This book follows on from Roundabout Revenge, which I haven’t read. This might explain one of my misgivings which I’ll come to later.
The kind of “vigilante justice” that is served up here is done so in a novel way, and makes for a great concept. Very much in line with the #MeToo movement, the justice-seekers set out to ensure that women’s voices are heard. After identifying those they wish to help through a private chat room, they install cameras in the women’s workplaces to catch the perpetrators of sexual harassment in the act, they then set up a foolproof process which enables the women to file complaints knowing there is video evidence to support their grievances.
And it works like a dream … in fact, I’d go so far as to say it works too well. There are a few instances where things happened a tad too conveniently, meaning they always got away with installing the cameras without being caught. I can let that go as creative licence though as they needed to have some success to keep the story going. What I did feel, however, that the introduction of each new case proved to be a repetition of the last one, with the process being explained once (or twice) too often. This led to me skimming through to the action, as by case number three I knew the process all too well and will regard sprinkler systems differently from hereon.
The fact that the women had to resort to threats of exposing their company to get any action to be taken is an absolute crime in and of itself, but it perfectly sums up the situation many find themselves in.
My earlier misgiving centres on the misconception by the vigilante team that breaking and entering was their only crime. It glossed over completely the preamble that Phil and Ralph had been poisoning people in their first forays into exacting revenge justice. Maybe this is where not reading the first book became an issue, but based on what I knew about them I couldn’t dismiss their crimes so easily. Am I glad they helped those women? Absolutely? Was breaking and entering to install cameras their own crime? Not in my book!
I enjoyed the subplot of Phil’s lunch club discussing diverse topics like immigration and climate change, and when it came to them discussing Phil’s covert activities that was particularly good fun. I reckon Phil enjoyed that too 😉
Once the team’s activities piqued the interest of the FBI, the pace picked up dramatically, as did the tension – I read through those final chapters at ease wondering if they’d get away with it … you’ll have to read to find out. Overall it was a quick and absorbing read based on an interesting and topical concept.
Author: Rick Bowers
Narrator: Eleanor Caudill
Length: 7 hours and 31 minutes
Released: Feb. 5, 2020
Publisher: Rick Bowers
Genre: Legal Thriller
How can you uphold a lie when you know it might destroy your family?
It is 1356, seven years since the Black Death ravaged Meonbridge, turning society upside down. Margaret, Lady de Bohun, is horrified when her husband lies about their grandson Dickon’s entitlement to inherit Meonbridge. She knows that Richard lied for the very best of reasons – to safeguard his family and its future – but lying is a sin. Yet she has no option but to maintain her husband’s falsehood…
Margaret’s companion, Matilda Fletcher, decides that the truth about young Dickon’s birth really must be told, if only to Thorkell Boune, the man she’s set her heart on winning. But Matilda’s “honesty” serves only her own interests, and she’s oblivious to the potential for disaster.
For Thorkell won’t scruple to pursue exactly what he wants, by whatever means are necessary, no matter who or what gets in his way…
If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, with strong female characterisation and a real sense of authenticity, you’ll love De Bohun’s Destiny, the third Meonbridge Chronicle, set in the mid-14th century, in the turbulent and challenging years that followed the social devastation wrought by the Black Death. Discover for yourself if, in Meonbridge, it is Margaret or Matilda, right or might, truth or falsehood, that wins the day…
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CAROLYN HUGHES was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Hampshire. After completing a degree in Classics and English, she started her working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. But it was when she discovered technical authoring that she knew she had found her vocation. She spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the government.
She has written creatively for most of her adult life, but it was not until her children grew up and flew the nest several years ago that writing historical fiction took centre stage in her life. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University and a PhD from the University of Southampton.
De Bohun’s Destiny is the third novel in the MEONBRIDGE CHRONICLES series. A fourth novel is under way.
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This is the first book I’ve read by Carolyn Hughes, and boy, did I stumble upon a gem!
I absolutely loved this. The richness of the language, the strong historical vibe that oozed pertinent facts and intricate details without these intruding ever upon the story being told – the perfect blend of history and fiction.
What a cast of characters, too!
Lady Margaret is forced to hold together the estate and all its trappings after her husband is killed. But it is his lie – albeit made for the best of intentions to keep cousin Morys Boune and his sons away from Meonbridge – that is eventually the undoing of their peaceful existence.
Assisted by her daughter Johanna, better known now as Sister Rosa, Lady Margaret is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Meonbridge out of the grasping hands of her husband’s cousin. Her grandson – Dickon – must be the heir to the estate and the family’s wider interests – come what may.
And let me tell you, a great deal came their way as cousin Boune sought to take the lands for himself and his sons. By foul means, naturally – the man didn’t have a “fair” bone in his body.
This was a story of treachery and villainy coming up against community and courage.
I truly felt for Sir Giles, whose slip of the tongue alerted the evil Boune to the situation regarding the “illegitimate” heir of Meonbridge. To say, Giles was conflicted would be an understatement, but his honour and loyalty to the De Bohuns was unfaltering when the time came to fight for Meonbridge.
The story was one of high drama and family, community and a desire for peace and justice. On top of that, the author drew such vivid imagery with her stunning descriptions that I was totally caught up in this world. Events moved at great pace making this a real page turner for me. So much so, I need to read the previous books by this author, hopefully before the next book is ready 😉
All in all, an amazing read; definitely one of my favourites of the year so far.
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Side Chick Nation (A Justice Hustler’s Book)
Expected Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Genre: Feminist Crime Fiction
Dulce García was a teen sexually exploited by a violent New York pimp until Marisol Rivera rescued her. But Dulce didn’t stay rescued for long. In SIDE CHICK NATION, Dulce’s unhealed trauma and appetite for thrills lead her into an endless party of sugar daddies in the Caribbean. Until she gets caught in Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico—and witnesses both the heartbreaking disaster of climate change, and the international vultures who plunder the tragedy for a financial killing, making shady use of relief funds to devastate the island even more . . .
Meanwhile, New York-based mastermind thief Marisol already has her hands full fleecing a ruthless CEO who’s stealing her family’s land in Puerto Rico and getting her relatives out alive. An additional crew member could be game-changing, but she’s wary of Dulce’s unpredictability and history of indiscretion. Still, Dulce’s growing determination to get justice draws Marisol in, along with her formidable Lower East Side Women’s Health Clinic’s heist squad. But their on-the-fly race-against-the-clock plan is soon complicated by a sexy crusading journalist—not to mention powerful men who turn deadly when ex-side chicks step out of the shadows and demand to call the shots…
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Aya de León teaches creative writing in UC Berkeley’s African American Studies Department. Her award-winning Justice Hustlers series has received acclaim in the Washington Post, Jacobin Magazine, and The Establishment. Her work has also appeared in Ebony, Essence, Guernica, Ploughshares, The Root, VICE, and on Def Poetry. She is an alumna of Cave Canem and VONA.
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Karma Never Loses An Address
by K. J. McGillick
Karma Never Loses An Address
Betrayal on Every Level
Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fuelled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.
It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies?
Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.
Having read “Facing A Twisted Judgment” a few months ago, I was super excited to follow the story of the paintings that had caused the in-fighting in the Bennington family and the ultimate murder of Samantha by her sister, Marley.
So, having that insight into the cast of characters for this book I settled down and waited to be entertained. I didn’t have to wait long, as once again the author took me on a fascinating ride, telling this latest story from three viewpoints.
Tallulah West, as a practitioner of family law could not have anticipated what she was letting herself in for when she “joined” the team who had initially investigated the missing paintings. But I think the icing on the cake was meeting Mary – it was for me too. Tallulah (Lulu) found herself embroiled in many a scene that challenged her rule-abiding persona, but the pursuit of justice kept her focused on the end game – which hoped to prove that Marley was the murderer who should be behind bars. With Mary as a constant “guide”, the path to justice was never dull. Mary deserves a series of her own! Just sayin’ 😉
Marley Bennington, at the centre of the story for having killed her sister in the first place, did not go on to redeem herself in this story. In fact, she proved to be just as conniving, manipulative and cold-hearted as ever. She was the sort of woman about whom no-one would have had a good word – apart from her drug dealer maybe – and even that would be doubtful. Marley expected so much from life, hated the word “no”, and looked down on almost everyone she met. Was she as clever as she thought she was? I couldn’t possibly comment. You’ll need to read the book.
Marin, the artist, had an exceptional talent for imitating the works of the great masters. Until now, she had only ever dealt in creating replicas in the style of those artists, so the job ahead of her this time was both more challenging and more dangerous. Marin wasn’t one for socializing, or for building friendships. She’d had a tough time at college and sought refuge in her art. I was on her side throughout, and so wanted the best for her. Was I surprised at how things turned out? You betcha! That was a clever twist by the author.
With great characters such as these, the story flowed along at a snappy pace with plenty of bumps in the road. At the outset there was rather a lot of exposition, both in explaining much of the legalese as well as establishing the backstory, but story soon found its groove. I loved the contrast of the serious elements of the crimes committed which were balanced with nice touches of light humour (usually disbelief at whatever Mary did or had done to get the results she did).
Another winning story from one of my new favourite authors.
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by DM Wolfenden
Well, hello, Sugar, my name is Joanna…
That’s the introduction that all my victims get. It’s nice to be polite.
Even serial killers have manners.
I know what I do isn’t normal, but I also know that I do the country a service.
And the world is better off with me in it. You will understand.
See, I was once the victim.
Hurt by the one who should have taken care of me.
Let down by the system that should have protected me.
Now I vow to help others, and if I have to hurt people to do it, I will.
WOW! Did you read that hook? This jumps off the screen to me, and I cannot wait to get my copy.
Sounds like another fascinating read from my favourite short story author. I have a ‘source’ that tells this is not the only story in this series – The female of the species – and I’m super excited.
DM Wolfenden is an author with a dark side – she can spin a tale, fill it with humour and emotion and then … wham, the twists are truly shocking.
Are you ready to one-click right now?
Well, hold your horses. It will be released on 3rd August – but, fear not, I have the pre-order link already.
If you’ve hit that link, be sure to come back and let me know what you think. I’ll post my review if you’ll post yours 😉
Thanks for reading 🙂
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The Judas effect is often the ultimate betrayal and it’s an act – and sentiment – that resonates greatly with my characters in Courting Danger.
Stefan feels he was betrayed by his father, abandoned to deal with his alcoholic mother. Of course, he is embittered and unwilling to build bridges, until he has no other choice. The desire revenge creates a selfish man of Stefan – for whom only a satisfactory conclusion to his plan will ever be enough.
For Fern, the betrayal comes from Nessa – a friend who she accuses of allowing Stefan to get close and almost killing her. Fern finds it quite easy to dismiss Nessa from her life, but it’s not so simple for Raven – best friends with Nessa for over fifteen years, but for whom this disloyalty is hard to overcome. Friendships are truly tested for the three young women proving the path to justice is never smooth.
It said; “The weak revenge, the strong forgive and the intelligent ignore.”
Is this not really the other way round?
Do not weak people ignore the misdoings of others , being unable to react due to their own lack of resources?
Is it not the so-called ‘intelligentsia’ that takes us into these battles, to right the perceived wrongs of others?
This is a little deep, eh? On a lighter note, the real reason that this saying incensed me is because my WIP, ‘The Nasrid Charm’ is a series heavily based around the idea of exacting revenge. I couldn’t sit back and let my protagonist be called weak now, could I? If I don’t defend her, who will?
In my mind, revenge – properly carried out – is an art form.
It requires patience, meticulous planning and attention to detail, strength of mind and the courage of ones convictions to see the task through to the end.
Petty, reactionary gestures are worthless, but true revenge is merely encouraging the natural forces of karma on their way!
Am I mistaken?
I think not, but you might think differently.
Don’t be afraid to tell me your views, after all, you are not a figment of my imagination and I cannot ‘kill you off’.
Or can I?