Catering and Crime (Margot Durand #11)



Margot and Adam are slowly preparing for their wedding. While doing so they cross paths with a caterer with some suspicions of her own. Margot agrees to look into it, after that week festival, however, things go off the rails quickly. The caterer is now a suspect in a murder investigation, though it doesn’t add up to Margot. She pulls out all the stop and favours to find out what really is going on at the little bistro.

I really enjoyed how active Margot was in this book. Normally, she has an active role in most of the investigations that are going on in the book series, however, in this one, in particular, she works with friends from around town to have wiggle room to help out. We also got to see how connected Margot is in town, though being the owner of a local bakery would always help.

I enjoyed the way that Collins worked in Ben Anderson in this book. The last time we saw him, it was a little more cloak and dagger. However, with his skill set, he does work in perfectly with this book’s story. We get to see how much Adam and Margot trust each other which is really nice.

As always with this book series, I really enjoyed the book.


The Untouched Crime



The citizens of Hangzhou, China have been plagued by a serial killer for the past 3 years. The same clues were left with the victims were: a jump rope, a cigarette, and a slip of paper that says, “Come and get me.” Meanwhile, Luo Wen happens to wander into a park just as a young woman stabbed a local thug to death in a desperate act of self-defense. He helps the woman cover up the murder. Yan Liang, a former criminologist, is brought into the investigation to find the serial killer. 

This book is a very interesting and the way it’s written you get to see the incidences from both sides. half of the book is written with Luo Wen, the serial killer, and we get to see what makes him tick. The writing style is very interesting, and I haven’t read any other book like this. I wanted the book to be longer than it was, but at the same time, I think it would have dragged in on.

The idea of a former criminologist and a former forensic tech was very interesting. The battle of the minds who both use the police procedure to try to get the upper hand over each other. Luo Wen was a really well-built character, and though he has killed multiple people, we can really feel for him. I was surprised to feel so much sympathy for a serial killer, but he’s a relatable character.

This is an excellent work of police procedures. I really would suggest this book for anyone who likes police procedurals.