Lovemurder – Saul Black (Valerie Hart 2)


Lovemurder was published on 30 March 2017 by Orion and is available to purchase here

The second spine-chilling serial-killer thriller featuring homicide detective Valerie Hart from the author of the critically-acclaimed THE KILLING LESSONS.

REMEMBER HER FACE. IT WILL BE THE LAST ONE YOU SEE. Troubled San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is planning a rare weekend away from the job when she gets the call. A body has been found. A woman, brutally murdered. And the cryptic note left by the body is addressed to Valerie. The victim is unknown to her, but as Valerie analyses the scene, the clues begin to point in a deeply disturbing direction: to a maximum security prison where a woman called Katherine Glass is awaiting execution for a series of gruesome killings. And Valerie was the cop who put her there. The last thing Valerie wants to do is re-enter Katherine’s twisted world, but when a second body is discovered, with another puzzling clue, she realises she has no choice. Katherine Glass holds the key to the killings, and Valerie needs to find out what she knows before the murders come even closer to home. Even if it means playing a deadly game where once again, the psychopathic killer holds all the cards.

Also reviewed by the same author

The Killing Lessons – Saul Black (Valerie Hart 1)

My thoughts

It’s a sign of a great author, that you are dying to know what happens next. This is such a captivating series. We met Valerie Hart in the Killing Lessons. She is back in Lovemurder.

Lovemurder does not disappoint. Two years have passed, since we were last with Hart. She is happily settled with Nick. She is in a better place emotionally. She has ceased to be the alcoholic mess, we met in the Killing Lessons. She has been forgiven for cheating. Her heart is mended. She seems to have grown, from her past experiences. Valerie Hart is thrust back into a terrible case, from her past. She was responsible for capturing Katherine Glass, a female sadistic serial killer. Glass is locked away in prison, on death row. Glass had a mysterious partner, who was seen taking part in the tortures and killings. Video evidence showed a masked figure, with Katherine Glass taking sexual pleasure in the kills. He managed to evade capture. He disappeared. In the present day, someone is trying to get Hart’s attention. Glass’s evil partner is back. He wants Katherine Glass freed. He is prepared to play mind games and to hurt innocent people. Will his demands be met? Can Katherine Glass be trusted?

Katherine Glass falls into the category of alluring serial killer. She is bright and full of spirit. She is highly intelligent. We see her meetings with Valerie Hart. We feel like we are there, in that prison room. These are two women. Face to face. Enigmatic evil. The scenes between Glass and Hart are outstanding. They fizz with chemistry. We feel the pull between the two characters. There is something there. A kind of kinship. We empathise with Hart. It has been done many times before (Hannibal and Starling, for example). The beguiling monster interrogated behind bars. It is a credit to Saul Black’s writing skill, that it is done with style.

Lovemurder is intelligent, hard hitting and really rather wonderful. This definitely places Saul Black in my favourite author’s list. In some ways, I am reminded of Karin Slaughter’s Grant County series. There is a lovely depth to everything. I can even forgive Black for making it a little too obvious, who our masked killer might be. I guessed correctly.








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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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