A L’Alfabetista (Ge mig dina ögon)

Ge mig dina ögon Book Cover Ge mig dina ögon
Torsten Pettersson
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
2008
ebook
360

In a small Finnish town of Förshalla is found a dead body of a girl without eyes. An experienced criminalist Harald Lindmark begins an investigation, but a new body is found...

About the Book

First of all this book isn’t translated in English, yet. The original title is in Swedish (Ge mig dina ögon) which means Give Me Your Eyes.

What I don’t get about this book is where is Förshalla? If you Google it, it’s in Sweden on the map, not in Finland but the book is based in Finland… I know the author is a Finnish man with Swedish origins, he lived in Finland and now teaches in Sweden but why can’t I find this town on the Finnish map?

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The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing Book Cover The Mermaids Singing
Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 1
Val McDermid
Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
HarperCollins
1995
Paperback
464

This was the summer he discovered what he wanted at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim.

A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage—or the power to stop it...

About the Book

Apparently a TV show was made from this series, but I didn’t know… that’s quite strange for a TV addict like me.

The book starts in Italy, my country (quite surprised because I didn’t know about it or didn’t remember, I do buy books like they are water and leave them in my e-Reader while I finish others) and I didn’t know it was so old (likewise, I don’t look at the publishing date when I buy books), it still had Lira as currency! Moreover it still had floppy disks and some of you may even not know what they are…

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Birthdays for the Dead

Birthdays for the Dead Book Cover Birthdays for the Dead
Ash Henderson, Book 1
Stuart MacBride
Crime
HarperCollins Publishers
January 1, 2012
Hardcover
472

Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: home-made, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.

The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his home-made cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…

About the Book

This was a new series for me but not a new author. I read the other MacBride’s series (Logan MaRea) and I intend to keep reading it but not this one.

I find Ash disgusting, a criminal and a magnet for bad luck.

I loved the plot, it is quite chilling and inventive but the book is ruined by the main character. It talks and talks about his life, his family and his criminal adventures with loan sharks and his ex-wife’s ex. My interest was picked only when his daughter was kidnapped even if, really? Two daughters, two kidnappings? Told you, bad luck magnet…

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After the Storm

After the Storm Book Cover After the Storm
Kate Burkholder, Book 7
Linda Castillo
Amish. Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Minotaur Books
July 14, 2015
Hardcover
320

In this electrifying thriller by New York Times bestseller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder

When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones--and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they've built for themselves--and their future.

Under siege from an unknown assailant--and her own personal demons--Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

About the Book

Kate Burkholder is the Chief of Police of Painters Mill, a small town in rural Ohio, surrounded by Amish communities. Born Amish, she left the community a few years after a crime against her happened, to live among the Englishers.

In this new book, Kate is met with a challenging case. A boy scout, tasked with the cleaning after a tornado hits the town, finds a skull under the ruins of an old barn. Kate is called upon the findings and she must discover the identity of the bones and see if it was a murder or just an accident. Searching for the man is challenging but when she finds the identity, she discover a 30 year old disappearance which may cost her more than she is able to bargain.

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The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden Book Cover The Butterfly Garden
The Collector, Book 1
Dot Hutchison
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Thomas & Mercer
April 26, 2016
Paperback
286

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener; a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

About the Book

Dot Hatchison is a new author for me and I knew nothing about this book but it was in my Kobo list and the summary seemed interesting. Boy did I loved this book!

I need to say first, that this book isn’t for everyone. It is dark and you need to understand it, if you don’t understand the meaning behind the book, you won’t like it.

It’s quite different from the books (Crime genre) I usually read, there isn’t a real investigation so at first I thought I wasn’t going to like it but no, I found this style quite different and intriguing.

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The Dead Will Tell

The Dead Will Tell Book Cover The Dead Will Tell
Kate Burkholder, Book 6
Linda Castillo
Amish. Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Minotaur Books
July 8, 2014
Hardcover
320

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

About the Book

I was so taken by the tale that I totally forgot about the Tomasetti’s part of the story…

This is the sixth book of the Kate Burckholder Series, a series that I particularly love.

Fourteen year old Billy Hochstetler wakes up in the middle of the night and with his brother, goes downstairs to investigate. He finds his parents at the mercy of two “Englisher” gunmen demanding cash. His father, Willis, is shot and killed. Billy and his four siblings are locked in the basement. Billy manages to escape, but his siblings aren’t so lucky and die in a fire. His mother, Wanetta is kidnapped and never seen again. This happened 35 years ago.

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The Still Kiss

The Steel Kiss Book Cover The Steel Kiss
Lincoln Rhyme, Book 12
Jeffery Deaver
Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Hodder & Stoughton
March 8th, 2016
Hardcover
448

Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity --and discover his mission-- before more people die.

About the Book

As said previously, I love this series. I did have an heart attack when Nick Carelli came back at the beginning and Rhyme and Amelia were at odds, I usually hate when exes come back (ask all the TV series I left because of this) but at the end I did an happy dance.

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From Potter’s Field

From Potter's Field Book Cover From Potter's Field
Kay Scarpetta, Book 6
Patricia Cornwell
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Berkley Books
1995
ebook
383

In From Potter's Field, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell once again enters the chilling world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia and consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI. Upon examining a dead woman found in snowbound Central Park, Scarpetta immediately recognizes the grisly work of Temple Brooks Gault, a bold, brilliant killer from her past. Soon she realizes that Gault's murders are but a violent chain leading up to one ultimate kill: Scarpetta herself. Now she must stay her own fears and keep step with a psychopath who is always one step ahead, both everywhere and nowhere. But even with the help of her FBI and police comrades, Scarpetta knows the endgame is hers alone to play. Having repeatedly plunged into the madness of Gault's mind, Scarpetta must finally descend into his terrifying home in the subway tunnels beneath New York City. And confront the one killer who would not be caught

About the Book

This is the sixth book of Kay Scarpetta’s Series and I liked this book more that the previous ones. I found the first ones too slow especially the very first and too tedious with details.

I still don’t remember where we met Mark, if you read my mini review for the 4th book on Goodreads.com, you’d know that I didn’t remember him all together… I do read a lot of books so maybe that’s why, but it seems that he was quite important… I remember that he was already dead in the previous book so that’s a plus since the last time, but nothing… don’t even remember the bombing (but maybe that happened outside the books).

I don’t like Kay’s relationship with Benton and I don’t understand Marino’s jealousy…

Overall I liked the plot, finally Gault’s story is over (I hope!!) but I find the ending abrupt!

The Square of Revenge

The Square of Revenge Book Cover The Square of Revenge
Pieter Van In, Book 1
Pieter Aspe
Crime, Heist, Mystery
Pegasus Books
2013
ebook
292

The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof's jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars if aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof's offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrase and a baroness' fallen family and Degroof's relationship with a hostage grandchild, ransomed for a priceless collection of art.

About the Book

This is the first book of Pieter Aspe’s book series featuring Inspector Van In. This is a very old book, published first in Belgium in 1995 (it still has Francs as currency, I couldn’t understand the money!) and translated in Italian in 2009 and in English in 2013.

In this book, Van In meets the Deputy Public Prosecutor Hannelore Martens and they investigate a robbery in a jewelry store owned by Ghislain Degroof, the son of the powerful and wealthy Ludovic Degroof. However, this is not the usual robbery, because the gold is dissolved in aqua regia and the details suggest a personal motive. When Ludovic Degroof’s grandson is kidnapped, the case gets more difficult.

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The Darker Side

The Darker Side Book Cover The Darker Side
Smoky Barrett, Book 3
Cody Mcfadyen
Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Hachette UK
May 14, 2009
ebook
463

Imagine a serial killer who has already struck a horrific number of times. A killer who discovers people's secrets -- the deepest, darkest secrets we keep even from ourselves -- and uses them to target and destroy his victims. The case begins with a shock, and the twists keep coming, when FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett and her team investigate a murder brazenly committed on a flight from Texas to Virginia. Who will the next victim be? Everyone in the world has secrets. Even Smoky.

About the Book

This is the 3rd book in the series. I loved the first book, not really that much the second but I loved this one. I couldn’t stop reading.

As I said before, I love serial killers, reading about them and their motivation. And more killings there are, more I like a book.

Smoky Barrett, an FBI agent, is called by the Director of the FBI himself to solve a very delicate case. A woman is murdered on the plane travelling from Texas to Virginia but is this only the beginning or is the end of the most prolific serial killer in American History?

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