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Ill Conceived: the next excellent book in the Meredith and Hodge series by M K Turner

The whole genre of detective fiction began with a lady author – Anna Katherine Greene – and it’s good to see that it’s safe and even more successful these days in the hands of other women writers such as Marcia Turner. Ill Conceived is the second in the Meredith and Hodge series and is every bit as good as the first book, Misplaced Loyalty. The characters we encountered previously continue to develop and we meet some interesting new ones. Relationships between them don’t always take the course we’d expect. There’s an intricately created and thought out plot with several strands to it.
Patsy Hodge is now working as a private investigator and her first job throws her in at the deep end. How come Stella Young, businesswoman and lesbian, is pregnant? To her certain knowledge she has never slept with a man. Meanwhile, Meredith and his team are investigating the murder of a young man in broad daylight for apparently no reason whatsoever. Why does all the evidence seem to point to a very unlikely suspect? How does the Sensations night club fit into all of this? And even after the self-confessed perpetrator is taken into custody, how come the deaths continue? The various story lines become intertwined meaning Patsy and Meredith are working together again but there are tensions between them, in both their professional and personal lives. Are they being completely honest with each other?
A truly absorbing book with an ending that takes your breath away, and leaves you eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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Torn Apart by Shane Gericke: action-packed thriller

torn apartTorn Apart is a roaring-paced, action-packed thriller right from the very first page – a page which sets the scene of a dark and cruel underworld where human life is valued less than a ride in a car.
This sophisticated story centers on Detective Emily Thompson who has become the serial killer’s pinup. The whole Naperville police department is turned inside out as a brutal gang of drug smugglers crashes like a hurricane through their area. Events are stirred up further by a Naperville officer doing the wrong thing for the right reasons as he desperately strives to save his young daughter from a cruel and fatal disease. His actions set in chain events which threaten the lives of the officers and their young families as a tweeny is abducted for a paedophile ring and the ensuing chaos allows a serial killer to close in on Detective Thompson.
This story is not for the faint of heart as the gritty details observed by Gerick in his years as an Illinois reporter are used for the bedrock of his characters, characters who like the real world are both flawed and trying to do the right thing – as they see it. The attention to detail is superb, transporting you right into the thick of the shootouts accompanied by the tinkle of spent casings.
The storyline is by turns both thrilling and disturbing, reflecting the real issues that trouble urban America and the thin blue line trying to hold back the tide, making it impossible to put this book down before the adrenalin-pumping finale.

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