Mike Craven has out done himself with The Curator – the Washington Poe series has improved with every book and this one, the third, is fantastic!
This is one of those books that you’ll have a real dilemma with, you will want to race through the pages and devour the story yet at same time you will be desperately trying to slow down so that you can enjoy Poe and Tilly’s world for longer. I know I did.
The thing with The Curator, is that it is not as much a novel, or a well constructed plot, as it is a masterclass!
But, more importantly, who puts black pudding on a jacket potato?!
I love how the relationship between these two has developed and frankly I would read it if they solved bog standard whodunnit stuff – yet M W Craven goes the extra mile and creates huge plot lines, deep and complex stories, well rounded side characters and more red herrings than you could expect to see in a, er, herring shop.
Before you read The Curator, I would recommend starting with The Puppet Show and Black Summer so that you fully understand Tilly and Poe.
Needless to say, I thought The Curator was absolutely brilliant and I give it a hearty five stars!
My video review can be seen here:
Blurb: It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6
Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?
And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.
And nothing will ever be the same again…