Wendy Cartmell  

 Author of the Sgt Major Crane military crime thrillers   


Death Knock by Frederic Lindsay

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Detective Inspector Jim Meldrum is having a bad day. He is ambushed on the way to a murder scene and then has a psychologist thrust upon him, who wants to shadow the investigation to get a greater insight into the criminal mind. But is it the criminal mind Henry Stanley wants to get close to, or the mind of Jim Meldrum? There are many twists and turns and false leads in this enjoyable murder mystery. When the reader is introduced to the identity of the murderer, Jim isn't privy to this information and the reader is left urging Jim on to discover the truth. An interesting premise and a great read.

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Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea by Phil Church

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Having greatly enjoyed Thrift, I was eager to try Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea and Mr Church did not disappoint. I continually laughed out loud at his unlikely hero Ray. Desperate to spice up their humdrum lives Ray and his friends from the pub try and find the murder who is (literally) tearing their quiet English village apart. But of course, Ray isn't up to the job and it's not long before this lands him in hot water with the police and his long suffering wife Laura.
This book should come with a warning: don't try and read it in bed if you want to drop off to sleep. You'll soon be laughing so much it will keep you awake!
Great stuff and highly recommended. Available from Amazon.co.uk

Tell Him About It by Holly Kinsella

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Holly Kinsella gives the reader an enchanting short read in her novella Tell Him About It. The central character Sara faces the age old question. Which man should she choose? The boring boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her, or the unpredictable unknown author Adam Cooper. That's always assuming Adam Cooper will choose her.

A great, entertaining read. Available from Amazon.co.uk

A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson

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A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, this is also the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace. It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor Ramsay's mother, and is taunting the other girl. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears. Years later, an extraordinary turn of events opens up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl (author description).

This is a truly evocative and in the end heart rending story of two families torn apart by the vanishing of a child. To be honest both families are flawed to start with and through a mixture of narration and dialogue the author weaves a story of intense complexity. Whilst being a psychological thriller, it is also an in-depth observation of character, which the author reveals to us in intense detail. It is also a book of two halves – before Alice and after Alice - which reflects the impact the event has on everyone involved. The story raises many questions along the way and races to a stunning conclusion. This is a fascinating, all absorbing read.

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The Evil Beneath by A J Waines

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The Evil Beneath is a page turning thriller with lots of psychological insights, as the main protagonist is a psychotherapist, who is unwillingly dragged into a police investigation, when a female body is dragged out of the River Thames, wearing her clothes. I found the river and bridge references really interesting as Juliet Grey and DCI Brad Madison race their way around London trying to solve the clues sent by the killer and find the bodies.

The various story threads are expertly woven together, with several red herrings thrown in for good measure, before the identity of the killer is revealed.

I loved the way each character was brought to life through their own foibles and problems and thought the growing attraction between Juliet and Brad was well done, keeping the magnetism fizzing along throughout the book. This is an absorbing read and the author A J Waines draws on her many years experience as a psychotherapist, some of which were spent with clients in high security prisons.

A professionally crafted and produced e-thriller.

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The Cheesemaker's House by Jane Cable

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The Cheesemaker’s House won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries and when you read this book, you will see why. It is a modern love story, a historical story and a story of the supernatural, all wrapped in a liberal dose of suspense. The author has also drawn on tangible evidence, which she found in her own cottage in the country, as the basis of her story.

Alice Hart escapes to the North Yorkshire countryside to recover after her husband runs off with his secretary. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including handsome builder Richard Wainwright and kind café owner Owen Maltby.

The reader is soon drawn into Alice’s world, where all is not as it seems and battles with Alice to understand the forces in her house and within her friend Owen Maltby. The characters are superbly drawn and you feel Alice’s pain, upset and anger as she struggles to make sense of the unimaginable.


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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

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In a vividly-written secret memoir kept under lock and key for more than 100 years, Picquart brings to life the Paris of the 1890s and tells the true story of a scandal that mesmerised the world. On a freezing January morning, the Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, is stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000, and deported for life to Devil’s Island. Among those watching his humiliation is a high-flying intelligence officer, the clever and resourceful Georges Picquart, whose dangerous love affairs leave him wide open to blackmail.

This book is intoxicating. Mr Harris transports the reader, seemingly effortlessly, into the world of France in the 1890’s. The recount doesn’t only describe the military at the time and the various characters that Picquart worked with, but also his private life and times. We are privy to his lonely bachelor lifestyle, the various soirees he was invited to attend and his relationship with his mistress. In this way we get a sense of the man as a person, as well as a man immersed in his military life.

The reader is so drawn into the book that one cannot help but want to return to that world time and again, above everything else, until the recount is finished. Without doubt this book is a tour de force of the genre.

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The King of Sunday Morning by J B McCauley

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J B McCauley is an English born Australian author. Born in the heart of Essex County U.K., he is a retired Music Journalist/Reporter and House DJ. He has performed as a DJ across five continents and has also been a very popular radio presenter.

The King of Sunday Morning is his fictional account of one man's journey through the criminal underworld set against the backdrop of the early dance music scene. Although taking place in an extremely toxic environment, The King of Sunday Morning is a tale of enduring mateship and love, a bond that runs deep through the Australian psyche. His writing style is modern, containing liberal use of the colourful side of the English language but within which, is contained a sensitivity which belies the situation in which it sits. "I do not write to become rich. I write to enrich. If I can achieve that then I will be a happy man."

J B McCauley lives not so quietly on the New South Wales South Coast. He broadcasts an extremely popular Podcast on the web under the title of The King of Sunday Morning and counts amongst some of his friends and peers some of the world's most famous DJs.


The King of Sunday Morning is a debut novel with a difference. To some readers the story line may be disjoined and disconnected at the beginning of the novel as it jumps from year to year and character to character. We then find Tray in Australia with his current girlfriend and follow a series of flashbacks and back story that put the story into context, which then moves forwards through the point of view of the various characters.

Tray is a ‘Geezer’ from London who has to leave the UK and settles in Australia. But his past comes back to haunt him and the reader follows him as he stumbles through life in Australia.The book contains much profanity, explicit sex and pulls no punches. A raucous, rebellious read.

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The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.  

Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life. But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.

Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong.

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

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Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes is a dark crime thriller. Annabel is a lonely girl who lives for her cat, her mother and her work as a civilian police analyst. But in all three relationships she feels inadequate and unfulfilled. One day at work she begins to notice a pattern in unexplained deaths/suicides. A pattern that seems to have been overlooked by her police officer colleagues. This is a book about lonely people, their despair, their isolation and their invisibility. Oh and there are also murders. But are they really murders? I don’t intend to say any more about the plot for fear of spoilers.

Human Remains is the first book I have read by this author and I’m very glad I did. To be honest it took a few chapters to get used to the writing style and I think that was because this isn’t a crime novel written from a police perspective. It is very much a character driven book - mostly the characters of Annabel and Colin - and it charts how they deal with the curved balls life throws at them. But as I continued reading, the story and the characters drew me in so much that I really was unable to put it down. This was a fantastic read, full of twists and turns and a book I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

Hanns and Rudolph by Thomas Hardy

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Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding is a fascinating historical and personal account of the lives of Hanns Alexander a German Jews who captures Rudolf Hoss, the notorious commandant of Auschwitz. This is no dry historical tome, however, but the personal story of the lives of the two men, told in parallel. The subject of the book is harrowing in the extreme. The author, Thomas Harding, writes with a sensitive pen, yet does not shy away from the atrocities presided over by Hoss. It does, however, attempt to paint as accurate a picture as possible of the man, his family, his rise in the Nazi machine and the scope and scale of his work. It also shows the plight of the German Jews from the perspective of those who fled Germany in time to avoid persecution and settled in England. Hanns and his brother join the British Army and in due course become British Nationals.

WWII and the holocaust should never be lost from the world’s conscience and this is an excellent way of ensuring the story will continue to be told.