“The clues are here—at least the clues to what happened physically. But they don’t explain how or why. We have an explosion, but no victims. Just traces. Something tells me there’s more to this than just a bomb or a gas explosion.”
Author Andrew Mayne is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. Name of the Devil is his second in the Jessica Blackwood series (I mistakenly read the second one first). Blackwood comes from a magical family; that is they are a famous family of magicians. She threw away her cape for an FBI badge and uses her magician skills to solve crimes.
Murder Theory is the third in Andrew Mayne’s The Naturalist series featuring Dr. Theo Cray who is a computational biologist and serial-killer hunter. If you hadn’t read the first two novel, I would as they’ll give some background on the whole nerd/killer hunter label. Dr. Cray is lured back to the scene of the Toy Man killings when there are more murders at that scene. Are the killings just coincidence or a new killer afoot? Once he is on the scent, Dr. Cray, as you know, will stop and nothing to find a killer.
In The Naturalist, we meet Professor Theo Cray, who is a computational biologist. His claim to “fame” is the creation of a computer model which looks for trends using biological data to predict. On a field trip to Montana, he finds himself drawn into an investigation into the killing of one of his former students. He is first a suspect, then a pariah when his theory goes against law enforcement’s conventional wisdom. Neither is a great position to be in when you are an outsider.