Tag: crime

Book Review: Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaverbøl and Agnete Friis

Invisible Murder
Series: Nina Borg #2
Lene Kaaverbøl

Agnete Friis
Published: October 2, 2012
339 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Scavenging hospital ruins in northern Hungary, two Roma boys stumble on something more valuable than usual black market finds. The chain of events threatens many lives. In Denmark, Red Cross nurse Nina Borg puts her life and family on the line when she treats Hungarian Gypsies living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. What are they hiding? What makes them so sick?

Kim’s Review:

Meh. I bought this book because it promised an old Soviet hospital, but it only showed up for a couple pages. So yeah. The rest was just kinda meh. The characters were the most interesting part, but even they were kinda flat. And just when I thought everything was gonna explode, it just fizzled. The resolution was incredibly anticlimactic. Plus, the motivation for the entire book was political, but not even interesting political. Basically just a Karen who had too much time on her hands … and I’m not even kidding. Did it hold my attention? Mostly, which is why it’s getting 3 stars instead of 2. But would I recommend it or even say that I enjoyed it? Nope, not really.

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Book Review: Unholy Murder by Lynda La Plante

Unholy Murder
Tennison #7

Author: Lynda La Plante
Published: August 24, 2021
416 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 27, 2021- January 5, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

A coffin is dug up by builders in the grounds of an historic convent – inside is the body of a young nun.

In a city as old as London, the discovery is hardly surprising. But when scratch marks are found on the inside of the coffin lid, Detective Jane Tennison believes she has unearthed a mystery far darker than any she’s investigated before. However, not everyone agrees. Tennison’s superiors dismiss it as an historic cold case, and the Church seems desperate to conceal the facts from the investigation. It’s clear that someone is hiding the truth, and perhaps even the killer. Tennison must pray she can find both – before they are buried forever . . .

In Unholy Murder, Tennison must lift the lid on the most chilling murder case of her career to date . . .

Jessica’s Review:

Compared to other books I have recently read, this one was a success!!!  YES!!  Unholy Murder is the seventh book in the Tennison series, but it can be read as a standalone.  I have not read any of the other in the series and did not feel like I have missed anything as past situations are mentioned. I did like Tennison and am interested in how she got her start in a male dominated field, especially for the time period this novel takes place in.

I was confused at first with references to using maps, the phone book, and more until I found a review that mentioned the time period: This novel takes place in 1982 based on when the Pope visits the UK where this novel takes place. Once I knew the time period I actually enjoyed the trip back in time where the things we take for granted were not in existence and we had ‘old school policing’. And with Tennison also being a woman in this time period: It really was a boys club then.

Unholy Murder has an intriguing premise that actually delivers: a coffin is dug up and it has a nun inside and it appears she was buried alive!?!?  What happened to her and why???  Secrets and lies, the Catholic Church and more: Bring it on!  And this novel became so much more than I expected with its twists and turns.

It is a police procedural, so we get to see how things were done in the 1980s, which includes autopsies. Not a fast-paced novel, but it is detailed and it does move and I never lost interest in the story. I was fully involved and cared about the characters you should care for. 

I enjoyed this novel and if you enjoy crime dramas/police procedurals, Unholy Murder and my guess is that the whole Tennison series will be for you.

I received a copy to read and review from Bookish First.

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Book Review: The Cult on Fog Island by Mariette Lindstein

The Cult on Fog Island
Series: Fog Island Trilogy Book 1

Author: Mariette Lindstein
Published: January 24, 2019
560 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

The deadliest trap is the one you don’t see…

When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz.

So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…

Kim’s Review:

One of my friends on Instagram recommended this book to me, so when I found it at Gene’s Books, I grabbed it! And y’all know I love a cult. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I was hoping for a religious cult with supernatural elements that turned it into a horror story. It wasn’t and that’s why the missing star. This was much more of a psychological thriller, turned cautionary tale.

Lindstein wanted to give an in depth look at cults from beginning to end. Here’s how people get hooked, here’s how people are content, here’s how things start to go wrong, here are the red flags, etc. I definitely enjoyed it! It was a fascinating look at the psychology of the leaders and followers. And for once, I didn’t think about my own background on every page! Absolutely a good book!!

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