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Strange Blood: A Crime Novel (Megan Rhys #2)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Last year Frozen introduced Welsh crime writer Lindsay Jayne Ashford to U.S. mystery fans. Now Strange Blood, the next in this critically acclaimed series, has been shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Fellow nominees include Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Stephen Booth.

In this second crime novel to feature forensic psychologist Dr. Megan Rhy
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Actual rating: 1.5 stars.

Lightweight, poorly-written British police procedural about a female profiler, brought in as a consultant to a serial murderer case, who gets personally involved. The author introduces some potentially interesting plot elements (a policewoman on the case is seen snogging with the husband of one of the murdered victims), but doesn't follow up. The serial murderer, when we finally get to him (literally not until the last pages of the final chapter) is a schmuck, a total le
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thriller/mystery readers
In England forensic psychologist Dr. Megan Rhys heads the Heartland University Department of Investigative Psychology as well as providing consulting services to the British police. Currently Megan has personal issues with a former Ph.D. student, which she hopes to derail before she runs into professional condemnation.

To occupy her mind and escape her troubles, Megan is profiling a serial killer who carves pentagrams on the foreheads of his victims. Looking into the background of the first victi
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
Dr. Megan Rhys is asked to assist the police with a brutal killing that looks like it could be a ritual. As a forensic psychologist, Rhys can help the police determine what kind of person would do this. She tries to look past the pentagram left at the scene and focus on other elements of the crime. The killer strikes again, and things hit very close to home. Can Megan hunt the killer down before he takes someone Megan loves?

The mystery plot on this book is pretty weak. The crime scenes aren't d
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. For a forensic psychologist, Megan is sort of a ditz and her sister is even more of one. Sisters having simultaneous parallel affairs with their (younger) students? Puhleez. The witchcraft angle was pretty silly, and the identity of the murderer was an anticlimax. Not sure what the fuss is about - it's a chick book, but at least it only took a couple of hours to read.
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
It was not what I expected. Firstly it was a British written book. There were some words I didn't recognize, but interesting to see the terminology they use. Secondly, I didn't expect the ending. I like when the ending is different than I try picturing as I read the book. It was nice to see a woman in the role that Dr. Rhys portrayed. A good read after getting into the first few chapters.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-i-read, 2008
Megan Rhys #2
Sarah Pottenger
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
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