Book Review-CXVI THE BEGINNING OF THE END (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery and Suspense Thriller)-Angie Smith | Miki's Hope

Book Review-CXVI THE BEGINNING OF THE END (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery and Suspense Thriller)-Angie Smith

Saturday, May 2, 2015


This book starts out somewhat slow but then speeds up like a freight train out of control!! AND it leaves you with a couple of questions which I hope will be answered--this is a series-right? Cause if it isn't I'm going to track down Angie Smith, author extraordinaire and hound it out of her!!

I loved the character of Maria Barnes--who portrays an extremely intelligent, no nonsense female police investigator who can't be stopped!! But--why is the Secret Intelligence Service so interested in her? Her new partner, known for his ability to solve the hardest cases and she butt heads a bit-but both have nothing but admiration for the other.

There are lots of twists and turns in this book--even at the end!!!!! If you like murder, mystery, political intrique and thrillers then I suggest you go get this book--NOW.


About the Book: (from Amazon)

Who will survive?

When the murder of a colleague is linked to a series of suspicious deaths, Detective Superintendent Greg Woods’ team are tasked with solving the mystery. New to the team is Maria Barnes, whose besmirched character sadly precedes her. However Woods quickly discovers there is more to the detective sergeant than meets the eye: her skill level, knowledge base, and investigative talents far outshine his own formidable qualities…

And why is the Secret Intelligence Service so interested in Barnes and the investigation?

It’s a race against time to stop the killer, but he’s meticulous, cunning and ruthless. He leaves the police and intelligence service questioning if they are all out of their depth…

When forces contrive against them, Woods’ life hangs in the balance and for the first time in his career he risks breaking the rules… He and Barnes decide to go it alone to uncover who or what CXVI really is… The shocking truth lies at the heart of the Government and is trapped deep underground.


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About the Author: (from her website)



Angie Smith was born in Doncaster and educated at Huddersfield University where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Education and Training. After a long career in adult education, training and performance management she retired early to pursue other ventures.

​She travels extensively, and was nominated for an award on her knowledge transfer partnerships work, when she co-produced and presented a journal article at the International Social Work Conference in Durban.

​Unfortunately in 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and following a year of extensive and gruelling treatment her desire to write was rekindled. The novel, CXVI - The Beginning of the End, is the first in this crime thriller trilogy.

​She currently lives in West Yorkshire with her husband, youngest son and two dogs.

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26 comments :

Chubskulit Rose said...

With two different and strong characters, I am sure that this is one of those books that would make you wanna keep going even though it is slow at first.

Amanda McMahon said...

I wonder what the world antagonist is For the end of the world. ..

Amanda McMahon said...

I wonder what the world antagonist is For the end of the world. ..

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like a great read indeed with murder, mystery, political intrigue and thrillers all in one. My brother would probably like this one too. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

I hope, for you, the book continues on! Sounds like it's an intense read.

Heather King said...

Sounds like a great book. I love mysteries.

Mama to 5 said...

Sounds like my kind of read. I enjoy thrillers and mystery's! This one sounds like it fits that description!

Ricci said...

This sounds like a great book! I love to read and this seems like something I would seriously love! Great review!!

Roaming Family Adventures said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I might have to put it on my reading list. Thanks for the review!

Amy Stenehjem-Kelsch said...

I have been looking for a new series to get into. I think this one is it! I love that the main character is a female!

Roselynn Mercedes said...

I am a huge fan of murder mystery books and don't read anything else really. I will have to find this on my Kindle and read it when I finish my current book I'm on.

Jen said...

I hate to admit but I haven't read a book in a long time! I really need to start back reading more! This book seems like something that I would actually enjoy so I am going to put it on my list now!

Donna L. Ward said...

hmmmm...murder, mystery, political intrigue - just what I like in a fictional read - sounds interesting and I think I might enjoy it :)

John Lopez said...

This book looks like a great series, I've never tried to read book murder mystery looks interesting to read.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

This book really sounds like a page turner. It's amazing how a suspenseful mystery like this one can make you want to read more.

Krystal Butherus said...

I'm going to need to give this one a try. Murder mysteries are my favorite to read through!

HilLesha O'Nan said...

This sounds like a thrilling read! I enjoy reading, especially mysteries with a good plot and well-developed characters.

HilLesha O'Nan said...

This sounds like a thrilling read! I enjoy reading, especially mysteries with a good plot and well-developed characters.

mail4rosey said...

I like that the partners have a firm foundation of mutual admiration going on from the start. I hope it is a series and you get the answers you want. Thanks for the author intro.!

Dogvills said...

This is an interesting read. I like suspense in books, mystery and adventure. This is my kind of read

Eliz Frank said...

I love suspense novels and this sounds captivating... I'm curious to hear how it ends. ;-)

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

I bet my friend would love this.. mystery book - sounds like a good read to have.

Yona Williams said...

I love a book that has a lot of twists and turns, and glad to hear that it picked up. I hope it's a series for you because I know I don't like to be left in the dark about a book that I got into.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

This looks like a great book to read! Thanks for sharing.

Angie Smith said...

Hello everyone - just a quick note to say thanks for your lovely comments and thank you to Michelle for the review. Sorry I am a bit late chiming in - I've been on holiday and upon my return I have had problems with poorly daughter! (Grown up and pregnant - very pregnant, in fact my first grandchild is due any time!) Angie Smith :-)

Angie Smith said...

Oh, and yes it is indeed a trilogy :-)

 
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