Before He Kills Again (Cassie Rowan #1) by Margaret Murphy – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Margaret Murphy and Joffe Books for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

A serial predator on the prowl in Liverpool. Seven victims so far. And he’s already got his next victim.

The police can’t catch him. He leaves no trace of himself, and no one has been able to provide a reliable description of him.

Detective Cassie Rowan is working undercover and on his trail. But now he has Cassie in his sights.

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MEET DETECTIVE CASSIE ROWAN

DC CASSIE ROWAN is a young policewoman who has been the main carer for her little brother NEIL since their parents died. She has to balance this role with her demanding job. She is working undercover on the streets of Liverpool trying to find the ‘Furman’, a man who has been brutally assaulting sex workers. Cassie blames herself and another detective, Wicks, for not catching him sooner. Forensic scientist Dr Ian Chan is on her side, but her boss Detective Chief Inspector Pat Warman thinks she is uncooperative and needs to work as part of a team.

My Thoughts

I love getting into a new detective series and was so excited to read this novel by Margaret Murphy, who is a new author for me.

Cassie Rowan is a young and relatively new detective with seemingly inadequate back up from her team and and also has the sole carer role for her 16 year old brother.  As if life isn’t hard enough she is tasked with tracking down a killer who is targeting sex workers.  Can she solve the case and save her reputation in time?

To begin with, this novel has a lot of characters and each chapter is told from a different perspective.  I had to think hard over the first part of the book to keep track of each character and it took a little while to get my head around them all but once I did and relaxed more into the narrative the plot was engrossing.

Cassie is a feisty and likable character who desperately wants to do her job well and seems to dislike the fact she has to reply on teamwork to achieve this.  She’s pretty down to Earth and relatable, with a vulnerable side which makes her an excellent female protagonist.  I also feel this novel highlights issued faced by women in some jobs Cassie has to deal with these with minimum support from superiors.  The ‘Furman’ is twisted but realistic and seeing his perspective woven in-between chapters brings a terrifying aspect to the plot.  All the characters are developed well and I’m looking forward to some relationships being explored further in the next installment.

It’s a longer novel than your average but the story unfolds quickly with plenty of action, twists and turns to keep the reader’s attention.  There is an intensity to the whole narrative and at some points I was holding my breath and reading at a crazy spped to find out what was going to happen.

I really enjoyed this first in a new series and cannot wait to read the next installment.   recommended for crime fans who like the darker side.

Author Bio – Margaret Murphy

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Margaret Murphy writes internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), founder of Murder Squad, and a former RLF Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector. She’s been a country park ranger, biology teacher, dyslexia specialist and Visiting Professor in creative writing. A Short Story Dagger and CWA Red Herring award winner, she has also been shortlisted for the ‘First Blood’ critics award and CWA Dagger in the Library.

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