Clever Deception by Mel Comley and Linda Prather

About this book…

“Have you ever watched the light fade from someone’s eyes, Foxy? The pigment slowly, ever so slowly disappear?”

The press call him the Escape Artist, and he is certainly living up to his name.

Sergeant Alexandra Fox has never come up against such a devious mind in her entire career. Ten young women, seven of them wives of fellow officers, have been found tortured and murdered. Every tiny lead fizzles out, and he revels in taunting them by phone, torturing them mentally as he forces them to listen to the screams of his victims.

Alexandra, is determined to catch him before he kills again, unaware that she’s become the object of his obsession until he issues one last threat: “I thought I would give you one warning. A chance to back away and leave the investigation. Don’t make me punish you.”

My review…

OMG! What a blooming brilliant novella! I took it with me to read whilst at the play barn this morning (school hols plus rain equals desperate measures!) and I absolutely loved every second of it. Mel Comley and Linda Prather are great on their own as writers but together they are amazing. Its like my love of peanut butter and my love of chocolate-on their own they are pretty good but put them together and I am in heaven!!!

Alex Fox is just a wonderful new character creation and I felt every single emotion that she was going through here. Hunting a vile and devious serial killer known as the Escape Artist, Fox has to put everything she has into solving the clues he maliciously sends her to try to prevent more abductions and work out who he is and what motive keeps on driving him.

This is a novella so didn’t take much longer than an hour for me to read but now I just can’t wait for the first book in the new Deception series. Be aware there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end here and hope you don’t start screaming “NO!!!!! I want more now!!” like I did! This is a really great start to this new series that will, I’m sure, be a huge hit with fans of both writers and adding some new ones as well!

Many thanks to the authors for my advanced review copy in return for my unbiased review.

Clever Deception: A Deception novella prequel to Tragic Deception is published on 14th September 2016 and will be available to buy from Amazon UK here.


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