Monday, May 04, 2015

Recently Read - The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

The Slaughter Man (Max Wolfe, #2)The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book, it was a fast paced mixture of gory violence and a loving relationship between a father and his daughter.

It begins with the brutal murders of a family on New Years Eve and that got me hooked from the very first page.

Thanks go to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.




On the pitiless London city streets, DC Max Wolfe hunts a serial killer who kills only the happiest of families. If you like crime novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this crime thriller.
Who would you like to see dead? Max Wolfe is back -- the two-fisted homicide detective with a small daughter and dog waiting for him at home, and a crazed serial killer waiting for him out in the pitiless London city streets.
On New Year's Day a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon -- a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered -- leads Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard's Black Museum devoted to a murderer who 30 years ago was known as The Slaughter Man.
But The Slaughter Man has done his time and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the killing game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer -- or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man?
Max needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family -- or finds his way to his own front door.
A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for. 



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recently Read - Lifesaver by Louise Voss

LifesaverLifesaver by Louise Voss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Surprisingly I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a typical chit lit, but it had a lot more going for it than just the romance.


If you save someone's life, do you become responsible for them?

When Anna receives a letter from Adam, thanking her for saving his son Max's life with a bone-marrow donation, it's the first positive thing that's happened to her for a long time. Grief-stricken at the recent loss of her baby, she's failed to give life in the past. Now this four-year-old boy is alive and healthy because of her: it's a heady realization.


Anna is desperate to get to know Max, yet terrified at how responsible she feels for him. So she decides not to tell anyone about him or that she's arranged to meet his father. Soon she is immersed in a complicated double life, spending half the week with her husband, who believes her to be filming out of town, and the other half with Adam and Max.


But Anna has lied to Adam about who she is. And she's lied about her marriage. And soon these lies will catch up with her...





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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recently Read - Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Human RemainsHuman Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was totally enjoyable and engrossing. I loved the ordinariness of the characters, which makes it all so much more realistic, and then there is the hidden peculiarity of Colin!

Brilliant story, very unusual!



Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she's on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour s decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence.

Back at work she sets out to investigate, despite her police officer colleagues lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own home town.


A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people, whose individual voices haunt the pages, Elizabeth Haynes new novel is a deeply disturbing and powerful thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.




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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Recently Read - The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald

The ExitThe Exit by Helen Fitzgerald

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What a weird story.. Quite a few twists and turns that kept my attention throughout, but the ending was somewhat disappointing..


23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down - and soon discovers that her new workplace

contains many secrets.

One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia - so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?

As Catherine starts investigating Rose's allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what's really going on before it's too late?


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Bad Grandpa - Film

It takes a lot to keep my attention for the length of an entire film and a lot more to make me really laugh out loud.

But this film did both.

It's not new and I didn't set out to watch it, it just happened when my daughter was channel surfing..

Recently Read - The Possession of Mr Cave by Matt Haig

The Possession of Mr CaveThe Possession of Mr Cave by Matt Haig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Unputdownable, disturbing, haunting, shocking...





Terence Cave, the intellectual owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother's suicide and his wife's murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family's golden girl, in love with her cello and her pony, and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world's malign forces, whatever that may take.

But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter's movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction and, ultimately, murder.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

In With The Lemurs At London Zoo

Having a season ticket for the zoo means it's nice and easy to pop in for just a short visit without feeling I need to get my moneys worth.

Today we visited the new (opened yesterday) In With The Lemurs exhibit. It was fantastic and due to the not so pleasant weather it wasn't at all busy.

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Lemurs at London Zoo

They are not in the least bothered by the humans milling around and they really do come up close enough to stroke, but that's not allowed as they may bite!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Recently Read - What You Wish For by Mark Edwards

What You Wish ForWhat You Wish For by Mark Edwards

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I usually really enjoy books by this author but this one sadly didn't do it for me.

However I did manage to finish it!



Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth...

Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key.

But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.

Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in...


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Monday, March 02, 2015

Flowers For Lunch

This week is mostly taken up doing some training at the RCGP, a very posh building in Euston!

The best bit I must admit though, is the lunch..

Just look at todays pretty and delicious dessert!


61/365 - 2015 Dessert


However, I couldn't bring myself to eat the pansy!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

To Carry On? Or Let It Die?

What to do? What to do?

I'm well aware that the world of blogging has totally changed since I began in 2006.

Back then it didn't take long to "meet" a lovely crowd of like minded bloggers who visited and commented on each others blogs.

We blogged our ups and downs, took part in various memes, it was fun following each other, opening Google Reader hoping for the next instalment!

But gradually people stopped, life got in the way, priorities changed...

I've tried to maintain this blog but with less and less interest.

I still get a fair number of visits but rarely get any comments, any feedback, any interest. Then again, I don't post anything interesting and I rarely get time to visit and take part on others blogs.

Seems the days of the ordinary "domestic" blogs are over.

So, I don't know what to do..

Carry on regardless?

Close it and take it down?

Just abandon the blog? (too sad)

I just can't decide...