The first book I downloaded to read was 48hrs by J. Jackson Bentley.
Josh Hammon is sent a text message which gives him 48hrs to come up with 250,000.00 or he will die. At first he thinks this is a prank but events soon unfold which show that his blackmailer is in deadly earnest. The blackmailer has no morals he wants his money which to his mind he is justly owed. He will get his money. No one is allowed to stand in his way. We as the reader soon find out who the blackmailer is and the race is then on for Josh Hammond along with the police to hunt him down and stop him before anyone else gets killed. (One blackmailed person calls his bluff and dies.) The pace is fast and keeps you wanting to read the next page. By the end of the story you cannot wait for the blackmailer to get his just desserts. A thoroughily good read.
My rating 9/10.
My second book cam from the local charity shop. Buy 3 books get 1 free so for £1.80 I selected 3 crime books and the best part of it is that once read they will be returned to the shop for future resale.
Georgette Heyer is more generally known for her Historical Novels but she did write some dozen Mystery Novels.
First published in 1932 and set in the 1930's so the feel of the book is very much how life used to be like. Very genteel and dinner parties being the norm inviting the local noteworthys for a social evenings gathering. The story evolves round a brother and sister who inherit a rambling old house from their Uncle and decide to spend their summmer vacation visiting the property. Things very quickly start to go bump in the night and the locals are not backward in telling tales of how something ghostly walks the halls. Someone or something wants them out of the house at all costs and you are very soon presented with a selection of very fishy characters who are not all that they seem to be and then a murder is committed. A pleasant read that keeps you guessing right to the end of who did it.
My rating 8/10.
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