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Hangman’s End, by Michelle Kidd

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TRIGGER WARNING: this book deals with a child murder
A dismembered child’s body is discovered in a suitcase along the Thames and at the next low tide a skeleton is found. Could the two bodies be connected and is it the same killer? DI Jack MacIntosh and his team investigate the murders.
Hangman’s End is the fifth book in the Jack MackIntosh series but it is the first that I have read. There are references to events in the recent past as well as old cases which may contain spoilers from the previous books.
The plot itself is gruesome and grisly, hence the warnng at the start of this review. I felt very uncomfortable about reading about the dead child especially as we all see sections by the killer that are deeply upleasant. This shows the power of the writing for generating such a visceral response in the reader.
Jack MacIntosh is a great lead detective. He is haunted by an old case as well as his own mother’s murder. This adds to his determination to find justice for his current victims. We may not always agree with his actions and he has some non police-like behaviour in his background that could threaten his career.
The book clearly defines the time and place for each section of each chapter and I liked this for creating a clear timeline of events and location. There are subplots that unfold and it was interesting to see how the author wove the plot strands together.
Hangman’s End was a grisly but good police procedural and crime novel.

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Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hangmans-End-Jack-MacIntosh-Book-ebook/dp/B09N1XXD4W
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Book Blurb :-
Two bodies.
One bridge.
Twenty years apart.
The discovery of two bodies beneath London Bridge plunges DI Jack MacIntosh and his team at the Metropolitan Police into two of the most complex investigations they’ve ever had to deal with.
With two decades separating them, can the cases really be linked?
Having an intense dislike for coincidences, Jack can’t let it go.
And when evidence then emerges pointing to a 1989 cold case, Jack is transported back in time to a miscarriage of justice that has haunted him for quarter of a century – and back to a little girl he vowed never to forget.
As two cases turn into three, becoming more and more entwined, will the river finally give up its secrets?
Maybe.
Because sometimes the dead can speak.
Hangman’s End is the fifth book in the DI Jack MacIntosh series.
author Michelle Kidd
Michelle Kidd is a self-published author best known for the Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh series of novels set in London. She has also recently begun a new series which is set in her home town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk – starring Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle.
Michelle qualified as a lawyer in the early 1990s and spent the best part of ten years practising civil and criminal litigation.
But the dream to write books was never far from her mind and in 2008 she began writing the manuscript that would become the first DI Jack MacIntosh novel – The Phoenix Project. The book took eighteen months to write, but spent the next eight years gathering dust underneath the bed.
In 2018 Michelle self-published The Phoenix Project and has not looked back since. There are currently five DI Jack MacIntosh novel and the first DI Nicki Hardcastle novel is due for release in August 2021.
Michelle now works full time for the NHS and lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She enjoys reading, wine and cats – not necessarily in that order
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Cats Vs Pickles Reversible Plush Toys

AD GIFTED We were sent these toys for the purpose of this review

Are you Team Cat or Team Pickle? Well now you can be both!

Cats Vs Pickles reversible: cat
Cats Vs Pickles: pickle

Cats Vs Pickles have launched a new reversible range of plush toys that are super cute and cuddly. And they are reversible! One side is a cat (complete with tail) and the other side is a pickle. Time for twice the fun!
Reversible element of Cats Vs Pickles
We received Kitty Cakes who tranforms into Frosted Flo, and Roboticat morphs into Mech- Pickle! The toys are so soft and I love the cute personalities and designs. Plus Anya and Zach like to use them as puppets while playing, remember kittens not mittens!

Two children playing with Cats Vs Pickles

Cats Vs Pickles reversible plush toys are available now from Smyths Toys and other retailers both in store and online. They have an RRP of £11.99.

 


Find The Girl, by Helen Phifer

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Sara Fletcher is camping alone when she is abducted and a frantic search for her ensues. The investigation is led by DC Morgan Brookes and her team quickly find a body. But it is a skeleton not Sara. Has the kidnapper acted before with murderous consequences, and can the police find Sara before she becomes the next victim?
Find The Girl is the fifth book to feature DC Morgan Brookes. I have reviewed all of the earlier books in the series: One Left AliveThe Killer’s Girl, The Hiding Place, and First Girl To Die.
Morgan and her immediate boss Ben are straight on the case as the action begins immediately. They are determined to catch the killer before he can kill Sara but they find another body instead and fear they are dealing with a serial killer.
The pace is relentless and there are some parts from the perspective of the killer which shows the danger his victims are in. Morgan and Ben continue to have a spark of attraction that means that they don’t always behave in an objective way towards in each other.
There are lots of twists and I was convinced I had guessed the killer but was wrong! The ending is dramatic to the point of jaw dropping…
Find The Girl was just as gripping as the previous books in the series and again I am on tenterhooks waiting for the next instalment.

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Author: Helen Phifer 
Pub Day: Jan 19th 2022 
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The tent door flutters in the warm breeze, opening towards the silent woods beyond. A silk eye mask lies on top of the empty sleeping bag, blood-red spots ruining the cream fabric…
When a woman disappears from Forest Pines campsite, Detective Morgan Brookes scrambles a search party. Sara Fletcher has never missed a lunch date with her best friend and when Morgan finds a large rip in Sara’s tent, she knows that something terrible must have happened. About to lose hope after hours combing through the acres of dense forest, the excited bark of a tracker dog leads Morgan to female remains, partially covered by leaves and dirt – but the bones don’t belong to Sara.
Morgan trawls through missing persons files until she finds three cold cases with chilling similarities – three other victims dating back twenty years who were taken from campsites while they slept, by a killer the police called the Travelling Man. The post-mortems indicate he kept them alive for 72 hours, meaning every second is crucial to find Sara alive.
Morgan’s team is terrified that this twisted murderer has returned. But Morgan also can’t ignore the fact that a merciless killer from her own past has recently escaped from prison… Could they be chasing the wrong man? If she’s correct, how deep will she have to dig to save Sara and other innocent women like her before time runs out for them all?
A completely unputdownable, heart-in-your-mouth crime thriller. Fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott will be glued to the page!

author Helen Phifer

Author Bio
Helen Phifer’s love of reading began with Enid Blyton, before progressing on to Laura Ingals Wilder and scaring herself with Steven King. If she can’t write for any particular reason she finds herself getting itchy fingers and really irritable. She loves reading as much as writing and is also very fond of chocolate, Prosecco, The Lake District, New York, white Zinfandel wine, her children and grandchildren, her friends, porn star martini cocktails, Stephen King, watching scary films, Marilyn Monroe, Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Simon Baker, Spandau Ballet, The Munsters and coffee. In no particular order.
Social Media
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenphifer1
Website: https://www.helenphifer.com/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer/

 


#MischiefAndMemories blog linky 42

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At Death’s Door, by Anna Legat

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Sam and Maggie are taking part in an archaeological dig when a body is discovered. But it is much more recent than expected, and the killer may still be alive…
At Death’s Door is quite a quirky crime mystery novel. It is the second book in the series and I have not read the first. However, there are no spoilers about events from the previous book.
Maggie is a wonderful character and I liked how she is presented via the first person. She is psychic and can see spirits which has significant impact on her in terms of the murder investigation as well as her personal life as tragedy strikes. I really liked this element to the book although one vision was particularly heartwrenching.
The discovery of the body takes a back seat after the initial discovery as Maggie’s personal life and family relationships takes centre stage. This adds a great deal of emotion to the book which is softened by Maggie’s eccentric personality and humorous escapades.
The book is written from third person perspectives, mainly focussed on Sam and Andrea, but also Maggie in the first person. I found it a little tricky to get into the book due to the style of writing and how it jumps between characters and in time to relevant flashbacks in the past. However, by a third of the way through I had settled in and coped better with the changes.
At Death’s Door has a strong plot and lead character and I’m glad I persevered to get to grips with the style.

 

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At Death’s Door
When Maggie Kaye and Sam Dee join the Bishops Well archaeological dig, they are as surprised as everyone else to unearth a body that was buried there less than fifty years ago. It can’t possibly be the remains of an ancient Celt.
Maggie, with her usual flair – and psychic intuition – is convinced that there is more to this discovery than meets the eye. And some Bishops residents seem to know a lot more about the case than they are willing to let on.
But nobody is as shocked as Maggie when a face from the past – a face she thought she’d never see again – appears in the village, and long-hidden secrets begin to surface.
With danger at her door, and Sam by her side, can Maggie uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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Purchase Links
1 At Death’s Door: The Shires Mysteries 2: A twisty and gripping cosy mystery eBook : Legat, Anna: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
2 At Death’s Door: The Shires Mysteries 2 by Anna Legat | Waterstones
3 At Death’s Door: The Shires Mysteries 2 eBook by Anna Legat – 9781786159915 | Rakuten Kobo United Kingdom
4 At Death’s Door: The Shires Mysteries 2 : A twisty and gripping cosy mystery: Anna Legat: 9781786159946: hive.co.uk
author Anna Legat
Author Bio –
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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