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Wow! My head is still spinning and I'm totally creeped out by all the secret watching and spying. This was a great read. Fast paced and intense. I'm glad there will be more books with Blackwell and Evans because they reminded me of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series--just modern London instead of Victorian London--and I ate those up.

The characters were distinctive and believable. I felt for Blackwell and his loss and worried over Sophia's need to see the good in certain people. Draper unfolded the mystery at a perfect pace, but kept all the most important things a mystery until the end. Loved it! ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
Wow! My head is still spinning and I'm totally creeped out by all the secret watching and spying. This was a great read. Fast paced and intense. I'm glad there will be more books with Blackwell and Evans because they reminded me of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series--just modern London instead of Victorian London--and I ate those up.

The characters were distinctive and believable. I felt for Blackwell and his loss and worried over Sophia's need to see the good in certain people. Draper unfolded the mystery at a perfect pace, but kept all the most important things a mystery until the end. Loved it! ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
The Sholes Key
By
Clarissa Draper

My "in a nutshell" summary...

This book is all about a mysterious serial killer and two fascinating detectives...Sophia and Theo.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Single moms are missing and someone really creepy is taking them...some remain missing...some turn up very dead. Sophia seems connected to these murders but in a weird way. From what I understand Sophia is a "spook". In London that is a sort of spy. Her specialty is cracking codes but she is also working under cover. Theo is a regular inspector with a sad marriage. Theo and Sophia are connected because of this string of weirdly horrible murders. The murderer seems to be obsessed with Sophia and is communicating with her through these grisly murders.

What I loved about this book...

This book was different...the codes were complicated and yet it was fun to see Sophia figure them out. Sophia is a fascinating character as is Theo. both have complicated lives and the book sort of alludes to a future that they might have.

What I did not love...

This was not an easy book to get in the beginning...Sophia and her role as spy/spook...was difficult to figure out in the beginning.

Final thoughts...

I thought this was a great fast paced mystery...I thoroughly enjoyed it! ( )
  PattyLouise | Jan 29, 2013 |
The cover pulled me in, the characters kept me reading, and the plot had me guessing until the end.

Two types of murder investigations were going on at once...one was an investigation of serial killings of single mothers and then a married author, and the other investigation was one dealing with a terrorist ring blowing up sites. The murders of young, single mothers who loved to read seemed to be the main theme.

Lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing as to who the killer really is. But.....why was Sophia being targeted by the serial killer when she wasn't even a mother, and how did the killer know where she lived now and where she lived as a child. Could it be that the killer only wanted her attention or was he relying and testing her cryptogram skills to solve things?

The book was somewhat confusing as to what was going on and a little difficult to follow at times, but the characters were well developed and appealing...a few had depth and mystery themselves.

I enjoyed trying to solve the "key" the killer left as a clue and the "key" they needed to find the killer because it was connected to the QWERTY Keyboard....very clever on the author's part. All in all it was a good storyline, but since it was confusing and somewhat disconnected, I am going to rate the book a 4/5.

This book was given to be by the publisher free of charge in return for an honest review ( )
  SilversReviews | Dec 4, 2012 |
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