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The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

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Although part of a series that features Byrne and Balzano there is no need to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. The story is tightly plotted and moves along at a good steady pace. We are introduced to the killers at an early stage and part of the story is told from their perspective as they stalk and select their victims. They are intriguing, mysterious and slightly wacky and take meticulous care in their presentation of the bodies in scenes that are reminiscent of Victorian dioramas. It’s great trying to work out the connections and motives before they are revealed; not for the squeamish.

If you like Richard Montanari you might also like to read books by P. J. Tracy, Oliver Stark and Jeffery Deaver.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Mr Marseille is a well-spoken, well-turned-out and intelligent man devoted to his beloved Annabelle. However, he is a major-league psychopath. In a quiet Philadelphia suburb, a woman discovers a girl strangled and posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her, bizarrely, is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week’s time. Shortly afterwards, more victims begin to turn up, similarly posed. It’s up to detectives Byrne and Balzano to crack a particularly challenging case.
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The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time. Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat. With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets.


Longtime fans of the series will not be disappointed, nor will readers who favor thrillers with a high creepiness quotient * Booklist *

About the Author

Richard Montanari

Richard Montanari is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Devil's Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Deviant Way and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out more about Richard Montanari visit his website at

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9th April 2015


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


496 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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