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Name of the Devil

(Jessica Blackwood #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,500 ratings  ·  130 reviews
In this electrifying sequel to the crowd-pleasing thriller Angel Killer, magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must once again draw on her past to go up against a brutal murderer desperate for revenge at any price

After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer—and saving the FBI’s reputation in the process—agent Jess
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Bourbon Street Books
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Name of the Devil is the sequel to Angel Killer (that I haven't read yet). Starting with book two is not the best perhaps, but I'm used to reading out of order and this one can easily be read without you having read the first book. Although if you are anything like me will you be dying to read the first book after you finished this book. I was, but I read book three instead, and now as I'm writing this review I'm reminded that I still have one book left to read woohoo!

I found Name of the Devil t
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This is the second book in the series--something I didn't realize when I first picked up the novel--but it reads as a stand-alone, and I had no trouble following along. The book has an interesting premise with plenty of intrigue and great FBI detail. Very original to have a protagonist with a magician background and kudos to the author for being one of the few male thriller writers I've read who doesn't describe every woman by the sum of her body parts or her level of attractiveness. Jessica is ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second Jessica Blackwood novel. The first is Angel Killer. These books can be read as stand alone novels. Although, I am just warning you now that after you read this book, if you have not read the first one you will want to pick up a copy. I like the twist that author, Andrew Mayne has given this series and the main protagonist, Jessica. From being a magician to a cop may seem like a stretch but after reading book one and now book two, I don't see it as much of a stretch. In fact, J ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second in the series, and more surefooted than the first, but just as enjoyable.
First Sentence: “You know what you have to do,” said the distant voice at the other end of the phone.

A church in rural Hawkton explodes, killing five people, although the bodies can’t initially be found. Lead investigator, Vonda Mitchum, would like to close the case quickly. Agent Jessica Blackwood, raised in a family of master illusionists and once one herself, has a skill for looking beyond the obvious. The further she looks, the larger becomes the scope of the case and the more dangerous; not
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, Jessica Blackwood can do it all - except cooking and housekeeping of course. Apparently she is indestructible, not immune to injury (although she heals faster than a cat). Humble to a fault she singlehandedly outshines every other agent in the FBI, which is sooo embarrassing for her. At this rate, this twenty-something super dynamo will be running the bureau by book five. (I need a rolling-on-the-floor emoji right now.)

Aside from the fun I'm having here, still enjoy the book series and am i
Nov 09, 2017 added it
A fantastic 2nd instalment from Andrew Mayne with his protagonist Jessica Blackwood. Such twists, turns and outright trickery has you riveted from the 1st page 😊
Erin Wolak
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Much like the first book in this series I was drawn in right away and my attention was held throughout its entirety. I like reading things that have a little bit of a speculative element and with the religious aspect of this book being a huge portion of the story I liked that things actually felt like it could have been biblical. While there are aspects I can't talk about because it will spoil things in the first one I can say that I enjoyed that they still tied bits and pieces to the 'Angel Kil ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I used to know a magician. He did mostly tableside card and magic tricks at chain restaurants, but he fascinated me. He’d do a trick over and over, every time I asked, and I could never figure out how the hell he got that card into my ice cube (he always bought me a fresh drink afterwards) or how my earring ended up in his ear and his in mine (which is a little gross now that I’m thinking of it all these years later). His standard response, every time I asked “How did you DO that?” was simply, “ ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came very close to setting this book aside after the first section of the first chapter. I'm not fond of books with people who hear voices that make them do things like tear out people's throats with their teeth. Or supernatural events for that matter. But I've enjoyed other books by Andrew Mayne, so I kept reading and it became clear that the story was headed in a different direction. As my rating indicates, I'm glad I did. I found the explanations of ways that magicians (and others) can dece ...more
Karyn Dobson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Andrew Mayne's books; devilishly twisted plots, and really clever storylines. Refreshingly different compared to so many other writers. This book was just as satisfactory as The Naturist and Jessica Blackwood's Book 1. I really look forward to the 3rd Jessica Backwood being available on Kindle.
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

I wasn’t quite as taken with this second book. Parts of the plot just seemed too much - too out there. And yet, the kernel is not only sound, but inventive and terrific. I’m just not certain about the execution… Second-book syndrome?

Jessica seems to be too much of a lone-wolf. How is she the Only One who can see past the obvious? She’s got a team working with her and that she works with, and yet, she still ends up solo, fighting for her life.

Ailes isn’t in this book as much. I can’t
Keith Curran
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Robby Johnson
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Jessica Blackwood series in general is amazing, and Name of the Devil is no exception. Andrew does an amazing job of using the perfect mix of backstory to help build characters and show how even simple memories can have a huge impact in the future. Jessica Blackwood is a magician turned detective and her past helps bring a new light into detective novels that can sometimes fall into ruts of using the same story with a new mask. If your into detective novels this book is more than guaranteed ...more
Ed Kay
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoy the Jessica Blackwood novels. Andrew Mayne writes clever stories about a female protagonist, FBI Agent Jessica Blackwood. Blackwood uses her upbringing in a 'magical' family to solve her cases. Not the Harry Potter kind of magic but the illusionist and slight of hand. This knowledge really doesn't solve the case but gives her a keen sense of being able to think things through with a different rational than the average FBI agent. She's not always right, and sometimes shes a little ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
For anyone with severe withdrawal from Stieg Larsson and his series featuring Lisbeth Salander, you will find a commensurate bad-a## heroine in Jessica Blackwood, the protagonist in "Name of the Devil". I was introduced to Andrew Mayne with "The Naturalist." Mayne has written novels into four series and several additional books. While I enjoyed "The Naturalist," I really enjoyed "Name of the Devil." And like the protagonist in "The Naturalist," Jessica is a socially awkward but intellectually gi ...more
Jessica is back at work going through her day like normal until a crime happens that is decidedly abnormal and she is called in to be the out of the box thinker. Jessica does just that, sort of stepping on toes in the process. I hate others think Jessica is out for glory, she isn’t, she just wants to find the bad guy and punish them. I think by the end those closest to her realize that, not sure others will see it that way though.

I liked that with this book we got to see more of Jessica’s past
Tere Fredericks
Some People Just Aren't Who They Appear To Be

I read this book as part of my Kindle Unlimited membership. I would like to thank the author for partnering with KU so I have access to this book. Unfortunately, the first book of the series is not available through KU.

There are references throughout the book to our heroine, Jessica Blackwood's, past but not so much that a new reader can't read this as a stand alone book. Sometimes, however, you do find yourself exactly what is going on in Jessica's
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well once I read one by the author I am on a spree to read all his works. I like the easy way he writes and with magic and people of magic involved, I am loving it.
A church is blown apart and the congregation is found outside the blast perimeter and it all starts from there. A bit confusing - things like who is Black nick and what was his role? There were pointers to the ‘warlock’ and I for once thought there might be a connection. Maybe the author wanted to keep all options open for another nov
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2 'Killer' Reasons to read Name of the Devil by Andrew Mayne

The characters are well developed but allow room for personal growth and surprise. The title character has been developed over this 3book series and she is well developed, yet each book adds to her back story successfully. The story can be read without the other books in series. The story is believable, even the Magic and events for current times. The story moves briskly, yet keeps the reader locked into plot. I read The book at a blist
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book started off slow and dragging and didn't pick up till halfway through. That was when things started to fall in place and became interesting. The ending was also a bit rushed and disappointing, especially with all that build-up. I've read a couple of Mayne's books and I've enjoyed every single one of them, with the exception of this. I just felt like Jessica was becoming this impossibly fantastic Lone Wolf hero--how could she be the only one who could get anything done in the FBI? Why wa ...more
I'm so conflicted.

I'm really enjoying this series, including the complexities of Jessica's feelings toward Damian, despite the rational part of me knowing that this kind of romanticizing of the "bad boy" archetype — see any old-school capital-R Romance novel from the last century for more examples — contributes to normalizing unhealthy real-world relationships in our culture.

But...I'm really enjoying the series. -sigh-

Bottom line, I guess: Great fictional fun, but don't try this at home.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This series has me baffled! It takes me a long time to get involved with the crime and the way she does her own thing but in the end it somehow all works out to her advantage. I was ready to not pick up another after this one but doggone it all the author left me hanging and now I have to pick up the next one to see what happens. The premise of a magician turned FBI agent has promise and I guess I'll continue to pick up another one just to find out what is going to happen between Jessica and Dam ...more
Wendy Beckman
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Name of the Devil by Andrew Mayne is another winner. Lots of nerdy science and techy stuff, plus action and suspense make this a real page-turner. I like how Mayne, speaking through his female first-person narrator, is able to point out subtle sexisms that many women have to deal with. My only complaint is that I wish he had a better proofreader. I try to ignore the errors in usage in dialogue (such as a character saying "lays" when it should be "lies"). However, spelling should still be correct ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I first read this book a few years ago, I was at a job I hated. Every day, I'd carefully pack this book along with a water bottle for the day. I relished breaks, as I quickly grew engrossed in each new chapter. I worked closely with file clerks who carefully placed reams of paper into my do-this box throughout the day. One file clerk was quite playful, and as a little joke, would silently walk in, then slam a big pile of papers in the box. It always made my office mate and I jump a little, ...more
Gary Holt
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another gripping read by Andrew Mayne. I hadn't read the first novel in the series, but I was able to jump in and read this one without any trouble.

Can't really say much more than the teaser without giving away too much, but Andrew Mayne knows how to write stories that you can't put down. Honestly, I've become reluctant to read more books by Andrew Mayne, because I find them *too* compelling. (Well, not all of his are that way, but these thrillers/detective stories are.)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are pretty well written and the character is interesting enough but my problems with the series are 1) the crimes are ludicrously overblown - akin to the plots of James Bond films and 2) the criminals and her former lover Damian are even more over the top.
These people are harder to kill than Jason Bourne and richer and more ingenious than Bruce Wayne. There's not much narrative tension when you know superman is always going to save the day.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first book in this series, but the murder and subsequent investigation in this just didn't grab me. I couldn't get into it, and the story just didn't keep my attention.

I still like the character of Jessica, and I would try another book in the series, because I feel like it was the location and specifics of this murder investigation that didn't work for me. A different murder in a different place might hit me quite differently.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, No, Not The Pope!

Mr. Mayne seems to have done it again. This is Jessica Blackwood in her second FBI adventure and she is proving to be quite the plucky little gumshoe as she takes on a case with demons, spontaneous human combustion, and a precocious plot to plant the Pope. Will the former magician pull a rabbit out of a hat to save the day?
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