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Killer's Countdown by Wendy H. Jones

I have read several books by the fine Scottish author wo is Wendy H. Jones and enjoyed them, but I had never read any books in her DI Shona Mckenzie series, so I desided to start at the beginning.

The Blurb

Dead Women. A Ruthless Killer. A Detective with something to prove. Newly promoted Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her life. Will she succeed? A killer stalks the streets of Dundee, Scotland. Shona,having recently returned to Scotland, relies on the local knowledge of Sgt Peter Johnston and the rest of her team to help her track down the killer. However, this is no ordinary killer. Shona needs to use every trick in and out of the book to bring them to justice. The final revelation will shock you to the core.

The Review

This is an extremely clever book which keeps the reader guessing at every step of the way.

Shona McKenzie is a DI who has worked for several years in England, but when her relationship ends she returns home to Scotland only to be faced with a series of murders that appear to have nothing in common. She is dependent on the local knowledge of her team in Dundee to have any chance of catching the killer.

Along side this story the author weaves in the thoughts of an unidentified character. The reader only learns the full anger of the mystery voice in the book at the end of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

The Author

International Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring DI Shona McKenzie are set.Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years.

Killer's Countdown was her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Killer's Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. The seventh book in the series. Killer's Curse will be released early august 2020. The Dagger's Curse, the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. Turning to humorous crime the Cass Claymore Investigates series was born.

She is also a highly successful marketer and is currently in the process of rereleasing her completely updated marketing book Marketing Matters. This will be part of the Writing Matters Series following the release of Motivation Matters. She is also the author of the Bertie the Buffalo picture book and associated soft toy and colouring book and is proud to be the President of the Scottish Association of Writers.


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