A time-travel serial killer tale set in Cambridge. Complex, fascinating and highly inventive, it is narrated by three very different voices one being the murdered which is shown in italics and written in a 17th century flowery style. The other two are a young philosophy lecturer so lots of pensive detail, and the female investigating police officer. It is a tad far-fetched but who cares for it is so thrilling and compulsive that you are swept along in wonder. Macabre, gruesome and chilling, it is highly recommended.
Stephen Killigan has been cold since the day he arrived in Cambridge. Seven hundred years of history staining the stones of the university has given him a chill he can't shake. Then he stumbles across the body of a missing beauty queen - a body which disappears before the police arrive...Unwittingly, Killigan has entered the sinister world of Jackamore Grass on a trail that reaches back to 17th-century Cambridge. It's a world of cadavers, philosophers and scholars of deadly beauty, a world where a person's corpse can be found before they even go missing, and of a city and a person that hold far too many secrets written in blood.
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Julie Bickerdyke - 'The style of writing is beautiful and the book was a joy to read. The author makes you feel that you are in Cambridge and brings to life the streets and surrounding area, both present day and in the 17th century.' Click here to read the full review.
Sarah Chapman - 'A K Benedict’s debut is a fast-paced crime thriller with a time-travel twist to add an extra layer of complexity...The use of the different voices throughout the novel keeps the narrative interesting and the plot zips along a good speed.' Click here to read the full review.
Lindsay Healy - 'There is much to admire and intrigue in this debut novel. It crosses over several genres to offer us a speculative thriller, complete with murder-mystery, police investigation, philosophy, the aesthetics of murder, time-travel and magic. It’s inventive, haunting and compelling.' Click here to read the full review.
Ruth Paterson - 'The Beauty of Murder is a superb first novel. I will certainly be looking for more books from this author in the future...As a reader of more “cosy” murder mysteries I was unsure if this novel would be for me, but found that I wasn’t focusing on the macabre but enjoying the unfolding mystery, learning more about the secrets of the city, university and the people in it.' Click here to read the full review.
Edel Waugh Well worth a read !! It was awesome ! ... click here to read the full review.
Joan Hill I found myself both mystified and intrigued at times by this cleverly conceived novel ... click here to read the full review.
Dawn Lynch - 'Mystery, suspense, time travelling and history - what more could you ask for in a book.' Click here to view the full review.
Clare Topping All in all a readable thriller, not at all believable, but does it have to be? ... click here to read the full review.
Magda North Great concept, great villain and an ending that properly surprised me. Worth a read ... click here to read the full review.
Patricia Whittaker - 'The story surrounds a young Cambridge lecturer called Stephen Killigan who inadvertently becomes involved in a series of murders which involve him time travelling to search out the truth.' Click here to read the full review.
A perfect mix of mystery, humour and delightfully managed time-travel fantasy. - TRIPFICTION.COM
Written in sinuous, elegant prose with characters that linger in the mind...one of the more interesting debuts this year - DAILY MAIL
A fast-paced page-turner, this is a speculative crime thriller that travels to the heart of a series of gruesome crimes by way of a city and person that have far too many secrets written in blood - CORNFLOWER BOOKS
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 14/03/2013
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd)
|Publication date:||10th April 2014|
|Author:||A. K. Benedict|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
A. K. Benedict read English at Cambridge and 20th Century Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Alexandra was the front-person of an underground indie band, has composed music for film and television and is currently writing a television detective series. Find out more at www.akbenedict.com. Author photo © Peter MouldMore About A. K. Benedict