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Borderlands" by L J Ross - this is book 14 in the DCI Ryan series, and the story is set in Newcastle and right up near and sometimes over the border with Scotland. A young woman is shot dead during a live firing exercise at an Army range near the border, at first it's thought to be an accident but when ballistics show that the bullet didn't come from a soldier's weapon, Ryan and his team have to find out why the woman was on the range in the early hours of a summer morning, and how did she get there in the first place? Then another death deepens the mystery further. Meanwhile, in the city a former soldier is now living in the streets, suffering from PTSD with only a stray dog for company. And the police have their hands full with a series of hate attacks on ethnic minority religions in the city. How these are all connected does eventually become clear, and there's an exciting, if slightly unlikely, final chase across the moorland, in a storm of course! Another snappy, enjoyable instalment in the series, although there is one loose end left dangling. 8/10

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The Silver Collar by Antonia Hodgson - after a long wait, this is the 4th book in the Thomas Hawkins series, and it takes on a darker tone as Thomas and Kitty find themselves caught up in a very personal battle for their own future. It takes a while to get going, and for a while I did wonder when the story would take off, but once it did I was gripped. The book is divided into several sections, and things really start to happen when we get the part featuring Jeremiah, who grows up on the island of Antigua as the child of a family of slaves on a plantation. At first life is inevitably hard, but the horror really starts when the plantation owner comes back from England with a new wife. From here we gradually find out how Jeremiah's story, and his predicament, ties in with the danger faced by Tom and Kitty, for they find they have a common enemy who seems to be undefeatable. Other characters come and go, the Fleets are back and there are several exciting chases, and I found the book gripping, whilst still retaining it's trademark humour. But it looks like Thomas finally grows up in this book! 8/10

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