Month: October 2020

Prodigal Son by Greg Hurwitz

I really like Evan Smoak, I like his attitude, his cool apartment and his uncomplicated stance on right and wrong. This latest offering takes us into the past, the time when Evan is in an orphanage, where he is spotted by Jack, although the way he ends up being Jack’s protege is not straightforward, and we wouldn’t want it to be.

Evan gets a message from someone who appears to be his long lost mother, but how could that be, he has never met her, she has never been in touch with him. This woman sets him a task which of course will be dangerous and life threatening, I mean it has to be, thats how these books work. So, despite Evan’s compulsory retirement, by order of no less than the President, he is back on task, investigating and protecting and being shot at and beaten to a pulp as per usual.

Another great addition to the series, best of all I love that you can dip in and out of the series and still get the gist. Evan is a machine with a heart. The boys and staff at my high school love these books. We all hang out for a new one. I’ll be recommending this one very highly.

Consolation by Gary Disher

This is the third novel in my new favourite crime series. I’ve told all my crimey friends to read this series, they are reliably good, great comfort reading. There is enough action to keep you turning the pages furiously, Hirsch is one of the nicest cops you could ever hope to meet, the bad guys turn up in unexpected places and the scenery is so beautifully written. I’m so invested in these novels that when this one was finished I had a terrible moment of sadness that I’d have to wait for ages to get a new one.
This time Hirsch has a ‘snowdropper’ to deal with, someone who steals women’s underwear, the middle aged and elderly women of Tiverton are troubled by this, it is making everyone uncomfortable. Hirsch has dealt to the awful cops of Redruth, they have been replaced and now he has a decent boss, but she is not in town and Hirsch is acting chief. There is a lot of crime going on, a child being treated appallingly on a remote farm, a stalkery teacher, a local businessman has gone missing. And managing to keep track of all of this, plus patrol his huge remote area is full on.

What makes these books so engaging is Hirsch. His mild manner, his love of music, the way he relates to the people in town and the recurring characters are becoming like old friends to me. These are quiet crime of the very best kind. This new one is a great addition to the series.

Thanks Netgalley and Text publishing for giving me access. I loved it.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Nasty! A lot of nasty in this story, and that’s what makes it so good. Sit back, suspend your disbelief and get ready to be hooked.

Margot knows nothing about her family, there has always been just her and her mum. That has been enough, but Margot has been emotionally shut out by her mum, and now she has a clue to her mother’s past and she runs off to investigate. What she finds is a town full of damaged people, huge secrets and very scary going ons. She finds a grandmother who is manipulative and downright creepy, and cops who are trying to pin a crime on her gran. And before that there is a fire, a terrifying, nasty and destroying fire.

This was an audiobook, read amazingly well by Lauren Ezzo, she got the tone just right, the pace and her reading set just the right notes.

I really enjoyed this, found it hard to stop listening to and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Give it to kids who loved One of Us is Lying.

Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for giving me access to this great audiobook.