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Martina Cole recommendations?

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tessiegirl Fri 14-Nov-14 21:02:46

I have never read anything by Martina Cole although I always seem to hear her name mentioned. So, I am looking to try one of her books. Are there any recommendations which one I should try first? I particularly enjoy murder/gruesome books

AgentDiNozzo Fri 14-Nov-14 21:11:41

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DuchessofMalfi Fri 14-Nov-14 22:17:53

I read one, many years ago, think it was called The Jump. I seem to remember it was quite a good story, but haven't been tempted to read any more.

tessiegirl Fri 14-Nov-14 23:05:05

This is the thing, I agree AgentDiNozzo that they are really popular...I am just thinking maybe I should read one to see if I am as gripped by them as some people are!!

Thanks for the recommendations - I have read Tess Gerristen a few years ago but I haven't read any of the other three you suggested. Are they all murder based?

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IdrisElbaIsMyHusband Fri 14-Nov-14 23:14:41

I don't mind martina Cole tbh but you could try karin slaughter her books are great.

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IsabellaofFrance Sat 15-Nov-14 16:20:48

I have read a few and they have got much, much worse.

There was couple which I liked - 'The Know' and 'The Take', but the other couple I have read have been dire so I gave up. I loved the idea of Two Girls, but the blurb gives the whole story away.

tessiegirl Sat 15-Nov-14 16:46:15

Oh dear!! Not many positive views!! I may still give her a go...

Karin Slaughter is also on my list to try

IsabellaofFrance Sat 15-Nov-14 17:02:13

If you can get past the awful sex scenes, Karen Rose is quite good.

PenelopeGarciasCrazyHair Sat 15-Nov-14 17:29:12

I've never read her books, but enjoyed The Take on TV and definitely not just because Tom Hardy was in it

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Sun 16-Nov-14 13:42:37

I read the first one and won't bother reading any more. It was very badly written, repetitive and cliche ridden.

If you want crime fiction, try Peter James, Peter May and Ann Cleeves.

SnookyPooky Sun 16-Nov-14 19:01:16

Ladykiller. By far her best book. Read it a couple of times.
Not her usual gangster samey same stuff.

tessiegirl Sun 16-Nov-14 20:12:02

Yes, SnookyPooky I was thinking of trying Ladykiller...I'm not sure some of her other gangster type stories I would enjoy really.

DollyDreamboat Sun 16-Nov-14 20:13:36

Ladykiller is definitely the best one.

GeordieRose Tue 18-Nov-14 13:46:55

Another one for Ladykiller smile

spidey66 Tue 18-Nov-14 15:46:56

I've read a few of her books. Her earlier ones were good (Faceless was my favourite) but after a while her books got very samey and was just the same stories with different names.

GetHappy Tue 18-Nov-14 22:08:13

i agree lady killer is one of the better ones. wouldn't recommend anything recent either...

hooker29 Sat 22-Nov-14 20:33:22

Love Martina Cole. Ladykiller is fab-I read it in a weekend.
Not keen on Karin Slaughter,but that's just me!
Try Tim Weaver-brilliantly written,but easy to follow.

jollyjester Mon 24-Nov-14 21:45:33

I liked ladykiller as well and I have to agree her moore recent books aren't up to the same earlier standard.

CateringCalamities Wed 26-Nov-14 15:05:56

I enjoy Martina Cole as an easy read. Ladykiller is one of the best as is Faceless and Runaway.
If you get round to reading one of hers and enjoy it try Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

CateringCalamities Wed 26-Nov-14 15:07:00

I enjoy Martina Cole as an easy read. Ladykiller is one of the best as is Faceless and Runaway.
If you get round to reading one of hers and enjoy it try Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

Alchemist Wed 26-Nov-14 15:21:57

Ladykiller is brilliant, well worth it.

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