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A Murder of Crows By @IanSkewis @Unbound_Digital #Review

Today on Love Books Group, J.A. Warnock stops by with a review of A Murder of Crows By Ian Skewis. You can purchase the book in physical and kindle copy.

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Book Synopsis

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland.

A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again…

DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine.

But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started. Jack is flung headlong into a race against time to prevent the evolution of a serial killer..

Review

It was evident from the moment I opened Ian Skewis’s debut novel ‘A Murder of Crows’ that he posses an enviable flair for descriptive and lyrical prose. It takes real skill to make language so seemingly tangible that it can surround and consume a reader but, somehow, he does. Some may criticise that he does not say in ten words that which he can say in a hundred but I would assure them those words are not wasted; they add a glorious depth and texture to his book.
There also appears to be an element of care in the creation of this story with even those passages that do not specifically serve to further the plot (a description of the onset of dementia or the ferocity of a storm) have that same feel of being beautifully crafted.

At the heart of this book lies a mystery. A disappearance, a murder and a selection of witnesses some more reliable than others. There are all the characters one would expect the tired, yet diligent policeman, the upstart, the victim, the family, the ex and yet it manages not to feel clichéd. There are lots to like in this debut novel and I would certainly recommend it. Four Stars.

Review by J. A Warnock for Love Books Group Blog 
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