The Killing Game
by Nancy Bush
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Zebra (June 28, 2016)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
The Rules Are Simple:
It's the ultimate test of strategy and skill. The killer chooses each opponent carefully, learning each one's weaknesses. Every meticulously planned move is leading to a devastating checkmate. Because in this game, all the pretty pawns must die.
First You Play
Andi Wren is fighting to keep her late husband's company safe from vindictive competitors. When she receives an ominous note, Little birds must fly, she turns to P.I. Luke Denton. But though Luke has personal reasons for wanting to take down Wren Development's opponents, his investigation suggests this is deeper and far more dangerous than a business grudge.
Then You Die. . .
In a basement on the outskirts of town, police detectives unearth piles of skeletons. As they learn the shocking truth about each victim's identity, their case collides with Andi's, revealing a killer's ruthless plot and a chilling, lethal endgame. . .
The Killing Game by Nancy Bush
The best part of a murder, mystery, thriller? NOT being able to figure out just who the villain is and trust me, Nancy Bush’s The Killing Game has that part down pat!
There is a twisted serial killer on the loose and Andi Wren looks to be on his dance card for murder. A recent widow and largest shareholder in Wren Development, Andi is discovering that the company is not doing as well as she thought. When another group tries strong-arming their way in, Andi is facing the drunken indifference of her sister-in-law and the reckless business dealings of her brother-in-law. She has also become the object of threatening notes that taunt her safety with their mysterious lines.
Enter P.I. Luke Denton, former cop, and one determined sleuth. Who is sending the notes? What do they mean?
Women are being murdered and two hard-nosed female detectives are on the case. When Andi’s best friend is murdered, a connection is made, but is it coincidence or the thread that will unravel both Andi’s problems and uncover a monstrous serial killer with an appetite for death?
Grab your notepad, list the possible suspects and tally the clues, as people are interviewed, re-interviewed by the detectives and Luke works his hardest to keep the beautiful Andi safe. Is there more than one killer? What IS the tie that binds shady business deals with murder?
Nancy Bush brings in a huge cast of characters, almost telling two tales at once, as she whips back and forth between what look to be separate cases. Add to the mix, a competitive and underhanded adversary in the building trade, millions of dollars at stake and once strange clue that keeps popping up and this twisted tale earns its mystery title. The questions are: Who Dunnit and Who will be the next victim? A good mystery, with a light touch of romance, characters in over their heads and failure to communicate as the puppet master pulls everyone’s strings with dark abandon. Who is the murderer behind the curtain?
I received an ARC edition from Zebra in exchange for my honest review.