Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Books Read and Listened To Part Two

Second half of the latest bunch...

Like This, For Ever
by SJ Bolton
Published by Bantam Press
Audio book
ISBN 9780593069165

Barney has seen things. Things no child should see... and he knows the killer will strike again soon. The victim will be another boy, just like him. He will drain the body of blood, and leave it on a Thames beach. There will be no clues for detectives Dana Tulloch and Mark Joesbury to find. There will be no warning about who will be next. There will be no good reason for young policewoman Lacey Flint to become involved... And no chance that she can stay away.

The third novel-length Lacey Flint story, and she's on sick leave following the events of the previous novel. This gives her time to notice her neighbours, particularly Barney whose father seems to be rarely at home as well as his gang of friends. Lacey – along with Barney's gang – is also intrigued by a new serial killer who is preying on boys like Barney. Barney's a great character, and I'd like to see him turn up again, especially as he brings out some of Lacey's hidden qualities. We also see more of Lacey's uneasy relationships with characters from previous books as well as finally getting to meet DI Jonesbury's son. Now, I need to wait for more novels to come out for this series as I seem to have borrowed all of them so far from the library in the past few months.

Track Limits
by MA Ford
Published by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 978-1-62798-397-6

Is motorsport ready for a gay driver?

As the opening race in the Global GT Challenge approaches, lead driver Mark Hunter struggles to regain his confidence after Randolph Racing’s last disastrous season. Mark hesitates when owner Randy says he’s found the perfect replacement for their arrogant previous teammate, Brad Wilkins. Former single-seater star Jordan Matthews is excited to join the crew and ready to put past troubles behind him.

Trust builds as Mark and Jordan become a fine-tuned team for the number 17 Saleen, earning a podium in Abu Dhabi at the season opener. Their friendship develops into more as they continue to earn prestige for Randolph Racing. But their success sparks jealousy, and people from their pasts threaten vengeance. Jordan is reluctant to ruin his fresh start in racing by exposing the secrets that almost cost him his career ten years ago. If he can’t take the risk, he’ll never realize his dream of kissing Mark on the winner’s podium.


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

by Laura K. Curtis
Published by Intermix
ISBN 9781101634806,,9781101634806,00.html

Lucy Sadler Caldwell is a successful true-crime writer. But the one story she’s never been able to come to terms with is the murder of her own mother—until now. She’s returned to Dobbs Hollow, Texas—the hometown she fled seventeen years ago—to finally expose the real killer.

After a bullet took out his knee in Houston, Detective Ethan Donovan found himself without a lot of options. That’s how he ended up as Chief of Police in Dobbs Hollow. Lucy sure isn’t asking for his help—she’s not big on trust—but he can’t help feeling a strong desire to come to her aid.

And though Lucy is armed to the teeth, she will need all the help she can get. When she starts digging into the past, she unearths a psychotic killer who will stop at nothing to silence her forever...


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

Five Red Herrings
by Dorothy L Sayers
Published by Harper Torch
Audio book
ISBN 9780061043635

The body was on the pointed rocks alongside the stream. The artist might have fallen from the cliff where he was painting, but there are too many suspicious elements -- particularly the medical evidence that proves he'd been dead nearly half a day, though eyewitnesses had seen him alive a scant hour earlier. And then there are the six prime suspects -- all of them artists, all of whom wished him dead. Five are red herrings, but one has created a masterpiece of murder that baffles everyone, including Lord Peter Wimsey.

A fun premise, although I must admit that I got a little bored when every single person involved in the investigation ran through his own version of how the crime could have been committed. On the other hand, Peter's eventual reconstruction of how the deed was actually done was a lot of fun. The story may also have needed more Bunter.

A Lady Seduces
by Bronwyn Scott
Published by Mills & Boon
ISBN 9781472008978

Once she was known as La Mariposa, Vienna's most seductive-and most dangerous-spy. Then betrayal sent Lucia Booth back to England, and a life of anonymity. Until the one man she never thought she'd see again shows up at her “gentlemen's club”. But has virile spymaster Ronan St. Simon come for her secret-or for her?


A cute addition to the other two A Lady... books, although I could have done with more background and characterisation in this one, and maybe a little less emphasis on the sex scenes. The hero and heroine could certainly have carried off their own full-length novel, in my opinion.

Like Jazz
by Heather Blackmore
Published by Bold Strokes Books
ISBN 9781626390294

Cassidy “Cazz” Warner, a smart, sporty, reticent newcomer to the senior class at Claiborne High, unwittingly attracts the attention of its most popular girl: Sarah Perkins, a bright, athletic, charismatic beauty. Just as the two begin to understand how extraordinary their friendship is, another cross-country move wrests Cazz away.

Ten years later, Cazz unexpectedly runs into Sarah during a fraud investigation at Sarah’s charitable foundation. The women are inexorably drawn to each other, but Cazz’s investigation into the foundation's finances limits her ability to be entirely honest with Sarah.

Already wary of Cazz for not keeping in touch after Claiborne, Sarah demands the truth. Will Cazz own up to her feelings for Sarah? Or is she too late? And will Cazz’s investigation bring a killer to justice, or will she sacrifice herself to protect Sarah from a man desperate to conceal his crimes?


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

If Snow Hadn't Fallen
by S.J. Bolton
Published by Transworld Digital
ISBN 9781448168408

They say that snow covers everything that is mean and sordid and ugly in the world... but beneath the carpet of white, the ugliness remains.

11 November 2012, London. Long-smouldering feelings come to a head in a burst of shocking violence. A young Muslim man is brutally murdered by a masked gang.

There is just one witness to the horrific crime: DC Lacey Flint. Or at least that's what she thinks...


Set between the first and second Lacey Flint novels, but also giving us glimpses of Barney from the third novel, this short story packs in an awful lot of unexpected twists and turns. Well worth a second read when I get anxious with the wait for book four.

Prince Rupert: A Biography Of Rupert, Prince, Count Palatine Of the Rhine, Duke Of Bavaria : Duke Of Cumberland, Earl Of Holdernesse
by James Cleugh
Published by Geoffrey Bles (1934)
Print book
ISBN not found

No Blurb

Not on Goodreads

I really need to track down my own copy of this delightful biography. Gripping stuff, with more than a little author speculation about the characters and motivations of various of the main players, it covers pretty much the whole of the Prince's life and isn't afraid to repeat gossip, even while offering explanations of why certain rumours can't possibly be true.
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