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The Murder Code

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  359 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Detective Inspector Andrew Hicks thinks he knows all about murder. However horrific the act, the reasons behind a crime are usually easy to explain. So when a woman is found bludgeoned to death, he suspects a crime of passion and attention focuses on her possessive ex-husband. But when a second body is found, similarly beaten, Hicks is forced to think again.


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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 7th 2013 by Pegasus (first published 2012)
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karen
Aug 27, 2015 karen rated it really liked it
As bad as this murder was - and it was bad - I knew it would also be explicable. Because, ultimately, they all are.

famous last words.

this is a better-than-average crime novel. it's a british police procedural with psychological elements featuring detective inspector hicks, your typically confident investigator who is far enough along in his career that he's pretty sure he's seen it all and nothing can surprise him. his longtime partner, detective laura fellowes, thinks he's maybe a little too f
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Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
Steve Mosby is an author that the whole world should know about. One of Britain's National Treasures. His books just blow my world away, each and every time, this one was no exception. Absolutely terrifying and ingenious work of fiction.

So, what's the book about?

Detective Inspector Andrew Hicks thinks he knows all about murder. However horrific the act, the reasons behind a crime are usually easy to explain. So when a woman is found bludgeoned to death, he suspects a crime of passion and attent
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Lisa
Aug 03, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
am still getting over this novel after finishing it last night it just blew me away after reading The Black Flowers did not think anything would beat it but after reading this Steve Mosby is NOW one of my favourite authors in this Genre The Dark Room to me is a dark psychological thriller which has a bit of horror included DI Andrew Hicks investigates 5 brutal murders that are gruesome to say the least bodies are found in the forest faces beaten so badly with a hammer they are unrecognisable the ...more
Terri
Detective Andrew Hicks and his partner, Laura Fellowes, are investigating a series of seemingly random and brutal killings. Hicks is the kind of cop who prides himself on always seeing the pattern to crimes, even if the reason seems ridiculous to others. This time, he can't find it. The murders appear to be totally random and a letter from the killer claims they are. He has to find the code somehow. At the same time, he is conflicted about the baby his wife is soon to have and his own past which ...more
Marian
Jan 17, 2015 Marian rated it it was ok
This is not your average murder mystery.To me,the story was ok,boring at first to be honest.Althou in some parts it was pretty good.This is character drivin,with the subject of domestic violence and how down through the years it can have devastating results,for instance,if a father beats his wife all the time,and has sons..those sons might repeat the fathers abuse,and so on and so on.Frankly I wasn't going to finish this book but all I wanted to know,was,who the killer is.
Melissa
Jul 14, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Another day, another detective inspector. Steve Mosby has written several books (although sadly, as far as I can tell, only one as yet featuring Zoe Dolan, one of the DI queens of my heart), yet we only own two of his titles - how can this be? Mosby features a new DI in each book, and although I adore Zoe, this is still thrilling enough to get me emotionally invested in DI Andy Hicks so I have high hopes for his other books. There are a lot of the usual elements of crime fiction, especially that ...more
Raven
Aug 24, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Mosby ranks highly in my list of favourite crime authors having read all of his previous novels and ‘Black Flowers’ is one that I constantly recommend to crime readers. I can assure you that this, his latest, does not disappoint either!


The key thing that sets Mosby apart, in my view, is his ability to avoid the obvious in his plotting so with each book you are immersed in a multi-stranded narrative which as a reader becomes more of a challenge as you seek to determine how these strands wil
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Luca
Jul 17, 2012 Luca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seemingly straight forward police procedural opening, perhaps even a little slow, with the introduction of Detective Andy Hicks. He and his partner Detective Laura Fellowes are called out to a murder of a young woman. Hicks sees murder as a straight-forward process. Each murder has its own hallmarks, which can be placed in certain areas or 'rooms'. He immediately suspects a crime of passion, and concentrates on the woman's ex husband. Then, another body is found. And another. Suddenly, Hicks i ...more
Cleo Bannister
Dec 02, 2013 Cleo Bannister rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, thriller
This book starts with the interview of a young boy by police officers but this is a tantalising start; the nature of the incident being investigated isn’t revealed until much later.

The main story follows a murder investigation which starts with a woman who is bludgeoned to death outside her home. Steve Mosby doesn’t stint on the horrors inflicted, making this a book to avoid by the squeamish, but if you have the stomach for it, and the underlying plot is outstanding, original and most importantl
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Janet
Jan 10, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing
I think it's fair to say that Steve Mosby is rapidly turning into one of my favourite authors in this genre, perhaps in any genre, he's that good!!

Here we meet DI Andy Hicks, a more than capable detective, who tends to think with a logical mind. In his opinion everything does and should make sense, there's a chain of events and a reason for everything. But as the bodies pile up in a matter of a few days he finds that his theories are all but disappearing. There is no logical explanation, rhyme o
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Travis Starnes
Jan 30, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this book. As with any mystery novel the most important part, at least for me, is the mystery itself. And the mystery in this book works well. It isn’t something the reader can figure out ahead of time, you just don’t get enough information, but it is enjoyable to watch Hicks work through it. There are some red hearings and a nice, although not unforeseen, twist at the end of the book. As a mystery this The Murder Code is firing on all cylinders and worth the read.

The ch
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Trev Twinem
Average dark thriller with a poor storyline


Not a bad little thriller I happened to read as it was a recommendation by Graham Masterton. I have to say that the rather sadastic killings carried out by the central deranged character did not really seem possible. Although the characters and development of the plot was good the I found my attention drifting on a rather odd and impossible storyline.





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Patty
Jan 03, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
I loved angst ridden troubled Detective Andy Hicks. His past haunts him. The crimes were nightmarish...almost unspeakable. At times I wanted to stop reading but the story was so good I could not stop. The crimes were complicated and awful. They all led to a crazed disturbed man who didn't want the life he had...this book was totally addictive. I want more and more of this author!
Jasmine Loza
Jan 15, 2016 Jasmine Loza rated it really liked it
The thrilling, suspenseful, and well written novel The Murder Code by Steve Mosby, takes place in a city in England in which a series of murders are beginning to occur. Detective Andrew Hicks is the main detective for the case of these murders. He thinks he knows everything about killers and their motives, but in this case he encounters with a type of killer that he has never seen before. Not only is Hicks faced with the obstacle of finding and gathering information about the killer, but he mus ...more
Jennifer
What?!?!? I just finished the book and my head is still spinning...this book had me guessing the entire time. I loved how the author brought everything together at the end, I will look out for more of his books.
Gerri Adams
Jan 31, 2014 Gerri Adams rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-book-club
I don't have much to report on this one. It was pretty average.
Spenser Barranco
Jun 11, 2016 Spenser Barranco rated it really liked it
Detective Hicks is an excellent addition to crime fiction. He asks the right questions, isn't afraid to find the truth, and has a complete knowledge of criminal behavior. However his opponent has no recognizable MO. I love the composition of this! We see the exact step by step process of solving this series of murders. Any crime fiction fan sound check this out.
Trev Twinem
Not a bad little thriller I happened to read as it was a recommendation by Graham Masterton. I have to say that the rather sadastic killings carried out by the central deranged character did not really seem possible. Although the characters and development of the plot was good the I found my attention drifting on a rather odd and impossible storyline.
Lashana
Mar 01, 2015 Lashana rated it it was ok
Very deceptive title. I thought I would be reading a book that was a murder mystery with a little bit of intrigue ala Davinci Code. Codes played a very minimal part in the story and had nothing to do with the mystery at all. I was very disappointed in this book. I finished it, but Steve Mosby will be at the bottom of my authors to follow list.
Julie
Feb 04, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I'm waffling between giving this two stars and four. Four because the writing was good and fast paced with pretty decent characters. Two for way too many coincidences (and having the protagonist ponder the nature of coincidences only makes it worse not better) and an ending that annoyed me no end because it only lets you know that the entire premise was a cheat. I guess I'll make it three.
Sharla
May 26, 2015 Sharla rated it did not like it
I did not finish reading this. It was way to boring for me. I don't usually ever quit reading, I will keep going until the end, but this was the second time I tried to read this and just could not see wasting the time on finishing.
Joy
Apr 06, 2014 Joy rated it liked it
I thought this was okay. I did find it to be predictable with the story line.
Janice
May 08, 2016 Janice rated it it was amazing
I am MOST DEFINITELY going to read every Steve Mosby crime book I can get my hands on because this one was just as amazing and mindblowing as the first of his books I had read.
Just when you think you've gotten things kinda figured out, Mosby throws the most amazing, crazy plot twist, his descriptions and writing are as exciting as a movie, you can picture everything so clearly and despite the gruesome details in this one (seriously, VERY gruesome details- not for the faint of heart!), I could no
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Becky
Aug 14, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
The story took a little time to get into. There were a lot of characters and different storylines that made it a little confusing at times. The last third of the book was the best part. I loved the outcome of why the killings took place and how they came to be, very ingenious of the author. The final reveal/twist in the end was unexpected and a great surprise.
Maxine
Jan 22, 2014 Maxine rated it really liked it
Detective Andrew Hicks is convinced that there is always a pattern to be found in the actions of a serial killer even if they only make sense to the killer. It is just a matter of discovering this pattern and the culprit will be revealed. However, he is faced with a new killer who seems to defy this logic – murder after brutal murder and there seems to be no links, no logic, nothing to point to the killer. Worse, Hicks receives a CD showing one of these murders as well as a letter saying that th ...more
Jeanette
Jan 15, 2014 Jeanette rated it it was ok
Because I only got about a 1/3rd of the way in- take this 2 star with a grain of salt. But it was just too grizzly and nasty in deed, and too choppy in transition to go further. Characterizations were not bad, but too hard to find or relate to with any connection within the other muck for me.
Sarah
Sep 11, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DI Andrew Hicks likes to follow his hunches so when a woman is found brutally beaten beyond recognition, Hicks zooms in to her abusive ex-husband. Then a second, and a third, and a fourth body are found murdered in the same way and Hicks must start thinking again on who might be behind such horrific crimes.

As Hicks and his team struggle to find any link between the rapidly increasing victims, the letters and films begin to arrive, claiming that Hicks will never find out who is responsible for th
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Kathy
Feb 02, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
The Murder Code by Steve Mosby

The Murder Code is a good but not great read. While there are many interesting common personal conflicts and histories, the pace of the story was up and down. The common history of abuse by emotionally flawed fathers and, man’s fear of fatherhood create an interesting backdrop for how they affect life’s journey of the characters. The writer does an excellent job of creating and developing the main characters. But, in the end, the enormous effort to break the murder
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Vanessa Delamare
A very good book that reads quickly, you'll be carried away by the rhythm, the story and the dialogues. The characters are well written, realistic and not caricatural. Hicks is the central character but he's highlighted by his partner who doesn't hesitate to bring him back to earth with her ironic remarks. He must revise his ways of thinking, he who has always believed (and for good reasons) that there's always a reason behind every crime, at least for the criminal. I liked seeing his path betwe ...more
Dj
Jan 16, 2014 Dj rated it liked it
I read this one for comparison purposes, as it's description sounded eerily close to my own book. Fortunately, I think my plot line is safe. This book was just ok for me. The writing itself was good. The main character in this book initially came off in my mind as aloof and not really too bright. For at least the first third, I felt like his partner, Laura, was a better, more open (and more effective) detective. Ultimately, it felt like the plot was a bit contrived, and the climax was more stumb ...more
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