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  1. Kat's Review of Living on a Prayer by Sheila Quigley (Seahills #3)

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    My Rating: 4/5 

    Well it's been a while since I have read about Lorraine Hunt in Sheila Quigley's series. I decided it was high time I re-acquainted myself with them. I am very glad I did and as ever can't wait to read the next one in the series. In the 3rd book in the series we meet up with the Detective Lorraine a few weeks before Christmas. 

    It begins with the tragic apparent suicide of a young lad named Richie Stansfield who is found hanging from a tree at the Seven Sisters. The beginning of the book was a brilliant re-introduction to everybody for those that haven't read any other books in the series. We once again meet Lorraine's collagues Luke as well as Carter and Jacobs (who I despise by the way!).

    Before long the apparent suicide seems to be too sut and dried when Richie's friends appear to be holding something back. This particular story takes on a very sinister feel when there are rumours of cults but the story is fed in pieces really building up a picture of horrifying possibilities. I really like Lorraine as a charchter and the relationship she has with her Mum and her Mum's best friend brings a  lighter hearted side to the story, which I enjoyed.

    Having read the first two I certainly wouldn't put this down as my favourite so far, but there are certain developments with Lorraine that made it a lot more interesting. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me occupied, especially when it came to Luke and his past!!!  I also loved seeing the return (albeit brief) of Jacko who featured in a previous book. Overall this book seemed to have a much darker theme that previous ones but it made it no less enjoyable. I would highly reccomend these books as they are brilliant. Really looking forward to the next one:-)

  2. Kat's Review of Bad Moon Rising by Sheila Quigley (Seahills #2)

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    Sheila Quigley Bad Moon RisingMy Rating: 3/5

    Sheila Quigley is still a relatively new author to me and I only recently finished her first book in the series featuring Detective Inspector Lorraine Hunt. In the first book we meet Lorraine as well as some of her colleagues she works with such as Carter, Luke and Sara. We also see featured some of the Lumsdon family who were in the first book.

    The one thing I liked about reading book two is that I already have a feel for the area and the characters and how they interact with each other. I know Lorraine's feelings on certain people which makes me feel like I know the characters that little bit more. Having said that, it certainly isn't necessary to read the first book as this book gives you adequate background.

    The story itself sees Lorraine and her team tackling a series of murders at a time when the town is preparing for an annual event called Feast Week. There is also an interesting second thread concerning a missing young girl which made for an interesting take on all the things happening in the town.

     The book, as with the first one, was very easy to read and there was plenty going on. However, this one was not as good as the first on, although I can tell you I will certainly be buying book 3! The one thing that irritated me in this book was Lorraine trying to deal with her feelings for a certain fella'. This is a woman who has numerous jobs to juggle and murders to solve, yet when it comes to a man, she seems to become a simpering wreck? That aside, the story was great and the writing style good enough to keep me turning the pages.

    One thing that readers should know is that the book and characters are from the north of England, so Sheila Quigley has written the narrative exactly as the dialect is spoken. It certainly doesn't bother me and I think adds to the realism of the people; however some may find it a little hard work. Although I didn't think the story was as good as the first, Sheila Quigley has me hooked on these characters and I am looking forward to the third book in the series.

  3. Kat's Review of Run For Home by Sheila Quigley (Seahills #1)

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    My Rating: 4/5Sheila Quigley Run For Home

    I had never read (or heard of) Sheila Quigley until it was recommended to me. I brought the first book as, although debuts are not always the authors best, they certainly give you a feel for the sort of writer they are.

    This book I eventually got round to, and I have to say I am very pleased that I did. The story starts by the reader meeting the Lumsdon family. The main characters seem to be the eldest daughter Kerry, but we also meet all the brothers and sisters, as well as their mother.

    When a body is found on the infamous Seahills Estate Detective Inspector Lorraine Hunt joins the story. In addition to the body, Kerry's younger sister Claire goes missing and pretty soon Lorraine is trying to solve both crimes.

    The writing and characters I thought were great. Before reading this book I had read other reviews and found that some readers didn't like the use of the word "yer". I was a little baffled by this as I take it as a way of the author putting across the kind of characters in the story. I found it was no different to reading books where characters have a cockney accent and letters are frequently missing from words used.

    I liked character of Lorraine but found it a little harder to warm to Kerry; having said that, I still enjoyed the book a great deal. The crime element of the story covers the murky world of kidnap and as the story came towards the end, it sped up and we reached what I thought was a pretty good ending.

    I would probably say that as a debut this is a cracking book, but I am also guessing that like many authors her work has got better the more she has written. I have already ordered book two in the series and look forward to reading the next one.