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The Beauty of Murder by A K Benedict

The Beauty of Murder by A K Benedict

Author:  A K Benedict

ISBN:  9781409144519

Weight:  990 g

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The Beauty of Murder – A K Benedict

A fast-paced page-turner, The Beauty of Murder is a speculative thriller that travels to the heart of a gruesome series of crimes by way of a city and a person that hold far too many secrets written in blood.

Stephen Killigan has been cold since the day he came to Cambridge as a junior lecturer.  Something about the seven hundred years of history staining the stones of the university has given him a chill he can’t shake.  When he stumbles across the body of a missing beauty queen, he thinks he’s found the reason.  But when the police go to retrieve the body and find no trace, Killigan has found a problem – and a killer – that is the very opposite of reason.

Killigan’s unwitting entry into Jackamore Grass’ sinister world will lead him on a trail of tattooists, philosophers, cadavers and scholars of a deadly beauty.  As Killigan traces a path between our age and seventeenth century Cambridge, he must work out how a corpse can be found before someone goes missing, and whether he’s at the edge of madness or an astonishing discovery.

There is much to admire and intrigue in this debut novel.  It crosses over several genres to offer us a speculative thriller, complete with murder-mystery, police investigation, philosophy, the aesthetics of murder, time-travel and magic.  It’s inventive, haunting and compelling.

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Bibliographic Data
Title:The Beauty of Murder
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Black boards with silver-coloured text (author and title) on spine.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some light pushing to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes – ‘Time to begin.’
Dated:Yes – 21/3/13
Located:Yes – London
Book Stats
Publisher:Orion Publishing Group
Imprint:Orion Books
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781409144519
ISBN 10:1409144518
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:241 x 160 x 36mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Peter Mould
Jacket design:Patrick Knowles

Collectors Notes

  • A (Alexandra) K Benedict is a composer and performing musician as well as a writer.  The Beauty of Murder is her debut novel.
  • For more information, you might like to visit A K Benedict’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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