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A BRUTAL TRADE - A Diana Rivers Thriller by Faith MortimerEven on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam LovellA BRUTAL TRADE - A Diana Rivers Thriller by Faith MortimerEven on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second female victim…only this time the discovery is even more chilling and shocks the island inhabitants.Joining forces with local policeman, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, the three embark on a journey which takes them on the fringes of humanity. Disturbing secrets are unearthed. They are on the hunt for killers who will stop at nothing in their hunt for one vital woman.As the bodies mount up, the detectives ask themselves one question. What is the reason for the women’s’ deaths and their horrific mutilations?With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Diana finds herself exposed to great danger…in the sights of a lethal individual who’ll put a stop to her meddling. Each move could be deadly… vicious in its outcome…can the team bring a halt to this brutal trade?...

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  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2018-09-27 12:30

    Just wow! I've finished reading this book and am still recovering from the fast-paced breathtaking events taking place towards the end.I would like to thank the author, Faith Mortimer, for sending me an ARC of her latest book -​ the 7th Diana Rivers thriller - to read and review​. Diana lives with her husband Steve in Agios Mamas, a tiny mountain village in Cyprus. She's neither a police officer nor a private investigator, just a normal ex-pat who loves to stick her nose in when crimes need solving​.​Asian-looking women are being murdered and mutilated, their bodies buried in shallow graves or dumped in the countryside. With a serial killer on the loose, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades is entrusted with the investigation. He is joined by Adam Lovell, a British Chief Superintendent. Who is murdering these women? And why? How come the victims are all Asians?​When Mali, a Thai woman working for Diana is stalked by two strange men, Diana fears for her maid's safety and decides to take action. She joins Yiannis and Adam in the investigation and uses her house as a meeting base. A​n international ring of human trafficking is then uncovered.​ By the end, the ring's affairs turn out to be ​far more sinister than first thought. But who's the ringleader​? And how can the investigators ever get to the filthy rich top brass of the operation?​I've read many positive reviews about the Diana Rivers series and now ​that I've read this book,​ I really ​feel ashamed of myself that this is just the first one I've read. Though there are hints of past cases and side stories​, this doesn't prevent the reader from enjoying the book to the full, so it may well be read as a stand-alone thriller.I can only describe this book as 'rich': rich in vivid descriptions, rich in strong, likeable characters, rich in realistic dialogue and rich in action. Not mentioning Faith's exquisite writing which makes the words just fl​ow by, immersing the reader in the story. I liked the general setting and mood of the book. ​The suspense grabbed me from the beginning and didn't leave me until I reached the final OMG twist and confrontation.​Well, I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it. If this thriller ​is anything to go by, I'm sure I'll have a great time reading the rest of the series​. Well done Faith, I love your book and I love Diana Rivers - she's ace!​

  • Cathy Speight
    2018-09-19 13:36

    Looking at the list of books I’ve reviewed, I discovered I’ve read fifteen of Faith’s books. So, for starters, she’s one prolific author. Secondly, fifteen novels is testament to my fondness for them. My TBR would be incomplete without the next Mortimer Masterpiece!A Brutal Trade has us bumping into Diana Rivers again. She simply can’t help getting involved in crime-solving. One sniff of trouble and you can be sure she’s pulling out all her amateur-sleuthing skills to help the local Cypriot police find their criminals. She has her work cut out in this gritty instalment.When two oriental immigrant women are found horribly mutilated, Diana and her colleagues find themselves having to face the awful truth behind the murders. Money and power are the mighty weapons behind one woman’s ruthless ambition to get what she wants for love. And she’s not going to let Diana and a team of detectives get in her way. Ms Rivers has found herself in some tight corners over the novels, but her determination knows no bounds and this time, it’s serious.This is the seventh of Diana’s adventures and it’s like opening the door to an old friend. You almost want to say, 'Oh no, now what are you getting us into, Diana?'Enjoyable, gripping and eventful to the very end, you turn the last page exhausted!Written with her usual easy-going and crisp style, I guarantee this won't disappoint.

  • Mary
    2018-09-27 19:22

    I found a Brutal Trade a little hard to get into and a little slow paced from the books I usually pick up. I felt the author was leading me through the mystery so I was a step ahead of the police detectives in the book, waiting for them to make the connections and catch up with me as the book went along. I also found too many coincidences along the way. I can only suspend disbelief for so long before it’s just too much. All that being said though, I did like the basic plot and characters, and the final 10% of the book had me hooked- that part was exceptional. I think the writing was well done also. As this was my first Diana Rivers book, maybe if I had read some of the others in the series first I might have been more invested in A Brutal Trade. Overall a good book, but I’ve read better.

  • Lainy
    2018-10-13 16:22

    Time taken to read - 3 days (on and off)Pages - 207Publisher - Topsails Charter Blurb from GoodreadsEven on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second female victim…only this time the discovery is even more chilling and shocks the island inhabitants.Joining forces with local policeman, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, the three embark on a journey which takes them on the fringes of humanity. Disturbing secrets are unearthed. They are on the hunt for killers who will stop at nothing in their hunt for one vital woman.As the bodies mount up, the detectives ask themselves one question. What is the reason for the women’s’ deaths and their horrific mutilations?With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Diana finds herself exposed to great danger…in the sights of a lethal individual who’ll put a stop to her meddling. Each move could be deadly… vicious in its outcome…can the team bring a halt to this brutal trade?My ReviewSet on a small island in Cyprus, a mutilated body of a female is discovered with some body parts missing. Diana & former lover Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second body, realizing someone is targeting these girls and for a specific reason. As the tale goes on and bodies start piling up, Diana is drawn further into the investigation and danger is closer to home than she could have imagined.Diana is a writer and also a private investigator, long since has she moved on from Adam however he is visiting the island with his partner Clare, who is psychic and recovering from surgery. Together with the local police they dig into the case and discover a dark and dangerous motive for these killings.This is the 7th book in a series, the Diana Rivers mysteries however, I can say you don't need to have read the previous to start here, as I have done. The book is a bit brutal in that it covers rape, torture, murder and mutilation to highlight some of the themes. You are drawn in to this dark tale and see the darker side of humanity, were human life is expendable and these people will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.Diana reminded me of a modern day Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, a lovely lady who gets caught up and involved in all manners of skulduggery. I would love to read more or even a spin off tale of Clare, I absolutely love psychics in stories and would like to see her feature more. This was a really well done fictional portrayal of a horrific crime trade, despite the brutal content I think it was handled very well. This is my first time reading this author and it certainly won't be the last. 4/5 for me this time, thanks so much to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. At the time of posting you can get this on the kindle for £0.99 and it is also available in paperback for £8.99, from Amazon. You can find Faith on Twitter @FaithMortimer and Facebook.

  • Luccia Gray
    2018-10-07 16:43

    This was my first Diana Rivers book, and it will not be my last. I enjoyed meeting an amateur sleuth, who is not afraid to be brave and place herself at risk during an investigation.A brutal murder shocks the residents of Cyprus, as Diana Rivers and her ex-fiancé, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell, and local police officer, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, investigate the disturbing murders, and hunt down the merciless killers, until they finally discover the motivations behind the atrocious mutilations, and the culprits. The crimes are horrendous, so the villains are very dangerous and malevolent indeed. The sleuths, at first are slow at understanding what is happening, which makes the first third a little slower, as the reader guesses what the clues mean before the detectives do so. However, the second part is gripping, as the investigation is picks up and the chilling story unfolds the all the way up to the exciting finale. Although it is set in idyllic Cyprus, it is not a beach read. The title says it all. This is not a novel for the fainthearted. The crimes depicted are very upsetting and ultimately, although as with most crime novels, the murder is finally solved, nevertheless the type of immoral law breaking described is far from eradicated. The abuse of undocumented immigrants, human trafficking, and organ theft, especially perpetrated on women, is an ugly business, which will exist as long as someone is able to benefit financially from the poverty, cruelty and ignorance of others. As Diana says at the end of the novel, 'This wasn't the end, it was just the beginning. She would carry on with the fight. So God help her.'

  • Beadyjan
    2018-09-26 17:24

    I was lucky enough to read my review copy of a Brutal Trade whilst on holiday in Cyprus, although I needn't have been there to picture it as the author draws on her in depth knowledge as an ex-pat resident of the mediterranean island to set the scene.It's not your typical beach read however, as its a gritty thriller following the efforts of the local police aided by author and amateur sleuth Diana Rivers, to unravel a series of gruesome murders and a mystery surrounding organ donations, medical misdemeanours and organised crime. It made me look over my shoulder a few times as I wandered the streets of Paphos and Limassol.This is the first in the Diana Rivers series that I've read and although its number 7 in the series it is so well written that you can easily get into the story and read it as a stand alone, although it does make you want to find out what's gone before.The victims of this crime are Asian illegal immigrant workers tempted to Cyprus with the promise of steady work and a good income but many fall prey to a gang of criminals with more on their minds than having their housework done! The book begins with the discovery of the gory, partly dismembered body of a young woman and swiftly draws you into the investigation to discover who is behind this and other similar crimes and why. If you like lots of action, excellent characters and a great setting you won't go wrong with this mystery thriller, which focusses on a taboo and unpleasant subject, that repels your moral sensibilty yet makes you need to read on and discover more. My thanks to the author for providing a copy for me to review.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-27 13:38

    WOW, I love all of the Diana Rivers series but Faith has really excelled herself with A Brutal Trade.Due to the nature of the story I found A Brutal Trade to be a dark and chilling read.For a small island, Cyprus certainly seems to get more than its fair share of crime taking place on it.Faith does a great job in describing the surrounding areas of which ever country Diana is currently in. She cleverly draws the readers in so much so that they will be gripped throughout the story. There are a few familiar characters from previous books, though even if you haven’t read the other six books in the series, A Brutal Trade can easily be read as a stand alone.For me I have seen a change in this series of books, where as the books to start with are very much murder/mystery/suspense novels, the more recent ones are starting to feel like a crime thriller. The crimes are getting more horrific, though they are very true to life of what is sadly still going on in today’s world. A Brutal Trade certainly makes for a thrilling read with a couple of twists in there as well.A Brutal Trade is going to certainly wow readers and I reckon Diana Rivers will be getting even more fans after the newest edition in the series.Many thanks to the author for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hilary Weinstein
    2018-09-20 16:19

    Faith Mortimer is a brilliant author. I have read several of her books which have kept me on the edge of my share and which I never wanted to put down. This one however, did not keep me so enthralled. It was well written, a good story, but perhaps I was a little distracted by knowing that Faith was in Cyprus and therefore I kept wondering if things like the story line actually went on in true life!The story was two fold really, one a thrilling detective investigation with the assistance of the renowned Diane Rivers into the sexual exploitation and trade of Asian girls and the other of organ donation at an exclusive and privately owned clinic. It was intertwined and in my opinion, went in peaks and troughs. That is not to say that it was not gripping and a good mystery thriller, but perhaps it was because I was busy during the time that I read the book that I could not give it total concentration and therefore, found it a bit slow.Having said all of that, to reiterate, it was a well written and gripping (in places!) book and will not disappoint any discerning reader. I love this author's books and will definitely continue to read them. It is probably my fault that I could not give it the full 5*s and not the author's.

  • Victoria Goldman
    2018-09-19 13:29

    This is my first Diana Rivers book, and I can't believe that I haven't discovered this series before now.Firstly it's set in the beautiful island of Cyprus, with lovely vivid descriptions of the stunning scenery. Secondly it tackles some serious crimes, in this case human trafficking. And thirdly, it's an excellent murder-mystery filled with believable but colourful characters.I whizzed through A Brutal Trade from beginning to end, desperate to know what would happen next. Even though I haven't read any of the previous Diana Rivers books (this is the 7th), I picked up the backstory of each of the characters with ease. And it didn't take long for the main characters to feel like old friends. The background about Cyprus and human trafficking is woven seamlessly into the plot, and the rich dialogue keeps the story flowing at a fast pace.A Brutal Trade isn't intended to be comfort reading, thanks to its highly thought-provoking underlying story. But it's definitely an easy read that I would recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction with a serious message. Faith Mortimer certainly isn't afraid to tackle difficult subject matter.I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nolene Driscoll
    2018-10-15 19:18

    I received an ARC through The Book Club in return for an honest review.I have never read any of Faith Mortimer's books before and was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading about Diana Rivers and her escapades in Cyprus. Though this is book 7 in a series about Diana Rivers it can be read as a standalone.This book tackled a very emotive subject of human trafficking and illegal human organ trade. The style of writing was like a breath of fresh air. A murder mystery with a sound plot, building up to the fast paced ending and a great twist without a lot of violence, blood and guts and foul language that you find in most crime and thrillers today. Don't get me wrong, there are episodes of violence and rape but these are not overdone and add to the build up for the ending.Faith Mortimer has obviously done a lot of research about this subject as having been a resident of Cyprus myself (albeit when I was younger) I was completely unaware that Cyprus was a major hub for human trafficking.I really enjoyed reading this book and will most certainly look at reading Faith's other books. I highly recommend this book.

  • Michele
    2018-09-23 16:21

    Wow--this novel will definitely have you reading non stop until the end. After having read The Surgeon's Blade I knew I had to read more in this series. And yes, you will eventually see more of this author's work on my blog! Thankfully they really can be read as stand alone. This novel delves into the slave trade and the acquiring and selling of human organs in a way you are not likely to forget.Diana Rivers. amateur sleuth, just can't stay away from this case--especially since it seems to be affecting her housekeeper, a young Thai girl. Diana becomes embroiled in the hunt for the murderer of several young girls, much to her husbands dismay. But he knows better and eventually gets involved if only to protect Diana! But who is behind these murders and what does a high end clinic on the small island of Cyprus have to do with it? With all the twists and turns you will have to wait until almost the very end to find out the truth behind it all!!A Brutal Trade

  • Karen
    2018-10-14 14:35

    This time, Diana and her husband have visitors from England in their house: Adam Lovell and Clare are back in Cyprus. Once again, Diana and Adam stumble across a mutilated body. As a reader, I automatically tried to solve this strange case. With A Brutal Trade, Faith Mortimer has created an immensely thrilling suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions to solve the horrible crimes. I had an exciting time reading A Brutal Trade - it is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, thrilled to solve the mystery alongside Diana. This is for you if you like (stubborn and determined) female sleuths, crime writers, suspense with twists and local flair, chilling discoveries.A very suspenseful book and/or series to read again.Recommended.4.3 stars

  • Joey Paul
    2018-10-20 11:31

    I have followed Faith Mortimer's book releases since I picked up the third Diana Rivers' mystery quite by accident and found it a very enjoyable read. I pre-ordered this when I saw it was due for release and was quite pleased to find it come up on my TBR list. As with the other Diana Rivers' books, it is fast paced and puts Diana in the middle of a mystery, this one a serious and dark involving human trafficking and other sinister plots. I enjoyed the read and found it to be as high quality as the other books, finding myself desperate to know what was going to happen and read all the way to the end, if only there was no need for sleep! Faith has once again written quite the page turner with a good grip on the story and character development. I enjoyed it and will now go back to waiting the next book of hers to come out as I've found that she's made a reader out of me for life! A well deserved five stars and looking forward to what Diana gets up to next time!

  • Hilary Mortz
    2018-10-10 15:34

    Cyprus is an odd and unique place. A divided island at the crossroads of east and west, war and peace; it has many faces and countless hidden secrets. Set in the beautiful mountains of Cyprus and starring the fearless Diana Rivers, A Brutal Trade isn't just enjoyable escapism; Faith Mortimer has written a very different thriller to the cosy read I was expecting and, as a part-time resident of the idyllic sunshine holiday destination, it chilled me to the bone. It has the unmistakeable ring of distinct possibility when you live in a country where nothing is quite as it seems.That aside, the story was a proper page-turner, exciting and engaging. I haven't read the rest of the Diana Rivers novels but that will be rectified before the summer is over.I just won't be going up into the mountains....

  • Sue McQuaide Kitt
    2018-10-19 15:46

    Finally after trying to get around to reading the very popular Diane Rivers series for ages, I received an ARC from Faith Mortimer and THE Book Club. Even though I have started with book number 7, I felt it worked very well as a standalone book and has just wetted my appetite to go back and start at the beginning of the seriesDiane Rivers is a very determined and likeable amateur sleuth who lives with her very patient husband Steve on the stunning island of Cyprus. The story touches on the very disturbing practices of human trafficking, prostitution and illegal human organ trading.I absolutely loved this well written and very suspenseful book with the good guys very likeable and the bad ones extremely hateful and can’t wait to read the earlier books. Well done Faith Mortimer.

  • Jackie Roche
    2018-10-06 12:38

    I received this book from TBC for an honest and open review.I didn't think it was possible but Faith Mortimer has surpassed herself in this, the 7th Diana Rivers thriller.This is a riveting book that gripped me from beginning to end.As with all her books Faith has obviously researched the subject thoroughly. I didn't realise that so much of the world's trafficking came through Cyprus!I enjoyed this book for so many different reasons. For a good story you need a killer plot, great characters and a good writing style. This book has got the lot.Thank you Faith. A 5 star read and can't wait for number 8

  • Teresa
    2018-10-07 12:17

    I was sent this book, the latest in the Diana Rivers series, directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. It took me less than a day to read. This is only the second book I have read in this series and on both occasions I have not been disappointed. The story gripped me from the beginning, it was extremely well written, edgy and full of surprises throughout. I have loved all of the books I've read so far by Faith Mortimer and will definitely be reading more of this series very soon. A very worthy five stars from me, well done Faith!!!

  • Angela Heslop
    2018-09-20 16:37

    Have to say a bit dissapointed. Not to say this was not a good story, it definitely was. But the writing and characters were not what I would expect from a 4+ rated goodreads. This was more like an Agatha Christie without the period gentrification and charm of a village cozy. I think it may have been going for hard boiled "sex trade" crime drama, but it also fell well short of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". All in all it failed on both fronts.

  • Ann
    2018-10-06 11:40

    Faith has done it again. I have loved every book in this series, and this one was no exception. It is another mystery and suspense that grabbed me from the first pages and kept me reading until I finished it. The story definitely took me on a roller coaster ride following Diana as she gets pulled into another dangerous case. Faith is definitely one of the authors that I definitely leaves me wanting more.

  • Sibel Hodge
    2018-10-11 11:30

    Diana Rivers does it again! Set in the beautiful and mysterious island of Cyprus, Diana is investigating the death of a mutilated young woman. With the help of an old flame and a local policeman, they piece together disturbing events that are even more horrific than they first thought. A fast-paced thriller which will keep you turning the pages!

  • Joann
    2018-10-11 14:41

    I've never read any books by this author but I did enjoy the book and setting of it - being on the island of Cyprus. To me, that always ups the ante in a book for me. I thought the writing was sharp and crisp. It was a dark book since it involved the sex trade of young girls and also the taking of organs for sale. I liked the main characters and would read more by this author.

  • Tom Elder
    2018-09-24 16:31

    Faith MortimerBook 7.A Brutal Trade.This is the 7th book in the Diana Rivers series. The book is set in Cyprus and had me hooked from chapter one. In my opinion this book is Faiths best to date. Diana gets involved in trying to solve some serious crimes including murder. As always Diana does not rest until this puzzle is solved.5+* 14 June 2015.

  • Fiona Moreira
    2018-10-16 19:47

    Young Asian women are being killed on the island paradise of Cyprus and when the good friend of her housemaid is found dead, Diana Rivers is caught up solving the case. Like a modern day Miss Marple can she get all the pieces of the puzzle to fit before it's too late...

  • Angela
    2018-10-17 16:17

    Another cracking read by faith . The book contained disturbing actions that do exist in the world and was written very well . I found it easy to follow and was very glad of the ending

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2018-10-06 19:17

    wow. absolutely fantastic. have to get other books from faith now. loved it. this is a must read