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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo


A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother’s favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.


As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.


When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry’s worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.


I got The Snowman for Christmas from my Other Half, along with a few other books. The Snowman is the 7th book in the series featuring Norwegian police detective Harry Hole. I’d previously read The Leopard, which is the 8th in the series – word of advice….if you haven’t read any of the Harry Hole series & do intend to start, don’t start with the Leopard, cause then you’ll know who the killer is in The Snowman. So, yeah, unfortunately I knew who the killer was, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of The Snowman.

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Want to Play? by PJ Tracy

Recently my OH has been moaning about the amount of books in the house (shock horror, imagine, books in a house of readers, lol!), so to prove a point (he wants to sell the books on eBay) we embarked on a round up of the various books in the various rooms of our house. That was when I came across Want to Play (which I didn’t know I even had), by P. J. Tracy. I liked the looks of the cover, so decided to give it a read.

P.J. Tracy are a writing team – mother & daughter – & this is their first book. I LOVED it! I’m not aware of having read many books written as a collaboration, but I am a little wary of these kinds of books, as I think it would typically be pretty easy to tell where one writer ends & the other takes over. That certainly wasn’t the case with this book!

Want to Play was published in North American as Monkeewrench – I like the UK title & UK cover much better. I’m not sure I would have picked it up if I’d seen it with the US title.

About the book: (from the back of the book) – Minneapolis, a brutally cold autumn. And a killer is at work. Two bodies are found, two slayings that the police treat as unrelated. But games-creator Grace MacBride knows different. The murders are exact copies of those in a game she’s designing – one that already has hundreds of eager players. As the copycat killings mount up, Grace knows that she is both suspect and potential victim. And with the serial killer getting closer, she is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse…want to play?

Want to Play actually follows 2 different police departments – both with murders – in 2 different states. We are introduced to computer game developer, Grace MacBride, who is far from what she appears – and she appears odd! As the killings mount will the police be able to protect Grace, or is Grace the ultimate killer – able to kill at will and not get caught by the police who are investigating the game she has developed?

I thought that Want to Play was a really good book, with lots of twists & turns – and some genuine funny parts, too. All in all, a very very good read & I will definitely be searching out the rest of the series!

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Dexter by Design ~ by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter by DesignThe last in the currently published Dexter series was eagerly anticipated & I was not disappointed!

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Dexter Morgan is back. After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he’s devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies seem nicely under control. But old habits die hard-and Dexter’s work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice…and his Dark Passenger still waits to hunt with him in the moonlight. Luckily for Dex, there’s someone out there with particularly twisted tastes. Dexter may have never been a big fan of art – but the discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a beach chair) naturally piques his curiosity. Miami’s finest soon realize they’ve got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business. From the most original voice in crime fiction, DEXTER BY DESIGN is an enthralling, macabre and gruesomely entertaining thriller.

In this the latest installment we get to see a lot more of Daddy Dexter, the Dexter who has suddenly become a family man who is having to find creative new ways to ply his trade without getting caught.The book beings with Dexter & Rita on honeymoon in Paris, where they do all the usual touristy things, until they stumble upon a darkly disturbing art installment which involves some very interesting displays that have Dexter’s Dark Passenger chuckling with delight.

Upon Dexter’s return to Miami things heat up with the discovery of a body “artfully” displayed. The murders quickly escalate to a worrying point & the killer seems to have developed an unhealthy attraction for all things Dexter & all things important to Dexter.

I flew through this book in about a day & 1/2 & I loved it! Rumor has it that there is another Dexter book in development, but that it is going to be over 2 years before it is available. Shame as I really am going to be in a desperate need of a Dexter fix a lot sooner than that!

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Dexter in the Dark ~ by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter in the DarkDexter in the Dark is the third installment in the Dexter series (of which the TV series is loosely based). I have read the first two books & loved them, but have to admit that I was more than a little wary about reading this one, as I had heard a few bad things about it. I needn’t have worried quite so much! This was by no means Mr. Lindsay’s best novel to date – the second in the series was far & away the best so far. The second book had me hooked, unable to put it down &  it had me laughing out loud in so many places. This book made me chuckle, and I really enjoyed reading it, but it just wasn’t as good as the previous offering.

There was nothing overtly wrong with this book, but it just didn’t live up to Dearly Devoted Dexter. This books sees Dexter lose his Dark Passenger after attending a murder scene where a couple of bodies are found in gruesome circumstances. The rest of the book is centred around Dexter trying to find what has made his Dark Passenger disappear, while preparing for his upcoming wedding & trying to figure out how he is going to keep up his hobby if/when his Dark Passenger returns, while being the “upstanding married man citizen” he is trying to make people believe he is.

Dexter in the Dark , while not as good a read as Dearly Devoted Dexter, it still made me laugh out loud in places & chuckle in others, just not as much as I had hoped, based on the previous offering. If you have read the first two books & have heard bad reviews about this one, I would say – don’t listen to the reviews, just read the book & judge for yourself. I read it & have no regrets about having done so.

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Dearly Devoted Dexter ~ by Jeff Lindsay

dearly-devoted-dexterI started reading Dearly Devoted Dexter last night & was up until 1am reading, then back up around 7 O’clock this morning to pick up where I had left off. I found myself giggling or out-right laughing out loud so much with this book ~ is this wrong? Should one find a book about a serial killer funny? I definitely think so, at least in the case of this particular series of books!

Dearly Devoted Dexter is the follow-up to Darkly Dreaming Dexter & I think that was even better than the last offering! This one picks up where Darkly Dreaming Dexter left off & talks about what happened at the end of the previous book, so you really should make sure if you decide to read these books, that you read them in the order they were written. In this book Dexter is being harassed by Sargent Doakes, the man who seems to see that there is more to Dexter than meets the eye. Doakes is determined to catch Dexter up to no good & comes fairly close. As a result of his believing that Dexter is up to no good, Doakes starts staking out Dexter’s house, forcing Dexter to take drastic action, with hilarious results. Eventually Dexter & Doakes are forced to work together & one of them has to act as the bait in order to catch a serial killer who is on the loose – one of them will come out unscathed, but which one?

As I mentioned at the begining, I found myself laughing out load a lot with this book. Lindsay has given Dexter a very funny, very dry sense of humor & it’s great! Dexter really is a serial killer you could grow to love – I know I have! Will you?

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