The Cutter by Charlotte Barnes #BookReview #DIMelanieWatton3 #BloodhoundBooks #4.5*

This is going to hurt…

This killer is playing a deadly game and DI Melanie Watton must win if she wants to survive.

When DI Melanie Watton is called in to investigate the brutal murder of a taxidermist, she and her team find themselves tracking a killer and a thief.

With very few leads to go on, the trail goes cold, until one of the missing taxidermy projects finally appears planted at another crime scene.

The killer continues to leave clues and messages behind and the team soon realise they are in danger. And when one of the projects from the original scene turns up at Melanie’s door, she knows she’s the target.

As Melanie gets closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is getting closer to her with each step…

DI Melanie Watton series

  1. Copycat
  2. The Watcher
  3. The Cutter

Terrifically Exciting!

Another series I’m jumping into several books on, but very easy to get to know the characters!

When MIT get a call to the discovery of a body, DI Melanie Watton and her team find it very difficult to find any clues to follow; until, that is, missing items from the scene turn up at other crimes. With continuing crimes with clues left at the scene, the investigators realise that they are at risk from this perpetrator. When another clue turns up on DI Watton’s doorstep, the skills of the team come to the fore in tracing this killer and thief but it quickly becomes apparent that it is personal to Mel. Her superiors step in to protect her, but just how clever is this killer?

I’m always fond of crime novels where the investigating team get results by sheer dogged determination – and that’s exactly what this is. The MIT work very well together, each complementing the other and all focussed on solving the crime and finding the guilty party. This isn’t a straightforward read but then murder doesn’t tend to be straightforward. As the story progresses, the tension ramps up and I found myself wanting to read faster to find out where it was heading but unable to speed up in case I missed anything! Terrifically exciting and a perfect stand alone read even though it is third in series. Well written and smartly plotted with a fine array of characters and a thrilling story. I’m happy to recommend this one and give it 4.5*. Definitely an author to watch!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural

Author Details

I am Charlotte “Charley” Barnes and I am an author, poet, and lecturer, and I also am the current Worcestershire Poet Laureate (2019-20).

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