The Curator By M.W.Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK #BookReview #Netgalley #TheCurator

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The CuratorThe Curator by M.W.Craven
Series: Washington Poe #3
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Publication Date: June 4, 2020
Pages: 384
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Source: Netgalley
Genre: Crime, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-Boiled Mysteries, Thriller & Mystery
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It's Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6. Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency's Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren't even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn't think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he's dealing with someone far, far worse - a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again...

Rating: 10 out of 10.
Rating Report
Plot/Narrative

Washington Poe and Matilda Bradshaw who both work for the National Crime Agency which solves those crimes which are seemingly motiveless, shocking and grisly.

In this book, Detective Sargent Washington And Data Analyst Tilly Bradshaw are called in to assist on a rather bizarre and complicated case.

The plot is just WOW, it is complex, gruesome, shocking, compelling and gruesome. I don't
know how Mike invents such amazing gripping dark but fascinating narratives.

10 stars
Characters

Washington Poe and Matilda Bradshaw are the BEST phenomenal characters ever written. With each book, they continue to develop outstandingly.

In this book Tilly has come out of her shell a little, overcoming her social awkwardness. But she is an intelligent, funny and witty, caring and a straight talker.

Washington Poe is powerful, Determined and meticulous character and in his job, he will do anything to solve the crime and comes up with many ingenious ideas.

But together they are a profound, Determined and a dynamic working team. But their relationship outside work is just as unique and remarkable and they will do anything and everything for each other and their care for each other is profoundly felt in every word of this series.

10 stars
Writing Style/Pacing

You can not fault Cravens writing skills. It is no surprise that I absolutely Love this series and Mike brilliant writing.

It is flawless, unprecedented and distinguished. Another cracking gripping nauseous inducing opening scene that makes you dive in headfirst.

Somehow you always come away learning so much as well. The pacing is wonderful and evenly paced but once you start you can not stop at all. I read it in two sittings. You can't wait to read any of these books in the series but you feel you have to savour every single word. And it is frankly torture waiting a year in between each book.

10 stars
Themes/Settings

Craven describes Cumbria so beautifully and illustrative. I love how he adds so much history/background about Cumbria and the surrounding areas.

10 stars
Cover
10 stars
Overall Thoughts

It is no surprise that I absolutely love this series and Mikes brilliant writing. The plot is just WOW! It is complex, gruesome, astonishing, compelling and gritty. I don't know how Mike invents such amazing gripping narratives and characters. Washington Poe and Matilda Bradshaw are the BEST phenomenal characters ever written.The pacing is wonderful and evenly paced but once you start you can not stop at all.

Will be another NUMBER ONE Crime thriller of the year!!

10 stars
Final Rating 10 stars

About M.W. Craven

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley 2020
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