Race to the Kill is the first book by Helen Cadbury that I have read. I wish that I had read her previous books, and I very much hope to rectify that, but Race to the Kill can easily be read as a standalone.
I didn’t know the author personally, but I knew Helen Cadbury in the online book world, I didn’t know her well but I knew her to be kind and funny. The news of her death sent shockwaves through the community, not only had a lovely lady died but also a fabulous author.
I really enjoyed Race to the Kill, it was well written and I loved the character Sean Denton who the book is centred around. The book kept me guessing and I really enjoyed the journey that it took me on. I did also feel incredibly sad reading Race to the Kill. I was enjoying it so much and really felt that Sean Denton would have made a brilliant crime series that would have given readers many great reads, if only the author had lived longer.
If you like your police crime thrillers then you’re bound to enjoy Race To The Kill. I wish that I could be looking forward to the next book in the series.
It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.
About The Author:
Helen Cadbury was a York based writer whose debut novel, To Catch a Rabbit, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award.
Helen was born in the Midlands and brought up in Birmingham and Oldham, Lancashire.
Helen died in June 2017.
Race To The Kill by Helen Cadbury is out now and available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Matching The Evidence by Graham Smith
My 4* review:
Matching the Evidence is, I think, the first novella that I have read. I’m really not sure that it has converted me but I did enjoy it.
Evans is a cop who does things his way, before he is forced into retirement Evans and his team are facing the consequences of his unconventional ways in their previous case. Snatched From Home is the first book in the Harry Evans series and I believe this book follows straight on from that. As punishment Evans and his team are given the job of policing a football match where there is predicted to be a lot of trouble between the home team fans and the away team, Millwall.
Of course all is not as it seems, but Evans sniffs out the problem and once again ignores protocol to ensure that the baddies get caught.
Matching The Evidence is well written and can be read as a standalone book although I’m sure that it would be better being read after Snatched From Home. I would happily read the other books in the series as I’d like to find out more about the characters and the author is clearly a good writer. My only gripe about Matching The Evidence is that it felt like Smith had tried to pack too much into it, one strain of the story seemed pretty irrelevant in the end and could easily have been removed without losing anything from the book. It also ended pretty suddenly and I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but I guess that is probably done on purpose so that I’ll read the next Harry Evans book.
I received a copy of Matching The Evidence in exchange for an honest review.
Matching The Evidence will be released on 8th September 2016 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.
Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge
‘Liar Liar is number four in the Helen Grace series. I have just read number three and four back to back so that I can read the latest release, Little Boy Blue, which is number five.
Book three, The Doll’s House, was a bit of a let down. While a perfectly good book I know that the author can do a lot better. Thankfully Liar Liar is a step in the right direction.
As we learn more about Helen Grace and her team at Southampton police station, the books become even more enjoyable. A bit like catching up with friends and finding out what they’ve been up to.
Liar Liar has plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested and trying to guess where it is all going. I’m pretty sure that you won’t though. And the end…blimey…I wasn’t expecting that. Now onto Little Boy Blue.’
Truth be told I think that I should probably take a bit of a break from Helen Grace before moving onto Little Boy Blue, as good a character as she is she isn’t a lot of fun to be around! But I’ve started it so will carry on and let you know soon what I think of book number five.