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‘Hunted’ By Monty Marsden

“Have you calmed down, Hannibal?”

Hannibal dropped the shears on the ground. His breathing pace had remained regular throughout the whole thing; his heart beat hadn’t gone above seventy pulses per minute.

“I’m always calm,” he answered hoarsley.

He turned his face towards the other side of the wall. A high fence was visible through the front door; it was raining heavily outside.

“I hate the smell in here. Who’s going to get us out of here?”

“It’s roses – some people like it.”

Seven years earlier.

Police Commissioner Sensi’s office wasn’t one of the most spacious and welcoming of rooms. Little sunshine entered the room through the window that dim morning. Despite the time of day, the blue neon light was already on and its buzzing filled the room.

For Clapps, being there, sitting in front of Sensi’s desk was important – it was an achievement. This was the first time that he had called him to request his help as a criminologist, an expert in violent behaviour and horrific crimes. Most importantly, Sensi himself had called him – he was the big cheese, the man who always dealt with the most difficult cases. Sensi was destined to move to the larger, more welcoming office that belonged to the chief of police. Important stuff, not to be missed.

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  • Both sets of lines are compelling, but the first set are the ones that would really keep me reading! Looking back at your introductory post for this novel to refresh my memory, I’m all the more intrigued and really looking forward to the guest post at the end of the month!

    Hope you have a great weekend, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kelly,

      The first set of lines are from a fairly short passage, which leads immediately into the second set of lines. I am assuming that those very opening lines take place in the present day, although that is in no way confirmed and there is no indication of a date for either set of lines.

      I am intrigued to know where Hannibal and his friend are, as it sounds as though they are inside, but they are using shears and can smell roses – most curious!!

      I am hoping that there isn’t any vital information being lost in the translation!

      ‘Happy Reading’ and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I try not to be a cover snob, however there are such a lot of amazing cover artists out there these days, that a mediocre cover design does tend to stand out like a sore thumb.

      I do however, expect my cover art to in some way reflect the story inside the covers and help to set the scene and I think that the cover of ‘Hunted’ ticks the boxes quite nicely!

      I am hoping to have discovered another good detective series to follow, although as this is book 2 in the series, I might have to back track a little to catch up completely!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is great to chat with you and I hope that you enjoy your weekend 🙂


    • Hi Lauren,

      I think that the character of ‘Clapps’ is going to be particularly quirky and intriguing, although I wish that he might have been given a different name, as I find myself smiling every time I read it for some reason! – Not good when it is a thriller story line!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Whitney,

      Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated 🙂

      I’m not sure, after reading the premise again, just where those first lines fit into the story line, but then we don’t know who Hannibal is hiding out with … and so the intrigue builds!!!

      ‘Happy Reading’ and have a good Sunday 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      It doesn’t sound as though Hannibal is calling the shots though, does it? Whoever he is with seems to be in charge of proceedings.

      Judging by the opening gambit between Claps and Sensi, I am deperately trying to visualise the characters and what they might look like.

      I am hoping that there may be some quick overview of such details for those of us who have not come into the series with the first book – ‘Missing’

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, it is always good to catch up with you 🙂

    • Hi Lisa,

      I ran a series of promotional posts in preparation for a guest post by author Monty Marsden. However, the book is still far from the top of my TBR pile, so my review will be some time into the future!

      I do have quite eclectic reading tastes though and it wouldn’t be too unusual to find me with a good cozy mystery on the go!

      My current book is a home grown contemporary fiction saga set in Cornwall, one of my most favourite corners of the UK and fortunately only a 3 hour drive away for us, so somewhere we can get to quite often!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend 🙂

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