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 ancient religion form a potent mix, unleashing a wave of terror throughout the city. Caught in a race against time while battling his own demons, Francis must fight to uncover the true identity of the Embalmer before it's too late...
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Alison Belsham is an exciting new author for me and I simply devoured every page of this thrilling novel. Detective Francis Sullivan has a serial killer with a difference in his jurisdiction which begins with a fairly recently mummified body in a sarcophagus mysteriously found in the museum. With more bodies turning up with distinctive Egyptian links and clues piling up Francis and his team are on high alert. At the same time Frances has personal interest in another murder which prevents him from being actively involved - this is easier said than done for the detective. An interesting storyline with just enough twists and turns to keep you immersed I found this to be one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.
Imagine, you go into work & instead of one of the museums regular exhibits a newly embalmed mummy takes its place...what would you do? This book was absolutely fantastic & I couldn't put it down. One of the best psychological crime thrillers I've read in a while, a proper nail biting page turner! It wasn't until I was halfway through that I realised that it was the third book in the series by this author, but worked well as a standalone, you just didn't have the characters histories. Many thanks to #netgalley for giving me this ARC in return for my honest review.