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Blood of the Rose (Paperback)

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London, 1986. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal, and often bizarre, slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood red rose left at the scene of every killing. Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey. As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge. Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think. Blood of the Rose is a classic crime thriller, driven around a compelling central relationship between detective Alan Winters and beautiful journalist Jennifer Chapman. In the tradition of all brilliant crime novels the reader is drawn into the mystery, mayhem and murder, and left guessing until the very end to the identity of the terrifying killer.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Urbane Publications Publication Date: 01/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9781909273122  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kevin Murray began his writing career 40 years ago, working on The Star, Johannesburg's biggest daily newspaper. He soon became Chief Crime Reporter in what was considered to be the crime capital of the world. He has written two bestselling business books on leadership, Language of Leaders and Communicate to Inspire.

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The beautifully printed "Blood of the Rose"' written by Kevin Murray and published by Urbane Publications is a superb example of a police procedural thriller at its best. I always enjoy discovering new authors I haven't read before and this was no exception. When a newspaper editor is violently murdered and more bodies start to turn up the police are baffled. The only thing connecting the horrific murders is a single blood red rose left at each murder scene. What I loved most about this book was the way some chapters were written from the killer's point of view. At first I hated him after the very gruesome incident with the cat early on (be warned it is quite disturbing) but then later, reading his past history and torment at the hands of his father I started to understand his troubled mind and why he was committing the murders. The animosity and interplay between the Chief Superintendent - Dutchman Jan Van Deventer and Chief Inspector Alan Winters was such a refreshing change. I really enjoyed the competing banter and rivalry between them both. It was good to see them reluctantly working together at the end to solve the case. There was even an intriguing love interest between Winters and the murdered newspaper editor's daughter Jennifer which I was keen to see develop. The storyline culminates in an unpredicted explosive end that was just outstanding. It had me guessing all the time as to who was the killer. There was even an unexpected twist in the final pages that rounded off the book perfectly. This is a great crime novel set in the 1980's and I could really see this book being made into a TV series - so good were the characters of Van Deventer and Winters and their traditional approach to good old fashioned police work without the advantages of modern forensic technology and communication. It's quite hard to believe that this is a first book and not a seasoned sequel. I'm pleased I've had the opportunity to read this book by Kevin Murray who knows how to engage the reader with well developed characters and a gripping plot line. I do hope there will be more books by this author and I would happily recommend "Blood of the Rose" to all crime fiction readers.

- 24/03/2017
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