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About the Author :
I cannot remember a time when I was not writing stories. Growing up with a house full of books (my parents were teachers), I was inspired from an early age to believe I could join the ranks of my heroes.
I grew up in Leeds and studied in Cambridge before settling down to a legal career in London. I travelled extensively through Asia, South America and Australia and lived in Israel. Being an ‘outsider’ (as you frequently are when you travel or live overseas) makes you a wonderful people-watcher and it certainly informed my writing. I now live in Hertfordshire with my husband and three sons.
WAS VIRTUAL KILLING JUST THE BEGINNING?
When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds. Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?
Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?
‘The Midas Game’ by Abi Silver is the 5th book in the ‘Burton & Lamb’ series and although this series had already caught my eye before this one became my ‘debut’ so to speak.
I know it’s something that you shouldn’t be doing as you may find yourself smack in the middle of already great developed relationships between the characters, but here it really didn’t bother me at all.
Yes, the main characters have a past together as they’ve already been on 4 other cases without me, yet I had the feeling of reading a standalone novel and that’s something I greatly appreciate.
This said I must confess that it took me some time to get hooked, especially because I didn’t like the first chapter and than there was this Luke personae I found a bit weird with his rhyming words.
A few chapters in however I became addicted to reading and I couldn’t stop until I finished the whole thing and that says a lot about the author in my opinion.
She has some great main characters and her writing is easy flowing and engaging, plus she has chosen, for me at least, an interesting topic as I was a bit of Mario Bros addict myself as I was younger!
I still like to play on-line games now and then, and although I’m not like some people in this book, I can relate to becoming addicted somehow and I guess that made it a compelling read for me.
A courtroom thriller / mystery that I truly recommend as it’s very accessible with some lovely twists to keep you guessing about the accused being guilty or innocent.
I will certainly read more ‘Burton & Lamb’ in the future as I was right putting this author on my wishlist.
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