Unconventional philosophy lecturer Stephen Killigan shakes things up in Cambridge when he stumbles across the body of a missing beauty queen. However, when the police arrive to retrieve the body it has disappeared.
Still new to his job, Stephen unintentionally attracts negative attention from the police, the press, disapproving University colleagues, and more disturbingly, a killer. Stephen soon finds himself on the trail of the mysterious Jackamore Grass, on a murderous jaunt through history where corpses begin to appear with no rational explanations for their discoveries.
With his professional and psychological reputation on the line, Stephen finds himself turning to a number of people for help, from tattooists and librarians, to fellow scholars, to try and save future victims from terrible fates.
Stephen Killigan is a witty and unorthodox main character and the sinister Jackamore Grass is so charmingly arrogant, you’ll just love to hate him, in spite of the gruesome acts he is involved in. The Cambridge setting, with the history-steeped University grounds and the famous river are the perfect backdrop for this thrilling crime fiction tale of history and philosophy.
The Beauty of Murder is highly intelligent and eloquently written; I really couldn't get enough of it. Books like this are the reason I love to read, and alongside Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, this may be one of my favourite crime thrillers of the year so far.