• Title: Core of Evil
  • Author: Nigel McCrery
  • ISBN: 9781847243843
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Core of Evil Memories haunt Violet Chambers Taking tea with her friend Daisy she knows it s time to move on As Daisy falls to the floor eyes streaming face burning Violet calmly waits Black hellebore is remark
    Memories haunt Violet Chambers Taking tea with her friend Daisy, she knows it s time to move on As Daisy falls to the floor, eyes streaming, face burning, Violet calmly waits Black hellebore is remarkably potent As her crimes go undetected and the body count rises, Violet is losing touch with who she thinks she is.

    One Reply to “Core of Evil”

    1. Okay quick! Check to see if this fantastic book is still free, if it is grab it! If it's not - grab it. I was enthralled by this visceral book by the creator of Silent Witness and my full raving review is on way!

    2. This was a spontaneous purchase from a rummage table. I had never heard of the author or book before, but the premise caught my attention and I thought it would make a decent holiday read. And I was rewarded indeed with a great story. The complex M.O poisoning her victims and taking on their identities one after another, was very original, while the choice of an elderly woman as serial killer was unusual but fitting. The investigating DCI also was different, as Mark Lapslie suffers from synaesth [...]

    3. When you are in the mood for an Agatha Christie like murder mystery then this book is for you. With a twist of course, as DCI Mark Lapslie, our lead inspector, lives in a daily hell. He has a condition called, synaesthesia, where he "taste" sounds. Like when somebody speaks to him he gets the taste of lime on his tongue or the laughter of his kids taste like vanilla. So of course his life hasn't been very pleasant in the last couple of years. He has been off of work almost a year, when he gets a [...]

    4. Still Waters is a solid murder mystery with some interesting aspects. The protagonist is a detective who has synaethesia (he tastes sounds), which prevents him from functioning normally. The murderer is an elderly woman who poisons other elderly women. This isn't a "whodunit" since we spend half the book with her, but the mystery lies in how the police will connect the initial body to her and track her down before she can do more damage. Nothing knocked me over, but I did enjoy the unusual chara [...]

    5. I bought this book years ago based on some unjustified belief that this book had sought me out. After the adrenaline rush of reading The Night Sister, I thought this one might keep up the momentum, but I was rather disappointed. The pivotal story is interesting, but the author gives equal attention to the investigator and his personal quirks and backstory, probably in the hopes to develop an arc for a series (I guess this is the first of many). While the writing isn't bad, I found I wasn't much [...]

    6. A very good, very suspenseful thriller about a serial killer outside of London and the police officer who is investigating. I read another of McCrery's novels, Silent Witness, a while back, and it was good but this one is much better. Also interesting is that the main character, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie, suffers from synesthesia, a neurological condition, and it causes him to be isolated from his colleagues, friends, even his own family, and it makes for an even more compelling sto [...]

    7. A very young girl witnesses a horrible crime committed by a person in her family that should have loved and protected her. This event so warped this girl that she went on throughout her entire life committing crime after crime. Her murder weapon is not a knife or a gun. Her weapon is her knowledge of common plants that any of us might have in our garden. But the plants can kill if handled in the proper manner.The girl, now a woman, has many names. It is amazing that she can keep track of who she [...]

    8. I found this on one of my searches for British detective series on KU. The premise is gorgeous (not giving anything away here) and I loved the start of the story. There was some truly beautiful writing:‘Polio,’she said, her voice tasting of brandy and soda.And this:’I sometimes worry,’ Lapslie said, ‘about what might happen if you guys ever decide to go freelance.’‘We do talk about setting up a murder consultancy,’ Burrows admitted. ‘But we’d have to register for VAT and ever [...]

    9. This is a very different mystery novel. Main character DCI Mark Lapslie gets called off sick leave when a traffic accident brings a body to light. Mark doesn't understand why he would be linked with this case. He's been off on leave due to his acute synaesthesia. Mark's version of this means that sounds set off tastes for him. The sensory overload at work was too stressful, and the condition has even affected his marriage.Both voices and other sounds trigger the tastes and sometimes they are ext [...]

    10. I generally liked the British settings and the characters and plot of this mystery. I really liked the weapon of choice of the murderer and how the murderer made use of it in so many ways throughout the story. I wasn't thrilled with the switching back and forth of the viewpoints, though. I enjoyed this book up until the very end. The ending was a little bit of a let down, it was just too simple a conclusion. I hope to see another book by this author that further develops the characters of Detect [...]

    11. Μέτριο μεν, τίμιο δε. Για ανάγνωσμα Σάββατο βράδυ με κουβέρτα στον καναπέ - Κυριακή πρωί κάτω απ' τα σκεπάσματα, καλό ήταν. Προβληματικός ο προβληματισμός που προσπαθεί ο συγγραφέας να αναδείξει σχετικά με το σύστημα δικαιοσύνης και την απονομή αυτής (δεν λέω περισσότερα γι [...]

    12. Wow! What an incredible page-turner this book is! I was captivated from the first page and it did not disappoint. I love the originality this story held. I guarantee there is not another book quite like it with the same storyline. Core of Evil actually scared me at some points - not an easily achieved feat for books.

    13. Great readI chose this rating because it had me on the edge of my seat and is a real page turner!!! Crime lovers will thoroughly enjoy this book. Its Minette Walters meets Mo Hayder. Didn't see the end coming, can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens to Mark Lapslie

    14. From the horrific beginning to the satisfying end of this creepy, well written detective novel, I found myself switching from admiration to repulsion. Starting with an innocent summer's day while a grandmother gardens and watches over her grandchildren culminating in a very interesting police procedural to catch a murderer with a core of evil, the protagonist, Lapslie constantly suffers from a syndrome which makes him taste sounds, sometimes causing him to throw up, sometimes pleasant. However, [...]

    15. PROTAGONIST: DCI Mark LapslieSETTING: LondonRATING: 3.75Nigel McCrery has taken an interesting approach in this debut of a new series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie. The book is almost equally a psychological thriller and a police procedural. I was fascinated by the lead villain in the tale, an absolutely unique serial killer. And the police protagonist is also unusual, suffering from a rare malady that heavily impacts his personal and professional life.First to our serial kill [...]

    16. I purchased this book awhile ago, and I remember starting it and for whatever reason I wasn't enthralled by it, so on the shelf it sat, until about two weeks ago. I needed a book to read and I was sick of screen reading the Kindle, I wanted a good paper bound, paper smelling book. I needed the real deal, you know what Im saying? So I went to the trusty bookshelf. I contemplated re-reading Stephen King novels, because thats what I do, when I came across Still Waters again I couldnt remember why I [...]

    17. STILL WATERS (Police Procedural-Mark Lapslie-England-Cont) – G+McCrery, Nigel – StandaloneQuercus, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 1847240747First Sentence: “Granny, what are these?” shouted Kate.*** Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and Sergeant Emma Bradbury are called to the scene of a car accident, but that’s not the reason they are there. The accident uncovered the decomposed body of a woman. Lapslie, doesn’t understand why the crime is why the case has been assigned to him. L [...]

    18. As the result of a car accident, the decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed in the woods. Detective Mark Lapslie is assigned to the case called in from sick leave. He suffers from a rare neurological condition, synaesthesia, which causes him to taste sound. There is no cure for this condition and having it causes him to lose his marriage, relationships with friends and colleagues, and, most importantly, could cost him his career. For example, when working in the detective room at the poli [...]

    19. I don't know much about forensic science and pathology. I just know what I see on tv. Based on fictional television I wondered if the autopsies performed in this book were lacking or a bit too quickly performed. But, I really have no clue. An interesting quick read. Sadly, too easy to figure out. I'm not an analytical mind or logical (just ask my forever patient boyfriend!) and I try not to figure out mysteries and such. I like to be surprised and held in suspense. And the prologue or first chap [...]

    20. If you like delving deep into dark detective novels (alliteration unintended) Still Waters by Nigel McCrery is for you. British, Deputy Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie is pulled off medical leave to work on a most surprising case. A middle aged female sociopath is methodically murdering old, lonely women and Lapslie is hot on her trail or taste! He suffers from synesthesia – he tastes sounds. The author cleverly shows how this neurological condition is both a help and hindrance in Lapslie’s lif [...]

    21. This is a modern day British mystery in the best sense. It sometimes feels as if you’re watching an episode of Mystery Theatre on PBS. Mark Lapslie is a DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) that has been placed on extended medical leave due to a neurological dysfunction called synaesthesia, a condition whereby certain sounds create tastes that are often so overwhelming that Lapslie has become somewhat of a recluse. His condition is overlooked, however, when it appears that a serial killer may be on [...]

    22. I was originally going to give this book three stars as the prologue doesn't quite add up with the book, which I would explain but I don't want to give any spoilers. Another reason I may have rated this book lower for is the continued use of certain phrases and words which can be very annoying. However, this book was one of the most original I have read, and had one of the best twists and plot I have seen for a long time. I didn't expect this book to be so amazing. I picked it because I have rea [...]

    23. hmmm. I don't know if I liked this one or not. It kept me engrossed for sure. It wasn't an action packed book, but it was very interesting. I liked the way the murdered worked, and the detective's synaesthesia shows some interesting potential to solve later mysteries.The bad thing is that I couldn't remember his name for more than a minute - the man himself was pretty unmemorable to me. I didn't like his constant quoting from classical works, either. I think this must be a British thing, though, [...]

    24. All fictional detectives are flawed in some way - the alcoholic, embittered, divorced loner is typical - which is what makes them interesting. McCrery's detective has a unique flaw in that he suffers from synesthesia - a neurological condition where the senses are wrongly stimulated, in his case sounds cause him to have different taste sensations - the cell phone ring is an agreeable dark chocolate, other sound-taste conjunctions are not as delightful. He could not tolerate the noise of his chil [...]

    25. whew - when an actual novel (as opposed to a graphic novel) is gripping enough to achieve one-day-read status in this house dominated by the two-year-old, you know you have something good on your hands.a woman broken in childhood by a terror beyond comprehension. a detective broken by the slow accumulation of sensation associated with his synesthesia (a neurological disorder in which the sufferer's nerve responses are crossed - in this case, the detective tastes sound). even though mccrery's nov [...]

    26. Creepy so very creepy right from the beginning. This is a mystery but not a who-done-it, we learn who is the killer within the first 5ish chapters (if not earlier) and we spend about half the book with the killer. The characters make the book. Our lead detective tastes sound and thus cannot easily function in society (reading about his family is a little heartbreaking) and he is called upon to investigate the death of a old lady whose body was found after a car accident, she was not involved bei [...]

    27. Obwohl es sich hierbei um eine klassische Krimistory handelt (und ich Krimis eigentlich eher unspannend finde) wartet die Geschichte doch mit allerhand Überraschungen auf, auf die ich jetzt natürlich nicht näher eingehe, weil ich doch den Spaß nicht verderben will.Richtig spannend fand ich aber die Figur des DCI, der aus seinem krankheitsbedingten Urlaub direkt zum ersten Tatort bestellt wird. Dieser leidet nämlich an einer ganz besonders ausgeprägten Form der Synästhesie und schmeckt z.B [...]

    28. Ένα προσεκτικά γραμμένο βιβλίο, με ιδιαίτερη πλοκή και ακόμη πιο ιδιαίτερους χαρακτήρες, μια ευχάριστη έκπληξη από έναν όχι και τόσο ευρέως γνωστό συγγραφέα. Συνδυάζει αρμονικά την αγωνία του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος με την "ανατριχίλα" που προσφέρουν τα θρίλερ και τη δ [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *