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The Wharf Butcher

(DCI Jack Mason #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A serial killer is stalking Tyneside. But there is a pattern to his killings, his choice of victims, his method of slaughter. David Carlisle, a criminal profiler, is brought in to assist DCI Jack Mason with his task of identifying the killer and stopping him in his tracks. The Wharf Butcher is a fast-paced thriller that shines a light on the dark forces at work within the ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by UK Book Publishing (first published October 5th 2015)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I have review copies of this great book if you are keen to read and review it - email me at booklovercatlady@gmail.com for a copy.

I really wanted to read The Wharf Butcher because it's set in my home town of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England and I just love to support local British authors, especially those writing in the competitive crime genre. Nothing like a bit of local support eh? I got my lovely autographed paperback (oooh! a real book in my hands!) and took it all in visual
Linda Strong
When it becomes evident that a serial killer is on the loose. It seems that there is a rhyme and reason for his killings, but it’s going to take the partnership of DCI Jack Mason and criminal profiler, David Carlisle to put an end to the killer’s reign.

The men have different ideas of who, what and why this killer selects his victims, how he kills them, and how he leaves them displayed for the world to see. I enjoyed the back and forth in their relationship. They share a history together, althou
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
The Wharf Butcher is a cleverly written and well researched crime book that is dark, chilling and well paced. Bringing together old friends DCI Jack Mason "The Bulldog" and criminal profiler David Carlisle, this book takes you inside the mind of a dark serial killer. Set in and around Newcastle, Michael's knowledge of the local area really completes the story. Coming from Sunderland myself, I loved that i could relate to the places mentioned. If you love British crime thrillers you'll love this ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I would give this book 3.5 rating found it abit slow for me but liked getting into the mind of the serial killer would read more books from this author.
J. Kahele
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book…this book…
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The intensity of this book had me sitting on my edge. The world building done by this author actually had me checking my doors and windows as I read. It was phenomenal.
David Carlisle is a criminal profiler who is called in when a serial killer begins to stalks Tyneside, to assist Jack Mason, the man on the case. Carlisle soon realizes there is a pattern to the killings and the plot thickens as we are taken into a complex and intriguing investigation that not only pul
Ian Varty
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not normally a lover of criminal thrillers, but this book changed my perception. The author has thoroughly researched the subject, and his attention to detail is second to none. His descriptive text keeps the readers interest, and wants you to turn the next page. It builds to a crescendo keeping you guessing, and wanting the killer to be caught. I would thoroughly recommend this book to crime thriller fans, and those who are not. I am sure his next book will be of the same quality.
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a 3.5-4 stars. A solid good read, well written with clearly defined characters.

I'd describe this book as a dark serial killer book which sets the scene very early on with a gruesome murder.

The pace of the book dipped in places but when it picked up again I was quickly drawn back into the story.

Would read another by the author.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review, many thanks.
Brian Porter
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a thrilling and tense story that pairs old colleagues, David Carlisle and DCI Jack Moson together after years of living separate lives, Carlise as a private invesigator, Mason continuing his career with the Metropollitan Police. Carlise, is surprised when Mason contacts him with a request for help in tracking down a brutal killer known as The Wharf Butcher who is terrorising the city of Newcastle on Tyne, Masson has moved north as part of a special task force and Carlise nis soon back in ...more
A serial killer is loose on Tyneside. DCI Jack Mason calls upon David Carlisle who is a criminal profiler and Private Investigator. The two men have a history together, but not necessarily a positive history; it would be inaccurate to call them friends. They both have different thoughts and theories but must overcome these historically based differences to work together and stop the killings. This is a fast paced story with good descriptions of Newcastle and its surrounding areas, which I love. ...more
Daniel Smith
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought
Good book, enjoyed the story and the local setting, will be reading the next book.
David Stimpson
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Story and Characters..... I love my Crime Stories and this did not Disapoint me ... Looking Forward to the next one
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"He's getting to you, Jack. I warned you he would play games with your mind."
"We know where he killed them, when he killed them, and how he killed them. The question is . . . why?"

This question was held up consistently until the latter part of the novel. And he's getting to me as well. Although there are growing bits of info being uncovered from the midsection, I couldn't really say what the killer was up to until it was revealed. Fair enough for a mystery.

I appreciate how the author arranged ev
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Wharf Butcher. The name given to a sadistic killer who displays his victims like grotesque pieces of art. It is obvious that the victims suffered, and the killer wants to send out a message. But who is the message for, and what is he trying to say?

It's DCI Jack Mason "The Bulldog"'s job to find out. Enlisting the help of criminal profiler David Carlisle they delve into the mind of a deranged killer who will stop at nothing until he has completed his task. Unravelling more layers than you tho
Barbara Tsipouras
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
I understand that people from Newcastle would be enthusiastic about this novel. I'm not.
The book is announced as a fast-paced thriller, but that's not what it is. There's no real thrill despite the awful murders and the pace isn't fast at all.
I usually finish all books but at the 50% mark I was contemplating abandoning this one. I couldn't connect with any character, I didn't feel the need to know what's going to happen, the writing had no personal voice, but I decided to stick to it always hopi
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
The Wharf Butcher is one of the scariest serial killers that I've read about. He is schizophrenic and has a shopping list. Nothing seems to faze him. DCI Jack Mason and David Carlisle, a criminal profiler, are on his trail. Sometimes, they seem clueless but they may have an ace up their sleeves. The hunt for the serial killer is very entertaining. The characters are well dev
Sarah Joint
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Extremely well written, tense story. I really liked that one of the main characters is a profiler, as it's something I haven't read about too much. It's very descriptive and comes across as very well researched. Really surprised me that it's a debut novel. I think it may have been a little too drawn out at times, I would start to get out of it a little bit but be drawn back in the next chapter. For me all least, it's not a quick read but it's worth it. The two main characters, Mason and Carlisle ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marmite-books
I'm really struggling to get this review to save on here......

But anyway, the book is interesting and having lived in Newcastle for most of my life it was nice to actually visualise the area know exactly where they walked having walked down a lot of these streets myself especially when I was younger and more adventurous.

But I really struggled with the pace of the book, I want a pace that is consistent through the book a little variation is fine. No problem at all.
But this went from nothing hap
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a great fan of British mysteries, especially those that make it to the BBC… everything from Sherlock Holmes and Poirot to Midsummer Murders to Luther. The sweet and bloodless to the harsh and gritty are all on my radar. Michael K. Foster gives us Jack Mason, the fast-to-act, relies-on-his-gut copper and David Carlisle, the profiler calmly reading the psychological evidence. Yes, I can see the beeb picking this up for a series, when more novels featuring these two are forthcoming. At the end ...more
Craig Gillan
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good start to the series. Gritty and a gruesome, great setting and characters grew on more the more I read
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Wharf Butcher by Michael K. Foster Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
Many thanks!

Have you ever wanted to find a book that perfectly embodied the spirit and format of such great shows as Broadchurch and Sherlock? Then look
no further than author Michael K. Foster's incredible novel, The Wharf Butcher. An intense crime thriller that does an excellent job of analyzing
character growth and s
Misfits farm
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. A serial killer, a profiler, a number of dodgy personalities (both police and civilian) and I’m hooked. A fast paced, comfortable read that keeps you turning.
Short chapters keep this flowing beautifully and we learn about the background of the main character Carlisle as the book moves on. Suffering from his wife’s untimely death a while beforehand he needs to keep going to sustain his private detective business which is on its knees.
An old adversary in the form of DCI Jac
Jackie Roche
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in my favourite city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this is one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time.
David Carlisle, a profiler and DCI Jack Mason are reunited on a case involving a brutal killer.
Everything about this book makes it a thrilling thriller.
The characters, particularly David and Jack, felt very real. The dialogue between them was such that I could of been in the room listening to them.
As an ex-pat I enjoyed the details about the North-East and I could picture many od the ar
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to Booklover Catlady Publicity and the author who provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Although I did enjoy reading "The Wharf Butcher" by Michael K. Foster, there was nothing that blew me away about this book and I found the ending disappointing. I guess I expected some edge-of-the-seat stuff with such a dramatic cover and a great blurb.
Even so, it's not exactly a gentle read. There's plenty of blood splashed around.
The writing is easy to get on with
Daniella Bernett
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Wharf Butcher" is riveting and absolutely chilling. This dark, fast-paced thriller takes you inside the mind of a serial killer and the intrepid detective who hunts him down. The characters are superbly drawn. The story kept me up at night. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. ...more
David Gilchrist
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in and around Newcastle a part of the world I love. A great debut thriller from the author, the characters Mason and Cross are a good combination to chase down a serial killer. The novel is fast paced, dark and chilling. Keeps you reading until the last page. Wharf Butcher a really good read.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I gave up after 30%. Possibly a good story but it read like every third or fourth line was missing. At many points I was forced to extrapolate as to what had happened as it wasn't clear from the text of the book. ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, fast pace, interesting, quirky characters.
Dee Groocock
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great start in a new series. I enjoyed Michael K Fosters style of writing. Carlisle and Mason both grew on me through the book. Gritty and intense, just what I enjoy in a book!
Berk Rourke
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I have said in a number of reviews I liked this book a lot but I did not love it. If you are a fan of British mysteries you might feel differently than I do. It is a well written book, though it has some editing errors which are a bit of a distraction from time to time. This is a novel of a serial killer who is seeking to kill a group of people (they are called Mission Killers in the vernacular of profilers). The killer does his foul deeds in a very dastardly way. It is also a book concerning ...more
Denise Zendel
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
DCI Jack Mason catches a disturbing investigation into the deaths of several people who are gruesomely killed in similar fashion and then carefully posed in public places. The suspects all have ironclad alibies. Mason calls for the help of David Carlisle, criminal profiler and former cop, to figure out what makes the killer tick.

This books is billed as having “tension, suspense, and a plot full of unexpected twists and turns.” Normally, this kind of book grips me from start to finish. This time,
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Michael has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His debut, The Wharf Butcher, was released in 2015 and offers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. Its sequel, Satan’s Beckoning; also features the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. The third book in the series, The Suitcase Man, is sch ...more

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