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Saturday, 17 February 2018

‘Fallout’ by Karla Forbes

Published by Williams & Whiting,
15 August 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-470001278

Great friends Tim and Nick are enjoying a trip out on their power cruiser when they spot an old power boat drifting. They go to help and find three men aboard, complete with scuba diving equipment. Tim boards their vessel and offers to tow them to the shore. As Nick watches, to his horror as Tim attaches a rope, one of the men slit his throat. Nick grabs a life jacket and jumps over the side as the men come for him too. Whilst in the water he sees them scuttle their boat.

He comes to in hospital and the next day the police are waiting for him as he leaves. He is taken to the local police station. When interviewed he tells them about the three men and how Tim was killed. He can't believe them when he is told that Tim was having an affair with Nick's wife and she is expecting Tim's baby. They are convinced Nick killed his friend because of the affair but have to let him go as they cannot prove a thing, they also do not believe that the three men exist.

Tim's body is washed up and as Nick had a knife on him when pulled out of the water, the police go to arrest him. He evades them and goes on the run determined to prove his innocence and find the three men.

An old friend of his, Annelies, agrees to help him, and together they set out to discover the identities of the men, aided reluctantly by Annelies's brother, who is in the police force.

Meanwhile we learn that the government have received a demand for sixty million pounds in diamonds from a group who say they have the means to devastate London.  With a government policy of never giving into terrorists can Nick and Annelise track down these men and prevent a catastrophe and prove Nick’s innocence. But they are dealing with desperate people, as they find out to their cost.

A really fast moving, gripping story. The tension is palpable as Nick and Annelies attempt to outwit the criminals before the deadline.

Highly recommended. I look forward to reading more of Karla Forbes's books.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Karla Forbes first began writing books when she was twelve years old heavily influenced by Ian Fleming’s spy stories. She later dabbled in a futuristic sitcom and a full-length horror story. Although both of these efforts were consigned to literary oblivion, at least no one could have accused her of being in a genre rut.  She began writing properly more than ten years ago and her first book, The Preacher was published on Amazon in July 2011. Twelve books in total are available to download from the Amazon kindle book store. She writes about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations and she aims for unusual but scarily believable plots with a surprising twist. She lives in Sussex with her husband. They split their time between the UK and Germany.

Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

‘Wrong Place’ by Michelle Davies

Published by Pan Books,
5 October 2017. 
ISBN 978-1-4472-8422-2 (PB).

DC Maggie Neville is the Family Liaison Officer in two cases.  They are not apparently connected - except that each occurred within the victim’s own home, one is an assault on an old lady and the other involves a wife whose husband has attacked her with a knife and then tried to kill himself.   Maggie finds handling these two cases takes a great deal of strength particularly when she has various problems in her private life.  Her ability to get difficult and emotional subjects to talk to her enables her to advance the investigations.   There have been other such attacks on elderly ladies by two robbers but does this fit into that pattern?  The wife’s situation as her husband struggles to survive the effects of the drugs he has taken is emotionally fraught.

Maggie finds both the cases difficult to fathom and she digs into their backgrounds.  She discovers  how distant events may have produced current crimes.  The transitions from one victim’s story to the other’s are very well achieved and the tensions build to a thrilling climax.  The central and peripheral characters grab your attention and twists and turns of events hold your full attention.   The ending does not disappoint though there are one or two looses ends deliberately left dangling in readiness for the next adventure!


Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer

The first thriller about Maggie was Gone Astray while the next one, False Witness is previewed at the end of Wrong Place.

Michelle Davies was born in Middlesex in 1972, raised in Buckinghamshire and now lives in north London. Her debut crime novel, Gone Astray, was published in Hardback in March 2016 and features Family Liaison Officer DC Maggie Neville as its central police character. This was followed in October 2017 by Wrong Place, also featuring DC Neville.  Michelle has been writing professionally for 20 years as a journalist on magazines, including on the production desk at ELLE, and as Features Editor of heat. Her last staff position before going freelance was Editor-at-Large at Grazia magazine and she currently writes for a number of women’s magazines and newspaper supplements. Michelle is also crime fiction reviewer for the Sunday Express’s Books section. She began her career straight from school at 18, working as a trainee reporter on her home-town newspaper, the Bucks Free Press.

Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.