The Gryphon Killer by Chapel Harlow

(I actually read and reviewed this some time ago on another blog, but since I am de-cluttering, I wanted to move it here.)

The book opens with the no holds barred murder of Porter and his wife, a rich, upstanding couple of Dexter, Alabama. Caroline Harp is called to the scene the next morning, but because Porter was an old school mate they won’t let her have the case. A twist of fate changes that, and soon Caroline is wrapped up in the investigation of a serial murder and the mystery of the Gryphons. But what is this secret society? And why would anyone want them dead? Caroline must deal with the ghosts of her past; her father’s untimely death in Africa and memories of a terrible night, if she hopes to solve this case and defeat the murderer.

The Gryphon Killer is a fast paced read that sucks you in quickly. Harlow has a flair for prose in the right place, and for crawling inside the heads of his characters. The story has just enough gore and grizzle to keep it exciting, but not so much as to be gratuitous. The murders are well thought out and executed, and the author thinks of details that are often overlooked in novels. One instance is at the beginning when the dead body of the maid releases a burst of methane. That attention to detail makes the events seem more real, and lends a believability to the story.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and if I had to compare it to something I would say it reminds me of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels. Like those, this is a book that will keep you up all night – wanting to know what happens next!

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