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The truth can have deadly consequences... On a sunny morning, when the Mediterranean is dead calm, Captain Paul Thomas embarks on a dive to the wreck of the Zenobia, off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus. Within hours, he has taken his final, gasping breath in an accident below the surface. A new Royal Military Police liaison is required to pick up on his work, and Major Helen S The truth can have deadly consequences... On a sunny morning, when the Mediterranean is dead calm, Captain Paul Thomas embarks on a dive to the wreck of the Zenobia, off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus. Within hours, he has taken his final, gasping breath in an accident below the surface. A new Royal Military Police liaison is required to pick up on his work, and Major Helen Scott gets the assignment. It turns out Paul Thomas had rattled cages during his current case - four serving soldiers are in custody accused of the leaking of state intelligence. If proven, the scandal would rock the foundation of the armed forces. Once on Cyprus, it becomes clear that the island relies on a delicate balance of old-school glad-handing and turning a blind eye, and anyone who threatens to upset the equilibrium will find themselves in the line of fire...


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The truth can have deadly consequences... On a sunny morning, when the Mediterranean is dead calm, Captain Paul Thomas embarks on a dive to the wreck of the Zenobia, off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus. Within hours, he has taken his final, gasping breath in an accident below the surface. A new Royal Military Police liaison is required to pick up on his work, and Major Helen S The truth can have deadly consequences... On a sunny morning, when the Mediterranean is dead calm, Captain Paul Thomas embarks on a dive to the wreck of the Zenobia, off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus. Within hours, he has taken his final, gasping breath in an accident below the surface. A new Royal Military Police liaison is required to pick up on his work, and Major Helen Scott gets the assignment. It turns out Paul Thomas had rattled cages during his current case - four serving soldiers are in custody accused of the leaking of state intelligence. If proven, the scandal would rock the foundation of the armed forces. Once on Cyprus, it becomes clear that the island relies on a delicate balance of old-school glad-handing and turning a blind eye, and anyone who threatens to upset the equilibrium will find themselves in the line of fire...

30 review for The Line

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is the second book in the ‘Helen Scott’ series by author Rachel Lynch. I love Rachel’s other series featuring ‘Kelly Porter’ but struggled a little with the previous book in this series. This book however was much better and was an excellent read. Not sure if it was just that I am now more familiar with the new character but finished this one looking forward to the next one. In this book Major Helen Scott finds herself on an assignment in Cyprus following the death of Captain Paul Thomas. Th This is the second book in the ‘Helen Scott’ series by author Rachel Lynch. I love Rachel’s other series featuring ‘Kelly Porter’ but struggled a little with the previous book in this series. This book however was much better and was an excellent read. Not sure if it was just that I am now more familiar with the new character but finished this one looking forward to the next one. In this book Major Helen Scott finds herself on an assignment in Cyprus following the death of Captain Paul Thomas. Thomas died while diving in a suspected accident but suspicion arises when it is discovered that he had upset people while working on a case. Four serving soldiers were accused of leaking state secrets and find themselves in custody in a case that could prove to cause a scandal that would rock the armed forces. It is not long before Helen discovers that the island is run by an old fashioned regime that turn a blind eye when they feel necessary. Exciting novel full of action and in Helen Scott with have a character that is going to grow on readers. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Canelo for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: July 3rd 2022 "Her worst fears had as good as been confirmed: this was a diplomatic game." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Canelo Crime in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I can never resist a thriller with an international setting, and I admit I was sold as soon as I first read the blurb of The Line. The setting on Cyprus and the diving angle alone were enough for me to convince myself I wanted to read this Finished reading: July 3rd 2022 "Her worst fears had as good as been confirmed: this was a diplomatic game." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Canelo Crime in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I can never resist a thriller with an international setting, and I admit I was sold as soon as I first read the blurb of The Line. The setting on Cyprus and the diving angle alone were enough for me to convince myself I wanted to read this story, although I confess I didn't realize at the time it was actually the second book of a series. Thankfully I've had time to catch up before reading this sequel, and both books have brought this series firm on my radar. Technically it's not too difficult to read The Line as a stand-alone: the case is a completely new one and you will only be missing out to minor character background not important to the understanding of the current situation. I'm personally glad to have read the first book The Rift though, because it gave me a better understanding of what the main character Helen Scott is like and what she is capable of. I enjoyed this sequel a tiny bit more than the first book, but both books were highly entertaining and solid reads. The Line is mainly set on Cyprus, where we get to explore various parts of the island during our time with this story. The descriptions made the setting come alive for me, and I liked how the setting also played a role in the plot itself. There were a select few chapters set in Aleppo, Syria as well, although they weren't the main focus of the story. Instead, the plot evolves around the mysterious death of a fellow RMP Captain Paul Thomas and the case he was investigating. It almost had that conspiracy plot and spy thriller feel with the leaking of state intelligence and the secrets and lies everywhere... And it definitely made the story more exciting and suspenseful. The plot uses a multiple POV structure where we switch between the different characters in play to slowly get a full picture of what is really going on. Helen Scott is the character that anchors them all, and while it seems like there are a lot of different characters in play to keep apart, somehow it's quite easy to do so and it doesn't slow down the pace at all. Helen herself is really growing on me and I like the way she isn't afraid of stepping on important toes and get the results. The story itself has a fast pace and just the right amount of action, twists and suspense to make you keep turning those pages. All in all The Line was without a doubt a successful sequel for me and I loved the combination of the international setting with the action, intrigue and conspiracy feel. I definitely hope to hear more of Helen Scott in the future! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Line by Rachel Lynch is the 2nd book in the Helen Scott series. I have been a big fan of Rachel’s previous series DI Kelly Porter and the first of this series I had mixed feelings but, now I am getting to know Helen Scott, this is turning out to be a great series too. RMP Captain Paul Thomas is spending some rare time away from his investigations to take part in a dive of the coast of Larnaca in Cyprus. He is an experience diver and has done the same dive previous times over but, in this inst The Line by Rachel Lynch is the 2nd book in the Helen Scott series. I have been a big fan of Rachel’s previous series DI Kelly Porter and the first of this series I had mixed feelings but, now I am getting to know Helen Scott, this is turning out to be a great series too. RMP Captain Paul Thomas is spending some rare time away from his investigations to take part in a dive of the coast of Larnaca in Cyprus. He is an experience diver and has done the same dive previous times over but, in this instance, he has somehow been separated from his dive buddy. Something he has discovers has shocked him to the core which alters his breathing that makes him run out of air. When he is found and brought to the surface it is too late, he is dead. The local Police think that it is just an accident. But the Royal military Police are not convinced, and Major Helen Scott is brought in to lead the investigation. When the pathology reports are in, they discover that Captain Paul Thomas was murdered, and it wasn’t an accident after all. Major Helen considers if it has got to do with what he was investigating. The intelligence that has been leaked from the Ayios Nikolaos Listening station. Who is involved and why do they want it? Thank you, Canelo, for a copy The Line by Rachel Lynch for an honest review. Told in several points of view, this has a unique storyline, great characters and loved the descriptions of the scenery etc. It brought the story alive. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read more from this series. 5 stars from me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Plant

    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for this amazing book after reading the synopsis of this book have to admit to dreading it...it sounded very political but i have always loved this authors books and requested it anyway and after putting it off for a while i headed in and boy after the first page i was hooked.... captain paul thomas is in cyprus but for relaxation he likes to dive and on this lovely day hes booked in to dive with his mate, they are going to dive the wreck and go deep would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for this amazing book after reading the synopsis of this book have to admit to dreading it...it sounded very political but i have always loved this authors books and requested it anyway and after putting it off for a while i headed in and boy after the first page i was hooked.... captain paul thomas is in cyprus but for relaxation he likes to dive and on this lovely day hes booked in to dive with his mate, they are going to dive the wreck and go deep inside...he knows his diving and his buddy who runs the dive shop has no worries about this dive...but for paul thomas its going to be his last day on earth major helen scott is called in to take over the investigation that paul thomas was running and with 4 officers suspended with pay until the investigation is over she has her work cut out... and like any internal affairs nobody wants them sniffing around but this is more deadly than they first thought and with the death of paul thomas things could get dicey at any minute and for helen who can she trust with the antagonism she faces off everyone oh my word i lost hours in this book..so well written and based in Cyprus with a bit of history i loved this book and couldnt put it down... cant wait for the next helen scott book...they are amazing

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Read his complete review on Rosepoint Publishing. Four corporals are in the brig for the death of a naval officer who drowned off the coast of Cyprus. A seasoned and well-trained diver should not have drowned at 60 meters exploring a wreck. Major Helen Scott RMP is sent to investigate the incident. Helen does not believe such an accident would have occurred with a trained diver. Her investigation reveals some very strange and frightening facts about this quiet Mediterranean island. How could the Read his complete review on Rosepoint Publishing. Four corporals are in the brig for the death of a naval officer who drowned off the coast of Cyprus. A seasoned and well-trained diver should not have drowned at 60 meters exploring a wreck. Major Helen Scott RMP is sent to investigate the incident. Helen does not believe such an accident would have occurred with a trained diver. Her investigation reveals some very strange and frightening facts about this quiet Mediterranean island. How could the officer have drowned when being accompanied by three other seasoned divers? Why was he not able to get back to the surface by following his dive line back to the opening in the ship being investigated? Major Helen Scott is an extremely strong character and an excellent effective member of the navy. This book has many twists and well-developed characters guaranteed to keep you turning pages. Enjoy! 4.5 stars – CE Williams Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    The second in this original series featuring military police officer Major Helen Scott. This book is based in Cyprus and involves the death of a fellow officer who is currently undertaking an investigation into the leaking of secrets from the military base. In the previous book, I had found the main character to be rather distant and difficult to relate to. She is very professional and efficient, very admirable qualities but a bit off-putting to a mere mortal! During the course of this book she The second in this original series featuring military police officer Major Helen Scott. This book is based in Cyprus and involves the death of a fellow officer who is currently undertaking an investigation into the leaking of secrets from the military base. In the previous book, I had found the main character to be rather distant and difficult to relate to. She is very professional and efficient, very admirable qualities but a bit off-putting to a mere mortal! During the course of this book she did grow on me and I feel that her character will probably develop over the course of future books. The supporting characters were lacking in depth but this was less of an issue. The start of the book was slow. The investigation didn't properly begin until 20% of the way through the story. Once the investigation did begin, the pace increased dramatically and it proved to be an action-packed read. The plot was quite straightforward and there were a few twists and surprises but nothing dramatic. Overall, an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of the series. I received a free review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unedited review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I’ll start this review with the last line of my review of The Rift “ I really liked the characters of both Helen and Grant and would love to read more with them in it” and here we have it with the second book in the Helen Scott series. Another brilliantly descriptive rollercoaster of a ride from this very talented author. Rachel Lynch writes in 3D, you can feel the heat, smell the sunscreen and hear the tide, in this military thriller set in Cyprus. Helen is sent to investigate the death of a fe I’ll start this review with the last line of my review of The Rift “ I really liked the characters of both Helen and Grant and would love to read more with them in it” and here we have it with the second book in the Helen Scott series. Another brilliantly descriptive rollercoaster of a ride from this very talented author. Rachel Lynch writes in 3D, you can feel the heat, smell the sunscreen and hear the tide, in this military thriller set in Cyprus. Helen is sent to investigate the death of a fellow RMP whose ‘accidental” demise may not prove to be quite as accidental as they’d have her believe. Soon she’s entangled in a murky plot which uncovers that all is not as it should be in the garrison and causes her to question even those she’s come to rely on. Set in London, Cyprus and Syria it has a gripping main plot which will keep you turning the pages and nice developments in the subplot including the introduction of some new colleagues whose characters I hope we hear more of in the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jewels

    As usual in my reviews, I will not rehash the plot (plenty of reviews like that out there already). This is the second in Rachel Lynch's series featuring Major Helen Scott of the RMP. Having enjoyed the first novel, I was pleased to see this one being published. The setting - Cyprus - added to the atmosphere and provided a great backdrop to the fast-paced action once the story took off. The writing was very descriptive - you could imagine the scorching heat and the slightly claustrophobic atmosphe As usual in my reviews, I will not rehash the plot (plenty of reviews like that out there already). This is the second in Rachel Lynch's series featuring Major Helen Scott of the RMP. Having enjoyed the first novel, I was pleased to see this one being published. The setting - Cyprus - added to the atmosphere and provided a great backdrop to the fast-paced action once the story took off. The writing was very descriptive - you could imagine the scorching heat and the slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of the married quarters. The plot has plenty of twists and turns - and a few red herrings - who can be trusted, apart from Helen herself? Really enjoyed the novel on the whole. The only downside of me was the occasional use of a particular expletive - but maybe I'm just old-fashioned as it seems to be in the common parlance these days! I'm hoping there will be more in the Helen Scott series - as there is surely plenty of work for her out there! My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an ARC. All opinions my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Major Helen Scott has been sent to Cyprus to continue the investigation of her colleague who was killed whilst investigating intelligence leaks from the Cypriot base. From finding all the pieces to putting them all together, you learn all about the military setup, the RMP and how estranged some people can really become from the real world. This book is fast-paced, informative and full of twists. Every time you feel like it’s coming together, another piece of information needs fitting into the puz Major Helen Scott has been sent to Cyprus to continue the investigation of her colleague who was killed whilst investigating intelligence leaks from the Cypriot base. From finding all the pieces to putting them all together, you learn all about the military setup, the RMP and how estranged some people can really become from the real world. This book is fast-paced, informative and full of twists. Every time you feel like it’s coming together, another piece of information needs fitting into the puzzle. Helen Scott is an incredible, strong female lead and truly inspiring. I would highly recommend giving this book a read, I struggled to put it down! Can’t wait to read more books by Rachel Lynch.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aeterna

    I like diving and Cyprus, so this premise is quite appreciated even though the story moves along very slowly at first. Things only starts getting a bit heated more than halfway in. How come British military officers do not know about Mata Hari? It surprised me a whole lot. I like Paul, Nico and Sophia, Ani, and Gem. They are nice people :D lol Gem Quick summer read. Thank you for sending me this e-ARC. Opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Rachel Lynch is fast turning into one of my favourite authors and this book is another 5/5 from me! Great characters, a great storyline that has you intrigued but not confused as you go through the various twits in the plot. I do hope there is a 3rd book in the Helen Scott series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Review to follow.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Colette Lamberth

    I really enjoyed this book. When I read The Rift I said that Major Helen Scott was a great character and I’d love to see her return. Not only did she return in this book but I think it’s even better than the first one. When an RMP Captain dies in a diving accident in Cyprus, Helen is tasked with taking over his investigation into leaked intelligence. There are a few strands to the story and the author does a good job of making them all interesting. This is the only crime series I have read which I really enjoyed this book. When I read The Rift I said that Major Helen Scott was a great character and I’d love to see her return. Not only did she return in this book but I think it’s even better than the first one. When an RMP Captain dies in a diving accident in Cyprus, Helen is tasked with taking over his investigation into leaked intelligence. There are a few strands to the story and the author does a good job of making them all interesting. This is the only crime series I have read which features Royal Military Police and at risk of repeating myself I hope there are more books planned.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert James

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Curry

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  18. 5 out of 5

    roy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  20. 5 out of 5

    Desiree Wallace

  21. 5 out of 5

    Muriel Thompson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maurie Tulk

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liza Chupik

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann Kerrigan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hamilton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Lilian Kermode

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