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The Embalmer: A gripping new thriller from the international bestseller

(The Tattoo Thief / Sullivan & Mullins #3)

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Has the ancient Egyptian cult of immortality resurfaced in Brighton?

When a freshly-mummified body is discovered at the Brighton Museum of Natural History, Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But as Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he realises he has a serial killer on his hands. Revenge
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Published November 12th 2020
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Paromjit
Alison Belsham gives us the third and final part of her Tattoo Thief trilogy, it continues with the reputation for grisly horror that she has established with her two previous books, based in Brighton. Her central protagonist who she has really put through the mill is a man with his own demons, DI Francis Sullivan, returning still in the position of having to prove himself and under constant pressure, with a police team that includes the still resentful DS Rory Mackay, new team member DC Gavin A ...more
Louise Wilson
The Tattoo Theif #3

When a freshly mummified body is discovered at the Brighton Museum of Natural History,Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he ralises he has a serial killer to catch.

Once again I did ot know that this book was part of a series when I requested it. I do think you have to have read the first two books to have a better understanding. As more bodies turn up
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ABCme
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
This is a cleverly crafted and exciting thriller that moves at great pace. It digs into the twisted mind of a serial killer and follows the process of the police force, going from nothing to two possible suspects, each with their own disturbed story, keeping the reader entertained to the very end.

Thank you Netgalley and Orion Publishing for the ARC.
Lou
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Embalmer is the third and final instalment in this superb, award-winning police procedural trilogy, featuring Tattoo Artist Marni Mullins and Detective Inspector Francis Sullivan, set in Brighton. Despite the core plot being self-contained I would strongly recommend reading the previous two books before this as there are frequent references to past events, cases and previous relationships made throughout. Early one morning on his way to get his usual morning coffee before clocking on, DI Sul ...more
ally’s reading corner
Well, we had another killer on the loose in Brighton and this time I really thought I cracked it, but obviously I was wrong.

The embalmer follows Sullivan and his team on the hunt for not one but two killers, the embalmer who is leaving messages directly for him and Paul Mullins, the twin brother of Marni Mullins’ ex husband. Sullivan who is not to be involved in the Mullins case finds it hard to stay away whilst also trying to run the investigation for the embalmer.

This book had me feeling a lot
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Rach
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Detective Francis Sullivan is called to Brighton Museum of Natural History. At the scene he discovers a freshly-mummified body. Francis is a lot loss to identify the body. Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages start to appear at different places, it looks like a serial killer is at work. Francis sets out to stop the killer.

I admit I didn't finish this book. I gave up at 64%.

I just didn't like any of the characters in the book. I felt the way some of them behave wasn't very r
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Julie Lacey
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and is a great read.
DI Francis Sullivan is called out to a small museum as the manager discovers a recently mummified body has been left there.
There’s also canopic jars next to it which they soon discover contain body parts.
Alongside this story is a murder which is very close to Francis and he’s determined to make sure the truth comes out as he’s not allowed to be part of the case.
Another body is found and the killer seems to know about Francis as he starts
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Michelle
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Embalmer by Alison Belsham is the third in the series of the Tattoo thief. Although it has several references from the previous novels you can still read this as a standalone. I have not read the previous two books.
When Nathan Cox finds a Mummy that wasn’t there previously in the local museum and finds that the body has been recently mummified and four Canopic jars beside it. He knows there has been a murder. In comes Detective Francis Sullivan to investigate and find out who it is. The murd
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Emma
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I chose to read and review a free eARC of The Embalmer but that has in no way influenced my review.

I really enjoy this brilliant detective series with a twist, and I look forward to each new book being published. I was excited to get my mitts on a copy of book three, The Embalmer, which I started as soon as it arrived on my Kindle (having recently read and reviewed the second book in the series, Her Last Breath, which was still very fresh
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Lainy
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 416

Publisher - Orion Trapeze

Source - Netgalley

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Has the ancient Egyptian cult of immortality resurfaced in Brighton?

When a freshly-mummified body is discovered at the Brighton Museum of Natural History, Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But as Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he realises he has a serial killer on his hands. Revenge, obsession and an an
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peggy
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a great fan of this authors work since I read her first book The Tattoo Thief, which was followed up by Her Last Breath. Both were fantastic five star reads. Her latest The Embalmed is another WOW book. Devoured in one sitting, visceral, gory and packed to the rafters with tension and suspense. This is the third book to feature Detective Francis Sullivan and this series goes from strength to strength. Set in Brighton I had no idea there were so many serial killers in this part of the ...more
Heleen Kist
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interconnected plotlines as tightly wound as the linnen on a mummy!

Thoroughly enjoyed the third installment in the Tattoo Thief series. It helps if you've read the other two for personal back stories but Alison Belsham does a good job of catching readers up (without it being annoying for those who remember).

Sad this is the end of the trilogy but I will look forward to the author's next endeavours.
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Shannon
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for the arc of The Embalmer by Alison Belsham.

5 star read for me- a great sensational read, very thrilling and very enjoyable, it was very page turning and a well written book! i recommend anyone whos interesting in this book to read you will not disappointed.
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Robert Hill
Shortly after Halloween, one of the caretakers of the Brighton Museum of Natural History finds that one of their exhibits has been disturbed: in place of the avian exhibit they expect to find, the birds have been removed, and a tableau of a mummy from Ancient Egypt has been left in place. The mummy seems authentic: from the presence of the four canopic jars, to the chemical compound used to preserve the body, this looks like a mummy from Ancient Egypt.

Detective Inspector Francis Sullivan of the
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Rachel Bridgeman
This book is BRILLIANT.

It takes the previous 2 novels in the series, builds upon the relationships created in them and moves them forward with a natural fluidity that makes for a very visual, almost cinematic reading experience.

This time around,the police team are trying to recover themselves following the shocking conclusion of 'Her Last Breath', a new team member is introduced (Gavin) and a highly unusual crime scene discovered...

At the Brighton Museum of Natural History-a very loose translati
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Sophie
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review also posted here: http://www.book-drunk.co.uk/2021/03/t...

The Embalmer is the third book in Alison Belsham’s Tattoo Thief series. I must admit I chose to read this book pretty much solely based on the cover so initially I wasn’t aware that this was part of a series, let alone the final book in a trilogy. However, from the first few chapters it is clear that these are returning characters with a lot of history and a quick check shows that the story here follows that of The Tattoo Thief and
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Beatrice
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Embalmer follows DI Francis Sullivan and his colleagues as they solve another murder case. The case started when a mummified body was found in a museum at Brighton, perfectly preserved and similar to the ancient ritual of mummification. The case develops when another body turns up with dead, and the killer begins to leave messages targeted to Sullivan. The investigation of the mummification case isn't the only case bothering DI Sullivan, as his lover Marni was accused of murdering her husban ...more
Kath
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series and, although the main story is self-contained, there is quite a lot of backstory and character development to be had with regard to the main characters and their personal & professional relationships, that, to get the very best from it, I do recommend you start from book one and read in order.
So... in this book we move on from tattooing and set up a gear to mummification. A freshly mummified body is discovered at the Natural History museum. Enter Francis Sullivan
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Mandie
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Embalmer is the third in the Tattoo Thief series and boy do these books just keep getting better and better. From the moment I read the Tattoo Thief in a day I have always eagerly awaited the next instalment so I have been jumping around for ages waiting to be able to read this latest offering from Alison Belsham. For me it was well worth the wait and once again I devoured it is quick time.
When a mummified body is found in the local museum at first Sullivan and his team are not sure if this
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Rebecca Kelly
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This brilliant, well written and thrilling read is the next instalment from the excellent penship of Alison Belsham. It is fair to say that I rushed through this and regretted time spent away. Although this appears as a third book in a series, that did not affect my ability to orientate myself into both the characters and drama. It works excellently as a stand-alone.
The Embalmer is a story of two parts featuring Francis Sullivan, police officer and his team on the trail of ‘The Embalmer’ a seri
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Pat Simpson
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Tattoo Thief series featuring DI Frances Sullivan and tattoo artist, Marnie Mullins. I hadn’t read the previous books and found this a bit of a difficult read not knowing the background. A newly mummified body and a jar containing embalmed body parts plus a hieroglyphic scroll, have mysteriously turned up at Brighton’s Natural History Museum. DI Sullivan is assigned to the case but as he struggles to identify the body and body parts, more body parts are found and he ...more
Andy Angel
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was a dark read (which is good as I like my thrillers on the dark side)

 It starts with a freshly mummified body found at the Booth Natural History Museum in Bristol along with canopic jars that hold the removed organs - the murderer follows the ancient Egyptian embalming rituals to the letter. Francis Sullivan is soon on the case and more canopic jars turn up.

 As a second string story Sullivan's friend, the tattooist Marni Mullins arrives home to find her husband fighting with his bro
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What Is Chelle Reading
Nathan Cox knows something isn't right when he entered the museum this morning - something feels different.  It isn't long before he finds a mummy within a display cabinet which wasn't there yesterday when he locked up.  With 4 canopic jars alongside, is this an ancient mummy or is this the first victim of The Embalmer?

Thank you to @NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.  Definitely feel out of my depth with this one not having read the first two books - there is a lot of references to th
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Hazel
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Stuff 'n' Things

Full of action, suspense, gritty scenes and loads of tension, this is a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed despite this being the third instalment of this series but the first I have read. It does work as a standalone but I think it would be even better had I read the other 2 beforehand.

The characters are strong, as are the storylines which made things fast-paced and interesting which had me totally immersed from the start. The writing style is easy to read and although
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Christine Revely
This is the first book I’ve read by Alison Belsham but I will certainly rectify that. I loved this book and was engrossed from beginning to end.
Detective Francis Sullivan and his team are brought in to investigate the strange case of an expertly mummified corpse . Cryptic messages are left behind along with jars containing organs belonging to the deceased. It is soon apparent that the team have a serial killer on their hands.
In a separate case a man is murdered but Francis is excluded from the
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Hanlie
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this read, especially the references to ancient Egyptian rituals and mythology! I've always been intrigued by mythology an all the different gods and believes so this was right up my alley. I also have some good info on how to mummify a body if I need to!

A mummy is found at a museum. The only problem is the fact that it doesn't belong there and also that it is not ancient. Who knew it only took 40 days to mummify a body! Who is this woman and why is her whole body covered in tattoos? Th
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Soozee
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series, and although it does stand alone, there is a lot of reference to the previous events and their effects on the various characters.

A mummified body is discovered in the museum, but DI Francis Sullivan is drawn in as it becomes clear the mummification was done very recently. He and his team then find themselves on a rollercoaster as they try to work out the meaning of the many tattoos on the body, and discover more bodies and canopic jars containing eviscera.

Meanwh
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Anne
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC.

I found this to be a great, enjoyable read and an excellent follow on from the previous book. DI Sullivan and his team have an unusual investigation where a victim has been mummified and they have to find out who it is. I loved the story threads in this book and that the story was told through different characters. The author has a good writing style that immediately drew me in and held my attention throughout. The characters are ver
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Lesley
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*
gore score 3.5/5
#3 in the series with Detective Francis Sullivan. A new author to me.
There are frequent references to events from the previous cases in the trilogy so it would be best to read the books in order.
Frank has both personal and professional problems to deal with in this book. His friend is accused of murder and a mummifieud body is found in a museum and cryptic notes are left.
I loved the unique storyline with the Egyptology theme. It’s dark, it’s gritty and it’s captivating.
I
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Stacy Sarling
When a freshly-mummified body is discovered at the Brighton Museum of Natural History, Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But as Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he realises he has a serial killer on his hands.
This is the third instalment of the ‘Tattoo Thief’ series, one I was not aware of when I requested the book and there are lots of little references throughout the book and some of the character relatio
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