29 August 2018

The Killing Habit; Mark Billingham

The Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne NovelThe Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne Novel by Mark Billingham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I know I've missed a few Thornes and now I have to go back and get them.

What at first appears to be three separate mysteries might actually end up all interconnected, and it's down to DIs Thorne and Tanner to discover if that is the case. I loved meeting the Duchess and Andrew Evans, and trying to figure out how (if) they connected to the cat killer/serial murders. It was also great having the others back, like Uncle Fester and Russell, Brigstocke, Christine Treasure and Phil Hendricks. Will Dr. Perera be back? That might make an interesting addition to the crew.

There was a level of sadness here, between Thorne's self-doubts, Tanner's mourning Sandy and Beth's problems with her sister, that makes the characters feel a little more real and less rote. I also appreciated that the cat killings are just talked about, nothing gruesome.

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