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The Fiona Griffiths Crime Stories

 

Genre: Crime/Detective/Thriller
Description

Book 1 Talking to the Dead

A crime you’ll always remember. A detective you’ll never forget.

A young girl is found dead. A prostitute is murdered. And the strangest, youngest detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit is about to face the fiercest test of her short career.

A woman and her six-year-old daughter are killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor.

DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there’s another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry – and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.

Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found…

Book 2 Love Story with Murders

A freezing cold winter. A dead body from the past. A tale of love – and murder.

A human leg is discovered in a suburban freezer. The victim is a teenage girl killed some ten years earlier. But then other body parts start appearing. And these ones are male, dark-skinned, and very fresh…

Is this a tangled tale of love gone wrong? Or are there more sinister lines connecting the dead bodies to a recent tragedy in a Cardiff prison, and an engineering company that’s up to a whole lot more than is first apparent?

Fiona Griffiths starts to investigate, in the midst of the coldest winter on record. Up in a remote cottage in the Welsh Black Mountains, she finds the data that contains the clue to the entire mystery. But, as the first snow starts to fall, she discovers that she’s not alone.

Is it A Series?

Yes, 6 books in all, I think

Is It Easy to Read?

Yes 🙂


Karen Book Buzz Review

My brother in law introduced me to this series. He told me I should give them a go as he would be interested to see what I thought about them. I took note of the name and a few days later, author Stephen Puleson sent out his newsletter with a review of the exact same book. I was surprised to see this come up within a short space of time, so I downloaded the first book, quickly followed by the second.

The main character, Fiona, is quirky and I love the way Harry Bingham writes – short sentences, random thoughts and funny terms of phrase. They all go to building a picture of the character and her personality. I also loved her family and how her dad is actually a criminal who has never been caught. He adores his funny little daughter and the way he speaks to her is so believable. Everyone has funny quirks, and this family is no different.

They are two parts to this these books, Fiona Griffiths, and the storyline. I don’t know what I enjoy the most. The plots are often quite complex interspersed with the interesting characteristics of Fiona.

Because this is a traditionally published book, I was surprised to find quite a lot of errors in the first one, typos more than anything. One I remember was he should have she, but instead said he. Because the book was so good, it wasn’t a problem, just surprising. The second book, I only found one and that was something like JFiona. Obviously, he going to write something else, but didn’t delete all the letters. Surprisingly, they weren’t picked up on edits, though.

I particularly enjoyed one incident in the first book between Fiona one of her boss. I’m not very good at picking up these things and expect other readers will have realised she was gay before I did. Her boss, invited Fiona for lunch, obviously with the intent of declaring her feelings, as she’d interpreted Fiona’s friendliness and understanding for something else. Of course, it could have been very awkward, but it was so nicely written and the two girls ended up being good friends instead. No dramatics, no flying off the handle, just real life.

I’m sorry the books aren’t enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited programme, it would have saved me a fortune! Having said that, the eBooks are reasonably priced.

I won’t spoil it for you, but there was a mystery introduced in the first book, and touched upon in the second. and you really want to get to the bottom of it. I’ve already purchased book 3!

Clever writing, clever books and thoroughly recommended.

 

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Murder at Mother’s

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 13.58.22Genre: Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Description

The matriarch of the Bancroft ranch has been murdered. Refusing to go to the light, a being from the “other side” is sent to get her. When Martha still refuses to budge, Gladys stays with her to help solve the murder.

A cozy mystery with a ghostly twist, this is a fun read

 

 

Is it Easy to Read?

Yes,

Is it a Series?

No, I don’t think so.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

 

This is my first read by this author and won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed it. All I knew about the story was that it was a murder mystery with a twist. I didn’t know what that twist was until began reading. For those that don’t know, I’m not going to reveal it. Let’s just say it makes the story a little different from the run of the mill.

I could tell it wasn’t set in America and then thought it British but quickly realised it wasn’t there either. So it was a nice change to have a book set in Canada.

We are presented with a murder, a detective and a family. Who is the murderer? With the author’s help, I narrowed it down to one of two, made a guess and got it wrong!

I like my books to have a little bit of romance in them and this had a tempting taster,  and I’d have liked to have followed that up.

The author’s ideas were really imaginative and I felt it set the story apart. I caught sight of another book called Stone Cottage and believe this was mentioned in Murder at Mother’s. What a great way to introduce it and it certainly made me add it to my TBR list.

A good read and highly recommended

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She’s Not Gone

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 11.25.03Genre: Psychological/Thriller/Ghost

Description

A gripping psychological thriller with a twist of evil and a slice of the supernatural.

When Daryl charms his way into Katie’s life, sweeping her off her feet, she thinks she’s found the love of her life. Until he cuts her off from her friends and starts to control everything in her life, right down to the food she puts on her plate.

There is a monster inside of Daryl that plays on his insecurities, and the monster is ready to come out and play.

Will Katie make the most important decision of her life before it’s too late?

Who will protect her when she discovers Daryl’s deadly secret?

Is it A Series?

No

Is It Easy To Read?

Yes


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

 

This story had a gripping storyline and was also poignant and sad. Told in the first person by Katie, who is in an abusive relationship. At first, I wondered why she didn’t just leave but of course, it’s not that easy. The psychological damage leaves her with no self-worth, a fear of being found and dragged back to face the consequences.

The story was well told, gripping and poignant and as I said, very sad. There is also an unexpected paranormal twist, although I’m not sure if you can even call it that. Just something unexplained and interesting and I really enjoyed it because it took the story somewhere else. Clever. I liked that.

I’m glad it had a happy ending although, being the romantic I am,  I would like to have seen Katie swept off her feet or rescued by someone very dashing. I guess though, this was a tell it as it is story, and things like that rarely happen in real life. It wouldn’t have hurt, and had she I would have enjoyed it all the more.

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Every Storm Breaks

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.32.01Genre: Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

Description

When a Reacher terrorist group enlists the help of a deranged serial killer, their goal is simple: bring about chaos in Britain. But when the death count starts rising, chaos comes sooner than expected.

With the tension between the London elite and the surrounding slums reaching breaking point, Charlie finds himself in handcuffs on the wrong side of the border. Government agents are closing in and Charlie is running out of time.

Can his friends save him in time – and when the storm comes, will anyone get out alive?

Is It A Series

Yes Book 1 is The Running Game and 2 is Border Lines

Is It Easy To Read?

Yes


Karen Book Buzz Blog

I read the first book and didn’t quite get it and wasn’t sure I liked the lead characters that much either. But something about the story compelled me to finish the book. Along came book two and I understood them a little better and Roxy came into his own a little more. A seedy character I didn’t like at all originally.

The author told me that she feels this was her best yet and she isn’t wrong. I absolutely loved this story line. Now I understand the world of the Reachers and the plot was unexpected and gripping.

Roxy was a great character, I really enjoyed him. In fact, all of them were good because they were a little different than the normal heroes you get in films and books. These men, Roxy, Charlie, and his brother John are all deeply flawed and I’m beginning to understand why. If they got a black eye, or split lip, it hurt for days. It was real and therefore made the characters so much more realistic.

There were lots of minor characters all fully formed. Everything came together for a big finale and it was a stunning read. My best book of the year!

We all put faces to our characters and mine were very clear from the start. So for the first time on Book Buzz, I’m going to share them with you.

 

John and Charlie

You may recognise Charlie Sheen and Dominic Monaghan. So yes, I could imagine this as a film so easily and I just hope this book gets the credit it deserves. You can get it on Kindle Unlimited and read it for free, if not, go buy a copy, you won’t be disappointed!

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The Secret

 

TS Screen Shot.pngGenre: Suspense/Romance/Abuse/Psychological

Description:

A secret is a secret for good reason.

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

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Eggshells

Excerpt

I panicked to change the subject, and blurted, “You stole that money back and spent it on booze, didn’t you? How do you think we paid for this?”

On reflection, it was probably not the best thing to say.

The gleam in his eye snapped off and Mum and Jodie looked scared.

“Oh? And how did you pay for it?”

He knew, but I didn’t want to make him any angrier.

“Kerry?”

“I bought it,” I said, finally because I couldn’t think of anything else quick enough.

His face turned to thunder. He picked up his plate and threw it at me. “Well you can fucking-well have it then!”

I was so sick of treading on egg shells all the time. Sick of seeing Mum and Jodie constantly wearing frightened expressions. I couldn’t stop myself and sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.

“Go on then, spoil it for everyone, like you normally do,” I retorted.

He lashed out as I ducked. “You’re an ungrateful bitch!”

He then picked up my plate to throw, and stumbled. It teetered on the edge of table before smashing on the floor. More food spread over the kitchen.

I screamed.

He got to his feet as Mum and Jodie scattered. “Didn’t I give you a roof over your head?” he yelled at me.

“Haven’t I been paying for it ever since?” I yelled back.

“Kerry, for God’s sake,” Mum screamed.

Jodie was crying loudly and she couldn’t get out of the door because Bill was standing there and I could see Creepy Colin had come to see what the commotion was.


What the readers are saying:

Karen Mossman’s The Secret is the beautifully written story of high spirited, Irish-born Kerry O’Brien who struggles to walk a tightrope in her dangerous home life. Set in Manchester, England, in the 1970s, a more “innocent” time when family secrets could be even more deadly than today the cloud of secrecy over domestic abuse made it hard for victims to find a way out.
Lynne Murray

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two-hour read, and I whole heartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.
S Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.
Jenna Hodge

The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let’s hope others can find the strength, just like Kerry to come out the other side.
Lindy-Lou


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Karen J Mossman is originally from Manchester in the UK, but has now settled into retirement with her husband of nearly 40s. She lives on Anglesey, a small Island off the North Wales coast and says, ‘Retirement means I am busier than ever as I’m able to spend more time writing. I’m also an avid book reader and blogger. When I am not working on my computer, I belong to an embroidery club where I cross stitch and also involved in Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institute. So, retirement has improved my life by enabling me to do the things that make me happy.’

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Emma in the Night

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.39.31Genre: Mystery/Psychological/Thriller

Description

Two sisters go missing.
Only one returns.

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.

When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, they found Emma’s car at the beach. Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed. They believed that she’d gone for a swim. They believed that she’d drowned. Maybe by accident. Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

As for me, well – it was not as simple as that.

Is It A Series?

No

Is It Easy To Read

No


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I came across the book on a blog, the reviewer loved it and the description sounded just the sort of book that would intrigue me. On Amazon, the reviews are good with only a couple that said it was slow.

The chapters are set between Cass, one of the missing sisters, and told in the first person, and Abby, an FBI doctor sent to investigate and written in the third person, or it could even have been in the second person.

I found it difficult to latch on to the main character, I’m not even totally sure which was the main character. I like to associate with the lead in my books, almost become them, or at least like them and sympathise with them. I could do neither with these two.

The author is a clever writer and did a lot of research into her subject matter and it showed. The story line was good, but I found myself skipping through the long narratives. At several points in the story, I wasn’t even sure I was enjoying the book, I didn’t like the style very much. The only thing that compelled me to keep going was that I wanted to know what had really happened.

This book could very well end up as a film and, it reminded me very much of The Girl on The Train, Appletree Yard, and Gone Girl. As in the latter, I think the story should have ended earlier.

It would be interesting to know what you think if you have read it.

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Every Storms Breaks

Here am I always banging on about how I don’t read series, well, I’ve very excited to announce book 3 of this series is about to be released.

I read and reviewed the first two – book 1, The Running Game, I enjoyed and book 2, was even better, so I can’t wait to read what happens next to our heroes.

If you have followed this series, please tell me what you thought and if you have already excitedly pre-ordered this!

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