FIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL MURDER MYSTERIES.
A great Series
A great series of psychological murder mysteries.
These four books are a crime series featuring Resa James, Criminal Psychologist and the serious crime squad at Cardiff Police- DS Mike Thompson, DI Rob Stevens and DS Angela McCarthy.
The team become involved in unusual murders in and around the Cardiff area. These are carried out by highly disturbed individuals whose motives are based on a twisted psychopathology.
Book one : Kith and Kill...a killer murders couples undergoing fertility treatment
Book two: Sticks and BONESS ...a Satanic coven is involved in poisonous deaths.
Book three: Kill and Cure ...a Psychopath kills people with incurable illnesses.
Book four: Tooth and Claw...people are disappearing and bodies are found killed by an unidentifiable animal.
Book five: Gone and Forgotten ...A missing person returns and is unrecognisable. She is the key to a major crime ring.
Each book can be read as a stand alone complete story, or you can read the series. Resa and the team will soon enthrall you, as they reveal their personal lives, as well as their professional personae.
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RESA JAMES BOOK 1. KITH AND KILL
KITH AND KILL
This is the first crime which Resa gets involved in.
She is asked by the police to become involved in a series of murders, in and around Cardiff, of young couples.
The only connection is a local Fertility Clinic.
There are many suspects and Resa's own life becomes endangered.
She meets Superintendent Mike Thompson. There is a mutual attraction and they go out on a disasterois date. However, the feelings remain.
The rest of the team are introduced to the reader, including DS Angela McCarthy and DI Rob Stevens.
Resa's teenage daughter Laura and her mother Edna, also feature prominently.
Review for Kith and Kill:
5 Stars 💥💥💥💥💥
Resa James, a criminal psychologist and divorced mother of a teenage girl, is brought in for consultation by the police regarding multiple murders that appear to be connected to a local fertility clinic in Cardiff.
Resa’s life is already complicated by an acquaintance who appears to have a crush on her when she is already on the verge of a relationship with someone new and exciting she’s just met.
The killer in this story is meticulous and cunning. But what is their motive? And why are they targeting infertile couples?
Victimology, which is a way of studying the victims’ personal lives [their likes and dislikes etc] appears to be the way forward to catch the killer. If Resa can discover what the killer has in common with the victims then she might be able to uncover who the serial killer is as they probably move in similar circles.
A poison pen letter out of the blue, puts Resa on her guard as it could threaten both herself and her daughter, Laura. She is fiercely protective of her home life and there are plenty of people who are suspects in this story, including a husband and wife team who are against forms of IVF. And what about the person who has a serious crush on Resa? She’s acting out of character and seemingly dangerous, could she have something to hide? Also workers at the clinic could any one of those possibly have a motive? There are lots of characters in this novel who make the reader wonder if they are the killer.
The murdered couples themselves have been secretive about their use of IVF further complicating the issue which makes Resa’s work as a profiler much more difficult to undertake.
This is a great ‘who done it?’ mystery which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout this novel.
It’s a story that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let them go right from the very first page. A tale that is interwoven with secrets and intrigue, mystery and emotion. A first class psychological thriller with a little romance thrown into the mix.
Ms. Hartley has a way of drawing the reader in from the very first paragraph, taking them on a roller coaster of a journey. This isn’t a tale for the faint heartened, it’s gritty and realistic, a story that wouldn’t be out of place as a television drama. It could give ‘Cracker’ and ‘Silent Witness’ a run for their money.
The settings take place in South Wales, in and around the Cardiff area, which is a refreshing change to read a crime fiction novel from those areas instead of London or Edinburgh or any other major city in the UK where these stories are often set. Indeed Cardiff itself becomes a character in its own right in this novel as does the IVF clinic. Which is part of the art of good writing that draws the reader in and never let’s go. Thea Hartley is one Welsh crime novelist to watch out for in the future and I’m sure there is lots more intrigue to come from this wonderful writer.
RESA JAMES BOOK 2 - STICKS AND BONES
STICKS AND BONES
This is the second book in the series, and RESA returns to help the police solve a very unusual spate of deaths which appear to be connected with Witchcraft and poison.
Her mother Edna is even one of the victims ...so this makes it personal!
Resa's relationship with Mike finally takes off, with them spending a great deal of time together. Laura has her first boyfriend and experiences the problems of dating.
The investigation takes many twists and turns, with a spectacular ending.
Review for Sticks and Bones:
I for one, thoroughly enjoyed it, and even though I had my suspicions about one of the characters that didn’t turn out to be whiter than white, it was the guilt of another that surprised me at the end.
From the very start we become acutely aware that the world of the occult will be an important theme of the plot, but this is no ‘teen vampire’ or gothic horror tale… it’s a perfectly down to earth crime novel, with crimes being committed and suspects to trace… all by normal human police officers with standard issue police officer’s abilities. Not by some avenging angel with super powers granted by a supernatural mentor from some mystical place far, far away.
It’s a traditional crime story, a serial killer ‘whodunnit’ if you like, with red herrings to mislead both the reader and the fictional detectives within the plot, and with plot turns that will make the reader wonder whether the next book in the series will still have the same leading character… I’ll give away no more than that as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone.
When the method of choice for the murderer is poisoning, it’s imperative that the crime writer gets things right, and in this instance, she certainly appears to have done so.
It’s clearly evident that the author has thoroughly researched the appropriate subject matter to get the details right - details that are essential when the plot revolves around a perpetrator with a very particular expertise and a detailed knowledge of their subject. - It’s far too easy to be caught out by some smartarse reader that happens to be an expert in a subject. It’s better to simply gloss over the details than commit a major howler. Fortunately, to my eyes at least, this writer seems to have done her homework, giving us a book that is both entertaining and informative at the same time… something I like to find in a novel.
In all, a great follow up novel to ‘Kith and Kill’ and yet more proof, should any be needed, that Thea Hartley is a crime writer to look out for. I’m looking forward to the next book… I’ve already pre-ordered it.
RESA JAMES BOOK 3 - KILL AND CURE
KILL AND CURE £1.99
The third case in which RESA is consulted relates to a Psychopath who is called AZRAEL...the Angel of Death, who believes that they are carrying out " Mercy Killings" by targetting people with incurable diseases.
However, the method of killing is far from merciful, as bodies are sliced up and filleted, with the organs displayed.
The Psychopath keeps a recorded 'diary' of the murders and motivation., which the reader is privy to.
In her private life, RESA and Mike's romance has stalled, and she meets another man at a party.
Laura has started Liverpool University, and Resa's brother Terry and his wife Cheryl come to stay At Resa's home.
The team discover that one of the main suspects is a close friend of theirs.This causes a crisis of loyalties, and Angela and RESA find them selves in a race against time to prevent a catastrophe ...
The toll of deaths mount up ...leading to a shocking conclusion.
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By Jac Roche - Published on Amazon.com
I have read other novels by Thea and what amazes me is how she can step seamlessly from one genre to another. Most authors seem to stick with one but Thea can go from thrillers to erotica to historical fiction with no problem at all.
Her imagery is fantastic. A couple of times I had to put the book down as my heart was beating rapidly. I was scared and that very rarely happens to me when I'm reading a book.
Once I started reading I found it very difficult to put down.
For anyone who loves psychological thrillers this is definitely for you. As usual I'm waiting impatiently for book 4.
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TOOTH AND CLAW
TOOTH AND CLAW
The latest in the series is one of the most baffling mysteries the police, and Resa James, a criminal psychologist have ever come across.
people have disappeared from the City of Cardiff, and surrounding areas. They have nothing in common, are different ages and genders and have no interests in common.
Each person disappeared suddenly and without trace. Resa decides to try and make psychological profiles of all the missing persons. These reveal a clue, plus the discovery of a body.
The answer is HORRIFIC ....you will be totally shocked as it appears unbelievable.
How can the massacre be stopped? Who is the perpetrator?
This is a gripping read!
To a new reader, this will simply add to the credibility of the protagonist, but to her growing list of fans it will be almost, but not quite, like having a favourite soap opera as a sub plot - I say 'almost' because Resa's private life, as regaled in these novels, doesn't come close to some of the trite storylines of many soaps, and doesn't intrude on the main event… the mystery itself. A clever touch.
Once more, Ms Hartley manages through her meticulous researching of the details, to educate and inform the reader about things they may have previously been unaware of. At the same time, she entertains us with another well paced crime story with that 'real place' feel that can only come from someone who sets their novels in a location that they know well. She manages to do this without giving the impression that the place is awash with vicious murderers and has a murder rate to rival the New York of popular TV - what some refer to as the 'Midsomer syndrome'. As a crime writer myself, I know how difficult this is when you set your stories in a particular location, especially one as closely defined as Thea's Cardiff.
Keep 'em coming, Thea… I hope that there are many more to come, 'cos I can't wait.
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GONE AND FORGOTTEN
. GONE AND FORGOTTEN
is the fifth book in the Resa James, criminal Psychologist, series. It differs somewhat from previous books, because it involves international crime in addition to a psychologically disturbed criminal
A woman, Kate Gilby turns up in rags four years after she disappeared. Her daughter also disappeared at the same time and an extensive search took place.
There is no sign of Sophie, Kate's nine year old daughter, plus the woman claiming to be Kate looks nothing like her photograph or description on file.
Is she authentic or is this an imposter?
Resa is on sick leave and DS Angela McCarthy has been given the case as her first chance at being leading CSO. However, she is baffled, and calls on Resa for help.
The investigation uncovers more than just a missing person. It discovers long buried secrets, unsolved murders and an important FBI connection.
This is the case of a lifetime and leads to a tense thriller involving all the team