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Kill Me Twice – Simon Booker (Morgan Vine #2)

About the Book: Karl Savage is dead.

He must be. His ex, Anjelica, is in prison for murdering him in an arson attack. Multiple forensic experts testified to finding his charred remains.

So when Anjelica begs investigative journalist Morgan Vine to prove her innocence, it seems an impossible task. It doesn’t matter that Karl was abusive. That Anjelica has a baby to care for. That she’s petrified of fire. The whole world knows Karl is dead.

Then he walks past Morgan’s window . .

My Review:  For those of you who know me well or follow my reviews you will know how I feel about reading books “out of order”,  I come over in a hot sweat, my palms start itching and I have to lie down in a dark room for an hour, so you can imagine my feelings when about 20% into this book I realised it was the 2nd in a series and *SHRIEK GASP* I hadn’t read the first yet.  After quickly messaging a book guru friend (thanks Liz Barnsley!) she assured me that I could continue to read this book as both books work well as a standalone.  Thankfully the 20% I had read had already grabbed me and I then settled down to read the rest.

It is very obvious from the style of writing that the author is a screenwriter, he brings locations and characters to life with ease and even though I was conscious of not knowing the background of the main character, at no time did I feel I was missing out or struggling to keep up with the history or backstory of Morgan Vine.  Kill Me Twice is a very tense and often disturbing story which centres around Morgan Vine, an investigative journalist who is determined to prove the innocence of a young mother jailed for the murder and arson attack on her ex-boyfriend.

The plot was fast and furious and the tension was evident throughout the book, with an extremely disturbed villain, some great characters and some gritty and disturbing scenarios KILL ME TWICE is a page turner with twists and turns throughout.  Highly recommended and the good news is that I downloaded WITHOUT A TRACE immediately!

About the Author:  I’m an author and screenwriter with many credits in prime time drama on BBC1 and ITV. I’ve written original thrillers like The Stepfather for ITV1, penned BBC1 adaptations such as Just William, and worked on long-running series including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries starring the wonderful Diana Rigg. I’ve also written romantic comedies for American TV, including Perfect Strangers starring Anna Friel and Rob Lowe (and yes, his eyes really are that blue). I started my writing career with a collection of plays for BBC Radio 4 and have worked extensively as a TV and radio producer, and as a journalist.

Without Trace is the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring Morgan Vine, a single mother and journalist who specialises in miscarriages of justice. I enjoy writing for TV but it’s great to branch out into new territory. And I hope Morgan Vine might one day show up on a screen near you.

I live in London and Deal, Kent. I’m a volunteer facilitator in restorative justice, working with offenders at HMP Brixton. My partner is fellow crime writer Melanie “M.J.” McGrath. We often discuss murder methods over breakfast

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