Review: YouTube Famous by Rosie Matheson

Thursday 28 January 2016 0 comments
Title: YouTube Famous
Author: Rosie Matheson
Publisher: Arcturus
Publication Date: 27th May 2015
Pages: 115
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 2/5
Purchase: Amazon
YouTube has revolutionized the viewing habits of millions of people around the world and looks likely to continue doing so. YouTube Famous presents case studies of 20 of the world's most successful YouTubers providing original content to inspire those who might want to set up a channel of their own - it's also a book which will be enjoyed by fans.

Complete with tips to produce your own content, it shows how YouTubers, including Zoe Sugg, Jack and Finn Harries, Caspar Lee, Marcus Butler and many others, built up their channels from scratch and developed content to please their growing fanbase.

Review: NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

Wednesday 27 January 2016 1 comments
Title: NYPD Red 4
Author: James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 14th January 2016
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
A jewel heist. A murdered actress. A killer case for NYPD Red.

In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in when a case involves the rich, famous and connected. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are the best of the best – brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to catch a criminal, even if it means antagonising the same powerful people they're supposed to be helping.

When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. In a hunt that takes Zach and Kylie from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan's criminal underworld, they have to find the cold-blooded killer – before he strikes again.

Review: Down Among the Dead Men by Kerry Wilkinson

Monday 25 January 2016 0 comments
Title: Down Among the Dead Men
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 352
Pages: 22nd October 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
'I'm going to do you a favour: I'm going to tell you my name and then I'm going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we're going to have a problem.'

Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea.

But Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy - salvation.

Review: The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

Friday 22 January 2016 1 comments
Title: The Girl You Lost
Author: Kathryn Croft
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 5th February 2016
Pages: 280
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

Review: Time to Say Goodbye by S.D. Robertson

Wednesday 20 January 2016 0 comments
Title: Time to Say Goodbye
Author: S.D. Robertson
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 11th February 2015
Pages: 400
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Will Curtis’s six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together...

Review: The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

Monday 18 January 2016 2 comments
Title: The Sea Detective
Author: Mark Douglas-Home
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 5th November 2015
Pages: 400
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator.

Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects have come from, or where they've gone. It's a unique skill that can help solve all sorts of mysteries.

Such as when two severed feet wash up miles apart on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Most strangely, forensic tests reveal that the feet belong to the same body.

As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and violence, which threatens many lives across the globe - very soon including his own...

Review: Dead Lucky by Matt Brolly

Friday 15 January 2016 0 comments
Title: Dead Lucky
Author: Matt Brolly
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 11th January 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
DCI Michael Lambert is back…

When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.

And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.

But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next…

Review: Follow Me by Angela Clarke

Wednesday 13 January 2016 1 comments
Title: Follow Me
Author: Angela Clarke
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 3rd December 2015
Pages: 326
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time's running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?


Review: Blood Tracks by Matt Hilton

Monday 11 January 2016 1 comments
Title: Blood Tracks
Author: Matt Hilton
Publisher: Severn House
Publication Date: 27th November 2015
Pages: 288
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Introducing private investigator Tess Grey and Southern renegade ex-con Nicolas 'Po' Villere in the first of a brand-new series of fast-paced action thrillers.

When her local District Attorney offers her a considerable sum of money to track down state witness Crawford Wynne, private investigator Tess Grey is in no position to refuse. Wynne is one of the few men still alive who can help the State nail vicious drug lord Alberto Suarez.

But Tess is not the only one trying to track Wynne down. Suarez's psychotic brother Hector has been hunting and butchering anyone who is a danger to his brother. Tess needs help and there's only one man she can turn to: Southern renegade ex-con Nicolas Villere, known to all as Po. Po always gets his man, but he has never been teamed with a woman before. Both have their own agenda for taking on this case, and neither fully trusts the other.

But of one thing they are sure: if they don't cover each other's backs, they are both going to die.

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