriller from one of the most exciting and successful British debut talents of 2015

My Review

I had eagerly awaited  this novel and was delighted when the publishers Little, Brown, asked me if I would like an advanced reader's copy.

I didn't know what to expect, Clare Mackintosh's first book  I Let You Go was so good that I wondered how she was going to top it. I was more than pleasantly surprised, I See You is differen…

Insider news: Watch out for Peter Swanson's new novel "Her Every Fear"

This is just a quick post to let Crime Warp readers know about the up coming publication of Peter Swanson's new novel Her Every FearI loved Swanson's previous book The Kind Worth Killing and recently read The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, which I'd describe as gripping.  I was therefore genuinely excited when I heard of a new novel in the offing.

Kate Priddy has decided it's time for a big change in her life.  In a bold move, she uproots hereslf from London to a new life in Boston having agreed an apartment swap with her distant cousin, Corbin Dell. But it’s not long before she believes her neighbour has been murdered, and her own fears and insecurities start to surface once more. Swanson's novels have a deep noir theme and one commentator has described this new novel as "a brilliant Hitchcockian thriller". 

Her Every Fearis out in January 2017 - I can't wait!


Audiobook review - Sockpuppet by Matthew Blackstad - Nothing is private. No one is safe!


Blog Tour - Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan

For fans of THE FALL and Sarah Hilary, this slick, dark contemporary thriller will have you on the edge of your seat...
Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls. And she's missing. She's an adult - nothing to worry about, surely? Until the video's uploaded. Ruby, in the dirt and pleading for her life.
Who better to head up the investigation than the Met's rising star, Detective Inspector Kate Riley? She's leading a shiny new team, high-powered, mostly female and with the best resources money can buy. It's time for them to prove what they can do. Alongside her, Detective Sergeant Zain Harris - poster boy for multiracial policing and the team's newest member - has his own unique contribution to make. But can Kate wholly trust him and when he's around, can she trust herself? Ruby's millions of fans are hysterical about what may have happened to her. The press is having a field day and as the investigation …

Blog Tour: Silent Scream - Angela Marsons

Today on the blog we have the wonderful Angela Marsons, and we're celebrating the publication of the paperback edition of her fabulous novel Silent Scream.

Audio book review: Love You Dead by Peter James - Rich men beware!

Love You Dead is about Jodie Bentley, a childhood ugly ducking who reinvents herself as a beautiful woman looking for love.  Her plan is to marry a rich man so she can realise her dream of affluence and status.  Once she's got the money, well...the man dosn't really matter - it's then simply about finding a way to to get rid of him and keeping the money of course.  "Getting rid" of course, means murder! Jodie has a few false starts but she's a woman at the top of her game, effortlessly using her beauty and charm plus a dogged determination, that can only be desribed as professional, to find, seduce and entrap a wealthy man into her scheme of love, marriage and an extremely short life expectancy.

This isn't the only part of the story - there's the matter of Grace's previously unresolved case, Sandy - that ever present ghost from the past - a plotline that never seems to be quite tied up, and finally his vile and manipulative senior officer Cassian P…

Book Reviews : Old Peculier Crime writing Festival : The New Blood panel 2016

The New Blood panel at Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is always one of my favourite.  Each year the new talent just seems to get better and better and 2016 is no exception.  As usual it is chaired by the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid and should be an interesting panel.  I'll not be missing it.  Read on for a snappy review of each of the four New Bloodites 2016.

Book Review: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter, the much anticipated new Trent/Polaski/Linten thriller!

In The Kept Woman, the Will Trent, Angie Polaski, Sara Linten triangle is as intriguingly complex and deliciously edgy as it’s ever been.Trent’s complex vulnerability combined with Linten’s strength and compassion and Polaski’s erratic behaviour just ratchets up the tension.

We're part of Angela Marson's Silent Scream Blog Tour

To celebrate the publication of the paperback edition of Silent Scream on the 14th July join us on the 18th when Angela will be talking about:      You Know You're a Crime Writer When...

Death is a Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh, Book Review

How badly do you want to stay alive? To what lengths would you go to survive? Magnus, an aspiring comedian, goes on the run with a convicted felon dangerous enough to have been in solitary for three years. You think being falsely imprisoned as a rapist would be bad enough, but imagine escaping into a world where millions are dying from a terrible epidemic, ‘the sweats’, where everything that ever mattered is gone. At this point I’d have given up. But Magnus doesn’t want to die. He really doesn’t want to die. In the author’s words, ‘the only way to vanquish the sweats was to return to a point where life was sacred.’ Except it wasn’t. Gangs were roaming the countryside looting, raping, killing. Human evil and crime are inextricably linked and ubiquitous – even in an apocalypse. Nevertheless, when the world is burning, does justice even matter? After a thrilling prison break Magnus and his ruthless partner make it out of a burning, rioting London to the relative safety of the countrysi…