2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Book Review: The Curator by M. W. Craven @MWCravenUK @TheCrimeVault @Bethwright26 #TheCurator

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know I’m a huge fan of M. W. cravens Washington Poe series and today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for book three, The Curator as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to the publishers for the copy received via NetGalley.

About the book

If you think you know what’s happening next, you’re where he wants you to be . . .

It’s the end of the year and 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.

The Curator will be published on June 4th but is available to preorder now – Amazon | Waterstones | Goldsboro Books

My thoughts

If anyone ever asks me if I have a favourite book character I answer straight away with yes, I have two, Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. Ever since I read The Puppet Show back in January 2019 this pair have stayed with me, they’re unforgettable and an absolute joy to read about.

The Curator is book three in the Washington Poe series and by now I know to expect the unexpected with Cravens writing. I know what I will read will be quite shocking and have me on the edge of my seat but I’m always surprised, I’m always biting my nails and turning those pages as fast as I can and he’s an expert at letting you think you’ve solved what’s going to happen and then throwing in a curve ball or two or three.

In The Curator Poe and Tilly are helping with an investigation where body parts have been found with a cryptic message in three different locations. Who do the body parts belong to? Who is doing this? Will there be more? Well I’m obviously not going to tell you, you’ll have to read it to find out.

I’m not sure how this author comes up with his story lines, honestly they make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end and I’m surprised I don’t have nightmares. This is a complex story, it’s gruesome, it’s shocking but it’s absolutely fascinating and it’s clear it’s been very well researched. I couldn’t put it down. It’s unique and very, very clever.

I think the reason I don’t have nightmares is because Poe and Tilly balance things out. The story may be shocking and gruesome but this pair are just fantastic characters. Tilly comes out of her shell a bit in this book and I’ve loved watching her progress. Poe and Tilly have a friendship that is strong, they are completely different but work so well together. They make you laugh and bring a bit of humour to the story. You really can’t help caring for them.

The Curator is filled to the brim with tension, suspense and down right good story telling. It will have you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath. It’s another brilliant addition to the series that had me turning the pages into the wee hours thinking I’d only read a couple of chapters, ha who was I kidding.

If you’ve not read any of the series then I highly recommended you do, The Curator could easily be read as a stand alone but The Puppet Show and Black Summer really let you get to know the characters, it’s almost like reading about friends and they are brilliant books as well. So I’ll definitely be recommending The Curator, it’s up there in my top reads this year and I can’t blooming wait to see what Mr Craven has in store next.

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