April 6, 2018

Katseye by Harriet Redfern

Katseye is the second book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers by Harriet Redfern.

Once again, the members of the household staff of Sampfield Manor are gripped with subdued apprehension by the imminent arrival of racehorse trainer Squire James Sampfield Peveril’s distant cousin from Australia. The members’ misgivings, however, dim in comparison with how superstar jockey Merlin ap Rhys feels from the constant arrival of lurid images on his mobile phone. Seemingly, someone is trying to blackmail the popular and confident jockey by sending incriminating videos and still images that might ruin his relationship with his girlfriend. In his attempt to get to the bottom of the convoluted affair, Merlin finds himself accused of murder.

Meanwhile, Sam receives an unexpected call from the importunate owner of ‘no less than’ Katseye, Tabikat’s half-brother. The star Irish racehorse is soon to be the property of Italian aircraft manufacturer Arturo Ardizzone whose face is known to Sam from the news concerning a terrible crash of one of Ardizzone’s advanced aircraft.

As suspenseful as Tabikat, the first book in the series, Katseye is just as intriguing. Unlike the first book which focuses on the ins and outs of horseracing, however, this book depicts the wonder of modern technology and computer software and the potential catastrophe it may bring to the life of a person or to an institution when used by devious, wrathful and vengeful individuals.

Readers familiar with the author’s style may recognize the multiple and seemingly unrelated subplots would surely anticipate how she would unravel the story, identify the victim at the beginning of the book and solve the mystery in an exciting denouement.

Other readers may or may not agree with me but I genuinely love the romance part of the book. It is unpretentious, unforced and matured, showing the potential for a great love story.

However, some aviation jargon, though necessary in this book, may be confusing for some readers. Moreover, there are noticeable errors, mostly typos, within the entire book (like your hardly need my permission and Caldesi instead of Caladesi). Though they do not detract much from the overall reading experience, they are flaws nonetheless.

Congratulations to Harriet Redfern on yet another great and exciting book!

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April 1, 2018

Tabikat by Harriet Redfern

Tabikat is the first book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers created by Harriet Redfern.

If the unexpected visit from a long time albeit estranged friend of James Sampfield Peveril, the reclusive racehorse trainer and squire of Sampfield Grange, provokes the curiosity of the members of his household staff, the arrival of Isabella Hall as a temporary replacement office manager throws them in a state of suppressed agitation. Apparently, the presence of the ‘outsider’ has an unwelcome effect on each of them, probably for his or her own reason.

Unbeknownst to the staff, James Sampfield Peveril (known as Sam to his fellow trainers) himself is kept in the dark about the story behind his mysterious temporary employee. Sam is normally reserved and indifferent about the personal lives of the people under his employ. However, an intriguing account by his cousin piques his interest and makes him conclude that there is more to Isabella than a woman in need of a job. As if the situation isn’t perplexing enough, Sam receives a request to train Tabikat, a talented racehorse with elusive owners and mysterious bloodline.

With a steady pacing and solid main plot, this is a suspenseful and exciting novel basically about a fight for justice against a crime family. Aside from the main plot, the author introduces other subplots and expertly puts them together in one satisfying climax. Moreover, characters are supplied with ample backstories that it is easy to visualize them as real people with dreams, priorities, weaknesses and flaws. Furthermore, unlike other books in a series with cliffhanger endings and cases unresolved, this book ends satisfactorily enough.

However, the multiple subplots as well as the multitude of characters may be too confusing to other readers. Moreover, though I appreciate the backstories, I find them too detailed and a little overdone.

Still, I enjoyed this book a lot and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend it to fans of crime, thriller and mystery. Violent and sex scenes, however, may not be suitable for young readers.

Congratulations to Harriet Redfern on such a great and enjoyable book! For the next book in the series, check out Katseye.  

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