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Black Fall

FBI agent Jessica Blackwood comes from a famous family of magicians.  She too shares that past, but has driven herself to become the best cop that she can in hopes of leaving that all behind.  Her unique talents with misdirection, however, makes her a valuable asset when facing criminals looking for a big splash.  In Black Fall, a series of seemingly unrelated events lead to anarchy in the United States.  Blackwood and the FBI must find the people who are pushing the buttons before it’s too late.

Angel Killer

I’d already read the second book in the Jessica Blackwood series by Andrew Mayne, but I like his novel so much I did the unthinkable…a read the first in the series after having read the second.  I don’t usually do that.  I am just loving Mr. Mayne’s work.

“He tried to teach me how to see too. Sometimes I think he taught me too well. But it was this skill that made me think I had a chance as a cop. I couldn’t go around making tigers appear to stop bank robbers. But seeing what was in front of me, drawing conclusions that others were oblivious to, that was a useful skill.”

Name of the Devil

“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

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.

The Naturalist

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.