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De Puzzelman

(Inspector Anjelica Henley #1)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,843 ratings  ·  617 reviews
Als er lichaamsdelen nabij de Theems worden gevonden in de Londense wijk Deptford, wordt inspecteur Anjelica Henley van de Serial Crime Unit op de zaak gezet. De aanwijzingen doen haar denken aan het werk van Peter Olivier, beter bekend als De Puzzelman, die een levenslange gevangenisstraf uitzit voor zijn daden. Zijn methode was gruwelijk. Hij deelde zijn slachtoffers op ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by HarperCollins Holland (first published August 28th 2020)
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Ceecee
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up

A copycat serial killer is leaving body parts in various locations in Deptford. The original jigsaw man is Peter Olivier now serving life in Belmarsh Prison. The serial killer unity run by DSI Stephen Pellacia with DI Anjelica Henley in charge of the investigation, assisted by TDC Salim Ramouter

This has the feel of a second book in a series (it isn’t!) with the backstory of DI Henley and Olivier in parallel with the hunt for the copycat. It’s extremely gritty in paces and ce
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Fans of Chris Carter and MJ Arlidge... attention please. You need to read The Jigsaw Man and you need to read it now. It is dark, brutal and very, very disturbing. And saying all that, I loved it!

When body parts are discovered on the banks of the Thames early one morning, DI Henley is called back to active investigation. She is teamed up with TDC Ramouter which she is not happy about , but she’s is happy to be off desk duty. But this case feels familiar... it it can’t be the Jigsaw Man, she cau
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THE JIGSAW MAN (An Inspector Anjelica Henley Thriller Book #1) by Nadine Matheson is the first book is a new British police procedural thriller series featuring DI Anjelica Henley and the members of the Serial Crime Unit.

Body parts are found on the banks of the River Thames.

DI Anjelica Henley has been on desk duty since her return to the SCU. The body parts found are eerily similar to the last investigation she worked so she is t
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Richelle Robinson
Review to come!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
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Louise Wilson
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the day she returns to active duty with the Serial Crimes Unit, DI Angelica Henley ia called out to a crime scene. Dismembered body parts fron two victims have been found by the river. The modus operandi bears the striking resemblance to Peter Oliver, the notorious Jigsaw Killer, who has spent the last two years behind bars. When he learns someone is co-opting his gris;y signature - the arrangement od the victims' limbs in a puzzle - piece shape - he decides to take matters into his own hands ...more
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
In her gruesome debut The Jigsaw Man, Nadine Matheson has readers chasing down a horrific serial killer through the streets of London. Inspector Anjelica Henley is pulled from her desk assignment to the field when dismembered body parts from multiple victims start showing up near the river. Immediately, Henley connects the specific method of dismemberment to a previous case, Peter Oliver, the Jigsaw Killer. Thank you so much to Hanover Square Press, HarperCollins, and Nadine Matheson for this AR ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This is a well written police procedural mystery with a rather grisly serial killer murder investigation at the center of the story. 

I have read a lot of this genre over the years and so I find myself looking for stories that can subvert the classic tropes and surprise me. This one did not feel particularly unique, but still is a solid addition to genre. 

My favourite aspect were the conversations surrounding race and marginalization in the police force. It's refreshing to read these con
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Michelle
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson is a fast-paced gruesome thriller that I really enjoyed, and I hope there is a sequel as the author has left a cliff hanger at the end of the story. So, I am keen to find out what happens.
DI Anjelica Henley has just come back from leave after bringing the serial killer known as The Jigsaw man Peter Oliver to justice of his crimes. He kills and chops up his victims and leaves their body parts all-over South-East London DI Henley is investigator of the SCU. When
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Alayne Emmett
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good thriller although at times it was gory in its descriptions it didn’t put me off. This a the first time I’ve read any of this author’s books and I look forward to reading more. I know the area in which this book is set very well and I could picture the places mentioned. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
NILTON TEIXEIRA
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a chilling thriller.
For a debut it’s excellent.
I was pleased with the writing style and I thought that the police procedural was well showcased.
There is not a lot emotion, depth or character’s development, regardless, I was totally immersed in the storyline from the very beginning.
There are some gruesome scenes that may not please some readers (and one scene of animal cruelty - a cat being kicked against a wall).
Although I enjoyed the storyline, I did not find it that original,
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Robin Loves Reading
DI Anjelica Henley has her hands full for more than one reason. Professionally, she is after a copycat serial killer. Also, she struggles with racism due to her position as a BIPOC Detective Inspector. Furthermore, as she works her current case she clearly sees resemblance to a previous serial killer case. The killer was given the name Jigsaw Killer. He is Peter Oliver and is in prison. However, his signature is being found on recent victims.

As difficult as it is, Anjelica heads to the prison t
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Kay
Apr 02, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I tried, but will cut my losses early. Never thought serial killer and mutilated bodies can be this boring.

Ch. 23/page 132/26%/3h 44m
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Nadine Matheson knows how to grab her reader’s attention from the opening page and doesn’t let go. THE JIGSAW MAN is smart, deftly plotted, and expertly paced, filled with characters you’ll love, and others who’ll make your skin crawl (and read with the lights on!). With a tale that’s dark, devious and deliciously twisted, Matheson brings a fresh new voice to crime fiction that I can’t wait to hear more from.
Dennis
I gave it about 70+ pages but it just was too slow and too procedural right off the bat for me.
Dom
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviews-2020
Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you to Netgalley and Nadine Matheson for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read the prologue and I was instantly disappointed. It wasn't gripping, it wasn't interesting. It was rather disappointing.

However I kept on reading and I am very glad I did!

"Death was her adrenalin and it scared her."
Recovering from an attack by a serial killer Inspector Henley is brought back to active duty, she is put in charge of training Ramouter.
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Nicole Wuthering Vines
Thank you to Harlequin & netgalley for the ARC!

This debut by Matheson had phenomenal writing and was tormentingly suspenseful.

I always love and appreciate a good cat and mouse chase and this truely delivered with an infamous serial killer, a savage copy cat and a strong and compelling heroine in detective Henley! I also enjoyed the usage of the unique and diverse range of characters!

I was fully immersed in the game and I found everything to feel so accurately depicted as Matheson did an excep
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Rach
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a debut book.

DI Henley, our main character, has returned to Serial Crimes Unit after being away for two years for various reasons including recovering from injuries from the serial Oliver who is also known as The Jigsaw Man, having a baby and being on desk duty. Her first day back is a eventual one as she is sent by DSI Stephen Pellacia to a crime scene where various body parts have been found and is going to be mentor for s DC Salmi Ramouter. It turns out the marks on the victims is the s
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OutlawPoet
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So, I’m going to start with The Jigsaw Man himself. He’s gruesome, a great villain, and…I never bought into his psychosis. Don’t get me wrong – he’s entertaining as can be! But he’s got like every abnormal psychological condition rolled up in one.

The rest of the book is gold. We have main characters who live and breathe, a truly fascinating spate of murders, and extremely interesting reasons behind everything. Add to that some perilous situations that leave you breathless – well, you just don’t
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

This was indeed a grisly story as two serial killers go head to head trying to outdo one another's death toll. Body parts, are dropped into the Thames starting Angelica Henley with her newbie partner on the trail of the killer. It all ties into a previous serial killer, caught by Henley, now in prison, aptly named The Jigsaw Man because of the method he used on his victims. Henley becomes entwined in the case after a very grisly object is awaiting her at her home. It's become personal now.

Althou
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booksbytheboats
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good and fast paced serial killer thriller that I was shocked to see was a debut, this was written so well and exactly the way I like this type of book to be. Slaughter/Reichs vibes for sure!

From the very first page we’re thrown straight into the gore and detailed writing that introduces us to a great detective team and a serial killer/copycat scenario.

Immediately we’re introduced to a mysterious backstory that slowly develops throughout the book and really helps to link things up - it d
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm


4.5 STARS - This is one helluva amazing debut. The Jigsaw Man is a chilling story about dueling serial killers and a police Inspector with a complicated past who is desperately trying to catch these killers when they go on a murder spree.

This is a well-written, 'can't-put-this-book-down-for-nothin' story. Matheson deftly balances a striking police procedural with relevant social issues (PTSD, complicated family dynamics, sexism, and racism) and includes backstories of her main characters, enabli
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Sharah McConville
I love British Crime stories and The Jigsaw Man was no exception. Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley of the Serial Crimes Unit returns to active duty after an horrific incident with serial killer Peter Olivier, nicknamed The Jigsaw Man. DI Henley finds herself partnered with the new Trainee Detective Constable Salim Ramouter on her first day back. They are called to a gruesome crime scene that resembles Peter Oliver's crimes. With The Jigsaw Man safely behind bars there now seems to be a copyca ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I had read so many wonderful reviews of this book that when the audiobook was available to listen to and review through Harlequin Audio, I jumped at the chance. THE JIGSAW MAN by Nadine Matheson is the first book in An Inspector Anjelica Henley series. It stars DI Anjelica Henley and the other members of her team, which all play an important role in this story. DI Anjelica Henley has been on desk duty since her return to the SCU, suffering from PTSD. When body parts are found on the banks of the ...more
Arlene
4.5 stars

I absolutely loved this and I can’t wait for the next in the series. It’s gory and raw, suspenseful and thrilling... I was late to work reading the ending this morning.
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
DI Henley is just returning back to a full work load when she gets a call about body parts scattered all around the river. When more parts show up belonging to someone else, it all seems like the last case she worked. Peter Olivier is behind bars and there is no way this could be him, but who could he be working with? Then Olivier escapes from prison and now there are two killers on the loose. Will Henley and her team be able to catch both killers, or be part of the prey?

Thank you to Hanover Squ
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Sana
Mar 26, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Oooh yes, there definitely needs to be more crime fiction by women of color
Stephanie
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I’m super pumped to have a new (female!! Black!!!) crime writer to follow. Nadine Matheson is an extremely talented author and I’m excited to see what she comes up with in the future.

Okay. So this book is twisted and GRITTY. If descriptive, dark, serial killer/police procedural novels aren’t your jam, then this is not for you. It’s pretty...macabre. It also seems like it’s the second novel in the series, which it isn’t.

That said, there are some serious clarice/hannibal vibes betw
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Craig Sisterson
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bipoc, crime
I'd been excited to read THE JIGSAW MAN by debut crime writer Nadine Matheson since seeing her speak on a panel with Vaseem Khan, SA Cosby, and Lloyd Otis at last year's Locked Up Festival. A criminal lawyer in London, Matheson had won the City University Crime Writing competition then completed the Masters in Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels), a course I hold in high regard given it's taught by the brilliant Claire McGowan and I've spoken to past grads at crime writing festivals.

Matheson
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Rebekah Reads
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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