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Manual for a Murder

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.


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Published June 24th 2018 by Gonçalo JN Dias
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Kathi Defranc
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting murder mystery, well written so that the characters capture your attention as they are introduced. I enjoyed this story,as we look at an incident from the view of a cop trying to solve it, the person who committed it and the husband of the deceased.
We get a different sense of a murder, and the road to the end is full of turns so you can't realize what happened until you happily enjoy the end result.
Linda Strong
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

Marina is falling in love with a colleague at work and out of love with her husband. Andre is married with a young son; he says he loves Marina but can't leave his son.

Marina decides that she doesn't want to be the 'other' woman on the side and the affair is ended. Sometime later, Andre's wife is killed.

Oscar is the homicide detective leading the murder investigation. He finds there are several suspects. One is a colleague with whom the woman argued shortly before her death. She also had a lover
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Helga by: Marina Mortimore
Shelves: crime, mystery
Manual for Murder is a well written, gripping and fast-paced story with well-developed characters.

How far would we be willing to go and how much would we be willing to sacrifice to get what we desire. Does Love justify murder?

The story is told by two narrators, Marina, who is bored with her everyday life and begins an affair with a married coworker, and Oscar, a detective, who is put against a cunning murderer.

Thanks to Marina Mortimore for recommending this engaging book to me.
Maria Ferreira
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: portugal
Às 2:00 da manhã a porta abriu-se e eu acordei sobressaltada, adormecera na sala enquanto esperava que o meu filho chegasse, tinha ido jogar a Murches com a sua equipa de hóquei em patins. Ligara-me a dizer que tinham parado para jantar em Cascais e que iria chegar tarde, não estava preocupada porque o sabia em segurança, mas mesmo assim fiquei na sala esperando a sua chegada. Com o sobressalto despertei, peguei no tablet, cliquei no Kindle, comecei a ler Manual de um Homicídio. A história agarr ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The anniversary of my father’s death also contributed to my sadness and nostalgia at that time.’

Portuguese born Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain and on his social media listing addresses himself and an author, ornithologist and a cork tree expert! THE GOOD DICTATOR was his debut novel, promising to be the first in a series Gonçalo is calling ‘The Birth of
Joselyn  Raquel Moreno Burke
Este lo recibí del autor para una reseña honesta.

Fue muy bueno, la verdad al leer la sinopsis tuve mis dudas de cómo exactamente seria el libro, pero según avanzaba en la historia más interesante se ponía . Debo decir el principio como en toda novela policiaca es un poquito lento pero es que hay que entender que es lo que esta pasandole a los personajes, una vez eso se concentra y empezamos la parte del asesinato y la investigación sentí que todo se fue rapidisimo pero me encanto esa trama y el
Gonga Maluco
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Segundo livro do autor, que passou de uma distopia para um policial. De narrar em terceira pessoa para relatar os factos agora em primeira. Manual de um Homicídio é um livro empolgante, que descreve lentamente como uma pessoa encontra um motivo para assassinar e depois planeia-o.
O surgimento do personagem policial é primoroso, promove o suspense, faz-nos acompanhar toda a investigação, sabendo desde o inicio de toda a trama. Um dos momentos mais altos é o discurso de Óscar perante marin
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this hoping to find a light murder mystery that would help me maintain my Portuguese: mission accomplished. Pretty enjoyable read too... I would continue reading more of his books if the author publishes another light murder mystery.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2017, Portugal, Lisboa

Marina Fonseca, 38 años, casada hace 13 años con Julio Ribeiro, sin hijos.
André de Carvalho, 41 años, casado hace 20 años con Sofía, un hijo de 8 años llamado Marcos.
Ambos trabajan en una empresa llamada Corkbo, que se dedica a la comercialización y exportación de tapones de corcho para todo el mundo. Por lo tanto son compañeros de trabajo, pero a medida que avanza la historia su amistad se transformará en algo más que acabará con un crimen.

El libro se separa por tres part
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intense and intriguing crime fiction...

“Manual for a Murder” by Gonçalo JN Dias is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with vividly drawn characters driven by heady and dangerous desires.. The author weaves a well-crafted crime fiction with intriguing twists and turns that will captivate the reader from the first page to the last. Skillfully constructed, it’s a gripping tale that fans of mystery, thriller and suspense will enjoy.

The story had every element a good story should h
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me recomendaron este libro y me animé a llevarlo de lectura en mis vacaciones.
Lo leí en muy pocos días.

Me enganchó mucho porque es una novela muy fresca que te atrapa. Las acciones ocurren con un dinamismo brillante. No hay descripciones monótonas que te despisten de la trama. La historia narra, como dice el título, un homicidio, contada en primera persona a través de los mismos personajes. Es muy interesante ver ese punto de vista personal de cada uno y esto para mí lo hizo más atractivo....m
Amy Shannon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense read

It's a very well written story, and another great one from the author. The characters in Manual for a Murder, are remarkable and well developed. This author definitely knows how to tell a story, making for the twists and story plot unpredictable. A character who believes her life was mundane, changes, and things, life, takes over. I like the way the story was weaved, bringing it to an unforeseen conclusion. Wonderfully done.
Yani Daniele
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ayer a la noche me dije, vamos a continuar con este libro, leo un poquito y me voy a dormir... esas cosa que una cree que va a cumplir pero no. Me quedé hasta la madrugada atrapada en esta historia sin darme cuenta que el tiempo se esfumaba.

La historia en si, es tal como lo dice el título un Manual de un homicidio en donde vemos las cosas desde el punto de vista de un personaje, vamos viendo como las cosas que le suceden lo empujan a cometer un asesinato, como lo planea y como lo ejecuta. Por lo
Pamela Scott

(copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed)

This is my first time reading the author. This is a well-written and engaging novel. The story is narrated by different characters and the chapters alternate between different viewpoints. This works really well. I like it when author uses this kind of structure. I found the writing, the characters and the story engaging. The synopsis is sparse but a perfect fit for the book. The characters are well developed a
Todd Simpson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous story that had me hooked from the beginning. Gonçalo JN Dias has done a fabulous job in weaving this story together, with a very clever and intense plot. I know how much I’m enjoying a book when I need to stop reading it for work and life’s other interruptions, then I’m excited when I start reading it again, and this is definitely one of those stories. I also like that I didn’t pick the ending.
Marina Fonseca thought her life was ok, nothing special, but just ok. That was until
Celia Rabelo
Ao contrário do que eu imaginava, esse livro não pertence a um autor nacional, e sim a um autor lusitano. Escrito em português lusitano, é totalmente acessível a leitura por um brasileiro. As palavras diferentes são bem poucas, facilmente encontradas em um dicionário comum ou no dicionário do próprio Kindle, que é atualmente o único formato disponível para venda na Amazon. Bem vamos a resenha, deixando bem claro que se trata de uma ficção, o livro começa com uma manchete de um jornal Lisboeta, d ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Considering that this was translated from Portuguese and some of the wording was off just slightly, (barely enough to make an impact on your reading, but enough to notice) this was a fantastic novel.

At first, you think it's just the telling of a love story. Of two people finding each other, after having known each other for years, and getting together. That in itself was lovely.

Then all of a sudden, things turn dark. And, you almost can't believe what's about to happen and if it will actually
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Manual de um Homicídio trata-se de um curto livro sobre crime e homicídio, sem dúvida, mas eu acrescento ainda que se trata de uma tese sobre como podem duas mentes ficar gravemente danificadas em termos psicológicos depois de serem sujeitas a sentimentos fortes. Foi esta a conclusão que tirei no final do livro.
A escrita do autor é simples e maioritariamente objetiva. A história é interessante mas um pouco lenta no início, no entanto foi-me fácil entrar no ritmo da mesma. Mostra ainda uma realid
Bárbara Toro
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Uff me costó un montón terminar este libro, y siento que me dio un poco de resaca leerlo...
No sé muy bien como enfocar todos mis sentimientos con esta lectura, creo que sin tener expectativas aún así esperaba un poco más. La idea es buenísima, pero el desarrollo es al que le falta estar más pulido. La obsesión que es la trama principal me dejó un poco con los pelos de punta ya que espero nunca me suceda y termine en un coche con un asesino obsesionado... El final fue muy ñe... todo lo del respet
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Marina has an affair with a married coworker. After their affair ends, her former lover's wife is killed. Oscar is a police detective investigating the death. When Oscar finds out about the affair, Marina is added to the suspect list.

This story is divided into three parts. The first and last are from Marina's point of view and the second is from Oscar's point of view. The two different viewpoints add a little more intensity to the story than if only one was presented.

I read a translated version
Montserrat Esteban
Muy buen libro y con un desarrollo increíble
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially slow, it catches your interest along the way, and you cannot stop until you find out what happens!
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The life of this character is full of contradictory information and rumours. Both his date of birth and home town are uncertain. Some say he hails from a suburban ghetto in Lisbon (Portugal); while others claim that he was born in eastern Russia, in the city of Vladivostok, sometime in the ‘60s.

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