Book Review: Time To Die (Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series Book 2), by Caroline Mitchell

Publisher: Bookouture  |  Publication date:  24th September 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (Netgalley review copy)

Time to Die My Review

Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell Kindle Edition

Time To Die is devilishly chilling. To the tempo of Caroline Mitchell’s words, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary, resulting in yet another phenomenal read.

Following her run-in with The Grim Reaper in Don’t Turn Around (Book 1) the determined DC Jennifer Knight is settling in to her new role in Operation Moonlight; a squad of hand-picked detectives forming a team to solve the most inconceivable crimes.

Primarily, the police fight to keep order in our world, but what do you do when the suspects are committing crimes using skills they honed from beyond it? The team from Haven constabulary combines trained officers, whose duty it is to uphold the law by targeting these paranormal parasites.

They have their fair share of hoaxes and time wasters, until occasionally they face a menace more evil than they could ever imagine.

Under the watchful eye of DI Ethan Cole the team is already investigating a cult like group when they are called to attend an apparent suicide, but all is not as it seems and the incident shows up on their radar. They are deployed to apply their specialist skills, which includes the odd psychic ability coupled with some damn fine police work, to find a link to the victim and a mysterious tarot reader who recently predicted his death.

Coincidence? Maybe. That is until more incidents mount up, including one that touches an acquaintance of our Jennifer Knight.  Still the team are no closer to tracing the culprit responsible; as well as having a talent for predicting what the future has in store for our victims, our supernatural psycho can also conceal himself incredibly well and stay one step ahead of the game.

As the race to catch a killer is on, ravens are drawn to our DC Knight. They gather on rooftops to cast a disapproving eye over her progress and unnerve her further with their mocking caws. Well, they do call a group of ravens an unkindness, which is apt under the circumstances. Our fortune teller, who has an affinity for these threatening, feathered creatures, is creepily-insane and targets a certain class of person with his malevolent deeds. If The Raven asks if you’d like a reading, your future is already looking pretty bleak…

Time To Die is an awesome crime thriller, laced with an impressive supernatural essence. What you’ll discover is a thoroughly gripping story to sink your teeth into, one where you’re guaranteed a shock that will unveil itself in the most unexpected way.

Rating: 5/5 – Yep. It’s safe to say I’d happily recommend it.

(MAHOOSIVE thanks, as always, to the folks at Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a digital copy of this book for review.)

Time to Die Book Summary

Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.

As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …

Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.

Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.

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Time to Die Author Links

Caroline MitchellOriginally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Five years ago Caroline and her family encountered real life paranormal activity in their home. Paranormal Intruder is her best selling true story.

Caroline’s new novel, Don’t Turn Around has recently been published by Bookouture in a three book deal as part of her DC Jennifer Knight series. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s experience in both the police and the paranormal. To find out more please subscribe at www.caroline-writes.com.

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Evil Games (Detective Kim Stone Book 2), by Angela Marsons

Publisher:  Bookouture  |  Publication date: 29th May 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (Netgalley)

Evil Games by Angela Marsons - DI Kim Stone Book 2

Exceptional crime fiction from Angela Marsons: DI Stone leaves no clue unturned.

Okay, I’m going to be honest with you here. After reading the superb Silent Scream, I didn’t believe Angela Marsons could dream up an even more depraved villain to roam the Black Country streets. But, thankfully she did and I’m absolutely thrilled about it!  Is there no limit to her fictional wickedness?

Detective Inspector Kim Stone has her work cut out for her this time round. With not one, but two vile cases that will have a profound affect her personally. It’s not long before the firewall she’s customised to keep everyone else out is tested to breaking point.

Case one involves a sickening report of child abuse. Ever the detached professional, Stone might be able to draw on experience from her own neglected childhood to get answers, but the detective’s heart silently breaks for the victims involved.

The other case takes quite a different line of enquiry altogether. A convicted rapist is found dead in what seems to be an unprovoked attack. Already Stone’s detective sense is tingling…

As ever, the devil’s in the detail.  But it’s these details that help her catch the monsters we trust the most. This time, she will have to confront her own demons to go head-to-head with possibly one of the greatest tormentors I’ve seen portrayed for some time – their character is SO well written, and oh, so cold. I despised them in a matter of seconds as they selected their prey.

DI Stone knows only too well that there’s a fine line between a fragile mind and a broken one. During the course of the investigation that line is crossed. Without knowing, she too has been invited to play Evil Games’.

Our Detective tries hard not give too much of herself away, except for a stare directed at DS Bryant that would give Medusa a run for her money, or a perfectly-timed, sarcastic quip to put one of her team in their place. Will this be enough to prevent Kim Stone becoming part of the sinister experiment our curious villain is conducting? As she hunts for the dark truth in both cases, she may not have any choice in the matter.

Angela Marsons certainly knows how to throw a curve ball out of nowhere, and it’s damned subtle. I can’t wait to see what’s in store in Book three. For now, I urge you to read this – you won’t be disappointed.

DON’T PANIC! If you haven’t read book one, you can jump right with this one. It’s a stand-alone investigation and you won’t feel like you’ve been left behind.

To summarise:

Silent Scream (Book 1) was quite brilliant. Evil Games (Book 2) is EXCEPTIONAL. Clearly, the current rating system is broken as it’s unable to accommodate books of this calibre. So I give you –

6/5  – Yes, I know, I’ve invented a new one. It’s okay, Evil Games grafitti font made me do it.

(I would like to offer my sincere thanks – and my left kidney – to the publisher for allowing me to download this title from Netgalley.)


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Don’t Turn Around (Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series Book 1), By Caroline Mitchell

Publisher: Bookouture  |  Published 24th April 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (via Netgalley)

Dont Turn Around

An perfectly atmospheric, paranormal crime thriller, that will make you want to look over your shoulder while reading…

If you’re looking for a brand spanking new crime wave-breaker, then look no further than the obsessive-compulsive Detective Constable Jennifer Knight – a determined wearer of killer heels with an intuition like no other on the force.

Despite her somewhat difficult childhood, when her parents both passed away under separate tragic circumstances, she’s a girl made good – it appears that upholding the law is in her blood, as she follows in their footsteps.

Yet she recently moved to Haven CID to escape a shadow she had cast on a previous investigation, although her keen investigative skills remain as sharp as her immaculate dress sense.

During her daily routine, Jennifer is called to interview a suspect known to her from long ago. The crime he’s accused of is out of character, so conducts the interview with the suspect, who is starting to behave rather strangely whilst in custody. As the investigation progresses and alarming comments are made, Jennifer is left wondering if there is something sinister than a knife attack is at work.

The interview disturbed her (well, it certainly disturbed me). But she dismissed it, so there’s no need to raise the cavalry and she goes home to her neat, but empty house. That is until she receives silent phone calls, progressing to a distinct feeling of being watched. Ach, she’s a trained police officer, she can cope – can’t she? Well, that would depend on who’s watching, wouldn’t it?

In the meantime, she goes about her job and attends other scenes of crime where sudden deaths have occurred. Similarities between individual cases her mother investigated many years ago start to brew, and Jennifer feels someone is taunting her. She’s trying to think straight: is it a copycat, or is she being paranoid?

Tarot Cards

You may not always hold the cards, but sometimes you should heed what they say…

Convincing her colleagues to listen to her theory that an extraordinary crime spree may be taking place will be the biggest battle she will face, and more than just a matter of life and death to those close to her; in addition to her habitual cleaning habit, it’s a battle she could do without.

And trying to ignore what’s appearing on her radar is getting her nowhere; she needs to trust her own instincts to achieve results, as someone IS watching, someone who lets us hear their side of the story during a few sinister visits to the past  – all expertly executed by the writer (excuse the pun).

This dangerous watcher already knows everything about her, but as a reader you’re just half a step behind him. Just be thankful he doesn’t know that you’re there:

…”Turn around pretty girl, come see what I have for you,” he thought….soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, no one would stop him.

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Soon, Jennifer’s own past catches up with her and she doesn’t even realise until it’s breathing down her neck. I even found myself holding my breath as I waited for the story to unfurl!

Guesswork will only get you so far with this one; I didn’t foresee the destination until I’d arrived. It has a brilliant ending that couldn’t have been better if it had been wrapped up with a bow – I would go as far as to say it’s a TV series just waiting to be made.

With the promise of more books by Caroline Mitchell in the pipeline, I’m looking forward to see just where DC Jennifer Knight’s journey will take us next.

In the meantime, may the police-force be with you…

Rating: 5/5

My sincere thanks to Bookouture, who allowed me to download this superb book from Netgalley 🙂


Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell, Author of Don’t Turn Around

 

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Silent Scream (Detective Kim Stone Book 1), by Angela Marsons

Publisher: Bookouture | Published: 20th February 2015 | Edition: Kindle (own copy)

The innocence of the life taken was known to them all but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried…

Good grief, what a ride!

Silent Scream THIS ONE

Silent Scream is a crime reader’s dream…

Silent Scream is a crime reader’s dream. Pacey and plot driven, it is filled with ‘real’ characters that you gain an immediate rapport with.

The story unfolds in 2004 with five people huddled around a fresh grave on a winter’s night. This was such a great opener, I just had to read on to discover who had succumbed to this awful fate. It didn’t take long for me to become addicted to each and every chapter.

In the present day, when headmistress Teresa Wyatt is found murdered in her own home, a punchy, determined, take-no-messing Detective Inspector named Kim Stone is called to investigate her death.

The enquiry into this seemingly unmotivated attack leads our Detective and her team down a winding historical path. Whilst revisiting the past, the investigation takes them to the scene of an old children’s home in the Black Country where the murdered Principle used to work.

The home had previously been destroyed by fire, but the ground on which it stood had become the subject of a recently permitted archaeological dig: Cue our elusive watcher in the shadows…

With the body count starting to rise, some slightly unorthodox investigative processes are deemed necessary to catch a killer who seems to be determined to see through what they’ve started. But will Stone’s usual resolve be strong enough in order to catch them? Only time with tell if she will succeed – as this case grows darker, the Detective must also confront her own past.  By the end of the story you see that victims and survivors come from all walks of life.

If you’re still thinking you’re in need of a little more atmosphere after all that, the killer also ‘voices’ their creepy motivations periodically. These little snippets are fed to readers at perfect opportunities. And if that doesn’t convince you, there is the most excellent finale.

This is the first book I’ve read with the local Black Country Dialect included in parts of the dialogue and it was conveyed perfectly. It’s a cracking debut and one I would thoroughly recommend.

So, here’s hoping ‘The Scream’ goes on for a very long time.

(Book 2 in this series was published on 29th May 2015 and is even more exceptional. You can read my review here:  Evil Games )

Rating: 5/5


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Concerning the locality: 

On a personal note, I’m now nick-naming this book Silent Squeal. After working in this area for over twenty years I recognised all of the places in it. It’s such a cracking story, I don’t think I can pass the main murder scene again without thinking about this book…