Last night the book club met and discussed For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing. There was a mixed reaction to the book, but mostly readers found the book an easy and entertaining read.
You can view the meeting on the below video, but be aware, there are spoilers contained within the video, so if you plan to read the book, maybe don’t watch until afterwards.
The next meeting will be held at 8pm GMT (UK timezone) on Monday 28th February. Below are the books to be voted on. The theme this month is forensic crime. Choose your book and leave your vote in the comments by the end of Friday 4th February.
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (#17)
Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.
Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (#1)
Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass (#1)
Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
With Fascinating Insider Information on the Body Farm!
Crossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes (1)
Introducing Alice Quentin, a London psychologist with family baggage, who finds herself at the center of a grisly series of murders
Alice Quentin is a psychologist with some painful family secrets, but she has a good job, a good-looking boyfriend, and excellent coping skills, even when that job includes evaluating a convicted killer who’s about to be released from prison. One of the highlights of her day is going for a nice, long run around her beloved London—it’s impossible to fret or feel guilty about your mother or brother when you’re concentrating on your breathing—until she stumbles upon a dead body at a former graveyard for prostitutes, Crossbones Yard.
The dead woman’s wounds are alarmingly similar to the signature style of Ray and Marie Benson, who tortured and killed thirteen women before they were caught and sent to jail. Five of their victims were never found. That was six years ago, and the last thing Alice wants to do is to enter the sordid world of the Bensons or anyone like them. But when the police ask for her help in building a psychological profile of the new murderer, she finds that the killer—and the danger to her and the people she cares about—may already be closer than she ever imagined.
The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett (1)
Three years ago, David Hunter moved to rural Norfolk to escape his life in London, his gritty work in forensics, and a tragedy that nearly destroyed him. Working as a simple country doctor, seeing his lost wife and daughter only in his dreams, David struggles to remain uninvolved when the corpse of a woman is found in the woods, a macabre sign from her killer decorating her body. In one horrifying instant, the quiet summer countryside that had been David’s refuge has turned malevolent—and suddenly there is no place to hide.
The village of Manham is tight-knit, far from the beaten path. As a newcomer, Dr. Hunter is immediately a suspect. Once an expert in analyzing human remains, he reluctantly joins the police investigation—and when another woman disappears, it soon becomes personal. Because this time she is someone David knows, someone who has managed to penetrate the icy barrier around his heart. With a killer’s bizarre and twisted methods screaming out to him, with a brooding countryside beset with suspicion, David can feel the darkness gathering around him. For as the clock ticks down on a young woman’s life, David must follow a macabre trail of clues—all the way to its final, horrifying conclusion.
The Last Temptation by Val McDermid (4)
Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she’s being tracked as well-by a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history. In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past-until he’s recruited back into business on a case he can’t ignore. An evil is striking uncomfortably close to home, and casting a killer shadow over the life of his long-time colleague and sometimes lover. As the danger closes in, and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves-and fear that there’s no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams.
Margot Kinberg says
Thanks for a great meeting, Rebecca. My vote is for Crossbones Yard, but they all seem interesting.
Marina Sofia says
Haven’t we already read The Chemistry of Death?
Other than that, am happy with any of the choices. It’s one area of crime fiction I don’t tend to read very much, so it’s all new(ish) to me.
Rebecca Bradley says
No, but it was a previous voting choice. This has occurred a couple of times where a book is put up for the vote more than once.
Rebecca Bradley says
Apologies Marina, Janet provided me with the date the group read the book (below) and it was January ’21. I checked my book – where I run the book club from, listing all my questions and notes about each book etc – and January ’21 was missing. It was obviously one of the rare occasions I was unable to make it and you ran the meeting. So, my mistake. I must have been ill as well for some time that month, as I hadn’t even read the book and that was one I’d wanted to read – which was another reason I’d thought it hadn’t been a chosen book, because even if I can’t make a meeting, I’ve usually read the book by the time of the meeting. So my apologies again.
Joanne Goss says
I am new to the group so I missed the group yesterday but I have bought the book so o will give it a read.
My vote (s) for the next meeting are: Cross one yards and the chemistry of death.
Chemistry of death but like the look of the others
My vote would be crossbones yard or carved in bone as they are new authors to me but would happily read any of them thanks
dawn lelliott says
Kathy Reichs for me
Lyn Burden says
I’m currently reading a later Kate Rhodes bk with Alice Quentin in it so will choose Carved in Bone followed by Postmortem
Crossbone Yards by Kate Rhodes. This author is new too me.
Suzanne Maughan says
I love the sound of Crossbones Yard!
Hi, great to join you all yesterday, my vote is for Crossbones Yard.
Katie John says
Chemistry of Death or Carved in Bone as I’ve read all the others 🙂
Donna Murray-Wheeler says
I like lots of them, but i’ll vote for postmortem
It’s a good list. I think Marina is right and we did have A Chemistry of Death previously 25th January 2021.
Vote: Looks like Crossyard Bones is popular and that’s good with me. Would be happy with any of them.
Rebecca Bradley says
Ah, the reason it’s not in my book – where I list all the questions – is that I must have missed that month and Marina will have led it. My apologies then.
Rebecca Bradley says
From an email from Norman –
“Hi Rebecca Can I vote for the Last Temptation by Val McDermid”
Rebecca Bradley says
From an email from Andrea –