Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond

Book blurb

I’m alive. But I can’t be saved . . .

When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.

What’s their connection to the body in the river?

Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?

And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late?

My thoughts

This is the sixth in the DS Imogen Grey series. It can be read as a stand-alone but, as always, it’s great to read the full series and this is a series that packs a few punches!

DS Adrian Miles pulls a body out of the water – a woman barely alive.

Then another body, a dead body is found just along the water from where the woman was found. She has disappeared from the hospital. She has told Grey and Miles very little – they don’t even know her name. The doctors say that she wasn’t only beaten and left for dead, she had old injuries too. Injuries that indicate long term abuse.

It’s difficult to investigate when there’s so little evidence but Miles and Grey are both determined to solve the murder and the mystery of the woman.

Their own relationship is moving on. At first I thought that there was too much about it and it seemed to be overtaking the investigative element of the storyline. However, Katerina Diamond isn’t about, or at least not just about, romance it’s necessary to the plot and the characters development.

As you read there is a lot of trauma, some quite graphic, to be had in this book. It twists and turns with the investigation and will leave you shocked and stunned. Katerina Diamond does not shirk from dealing with difficult circumstances, events but she does handled them very well.

This case gets to DS Miles because of his childhood experiences. Imogen has somewhat more perspective but is incredibly loyal to Adrian. What happens to them in this book will have far reaching consequences on their relationships. This storyline includes murder, abuse, rape and more which makes for tough reading at times but are a necessary part of what happens. The difficult scenes are handled sensitively.

The book also includes passages from the point of view of the woman who was found in the water which, in my opinion, are an important element of the story. We hear from both Imogen and Adrian with some very powerful scenes conveying just how evil the perpetrator is.

The characters are well drawn and the storyline is gripping. This book is a hard-hitting, dark and gritty story that highlights a number of situations which, whilst making this book a tough read, also makes it a compelling and worth-while read.

Thanks

With thanks to Sabah Khan Head of PR at Avon for the invite to join this astonishing BlogTour and to HarperCollins via NetGalley for an eCopy of the book.

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Published: Avon (9 Jan 2020)

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Katerina Diamond was born in Weston in the seventies. She moved to Thessaloniki in Greece and attended Greek school where she learnt Greek in just 6 months. After her parents’ divorce, they relocated to Devon. After school, and working in her uncle’s fish and chip shop, she went (briefly) to university at Derby, where she met her husband and had two children. Katerina now lives in the East Kent Coast with her husband and children. She is a Sunday Times and Kindle bestseller.

DS Imogen Grey

   1. The Teacher (2016)

   2. The Secret (2016)

   3. The Angel (2017)

   4. The Promise (2018)

   5. Truth or Die (2019)

   6. Woman in the Water (2019)

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Cover Reveal: I Can See The Lights by Russ Litten @RussLitten @Wildpressed @LoveBooksGroup

Today I am delighted to be part of the LoveBooksGroup cover reveal for this beauty……….

a prose poem I Can See the Lights by Russ Litten from Wild Pressed Books will be with you early next year.

‘The prose poems in I Can See The Lights by Russ Litten are earthy and raw, but also incredibly sensitive. It’s pretty much guaranteed that more than one of them will bring you to tears.’

So without further ado, here it is folks….

What a wonderful cover atmospheric and evocative cover it just makes you want to see what is inside, here’s the …

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The prose poems in I Can See The Lights are earthy and raw, but also incredibly sensitive. It’s pretty much guaranteed that more than one of them will bring you to tears. Characters are vividly brought to life, and stark but warm environments evoked in a down to earth, yet almost painterly manner by Russ Litten’s uncompromising voice.

Tales of home, of un-belonging, of strife at sea – of a northern city’s beating heart. Told in a mesmeric, stripped-down tone, this collection is a work of genius.

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Russ Litten is the author of the novels Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down, Kingdom and the short story collection We Know What We Are.

As one half of the electronic storytelling duo Cobby and Litten, he has released three spoken word/electronica albums My People Come From The Sea, Boothferry and Pound Shop Communism.

He has written for TV, radio and film and has worked as a writer in residence at various prisons and youth offender units. I Can See The Lights is his first poetry collection. 

England’s Finest (Bryant and May) by Christopher Fowler

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The Peculiar Crimes Unit has solved many extraordinary cases over the years, but some were hushed up and hidden away. Until now. Arthur Bryant remembers these lost cases as if they were yesterday. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember yesterday, so the newly revealed facts could come as a surprise to everyone, including his exasperated partner John May.

Here, then, is the truth about the Covent Garden opera diva and the seventh reindeer, the body that falls from the Tate Gallery, the ordinary London street corner where strange accidents keep occurring, the consul’s son discovered buried in the unit’s basement, the corpse pulled from a swamp of Chinese dinners, a Hallowe’en crime in the Post Office Tower, and the impossible death that’s the fault of a forgotten London legend. All of the unit’s oddest characters are here, plus the detectives’ long-suffering sergeant Janice Longbright gets to reveal her own forgotten mystery.

These twelve crimes must be solved without the help of modern technology, mainly because nobody knows how to use it. Expect misunderstood clues, lost evidence, arguments about Dickens, churches, pubs and disorderly conduct from the investigative officers they laughingly call ‘England’s Finest’!

My thoughts

Just to come clean straight away this is the first book from Christopher Fowler that I have read! He has written prolifically including more than sixteen Bryant and May books. I have to say that I think this – England’s Finest – is an excellent place to start. A collection of short stories, lost cases put aside or lost for a while but now collected together for the pleasure of not only Bryant and May fans but for those of us who are new to this author.

Bryant is old school, old fashioned and not very ‘politically correct’ but fascinating in the way in which his mind works, not necessarily good with people but caring and determined to seek the truth of the matter. He’s a reader, always good in my book! He grows on you.

May is the foil, keeps Bryant in this world – literally on occasion – and is the glue in the team.

The team are themselves a good group, loyal to Bryant and May. Supportive but capable of their own investigations, their own detective work and ready to do what is required of them even if that means dealing with rather disgusting bins! Equally passionate about solving the problem and finding the truth.

The Peculiar Crimes Unit (The PCU) is a wonderful place that combines the new with the old and brings the best from both into their combined love of solving mysteries. Peculiar, unusual mysteries that no one else wants but that they are absolutely suited, formed to resolve and delight the reader.

Humour ripples throughout but it is the mystery and it’s resolution that holds the attention in these perfectly proportioned stories.

The stories are wonderful, well written – I so enjoyed picturing the settings and reading the historical facts within these mysteries – and well worth reading.

Thanks

My thanks for the invite from Emma at #damppebblesblogtours and to Doubleday for an eCopy of England’s Finest by Christopher Fowler.

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Published in hardcover and ebook formats by Doubleday on 31st October 2019

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Christopher Fowler is the author of more than forty novels (sixteen of which feature the detectives Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit) and many short story collections. A multiple award-winner, including the coveted CWA ‘Dagger in the Library’, Chris has also written screenplays, video games, graphic novels, audio plays and two acclaimed memoirs, Paperboy and Film Freak. His most recent non-fiction book is The Book of Forgotten Authors. Chris divides his time between London’s King’s Cross and Barcelona.

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Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan

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Some sins can never be forgiven.

DI Jane Phillips was a star detective driven by a relentless quest for justice. But then she stepped outside the law. 

Now, demoted and suffering with PTSD, she finds herself facing the deadliest threat of her career — a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable women, murdering them in a shocking and bizarre ritual. 

A master of deception, he selects his victims at random. Or so it seems. But as Phillips investigates, she begins to see a method in the killer’s madness. Perhaps these victims aren’t random at all…  

As the pressure mounts, can Phillips find the link between these ritual murders before the killer strikes again — or will her dogged determination to solve the case bring his deadly silence to her door?

My thoughts

This is the last day of this amazing BlogTour for Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan and it’s been a pleasure to take part.

DI Jane Phillips was previously a DCI until her actions in her last big case went awry. Her new DCI – Brown -is a bit of a pain they don’t have the best of relationships. He’s not liked by the rest of the team either, they’re still loyal to Jane, and the two of them – Jones and Bovalino – are quite the double act. Nevertheless Phillips, Jones and Bovalino are always determined to get to the truth and apprehend the right person. Whereas DCI Brown seems to just want to take the easy, obvious route. The route that will bring him promotion the quickest.

Set in Manchester they have the best results in the GMP and they put it down to their thorough detective work and skills. They are going to need them as a killer, who leaves no clues behind, starts to wreak havoc on their patch. The murders start to mount up. Jane and her team struggle to find anything that can help them discover who the killer is. Then a piece of evidence is found – could this be the key?

As they piece things together the killer continues to give them the slip and carries on executing their deadly plan. Will Jane and her team get the killer before even more people are killed? As Jane and the team get closer will she come out alive?

This is a tense and gripping story. The reason for the killings will bring understanding and, to a degree, some sympathy for the murderer. Nevertheless there is ultimately and rightly no other choice than to catch the killer. Demonstrating that there is only one way, a much better way, to achieve justice than through murder. However, Jane and her team are also determined to get some justice for what has also been brought to light.

This is a story sprinkled with a little humour, what would it be like if there was none at all? Still it takes seriously the search for the killer and what during the investigation is brought to light and which Jane along with the team have to deal with. The author handles them well giving Jane and the team the appropriate empathy and the passion to bring everyone to justice however shocking that is.

What a terrific book with great characters and a well plotted storyline. Well written with pace this is the first in a series which I’m sure will become a firm favourite for many and is certainly well worth reading.

Thanks

With thanks to Inkubator Books for an eCopy of Deadly Silence by OMJ Ryan and to Emma at #damppebblesblogtours for the invite to join the blog tour. Why not take a spin around the rest of the tour?

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Published in ebook format by Inkubator Books on 27th October 2019.

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Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

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A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac

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When the mutilated body of a police officer is found in a derelict factory, Hamptonshire force are shocked to the core.

DCI Helen Lavery returns from injury leave and is immediately plunged into an investigation like no other. Is this a random attack or is someone targeting the force? Organised crime groups or a lone killer?

As the net draws in, Helen finds the truth lies closer than she could have imagined, and trusts no one.

But Helen is facing a twisted killer who will stop at nothing to ensure their secrets remain hidden. And time is running out…

My thoughts

A police officer is murdered, the body mutilated, who committed this appalling crime?

DCI Helen Lavery is preparing to return to duty after an injury when she is called back to head up the investigation.

It is the various characters and actions expertly utilised to weave this tale that will immediately grab your attention and hold it until you reach the final page. You won’t want to put this one down.

This is a gripping, superbly written police procedural. It is well plotted and has terrific, well drawn characters.

I’m not sure why it has taken me until now to read a Jane Isaac book, I have three of her books waiting TBR, but I am so glad I did. Although this is the third in the series it is easy to read as a stand-alone. Still, as I always say, it’s good to read books in order of the series they belong to. I should take my own advice and catch up on the other two books!

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With thanks to Legend Press via NetGalley for an eCopy of A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac

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Publisher: Legend Press (15 Oct 2019)

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Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire.

Her first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, was published in the US in 2012 and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013’. Jane is also the author of The Truth Will Out, Before It’s Too Late, Beneath the Ashes and The Lies Within published in the UK by Legend Press. The Truth Will Out, was selected ‘Crime Thriller of the Month by EThriller.com and ‘Noveltunity Book Club Winning Selection’.

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BOOKS

DI Will Jackman Series:

Book 1: Before It’s Too Late (June 2015)
Book 2: Beneath the Ashes (November 2016)
Book 3: The Lies Within (May 2017)

DC Beth Chamberlain Series

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After He’s Gone: Top 3 ‘recommended’ books of 2018 by Linda Huber on damppebbles.com Crime Blog

Presumed Guilty: ‘Top 10 Read of the Year’ on DaveSivers.com

DCI Helen Lavery Series

An Unfamiliar Murder

Nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards’

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The Truth Will Out

Voted ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com

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Book Out 15th October 2019

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See Them Run by Marion Todd

The page-turning first novel in a gripping series featuring DI Clare Mackay

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In a famous Scottish town, someone is bent on murder – but why?

On the night of a wedding celebration, one guest meets a grisly end when he’s killed in a hit-and-run. A card bearing the number ‘5’ has been placed on the victim’s chest. DI Clare Mackay, who recently moved from Glasgow to join the St Andrews force, leads the investigation. The following night another victim is struck down and a number ‘4’ card is at the scene. Clare and her team realise they’re against the clock to find a killer stalking the streets of the picturesque Scottish town and bent on carrying out three more murders.

To prevent further deaths, the police have to uncover the link between the victims. But those involved have a lot more at stake than first meets the eye. If Clare wants to solve the case she must face her own past and discover the deepest secrets of the victims – and the killer.

My thoughts

What a wonderful setting for this new series from Marion Todd. I made an all too brief visit to St Andrews a couple of years ago after enjoying the Bloody Scotland crime festival. I thought it would be somewhere I would enjoy returning to. Now I have, albeit in my minds eye, through this splendid book.

DI Clare Mackay has recently joined the St Andrews force after a devastating incident she had whilst serving in Glasgow. She is the senior officer in St Andrews. So, when a man is brutally killed in a road traffic incident, she heads up the investigation. She and her team are barely into the investigation when another hit and run occurs. It’s seems to be the same perpetrator, there is a calling card left with each body and it all points to further murders.

This is a really good police procedural and we are taken on a grisly and heart rending journey to find the link between these murders and to catch a killer.

We are just getting to know Clare and the other characters in this first novel. I found her quite a sympathetic character she interacted well with colleagues, witnesses and suspects whilst maintaining a professional attitude. Her personal life is where we get more background and the two do collide especially when a DCI is brought in to act as the SIO. He seems to dislike Clare even though they have not previously worked together. She does wonder whether she has made the right move. Still the balance is good and this does not overshadow the investigation.

As the investigation continues we find out some rather dark and appalling things about the victims. This is handled well, is not graphic, whilst still allowing the reader to be caught up with the storyline. Clare’s instinct and experience allows for a heart stopping finale in the need to stop a further killing.

The story flowed well, building tension, drawing you into it and you were with Clare every step of the way. Such a good first outing must have many more investigations to come and I will look forward to immersing myself in them.

I hope you will give this splendid book a read and enjoy it as much as I did.

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With thanks to Sophie at Canelo for early access to See them run by Marion Todd via NetGalley.

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Published: Canelo (31 Oct 2019)

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A native of Dundee, Marion studied music with the Open University and worked for many years as a piano teacher and jobbing accompanist. A spell as a hotel lounge pianist provided rich fodder for her writing and she began experimenting with a variety of genres. Early success saw her winning first prize in the Family Circle Magazine short story for children national competition and she followed this up by writing short stories and articles for her local newspaper.

Life (and children) intervened and, for a few years, Marion’s writing was put on hold. During this time, she worked as a college lecturer, plantswoman and candle-maker. But, as a keen reader of crime fiction, the lure of the genre was strong, and she began writing her debut crime novel. Now a full-time writer, Marion lives in North-east Fife, overlooking the River Tay. She can often be found working out plots for her novels while tussling with her jungle-like garden and walking her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog.

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

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Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

My thoughts

I should say from the outset that I have never read any other Michael Connelly books. So, when I saw Dark Sacred Night on NetGalley thought here was an opportunity to put that right.

Michael Connelly has written a lot of books so I was pleased that Dark Sacred Night was just the second in the Renee Ballard series. The first book, The Late Show, has set the scene for Renee working nights for LAPD in Hollywood and that is where we find her in this second book. She gets called to a murder scene one shift and when she returns to base to write up her report she finds a stranger rifling through the files of a colleague. Renee Ballard has just met Harry Bosch – and so have I!

He’s looking into a cold case. It’s not long before they are working the case together. Renée in her spare time and Harry on his own time. Daisy Clayton was abducted and murdered nine years before but it’s become personal for Harry and he’s determined to find her killer.

We alternate between Bosch and Ballard as we learn about their day to day cases and how they fit in and investigate the Daisy Clayton case. This is a fascinating police procedural which feels very real with regard to workload, action and attitudes.

I liked the main characters of Renée and Harry they both have history, they both want to find the bad guys and put them away. Mind you Harry does have his moments and at one point only just comes back from the brink of overstepping the mark.

There is a steady pace to the book which picks up when Harry’s life is threatened and then he goes missing. The storyline with Renee also picks up as it develops along with the tension when Harry disappears and when following up leads.

This was a really interesting read with regard to the police procedural element and I enjoyed the latter part of the storyline as things came to a conclusion. It felt realistic with regards to workload and relationships, interesting how being without her normal partner (away on bereavement leave) was handled on the night shift and how Renée was able to pick up the ‘hobby’ case and work with Bosch. Also, with Harry how he is working ‘part-time’ and investigating Daisy’s case on his own time. I suppose working cold cases gives more of an opportunity to take time. The working of different sections of police and different areas also played well into the storylines. I liked Renée’s character although her personal lifestyle seemed somewhat unusual and it would be interesting to explore that further as the series goes on. Harry was more difficult to get a handle on. No doubt fans of the Bosch series would be more familiar nevertheless I liked him just not everything he did but, again, this could certainly become a part of further books especially given what was hinted at in the epilogue.

I enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend reading it. It gave a different feel to other American crime fiction so a welcome change.

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My thanks to Orion via NetGalley for an eCopy of Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly.

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Publisher: Orion (Hardback and eBook: 30 Oct. 2018) (Paperback: 16 May 2019)

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Author: MICHAEL CONNELLY is the author of thirty-two previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Dark Sacred Night, Two Kinds of Truth, and The Late Show. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and the Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver, and the creator and host of the podcast Murder Book. He spends his time in California and Florida. To find out more, visit Michael’s website: http://www.michaelconnelly.com or Facebook: MichaelConnellyBooks or follow him on Twitter: @Connellybooks

Books

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Renée Ballard Series

The Late Show (2017)

Dark Sacred Night (2018) (also featuring Harry Bosch)

The Night Fire (Coming October 2019) (also featuring Harry Bosch)