Reading Twisted Justice

There are times when it feels like taking the law into your own hands is the only option you have for obtaining justice. Fortunately, most of us resist the temptation to act on that impulse and put our trust in the justice system. Sometimes, though, people take the other option.

The opening story in Twisted Justice explores what happens when Trent Mitchell takes that option and administers the justice the system refused to give him. 

I’m sure very few people take that option lightly, and Trent is no different. He’s agonised over his decision for years but there are only so many sleepless nights and tormented dreams a man can endure.

If you keep going over the same story in your head, it’s like reliving the story every time you tell it. If you blame someone else for what happened, you can come to believe you must take action so they pay for your loss. This is where Trent Mitchell is when we meet him. He’s planning his first execution.

If you’ve read the earlier books in this series, you’ll know there will be more than one crime story and the stories will somehow be connected. The second story involves car thief, Ian Holden. I think you’ll like the way I introduce him into the story.

Ian’s a man with a different problem. He’s part of a car-stealing gang and he’s just been caught with the goods. There may be honour among thieves but that doesn’t always translate into trust, and this is where Ian Holden’s real problem lies.

When Twisted Justice opens, DI West’s team is investigating a car-stealing racket that seems to be doing the impossible. Then, Trent Mitchell strikes, and Carl has to divide his attention and resources to solve both cases.

This is a bit of a different read, where you know who the killer is right at the start and get to ride along with the team as it works out who he is.

You also get a look into how the team uses incremental steps to build the case against the mastermind of the car-stealing gang. Wayne seems a little obsessed with this one.

And, of course, there are a few twists and turns. Let’s face it, logical people often make irrational decisions – and that’s what makes crime so interesting.

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Stella Bruno Investigates – season one

Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting.

They’re stories designed to be consumed in one irresistible gulp. The kind you can read on the way to work or before you go to sleep. Something addictive to distract you while you wait in line. Intriguing mysteries to enjoy on the train, in the car, or on a flight for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee, with ten times the kick.

Set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, the stories focus on the criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno.

Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams, and distracted by Shaun Porter from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In addition to all the crime, the stories follow Stella’s developing relationship with Shaun and provide insights into her life as a single mother with a teenage son. You’ll also discover some of the benefits she enjoys being part of an extended Italian family.

If you’ve never been to Australia, this series will give you a little taste of life ‘down under’ where you can experience the North Wind as hot and blustery, and winters without snow and ice.

Season one has 6 stories:

The series is also available in two collections for those who prefer their books printed on paper.


Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates crime series.

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Her Brother’s Keeper

Have you ever helped out a stranger only to have it turn your normal life into something that resembles a nightmare?

Arina did.

 

A guest post by fellow Aussie writer Kitty Boyes on Her Brother’s Keeper, book 3 in her Arina Perry Series. Continue reading “Her Brother’s Keeper”

Maria Grazia Swan

Like a bit of Italian flavoring in your murder mysteries?

Maria Grazia Swan has three series featuring Italian women in lead roles:

  • Mina Calvi Adventures,
  • Lella York Mysteries, and
  • Baker Girls Cozy Mysteries.

I’ve started exploring her writing through Geminin Moon, the first book in the Lella York Mysteries.

It’s written from the point of view of Lella, who doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, and is somewhat distracted by her attraction to Larry Devin, the on vacation detective that helps her ‘solve’ the mystery.

Gemini Moon is definitely a cozy murder mystery with a difference.

Keith Dixon

This week I’m reading Altered Life, the first book in the Sam Dyke Investigations series by Keith Dixon.

Keith describes his Sam Dyke Investigations series as the story of one man’s quest to stop screwing up his life while finding and catching bad guys.

Although the series in set in the north of England, Keith admits to being influenced by American crime writers.

Check out the details at keithdixonnovels  – where you can download the first two books in the series for free to see if you like his style. I do.

Rich Leder

Rich Leder is a novelist and screenwriter that writes funny books.

Among other things, he is the creator of the McCall & Company series, which allows us to share in the madcap adventures of way-off-broadway actor and reluctant PI, Kate McCall, and her eccentric friends, as they investigate cases and cause mayhem across New York City. Continue reading “Rich Leder”

There’s more

If you enjoyed Deadly Sands, there’s more to the Inspector West story.

If you’d prefer to read Deadly Sands on your e-reader, tablet of smartphone, join my Crime Readers Group and you can download a free copy.

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Mystery of murder

Murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.

Execution: the carrying out of a sentence of death on a condemned person or the killing of someone as a political act.

Did you notice that one word that makes these two acts different? Continue reading “Mystery of murder”

Dying days

They spent hours strolling along the beach in the dying days of summer.

What are dying days?

In the context of the sentence above, they are the dwindling days or the last days of summer. They represent that period of transition from the pleasant season of summer to the chill winds of autumn – announcing the imminent approach of winter coldness. Continue reading “Dying days”