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DI Mark Tartaglia spends a night in a west London hotel with a woman he has just met. When he is called out to the same hotel the next morning to investigate a murder, he realises it must have taken place while he was there. If things weren't already complicated enough, the investigation takes a new and horrifying turn when he recognises the young female victim.
Still reeling from the shock, he learns that another case he has been investigating - the body of a homeless man found in a burnt-out car - is also not what it seems. Tests reveal that the corpse has been assembled from the body parts of four different people.
Under mounting pressure from the media and unsure where his loyalties lie, Tartaglia must solve this new macabre puzzle before the Jigsaw Killer strikes again.
©2015 Elena Forbes (P)2015 Audible Ltd
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By ftmgal on 03-07-15

Very good police procedural

This was my first Elena Forbes book but I'm sure it won't be the last. I enjoyed the police characters and even the villains were fairly interesting characters.

I'm going to check on the book before this because there were references to events that took place the year before. This book actually included a villain who escaped from those events and turned up again here. No escape this time!

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By Sires on 01-17-15

Not As Well Plotted As I Expected

I've listened to the three prior DI Mark Tartaglia books. I think the last one was released in 2011. I immediately bought the current book when I saw it listed on Audible. However, I was a bit disappointed in this police procedural.

DI Mark Tartaglia is awoken by the news that there was a murder in a upscale hotel, a hotel where he has just engaged in a one night stand. I'm not sure why that is even brought into the book because it shortly becomes clear that his sexual escapade has nothing to do with the murder.

Complications though ensure that Tartaglia's group instead are set to investigate the body of a man found in a burning car rather than the body at the hotel.

My frustration with this book had a lot to do with the plotting. Someone would be interrogating a witness and then would stop one question short-- the question that would have arose naturally from the previous responses. I might have forgiven this once, but it began to look like the author's method of sustaining suspense. Instead it points the reader toward the resolution.

I'm also not particularly fond of the narrator. He has read all of the Elena Forbes books and while I don't think his performance detracts from the books, I don't think it contributes to it either.

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By Chrissie on 02-27-15

Engaging and beautifully read.

An engaging novel of detection and intrigue with well drawn characters whose enchants for good or evil result in a good tale, which is enhanced by excellent narration. The author portrays the villains with subtle understanding, they are both plausible and vile and the goodies flawed, real characters who you can see. A good read, and a most attractive voice.

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By Lotus on 01-26-15

A tale of two stories

Like the previous books in this series i enjoyed it from start to finish, however i think the book would have been just as good without the second story line running through it, as i would have liked more details on the the hotel murder (not wanting to give too much away), looking forward to the next Mark Tartaglia adventure

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