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Murderland: a gripping serial killer thriller

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A HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER WITH A TWIST THAT YOU WON’T SEE COMING

When DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding are called to investigate a suspicious death in a care home, it is just the start of their problems.

As further bodies are discovered, with playing cards placed beside their bodies, the Manchester police realise they have their work cut out.

With the press closi

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Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published June 19th 2019 by Bloodhound Books
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Linda Strong
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding are investigating some strange deaths. Three elderly people have been murdered ... and in each case, a playing card has been left beside the body. There doesn't seem to be anything else that connects the victims.

When the investigations go nowhere, Burton isn't happy, but his superior has called for the services of a criminal profiler.

When two more victims have been identified in another location, it starts to look as though DS Fielding is somehow involved.

With
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Alan Cotterell
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2019
Thanks to Bloodhound Books and Pamela Murray for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review

The prologue was excellent and I was really looking forward to reading the rest. But I felt that there were far too many extraneous words, instead of just saying what somebody did, went into explaining the whole process of what they did. This was a shame, as the plot was a good one with some good characters, possibility for follow on books.

I had very strong suspicions as to who the killer was from
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Lou
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murderland is the first book to feature intrepid investigators DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding. Set in Manchester, the pair are called to a local nursing home where everyone believes something foul is at play and not just the natural order of life and death. With three people dead and each being left with a playing card beside their body, what exactly is the killer trying to convey? It is a message or a taunt? The police are at a loss to describe what exactly has been going on and the case b ...more
J Fearnley
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4*

I am delighted to be part of the opening day of the BlogTour for Murderland by Pamela Murray.

Set in Manchester and the North East this is a cracking read. Immediately from the tense prologue we are thrown into a murder. Chapter one brings another. They seem unrelated. It is with the death of a care home resident that we get into the story proper. This is no simple, tragic passing of an elderly man. It’s a somewhat bewildering murder – why was Nathaniel Jackson dressed somewhat oddly and is
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Alyson Read
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding have worked together for the Greater Manchester Police for a number of years and together with five detective constables, they run a tight and loyal team. The story starts with an attack on a woman locking up a warehouse in Tyne and Wear, then switches to a suspicious death at a care home, where Burton and Fielding attend. It certainly looks like a strange one, the corpse dressed in some kind of fancy dress clothing and with a playing card left at the scene. T ...more
Lel Budge
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bloodhound
“Her head lay a few feet away, face up, blank eyes staring into space. After giving it a fleeting glance, the attacker flicked something into the widening pool of blood that had now almost surrounded her body, then walked towards the illuminated exit sign at the far end of the warehouse and out into the cold evening air.”

DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding are about to go home after a long shift, but they are then called to a local nursing home for a suspicious death….

While death in a are home i
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Holly Reynolds
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic debut novel from Pamela Murray.

We are introduced to a police-duo when they are investigating murders, where the murderer leaves a playing card as a calling card.

This book is exciting and kept me guessing right the way through, and it was refreshing not to be able to solve the crime early on is the book, as is sometimes the case with books in this genre.

I will definitely read more books by this author in the future.
Ruth Matheson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A debut novel from Pamela Murray which features what at first appears to be random murders around Manchester until the police there are made aware of similar ones in Northumbria. There are points in the book where there is a bit of repetition which holds the reader back, however overall it is a good read, although I did figure the guilty party out quite quickly - just wasn't sure why at that point! Probably a 3.5* rating but in this case have rounded up as there are some good parts to it.

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Sam savage
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sammibee

Great story. I had just finished a John Grisham book that had been particularly difficult to read so this little page turner was quite a relief. I think I got the twist at about 80 percent through but it didn’t spoil it for me as I enjoyed it very much. Would recommend to anyone looking for a crime book. Thank you Pamela Murray xxx
Alex  Jones
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Heather at Bloodhound for an Arc and invite to the Blog Blitz for Pamela Murray’s New Thriller, Murderland

From the opening prologue I was drawn into this story, it is very good and starts with a shock.

DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding are called to an elderly care home, a strange murder appears to have been committed when an older guest is found dressed almost like a clown with a playing card left close to the body.

Murders begin piling up leaving the same calling card, it appears the
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Nerys Roberts
DI Joe Burton and DS Sally Fielding are about to go off shift when they’re called to a local nursing home. It’s not unusual for death to occur in such an establishment but the home’s doctor and then police surgeon believe foul play is involved. An elderly gentleman is dead, he’s been dressed in unusual clothing and a playing card left near his body. Then two more bodies are discovered in the city, both with playing cards left beside them. The police struggle to find what connects the victims esp ...more
Chris Nolan
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent serial killer thriller from the fine stable of Bloodhound Books. Set in Manchester and with an interesting set of characters, Pamela Murray has written a fine, fascinating and intriguing novel. The trail starts with a death in a care home but this is quickly followed by a number of other corpses, all accompanied by a playing card! The writer is certainly one to watch.
Sarah Stokeld
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always loved mysteries and thrillers and this one has definitely kept me glued to the pages.
The author has written a fantastic story where the twists and turns aren’t predictable. Nothing is irrelevant and you are left wondering what could happen next to the dynamic duo of Burton and Fielding. This level of storytelling has been a joy to read, it will even warrant a second read through to see if you can spot the clues once you know the ending and whodunnit - something that doesn’t tend to
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Mary Johnson
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is good but stretches belief. Unfortunately I guessed the “who” well in advance and the “why” left me a bit underwhelmed. Too much information about irrelevant matters made it overly long and lacking in ‘punchiness’ however it was an easy read and would be ideal reading when languishing on a beach. I will try more by this author as I like the main two characters.
Carole Gourlay
This is another excellent debut novel, the characters are believable and it’s well researched and written.

Whilst I couldn’t work out why the crimes were being committed, I did work out who was behind it, but nevertheless it was thoroughly enjoyable and I read it in a day.

I hope the author will continue with these characters, especially as it’s set in Manchester, my home town
Mr Kenneth L Mullen
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Story

The first book that I have read by Pamela and a really good read especially as I know both areas fairly well. Well crafted and fast moving with plenty of twists and turns. I hope that there are more to come.
Christina
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book! I really felt clueless like the whole squad about the murders and that was fun. Because you were looking for a suspect!

And also really lovable characters.
Lisa
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As this is by a debut author, I have the extra star! A murder mystery with an ending I did not see coming! I will keep watching for the next book!!
sandra ford
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book

I thoroughly enjoyed thos book. The characters were believable and i felt i was in the room with them.
. Cant wait for anothet book to read by Pamela Murray
Linda
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to read an ARC copy of this debut novel. It held my interest with all its twists and turns. I give it a solid 4 our of 5 stars. Thank you Bloodhound Books.
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