Review: Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

Title: Eight Detectives

Author: Alex Pavesi

Pages: 289 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out.

But that was thirty years ago. Now he’s living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island – until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories: an author, hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it.

But as she reads, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are things in the stories that don’t make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder, one that’s remained unsolved for thirty years.

If Julia wants answers, she must triumph in a battle of wits with a dangerously clever adversary. But she must tread carefully: she knows there’s a mystery, but she doesn’t yet realise there’s already been a murder . . .

The Review

Eight Detectives is a little misleading to begin with. It took two chapters for me to realise that it was a story within a story. Or stories as the case is. Once I knew that I was in for the ride.

It was a good read and I was enjoying it. Some of the detective stories where a little bit long but I never managed to find the clues that were then highlighted in the long narrative.

The third act twist was very clever and left me open mouthed with shock. A very good book for detective fiction fans.

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