Searching For The Past
Lost Souls by Jonathan Kellerman and Jessie Kellerman is a contemporary crime novel that had me guessing from the start. It is the third book in the Clay Edison series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Following a discovery of small bones, the hunt is on to find the identity and the truth. The reader joins the characters in the search for two babies of the 1960’s. The cases are similar and run parallel. The one search is for the child, the other for the parents.
Long buried secrets need to rise to the surface.
Families are complicated affairs – we view both discord from within and also harmony.
No Nonsense Policing
Girl Zero by A.A Dhand is an exciting contemporary crime suspense. It is the second book in the Harry Virdee series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed meeting up with familiar faces.
Once more the reader catches up with Harry Virdee and his brother Ronnie. Both are determined to change the streets of Bradford – one as a cop and one as a criminal. “One who enforced the rules. And one who made his own.” Terrible circumstances force the brothers to work together.
The Bradford streets can be dangerous places. An escapee from the underworld has been plotting revenge, now it is time to put the pieces into play.
The locations mirror the action which is very dark and stormy. Harry Virdee is determined to clean up the streets of Bradford. He will do whatever is necessary to protect the innocent. He is a tough cop with a heart of gold who is not afraid to push boundaries.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is a delightfully amusing contemporary novel set in a retirement village.
The lead characters are four octogenarians who meet on Thursdays to discuss cold cases. Their raison d’etre is heightened when murders – old and new – land in their vicinity. They reckon the police could do with a helping hand!
I loved the banter and the friendship. This is not a gruesome read, more like an afternoon drama. I found it reminiscent of Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders.
Richard Osman has a charming style of writing, with his dry wit and many observations of human nature.
The Battle For Bradford
Streets Of Darkness by A.A. Dhand is an exciting contemporary crime novel that drew me in from the start. It is the first book in the D.I. Harry Virdee series which promises to be fabulous.
The reader is introduced to Harry Virdee, a no nonsense copper who does what he has to in order to fight crime and to keep his family safe. He is not afraid to dirty his hands.
Harry Virdee is working for improvement from within the law. When he sees a miscarriage of justice, he is determined to right the wrong no matter who it is being set up.
Family is important. Harry Virdee and his wife chose love over their respective religions as they entered a mixed race marriage and are now estranged from both sets of parents. They still feel love and loyalty to their elders.
The novel is set in Bradford. It is a multi-cultural city but there are those who seek to ignite tensions and fan the flames for personal gain.