Seconds To Die by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

About The Book

A killer who sends drawings of the murders he will commit.
A detective who will do anything to stop him.

Detective Claudia Nunn has never seen anything so beautiful — or so horrifying.

The intricate drawing is sent to her at work. It shows a man, naked on a bed. His arms are bound, his face contorted in agony, a huge blade stuck deep in his back.

Gory? Certainly. Something to worry about? Not likely. Police get sent weird stuff all the time.

Until Claudia is called to a crime scene that exactly recreates the drawing.

When another sketch arrives, Claudia thinks she might have a serial killer on her hands, who thinks he’s an artist.

Claudia’s in a race against time to stop anyone else dying — and the next victim could be her.

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. Seconds to Die is the second book in the series to feature Claudia, Dom and the rest of the team who are tasked with solving more complex cases. They have a lot to prove and this case, featuring the murderer that the press have named The Artist is a difficult one. 

This is a investigation that affects Claudia deeply. She is desperate to get a result but also grieving the murder of her friend and stepmother Ruth. That investigation is the topic of the previous book and I do recommend that you read that first. The investigation and certain aspects of it feature heavily in this novel. 

The murders committed are vividly described, I didn’t need to see the drawings to get an image in my head of how the victims looked. The way they differed made this case difficult to solve, not helped by the very short time frame they were given with little idea of where the crime took place. And with pressure from above and an increasingly fractious relationship with Dom it was no surprise that Claudia was struggling. 

One of the reasons I like Rebecca’s books so much is that they show the police as not always coping well with their situation. You see the exhaustion, forgetting to eat and frustration of having to deal with the media. I had never thought that giving a murderer a title would cause anger before.  

I have to admit that I wondered if this book would be similar to others that have been published recently concerning art and murder but it isn’t. This is a completely original novel and one which I enjoyed a lot. 

Blood Stained by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

About The Book

Can’t find her.

Can’t catch him.

Can’t trust anyone.

The first in a gripping new Sheffield-set crime series starring Detective Claudia Nunn.

Detective Claudia Nunn’s colleague DS Dominic Harrison has been leading the case against a dangerous serial killer, who hunts his victims using a dating app. But now his own wife has gone missing.

Then a large pool of blood is discovered in their garage. And Dominic is the prime suspect.

Is Dominic being framed by a serial killer or will Claudia expose an even uglier truth?

Can’t tell a soul how it ends.

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. I have enjoyed all of this author’s earlier books and was looking forward to this new series. It is an unusual one, I’ve never read a book where a member of the team has to investigate a colleague. That colleague is Dominic and it concerns the disappearance of his wife, Ruth. He claims it is the work of a serial killer he has been investigating.

As the novel progresses you see both investigations, Dominic attempts to find the serial killer and Claudia trying to find out who, if any of them, is responsible for Ruth’s disappearance. And as usual there were times I was aching to find out what happened next with both.

With the author’s background I was prepared for the level of detail concerning a murder investigation. This made the book more real and at times more upsetting. Not with the forensics but the emotions and not just concerning families.You could see the effect the crimes had  on both of teams involved and the way they had to learn to cope. I also had a lot of appreciation for the way they worked together, in particular Claudia and Ross Kane. 

I read plenty of books and I’m not often taken by surprise but there were a few times in this book when I read something unexpected. One of them I had to reread, flicking back to see what I had missed. And it worked perfectly. 

A great start to a promising new series. 

See No Evil by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

About The Book

A brutal killer with a vicious calling card targets the older males in Nottingham. Are they connected or are the murders simply random attacks? 

That is the question Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins and her team must investigate as they hunt down the monster on their streets. 

But Hannah has just returned to work after a terrifying ordeal, and is still distressed as snapshots of the trauma plague her every waking moment.  

Across town Amelia Vaughn, a senior Crown prosecutor, questions herself when a sensitive police file lands on her desk. However, things begin to look more sinister closer to home.  

As the two professionals struggle to hold it together the murders become more frequent. The two women are on a collision course that no one could see coming. Can they each do what it takes to bring the killer to justice or will personal attachments result in another loss of life?

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. Rebecca Bradley’s Hannah Robbins series is one of the few that I have read every book from. I like the main character but also her team of people. The respect and loyalty they have for each other is evident with the way they welcome her back after the events that occurred in the previous book. But Hannah struggles to accept the help or admit that she is struggling with the pain. She finds it easier to push friends away, despite feeling guilty and rely on pain relief.

Whilst I enjoyed catching up with Hannah, I loved the other narrative. Amelia has serious concerns about her husband and when she attempts to find out what is wrong she is unprepared for what she discovers. When she makes contact with Hannah’s team her world falls apart. I can’t remember reading anything like this before, where you see the story develop from somebody who is connected to a crime but not as a perpetrator. 

There is huge potential for this series to carry on, this ending in particular, left a lot of possibilities for further storylines. I have a feeling Hannah has some explaining to do with the investigation in this book and with what Aaron discovers at the end. What I would love to see in the future is for Hannah to find happiness, because at times she seems very lonely, and for a book to focus on one of the other characters. My choice would be from Aaron or Pasha. 

A Deeper Song by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

About The Book

How do you fight someone you can’t see?

Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins finds herself on the most perilous case of her career when a young man darts in front of her car. He’s covered in someone else’s blood and has no memory of how he got there. 

Digging up the man’s past puts Hannah on a collision course with a dangerous stranger who wants history to remain hidden and who will stop at nothing to keep his secret. 

Hannah finds herself in the biggest fight of her life. 

Is this finally a case too far? 

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. I have enjoyed reading Rebecca Bradley’s books for a few years now, her Hannah Robbins series is one of the few I am up to date on. This book has to be my favourite one yet and with the situation that we currently find ourselves living in I read it in one day. I was absolutely hooked on the way the storyline unfolded.

At the beginning you are made aware of the decision that Hannah has to face concerning her sister, and how it may have a bearing on the accident that followed. In her attempts to find out more about the young man she hit she places herself in danger and it’s from  then that I couldn’t put the book down. And I can’t say a further thing about the storyline because it needs to be spoiler free. But with the way it is written, with the narrative changing between Hannah and Aaron I was desperate to know what would happen.

If done well this type of novel works for me and this was one of the better ones. I appreciated getting to know more about the team and seeing the frustration they felt. There was one moment in particular where I really understood what Aaron was going through. I’m not sure if it’s something I would like to experience.

A cracking storyline with an ending that left me wanting  more. 

Perfect Murder by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

About The Book

Could you commit the perfect murder?

Alice Friend thinks you can, and she’s going to prove it. But perfection is elusive, and the body count rises as she pursues her aim, changing MO with each kill.

It should be easy. After all, Alice is perfectly suited for the task. As a crime writer she leads a solitary life and has little to get in her way.

Until it does.

Can she really kill and walk away, or will her actions have consequences closer to home than she could have imagined? Suddenly it looks like time may be running out for Alice…

Dark and quirky, download Perfect Murder to see if the perfect murder really can be committed. 

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. Perfect Murder is the new stand alone novel by Rebecca Bradley, whose series featuring Hannah Robbins is one I always enjoy.

It introduces us to Alice, a crime writer, cat lover and very much a loner. She is devoted to Beth, ex mother in law and best friend. But Beth is seriously ill and has asked Alice for help. Alice understandably struggles with this request but after being involved in a collision that results in a death of a stranger she starts to think of ways to commit the perfect murder.

Whilst I found Alice’s crimes increasingly fascinating it was her relationship with Beth and later Hashim that was my favourite part of this novel. Both sides of Alice’s character were revealed, cold blooded, emotionless killer and devoted friend. I felt this was very important to the author, being able to show the turmoil Alice felt and the way she coped with it. The bond between Alice and Beth felt real and I could see how Beth’s request affected both of them.

The murders were all unusual and I can’t think of seeing any of them in other crime fiction books. They did make me wonder about what the author could have seen in her previous career. Not just with the method but also what the murder scene looked like and the clean up after.

A clever and emotional read from an author who deserves to be more well known.