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Published by Severn House; Reprint
edition, 1 January 2017. ISBN: 978-1-8475-167-25 (TPB)
A Murderous Mind begins with an unsettling
prologue that plunges the reader into the cold, calculating mind of a serial
killer at the very moment he chooses a young female student to be his next
victim.He carries out her murder with
meticulous attention to detail and breath-taking audacity - she is killed in
her university bedroom whilst her friends are asleep just yards away.
police team investigating the outrage soon discover similarities with a
previous unsolved murder.However, DI
Tess Fuller and DS Vin Dattani, the C.I.D. officers leading the case, are
unsettled when officers from Internal Affairs (IA) are sent in.It transpires that the older case was led by
DI Joe Jackson, notorious for his unorthodox policing methods, and now,
posthumously, disgraced.The officers
who worked alongside Jackson remain tainted by association with the maverick
inspector and the IA team are tasked with ensuring that the current
investigation runs smoothly whilst, simultaneously, scrutinising the previous
case for evidence tampering.
Black and her husband Alec knew Jackson before they retired from the police
service and are both interviewed
about their erstwhile mentor and supervisor.Consequently, the Blakes and their close circle of friends are drawn not
only into the inquiry, but also into the frightening and surreal world
inhabited by the murderer.
thoughtfully structured novel ensures that the reader is quickly immersed in
the drama of the narrative and then kept on tenterhooks as events rapidly
unfold.The horrific modus operandi used
by the killer, although
shocking, is not gratuitous, and reflects the psychological element suggested
in the novel’s title.A taut,
well-structured plot propels the characters, and reader, relentlessly towards a
Murderous Mind is the
ninth Naomi Blake mystery but is easily read without knowing what went beforehand;
moreover, I am now intrigued to learn how Naomi’s life in crime began, and look
forward to her first adventure.An
Jane A Adams was born in Leicestershire, where she still lives. She
has a degree in Sociology, and has held a variety of jobs including lead
vocalist in a folk rock band. She enjoys pen and ink drawing, martial arts and
her ambition is to travel the length of the Silk Road by motorbike. Her first
book, The Greenway, was shortlisted
for the CWA John Creasey Award in 1995 and for the Author's Club Best First
Novel Award. Jane writes several series.Her first series featured Mike Croft. Several books featuring DS Ray
Flowers. Seven titles featuring blind Naoimi Blake, and six titles featuring
Rina Martin. Her most ret series is set between the two World Wars and
featuring Detective Inspector Henry Johnstone and his sergeant, Micky Hitchens.
Jane has also written several standalone novels. She is married with two
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.