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Secrets of the Dead

(Alex MacLure #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Beware the surgeon. He’s not here to save you!

Atlanta, Georgia.
When a body dump is found, FBI Special Agent Charlie Rebb, thinks a serial killer has resurfaced. Called the Surgeon by the media, his tell-tale technique has everyone wondering why. But then the murders seem to stop again.

Cairo, Egypt.
Alex MacLure is contacted by a student who thinks he’s uncovered a
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Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by Heritage Books
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Linda Hepworth
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first strand of this story begins when the remains of several men are found in the crawl space under an old church in Atlanta, Georgia. FBI Special Agent Charlie Robb, and her partner Peter Zhang, are called to investigate. She had previously worked on a case where men had been murdered in a similar manner, by a serial killer the media named The Surgeon and she fears that he has resumed his killing spree. A strange symbol is found on some of the murdered men: linked to a tattooist who has ...more
Lynne
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Secrets of the Dead is the second book in a series, it's the first I've read by author Murray Bailey and works equally well as a standalone. It combined two of my favourite genres - Crime and Thriller. Along with a fair amount of archaeology and symbology, this book was right up my alley.

Female protagonist FBI Special Agent Charlie Rebb is on the trail of a serial killer dubbed The Surgeon. Her investigation takes her to Cairo, Egypt. Meanwhile, in Egypt, archaeologist Alex MacLure has
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Heather Withington
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Library Thing and the author for sending me this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

This is my second book by Murray Bailey this year, and I have found a new favourite author to add to my list. This was a really engaging read that does not focus too much on the gore of the deaths that occur. The added element of a history story to tell the reader how the symbol that everyone is searching for came into being added an extra dimension to this story and made it all really
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Victoria
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second of Murray Bailey’s crime thrillers to follow the adventures of Egypt archaeologist Alex MacLure, and it’s clear the author knows his subject.
Secrets of the Dead begins, not in Egypt, but in Atlanta, Georgia, where a cache of bodies has been found, eight in all. The victims were buried in a crawl space under The Church of the Risen Christ. FBI agent Charlie Rebb and her annoying partner Peter Zhang are immediately brought into the investigation because she’d worked a previous
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Denise Gould
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventure

I enjoyed the story and a new reader of this author I will be looking to read more of his books
Lainy
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 5 days

Pages - 334

Publisher - Heritage Books

Source - Review Copy

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Beware the surgeon. He’s not here to save you!

Atlanta, Georgia.
When a body dump is found, FBI Special Agent Charlie Rebb, thinks a serial killer has resurfaced. Called the Surgeon by the media, his tell-tale technique has everyone wondering why. But then the murders seem to stop again.

Cairo, Egypt.
Alex MacLure is contacted by a student who thinks he’s uncovered a conspiracy involving the
...more
Fred
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me get right to it. SECRETS OF THE DEAD by Murray Bailey is entertaining, fast-paced, and very interesting. So why not five stars? Because there are some misfires. First, a name change is in order. There are already multiple books out there entitled SECRETS OF THE DEAD, plus a popular PBS TV series. Second, there are numerous typos. Yes, I know, this is increasingly the norm in publishing, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing. There were also some confusing parts—places where I ...more
Jo
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will start by saying that I haven't read book 1 in this series, but I don't believe that my enjoyment or understanding of the plot was in any way impacted by this.

As for the story itself? Fast paced, action packed and a conspiracy theory that spans the ages. There really is a lot to like about this story. The various interpersonal relationships feel fleshed out, and although there is a point in the story where the reader knows who the Surgeon is, the author has done a good job of ensuring that
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Sara Kenny
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well worth a read

I came across this book in my suggestions it was the second book in the series so I found the first one (Map of the dead) and read it. I was hooked a decent story line, ancient Egypt, right up my street. I really enjoyed the way the central character Alex had a mystery to solve by delving into the past of Ancient Egypt to help solve a modern mystery.
Secrets of the dead_ I enjoyed this book more than the first one, I couldn't put it down, the way it kept swapping from the past
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Maureen
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 of a series about Alex, an archeologist who has discovered a secret message within ancient tablets known as the Amarna Letters. While trying to track down a student who leaves Alex a trail to follow. Meanwhile an FBI agent is on the hunt for a serial killer known as the Surgeon. The two cases merge - or collide and Alex discovers that the Surgeon wants information he believes is within the Amarna Letters. There are twists and turns - as an avid reader of thrillers I admin some of ...more
jPhx
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets of the Dead is an engrossing read that holds the reader with the hunt for a serial killer that crosses continents and also has an interesting subplot of subterfuge and a missing spouse set in the royal circles of ancient Egypt. The suspense surrounding The Surgeon and the Lazarus-like reasons for his actions builds slowly but steadily, as the protagonists get drawn into a cat and mouse chase before many more die and especially the captured girlfriend of Alex McLure. An enjoyable stand ...more
Kerry Henderson
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Special agent Charlie Rebb is investigating a murder that looks as if it could be the work of the Surgeon a known serial killer. Meanwhile in Egypt Alex Maclure is looking for a secret sign. Soon it becomes clear its connected to the surgeon. Can Alex find it without getting himself arrested or worse.

This is book 2 in the series but I followed enough of the basic story. It was an interesting story that jumped back to the past which I really enjoyed. The plot was good but just didn't thrill me
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Anne Wingate
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And the Second of These Is . . .

Two men, separated by 3000 years, are searching for the same thing. And each has the same stake: the life or death of a beloved woman. Each has help and hindrance.
Bailey does his homework. His stories ring true to the nth degree
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