Saturday, 30 March 2013

Trophy Hunt (The Joe Pickett Novels) by C J Box

Trophy Hunt (2004) is the fourth book in the outstanding Joe Pickett series.

Paperback:  The wounds are too clean, too surgical to have been made by the jagged teeth of a wild animal.

With its face sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh, the animal has been severely mutilated, several of its organs missing.

Game warden Joe Pickett fears that a new breed of killer is on the loose in the Bighorn Mountains.

And when the body of a man is discovered with identical injuries, there can be no doubt.

Someone is gathering a grisly collection, and the trophy hunt is just beginning.

About the author:  C J Box is the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the Edgar Award and is also an Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.  His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages.  Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Visit his website at

Rating:  5/5

Friday, 29 March 2013

Winterkill (The Joe Pickett Novels) by C J Box

Steeped in the sharp cliffs and the brutal wilderness of the Wyoming landscape, Winterkill (2003) - the third book in the Joe Pickett series - is a masterful performance, darkly compelling and utterly unforgettable.

With vivid prose, the author places all the elements of a classic mystery in a setting where the dangerous beauty of one of America's last frontiers plays accomplice to the darkest of human motives.

Hardback:  It's an hour away from darkness with a bitter winter storm raging when Joe Pickett finds himself deep in the forest edging Battle Mountains, shotgun in his left hand, his truck's steering wheel handcuffed to his right - and Lamar Gardiner's arrow-riddled corpse splayed against the tree in front of him.

Lamar's murder and the sudden onslaught of the snowstorm warn:  get off the mountain.

But Joe knows this episode is far from over.

Somewhere in the dense timber, a killer draws back his bowstring - with Joe as his prey.

Joe's pursuit of the killer through the rugged mountains that surround the snow-packed town of Saddlestring takes a horrifying turn when his beloved foster daughter is kidnapped.

Now it's personal - and Joe will stop at nothing to get her back.

About the author:  A Wyoming native, Box has worked as a ranch hand, a surveyor, a fishing guide and a small-town newspaper reporter and editor.  He is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain International Corporation and lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife and their three daughters.  Check out his official website for more information and updates.

Rating:  5/5

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How To Think, Not What To Think

Savage Run (The Joe Pickett Novels) by C J Box

Savage Run (2002) is the second book in the Joe Pickett novels.  It scored high praise from the New York Times Book Review, People, and USA Today.  Currently, there are thirteen books in the series.

Paperback:  Game warden Joe Pickett is called to a bizarre crime scene deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County, Wyoming.

Famous eco-activist Stewie Woods has been blown up in an explosion, along with his new bride and ten head of cattle.

The case is wrapped up too quickly:  an environmental publicity stunt gone wrong.

But what is the millionaire rancher who owned the cattle hiding?

And why is Joe's wife receiving mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be Stewie Woods?

Joe's search for the truth leads him ever deeper into the wilderness of the Bighorn Mountains.

With two unlikely allies at his side, and two hired killers on his heels, Joe can't avoid the legendary Savage Run - a treacherous, isolated canyon with no crossing.

About the author:  Charles James Box is the New York Times bestselling American author of the Joe Pickett series, three stand-alone novels and a number of short stories.  The author lives in Wyoming. Check out his official website for more information and updates.

Rating:  5/5

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Trust Me

Murder in Belville (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) by Cara Black

Murder in Belville (2000) is the second book in the Aimée Leduc investigation series set in Paris.  Currently, there are thirteen books in this series.  This book is not one of Cara Black's best.

Paperback:  Tension runs high in the working class neighborhood os Belleville as a hunger strike to protest strict immigration laws escalates.

Aimée Leduc barely escapes death in a car bombing as she pursues terrorists amongst the Algerian nationalists and Islamic fundamentalists who form an underground North African network in Paris.

About the author:  Do visit the author's website for more information.

Rating:  2/5

The Killing II by David Hewson

Hardback:  It is two years since the notorious Nanna Birk Larsen case.

Two years since Detective Sarah Lund left Copenhagen in disgrace for a remote outpost in northern Denmark.

When the body of a female lawyer is found in macabre circumstances in a military graveyard, there are elements of the crime scene that take Head of Homicide, Lennart Brix, back to an occupied wartime Denmark - a time its countrymen would wish to forget.

Brix knows that Lund is the one person he can rely on to discover the truth.

Reluctantly she returns to Copenhagen and becomes intrigued with the facts surrounding the case.

As more bodies are found, Lund comes to see a pattern and she realizes that the identity of the killer will be known once the truth behind a more recent wartime mission is finally revealed.

About the author:  David Hewson is well-known for his crime-thriller fiction set in European cities.  He is the author of nine novels in the highly acclaimed Detective Nic Costa series, which are set mostly in Rome.  His most recent novel, apart from The Killing (2012), is Carnival for the Dead (2012) - set in Venice.

David spent time in Copenhagen researching and writing the novel of The Killing, which was created and based on the original screenplay by Søren Sveistrup and produced by DR - the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.  The Killing has won prestigious awards throughout Europe including a BAFTA, Best European Production at Monte Carlo TV Festival and numerous International Emmy nominations.  It was highly acclaimed in the UK and became a cult phenomenon when it was shown on BBC4 in 2011.

The next book, The Killing III, will be out on 13 February 2014.  Hurray!

The trailer for Killing II:

Rating:  5/5

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry

The Columbus Affair has the hallmark of a Steve Berry novel - action, history, secrets and conspiracy.

Hardback:  For 500 years, historians have pondered the question:  Who was Christopher Columbus?  The answer is simply another question:  Who do you want him to be? - Anonymous.

Christopher Columbus changed the course of human history.

But we know even less about Columbus than we know about William Shakespeare.

No one knows his real name, nor when he was born.

No known authentic portrait of him exists.

Even his grave remains a mystery, as his bones have never been identified.

Tom Sagan is about to confront this ancient mystery head on and what he discovers could not only cost him his life, but alter the modern political world.

A scintillating tale, meticulously researched, The Columbus Affair is a high-tension thriller that catapults the reader from underground Vienna to the streets of Prague and finally into the treacherous mountains of Jamaica.

When the last astounding secret is revealed, you will be asking yourself:  could it be true?

And the answer will shock you.

About the author:  Steve Berry lives in the oldest and historic American city, St Augustine, Florida.  He is the international and New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series, three other standalone thrillers and three short stories.  His books have been published in fifty-one countries and translated into forty languages.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, have founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage.  Visit his website to learn more about Steve Berry and the foundation.

Here is Steve Berry and his latest and fourth stand-alone novel, The Columbus Affair (2012), in two parts:

Rating:  5/5

The Best Kind of Childhood

Friday, 1 March 2013

Deadly Little Secrets: The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder by Kathryn Casey

The author wrote that the stories of those involved - especially the victim's and the killer's - in this heartless murder are important because it shed a light on how religion can be manipulated for evil ends.

Paperback:  "How many have looked back after the haze of passion has worn off and found they didn't know those to whom they'd given their hearts?" (Chapter Two)

To his parishioners, minister Matthew Baker seemed a pious and good man.

To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father.

Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another.

Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until on 7 April 2006, inexplicably, she took her own life.

To friends and family, Kari's suicide made no sense - and they struggled with questions they couldn't answer.

Why couldn't Matt hold a job with any one church?

Why did he cut off all contact with Kari's devastated parents soon after her death?

And who was the blond companion he began appearing with just days after the funeral?

But it would take a team of investigators and dogged determination on the part of Kari's family to bring Matt Baker's dark secrets to light - revealing a shocking history of lies, infidelity, cruelty, and sexual obsession that may have led a serial predator cloaked in God's word to commit murder.

About the author:  Kathryn Casey is an award-winning journalist and author, who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly and many other publications.  She's the author of six previous true crime books - writing about real cases, real people and real murders - and the creator of the highly acclaimed Sarah Armstrong mystery series.  Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen, Biography, Nancy Grace, E!, truTV, Investigation Discovery, the Travel Channel, and A&E.  Casey is based in Houston, where she lives with her husband and their dog, Nelson.

Deadly Little Secrets (2012) is the author's latest and seventh true crime book.  More information on the author and her works can be found on her website so do drop by by clicking her name on this page.