doll maker

The Doll Maker (August 2014)

Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle.

And he is a psychopath.

On a cold November morning, in a quiet Philadelphia suburb, a woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time.

Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat.

With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets.

"It's definitely a book that you won't want to put down until the very end.  As far as twists and turns go this book is bursting with them. Plenty of shocks along the way." - Book Addict Shaun

"Another terrifically chilling journey into the heart of darkness." - BookLikes.Com

"Montanari is fast becoming the master of murder macabre. . . terrifying, complex, compelling psychopaths who knock other fictional killers into a hangman’s hat." - Lancashire Post

"Walking an emotional high-wire, negotiating the Machiavellian plot twists and desperately trying to identify the killers is all part of the rollercoaster journey, but those with faint hearts might need breathing stops along the way." - Burnley Express

"Trademark intelligent plotting, powerful psychology and knife-edge suspense." - Guardian

"Montanari has his finger firmly on the dying pulse of murder most horrible." - Blackpook Gazette

"Richard Montanari is a master storyteller who, at the same time as delivering up horrific scenes of murder and mayhem, somehow manages to give the reader feelings of empathy for the perpetrators. Even at the very end of the novel, love shines through the blackness of the horror." -


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