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The Sword of Justice

Author: Leif G W Persson
Published: 14 January 2016
Reviewed: 5 April 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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4.5 out of 5 Stars



When gangster lawyer Thomas Eriksson, renowned defender of the guilty, is found brutally murdered in his own home the police face a rare problem. Finding a suspect isn’t difficult, but narrowing down the long list of people who wanted Eriksson dead might be… 

High on the list is the celebrated Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström, in charge of the investigation. Unfortunately for him a high profile case really gets in the way of his routine, namely avoiding the office, keeping work to a minimum and steering well clear of his inept colleagues – aside from the attractive ones, of course.

Luckily, by virtue of his questionable contacts, Bäckström has an unequalled skill for having the guilty handed to him on a plate. All he has to do is break every rule in the book – and receive a healthy wad of cash for his trouble. But this time he’s in for a surprise because even Bäckström couldn’t have predicted where this trail would lead, or how far from comfortable he might be at its end.

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Mrs. John Doe

Author: Tom Savage
Published: 06 October 2015
Reviewed: 18 February 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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5 out of 5 Stars



Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.
At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.

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Dashing Through The Snow

Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: 19 November 2015
Reviewed: 27 November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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1 out of 5 stars  


The new romantic Christmas story from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Ashley Davison is desperate to spend the holidays with her mother in Seattle. Dash Sutherland has an interview for the job of a lifetime in Seattle and must arrive by 23 December. Both frantic to book a last-minute flight out of California, Ashley and Dash collide at the airport to learn that there are no flights and only one rental car available. After a rocky start, the two reluctantly agree to drive to Washington together. But their journey isn’t without obstacles, and a misunderstanding with the law threatens to ruin their holiday plans altogether. 

Will Ashley make it home in time to surprise her mother? Will Kevin report to duty as expected? And most importantly, will they both have the opportunity to discover the greatest gift of all?

Ashley finds herself unable to get a flight to Seattle to spend Christmas with her mother, not realising that she’s actually on the FBI’s no fly list.  Dash Sutherland needs to get to Seattle for a job interview and cannot afford to hope for a standby ticket.  When they meet at the car rental desk it’s decided they will rent a car and drive to Seattle together (well Ashley has to agree to this, the rental firm don’t hire cars to anyone under 25). 
Along the way Ashley and Dash bicker, chat and generally get along like two strangers in a car.  Dash is the dark, brooding character, he was in military intelligence.  Ashley is the ying to his yang, she’s chatty, cheery and wants to know about Dash.
While Ashley and Dash are going along their merry way to Seattle there’s an FBI investigation tracking Ashley Davison down.  She’s a home grown terror suspect that has evaded the FBI for years and they’re not about to let her escape again, not when they find out she may have taken a ex military man hostage.
This is where the story becomes completely nuts, apparently the FBI believe that Ashley is a criminal mastermind, she knew where the cameras were in the airport and knew to avoid being seen by them, knew how to lay trails to outsmart detectives etc.

Whilst the pace of the book is ok, the ending seemed very rushed and the FBI element to the plot was completely pointless to me.  From the good things I’d heard about this author I expected so much more, but I’ve finished this book (thankfully!) and I can honestly say I won’t be looking out for anything else by Macomber.  I really didn’t enjoy this at all, it felt very confused, it wanted to be a Christmas story, it wanted to be romantic and heart warming but in the end it was a muddled read with characters I didn’t really care for and a story I found I wasn’t overly bothered about. 

The book blurb made this sound a whole lot better than it turned out to be, and I’m still in the dark about who Kevin is, he’s mentioned in the blurb but for the life of me I can’t think who he was. 

I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, unless they wanted a quick read, something easy to flick through or if I didn’t really like them. 

Many thanks to Random House UK for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 19th November 2015, a copy can be purchased here Dashing Through The Snow (UK Kindle Version)

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