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By: Will Scales

The Seminar Murders

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This story opens with a murder: a prominent criminologist at a provincial university is found dead, with his head beaten in. Neither his academic colleagues nor his students liked the victim it seems, and the police investigating the crime are confronted at the outset with too many motives and too many suspects. Then the professor of the criminology department is found with her throat cut. Apart from being colleagues, did this pair have anything else in common? Who hated them both enough to kill them? Who else is at risk? Is there a malign presence stalking the calm corridors of academe, and can the police move quickly enough to prevent further deaths? In a fast-paced narrative, persuasive in its realistic depiction of both university life and a police murder investigation, the reader is immersed in the events and is present at the interviews of suspects. Using multiple strands of narration, the author takes us on a forensic path into the mind of a clever and ruthless killer.

Will Scales was an army officer, followed by the police, then an academic till he took up writing full time. He is married with four children and lives in the West Country.

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  • AIDIL

    In "The Seminar Murder," Will Scales weaves a suspenseful and intricate murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Set in the academic world of a writer's seminar, the story follows the investigation of a brutal murder that takes place during the event.

    The main character, Olivia, is a struggling writer who becomes embroiled in the investigation after discovering the body of one of the seminar attendees. As she delves deeper into the case, Olivia finds herself uncovering secrets and motives among the attendees, including jealousy, greed, and ambition.

    Scales skillfully builds tension throughout the story, with each twist and turn leading to new revelations and suspects. The plot is well-crafted and full of unexpected surprises, making it a thrilling read for fans of the genre.

    In addition to the mystery itself, Scales also delves into the complex relationships and dynamics among the characters, adding depth and richness to the story. The writing is crisp and engaging, with vivid descriptions that bring the setting and characters to life.

    Overall, "The Seminar Murder" is a well-crafted and suspenseful mystery that will keep readers hooked until the very end. Scales has created a cast of complex and intriguing characters, and his skillful plotting will keep readers guessing until the final reveal.

  • Beth

    I fully enjoyed this book and have been completely absorbed in it. I genuinely had no idea who I thought committed the murders, mostly because everyone seemed to have a motive, but at the same time, I didn't know if their reasoning/dislike of the victims was strong enough to actually kill them! Not just kill them, but in a way so, so brutal!

    I found the structure of the book very interesting, it's laid out in lots of interviews and so on. Whether it was the police conversations or the professors, I found all the talk of crime and crime in general very fascinating. I love the educational setting too. This is another book that has that overall gripping storyline but keeps you turning pages even when it slows down and is just conversations between characters, as you feel like you're learning a thing or two. A very smart read.

    Highly recommend it to all thriller lovers!

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