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The Alphabet Murders by Lars Schutz

August 30, 2019 - 10:41 am No Comments

The Alphabet Murders by Lars Schutz

Published by Manilla on 22nd August 2019

The majority of psychological thrillers I read involve the police trying to solve the crime, but The Alphabet Murders is something different. Criminal profile Jan Grall has been tasked to help solve the case, but it soon becomes personal.

Jan Grall took me a few chapters to warm too. He is not like the cast of Criminal Minds. He has his own way of profiling the killer and has an unusual way of destressing. Saying that, he is good at what he does and when it does get personal, he goes into overdrive to try and stop any more killings.     

From the start of the book, you are introduced to the killer and you know that you are going to be in for a dark read. The author had a way of keeping my interest throughout the book, by switching between Grall trying to solve the case, one of the victims and the killer himself. This enabled me to get the complete story and even with all this information I still could not fathom who was behind the killings.

This is a psychological thriller so expect grizzly death scenes and the killer’s weapon of torture was not one I have read in any story. It was a pleasant change for me to read a book set in Germany as most of the books I read are set in the UK or US. The style of the writing was descriptive and as it was set in the winter had me feeling that there was no hope for Grall to solve the case.

I read this story fairly quickly as it was non stop from page one. This was a good debut novel and I will look out for more from this author

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

August 26, 2019 - 8:28 am No Comments


Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.

What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?

When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.  

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

Published on 27th July 2019

288 pages

I have read other works by this author, so I knew I was going to get into a story that would grab my attention to the end.

In this story Mary and her lawyer friend Dalia get embroiled in a murder and a missing painting, travelling through Europe can they solve the case.

This is the 1st book I have read in this series and I was not expecting such a great wacky character as Mary. She was one of the best characters that I have read in a while. An older lady, who loved her tech and never let age get in the way to solve a case. At times I felt sorry for Dalia as she was run ragged trying to keep Mary out of trouble, whilst sticking to the law.

As you read the story you are following them step by step as they try and solve the case and keep the prime suspect out of jail. The story was believable due to the research of the art world and the historical context of the paintings. The twists in the story kept me guessing to the end who was behind it and without giving anything away, I didn’t expect the ending.

This is a standalone story and anything important was explained, however, I would advise readers to read the story in order as I felt I missed some of the chemistry between Mary and Dalia. This was my own fault for not reading the other books first and as they are on KU I am going to rectify this.

This was a good story that will interest any lovers of mystery and intrigue. A quick read with one of the most quirky characters.       

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K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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