Friday 31 January 2020

Secrets of the Dead by Murray Bailey

Secrets of the Dead (Alex MacLure #2)Secrets of the Dead by Murray Bailey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 5 days

Pages - 334

Publisher - Heritage Books

Source - Review Copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Beware the surgeon. He’s not here to save you!

Atlanta, Georgia.
When a body dump is found, FBI Special Agent Charlie Rebb, thinks a serial killer has resurfaced. Called the Surgeon by the media, his tell-tale technique has everyone wondering why. But then the murders seem to stop again.

Cairo, Egypt.
Alex MacLure is contacted by a student who thinks he’s uncovered a conspiracy involving the pyramids. He asks for Alex’s help to piece together a message using new discoveries from the Amarna Letters.
But the student disappears and Alex is arrested for a murder. Meanwhile the special agent sees a sign that the Surgeon is now in Egypt.

MacLure links up with Special Agent Rebb to track down the killer. As he decrypts an ancient story MacLure realizes this is a race against time. The Surgeon must be stopped before he completes his terrible and startling mission.

My Review

This is my first time reading this author, it is kinda split into two stories that really combine into one. FBI Special Agent Charlit Rebb thinks a serial killer has resurfaced and she is determined to catch them. Alex MacLure is an archiologist but also an expert on egyptian texts/symbols and I want to say Egyptian history? He is contacted by a student talking about a conspiracy in regards to the pyramids. Alex of course is drawn, goes to meet the student and instead gets arrested for murder, in Egypt. Eventually his and Rebb's paths cross and both their searching may be well linked.

So the book skips about a wee bit, we learn a bit from Alex's side, what he does, his location(s) and the same for Rebb her investigation and she heads over to Egypt when another body pops up with striking similarity to her own cases. Has out killer fled to pastures new?

The book has conspiracy, Egyptian history, a throwback in time that coincides with what MacLure is looking into in present day. With the Egyptian stuff I had to keep going to google to check stuff out, some of it I knew from my brother as he is hugely into the Egyptian history/stories. It is really interesting stuff and I do need to read a proper book on the history of the pyramids/Egyptians legends.

There is a scene in the jail, particularly the toileting and general "facilities" as well as the interrogation that gave me a bit of the boak and a jolt. You here about interrogations in other countries in the news or from folks true live stories and whilst this wasn't a huge or integral part of the story it did stay with me.

A busy wee book, lots happening and will keep you hooked. I will be looking at the previous books by this author as I did enjoy it and I do like a book where I learn about stuff. Or have interest sparked in a subject I have briefly looked into before, 3.5/5 for me this time.

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