The Art of Murder by Rebecca Muddiman

How do you catch a killer who thinks murder is art?

Michael Fisher sees himself as an artist rather than a killer and poses his victims to resemble famous paintings.

Detective Nick Kelly is called to attend the latest crime scene and finds himself at the centre of a media storm. But while the rest of the police department feels under pressure, Nick relishes the attention.

Karen Kelly, Nick’s soon to be ex-wife, watches in horror as this brutal game of cat and mouse plays out. But Karen has secrets of her own.

And when another body is found, Nick is disturbed to discover he knows the victim and things start to get a little too close to home.

Rebecca Muddiman is also the author of the bestselling psychological thriller No Place Like Home. The Art of Murder is a beautifully written and completely compelling thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like Clare Mackintosh, Jenny Blackhurst and Louise Jensen.

About Rebecca Muddiman

Rebecca was born and raised in Redcar . She has lived and worked in Holland and London, and travelled across America on a Greyhound bus in 2002. She won a Northern Writers' Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. When not writing she spends her time watching Game of Thrones and dealing with her two unruly dogs.

My Review

The Art of Murder is beautifully written from three points of view. The killer, Michael Fisher whose perception of himself is one of a great artist who recreates old masters depicting mutilated corpses, with a finely painted backdrop which he places behind his victim. His victims are merely props, and he doesn't see himself as the gratuitous killer that he really is. Nick Kelly, the detective is a character that we are not meant to like. He has treated his soon-to-be-ex-wife badly and is still sharing the marital home, pending a judgment in court to resolve an ownership dispute. Nick isn't a cohesive team-player either, tending to be maverick when he is on a case to retain all of the glory for himself. Karen, the soon-to-be-ex-wife, is where the reader's sympathies will lie. She is living in the same apartment as a man she cannot trust, and meets Mark in a bar, but can she trust him? It ticked all the right boxes for me for what I want in a psychological thriller, and I will certainly be reading more from the pen of Rebecca Muddiman. ​

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