Book & Author Details:
Secrets of the Dead by Murray Bailey
Publication date: October 15th 2018
Genres: Crime, Thriller
Beware the surgeon. He’s not here to save you!
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.
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.
I will start by saying that I haven’t read book 1 in this series, but I don’t believe that my enjoyment or understanding of the plot was in any way impacted by this.
As for the story itself? Fast paced, action packed and a conspiracy theory that spans the ages. There really is a lot to like about this story. The various interpersonal relationships feel fleshed out, and although there is a point in the story where the reader knows who the Surgeon is, the author has done a good job of ensuring that the mystery doesn’t stop with the killer’s identity. There’s a lot of misdirection here which muddies the water sufficiently to keep the reader hanging on for the final reveal.
My one reservation about this? The reveal at the end feels a little like an anti climax to be honest.
Nevertheless, this is a decent tale.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Murray Bailey got his first taste of success when he was published in the Times at 18. He also had articles published in his local newspaper. Although he went on to pursue a different career, he continued to write and edit and became the editor of an international magazine and editor of 4 technical books.
His first work of fiction, I Dare You, was published in 2016 and Secrets of the Dead is his eighth title. Murray was born in Greater Manchester, England and has being moving south ever since. He now lives on the beautiful Dorset coast with his wife and family.