Whispers of the Dead – Spencer Kope

Happy belated publication day to this new crime fiction novel!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

WHISPERS OF THE DEAD – Spencer Kope (out now)

This is book two in the Special Tracking Unit series. Book one is COLLECTING THE DEAD.

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

Once again, I fall victim to not checking ahead and seeing if this is part of a series. However, this book definitely read just fine without having read the previous one in the series (at least this time I’m only one behind!). WHISPERS OF THE DEAD is book two in the Special Tracking Unit series. I didn’t feel too lost without reading book one – but I will be going back to read it!

When a series of bizarre and gruesome murders start, “Steps” Craig is forced to try and outsmart a killer that is far beyond any he’s dealt with before. The victims’ bodies are left practically unidentifiable, which shows how cruel and cold-blooded this killer truly is. Things start to get even more confusing when a pair of severed feet are found in the home of a Federal Judge. Why did the killer go to the lengths to break in? Why leave them here? Steps gets his team together, a trio that makes up the Special Tracking Unit for the FBI.

As the investigation ramps up, they begin to discover more severed feet, thus dubbing the serial killer, The Icebox Killer. How can Steps and his team catch this killer? Will he be able to utilize his special skills and get one step ahead before there are any other victims?

I liked how unique the team was for the investigation, something different than your typical detective or inspector. Steps was a very interesting character and I liked how witty and humorous the dialog was, considering how dark the killings were. Having that contrast is always nice to balance out within these kinds of serial killer thrillers.

I can’t wait for more in this series!

 

What elements do you like in your serial killer thrillers?

–Jess

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