We have all heard the phrase it’s a thin line between love and hate. After reading Our Kind of Cruelty, I think this statement can be amended just a bit to there is a thin line between love and obsession. Our Kind of Cruelty is a disturbing tale of a man, who refuses to accept any form of reality except his own.Read More
My discovery of the Detective Inspector Kim Stone series was completely accidental. The series popped up on my Amazon account as a recommendation. After reading the synopsis and a few reviews on Goodreads, I knew I had to give the series a try. Once I got about a quarter of the way through Silent Scream, the first book in the series, I knew I had just been introduced to one of my favorite protagonists of all time, Detective Inspector Kim Stone.Read More
Every now and then, I come across a very special book. One that makes me think about things I have never pondered, makes me look at things from a different perspective, and stays with me long after I have finished reading the book. I am sure other readers can relate to this feeling. If you have not experienced this from your past reads, then I urge you to pick up The Old You.
I love a female police officer as a lead character. I do enjoy a male police officer as the lead character but I find the story of a female detective much more compelling. Usually both are driven by a tragedy in their past, but the female police officer is usually motivated by emotions of sadness and grief, while the male police officer is motivated by rage and revenge. I am always on the look out for a new series featuring a female protagonist, so when the opportunity to read the first book in the Detective Kelly Moore series was offered, I could not resist.Read More
When I started this blog, I assumed I would have difficulty writing reviews for books I did not enjoy. Surprisingly, the reviews I struggle with are actually for the books I love. I struggle because many of the aspects I enjoyed cannot be shared for fear of giving away the plot, thus ruining for the story for those who have not read the book. I found myself in this exact situation after reading Sometimes I Lie.Read More
My first giveaway!!! So excited. The Perfect Mother is one of the most highly anticipated books of the summer and will soon hit the big screen with Kerry Washington in the starring role! Check out the synopsis below and the link below for my full review! One lucky winner will receive a finished copy of The Perfect Mother mailed to them. Giveaway rules are listed at the bottom of this post. You can also enter here on murderandmoore.com. Simply comment on this post with "The Perfect Mother" and your Instagram handle as well so I can notify you via DM if you are the lucky winner. GOOD LUCK!
They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.
When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.
Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.
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The amateur sleuth/detective is one of my favorite protagonists. This type of protagonist is usually a perfectly normal person going about their life. Suddenly they or someone they love is thrust into a dangerous situation - they must choose fight or flight. I find this protagonist the most relatable. I try to put myself their situation, wondering what I would do in their shoes. More often than not, I can understand the choices they made during their investigation. I can relate to their motivations for inserting themselves into a potentially dangerous situation. The Perfect Mother featured multiple amateur detectives, but unfortunately I could not find a way to connect with any of the characters.Read More
I have always found the dynamics of the stepparent and stepchild relationship interesting. In the best of situations, the stepparent wants to take an active parenting role with their partner’s child, but does not want to be overwhelming. The stepchild is perhaps struggling with feelings of disloyalty to their parent. In All the Beautiful Lies Swanson expounds on this dynamic by adding in a new element, obsession and lust.Read More
The impact of a loved one’s death can bring out many emotions. Grief, despair, hopelessness, just to name a few. In some cases, death makes those left behind more determined to live life to its fullest and not waste a single day. I have always admired those who choose to seize the day, but I also feel a little concerned. Are they really in the right state of mind to make rational decisions? Will someone try to take advantage of their vulnerable state? Another Mother, is the story of young woman who has chosen to seize the day, after losing her mother. She embarks on a journey full of secrets, betrayals, and danger.Read More
I usually steer clear of crime fiction novels with a historic element. However I could not resist reading a story about a criminal profiler and a true crime author joining forces to solve crimes that have links to the past. After reading the synopsis, I realized there were too many things knew I would enjoy to not give Keeper a try.Read More
When I started Tangerine, I had no expectations. I read some reviews, one in particular comparing the author Christine Mangan to Daphne du Maurier (author of Rebecca, one of my favorite books of all time and the inspiration behind my book blog), so I was very curious. After reading Tangerine, I understand the comparison and I agree completely. Tangerine is a chilling and haunting tale of obsession and manipulation, which will thrill and delight fans of Daphne du Maurier and readers searching for a classic suspense read.Read More
Clare Mackintosh is an author I would follow anywhere. If Mackintosh wrote a book about drying paint, I would read it. Mackintosh consistently delivers stories which are compelling, thrilling, and leave you impatiently awaiting her next release. Let Me Lie has done what I thought impossible. It has dethroned I Let You Go as my favorite novel by Mackintosh.Read More
The Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler has been on my radar for some time. The series contains two of my favorite things, a police procedural featuring a damaged/troubled detective and a story based in Sweden. With Kepler’s newest release, The Sandman (released 3/6/18), the name Lars Kepler was all over my Instagram and Twitter feeds. However, I could not allow myself to begin the Joona Linna series with The Sandman, book four in the series, I had to start at the beginning with The Hypnotist.Read More
The best thing about crime fiction is the diversity within the genre. There are many different sub-genres within crime fiction - thrillers, psychological suspense, police procedurals, action, historical crime fiction, the list is endless. We Were the Salt of the Water is a stellar example of a mystery of relationships. The main character is usually seeking answers. Why did someone do this or that? How have another person’s actions impacted their life? We Were the Salt of the Sea is a complex, layered story of two people, both at a crossroads in their lives, hoping to find direction and answers that will guide their future.Read More
One of the many things I enjoy about reading is the discovery of a new author. Reading a fresh new voice of crime fiction with new perspectives breathes life into a genre that can sometimes seem repetitive. After reading Sirens (book one in the Aidan Waits series), Joesph Knox became of my favorite authors and his lead character, Aidan Waits became a character who will remain in my mind long after reading The Smiling Man.Read More
Powell's is one of my favorite places on earth. Sara Blaedel is one of my favorite authors. Put them together and you have my dream night. Attending author talks and book signings are a struggle for me. I always intend to take copious notes of everything the author says. I usually leave the event with an empty notebook. It is so hard for me to tear myself away from the author to take notes. I do not want to miss a word they say. This event was no exception.
I must first confess how star struck I was when I saw Sara Blaedel. I was so nervous, I had to force myself not to jump up and clap when she entered the room. My nervous feelings were quickly dispelled. Blaedel was warm, welcoming, and quite funny.
This event was a part of Blaedel's book tour celebrating the release of her newest book The Undertaker's Daughter, which I read and reviewed (link to my review is below) last year. I enjoyed The Undertaker's Daughter but I was not prepared for the sharp contrast to Blaedel's previous books. I found myself comparing The Undertaker's Daughter to the Louise Rick series.
Synopsis From Publisher:
Already widowed by the age of forty, Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father--who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago--has died. And he's left her something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.
Clinging to this last shred of communication from the father she hasn't heard from since childhood, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to Wisconsin. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father's things--hoping for some insight into his new life in America--before preparing the business for a quick sale.
But when she stumbles on an unsolved murder, and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker's daughter realizes she might be in over her head . . .
Blaedel knew that many of her readers would compare The Undertaker's Daughter to the Louise Rick series and addressed the comparison at the event. Louise Rick is a detective, her job is to solve crimes. The lead character of the The Undertaker's Daughter, Ilka, is not a detective. However Ilka is none the less surrounded by mystery. Rather than having to solve crimes like Louise Rick, Ilka has to dig deep to uncover mysteries in her relationships with the people in her new setting. For example : after Ilka's father left Denmark, he remarried and started a new family. His new family seems to have no interest in getting to know Ilka, why? And the biggest mystery Ilka must solve is why her father left. The Undertaker's Daughter is a mystery of relationships rather than crime.
While I did not take many notes I did come away from the event with a very interesting fact for fans of the Louise Rick series. Blaedel likes to write about places she is familiar with. So Louise Rick lives in Blaedel's apartment in Denmark. I really enjoyed the event and learning more about Blaedel's writing process and the inspiration behind The Undertaker's Daughter. The Undertaker's Daughter is available for purchase now.
by Thomas Enger
Translated by Kari Dickson
Publication Date February 15, 2018 (UK) June 1, 2018 (US)
Pages : 309
Synopsis From Publisher :
Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault. Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted? Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-waited finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted, disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.
After reading Burned, book one of the Henning Juul Series, Henning Juul immediately became one of my favorite protagonists of all time. With many scars, both physical and emotional, Henning embarks on a journey to find the person responsible for the death of his son, Jonas. Henning pursues all angles and leads no matter the consequences. Henning discovers many suspects and motives, his life being on the line more than once. In the final installment of this series, Killed we come to the conclusion of Henning’s journey for truth.
Throughout the Henning Juul Series, I have always found it interesting to follow a criminal investigation from the perspective of a journalist rather than a police officer. I enjoyed reading about the different methods used by journalists. Whereas police officers are able ask the tough and intrusive questions, journalists must have finesse and tact if they want answers. During an interview with a journalist, a person can leave whenever they choose; the same does not always apply during a police interview.
The energy in Killed is slightly different than other books in the series. There is a sense of urgency in Killed. It seems as if all the characters know that the end in quickly approaching. Many of characters are looking for answers to long held secrets and are willing to take whatever risks are needed to get them. Although there is a sense of urgency, the story did not feel rushed with a need to tie up loose ends.
The series focuses mainly on one crime - the arson that injured Henning and killed his son. One would think this would get boring or repetitive after maybe the first three books. This is not the case with the Henning Juul series. Henning Juul is a sympathetic and relatable character. The crippling loss he has suffered begs for resolution. I could not help but become invested in Henning. When he found a lead, I cheered for him or when a lead fell through, I felt for him. Enger has created a character whom has suffered an unimaginable tragedy, but has managed to momentarily set aside his grief to jump down a rabbit hole full of twists, turns, and greed. It is Henning’s relatability that makes his story so gripping and compelling.
I do recommend reading all four of the previous books in the series before starting Killed. The other books provide background into the characters closest to Henning. This background info will provide needed understanding of their relationships with Henning. I think readers will benefit and appreciate Henning’s determination and dedication if they have the details surrounding his investigation into the fire. I read all four books and I still had to refer to the character guide located at the beginning of the book, just to familiarize myself with the characters.
This was a bittersweet read for me; sad that we have arrived at the end of Henning’s journey but happy the series finished strong. Killed and the four previous books in the series are a must read for any fan of crime fiction.
Lastly I want to give a huge thanks to Kari Dickson for a brilliant translation. In reading other books translated to English, I sometimes felt I was missing an important emotional/human element. Dickson expertly conveyed the darkness and sadness that surrounded Henning. Hats off to Kari Dickson!
**Thanks to Orenda Books for my free copy of Killed**
Murder and Moore Rating :
5 out of 5 Stars
2018 has been a great year for debut novels. A.J. Finn and C.J. Tudor are just two of the outstanding debuts of 2018. When I read the synopsis for Lexie Elliott’s debut novel The French Girl I was instantly curious and knew The French Girl was a book I should add to my list of must reads.Read More
My reading goal for 2018 is to discover as many new Crime Fiction authors as I can. Crime Fiction is such a diverse genre, I would be doing myself a disservice if I limited my reading to only certain types of crime fiction books and authors. The Legacy is my first book of 2018 written by an author I have never read before. Ysra Sigurdardottir is known as “Iceland’s Queen of Crime”. Reviews of Sigurdardottir’s works hail them as, dark, twisted, and engaging. After reading The Legacy I 100% agree.Read More
Force of Nature
by Jane Harper
Publication Date : February 6, 2018
Synopsis From Publisher:
Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.
But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?
Force of Nature was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Last year after reading The Dry, the first book in the Aaron Falk series, I could hardly wait to read Force of Nature. Harper’s ability to draw the reader into the atmosphere of the characters is nothing short of amazing. Using vivid descriptions along with relatable feelings, Harper puts the reader in a situation in which they will ask themselves – what would I do if I was in this character’s position?
Five women embark on a corporate retreat in the bushlands of the Giralang Ranges in Australia. After three days, only four women emerge from the wilderness. The missing woman, Alice Russell is supposed to provide key evidence to Federal Agent Aaron Falk. Aaron is investigating Bailey Tennants, Alice’s place of employment. Without Alice’s evidence, Aaron’s case will flounder and it will be difficult to prove any illegal actions done by Bailey Tennants. Aaron finds himself in a race against time and nature to find Alice and salvage his investigation.
We catch up with Federal Agent Aaron Falk shortly after the events in his home town, Kiewerra. Aaron is back in Melbourne, back to work, but he is still on the mend physically. Aaron is in the middle of a tense and high pressured investigation; however he seems more relaxed than he was in The Dry. Aaron is in his element, investigating white collar crimes; he is comfortable and more confident. In Force of Nature we get to see the full scope of Aaron’s investigative abilities. We also learn why chose Aaron chose to investigate white collar crime. The reason is very admirable and noble. The reason reinforced my belief that Aaron is not only a great investigator but a good man as well.
Force of Nature is set deep in the bushlands of Australia. The bushlands are described as dangerous and sometimes deadly. The five women on the retreat are surrounded by forest, water, and mud; as well as extremely cold weather. Harper is able to completely immerse the reader into the character’s environment. Harper expertly captures the feelings of fear felt by the five women as their panic starts to take hold. You can foresee the potential of savage acts as desperation and anger begin to surface.
Force of Nature is told from the alternating perspectives of Aaron’s investigation and each of the five women on the retreat. Harper gives plenty of background into the women. This made the story more relatable and allowed me to be able to connect with the women. Each woman is different - each with a very strong personality- dominant, passive, eager to please, motherly; there are so many personality characteristics, that any reader should be able to connect to one of the five women.
It’s very early in the year, but I feel very confident when stating, Force of Nature is one of my favorite reads of 2018. Harper tells a story of people in a terrifying situation but does so without gritty details and violence. Rather, Harper uses tension and anxiety to convey suspense and fear. After reading Force of Nature, I feel the same I felt after reading The Dry- I am on the edge of my seat waiting for book three.
**Thanks to Flatiron Books for my free copy of Force of Nature**
Murder and Moore Rating:
5 out of 5 Stars