Evil never dies…

Forensic Psychologist, Jo McCready is assisting DCI Callum Ferguson on a murder inquiry, when one of her patients is found brutally murdered. 

Jo was the last person to see Martha Scott alive. She was helping Martha unlock a repressed memory. But during the session, Jo unlocked more than she bargained for. An alter personality introduced himself as the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper – and thanked Jo for setting him free to kill again.

As Ferguson’s team race to find Martha’s killer, a series of copycat killings begin, replicating ‘The Autumn of Terror’ in 1888. But if Jack is just a figment of Martha’s damaged mind, who killed her?

As the body count rises, Jo must construct a profile to stop the murderer recreating the terror of the most infamous serial killer of all time.

But not everyone is on Jo’s side. The Police Intelligence Unit have their own profiler, Liz Taylor-Caine, who resents Jo’s involvement as a contributing expert in the case.

Suspicion about Jo’s involvement in the killings increases when someone close to the team becomes one of Jack’s victims.

And as the anniversary of the final and most gruesome of all the killings looms, Jo discovers that the killer has one murder on his mind that is far closer to home…

My Review

OMG I want to see this as a TV series – pleeease. It would be so good. I can even help cast it (as I often do on here). Maybe Keeley Hawes as Jo?

Do you remember the series Whitechapel starring Rupert Penry-Jones? The first series was broadcast in 2009 and was about the search for a modern copycat killer replicating the murders of Jack the Ripper.

In The Murder Mile, the killer actually believes he is ‘Jack’ and that he is on a mission to act out the gruesome crimes committed in 1888 over an area of London that became known as ‘the murder mile’.

But back to the beginning. Forensic Psychologist, Jo McCready is asked by DCI Callum Ferguson, with whom she is/is not having a bit of a fling to help profile the Towpath killer, but this causes ripples in The Police Intelligence Unit as they have their own profiler, Liz Taylor-Caine, who resents Jo’s involvement as a contributing expert in the case. Anyway to cut a long story short, Jo is right and Liz is wrong – more animosity between them.

In the meantime Jo has been visiting a young woman called Martha who is trying to unlock a repressed memory, but when Martha is murdered, we know we have another killer on the loose. And so the story unfolds and the body count rises, each crime being an exact copy of Jack the Ripper’s murders, albeit in another city.

This book was just brilliant. It’s so exciting with so many twists and turns and a wonderful dog called Harvey who we all came to love. Well drawn characters with Jo’s work as a profiler adding more depth to the suspects. I loved it.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Lesley McEvoy was born and bred in Yorkshire and has had a passion for writing in one form or another all her life. The writing took a backseat as Lesley developed her career as a Behavioural Analyst / Profiler and Psychotherapist – setting up her own Consultancy business and therapy practice. She has written and presented extensively around the world for over 25 years specialising in behavioural profiling and training, with a wide variety of organisations. The corporate world provided unexpected sources of writing material when, as Lesley said – she found more psychopaths in business than in prison! Lesley’s work in some of the UK’s toughest prisons was where she met people whose lives had been characterised by drugs and violence and whose experiences informed the themes she now writes about. Deciding in 2017 to concentrate on her writing again, Lesley produced her debut novel, The Murder Mile published by Bloodhound Books in May 2019. In December 2019, she was signed by Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary agency in London and is represented by Jon Wood.

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