Found a few books I’m really excited about this week because they’re part of series that I’m enjoying!
The Search by Howard Linskey
Synopsis: Little Susan Verity went missing during the heatwave of 1976. An unprecedented amount of police resource went into finding her, but to no avail. Until now.
Convicted serial killer Adrian Wicklow was always the prime suspect. In the past, he’s repeatedly lied to the police about where Susan’s body is buried – playing a sick game from behind bars.
But this time, he says, he’ll tell the truth. Because Adrian Wicklow is dying.
Detective Ian Bradshaw works with investigative journalists Helen Norton and Tom Carney to find the body. However, this is Wicklow’s life’s work. Would a murderer on death’s door give up his last secret so easily…?
I know this sounds and looks like it’s going to be your everyday crime thriller novel, but I like that it’s about a killer giving up (or maybe not giving up) his secrets. It sounds like it could be fun… we’ll see.
Savage Rising by C Hoyt Caldwell
Synopsis: Still trying to prove to the good folks of Baptist Flats, Tennessee, that a woman who’s five-foot-nothing has the mettle to wear a badge, Dani is called in to investigate the death of a man found in a horse’s stall with his pants around his ankles. At first it appears to be a simple accident, but things turn complicated when the victim’s only ID belongs to an ATF agent. A female ATF agent. A missing female ATF agent.
To make matters worse, a mystery man named Jack Spivey has come to town, asking questions about the ATF agent’s disappearance and promising a world of pain when he doesn’t like the answers. Then an Amazonian ex-Marine joins in, and Dani has no choice but to team up with these shadowy strangers. As they follow a twisted trail of clues into the mountains, they uncover a chilling conspiracy—and a common enemy who’s trained to kill.
I want to read this because I really enjoyed the first novel from the Backwoods Justice series, however, I liked that novel so much because of the “closeout kings” and they don’t seem to be a part of this one, but who knows, it might still be good.
We all Begin as Strangers by Harriet Cummings
Synopsis: It’s 1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary village of Heathcote.
What’s more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed ‘the Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.
When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes the Fox is responsible.
For the worried residents, finding Anna will be difficult – but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible…
Hell yeah, this sounds amazing and I love the cover art so much! My step-dad was alive and kicking when The Fox (yep, he was a real criminal) was committing his crimes, so that part of the novel really appealed to me.
The Fox was a criminal in and around St Albans who would break into peoples homes and rape women while making their partners watch. However, I’ve spoken to Harriet Cummings directly and she said this book doesn’t go into any details about those sorts of crimes and it’s more about the mystery in the community.
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Synopsis: DS Manon Bradshaw is back.
Manon has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son Fly. She’s perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death just yards from the police station, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like. How well does Manon know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?
Yeeessss! DS Manon is back! I loved her in the first of the series, Missing, Presumed, so I’m really looking forward to revisiting her. This is out in June! (I’ve already pre-ordered it)!
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
Synopsis: He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.
When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.
While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.
Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?
Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.
I’m giddy with excitement about this! I love, love, love the Erika Foster series, I can’t wait to read the fourth installation!
None of these books have been published yet so I can’t ask you if they’re worth reading! But, have I given you any new books to check out this week? Let me know!