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Publishing Ltd, 28 September 2019. ISBN: 978-1-91288176-5 (PB)
Randal Forbes is an undergraduate student at Beaumont College,
Oxford.He is handsome, intelligent,
wealthy and already a recognised poet.Almost
everyone he meets falls for his undeniable charms, but beyond Randal’s accomplishments
lies a ruthless and egotistical killer.Randal
has telepathic powers that enable him not only to read the minds of others but
also to control those minds.Since
childhood he has exercised this ‘gift’ for selfish gain and to commit malicious
crimes that destroy the lives of anyone who stands in his way.Such is Randal’s cunning that few people have
witnessed his vindictiveness and fewer still suspect that he is a criminal, but
one who does is Dr Patrick Shaw.
Shaw has explored Randal’s
past and discovered a succession of unexplained accidents and deaths that have
befallen the student’s family, friends and acquaintances.From his analysis of these suspicious events,
the doctor is convinced that the young man is responsible for the misfortunes
suffered by those around him.He also
believes that Randal’s recently published collection of poems, Poetic Justice,
point to his heinous crimes:
“In an investigatory
capacity, it revealed a hidden chain of events.It was like the poetical diary of a serial killer.”
Shaw shares his suspicions
with his friend Chief Inspector Leonard Galloway and sends him a copy of the
poetry collection along with a detailed list of the curious mishaps that have
happened to people known to Randal.Galloway’s
problem is that there is no tangible evidence to link Forbes to the tragic
events that have befallen the unfortunate victims.
The only person who does know
the truth about Randal is his long-suffering friend and lover Clive Hargreaves.Hargreaves, fully aware of Randal’s diabolic
powers, would never betray his trust, but he cuts a sorry figure.The lovelorn Clive slopes around after
Randal, in constant need of reassurance and weighed down by low self-esteem and
the knowledge that he is an unwilling but slavish accomplice to murder.Randal, of course, is oblivious to the suffering
his behaviour causes as he sets off on another methodical killing spree.
Poetic Justice: Oxford is the
second book featuring Randal Forbes.It has
sufficient backstory to work admirably as a stand-alone novel.If you are intrigued by the idea of a
malevolent mind reading murderer romping exuberantly through the prestigious
halls of Oxford University and infiltrating members of the British aristocracy,
then you will love this book.
Reviewer: Dot Marshall-Gent
Fran Raya lives in Manchester. Her career has been
predominantly in music since the 1970s, both in the UK and abroad, originally
as a singer-songwriter but now in later years purely as a songwriter who places
original songs with other artists. Fran is a member of The Guild of
International Songwriters and Composers and has performed throughout Europe as
she used to live in Denmark. Fran was the support act for Eric Clapton on his
Scandinavian tours in the 1980s. She has also published poetry in numerous anthologies
and as a result was awarded her own book, Thoughts of the Poet. Fran's first
book in the Poetic Justice trilogy (Poetic Justice: The Dawning) was published
by The Book Guild in August 2018.
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.