##BookReview “The Murder Club” by Nikki Crutchley

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If reading crime fiction and suspense has taught me nothing else, it’s to avoid small towns! 😀 They all have serial killers, and so many odd, quirky residents, it’s nearly impossible to identify the killer.

Welcome to Lentford, New Zealand!

I didn’t read book one in this series, but it’s obvious Miller Hatcher is in Lentford for closure… and redemption. She’s avoided dealing with the home of her late mother for two years, and she’s trying to regroup from too many bad decisions and too much alcohol.

Trying not to see her job at the local newspaper as a step down in her career, it shakes Miller when she realizes letters she’s received could be from the killer of a local woman. Her worst fears are realized when the letters… and the killings continue by the man dubbed the Scarf Killer. He wants Miller to make him famous by writing about him in the paper. But he’s looking for more than notoriety, and Miller finds herself in danger. Again.

We also meet Cassie whose mother disappeared years ago but her remains were only recently found, and Logan, whose sister was murdered, and their paths and lives will intersect with Miller’s before a killer is exposed.

Kudos to Nikki Crutchley! She laced this one up nice and tight, making it impossible for me to guess the killer’s identity!  I read the last three chapters saying, “Whaaaaat?” a lot!

Enjoy!


SYNOPSIS

‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’

When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.

Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.

Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.

The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.

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‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’

When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.

Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.

Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.

The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.

Purchase Links

AMAZON UK  

AMAZON US  


Author Bio

Nikki Crutchley

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proof-reader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.

Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and before she turned to crime writing had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Bonsai: Best Small Fictions from Aotearoa New Zealand, and Fresh Ink anthologies.

Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Her first novel, Nothing Bad Happens Here, featuring journalist Miller Hatcher, is set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand. It was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Her second book, No One Can Hear You, was long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best novel in 2019. The Murder Club is the second in the Miller Hatcher series.

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#Review “No One Can Hear You” by Nikki Crutchley

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5/5 stars!

No One Can Hear You is like one of those five-hundred-piece landscape puzzles that’s all blue sky and bluer ocean with the sun hanging over the horizon.

Of course, the edges are the starting point and a frame appears. Now the only thing to do is continue to work inward, placing puzzle pieces until the last piece left is that corner of the sun that could not be placed until all the other pieces surrounding it were in position.

Such is the plot of this suspenseful read.

Zoe Hayward planned never to return to her hometown but when her estranged mother, Lillian, passes away… on the same day Zoe quits her job, she feels it’s her duty to return to Crawton and handle her mother’s final affairs and service.

Crawton. One of the many places young women disappear from and no one cares or makes much of an effort to find them. Their questionable character and tarnished pasts make them the type no one cares about.

But Zoe comes across notes and journals in her mother’s home about women in trouble and/or missing.

Is there anything to it or just the ramblings of a mind being overtaken by Alzheimer’s?

Zoe begins to ask questions of people who knew Lillian, and she doesn’t understand the questions are leading her down the same path as her mother… to the truth and danger.

Multiple POVs kept me moving forward, anxious to see how everything fit together. While I did figure out the identity of one of the guilty parties, I was yelling, “Are you kidding me?” at my Kindle as the net stretched wider and the plot twists kept knocking at the door.

Kudos to the author for an excellent, well-woven plot and strong, determined female characters who know sometimes the only hero you get is yourself.

Readers of mystery, suspense and thrillers will get a big kick out of No One Can Hear You.

Enjoy!

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He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He No One Can Hear You coversaid that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

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He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He No One Can Hear You coversaid that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

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Nikki CrutchleyAuthor Bio – Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. No One Can Hear You is Nikki’s second crime novel, set in the small Waikato town of Crawton. Her first book, Nothing Bad Happens Here, a crime/thriller set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Nikki has worked in libraries in New Zealand and the UK and now works as a freelance proofreader. Nikki’s flash fiction has been published online and in the Fresh Ink anthology and the upcoming Bonsai anthology.

 

 

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