I love being a writer of murder mysteries. It means I can read books in this genre and it is classed as research. What the heck, reading any book can be classed as research for a writer. So I have been topping up my reading addiction with the latest Carol O'Connell book.
I love Carol O'Connell's Kathy Mallory Books and this one is as good as, if not better than, all the rest. Kathy Mallory is a detective with no feelings and a myriad of inner demons. These are so deep seated it makes your average inner demon look all pink and fluffy in comparison. This makes Mallory a complex character. I have to admit that she grows on you throughout the series and she shows flashes of being almost human in this one. There are a number of strands to the book, but the author skilfully weaves then into one tense whole. The action mainly takes place in a theatre which one would think would limit the drama. However, this is not the case. The lives of the actors and their characters are so interspersed it is difficult to tell fact from fantasy. This makes for interesting reading and so many twists and turns it made me feel dizzy. The theatre itself also provides a sinister backdrop to the story. Mallory is no ordinary cop and the normal rules of investigation do not seem to apply to her. She breaks the rules at any given moment and will do whatever it takes to solve the case. I think this adds a certain something to the whole proceedings as you never know what she is going to do next.
Would I recommend this book? Yes definitely. However, it may be worth reading some of the previous books in the series in order to get the full measure of mallory's character.
This book will not be released until 06 August 2013. It is well worth setting the date and downloading as this book is one of the most gripping in a long time.
I was given a copy of this book by the Publishers for review purposes. I was not expected to provide a positive review and this review is fair based on my reading and enjoyment of the book.
I am now off to do some more writing and then to settle down with another great murder mystery. See you back here soon for another review.