Paul Cleave is the internationally bestselling author of ten award-winning crime thrillers, including Joe Victim, which was a finalist for the 2014 Edgar and Barry Awards, Trust No One and Five Minutes Alone, which won consecutive Ngaio Marsh Awards in 2015 and 2016. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.
To catch a killer, you must first think like one...
A serial killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with married women. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending three disturbing images to their husbands: alive, tortured, dead.
When Detective Ruby Preston receives a new photograph of a terrified victim, she must try and work out where she is, before it’s too late.
But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way.
Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting. But will the dark and charming Mason Gatley really help her catch the killer before someone else dies? Or will Ruby be the next victim?
An utterly addictive and unputdownable crime thriller, packed with twists until the final page. If you love reading Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James you’ll be hooked by this book.
What readers are saying about Murder Game:
‘OMG fantastic thriller by Caroline Mitchell…This story had me hooked from start to finish, kept my attention as we race to find the killer before he strikes again… A page turner that kept me riveted with the twists and turns that awaited me…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! Every time I finish one of Caroline Mitchell's books I'm aware that I've spent the most part on the edge of my seat, mouth hanging open in shock and my heart hammering away! This was a real page turner with such a captivating plot…’ Claire Loves to Read, 5 stars
‘One word: brilliant! … totally blew my mind. Talk about chills running up and down your spine. Murder Game is one dark and intense ride and had me guessing until the end.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars
‘Wow! Caroline Mitchell really outdid herself here! I wasn't able to guess who the killer was until Mitchell had it flashing on a sign for me at 92%, but of course, that wasn't all... she threw a massive twist in on top of it!’ Next Book Review, 5 stars
‘Gripped me from the start. I loved every minute of it… And the ending wow I wasn’t expecting that at all.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘What a dizzying roller-coaster ride! Now that I've finished this book, I can finally take some deep breaths and allow my heart beat to return to normal. The author took me through twists, turns and an intricate and fast-paced plot…The ending just made me gasp.’ Relax and Read reviews, 5 stars
‘Murder Game is the gritty new thriller from Caroline Mitchell and it’s guaranteed to have you hooked from the very first page… I couldn’t put it down…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘The plot is fast paced very much like the investigation, and I'm sure my heart was pounding as Murder Game reached its dramatic conclusion… the perfect crime thriller read.’ The Book Review Café, 5 stars
‘This book was a first class gripping read. I absolutely loved it.’ I Love Reading UK, 5 stars
‘Absolutely love this Ruby Preston series. I couldn't put this book down as the killings and the plot escalated. I was certain I had fathomed who the killer was. But, oh, how wrong I was. Brilliant book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant fast paced and gripping story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Ruby is fast becoming my favourite detective.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Once again Caroline Mitchell delivers an amazing book. With twists and turns throughout. Right to the end I was kept on the edge of my seat.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Gripped from the start… twists and turns throughout the book... with an ending you will not see coming… a thrilling roller coaster ride…’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Imitation is the deadliest form of flattery …
When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave.
But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces, carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement may have been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner, Lew, know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message.
Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatical madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever.
Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body—and killed him.
After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team—and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn’t been exposed—it’s time to look into Dr. Abner’s past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close—though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with either a madman—or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.