Category Archives: Mystery

The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller (Peter Stoller) By M. Pepper Langlinais

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The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller is a superbly crafted espionage thriller that is set in London in the 1970s where intelligence tricks such as, pseudonyms, dead letter-boxes, and secret passwords were used along with a great number of code breaking technologies.  The story follows main protagonist, Peter Stroller, who is a British Intelligence Officer and next in line to run the Agency – until he falls in love with a cab driver, Charles, and his life goes off the rails.

In summary, “The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller” is an exceptionally well-written espionage thriller with a number of un-predictable twist and turns that will leave the reader turning those pages well in to the night to discover what happens to these wonderfully strong, well-developed and likable characters’

My Ranking 4.5 Stars

Forgotten Sin (Avenging Fate Book 1) By Brian Hershey

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“Every once in a while I stumble across a book that quite literally blows me away in every sense of the word. Forgotten Sin by Brian Hershey is a fast-paced thriller that is stark and harrowing, with a troubled protagonist looking to escape her horrible past that is magnified with a phenomenal evil she has little control over.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Doctor Mya Bishop has a well-established career at the University of Cambridge as a lecturer on medieval mythology and a very promising future ahead of her, but she is plagued with a harrowing secret from her past and cursed with lycanthrope, where she has the ability to shape shift into a wolf. Mya is in fact over two-hundred years old and successfully manages to hide her secret identity from the world, but she is also desperate to be free from her curse and seeks the help from an animal specialist, Marcus Holland, who Mya offers a substantial amount of money to come and observe her in her animal form.  Initially Marcus is disturbed to learn what Mya is and is reluctant to stay until he has a change of heart and decides to try and find a cure as everything he witnesses with Mya´s wolf form defies all logic.  After an experiment goes horribly wrong Mya´s real identity is discovered by a prominent member of parliament who is hell-bent on hunting her down and killing her while using his position of wealth as a means of getting tasks completed.  All of which leads to a deadly hunt where the hopes of survival on each opposing side are slim.

It’s not often I come across a book where each chapter is from the perspective of alternating characters’ and I have to say I found it highly immersing and a refreshing change to some of the werewolf fiction I have read before. I expect an exciting sequel awaiting this female heroine.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

 

The Eye of Control: By Majid Salim

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“The Eye of Control is an interesting espionage novel set in World War II.  What makes this story great it that it makes sense historically and could have taken place in 1940s London as it was thought that intelligence was the key to victory.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

In summary, “The Eye of Control” is an exceptionally well written espionage thriller with a number of un-predictable twist and turns that will leave the reader turning those pages well in to the night to discover what happens to these wonderfully strong, well-developed and likable characters.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

An exceptionally well written espionage thriller!

Mother Moon: By Bob Goddard

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“Goddard’s elegantly constructed novel evokes some of the finest traditions in science fiction, with a near future setting where the fate of humankind rests in the hands of a small colony of lunar-based scientists.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Mother Moon is primarily set in the year 2087 and also on Earth in 1504.  These two unique stories run parallel along each other and although it is difficult to imagine at first how these two different stories link together through time and space, they do however reach a fascinating outcome, one that I didn’t see coming and I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Goddard combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot that deals with science and technology that is and will be used in the near future.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King: By Manning Wolfe

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In Manning Wolfe’s debut novel a tough female business attorney, Merit Bridges goes after a corrupt organisation (Nixon Outdoor Advertising) and a notorious leasing agent (Boots King) who are threatening one of her clients in a property dispute.

The story starts with a bang as one of Merits client’s burns down a billboard in a neighbouring property dispute and unintentionally kills a homeless guy as the fire spreads, resulting in manslaughter.  Merit Bridges and her team fight against the clock to collect enough evidence against Nixon Outdoor Advertising, who sell billboards, but are hiding the legal clauses that will affect ownership.

Boots King, a hired gun is sent into stop Merit and her team in their tracks and won’t stop until his mission is completed, all of which results in a major legal battle that puts Merits life in severe danger.

If you are a fan of legal thrillers that feature a strong-willed and smart female heroine who fights for justice and the underdog, then I highly recommend you read this book.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

 

Nanodaemons: By George Saoulidis

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“George Saoulidis Nanodaemons is a remarkably cultivated novel… his pacing is brisk, his scientific reckoning well-informed and plausible and his characterisation nothing short of outstanding.”  https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

In the opening chapters the reader is introduced to a number of daemons who are trying to find their way around their Users newly fitted prosthetic arm after a construction accident.  The User is a likable hero called Leo, who loves dogs and is framed for murder.

Basically, without giving too much of the plot away the humorous daemons who fight among each other try to help Leo overcome the opposition.

Nanodaemons is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is loaded with laugh-out-loud cyber dialogue, along with an interesting tale of redemption and I would highly recommend it to all cyberpunk fans out there who have a good sense of humour.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

A Promising Thriller with an Engaging Premise

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What Goes Around

By Helen Donovan

What Goes Around is a promising thriller with an engaging premise, a likable heroine and a clever combination of characters that you can care about despite their fundamental flaws.”  https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story follows main protagonist Phoebe, a recent college graduate who scores a position as a researcher at the Chicago Chronicle.  Phoebe promises herself two things with her first pay check, first to treat her mom to a special dinner and the second to follow her heart and hire a detective to uncover her roots on her journey of self-discovery.  Phoebe is initially elated when the detective discovers two living relatives and envisions a wonderful reunion and jubilant future…

However, events take more of a sinister turn when Phoebe discovers she has a sister who is a suspected murder and is also the granddaughter of a convicted murder and is dragged into a world of murder, deceit and greed.

Author Helen Donovan successfully manages to combine a mixture of mystery and suspense all in one go.  This is a taunt, gripping, thriller; make no mistake and it leaves little to the imagination as the pages are turned.

I’d be interested in reading a sequel to this book and would definitely recommend it to my readers and friends.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

The Victim: By Eric Matheny

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“Matheny has the unique ability to walk the reader through the rigorous steps of a criminal case from the initial arrest through to the trial process in his tense psychological legal thriller, The Victim.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story opens eleven years earlier as a young and reckless Anton Mackey makes a life changing decision to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming a large amount of whiskey. Instead of doing the right thing and reporting his horrifying crime to the authorities, he decides to destroy the evidence and walk away, unaware that his mistake will come back to haunt ten years later when he takes on a complex case that is tied up to his past.

The Victim is a gritty standalone legal thriller featuring well-developed characters, intricate and melodramatic plot lines that I found absolutely riveting from start to finish.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

 

Ice Cream Man By Evan Bollinger

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“Bollinger constructs a plot similar to a jigsaw puzzle with thousands of pieces that eventually all come together towards the end in a way I never imagined.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story follows main protagonist, Lacy Stamford, a single mum who is trying hard to keep her life and the life of her children on track after the death of her husband several years ago. All of a sudden Lacy’s life is thrown into turmoil when she returns from a simple shopping errand to discover her house is on fire and that this is just the start of the horror she and her children will face in the coming days of the unexplainable house fires, hotter than hot temperatures, spontaneous combustion and people going missing.

Ice Cream Man is a taunt thriller that is infused with horror and sci-fi elements and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy dark themed and thought-provoking fiction.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Daygo’s Fury: The Daygo Stream By John F. O’ Sullivan

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“Daygo’s Fury is dark fantasy at its best and is a great beginning to a special series. I can’t wait to read the follow-up.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/
In the opening chapters the reader is transported into the world of Liam, an orphan and slum dweller, who believes he is destined for greater things. Liam’s story deals with powerful issues and takes the reader on a journey into a violent and dark world where every day is a struggle to survive in a poverty-stricken world that’s gone mad.

In the following chapters the reader is introduced to Niisa, a forest dweller, who lives in a tribe that thrive to have an intense relationship with Daygo, a celestial being. Niisa story also deals with powerful issues and takes the reader on a deep spiritual path of human failures and triumphs where the magic in the story is both beautiful and disturbing.

Both young man’s stories alternate throughout the book and although I can’t yet draw the comparison to Liam and Niisa because they live in different worlds, both dealing with completely different issues. I have no doubt in further instalments that these two very remarkable young man’s paths will cross at some point and it will be interesting to see what is in store for both of them.

With regards to O’ Sullivan’s writing, the narrative is gripping, the plotting is tight, yet what struck me as more amazing were the voices of these two main protagonists, as they drive the story along with both their emotional weight and power.

My Ranking: 5 Stars