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E-Murderer: A Jenna Scali mystery By Joan C Curtis
MuseItUpPublishing Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: December 17, 2015
I have mixed feelings about E-Murderer. On the whole, I liked it, but the novel wasn't without problems.
The first few chapters of E-Murderer are a bit awkward. It took me a while to get into the story, in part because I was thrown by some of the dated views of technology. It irritated me when Jenna, Starr, and even Dr. B had no idea that a person could get an email address on a server outside of the country. It also irritated me that while Dr. B had many privacy issues, he had no problems with office staff reading case notes - something that would never happen in real life. Also, if a psychiatrist feels a person may hurt themselves or others, they will report it to the authorities. After I got past these issues, I became more interested in the story.
Joan Curtis does a good job ratcheting up the tension. It's very clear that Jenna is in danger, and that the killer is someone she knows. As the action progressed I became glued to the page.
Even though many aspects weren't realistic, I enjoyed the novel. I am interested in seeing where Joan Curtis takes this series next.
3.5/5 (rounded up to 4/5)
I received a copy of E-Murderer from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic grants competition for new writers before being published by MuseItUpPublishing. It is considered an amateur sleuth mystery vs a thriller. If you like a lighter mystery without all the tension, blood and gore of a thriller, then this book is for you.
On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.
When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.
THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.
This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.