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The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

The Cutthroat opening line: “Medick is dead!”

Click here to read an extract  from The Cutthroat.

My blurb:

Is it possible that England’s most famous and elusive serial killer is alive? Could he be behind the murder of a young girl Isaac Bell has been tasked to find? With nearly the entire workforce of the Van Dorn Detective Agency working on this one case will Isaac find the man? Isaac is determined to solve an old case and at the same time stop a man long thought dead.

The Cutthroat
The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.
Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate – petite young blonde women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.
And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims – there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.
My verdict:

I always battle to settle into the Isaac Bell books as they are set at the turn of the last Century. But as soon as I’ve got accustomed to thinking in a world view I cannot relate to the book starts to grip me. Even though this story is unlikely, it is well written and an enjoyable read.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9-780-71818-465-0
Format Trade Paperback
Published March 2017
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime June 11:

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I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

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  • This sounds like a fascinating book, Tandy. Your blog intrigues me as you love the same things that I do, cooking, baking and reading, and have put them together into one blog and it works so well. Most of the bloggers who are interesting in baking and cooking cover these exclusively in their blogs. You and I are the only two that I know of that mix the two.

  • I haven't read any of Clive Cussler's books. I don't know why though!

  • Have not heard of this series before Tandy, will definitely have to check this book out. Great review!

  • I haven't heard about this series. But I am sure I would like this book.

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