Marshall Karp

Cut, Paste, Kill

""Another brilliant read with some great humour!" "


When Eleanor Bellingham-Crump - a socialite responsible for the death of a ten-year-old boy - turns up murdered on the floor of a Hollywood hotel bathroom, Lomax and Biggs are confronted with a crime of artistic brutality. Along with the scissors sticking out of Eleanor's lifeless body, the two detectives find a meticulous scrapbook documenting a motive for vengeance in lurid detail.

As more bodies are discovered, each one connected by the intricate scrapbooks left at the murder scenes, Mike and Terry are on the hunt for a vigilante stalking unpunished criminals. They must race to decode the meaning behind the scrapbooks before the crafty avenger has time to cut and paste the story for another kill.

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Hooked since reading Karp's first novel, the Rabbit Factory, Cut, Paste, Kill, the fourth in the Lomax and Biggs series, has lost none of the dark, sardonic humour delivered in one liners, mostly by Lomax or Biggs, nor a far-fetched plot. Whilst this pair of detectives are not quite so accident prone and hapless as the lead character from Evanovich's books, Stephanie Plum, there are definitely similarities - crime with a touch of humour. So any fans of Evanovich would soon have a new author to add to their list of must read books. My one criticism is that the book was too short (approx. 300 pages) which for a thriller/murder in my opinion is too short. The plot was, as expected, perhaps a little unbelievable but there was still the opportunity for the reader to try and solve the murders (and whilst I didn't guess the murderer from the beginning, I did feel that I was able to work out who a little too early and I prefer to keep guessing until the end or at least be proven wrong). Lomax's relationship with Big Jim, his father, has still not improved and provides many a moment of humour. He has also come to terms with the loss of his wife and now in a relationship, but the contents of the letter from his wife have still not been revealed! Another brilliant read with some great humour!

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