The Curator

M. W. Craven
It's Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6 Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency's Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren't even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier? And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn't think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he's dealing with someone far, far worse - a man who calls himself the Curator. And nothing will ever be the same again . . .

It feels like ages since I got my last fix of Washington Poe and his brilliant companion Tilly Bradshaw. The Curator sees them united back in Cumbria to solve another grisly crime.

At a Christmas party one secret santa present doesn't go as planned. When a mug, which should contain an engagement ring, is opened, two severed fingers fall to the floor. In a font, two more are found in a font in the local church. At a butchers in a food hall, two more fingers appear. Six fingers, three people. It looks like Cumbria has another serial killer within it's midst.

The call goes out to the National Crime Unit and Washington Poe, along with Tilly Bradshaw and DI Stephanie Flynn are once again brought together to try to find the perpetrator before another body is discovered.

I have to admit i get excited when a new Washington Poe novel comes out. It's probably the highlight of the crime novel calendar now. MW Craven has breathed new life into the genre with this series of books. There's just the right amount of gruesome details, fast paced action, but yet probably it's down to the chemistry between Tilly and Poe. The greatest crime fighting team since Batman and Robin.

The Curator is a story made for this era. Taking its inspiration from the Blue Whale internet game, the story is another breathless chase to solve the crime before the body count is increased. It's a fast paced book that spreads enough misdirection in the writing to make the ending a real explosive affair. A good book always gets you guessing to the end and MW Craven is a master of the false flag.

I actually enjoyed the book more than the last one, always a good sign in a series. There's still a brightness in the writing, a refreshing change from the norm of crime writing. The Curator is my book of the year so far. Tilly Bradshaw and Washington Poe are the best crime partnership. Enough said, buy this now.

Review by Brompton Sawdon
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