The Beauty of Murder by A K Benedict
A fast-paced, page-turning 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.