Cathryn Grant, Fatal Cut (2011)

This American novella is the first in a planned series, featuring Madison Keith. See Cathryn´s introduction to the series.

I think the following quotation tells you quite a bit about Madison, the first-person narrator:

“What I didn´t know was that I would find a dead body within six weeks, but by the time that happened, I already loved my job. I wasn´t inclined to look for another one just because of one corpse…”

Madison Keith gave up her office job because she felt trapped in front of her computer. Now she works in a church, feeling that here are people who need her. She may seem out of place, however, as she has several tattoos and piercings. Besides, she sees ´into people´s souls and their minds´.

She expected that the church would be a welcoming and quiet place of work, but very soon she learns that someone cuts the beautiful, red roses off the bushes outside in the middle of the night. So for many reasons, the atmosphere turns out to be tense and sinister.

And then death strikes. Because of Madison´s intuition (and her curiosity) she is certain she knows who committed the crime, but she is less sure the police will see it because they will be caught up in forensics and their search for hard-core evidence.

This short book is a fine psychological mystery with a touch of the supernatural. Besides it offers a likeable protagonist I am looking forward to meeting again.

I bought the e-book myself.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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9 Responses to Cathryn Grant, Fatal Cut (2011)

  1. Dorte – Oh, this does sound like an interesting premise for a story. It takes a deft hand to get me to “buy” a premise that includes the supernatural, but this one sounds worth a read. Thanks!

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  3. Kelly says:

    This makes me really anxious to read my copy!! Thanks for an interesting review, Dorte.

  4. Margot: what matters to me is that the solution to the crime must not be something supernatural. If so, I don´t mind the occasional ghost.
    Kelly: Cathryn is a very fine writer so I think you´ll enjoy it a lot.

  5. I’m with you, Dorte, I would not want a solution to be supernatural. Thanks for the nice review.

  6. Cathryn: a well-deserved review🙂

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  8. Poly says:

    Thanks for the info Dorte.

    Can I ask, those of whom mentioned it, why you don’t want a solution to be supernatural??

  9. Poly: of course you can. In crime fiction it is regarded as cheating. Cathryn writes suspense, not science fiction or fantasy, so the rules are different.

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