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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 ratings  ·  195 reviews
For fans of The Secret History and How to Get Away With Murder comes an exciting new voice in suspense fiction.

Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile p
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Published November 1st 2016
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Angela Gerhardt I would read The Murder Game first. I read Fractured first and it took away from the experience I might have had reading them in a different order. If…moreI would read The Murder Game first. I read Fractured first and it took away from the experience I might have had reading them in a different order. If you read Fractured first you'll know how The Murder Game ends before you start it.(less)

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3.5 stars

I had no idea when I started Fractured how addicting it would turn out to be or its connection to The Murder Game. In that story, Julie Apple is the bestselling author of THE MURDER GAME, a book that changed her entire life. A book that earned her a stalker and was rumored to be based on real events that took place when Julie was in law school. How clever that THE MURDER GAME is an actual book written by Catherine McKenzie and being released under the pen name of Julie Apple? Talk about
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some novels work because of the pleasure of reading about the familiar. I'm not sure I would have liked The Murder Game as much if it wasn't set in Montreal depicting a group of former McGill law students. My childhood city, my alma mater and a familiar profession -- they all drew me in. Of course, it's not just the setting -- Julie Apple aka Catherine MacKenzie has written a tight very readable legal mystery/courtroom drama. The story is narrated by Meredith, going back and forth in time betwee ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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I first met Julie Apple on the slopes of Mount Adams, one of Cincinnati’s seven hills.  Of course this was long after she had written The Murder Game, her best selling novel.

In fact Julie is the main protagonist in Catherine McKenzie’s novel Fractured.  What a clever way to introduce a new book.

I have to say I loved Fractured and was totally gripped, furiously turning the pages, glued to the words, anxiously awaiting  that final denouement.  Needless to say then,  that  I went int
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun one!

“One of these things is not like the other,” Julian McCarthy jokes to Meredith Delay as she introduces herself to her law school orientation group at McGill University in Montreal in 1995. This statement describes Meredith to a tee. She slowly integrates her way into Julian’s tight knit group of friends that consists of his best friend, Jonathan, and girlfriend, Lily. Although she rounds out their group to make it a foursome, Meredith is often at the edge of the group, not fu
Catherine McKenzie
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I highly recommend it!
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, legal
The Murder Game was written by Catherine McKenzie under the pseudonym of Julie Apple. Julie Apple is actually McKenzie's protagonist in Fractured, a totally gripping novel released last month, which is definitely worth reading. But these can be read independently. Having thoroughly enjoyed Fractured, I was really looking forward to this, and I actually ended up reading this in one sitting yesterday.
So this is the story of 4 law students who meet at McGill University in Montreal in 1995. Julian,
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Meredith Delay has been working as a prosecutor for the past ten years. She's hard working and her life revolves around her work while her personal life has been a bit up in the air. When a high profile case crosses Meredith's desk she's in a bit of a shock to see that the defendant is an old law school friend of hers, Julian, and he's been accused of murder with a very rare and risky defense.

Not only is the defendant an old friend but he is being represented by Meredith's ex-boyfriend, Jonatho
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
3.5 stars

I did it! I read the book written by a character in a book (that's so Inception!). That alone is reason enough for me to recommend The Murder Game. I only recommend that you first read Catherine McKenzie's Fractured. One of the main characters in Fractured is Julie Apple, the author of this book. And throughout the book people are constantly amazed and horrified of her imagination after reading her novel. So, she is constantly compared to the main character in Murder Game, Meredith.

Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
By and large, I enjoyed this book. Now that I'm finished, though, I'm having a heck of a time coming to terms with what I read - but I'll give it the old college try. College, in fact, is a good place to start; that's where the four main characters - Meredith, Lilly, Jonathan and Julian - met as law students at McGill University in Toronto in the mid-1990s. Ten years later, they've graduated and, for the most part, have all grown up.

Now a prosecuting attorney, Meredith gets assigned to a grisly
Erin Clemence
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher (and the wonderful Catherine McKenzie) for the free electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.
“The Murder Game” is a legal drama written by Catherine McKenzie, under the pseudonym of Julie Apple. Apple, for those of you familiar with McKenzie’s other works, is the protagonist in McKenzie’s novel, “Fractured”, due out in October.
(See my review here: )
So essentially, McKenzie wrote a book
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Murder Game written by Catherine McKenzie under the pseudonym of Julie Apple, is part legal thriller, part legal thriller. Julie Apple is actually McKenzie's protagonist in Fractured. I would suggest you read Fractured first. Having thoroughly enjoyed Fractured, I was anxious to read this book. The concept is brilliant!

A perfect Planned Murder

This is the story of four law students who meet at McGill University in Montreal in 1995. (Julian, Lily, Jonathan grew up together and Meredith, Jona
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Lawsome Books in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb for this book really captured my interest and I was super excited to read this once I found out it was written by Catherine McKenzie, as Julie Apple. Catherine is a favourite go-to author of mine. I had the pleasure of reading Fractured in August and adored the story of neighbours, Julie and John. I didn’t make the connection between the character Julie from Fractured until I opened t
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie (writing as Julie Apple), and Lawsome Books for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

With Catherine McKenzie already having garnered much success in her literary career, she chose to put a spin on this story, writing under a pseudonym whose importance comes from another of her recent novels, Fractured. Julie Apple pens the story of protagonist Meredith Delay, a successful Crow
The Murder Game is a legal/thriller novel written over ten years ago by Catherine McKenzie. Although it remained unpublished for all of those years, the book itself was featured in Catherine McKenzie's 2016 novel: Fractured and inspired much of the storyline. Shortly after the release of Fractured, Catherine McKenzie self-published The Murder Game under the pen name: Julie Apple (who was noted as the book's author in Fractured). If you are not familiar with either of these novels, I'm sure this ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed Fractured, written by Catherine Mackenzie. It’s a book about a bestselling author forced to move her family halfway across country to escape a stalker. In Fractured, Mackenzie goes into a fair amount of detail about the bestselling mystery, called The Murder Game. The entire time I was reading the book I kept thinking what a shame that The Murder Game wasn't an actual book. Well, it is. Turns out Mackenzie wrote The Murder Game first and then used it as the basis for the bestsel
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel is written by Catherine McKenzie who is writing under the pseudonym of Julie Apple who featured as a character in her book Fractured. The Murder Game is a courtroom drama that is a lighter than a typical John Grisham novel but nevertheless an entertaining read.

The main character in the novel is Meredith Daley who after ten years working as a prosecutor have left her feeling tired and unsure what she wants from life. She is assigned to a high profile prosecution case that features the
Julie Apple
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My first excited for you to meet it!

Read the except on my Goodreads blog and tell me what you think!
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

3.5 stars

The Murder Game is a companion novel to Catherine McKenzie’s excellent and highly-recommended Fractured. I am glad that I read Fractured first because, if I had read The Murder Game first, I may have passed on Fractured. While The Murder Game is a good read, it is not as accomplished or addicting as its predecessor. In Fractured, the central character, Julie (Apple) Prentice, has written a best-selling book (The Book as she refers to it) called The Murder Game, and has had to move her f
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is such a fun idea! This book is written by the main character in Catherine McKenzie’s book Fractured. THE MURDER GAME is semi fictional account of a woman in law school and then ten years later that same woman called to prosecute a man she used to know. The defense attorney is her ex lover, the man accused is her ex lover’s best friend. In dual timelines we learn how Meredith knew Julian, the man who is now accused of murder. This story is semi fiction and written by a semi fictional chara
Terri Wino
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2016
The Murder Game is by Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple, who is the protagonist in Catherine McKenzie's book Fractured.

I really enjoyed Fractured and definitely recommend that you read it prior to The Murder Game, even though both books can stand alone.

I didn't enjoy The Murder Game quite as much as Fractured. However, it is a quick read and I did like the premise. Putting aside some disbelief about the way a few things take place in this book, what bothered me was that I really didn't
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The Murder Game, written by Catherine McKenzie under the pseudonym Julie Apple, is based on the possibility of a perfect murder and inspired by the experiences of the author at McGill Law Faculty. This is quite a controversial topic but the moral dilemma is not addressed in the novel at all.We know from the very beginning who the murderer is and as the plot unfolds we learn the motive. The book also focuses on the relationships of a group of friends attending law school and the romantic affair b ...more
Judy D Collins
Julie Apple (AKA Catherine McKenzie) returns following Fractured (2016) where we met Julie Apple, with her bestselling novel--now featured in the clever twisty THE MURDER GAME, part legal drama, part thriller, and a perfect murder plan resurfaced.

Confused? Don’t be. First, read Fractured then circle back around and enjoy, TMG.

EW "Why Fractured author Catherine McKenzie wrote an entire book within a book."

Four friends make their way through law school, in the mid- nineties, learning t
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! When I first got The Murder Game from NetGalley, I had no idea that Catherine McKenzie was the author using the pseudonym of Julie Apple. Then I read Ms. McKenzie's book Fractured where the protagonist's name is Julie Apple and had written a book called The Murder Game. That's when it hit me that the two books were connected. I have to say that I think Ms. McKenzie came up with a brilliant idea to tie these two books together.

The Murder Game really held my interest right from the beg
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Murder Game by Julie Apple

Four friends who are in law school together plan the perfect murder. Fast forward into the year 2007, Meredith is the lead prosecutor in a high profile murder case. She tells Charles her boss that she should withdraw from prosecuting Julian because he was one of her best friends in law school. Her on again, off again former boyfriend is the defense attorney.
It is clearly a conflict of interest for Meredith.
How does Lily, Julian's girlfriend fit in to all of this?
Susan Peterson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that the premise behind this book is extremely fascinating! This book was written by Julie Apple, which is not just a pseudonym for Catherine McKenzie; Julie Apple is also a protagonist in Catherine's newest novel, Fractured. In the book Fractured, Julie is a writer who has written a best-seller titled The Murder Game, and this is the book she wrote! The Murder Game is a compelling crime novel about a group of lawyers who, as law students, try to devise a plan to literally ...more
Liz Barnsley
So here is the thing. Catherine McKenzie wrote a book called Fractured. In Fractured the main protagonist Julie is in trouble because of a book she has written. That book is The Murder Game. So this book is a book from another book.

You've got to love that.

And also its a great story. Take a group of law students, friends, randomly tangled in relationships, learning criminal law and eventually moving on to various careers within that. Fast forward to a few years later, the friendships now somewhat
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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Meredith Delaney is a Crown Prosecutor who has been assigned the murder case of well-known hockey player but the suspect is her old friend from college Julian. Defending the suspect is her on and off ex-boyfriend from law school Jonathan. Meredith, Jonathan , Lilly and Julian were a tight close knit group in law school. The book has alternating timelines from the present with Meredith fighting the case to the past where the group met for the first time.

This is good legal drama story especially f
Sarah Joint
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Fractured after I won it from Good Reads. I thought it was clever and well written and gave it four stars. The main character in that book is an author, and The Murder Game is the book she wrote. I thought releasing this under the name of Julie Apple was a really neat idea and was excited to read it. I couldn't put it down once I started. They are very different books but both impressive.

Prosecutor Meredith Delay is a bit of a workaholic. It's pretty much all she has. She keeps the man s
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A couple of months ago I read Fractured by Catherine McKenzie and I LOVED it. When I found out that she was releasing a companion book, I was all over it. I use the term companion loosely though as either book could easily be read alone. So in Fractured the protagonist is Julie Apple and she wrote a book called The Murder Game. McKenzie now released this one using the pen name Julie Apple. Book inception! It may sound a bit confusing, but if you read Fractured f
Meredith Delay is a prosecutor. When she is asked to assigned to the murder case of a former hockey-player she is shocked to learn that the murderer is an old friend from law school. Julian has a history of extreme sleep walking. He does a lot of strange things then and he got even violent occasionally. And that’s how he committed the murder. He drove to this house, found an unlocked door, got inside, took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the sleeping man. Then he woke up and called to polic ...more
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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (okay it was Canada, Montreal specifically) (also, 2007), Catherine decided to write a novel she’d been thinking about since she attended McGill Law School in the 1990s. Sitting in her Criminal Law class, she wondered if a lawyer woul

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