Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Nine Lives By Kevin McManus and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – SpellBound Books for the review copy.
Genre: Police procedural
Release date: 23 07 2021
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.59 (GBP)
Kindle $2.74 (USD)/ Paperback $9.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 222
My rating: I liked it.
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Description of the book: In Western Ireland in 1979, Hazel Devereaux, a student of Trinity College in Dublin, goes missing while working at a summer job. Six months later her body is discovered in a shallow grave. A line from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe entitled “A Paean” is discovered in an envelope at the house Hazel was renting. Could this be a calling card of the murderer? Thirty years later, Detective Ray Logue discovers that a series of murders in Boston appear to be connected to the killings in 1979. Each victim also received a line from the poem by Edgar Allan Poe delivered to their homes. It becomes evident that a serial killer is at work and has claimed seven lives so far. The murderer kills two victims every ten years, always on a year ending in nine and always on the same dates in June and December. If he follows the same pattern, he will kill again in less than a fortnight. Ray Logue is dispatched to Boston to work alongside Detective Olivia Callaghan and Inspector Sam Harper to discover the identity of the murderer and to stop him before he strikes again. Logue’s ‘bull in a china shop’ policing method brings him into conflict with Sam Harper’s more calculated and measured approach. As a result, trying to work together becomes almost as challenging as catching the serial killer. But catch a killer they must.
How this book made me feel: After reading the first book in the series, the logical step would be to carry on and see, what Ray Logue got himself into this time. 🙂
The narrative of this book travels through time, starting with murders that happened in 1979 when Ray Logue’s boss was a new cop. For time being I thought that it will be a story about Jim Mulcahy and his investigation, but the narrative has been fast-forwarded to the future when the murders were repeated again in America. So, Ray has been sent to America to assist with the murders. I really liked his new colleagues, and the cultural clash between Americans and Irish, it was interesting to read about it. I really enjoyed the characters, but in this book, we don’t really get to know them much, the book is more oriented towards the investigation.
I thoroughly enjoyed the investigation and everything that the police were able to find out, however, everything in this book was very easy for the police, the warrants being signed soon, police officers always available for tasks and they got time for drinks after work. 😀 I really liked the twists and suspense, and could not wait to find out who actually killed all those people.
The writing style did not improve much from the first book and is still quite simplistic and lacks creativity. It is quite upsetting because the author’s ideas for the books are brilliant and the stories are gripping, and I can see the potential it what it could become, but the overall delivery of the book needs more work, even when it comes to grammar. The chapters are quite short, and the pages just flew by for me. I really liked the ending of this novel, it always leaves me guessing and a little confused. 🙂
So, to conclude, I was gripped by this story, and I found the characters interesting and likeable. The overall idea of this book is brilliant, but it does need more work when it comes to the final delivery of this novel. This book can be read as a stand-alone, so if you are looking for a quick read, do give this book a go, currently, it is free for Kindle Unlimited users. I hope you will enjoy it. 🙂
Thank You for Your time ❤
About the author: Kevin McManus is an award winning writer from Western Ireland. He is an active member of the CWA (The international Crime Writers Association). In 2016 the author was awarded the Leonard Trophy for his writing and in 2017 and 2018 Under the Red Winter Sky and New Blood were voted the best Crime Novels of the year out of 2000 nominated books.
In April 2021 SpellBound books published “Death Rains Down” the first in a series of crime novels by the author featuring the Irish Detective, Ray Logue. Spellbound published the second book in the Ray Logue series “Nine Lives” in July 2021.
In Autumn 2020, Kevin McManus published his first poetry anthology entitled, Spirits in the Forest. In Spring 2021, Kevin McManus published his second poetry selection, “Songs of Better days”. In November 2021, Dark Edge Press will publish “The Whole of the Moon” a novel by Kevin McManus which is set in Ireland in the late 1980s.
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