Title: The Murder Mile by Lesley McEvoy
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 7th May 2019
Forensic Psychologist, Jo McCready is assisting DCI Callum Ferguson on a murder inquiry, when one of her patients is found brutally murdered.
Jo was the last person to see Martha Scott alive. She was helping Martha unlock a repressed memory. But during the session Jo unlocked more than she bargained for. An alter personality introduces himself as the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper – and thanks Jo for setting him free to kill again.
As Ferguson’s team race to find Martha’s killer, a series of copycat killings begin, replicating ‘The Autumn of Terror’ in 1888. But if Jack is just a construct of Martha’s damaged mind, who killed her?
As the body count rises, Jo must construct a profile to stop the murderer re-creating the terror of the most infamous serial killer of all time.
But not everyone is on Jo’s side. The police Intelligence Unit have their own profiler, Liz Taylor-Caine, who resents Jo’s involvement as a contributing expert in the case.
Suspicion about Jo’s involvement in the killings increases when someone close to the team becomes one of Jack’s victims.
And as the anniversary of the final and most gruesome of all the killings looms, Jo discovers that the killer has one murder on his mind far closer to home…
Forensic psychological Jo McCready is asked to help a young woman called Martha. She’s is suffering from a past she can’t remember and she’s convinced that she’s killed people. When Jo puts her under hypnosis, finds a personality who claims to be Jack the Ripper and says that he’s been set free.
Later Martha disappears only to turn up dead. Suspicion falls on Jo, her one friend in the police force DCI Callum Ferguson seem to turn his back on her. She must fight to clear her name.
So I have to be honest, I only skimmed the blurb for this but when I saw Jack the Ripper, I was like I have to read that. I have a bit of an obsession about Jack the Ripper, I love watching documentaries or reading fiction with him in, I just can’t get enough! I’m a little weird I know.
The Murder Mile was such a fast paced read, that really grabbed me from the beginning and kept me turning those pages!
It also unearthed some facts that I didn’t know about Jack the Ripper which is always a bonus in my eyes.
I liked the character of Jo, especially as I don’t think I’ve ever come across a forensic psychologist in crime fiction before. She’s a little stubborn and independent but there’s also another side to her, a one that seems frightened of getting to close to people. I also really enjoyed her chemistry with DCI Ferguson, I wonder where their relationship is heading next!
I did figure out the killer well before the end but it still keep me interested until the very end.
I hope to read more books featuring Jo McCreedy and DCI Callum Ferguson!
Lesley McEvoy was born and bred in Yorkshire and has had a passion for writing in one form or another all her life.
The writing took a backseat as Lesley developed her career as a Behavioural Analyst and Psychotherapist – setting up her own Consultancy business and therapy practice.
She has written and presented extensively around the world for over 25 years specialising in behavioural and attitudinal management, with a wide variety of organisations. The corporate world provided unexpected sources of writing material when, as Lesley said – she found more psychopaths in business than in prison!
Lesley’s work in some of the UK’s toughest prisons was where she met people whose lives had been characterised by drugs and violence and whose experiences have informed the themes she now writes about. Deciding in 2017 to concentrate on her writing again, Lesley produced her debut novel, due to be published by Bloodhound Books in May 2019. These days she lives in Cheshire with her partner but still manages to lure her two grown up sons across the Pennines with her other passion – cooking family feasts.