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.

Kill For Me by Rebecca Bradley – Blog Tour Review

About The Book

A deadly game. An unstoppable killer. The perfect alibi.

Lucy Anderson is late collecting her daughter from nursery. A mistake that could prove fatal. 
Her daughter is gone and there is only one way Lucy can get her back. The ransom is simple, she has to kill someone…

And this is just the beginning. A deadly game with a domino effect has started as the real killer forces others to do his bidding.

Can detective inspector Hannah Robbins find the killer’s next puppet before they’re forced to strike or will this be the case where her opponent has found the perfect way to kill?

Pick up Kill For Me for impossible choices and moral dilemmas and see where you would fall. 

My Review

I have read all of the books to feature Hannah and the rest of the team and enjoyed them all. I have to say that this is my favourite yet, the storyline is nothing like I’ve read before and at times was quite spooky. It was one of those that made me wonder what I would do if I was faced with the same predicament. It also made me think how loved ones left behind would cope with what happened on top of losing somebody close. Particularly Lucy’s family. 

As always the whole team have strong characters. I was pleased that Baxter was behaving himself over a more prominent team member and it was good to see Pasha have more of a role. I would like to see a lot more of her, she is becoming one of my favourites. 

There is less focus on Hannah’s private life, her sister Zoe is only mentioned briefly, so for that reason this book works very well as a stand-alone. But the series is so good and you could read them all very quickly. 


The Twisted Web By Rebecca Bradley – Review.

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About the Book

A social media shaming. A killer with a message. A deadly combination.

When the body of a man is left in the city centre set up as a realistic police crime scene, DI Hannah Robbins is forced to enter a world that can break a person, a case and a reputation.

Social media platforms light up and Hannah is pitted against the raging online monster and a killer who has already lost everything.

Can she catch the killer and put him behind bars or will she become part of his sadistic game?

Buy The Twisted Web and step inside the game…

For fans of Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza

My Review

It’s always good to return to a series and the one that features Hannah Robbins and her team is a favourite one. In this new investigation they have to solve a crime that’s gone viral on twitter before they’ve had the chance to investigate. But as well as the crime that needs to be solved quickly because of the added pressure from social media there is also the return of Aaron, and Hannah’s attempts to protect him from Baxter, their superior officer.
There are many reasons I enjoy this series. The characters all feel real, they have personal issues that don’t take over the story, they eat junk food and the crimes that need to be solved are always topical and interesting. I have read novels that are centered around social media sites before but there is usually at least one site I’m unfamiliar with or it’s too technical. Here it is all described honestly and simply. Some of the team use it, some don’t and they are shocked how quickly things can escalate. Especially Baxter, whose shortcomings are increasingly evident.
Baxter is a character who I love to hate. I find him cold, unfriendly and given the opportunity a bit of a bully. Many times, when I read police procedural novels a superior officer is like this but can be as caricature portrayal. Here that isn’t the case. He is simply an officer who appears to have forgotten how to police and is just interested in paperwork and controlling people.
Everybody else I like. I see Pasha developing in later books and I hope Aaron’s health improves.
I would like to thank Rebecca for including me as part of her launch team and for the book received.

Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley – Review.

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About the Book

Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder.

But it’s a killer he will never remember.

The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact?

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received.I often hear about life changing injuries on the news but prosopagnosia was a condition I had never heard of. And I can’t imagine how devastating it would be to suddenly not recognise loved ones. Or be able to do your job. And Ray being able to recognise people was essential.
His emotions, guilt and frustrations were shown brilliantly. They were just as important to the storyline and the murder case that involved organ trafficking.
He was a character I warmed to as I read. I wished he could open up to his friends, colleagues and loved ones more and explain to them how it made him feel. But I understood the reasoning behind it. The loneliness it caused him and the feeling that he would lose the job he loved.
Whilst most of the novel concerns Ray there was a case to solve. His team was upset with the events that happened early on in the novel, and at Ray’s remoteness.
The case is important but my favourite part of the novel was Ray trying to accept that his life had changed. And him knowing that he had open up to people. It made me think about all the ones you hear of who have invisible illnesses, and how they cope with it.
A very interesting standalone novel that is different to everything else I have read recently.

Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

My Review

I was looking forward to reading the latest Hannah Robbins book, it’s always nice to return to a favourite character. Most of the team have returned, and there are a few additions. Like Hannah, I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel about Sally’s replacement but I think she will grow on me. She is gutsy, and determined to put her past behind her and be an important member of the team.

I think there is a lot of the author in these books. The grieving process that a team of officers goes through feels real and is not something I have read in other crime books and have it mean as much. The determination that they solve it on their own without the help or otherwise from professional standards. And there is the attention to detail, she shows that even the most mundane of jobs is important to an investigation.

There was a few times that I had a lump in my throat, none of which I can say much about because of spoilers but one of them shows that there will definitely be another book to look forward to in the future.