The Murder Box by Olivia Kiernan

Some games can be deadly

At first, Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan believes the murder mystery game sent to her office is a birthday gift from one of her colleagues. But when Frankie studies the game’s contents, she notices a striking resemblance between the ‘murder victim’ and missing twenty-two-year-old Lydia Callin.

As Frankie and her team investigate, a series of grisly crimes connected to the game are discovered across Dublin city and Lydia’s involvement with a shadowy network of murder mystery players becomes clear.

On the hunt for Lydia’s murderer, Frankie is drawn more deeply into the game. Every successful move brings her closer to the killer. But the real question is not what happens should she lose — but what happens if she wins.

This is a great crime thriller series that if you haven’t discovered it already…then you really should give it a go! The Murder Box can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel though so don’t worry! And it’s a great introduction to DCS Frankie Sheehan and I’m sure that once you met her you will want to discover more…

This is the fourth book in this well received series and it has an intriguing storyline! It’s Frankies birthday and a delivery to the office is first thought to be a gift from one of her colleagues-a murder mystery game. But it doesn’t take her long to notice a few similarities between the victim in the game and a real life missing person. And if Frankie wants to solve the case then she’s going to have to play the game…

This series really does keep on getting better! There aren’t many that can hold my attention over a long period of time but this Dublin based detective is such a likeable and engaging character creation who never feels stale as she’s always evolving. And although The Murder Box is a police procedural and very much plot driven, we still get to see Frankie as more than just a police officer. There’s one thread in particular that I am keen to see developments in as the series moves forward!

The Murder Box is an intelligently plotted, expertly crafted crime thriller with a unique hook. It’s also beautifully written with characters that maintain your interest throughout the gripping storyline-a perfectly balanced page turner that will blow you away! Comes highly recommended by me and is one of my July HOTBOOKS!

Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer. In a previous life, she completed a diploma in anatomy and physiology then a BSc in Chiropractic before she succumbed to the creative itch and embarked on an MA in Creative writing. In 2015, she began writing PLAY DEAD FOR ME (formerly titled Too Close to Breathe), a crime thriller that was published in 2018 and features Dublin detective, Frankie Sheehan. THE KILLER IN ME and IF LOOKS COULD KILL followed soon after. The fourth in the series THE MURDER BOX publishes on July 22nd 2021 and is available to pre-order now.

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