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A brilliant debut novel,
This review is from: Death Notice (Kindle Edition)
New to the crime fiction scene is Todd Ritter and what a debut novel he has came up with here! The sleepy town of Perry Hollow has never had a murder, that is until one cold winter's morning when police chief Kat Campbell gets called out to a scene where a home-made coffin has been left at the side of the road with a body of a local farmer inside, embalmed, with his lips sewn shut and a deep cut across his throat. With help from the state police and an obituary writer for the town's paper who receives death notices just before the killings have happened, Kat is thrown into a grisly murder case against an extremely clever and sadistic serial killer dubbed The Grim Reaper.
The town is so well written and with so much character that I felt like I'd actually been to Perry Hollow after reading this. The characters are interesting and believable, each with their own troubled pasts and back-stories. The dialogue between the characters is excellent and the book is extremely easy to read yet is also a real thinker as the mystery of who the killer was threw me off course on a number of occasions and the reason why was even more of a surprise. The pace of the story never slows down for a second and was so exciting that I finished it in just one sitting.
Hopefully Death Notice is just a start of a great series of books as this was one of the best debuts I have read in a long time. Todd Ritter is definitely a name I am going to keep an eye on in the future - I can see he has two other books based in the same town (Vicious Circle and Bad Moon) so I will read these as soon as I can. Highly recommended.