All the evidence points to one man - a mid-list author of detective tales with a career on the skids. Cast adrift by agents and publishers alike, his dreams thwarted, Arthur Middleton has gone to the dark side and embraced self-publishing. He may be crazed with ambition, but how mad would a man have to be to kill for publicity, for book sales? Mad enough to admit everything on the pages of his latest blockbuster?
As the body count mounts, and the police refuse to take him seriously, Capgras must act alone, defy his critics and get to the truth fast – before the killer gets to him.
I’m not usually a fan of crime novels or murder mysteries but when I realized the story and characters take place in the London book publishing world, I decided to give it a try. For the most part, I’m not sorry I did, despite the inclusion of a petty and mean-spirited book blogger. She was only a minor character but c’mon, we all know book bloggers are really just the nicest, sweetest most friendly people you’ll ever meet, right?
Anyhoo, the rest of the book featured solid writing and constant plot twists which certainly kept things entertaining. I especially appreciated the short chapters that often ended in mini-cliffhangers practically forcing me to keep reading so I could find out what happens next. Trust me, it’s best not to start reading this one before bed because you’ll be up all night.
Still, I doubt anyone will be shocked to learn I have a few quibbles that have to be addressed:
Despite these minor issues, the book was still a fun read with an interesting cast of characters. If you’re into murder mysteries, it’s definitely worth a try.
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