Book Title: The Wharf Butcher
Author: Michael K. Foster
Publisher: UK Book Publishing
Publication Date: November 5th 2015
Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (eBook)
Goodreads: A serial killer is stalking Tyneside. But there is a pattern to his killings, his choice of victims, his method of slaughter. David Carlisle, a criminal profiler, is brought in to assist DCI Jack Mason with his task of identifying the killer and stopping him in his tracks. The Wharf Butcher is a fast-paced thriller that shines a light on the dark forces at work within the corridors of power, in the board room and the police force itself. The clock is ticking to catch the monster that has been unleashed. But first Carlisle must get inside the killer’s head.
My Review: Thank you so much to Michael K. Foster and Booklover Catlady Publicity for an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest professional review.
The Wharf Butcher by Michael K. Foster is a tense crime thriller with great attention to detail.
The place settings are spot on; I know this as I have lived all my life where the book is based – even one of the pubs mentioned is on my street, which is quite eerie!! The characters are strong and well defined, and the killer with his ‘shopping list’ of victims petrifies me.
Detective wise and the way the novel is written constantly had me thinking along the lines of DCI Banks or Wire in the Blood, which are both a set of books as well as TV shows I adore. For a debut novel, this knocks socks off some crime novels out there by authors who have a largely established portfolio of novels.
Overall, a chilling crime thriller with plenty of pizazz to keep you turning the pages. The reason for 4 stars and not 5 is because I would have been happier with reading about a little more crime with less focus on police procedures, but as mentioned above, for a debut novel it was a fantastic read.
About the Author: Michael K Foster was born in Devon. After ten years service in the British Army, he moved into the North East of England. Gaining his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Sunderland University, he set up his own business as an International Business Consultant. His first novel, The Wharf Butcher, was published in 2015.