love mur­der

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By Zil­lah Byng-thorne BY SAUL BLACK

Six years on from her first ad­ven­ture, in The Killing Lessons, Saul Black picks up the story of De­tec­tive Va­lerie Hart, who re­mains haunted by her neme­sis, the beau­ti­ful killer, Kather­ine Glass.

Al­though Glass is safely be­hind bars, for the hor­rific mur­ders in which she played a part, her part­ner in crime is still on the loose.

The sec­ond book in Black’s se­ries com­bines a love story, with the lat­est grue­some killings in­ter­rupt­ing fel­low cop Nick Blaskovitch’s at­tempts to pro­pose to Hart, and the hor­rific tale of a se­rial killer on the ram­page. As the spate of killings com­mences, it is clear to Hart that they are con­nected to the mur­ders from six years ago and, more fright­en­ingly, this time the car­nage is very per­sonal.

The only chance that Hart has of un­der­stand­ing the cryptic let­ters she re­ceives from the killer is to re-en­gage with the enig­matic Kather­ine Glass. How­ever, the per­sonal im­pact on Hart may cost her more deeply than she re­alises, as her re­la­tion­ship with Blaskovitch be­comes in­creas­ingly strained and the per­sonal na­ture of the killer’s vendetta begins to emerge.

As with The Killing Lessons, this is an easy read, with a com­pelling plot that de­vel­ops at pace un­til its chill­ing cli­max.

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