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New On My Shelf This Week

Say Hello! to Goodreads Giveaway win #15, Killing Ways by Alex Barclay, a lovely paperback edition, with an amazing cover which looks much better in real life!

Whilst researching as much as I could about Alex, I came across a radio interview she gave a couple of years ago. After listening to her discussing one of the earlier books in the Ren Bryce series, I came to the conclusion that the back story may be so strong, that I might really need to go back and read the series in sequence.

Some of the amazing reviewers have however, indicated that the stories do work okay as stand alones, so I am going to dive right in and give this one a try 🙂

KILLING WAYS‘ (Ren Bryce, #5)

Cover Image Of 'Killing Ways' by Alex BarclayDark times lie ahead for Special Agent Ren Bryce and the Rocky Mountains Safe Streets Task Force in the heart-stopping new thriller from the bestselling author of DARKHOUSE and BLOOD LOSS.

In her most shocking case yet, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce takes on a depraved serial killer fueled by a warped sense of justice.

A master of evasion, each life he takes ramps up Ren’s obsession with finding him. Then one victim changes everything and brings Ren face to face with a detective whose life was destroyed by the same pursuit.

Together, can they defeat this monster? Or will he take them both down?

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.


Image Of Author Alex Barclay

Alex Barclay is the author of several bestselling thrillers. She was born in Dublin in 1974, studied journalism in college, and went on to work as a journalist and copywriter in the fashion and beauty industry.

In 2003 Alex, who had always believed she had a book in her, gave it all up to write her debut novel, Darkhouse, which became a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi. This was followed by a sequel, The Caller.

Alex won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold, which was the beginning of the Special Agent Ren Bryce series.

Keep up with all the latest news at Alex’s website

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  • Congrats on the GR win, Yvonne! I hope you have no problems jumping in with book #5.I’ll follow your link to read more about it. Have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      I have been quite lucky with my GR wins, despite the fact that these days I limit myself strictly to only entering for books I REALLY want to read, as opposed to just about anything which sounds good and might interest me!

      I am still not convinced that Ren doesn’t have too strong a personality and personal history for me not to have needed to catch up a bit from reading earlier books in the series. However, it is what it is, and I am so notoriously bad at sequence reading that I really can’t see that happening!

      This series is well worth checking out, but I am certain that you will have received some great books of your own to keep you reading along 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes Indeed! Special Agent Ren Bryce, is very much central to all five books in this series so far, although Alex has also written a couple of stand alone novels in which Ren does not feature.

      As with just about any successful fiction detective, Ren has her share of personal problems and issues, which sometimes rear their ugly heads during the course of an investigation. But then, I think that is the reality for many of us in this hectic pace of life we all lead, sometimes it is almost impossible to separate work and personal life, as much as we try!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I generally have very eclectic reading tastes, however, given the choice, I do keep tending towards a good murder / mystery or psychological thriller!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you get the chance to check out Alex’s profile and books 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Sorry to have taken so long to respond to your lovely comment, but retail is so manic at this time of year, even in a charity shop and I have been working more or less full time and falling asleep as soon as I get home and we have eaten! – (an age thing I guess 🙂 )

      I do look forward to my Giveaway wins landing on the doormat and if they take too long to arrive I become very anxious. I have only had one delivery failure and as soon as I let Goodreads know they were on it and the book arrived shortly afterwards!

      I know that your OCD wouldn’t let you come into this series once it is so well established, although it might be worth reading the earlier four stories as the character of Ren Bryce sounds complex and intriguing and the storylines are definitely interesting!

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Thanks Carol, I never seem to be lucky in any competitions I enter, however Goodreads Giveaways have been very kind to me and every book has arrived promptly and in good condition.

      I check the recent Giveaways which are added on a daily basis, and because I tend to read across a multiplicity of genres, it is so easy to click the ‘enter’ button multple times, when there are so many great new choices.

      I have needed to be strict with myself and to only request the books I REALLY want to read, but I am sure that hubbie doesn’t quite believe that when yet another package arrives!

      Reviews for all Alex’s books, including the previous 4 Ren Bryce stories, have been consistent at around 3.5 stars out of 5, which stands her in good stead and although this will be the first of her books I have read myself, the character of Ren Bryce is really calling to me.

      Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I am still not convinced about coming into this particular series when it is up to date, rather than at its inception. However, if I went back to the beginning of every series I came across, I would definitely never be able to connect with as many new authors and characters as I do!

      A bit of a balancing act really .. but a risk I am prepared to take in this case, as I do like the sound of the premise.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I must admit that I do feel like a bit of a scavenger, trawling through the Goodreads Giveaways daily, as I do.

      However, I don’t do it just for the chance to win complimentary books, which of course is very nice, but it also points me in the direction of some great new books and authors, which I might otherwise have missed!

      I really like the catchphrase ‘intense suspense’ 🙂

    • Quite a few copies of books from the Ren Bryce series have crossed my path in the course of my voluntary work in my local hospice retail shop, but I have been on such a strict book buying embargo (totally forced by hubbie I have to add 🙂 ), that I haven’t really paid them too much attention.

      You have no idea how difficult it is to ignore all the lovely books which cross my path daily, and then to have the added trauma of selling them all to complete strangers … If it wasn’t for such a good cause I could become quite depressed!

      Ignoring the daily Goodreads Giveaways though, is just a step too far I’m afraid … Oh! and not forgetting NetGalley either!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

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