Posts Tagged ‘Mystery’

Where should I start with the review? Let me explain my addiction to crime novels which have no barricading in place not that it should be, but sharing how important it is for the bigot like me. This is the fifth book in M.W. Craven’s Washington Poe series, After reading all the previous parts, I had a good idea of what to expect from this instalment without any preconceived notions. I would admirably say that it is definitely worth the time.

The story has two intermingled cases that warrant Poe’s investigation team to get involved. The first case is the death of pathologist Estelle’s father, who is shot twice in the head, with a missing weapon and no proof of any outsider’s connection. Circumstantial evidence points directly at Estelle, who gets arrested for no fault of her own. The second case involves a scientist killer who poisons high-profile celebrities, sends them poems and flowers before executing them. Isn’t it interesting? Well, that’s what made me want to figure out what had happened: how both cases are related and who this botanist is. To find out more, check out this page-turner for all the answers.

I wonder how Craven’s imagination is bridged and brought to ink. Was the plot articulated prior to writing the scenarios and character developments? These are some of the questions that crossed my mind while reading this unimpaired novel. His writing in this one is beautifully crafted and feels like solving a great puzzle. The plot is tightly woven with many humorous elements that assist the story’s progression. This gave me enough freedom to enjoy the whole reading process; I couldn’t find any lag or boredom anywhere.

To wind up, this book will be a treat for the crime fiction aficionado. A gripping tale that is hard to sideline, with a fascinating storyline followed by rightful suspense insertion, twists and turns, and an appropriate dose of humor, fills all the gaps of a reader’s expectations, thus quenching their thirst for good. My rating for this book is 5 out of 5 for the amazing plot, thrilling details, hilarious conversations, and equally smart antagonist.

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Dead Ground is the fourth instalment of Washington Poe series by M W Craven. This is a crime fiction story investigated by Poe and his teammates with a mysterious case to resolve. I came across craven’s works while searching for a crime novel similar to Chris Carter and knocked on this book and got hooked to this entire series.

The story is about a murder that occurs in a secluded pimp house leaving a suspicious ornamental piece on the premise of the room where the victim is found dead. Here, the story travels from digging the property owner of the place, to the veteran’s possible involvement and towards the summit venue where the victim was picked up by the murderer. If this stirs your curiosity, there is more in the story basket such as characters wearing famous hollywood actors mask to protect their true identities in a bank heist and why one among them gets killed by the perpetrator will hold the readers attention intact. The relationship between the main investigator Poe and the geek partner Bradshaw displays an affinity with genuine bondage and cracking sarcastic jokes at intervals is lively. 

Craven’s narration is flawless in portrayal, execution and not to forget the simple tone to cater any audience. It is never easy to write if there are repeated characters that require rationale preceding and compelling arguments. The author is well versed in what he does and reflects on his writings. This tells us how to blindly believe in his future works without any second thoughts. His creativity is highly regarded by the fellow readers purely based on his efforts in building the right content to satisfy the needs of mystery lovers. 

To conclude, I think that crime fiction fanatics should read this book at any cost to glimpse into the suspenseful story background, damn sure will make you fall for the main characters like me. Now with this experience, I can say it’s a good thing to look for new author’s works now and then which can widen scope of exploration better. My ratings for this book is 4 out of 5 for the engaging storyline, unique suspense subjects and easy to read verbiage.

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Where to start this book review or should I blabber whatever crosses my mind? Well, let me share the fascination behind Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling books, since the time of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ the concepts never cease to amaze me. Each has its own core theme, characters and setup that carries a unique audacity to serve the hardcore fans.

This story is no different. A co-creator of a famous cartoon gets killed by a puzzling online figure namely Anomie. Who is this Anomie and what about the online characters whose identification is blanketed with hidden motives, hatred and regrets. How detective Coromoran Strike and his partner Robin solves this case is the crux of the story. I find the exchange of chats among the moderators in the story painstaking because there is a trouble in remembering the characters and the related back story but this is how I feel. As the story unfolds, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the twisted world of online personalities and vulnerabilities.

From the reader’s point of view, the characters in this book are incredibly well-drawn and complex. Strike, in particular, is a fascinating protagonist with a troubled past and a sharp mind. His dynamic with his assistant, Robin, is also a highlight of the book, as the two of them work together to solve the case despite their personal struggles.

Galbraith’s writing style is impressive, as he is able to create a truly immersive and atmospheric world that draws the reader in from the first page. The pacing of the story is spot-on, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep the reader engaged throughout.The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith is a gripping and dark mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Galbraith’s attention to detail and his ability to create a sense of dread and unease is truly impressive, and there are several moments throughout the book that will leave you predicting the culprit.

So if you fancy crime and mystery novels then ‘The Ink Black Heart’ is a must-read. It is a brilliantly crafted story with complex characters and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, as it is a fantastic addition to the Cormoran Strike series and a testament to Robert Galbraith’s skill as a writer.

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Back Story – I was searching for a crime novel similar to author Chris Carter and landed on this author by chance. Started with the first in the Washington Poe series with the hope that the chosen book satisfies my quench for thrillers.

Summary – Well, the story is about a perpetrator burning some people alive, and do not end there but ask for detective Poe in particular. Why and what is the reason behind his actions are explained with suspenseful narration. In fact, the justification given by the culprit made logical sense to me perhaps to do with his social background. Some portions made me revisit the moments while I was in UK since roundabouts, m5 motorways and topographic data are easily relatable. Every character has different shades to offer, but it was Tilly Bradshaw that stole my heart due to the unique nature of her personality. The rest of the characters have a routine persona hence nothing much to elaborate or talk about. Author of this book had tried to provide a story that caters to suspense lovers in general by consolidating grip execution till the end.

Remark & Rating – A complete thrilling ride throughout the story and would rate 4 out of 5 for this book not less or more. Check out for the next review of this book series.

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Let me break it to you that I am a hardcore fan of Keigo’s books since ‘The devotion of suspect x’ and the ladder of fascination seems to never cease. The plot is a routine murder mystery filled with line of suspects that requires a deduction ability to configure but it is the elements of investigation that keep you on the edge. And there is a resemblance of the later part of the story involving the swimming pool accident to Kanea Minato’s ‘Confessions’ even though the core tale differs on this. What I missed was the physicist Yukawa’s character from the previous works of the author who had an impressive digging skill that was lacking in here. Apart from it everything else scores in my opinion and overall had a nice time with this book.

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In the list of several classics reads this too joins as rightly deserved for its suspense imbibed storytelling and gothic style infrastructure. It is unheard to present the mysterious character at the start and building the story thereafter shows the development of thrilling effects while focus is retained on the tensions around them. It must be daunting to articulate such expectations which are unique in those times and wonder how this was drafted to accommodate the ideas of the author. If this wasn’t enough the love was briefed with at most care without any lengthy pretence dialogues. This proves how much research would have been gone to arrive on the scene and the plight of reader satisfaction. I am thankful to have read this book and gives me an opportunity to share my lingering thoughts and views with the fellow readers. I hope this was insightful and informative.

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It is always fun to read a mystery book with elements of interesting characters, twisted behaviors and unpredictable endings such a storytelling keeps me on the edge. This puzzling feeling is something I look into whenever I lay my hands on thriller novels. However slim the case may be apparently vary in execution styles. After all benefit of doubt is where the entire playwright weighs upon. Here comes this story which ticks all the above points and feeds the curious reader’s mind. What more to ask? To be honest, Agatha is well versed in articulating characters that are unique, mysterious and irresistible to fall in love. This is how I could interpret her creativity and hope to have made a reasonable impact to lure you sneak into her works. If you deemed so, than share your thoughts on this book.

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As a mystery fanatic, this book is a treat to me with a precision suspense teller by none other than Agatha. When a series of murder attempts are executed with the presence of famous detective Poirot in the premise what more can go wrong when the opportunity is directly fallen onto his lap for a start. Nothing seems to be of less importance everything counts, including the unknown, unheard character ‘k’ of those who have read the book can understand what I mean by it. For the rest grab it to discover and do not forget to share your views. Well, I am still lingering over Mr Poirot attention to details, I feel him and Sherlock Holmes would have been an interesting detective pair what do you all think?

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I do not wish to repeat the story line, which many would have shared its details and views, but to me the exercises at the end of the each section keeps it attentive and entertained. Activity driven texts gives a sense of measuring the comprehension skills which keeps the assimilation in check. When you get the answers right will indeed raise the confidence, but all pays well with the appropriate layouts, language and questionnaires combined together can bring the effectiveness in learning. I find this book meets all the above requirements and delivers its best. Not to forget the thriller elements it offers so stay put and happy reading.

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No wonder this author’s books are compelling, intriguing and captivating since its inception state. His criminal psychology background is evident and provides the required detailing of crime props, surroundings and as well as the set ups. The writing format was effortless and the chilling effect is over the roof which is also a reason to be a top notch thriller. With the pace this fast provokes to complete on a single seating. What happens when a killer executes a crime sending waves of shock to those who witness it and cops ending up nowhere in terms of nabbing the perpetrator. If this stirs your curiosity, then grab it to know the answers.

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