At first, Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan believes the murder mystery game sent to her office is a birthday gift from one of her colleagues. But when Frankie studies the game’s contents, she notices a striking resemblance between the ‘murder victim’ and missing twenty-two-year-old Lydia Callin.
As Frankie and her team investigate, a series of grisly crimes connected to the game are discovered across Dublin city and Lydia’s involvement with a shadowy network of murder mystery players becomes clear.
On the hunt for Lydia’s murderer, Frankie is drawn more deeply into the game. Every successful move brings her closer to the killer. But the real question is not what happens should she lose — but what happens if she wins.
My thoughts: this was good, clever and twisted. Drawing on the famous Nutshell crime scene models, escape rooms, online games, and people’s true crime addiction, this investigation is handed on a plate (or should that be, in a box?) to the detectives but there seems to be something very sinister at play. Not helped by the refusal of the other “players” to stay out of it once it becomes clear this is a real crime.
Frankie and her team are racing against time as more clues appear and the amateur sleuths put themselves at risk, getting far too involved. But who is the killer and what is their endgame?
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.