Stephen Killigan has been cold since the day he came to Cambridge as a junior lecturer. Something about the seven hundred years of history staining the stones of the university has given him a chill he can't shake.
When he stumbles across the body of a missing beauty queen, he thinks he's found the reason. But when the police go to retrieve the body and find no trace, Killigan has found a problem - and a killer - that is the very opposite of reason. Killigan's unwitting entry into Jackamore Grass's sinister world will lead him on a trail of tattooists, philosophers, cadavers and scholars of a deadly beauty.
As Killigan traces a path between our age and seventeenth century Cambridge, he must work out how a corpse can be found before someone goes missing, and whether he's at the edge of madness or an astonishing discovery.
A fast-paced page-turner The Beauty of Murder is a speculative crime thriller that travels to the heart of gruesome series of crime by way of a city and a person that have far too many secrets written in blood.
What members say
If you could sum up The Beauty of Murder in three words, what would they be?
Intriguing. Clever. Original.
What did you like best about this story?
Characterisation is both sympathetic and honest. All characters are real and believable, including those we would normally not want to understand.
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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending is full of both human understanding for us as readers and for the main character. This beautifully crafted moment will stay with me forever.
Any additional comments?
This book will capture you. Count on it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Appalling accents and too long winded
I nearly asked for my money back when first listened to this as found it really annoying the accent of the main character makes him seem middle aged and boring but the character is supposed to be young but still boring. His best friend and another female police pathologist character sounded like badly attempted Welsh accents instead of possibly being Indian also the college porter, a later minor character supposedly West Indian also began to sound a bit Welsh. The baddy upper class English characters and their accents were all too hammy and the characters ridiculous. I’d say the main story is a good idea but gets a bit lost. I liked the descriptions of 17th century Cambridge and the fens. Found myself impatiently waiting for book to end as it rambled on too long.