Dead Still (Dr. Annabel Tilson #1) by Barbara Ebel, M.D.

Annabel is excited and optimistic at being finally able to go on clinical rotation. Having spent years in the classroom she can’t wait to start putting the theory into practice. With her father being a well-known and respected neurosurgeon she has some big shoes to fill but she doesn’t expect any special treatment. Special treatment is a far cry from her actual experience and she becomes increasingly deflated with the idea of being a doctor at all and with patience dropping like flies she struggles to keep her composure. It isn’t until her life is on the line that things become a little clearer.

As thrillers go, this is an original and interesting one. A junior doctor fresh out of medical school and at the mercy of a jealous colleague is an unusual narrator, but it worked well. I thought the medical jargon and involvement was just right. I didn’t need a medical dictionary to figure things out and there was enough med-talk to keep it realistic.

Annabel was a likable, intelligent character and Ebel’s style was an interesting mix of thriller, romance, and detective. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Dead still

The Sinner’s Touch (A Manwhore Series #2) by Apryl Baker

When Angel steps out of the bar for a breath of fresh air she has no clue as to what is waiting for her. An unfortunate case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time sends her life spiralling out of control when she comes face to face with Boston’s most notorious serial killer, body in hand. When the police arrive, she has to deal with her second shock of the day and she has no idea that her week is about to get a whole lot worse.

Angel is a sweet character who has a back story that won’t let her move on and Kade’s interruption to her life is an emotional one. Kade appears, at first, to be a little on the shallow side but when the events of the past unravel the reader gets to see the inner turmoil.

I like the way Baker has turned a thriller into a romance with a strong lead detective element. The Russian brothers are a nice change from the all-American boy and I look forward to hearing the rest of the Kincaid stories.

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The Sinners Touch

Only the Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas #1) by Rachel Abbott

Hugo’s wife, Laura, is the prime suspect for Hugo’s murder but she has a watertight alibi. The closer Tom gets to the case the more he realises that Hugo wasn’t the hero he was portrayed to be and any number of people would have good cause for wanting him dead. Can he solve the case and locate what Hugo has been hiding all this time or will his attraction to the suspect cloud his judgment?

I am already a fan of Tom Douglas having read the series out of sequence but aside from a few issues I’ve managed to keep up. Now that I’ve read the first book everything had slotted into place.

Abbott doesn’t choose light-hearted subjects, in fact, she takes the grittiest, most uncomfortable subjects and explores them in detail. Her detective style leaves you dangling in suspense until the very last minute, after the thrill of the ride, where you finally catch your killer, or not.

Abbott’s characters are realistic and have the regular flaws but they are also full of hope and love which balances the darker side to her subjects nicely. Tom’s vulnerability keeps me wanting to read because I genuinely like the DCI and he gives the reader a reprieve from the depravity of Abbott’s villains.

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Only the Innocent

Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #2) by Kristen Painter

Jayne is enjoying her new role as the manager of the toyshop. She likes working with her best friend Juniper but the best thing about being in Nocturne Falls has to be her boyfriends, both of them. Greyson is a cute vampire with a sexy Irish accent and Cooper is a summer elf who was her first love back in college. She cannot possibly choose between the pair.

Her life becomes complicated once more when she opens a box and lets trouble out. What do you do when your cat starts talking?

Jayne is such a likable character that you can’t help but care about her but as for her love life I can’t help but wonder what’s on her mind. She needs to choose and my vote is on the vampire. Painter describes Jayne’s need for sweet treats too well, I can picture each and every dessert in detail and I’m not sure that’s a good thing because I’m now craving pastries, ice-cream, oh and a talking cat.

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Miss frost ices the imp

My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall

When Sam’s sister is brutally attacked and left for dead Sam begins a perilous journey to solve the mystery denying herself food in the process. The journey takes her to places that no child should visit, but she’s not finished. Only from the relative safety of the Ana unit can she fully understand everything that has happened and finally learn to forgive herself.

This is a disturbing and emotional story told in a unique way. Sam’s emotional strength goes hand in hand with her physical fragility causing a juxtaposition within herself. The story delves into some of the darkest subjects imaginable and the innocence of Sam, Jena, and even Rob creates striking characters in a world of pain.

The story is a coming of age novel with a thriller setting and a detective narrative. Dugdall has created something dark, beautiful, and most of all memorable.

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my sister and other liars

Black Widow (Jack Parlabane #7) by Chris Brookmyre

Diana has been married to her work for so long that relationships seem like an impossible inconvenience, that is until she meets Peter who seems to understand her in ways that no one else has. After a whirlwind romance cracks begin to show in their relationship and just as she’s starting to wonder if she’s rushed into the marriage he dies in a terrible car crash.

Parlabane gets sucked into this case and at first, it looks clear cut. Diana is obviously a cold psychopath with tunnel vision but as he delves deeper something else appears and Parlabane is shocked to his core.

Having not read any more from the series or any of Brookmyre’s work before I found the story difficult to follow but with perseverance I soon found myself hooked. The plot is intricate and dark and unfolds slowly towards a shocking finale. The characters are full and interesting but you get the sense that they never fully give up their secrets. I may have to start the series from the beginning because I think it has plenty to offer a thriller fan.

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Black Widow

 

Murder Any Witch Way (Brimstone Bay #1) by N. M. Howell

The witches in Brimstone Bay are just as shaken as the rest of the inhabitants when a young girl is found murdered. It’s bad news for the Shadow Festival and anyone else with a little magic in them. River is sucked into the mystery and soon finds herself a potential victim of a killer who is trying to frame her friends.

This, not so average, murder mystery is set in an interesting world full of supernatural creatures who live alongside regular humans. It gives an interesting edge to the mystery as do the ghosts who help to solve the case. The added possibility of a future romance sets up interest for the rest of the series.

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Murder Any Witch Way