Review: Forensics

2020, May, non-fiction, REVIEW

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Author: Val McDermid
Pages: 292
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists. Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It’s a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day.

| My thoughts |

I also find it difficult to review non-fiction books but I found this one so informative.

I found this book extremely interesting and very well researched. I like the fact it was based on UK proceedings but also touched on cases in other countries. It had a mixture of old and new cases, some of the newer cases were ones I was familiar with due to them being on the news in the UK. The author puts enough detail into the case to discuss the topic she is talking about but she didn’t pry into the lives too much. There were so much I didn’t realise about the forensics in cases and how they work to catch the suspects.

Val McDermid also writes mysteries but I haven’t had a chance to pick any up at the moment.

I would highly recommend this book for people who are interested in forensics.

 

Review: The Rumour

2020, May, REVIEW

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Author: Lesley
Pages: 304
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .
Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.
Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.
So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

| My thoughts |

I was given this book was a gift from my step mum. I actually quite enjoyed this book. It was a page-turner, and the plot kept me intrigued. I didn’t gel with the characters as much as I hoped I would but I didn’t affect my rating on the book. 

I am using the CAWPILE spreadsheet put together by Gi, her channel is Book Roast on youtube. You rate each section out of 10, here are my results.

The rumour

I just didn’t have an emotional connection to any of the characters, they weren’t bad characters, they just weren’t for me.

I did have a theory about who was involved, which turned out to be slightly correct but there was still a twist. I think this is a solid debut and I will look into any other books by this author.

overall this was a solid debut.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Happy Reading
xoxo

May TBR

2020, May, TBR

Hey readers…

I have 8 books on my tbr this month, I am hoping that I can get to all of these as my reading hasn’t been too good with all that is going on at the moment.  The Dwarves is a re-read for me, I love this series and The Rumour is my TBR jar pick for this month.

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Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season. Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility. Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

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For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now… Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

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Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future. When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl but Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

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A bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend from the critically acclaimed author of The Boneless Mercies. On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known and joins a shaven-headed druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword. On their travels, Torvi and her companions will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death. . . Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.

| Synopsis |

In a fractured Europe, new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight. For an intelligence officer like Jim, it’s a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England’s interests. It’s hard to keep on top of it all but things are about to get worse for Jim. A stabbing on a London bus pitches him into a world where his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a man has appeared who may hold the key to unlocking Europe’s most jealously guarded secret…

| Synopsis |

This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as a breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

|Synopsis|

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.

| Synopsis | 

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . . Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman. So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

What books have you got on your tbr this month? Have you read any of these, if you did what did you think of them, let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading
XOXO

May Wrap up

2017, May, month in a view, Warp up

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well… 

May was a good month for me regarding reading. I managed to finish three books and start a fourth. 

Lets get to the books 

First book this month I finished was 

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

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I really enjoyed this book, I picked it up via Kindle First on Amazon. 

Synopsis:

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

I gave this book 4 stars. 

Read my review here.

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The second book I finished this month is Brake Failure by Alison Brodie 

I was sent this book for review by the author. 

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Synopsis:

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

I gave this book 4 stars

Read my review here

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the last book I finished this book was The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait to start the second book in the series in June

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Synopsis:

For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now… Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

I rated this book 4.5 stars

Read my review here

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The book I started reading this month and will finish in june is:

Flame in the mist by Renee Ahdieh 

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synopsis:

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

If you have read any of these books let me know your thoughts on them in the comments 

Brake Failure Review

2017, blog, May, REVIEW

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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?”

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

My Thoughts:

I started this book one night on my kindle and read it to around 25% on my kindle. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The next night I picked it up and I didnt put it down until I finished it at 1:57am. I really liked the main character Ruby but I really really didn’t like her sister Claire. Some of Rubys choices really irritated me and sometimes I thought she was acting spoilt. 

I didn’t really have any feelings towards her relationship with her husband and this were one of the only tiny issue with the story line.

I really enjoyed the way that Alison Brodie writes and the way the story flowed when flipping through the events that had happened (past and present). The ending was just right for me although the other small little thing that I didnt understand (I dont want to explain any further due to spoilers) but don’t let this little niggle stop you from reading this book because I dont think it took anything away from the story itself. 

I cant wait to read more by Alison Brodie and will be waiting patiently for her next book to come out. In the meantime I will hunt for other books she has written. 

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone who wants a quick read.